Van is worth £50m according to a recent Sunday Times Rich List. The incredible legendary singer/songwriter, whose career spans six decades, is ranked in 39th place in the 25th anniversary list for British entertainers. Van's £50m fortune has not changed from the last few years, although his position in the table has improved slightly. In 2012, he released his 34th studio album, Born To Sing: No Plan B. He has also undertaken a series of intimate gigs at venues across Northern Ireland, including the Culloden and Europa hotels and the Strand Cinema in East Belfast, close to where he grew up.
The British/Irish Music Millionaires List also features Irish rock band U2 in third place, worth a cool £520m, Irish/American dancer Michael Flatley in seventh position with £191m and singer Enya in 26th place with £87m.
Overall, the wealthiest performer in the UK and Ireland is Sir Paul McCartney, who shares a £680m fortune with his wife Nancy Shevell. McCartney (70) has topped all the wealthiest musician charts since The Sunday Times Rich List began in 1989, when the former Beatle was worth £80m.
Profits from his hugely successful stage shows, such as Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats, have helped to boost composer and theatre owner Lord Lloyd-Webber's fortune by £30m to keep him in second place in the Music Rich List, at a worth of some £620m. Sir Elton John is in fourth place with an estimated value of £240m.
TopBritish/Irish Music Millionaires
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber – £620m3. U2 – £520m
4. Sir Elton John – £240m
5= David and Victoria Beckham and Sir Mick Jagger – £200m