Andrew Lloyd-Webber Overtakes Paul McCartney On Richest Music Man List
The music impresario is worth 50 million more than the former Beatle after gaining major profits in his hit British TV talent search How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, which asked the public to vote for who they wanted as the leading lady in London musical The Sound Of Music.
As a result of the show and the subsequent musical's popularity, Lloyd-Webber's earnings rose by $100 million - up from $1.4 billion in 2006 in The Sunday Times Rich List of Music Millionaires in Britain in 2007.
The Hey Jude star slipped to third position with $1.45 billion, partly due to a predicted $200 million divorce settlement experts believe he will pay to estranged wife, Heather Mills.
Simon Fuller, the brains behind TV program American Idol, is in joint fourth place with $900 million, while Madonna and director husband Guy Ritchie remain in sixth place for the second year running with a combined fortune $550 million.
Elton John came seventh with $450 million, while Rolling Stones rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in eighth and 10th place respectively, with fortunes of $430 million and $380 million each.
But no one could beat former record label head Clive Calder - the man behind the careers of Britney Spears and 'N Sync - whose personal fortune is estimated $2.6 billion.
- Paul McCartney
- Heather Mills
- American Idol
- Elton John
- Rolling Stones
- Mick Jagger
- Keith Richards
- Britney Spears
- 'N Sync
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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