LITTLE Mix has officially been named the highest earning young, female musicians in the UK – just months after Jesy Nelson left the band.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 29, Jade Thirlwall, 28, and Perrie Edwards, 27 added £6m to their fortune last year – taking their net worth up to a staggering £54m.
The band has made their fortune through their sixth EP Confetti, brand deals with Pretty Little Thing and five concert tours in the last decade.
We told today how Jesy, 29, forfeited rights to profits from the girls' upcoming tour next spring by formally stepping down as a director of the girl group.
The young Rich List – published in this weekend's Sunday Times – is made up of celebrities, footballers but also some young entrepreneurs.
From Apprentice reject to millionaire
Also on the list is a young entrepreneur who has had the last laugh – eight years after getting the sack from Sir Alan Sugar.
Welshman Alex Mills, 30, was fired by Lord Sugar on the Apprentice after a disastrous sales pitch for a horror-themed ready meal.
Lord Sugar told Alex, then 22, to "stick at something…you are going to succeed".
At first Alex ran a company making gravestones but decided there was not much repeat business in headstones and switched instead to insurance.
Now his insurance firm, Dynamo Cover, is worth £16million and employs 30 people in Barry, South Wales, which means Alex can afford a red Ferrari 488.
Wealthiest young musicians
Out of the Sunday Times’ young rich list, these five musicians are making the most wedge.
Ed Sheeran added £20million tohis fortune to maintain his top spot as highest earning young musician.
Little Mix are the top paid female band in the list – with Dua Lipa coming in second with her £36million fortune.
- Ed Sheeran (£220m)
2. Harry Styles (£75m)
3. Little Mix (£54m)
4. Niall Horan (£52m)
5. Louis Tomlinson (£45m)
6. Liam Payne (£44m)
7.= Dua Lipa (£36m)
7. = Zayn Malik (£36m)
9. Stormzy (£24m)
10. Rita Ora (£22m)
Alex who used a Lord Sugar lookalike in TV ads for his insurance firm, says: “He isn’t having half my business for 250 grand now.”
Britain's youngest billionaire
The list also includes Britain’s youngest billionaire, 26-year-old Johnny Boufarhart, who is at No 3.
Johnny suffered an immune system illness which kept him in bed for months in his girlfriend’s flat in Kings Cross, London.
Desperate to see his pals, Johnny created a video conferencing app so he could talk to them all at once.
It gave him the idea for Hopin – a system that allowed events and conferences to be live-streamed.
Just as he launched the company, Covid stuck and almost overnight his start-up company was suddenly worth £4BILLION, with his 35per cent share valued at almost £1.5billion.
Hero of the poor Marcus Rashford, 23, has also newly joined the Rich List.
Man United star Rashford who campaigned for poor kids to be given free school meals during the holidays, is worth £16million and makes it onto the list of Britain’s wealthiest people.
He would have been much higher up the list but he gave away an astonishing £20million to charities to help feed kids.
Duke still top
Prince George’s godfather, the Duke of Westminster, 30, still tops the list at £10billion.
But his fortune fell by £241million last year because his property holdings include stores and offices which dropped in value during Covid.
Ed Sheeran is Britain’s wealthiest young musician at number seven.
With the music industry virtually in mothballs due to coronavirus, Sheeran, 30, picked the right year to take time off to enjoy being a dad but his fortune still rose by £20million to £220m.
Married couple Melanie and Dan Marsden who use social media influencers to sell underwear are one place below Sheeran, at No 8.
Melanie, 29 and Dan, 29, who set up Lounge Underwear in 2015 from the front room of their home in Worcestershire, are now worth £200million.
Sales more than trebled during Covid to £55million making them the fifth fastest-growing business in Britain.
The Sunday Times Young Rich List in full
1. Property mogul Duke of Westminster (£10.054bn)
2. Heiress Lady Charlotte Wellesley (£2.4bn)
3. Hopin founder Johnny Boufarhat (£1.446bn) NEW ENTRY
4. Football manager Jack Sullivan (£1.04bn)
5. Property mogul India Rose James (£721m)
6. Gymshark owner Ben Francis (£700m)
7. Musician Ed Sheeran (£220m)
8. Lingerie entrepreneurs Melanie and Dan Marsden (£200m) NEW ENTRY
9. Gymshark cofounder Lewis Morgan (£147m) NEW ENTRY
10.Musician Harry Styles (£75m)
11. Creditfix director Taylor Flynn (£68m) NEW ENTRY
12. Footballer Paul Pogba (£64m)
13. Property mogul Charlie Wilson (£56m)
14. Band Little Mix (£54m)
15. Musician Niall Horan (£52m)
16. = Footballer David de Gea (£45m)
16. = Musician Louis Tomlinson (£45m)
18. = Footballer Kevin De Bruyne (£44m)
18. = Musician Liam Payne (£44m)
20. Property developer Abe Simpson (£41m)
21. Raheem Sterling (£38m)
22. = Model Cara Delevingne (£36m)
22. = Musician Dua Lipa (£36m)
22. = Musician Zayn Malik (£36m)
25. Footballer N’Golo Kante (£34m)
26. = Footballer Harry Kane (£33m)
26. = Musician Sam Smith (£33m)
28. Vloggers Dan & Jemma Middleton (£32m)
29. Footballer Mo Salah (£30m)
30. = Anthony Martial (£27m)
30. = Footballer Aaron Ramsey (£27m)
32 = Gym King founder James Parker (£26m)
32. = Footballer Virgil Van Dijk (£26m)
34. = Footballer Jordan Henderson (£25m)
34. = Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (£25m)
36. = Footballer Luke Shaw (£24m)
36 = LadBible founder Alex Solomou (£24m)
36. = Musician Stormzy (£24million)
39. = Footballer Alexandre Lacazette (£22m) NEW ENTRY
39. = Musician Rita Ora (£22m)
41. Footballer Roberto Firmino (£21m) NEW ENTRY
42. = Internet entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio (£20m)
42. = Footballer Riyad Mahrez (£20m) – NEW ENTRY
42. = Footballer Danny Welbeck (£20m)
45. = Actor Daisy Ridley (£19m)
45. = Footballer Jack Wilshere (£19m)
47. Actor John Boyega (£18m)
48. = Musician Lewis Capaldi (£17m) – NEW ENTRY
48. = Footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£17m) – NEW ENTRY
50. = Musician George Ezra (£16m)
50. = Insurance brand founder Alex Mills (£16m) – NEW ENTRY
50. = Footballer Marcus Rashford (£16m) – NEW ENTRY
Former goalie saves a fortune
I’m a Celebrity star Ferne McCann’s ex-boyfriend Charlie Wilson’s fortune more than doubled last year – up £27million to £56m.
Former Crystal Palace youth team goalie Charlie, 30, quit the game to work for his property developer dad, Paul.
He says: “My father wanted me to go back to football.”
Instead, Charlie paid £112,000 for a flat in one of the worst streets in Enfield, north London, and began building up a property portfolio of 250 flats and houses worth £50million.
He sold up in 2015 and used the proceeds to start Chase New Homes, building houses in London and the South East.
Now he lives in a £12million home and his car collection, including a Rolls Royce Cullinan 4×4 and a Lamborghini Huracan, is worth £600,000.
Last year he dated Ferne McCann and flew the model by private jet to Cannes for her 30th birthday.
Marcus Rashford’s Man United team mate Paul Pogba, 28, is the highest ranked footballer at No12 in the young Rich List with £64million – up £14m.
The Sunday Times Rich List is out on May 23.
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