Elton is joint-sixth highest-earning musician in the UK with a 2003 income of £15 million.
Elton shares the mantle with Madonna, whom he criticised this year for the James Bond theme she recorded.
But Elton was well behind top earner Sir Paul McCartney, whose commanding £40 million should help ensure that his newly-born daughter Beatrice was born with a nice start to life.
Simon Cowell, the impressario and critic on Pop Idols, has seen his earnings shoot up from £3 million to £33.5 million – putting him in second place behind Macca.
Robbie Williams was 3rd with £26 million, and Elton’s pal Sting 4th with £25.14 million, fifth was Phil Collins on £25.12 million.
Behind Elton and Madonna was Eric Clapton in 8th position with his Runnaway Gravy Train of £13.8 million. Big mouth Rod Stewart was 9th on £13 million and Sir Mick Jagger was 10th on £12 million.
Ozzy Osbourne, with whose wife Elton got cosy for a TV show recently, was 12th on £8 million and one-time pal George Michael was 20th on £3.1 million.
The findings will be published in The Sunday Times Pay List on November 2, 2003.
How the money piles up in 2003. (2002 figures in brackets)
1. Paul McCartney: £40m (£35m)
2. Simon Cowell: £33.5m (£3m)
3. Robbie Williams: £26m (£10m)
4. Sting: £25m (£21.8m)
5. Phil Collins £25m (£6.3m)
6. Elton John £15m (£9.7m)
6. Madonna: £15m (£36m)
8. Eric Clapton: £13.8m (£14.2m)
9. Rod Stewart: £13m (12m)
10. Mick Jagger: £12m (£24.5m)
10. Keith Richards: £12m (£24m)
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