The ELLE Rich List 2013

The names – and numbers – to drop

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The 25th anniversary issue of the annual Sunday Times Rich List, billed as ‘the definitive guide to wealth in Britain and Ireland’, was published yesterday, making for some eye-opening reading over Sunday brunch.

Among the oligarchs and aristocrats, there was plenty of weighty fashion fodder to digest. Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green, for example, saw his fortune grow by £580m, boosting him into 16th place – with total of £3,880m overall.

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Other high-rankers on the business and retail side included Monsoon founder Peter Simon (worth £500m), Toni & Guy founder Toni Mascolo (£300m), Sir Paul and Lady Smith (£280m), and Reiss founder David Reiss – who has seen a £5m bounce in worth due, in no small part, to a certain royal endorsement, to £130m.

Here’s the Top 10 Rich List highlights, according to ELLE – how many cover stars can you spot?

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No.1
Victoria & David Beckham, £200m
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Up a neat £10m since last year, that work ethic Victoria was telling us all about in the March issue of ELLE has totally paid dividends.

No. 2
David Bowie, £100m
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Apparently, taking over the world with a No.1 album, single and sell-out V&A exhibition really does pay off.

No. 3
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin, £90m

Britain’s answer to Beyoncé and Jay-Z in the power-couple stakes.

No. 4
Robert Pattinson, £45m
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Last year may have been an annus horribilis for the heart-throb, but at least he doesn’t have to worry about paying his rent.

No. 5
Adele, £30m
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Adele gave birth to her first son and boosted her bank balance to the tune of £10m last year. Not bad at all.

No. 6
Keira Knightley, £31m

Keira’s a canny businesswomen, making money from both her films and various endorsement deals – among them, Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. Ooh la la.

No. 7
Emma Watson, £27m
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As her Hollywood star rises, so does this lady’s financial stock. (Insert Bling Ring joke here.)

No. 8
Florence Welch, £9m

On the Spectrum of wealth, 26-year-old Florence is doing A-OK.

No. 9
Jessie J, £8m
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It’s not about the money, Jessie J once sang. But having multi-millions in the bank is quite nice, thank you very much.

No. 10
Lily Cooper, £6m

The shrewd businesswoman formerly known as Lily Allen may have toned it down on Twitter, but her worth is still on the up.

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