And classical music is in crisis ....
Singapore-born violinist Vanessa-Mae Nicholson is the wealthiest young entertainer in the UK, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. In the latest annual guide to the richest people born or living in the UK, published on Sunday, Ms Nicholson's wealth is estimated at £32m.
Also featuring in the top 10 of richest entertainers aged under-30 are the four members of the rock band Coldplay. Led by singer Chris Martin, each member of the group is said to be worth £25m. Both Vanessa-Mae and Coldplay sell millions of albums around the world. In second place among the young entertainers is Kiera Chaplin, the 23-year-old Belfast-born granddaughter of comic actor Charlie Chaplin.
RICHEST YOUNG ENTERTAINERS
1. Vanessa-Mae - £32m
2. Kiera Chaplin - £30m
3. Guy Berryman - £25m
4. Jon Buckland - £25m
5. Will Champion - £25m
6. Chris Martin - £25m
7. Karen Elson & Jack White - £20m
8. Orlando Bloom - £14m
9. Daniel Radcliffe - £14m
10. Kate Winslet - £12m
Source: Sunday Times Rich List 2006
Worth £30m, Ms Chaplin has a 30% stake in Hollywood production company Limelight Films. She is also president of the company behind the website webforjetset.com, aimed at helping the super-rich source the must-have helicopter and Ferrari, or finding a reliable bodyguard.
The 18th annual Sunday Times Rich List profiles the 1,000 richest people and families in the UK. It comes to its figures based on a person's identifiable wealth, including land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies. This year it takes a £60m fortune to make it into the top 1,000, 20% higher than last year's £50m qualifying mark.
From BBC News story today.
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