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Adele Tops Music Rich List With £85m Fortune

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Adele has become Britain's richest ever female musician after the huge success of her third album, 25.

The Hello singer topped The Sunday Times' 2016 line-up of wealthy under-30s after amassing a personal fortune of £85m.

That figure has risen from £35m last year thanks to the release of her first album since 2011.

It was a resounding win, with the singer's nearest rival Ed Sheeran, 25, a distant second with a fortune of £45m.

The 27-year-old's wealth also saw her safely into 30th place in the paper's list of the Top 50 music millionaires in Britain and Ireland, above artists including Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue.

The only other female artist above her on that list was Irishwoman Enya, with a fortune of £91m.

Ian Coxon, who has edited the Sunday Times Rich List for 20 years, said he expected Adele's fortune to continue to grow.

"Adele is only 27 so I would see her getting in the main list of the richest 1,000 in a couple of years - she is only £15 to £20m away now," he said.

Adele made her debut on the under-30s list in 2011 in ninth place, behind stars such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Katherine Jenkins.

But by the following year she was number one, a spot she has held onto ever since.

The singer has previously said that money does not mean too much to her and that she has turned down lucrative offers in the past.

Earlier this year she made history at the Brits when she picked up four trophies in total - for best female solo artist, Brits global success award, best single for Hello and British album of the year for 25 - an achievement only equalled by Blur in 1995.

The 10 richest young musicians in Britain and Ireland:

1. Adele £85m

2. Ed Sheeran £45m

3. Niall Horan £33m

4. Liam Payne £33m

5. Louis Tomlinson £33m

6. Harry Styles £33m

7. Zayn Malik £30m

8= Sam Smith £20m

8= Florence Welch £20m

10. Ellie Goulding £17m

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