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Sunday, July 5, 1998 Published at 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK


Nice beats Spice in money stakes

Four minus one: just outside the top 10

The Spice Girls and All Saints may be battling to top the music charts but when it comes to money, they are losing out to a female singer who never performs in public.

The Irish singer Enya has pipped both bands to make it into the top 10 of Britain's highest paid women.

[ image: Enya: writes her own material]
Enya: writes her own material
The 35-year-old singer who lives in Killiney, Dublin, earned £9.2 million in the past year, winning her the number seven slot in the 50-strong list compiled by the Mail On Sunday newspaper.

Enya is believed to earn one pound for each of the nine million copies of her album sold. She also writes all her own material so her royalties boost her earning power.

The Spice Girls are just outside the top 10 at number 11 with earnings of £5.4m each.

[ image: Geri Halliwell: top earner as former spice]
Geri Halliwell: top earner as former spice
But All Saints are trailing behind, with singer and songwriter Shaznay Lewis in 27th position on £2.1m.

The rest of the band only narrowly make it into the top 50. They are at number 45 with £1.1m each.

A new entry into the list is the Australian singer and former Neighbours soap actress Natalie Imbruglia. She has stormed into the chart at number 13, with earnings of £4.5m.

Occupying the top slot is Mary Dobson, a 55-year-old signmaker entrepreneur at her Bristol-based company Spandex, with a pay packet of £29.3m.

Among the other women in the survey, all of whom earned more than £1 million, include author Barbara Taylor Bradford at number 12 with £4.7m and actress Jane Seymour's £3.2m placing her at 17.

Comedienne Tracey Ullman, is at 18 with £3.1m, model and actress Liz Hurley is at 22 with £2.6m, author Catherine Cookson, who died last month, is equal 30th with £1.8m and Cilla Black, television's top earning female presenter is at 33 with £1.75m.

Other presenters who make it into the top 50 include Ulrika Jonsson, at 38 with £1.5m and Anthea Turner at 45 with £1.1m.

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