Zayn Malik's departure fails to hurt One Direction’s fortunes

One Direction may have lost a member this year, but the chart-topping boyband has not seen their success diminish in the wake of Zayn Malik’s departure.
Zayn Malik's departure fails to hurt One Direction’s fortunes

The group, featuring 22-year-olds Niall Horan, Liam Payne, 21-year-old Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, 23, have retained their title as Britain’s richest under-30s for the third year running in Heat magazine’s annual Rich List.

The four-piece, whose hits this year include ‘Drag Me Down’ and ‘Perfect’ from their upcoming fifth album Made In The AM, beat Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson, and Adele by amassing a combined fortune of an estimated £82.08m, up £4.56m from last year.

Malik, 22, who left One Direction in March and announced he has signed a solo record deal with RCA Records in July, made his solo debut on the list in eighth position with estimated individual earnings of around £20.52m.

Actor Radcliffe, 26, who found fortune in Harry Potter remains in second place with an estimated fortune of £65.8m, while Pattinson is in third with £51.04m.

Adele, who is back in the charts with her new single ‘Hello’, takes fourth place with £38.1m, ahead of Emma Watson in fifth place with £35.33m.

Ed Sheeran, who has enjoyed success with his second album X and his world tour, which included three sold-out concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July, is 2015’s highest new entry, making his debut at number six. The 24-year-old singer has earned an estimated £35.2m.

Radcliffe and Watson’s Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint, 27, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, 29, and Mumford And Sons, led by Marcus Mumford, 28, round off the top 10.

Model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Nicholas Hoult, comedians Kevin Bridges and Jack Whitehall, and singer Ellie Goulding are other new entries on the list in this week’s issue of Heat.

The list, now in its fifth year, analyses the stars’ estimated financial earnings from TV appearances, movies, record sales, and product endorsements.

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