Simon Cowell is sitting pretty while most everyone else has watched their worth sink during the recession, including the most wealthy British musicians. Compared to his contemporaries, Simon's net worth may not be the biggest of them all, but it's the only lot that increased last year. His worth went up 7 percent while others saw theirs drop. To find out what the king of American Idol is worth, read more.
Cowell's net worth is said to be $175.2 million. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, here's how other famous Brits have been affected by the economy.
- Sir Paul McCartney: His fortune has taken a 12 percent hit, from $730 million to $642.4 million.
- Sir Elton John: Some of the decrease in his net worth may be attributed to his generous donations, but last year his worth fell 26 percent, from $343.1 million to $255.5 million.
- Mick Jagger: This Rolling Stone is down 16 percent, with a current net worth of $277.4 million.
- Sting: Call the police, he has $262.8 million, which is 10 percent less than he had last year.