Beckhams climb rich list

The Beckhams' private lives may be under pressure but their finances are rosier than ever, The Sunday Times Rich List has shown.

The Beckhams' private lives may be under pressure but their finances are rosier than ever, The Sunday Times Rich List has shown.

Posh and Becks increased their wealth by £15m (€22m) last year, taking their overall riches from £50m (€74m) to £65m (€97m).

The couple, who have shown a united front despite allegations that Beckham has been unfaithful, come in at 621 in the overall Rich List, which is published on Sunday.

After six years as Britain's richest music millionaire, the annual list also shows that Sir Paul McCartney has lost his place at the top to a former record label boss, Clive Calder.

Another new entry to the overall Rich List, published in The Sunday Times, is Pop Idol's Simon Cowell, 44. The global success of Pop Idol has ensured that its Mr Nasty is now worth £45m (€67m).

The talent show has also done wonders for its supremo Simon Fuller, 43, whose wealth rose from £90m (€134m) to £220m (€329m). Fuller, who makes money every time the show is bought abroad, has rocketed from 21st to fifth on the list of music millionaires.

Former Take That singer Robbie Williams has increased his wealth by £10m (€14m) this year, thanks to last summer's European tour and album sales. With a total wealth of £78m (€116m), he has gone from 28th to 24th in the list of music millionaires and ranks at number 508 overall.

Singer Jay Kay and Sir Cliff Richard enter at £40m (€59m) each. Harry Potter author JK Rowling's wealth has also seen a huge increase in fortunes, from £280m (€418m) in 2003 to £435m (€650m). She has jumped from position 122 to 91 in the overall Rich List and heads the list of millionaires in film and TV.

Clive Calder is a new entry in this year's Rich List. Calder netted £1.2bn (€1.7bn) selling independent record label Zomba, whose acts included Britney Spears and 'N Sync, to BMG in 2002. The 57-year-old who is originally from South Africa but obtained British citizenship in 1975 now ranks 23rd among Britain's 1,000 richest people.

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