Here's something which might make you lose your lunch. A bunch of sickeningly rich people. And, surprise, surprise, it's headed by one Simon Cowell.
The music mogul/all-consuming purveyor of mediocritytook poll position in the British edition of OK! magazine's Rich List after earning a staggering £50 million in the last year. The figure is £15 million more than Simon's earnings in 2008.
Other stars to feature include musicians U2, who made millions on their global tour last year, and Sir Elton John, whose residency at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace ensured him a place. You might want to grab a nearby basket: TV presenting duo Ant 'I'm morphing into a brunette version of Conan O'Brien thanks to the preventory hair plugs I've spent my millions on. Keep tuning in to witness my hair line magically wander down my majestic cranium' McPartlin and Declan 'I might follow suit' Donnelly also appeared on the list thanks to their fronting of reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! They earned £20 million for being, in their own words, "enthusiastic" *rummages in drawer for pom poms*
Sir Paul McCartney, Ewan McGregor (also voted Forbes' most overpaid actor in November), AND Colin Faddiledeedleidle made the top ten as well... And Christian Bale netted a cool £25million (not bad for losing the rag while shooting an exploding turkey). However, TV stars Fern Britton, Nigella Lawson and Carol Vorderman all found themselves off the list after the recession 'caused many stations to cut back on staff *whispers* oooff a ceeertain aaaaggge?
Simon's latest accolade is proof the 50-year-old star's success shows no sign of ending anytime soon. He recently signed a $1 billion deal with Sony, which will see him take part-ownership of his label Syco (previously owned wholly by Sony), entitling him to 50 per cent of its profits. The contract obviously includes an agreement to sell the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent formats to even more countries, making Cowell an estimated £500 million in the next two years. It also gives Cowell joint control of the artists produced by the shows, including Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Susan Boyle, whose debut album was the fastest-selling record in history.
British OK! magazine's Rich List top 10:
1. Simon Cowell - £50 million
2. U2 - £40 million
3. Sir Elton John - £35 million
4. Coldplay - £30 million
5. Sir Paul McCartney - £25 million
6. Christian Bale - £25 million
7. Ant and Dec - £20 million
8. Colin Farrell - £16 million
9. Ewan McGregor - £16 million
10. Take That - £15 million