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Wednesday, June 10, 1998 Published at 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK


Top music earners

Mick and Keith announce another money-spinning tour

Mick Jagger and Keith Richard both appear in the Sunday Times list of top music earners.

1. Sir Paul McCartney 500m (29th overall)
The British-based ex-Beatle will have multi-million pound royalty payments for decades to come, as he continues to produce new material.

2. Lord Lloyd-Webber 480m (38th)
The world's thirst for his musicals and the sale of his Belgravia mansion has increased his wealth, though he has threatened to move abroad if tax rates are raised.

3. David Bowie 150m (equal 134th)
Bowie, who lives mainly in Switzerland, recently put his back catalogue on the stock market.

4. Sir Elton John 150m (equal 134th)
A big year for Elton has stimulated back catalogue sales and greatly raised his profile.

5. Mick Jagger 140m (equal 152nd)
A new album, Bridges to Babylon, and a world tour have kept Jagger in the top five in his fourth decade in music.

6. Chris Blackwell 125m (equal 165th)
The founder of Island Records has homes in Nassua, New York and Jamaica.

7. Sir Peter Michael 120m (equal 170th)
v An investor behind Classic FM, he made most of his money in electronics.

8. Phil Collins 105m (equal 192nd)
Success with Genesis and a solo career has pushed his earnings past 100 million.

9. Keith Richards 105m (equal 192nd)
The lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones has been in the band since it was formed.

10. George Harrison 87m (252nd)
The second Beatle on the list, Oxfordshire-based Harrison also earns large royalties.

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