Adele: Top of the charts and the young Brit musicians rich list

Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Adele has not only topped the charts, but she has now beaten her male counterparts in the money charts, as the UK's richest young musician.

In the latest edition of the Sunday Times Rich List, the multi-Grammy winner was said to have amassed a fortune of £20 million.

The 23-year-old superstar witnessed her fortune grow by £14 million in the past year alone.

Her hit album 21 has now sold 4,142,000 copies. That's more than Pink Floyd's classic album Dark side of the Moon. It is now the seventh biggest selling album in the UK of all time.

Adele beats Cheryl Cole on Sunday Times Rich List
Adele beats Cheryl Cole on Sunday Times Rich List Credit: Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The London-born singer has surpassed Cheryl Cole, along with Leona Lewis and Katie Melua in this year's list.

Of the top ten wealthiest young musicians, eight are women; the only men are R'n'B star Craig David and Scottish singer Paolo Nutini. The top ten for 2012 are as follows, with several ties between the artists:

  • 1. Adele: £20 million
  • 2. Cheryl Cole: £12 million
  • 2. Leona Lewis: £12 million
  • 2. Katie Melua: £12 million
  • 5: Joss Stone: £10 million
  • 6: Charlotte Church: £8 million
  • 6. Craig David: £8 million
  • 6. Paolo Nutini: £8 million
  • 9. Florence Welch: £7 million
  • 10. Lily Allen: £6 million
  • 10. Natasha Bedingfield: £6 million
  • 10. Duffy: £6 million
  • 10. James Morrison: £6 million

The Sunday Times Rich List will be published in full on April 29.