Bradford’s Kimberley Walsh is one of the biggest earners in music, it was revealed today.

She is said to be worth £5 million, putting her in a top ten list of musical stars under 30.

But she’s way behind the biggest earner, Charlotte Church who is said to be worth £11 million, while another Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole is worth £10 million.

Cheryl’s success – thanks to her advertising deals, X Factor judging and successful solo career – has rocketed by 150 per cent in the past year to £10 million.

Figures to be published in the Sunday Times this weekend show her bandmates – Bradford-born Kimberley, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts – each have around £5 million, thanks to their string of hits.

Cheryl Cole is ranked joint number four in the rich list for music millionaires under 30, with singer Katie Melua.

Kimberley, from Allerton, Bradford, shot to fame in the television programme Pop Stars: The Rivals in 2002 and the group is now the most successful girl band ever.

The number one slot is jointly held by Leona Lewis, Charlotte Church and last year’s top young music earner, Katherine Jenkins.

They are each on £11 million with Leona moving up from last year’s number six with a 38 per cent rise in wealth.

Katherine went up £2 million (22 per cent) while Charlotte remained steady.

Two of those with the biggest fortunes on last year’s list – violinist Vanessa Mae and Coldplay star Will Champion – are too old to qualify this year.

Vanessa is worth £30 million and Will £32 million.

The 22nd annual Sunday Times Rich List is published on Sunday profiling the wealthiest people in the UK and Ireland.


Charlotte Church - £11m

Katherine Jenkins - £11m

Leona Lewis - £11m

Cheryl Cole - £10m

Katie Melua - £10m

Joss Stone - £9m

Craig David - £8m

Natasha Bedingfield - £6m

Lily Allen - £5m

Nadine Coyle - £5m

Jamie Cullum - £5m

Duffy - £5m

Sarah Harding - £5m

James Morrison - £5m

Paolo Nutini - £5m

Nicola Roberts - £5m

Kimberley Walsh - £5m

Amy Winehouse - £5m