Adele has been named the highest paid musician under 30 by the Sunday Times Rich List 2017. Her total net worth is reported to be around £125m ($161m), however, it was making £40m in the last 12 months alone that catapulted her to the top of the list.
The Hello hitmaker was the only female pop star to appear in the top 20, coming in at number 19. However, the widow of late Beatle George Harrison, Olivia, featured alongside their son, Dhani. The rest of the list is dominated by older men in the industry including Sir Rod Stewart (who came in at 11), Mick Jagger (who made it to fifth place) and those in the top two spots, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Paul McCartney respectively. The latter's wife, Nancy Shevell, was also mentioned alongside him.
So, now that Adele has reinforced her title as the wealthiest woman in music and rocketed to the top of the rich list, IBTimes UK looks back on how she accumulated such hefty assets throughout her career...
In January 2008, Adele released her debut studio album, 19. Four singles were released from the record, with hits Chasing Pavements and Make You Feel My Love reaching the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2012, it was reported that the album sold seven million copies worldwide.
Adele's second studio album, 21, was released in January 2011. It is estimated that the record earned her around $67m profit, selling 31 million copies worldwide and topping the charts in more than 30 countries.
In the UK, it has been named the bestselling album of the 21st century and fourth bestselling album of all time, while its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. Tracks such as Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You made it into the Top 10 of the UK's official charts, with the latter spending five weeks at number one.
She embarked on her second concert tour Adele Live in promotion of 21, performing more than 60 shows across Europe and the US.
Adele recorded the title theme to 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. Following its release in October, the song quickly went to the top of the iTunes chart, and reached number two at the UK Singles Chart and eight on the Billboard Hot 100. It went on to become the first 007 theme to win an Academy Award.
Following a three-year break from making music, Adele returned in 2015 releasing her album, 25, in November. The record's debut single, Hello, spent three weeks at number one in the UK chart and as of June 2016, it had sold an estimated 20 million copies, besting her previous record with 21. Both singles When We Were Young and Send My Love (To Your New Lover) made the top 10 in the UK.
Adele Live tour
Back in February, The Sun reported that Adele and her company, Remedy Touring, announced that the singer made a healthy profit of £11.5m ($14.3m) between October 2015 and April 2016, which works out to be a £522,727 income per tour date. While she's been on the road since February last year, the 28-year-old is gearing up for the final leg of shows in the UK, which will take place in June and July.
"Right now she is saying she won't do another massive world tour like the current one for another 10 years," said a source recently when asked about Adele's performance plans. "But she is going to consider doing a Las Vegas residency — something which has already been put on the table.
A regular Vegas show appeals to her because it is in one place and she would be able to maintain a normal life, but it won't happen for a number of years."