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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 10:35 GMT
McCartney richest man in rock
Sir Paul, with girlfriend Heather Mills
Sir Paul, with girlfriend Heather Mills: The 500m man
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has come top of another chart - of the richest musicians in the UK.

BusinessAge magazine estimates his fortune at 500m - far ahead of the second richest performer, Sir Elton John, who has 156m.

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton: Spent 40m in 20 months
Sir Paul heads the list of 40 rock and pop stars whose combined wealth comes to almost 4bn.

Rolling Stones veterans Mick Jagger and Keith Richards come third and fourth, and Tom Jones is fifth with 100m.

George Michael is the youngest star in the top 20, with an estimated 70m.

The rich rockers
1. Sir Paul McCartney (500m)
2. Sir Elton John (156m)
3. Mick Jagger (145m)
4. Keith Richards (125m)
5. Tom Jones (100m)
5. Englebert Humperdinck (100m)
7. David Bowie (96.5m)
8. Sting (96m)
9. Phil Collins (95.9m)
10. George Harrison (86.9m)
According to the magazine, Sir Paul has made his fortune through song royalties, as well as companies such as MPL Communications, which he owns, and the copyright to shows such as Grease.

If the figures are accurate, it shows that Sir Elton John's admitted spending spree of 40m in 20 months was a quarter of his current total fortune.

Eight of the top 10 made their names and fortunes in the 1960s and 1970s, with Phil Collins and Sting the only exceptions.

Chris Butt, editor of BusinessAge, said: "Age accounts for everything in this survey.

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"Although it's the young turks like Noel and Liam Gallagher who have much higher profiles than their older peers, the real route to financial success is down to a stars 'classic' status."

Pop stars such as Oasis, the Spice Girls and Robbie Williams find themselves languishing at the bottom of the list.

Robbie Williams is 40th, with a personal fortune of 10.8m, considerably less than his verbal sparring partner Liam Gallagher, who can boast 18.8m.

While bands such as U2 share their fortune - each of the four members have 70.6m each - of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham emerges as the wealthiest, with 24.6m.

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