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Who Needs Songs? Rihanna Zooms Up Rich List Despite Musical Drought Since 2016

© AP Photo / Invision/Vianney Le CaerRihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Ocean's 8' in London, Wednesday June 13, 2018.
Rihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Ocean's 8' in London, Wednesday June 13, 2018.  - Sputnik International
Rihanna has appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List, despite not having produced any new music for four years. Her newfound wealth is due to her successful cosmetics brand.

Barbados-born Rihanna, who now lives in London, is now the third richest musician in Britain with an estimated fortune of £468 million.

But the irony is that she appears to have made £351.6 million of that in cosmetics, rather than music.

Rihanna has overtaken Sirs Elton John and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which was published on 13 May.

The 32-year-old star - whose most famous songs include Umbrella, Diamonds and Work - has not released any music since 2016 but her cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, has been a big hit.

​The brand - which gets its name from her surname, gave her the largesse to donate US$5 million to provide COVID-19 testing and medical equipment worldwide last month.

In a recent interview in Vogue magazine, Rihanna said of her next album: “I can’t say when I’m going to drop. But I am very aggressively working on music.”

But last month in an Instagram live stream she rebuked American music fans and supporters of Donald Trump at the same time: "If one of y'all motherf***ers ask me about the album one more time when I'm trying to save the world, unlike y'all president... on sight!"

​The Sunday Times Rich list of British musicians is topped by Andrew Lloyd Webber - who has written the music for a string of hit musicals - and Paul McCartney, who are both worth an estimated £800 million.

Also in the top tean are Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani.

Ed Sheeran is worth £200 million, Adele has a reported £150 million, while 24-year-old Dua Lipa is worth a cool £16 million.

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