And finally… Dumfries DJ joins musical rich list with £70m fortune



Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris

A Scottish DJ is a new entry in The Sunday Times Rich List having amassed an estimated £70 million fortune at the tender age of 31.

Dumfries-born Adam Richard Wiles was stacking supermarket shelves in his home town when he quit in order to turn his hand to music.

It has proven to be a lucrative career switch for the record spinner, now known as Calvin Harris.

He was named in the famous league table ahead of musical legends such as Led Zeppelin and the Bee Gees after amassing his fortune on the back of more than a billion streams on Spotify and his track Summerbeing the number one iTunes download in 40 countries.

Harris, who is reported to earn up to $1 million a set and already the world’s highest paid DJ, is now wealthier than Coldplay star Chris Martin (£52 million), Sir Cliff Richard (£55 million), Kylie Minogue (£55 million) and Take That’s Gary Barlow (£65 million), according to his ranking on the list.

His estimated fortune of £70 million puts him level with Pete Townshend of The Who.

Harris made chart history in 2013 by having nine Top Ten singles from a single studio album. He has had seven UK No 1 singles — more than David Bowie, Rod Stewart or Queen.

Former Beatle Sir Paul, meanwhile, has retained the number one spot. He has a personal fortune of £730 million – £20 million up from last year.

Macca is well ahead of his nearest rival Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is estimated to be worth £650 million, despite not having had a UK number one single in decades.

Sir Paul’s fortune is given a significant boost by his wife Nancy Shevell, who has a £150 million stake in her family’s US trucking business.

Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger are said to be worth £270 million and £225 million respectively.

Also in the chart is Engelbert Humperdinck whose 2012 Eurovision failure has not dented his financial success, with his fortune estimated at £65 million.

The full Rich List, a 128-page guide to the 1,000 richest people in the UK and 250 wealthiest in Ireland, is published on Sunday.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 Top 40 music millionaires in the UK and Ireland.

1 – Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £730 million

2 – Lord Lloyd-Webber £650 million

3 – U2 £431 million

4 – Sir Elton John £270 million

5 – Sir Mick Jagger £225 million

6 – Keith Richards £210 million

7 – Michael Flatley £195 million

8= Ringo Starr £180 million

8= Sting £180 million

10 – Roger Waters £160 million

11 – Eric Clapton £155 million

12 – Sir Tom Jones £150 million

12= Sir Tim Rice £150 million

12= Rod Stewart £150 million

15= David Bowie and Iman Abdulmajid £135 million

15= Robbie Williams £135 million

17 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne £130 million

18= Phil Collins £110 million

18= Brian May £110 million

18= Charlie Watts £110 million

21= George Michael £105 million

21= Roger Taylor £105 million

23 = Jimmy Page £100 million

23 = Robert Plant £100 million

25 = Enya £90 million

25 = David Gilmour £90 million

27 – John Deacon £85 million

28 – Noel and Liam Gallagher £77 million

29 – Nick Mason £75 million

30= Calvin Harris £70 million

30= Mark Knopfler £70 million

30= Pete Townshend £70 million