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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 07:17 GMT
Pop Idol 'nets founder 30m'
Gareth Gates (left) and Will Young
Pop Idol launched several singing careers
The man behind television hit Pop Idol earned 30m from the show, according to a survey of Britain's top earners.

Simon Fuller, who helped devise the ITV1 talent contest, was the programme's biggest financial winner.

The Sunday Times Pay List.survey ranks Britain's 500 highest-paid people by what they earned in the past year.

Top Ten Music Earners
1. Madonna - 36m
2. Sir Paul McCartney - 35m
3. Sir Mick Jagger - 24.5 m
4. Keith Richards - 24m
5. Sting - 21.8m
6. Eric Clapton - 14.2 m
7= Rod Stewart - 12m
7= Charlie Watts - 12m
9= Pete Townshend - 10m
9= Robbie Williams - 10m
9= Ronnie Wood - 10 m

Madonna was 15th overall in the list, but her 36m made her the richest music star.

She was just 1m ahead of former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger was next among the musicians, having earned 24.5m, followed by Keith Richards (24m) and Sting (21.8m).

Robbie Williams finished ninth in the music category with 10m.

In film, Sir Anthony Hopkins topped the list with an annual haul of 21.5m, followed by Welsh compatriot Catherine Zeta Jones on 20m and director Ridley Scott with 12m.

Star Wars leading man Ewan McGregor earned 8.5m and finished fourth among the stars of the big screen.

Top Ten Film Earners
1. Sir Anthony Hopkins - 21.5m
2. Catherine Zeta Jones - 20m
3. Ridley Scott - 12m
4. Ewan McGregor - 8.5m
5. Gary Oldman - 8.2m
6= Sir Sean Connery - 8m
6= Ralph Fiennes - 8m
8. Patrick Stewart - 7m
9. Hugh Grant - 6.5m
10. Rachel Weisz - 3.5m
Gary Oldman made up the top five with 8.2m.

Peter Simon, founder of Monsoon, topped the fashion list with earnings of 6.6m.

The list, in its third year, said record producer Simon Cowell, a judge on Pop Idol, earned 3m.

He was some way ahead of Pop Idol winner Will Young, who earned 500,000.

Fuller recently told Time magazine in the United States that his next project could be a talent contest aimed at resurrecting the careers of faded singers.

Second Chance Idol could be on UK screens by February and summer in the US.

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