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It may be four years since they last had a number one hit but U2 remain
among the world’s richest musicians according to an influential rich
list. Bimpe Archer reports THE eagerly awaited Sunday Times Rich List has ranked Dublin rock band U2 as the third richest music millionaires in the UK and Ireland.
calculates that the band’s wealth has increased since 2012 with Bono,
the Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton sitting comfortable in the top
three of the annual rock and roll-call of riches.
The list continues to be led by Sir Paul McCartney, whose £680 million fortune is shared with third wife Nancy Shevell.
McCartney has topped all the charts since the Sunday Times Rich List began in 1989, when the former Beatle was worth £80m.
By 1993, the McCartney fortune had grown to £400m.
addition to starring roles at Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee and
closing the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, his ‘On the Run’
tour grossed $57m from just 18 dates in 2012.
tour added £15m to his fortune but the total includes £150m for
Shevell’s stake in her father’s New England Motor Freight trucking
Also ahead of the Dublin rock band is composer and theatre owner Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
Profits from his hugely successful stage shows, such as Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats, have helped to boost Lord Lloyd-Webber’s fortune by £30m to keep him in sec ond place in the Music Rich List at £620m.
Lord Of The Dance creator Michael Flatley, who brought Irish dancing to global audiences, comes in at number seven.
The show, which made him millions, evolved from his work on Riverdance and became a phenomenon in the 1990s.
Also making an appearance on the list is Donegal singer Enya who is ranked at number 27.
The Sunday Times only started to measure wealth in Ireland as part of its annual Rich List in 1997.
year Bono’s personal wealth received a boost after the flotation of
Facebook. Immediately established a value of $1.9 billion for the
The equity investment group was co-founded by Bono, who is also its managing director.
It paid around $90m for just over 2.3 per cent of Facebook.
this, with U2 profits split between the band and manager Paul
McGuinness, Bono’s estimated personal wealth was around £100m.
that the band’s wealth has also increased is likely to increase
criticism from taxpayers in the Republic who have been angered at their
sophisticated tax arrangements.
A $65m investment by U2 on Broadway’s Spider-Man musical also seems to be paying off.
panned by critics and plagued by a series of accidents, things are now
looking up and it is proving popular with audiences.
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Adam has identified his drinking habit as the main cause of
‘suicidal thoughts’ which he battled during his early years with the
band. Adam has pleaded directly with young people not to ignore depression, and to seek out help if they are feeling down. He
has revealed that despite his comfortable upbringing and years of
superstardom with U2, he was prone to suicidal thoughts and depression. “I
am an ex-drinker and I am a very happy ex-drinker but before I got to
that point I had been through the whole process of suicidal thoughts,”
Clayton confessed. Clayton made the comments as part of the
National Walk in My Shoes day – a fundraising and awareness event for St
Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin. The money raised will go towards
providing mental health services to vulnerable young adults.
Text ‘shoes’ to 57802 to donate €2 or go to www.walkinmyshoes.ie to donate or seek help with depression.Read More
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U2 are raising funds for Amnesty International with a new range of T-shirts. The
group, fronted by Bono, has teamed up with Hard Rock International to
produce the U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt line in the name of
charity. They have pledged 15 per cent of the item’s $32 (£20)
retail price to the human rights charity, and are hopeful the extra
money will help boost the organisation’s work. The Edge
says, “I hope this T-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty
International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners
of conscience all around the world. Plus there’s a guitar on it – so
it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.” The T-shirt will be available online or at Hard Rock venues around the globe.
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Adam and Ali have given us some insight to the future of U2
and its “sounding great” Adam stated in Spinner that the boys are in fact
working with Danger Mouse. “It’s a great team and feels very liberating at
the moment — anything goes. We have an abundance of riches, we could make
three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the
best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We
are really trying to get into territory that we are not comfortable in. If that
makes sense…” Ali Hewson also shared some information on the record in an
interview with The Guardian. “They’re well down the road on the new album and it
sounds good,” Hewson said. “That’s all I’m saying.
And that’s all we are saying too…..Read More