The Sunday Times Rich List. A thing I just heard of today. Apparently it’s like the Forbes List, but British. Yay. Ranking ridiculously rich people. Woohoo. There’s a bunch of different categories, so even more multi-millionaires can feel special. These lists include the richest people in Film & Television, Husbands and Wives, Sports Stars, Aristocrats, and more.
Rihanna, who’s lived in London for more than a year, decided to grace the Richest Musicians list with her beauty and glamour, debuting at #3. She’s right behind Andrew Lloyd Weber and Paul McCartney, who are tied at #1. Poor ALW. Now he’s got Patti LuPone AND Rihanna on his ass.
Here’s the Richest Musicians List, according to BBC News:
1. Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber at £800m
1. Sir Paul McCartney at £800m
3. Rihanna at £468m
4. Sir Elton John at £360m
5. Sir Mick Jagger at £285m
6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison at £270
6. Keith Richards at £270m
8. Sir Ringo Starr at £260m
9. Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance!) at £206m
10. Ed Sheeran at £200m
10. Sir Rod Stewart at £200m
10. Sting at £200m
Rihanna and Olivia Harrison are both the only non-white and non-male people on the list (Olivia, George Harrison’s widow, is of Mexican descent).
Rihanna’s earnings are largely due to her Fenty beauty empire. The guy who wrote the list, Robert Watts, says “she somewhat caught us by surprise”:
“Very few people knew she was living in the UK until last summer. Now she’s well placed to be the first musician to reach billionaire status in the UK,” he tells the BBC.
I can imagine #9 Sir Rod Stewart opening up his newspaper, eyes widening in shock. His monocle drops into his tea with a little “ploop”. “My word!”, he exclaims to his former-model third wife, “RiRi done bumped off me’ mate Clapton!”
Robert Watts says he also welcomes the change:
Watts says that Rihanna’s presence is indicative of a “seismic change” in the make-up of the main Rich List which, since 1989, had been identifying the 1,000 wealthiest individuals or families living in the UK.
“The days when it was dominated by inherited wealth, the landed gentry and mass of largely white, middle-aged and elderly men, are changing,” says Watts.
“For example, we’ve seen a big rise in the number of Asian entrepreneurs and in the number of self-made people.
“Rihanna is, I think, a very good example of someone who’s come from a pretty tough upbringing in Barbados and who has a hunger and a determination to work, work work… which, I think, is one of her songs, isn’t it?”
Sigh, yes Robert. “Work” is a Rihanna song. You did a very good joke (dammit, the British bastard beat me to it!).
Rihanna’s £468 million fortune (almost $600 million in U.S. dollars) makes her the richest female musician in the world, beating out Madonna, Celine Dion, and even Beyoncé. She recently donated money and medical supplies to the coronavirus fight.
With all that money, you’d think Rihanna would just hire some robots to finish that ninth album. Seriously, throw some cash at Elon Musk and Grimes, they’ll whip up something crazy for ya!