SOUL sensation Adele has topped this year’s countdown of Britain’s richest young musicians with an estimated £30 million fortune.

The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker, who turns 25 next month, is number one on the Sunday Times’ annual under 30 rich list for the second year running - despite taking an extended break to recover from a throat operation and to give birth to her first child last year.

Adele’s bank balance has swelled by £10 million in the last 12 months, thanks to continued sales of her albums and the success of her Oscar-winning James Bond theme tune, Skyfall. The new figure means Adele is way ahead of her fellow British musicians under 30 - pop star Cheryl Cole, 29, is a distant runner-up with £14 million, Leona Lewis, 28, and Katie Melua, 28, lag behind in joint third with £12 million, while 26-year-old rocker Florence Welch has earned £9 million. Boyband One Direction has also made an entry on the list after amassing a joint fortune of £25 million. But the chart-topping youngsters will have to start saving their pennies to topple the industry veterans - Sir Paul McCartney and his heiress wife Nancy Shevell lead the way with £680 million.                            –WO