The band has a combined wealth of an estimated €645 million
Irish rock band U2 have been revealed as the richest entertainers in Ireland according to the 2017 Sunday Times Irish Rich List, which will be published tomorrow.
Band members Bono, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton, who have a combined wealth of an estimated €645 million, have topped the Irish Entertainers' Rich List, accounting for more than 30% of the overall wealth measured in Ireland.
Also featuring on the list are Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Daniel O’Donnell, Michael Flatley and Enya.
Niall Horan, who recently went solo after his time in band One Direction, is the youngest person on the list with an estimated €44 million at the age of 23. He's also the only person under 40 on the Richest Entertainer’s List.
Presenter and novellist Graham Norton also comes onto the list at €36 million, with reports that he commands up to €4m a year working for BBC.
Editor of The Sunday Times Rich List, Alastair McCall said;
"U2’s status as one of Ireland’s most recognisable exports is confirmed by their position at the top of our Entertainers’ Rich List, accounting in their own right for more than 30% of the wealth measured. They are to Ireland what Abba were to Sweden in the 1970s – a global brand with instant recognition."
The Sunday Times Irish Rich List surveys the wealth of the 300 richest individuals and families on the island of Ireland and was compiled by journalists Colm Murphy and Robert Watts using a varied range of accounts, annual reports, shareholder filings and other sources.