Phil Collins
Rank 2017

The former Genesis drummer turned singer, 66, is turning back the clock both professionally and personally this year. After a long break from music, he embarks on his Not Dead Yet tour in June, including five nights at the Royal Albert Hall that sold out in 15 seconds. Collins, previously laid low with a bad back and alcohol-related problems, will sing with his son Nicholas, 16, playing the drums – although he is preparing to wield the sticks on his signature tune In the Air Tonight with a daily regime of exercise and practice. After five children from three marriages, Collins has rekindled his relationship with Orianne, his Swiss-born third wife, who was awarded £25m when the couple divorced in 2008. Orianne's own divorce from second husband Charles Fouad Mejjati was finalised last month. "It can be very difficult to forgive, but we both felt we made a mistake," Collins said of the reunion. "Our kids are obviously over the moon." He also enjoyed a rapprochement of sorts with his daughter Lily, 28, a Hollywood actress, who has publicly forgiven his absence during her childhood in a memoir published last month.
   Chiswick-born Collins had shifted 250m records when he announced his retirement in 2011, and since 1986 has earned at least £194m from his Philip Collins company. While this year's tour should be lucrative, we keep him at £110m.