Sing when you win: They’re the richest Irish music stars


Ireland is home to music industry stars who in some cases have stood the test of time, but who are the richest Irish music stars of our time?

  1. U2
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According to The Sunday Times Richlist, the group is collectively worth 605 million euros. U2 have been producing music since 1976 and their songs have topped the Irish music charts 21 times throughout the band’s lifetime.

U2 found number one chart success in the United States in 1987 with songs from their album The Joshua Tree. Their success on the UK music charts led them to multiple appearances on Top of the Pops where they performed Fire in 1981 and New Year’s Day in 1983.

2. Cranberries

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Still worth £315 million according to, The Cranberries, fronted by the late singer Dolores O’Riordan, put Ireland on the music map in the 1990s. Releasing singles like Dreams in 1992 and Zombie in 1994, they found success on the world stage.

At the time of her death in 2018, Dolores O’Riordan was worth around 35 million euros. The band came to an end upon O’Riordan’s death, having released their final album In The End which was released in April 2019.

The Cranberries performed live until 2017 when they embarked on their Something Else Tour. It took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Boston and New York before ending in Nashville, Tennessee. This would be the last time the band toured together.

3. Bob Geldoff

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Starting his career with The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof is worth around 150 million euros in 2022. While Bob wrote some of the most recognizable songs of the late 1970s and 1980s, with the titles I Don’t Like Mondays and Do They Know It’s Christmas, he also founded several very successful television production companies.

Geldof is also world famous for his organization of Live Aid, a concert held in several different stadiums around the world on the 13e July 1985 to raise money for charity.

4. Enya

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The reclusive Enya may be known for her mega-selling background music, but Enya began her music career in 1980 in an Irish band called Clannad. After deciding to go solo, Enya released her first single “I Want Tomorrow” from her debut album, Enya – an album which was later renamed The Celts.

Enya released her world famous single “Only Time” in 2000 as part of her fifth album, A Day Without Rain. The song was released as a radio remix a year later and proceeds from the song were donated to victims of the September 11 attacks. The song’s popularity increased as many radio stations used it during their coverage of the event.

5. Christy Moore

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Worth an estimated 113 million euros according to CelebNetWorth, Christy Moore has been making music since the late 1960s and made a name for himself in music when he founded the band Planxty in 1972. He also founded Moving Hearts in 1980 while still releasing solo work.

His song, “They Never Came Home”, was released in 1981 and referenced the Stardust Fire which happened on Valentine’s Day at a teenage nightclub in Artane, Dublin. It was banned from all Irish radio stations and was considered controversial at the time.

6. Van Morrison

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Van Morrison is worth an estimated £90million, according to CelebNetWoth, and had two top 10 hits on the UK charts with Brown Eyed Girl in 1967 and Domino in 1970.

His career spans six decades, but in 2020 the singer released anti-lockdown songs with lyrics like ‘This new normal isn’t normal’ and ‘We were born to be free’. The singer has shown no regrets for songs citing creative expression despite Belfast City Council considering revoking his Freedom of the City award.

seven. Niall Horan

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Worth 58 million euros, Niall Horan has amassed a following since splitting from One Direction in 2016. Since then he has released two studio albums and ten music videos and the artist’s single Slow Hands entered in the top 20 of the Billboard 100.

The singer left One Direction in 2016 when the band decided to break up after Zayn Malik decided to leave the band.

8. Chris de Burgh

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Worth an estimated 50 million euros, the Lady in Red singer released his debut album, Far Beyond These Castle Walls, in 1974. De Burgh went on to release a total of twenty-three studio albums with his final album , The Legend of Robin Hood. , released last September.

Known for its single The Lady in Red, it was released in 1986 and the song reached number one on the UK charts and number three on the US charts.

De Burgh enjoyed early success with his music in South America and continental Europe and although he was known in Europe and North America, it took the singer longer to break into these music markets.

9. Ronan Keating

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He’s been in the news for other reasons lately, but Ronan Keating is worth around €38m. The former Boyzone member works on digital radio station Magic Radio and has sold over 20 million records worldwide as a solo artist, as well as the 25 million records he has sold with Boyzone.

Ronan Keating has had three UK number ones in his career. His cover of Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz when you say nothing To All rose to prominence through the film Notting Hill in 1999.


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