British musician Paul McCartney, left, and his wife Nancy Shevell . (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

His previous marriage cost him £24.3 million (R306.5m) after a bitter divorce battle.

But Sir Paul McCartney’s decision to tie the knot for a third time has propelled him back up the rich list.

The Beatle’s fortune has swelled by £170m in the past year, mostly thanks to his wedding last October to Nancy Shevell.

The US heiress’s £150m stake in her family’s haulage business, allied with £20m from his touring and album sales, means McCartney, 69, is now worth an estimated £665m, and jumps from fourth spot to third in the Sunday Times Rich List of Britain’s wealthiest musicians.

It is in sharp contrast with the damage done to his bank balance by the end of his four-year marriage to Heather Mills, mother of his eight-year-old daughter Beatrice, in 2006. The acrimonious divorce was finalised in May 2008.

Despite his change of fortunes, McCartney is still some way behind the man in top spot, record executive Clive Calder, who founded the Zomba Group of record labels and companies and is currently worth £1.35 billion, slightly up on last year.

Second is theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, with a fortune of £725m, up from £675m last year. His long-time musical collaborator, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, is fourth with £590m, a £90m drop from last year.

Victoria Beckham moved into the top 10, thanks to a £25m increase in her and footballer husband David’s wealth in the past year. It gives them a total fortune of £190m, putting them in joint 10th place with Mick Jagger and Daniel Ek, the London-based founder of the digital music download service Spotify.

Also in the top 10 are U2 (fifth, £514m), Simon Fuller (sixth, £375m), Simon Cowell (seventh, £225m), Elton John (eighth, £220m) and Michael Flatley (ninth, £192m). - Daily Mail