Today is Enya, aka Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin's, birthday! Born in Gweedore, County Donegal, the amazing musician, famous for shying away from the public, still managed to come out on top, according to the Sunday Times 2016 Rich List.
It pays to be Enya. The Irish new age-y singer, who does whatever it takes to avoid the limelight, is the richest female singer in Britain and Ireland according to the latest compilation from The Sunday Times in the U.K.
Enya, famous for her albums Watermark and A Day Without Rain, which featured the single “Only Time” – the proceeds of which she donated to the FDNY families who lost loved ones in 9/11 – is sitting on a fortune of £91 million, says the Times, which is a few mil better than Adele, whose worth is a mere £85 million but rising every second thanks to her current sell-out world tour and latest album which has broken every record there is.
Enya, 54, landed at slot 28 of the Times’ Music Millionaires of Britain and Ireland Top 50 list, two ahead of Adele at 28. She continues to live in a castle in Dublin, not far from Bono and others of her wealth.
Though Adele has been all over the place these days with her album 25 and ongoing tour, Enya also released new music in 2015. Her Dark Sky Island CD was released the same day as Adele’s, November 20, and though it wasn’t the monster hit that 25 is, the CD peaked on Billboard’s 200 list at number eight.
“Enya hasn’t moved a great deal, she’s only up a million this year but she’s a well-established artist and over her career has sold millions of records. Once you’ve got the wealth you staying the list, it doesn’t disappear,” said Ian Coxton, editor of the Times list.
Only up a million?!?! #richpeopleproblems.
* Originally published in 2016.