Quitting One Direction cost Zayn Malik £3 million

Singer Zayn Malik’s decision to quit One Direction has cost him £3 million in just one year, new figures reveal.

But the Sunday Times Rich List, the definitive compilation of Britain’s wealthiest people, indicates the 23-year-old is still doing rather well for himself, with a net fortune of £30 million.


One Direction tops the list of the wealthiest young bands in Britain, worth a total of £132m. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson are each now worth £33m, reflecting the £3m extra they have accumulated since Malik shocked millions of young fans by quitting the band in March last year.

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Zayn Malik worth £30 million, but leaving One Direction has cost him £3 million

The second wealthiest young band – classed as under 30 years old – is Mumford and Sons, worth £54m. Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett and Winston Marshall are each worth £12m, while Marcus Mumford and his wife Carey Mulligan are jointly worth £18m.

Third is the Arctic Monkeys, collectively valued at £45m, while JLS is fourth with £30m and Little Mix come fifth with £24m.

But while being in a successful band is clearly a huge money spinner, these figures are pocket change compared to the UK’s sports stars who are aged 30 or under.

England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and his wife, Coleen are jointly valued at £96m. Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray and his brother Jamie are worth £58m, golfer Rory McIlroy has chipped in with £56m, while footballers Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) are on £34m and £33m respectively.

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