22= SIR ROD STEWART
2018: £180m 2017: £170m (22nd)
Gilt-bronze side tables and a teak lounge chair were some of the items up for grabs at a planned house clear out from Sir Rod Stewart’s old Epping home, Wood House, which was intermittently occupied by Winston Churchill in 1940 and 1941. Earlier this year Stewart slashed the price of Wood House from £7.5m to £5.95m to help sell the property, which has been on the market since 2016. The veteran rocker’s new home is the Grade II listed Durrington House, near Harlow. He bought the £4.65m property in 2013 and spent three years renovating the 10-bedroom property, which is set in 46 acres of pastures and ancient woodland. Such extensive grounds should give Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster plenty of space to indulge their passion for growing flowers. The couple are regulars at the Chelsea Flower Show and the rocker revealed that when suffering from throat cancer he considered quitting music to set up a flower business. He is also planning a £5m 50ft pool at the house for his son, who wants to be an Olympic swimming champion. Stewart last year renewed his marriage vows to Penny, selling pictures of the event to Hello! magazine and donating the fee to victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Despite failing to even make the charts with his revamped version of his 1978 classic Do Ya Think I’m Sexy with Joe Jonas’s DNCE, Stewart toured extensively last year. His 44 shows took £18.8m at the box office and teamed up with Cyndi Lauper for 17 gigs across North America during the summer. The lucrative touring schedule prompts us to raise Stewart to £180m this year.