U2 top Irish music millionaires rich list

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The Irish band and their manager have a combined wealth estimated at £429m

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U2 and their manager Paul McGuinness top the Irish Sunday Times Music Millionaires Rich List.

Their combined wealth is estimated at £429m, a rise of 1% on 2009.

In second place is Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley, with his total wealth calculated at £241m.

The paper said his fortunes have dipped by 2% in the past year because of a fall in the value of the The Lord of the Dance brand.

Dublin-based singer Enya is third in the list, with a fortune believed to be, £85m.

All three retain the same top three positions from the 2009 list.

Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison is fourth with his wealth listed at £50m.

Newcomers to the list of Ireland's 250 richest people are the four members of the band Westlife - Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne, who debut with a combined fortune estimated at £31m.

They share fifth place with Chris de Burgh.

Singer Katie Melua, who spent part of her childhood in Northern Ireland has seen no change in her fortune which remains at £10m.

Londonderry born Nadine Coyle, who found fame with Girls Aloud makes it onto the paper's list of young music millionaires with a fortune believed to be, £5m.

The 22nd annual Sunday Times Rich List is published in a special 104-page supplement on Sunday.

It profiles the 1,000 richest people and families in the UK and the wealthiest 250 in Ireland.

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