Global Gossip: 24.04.09 Part 2

BATD ON Apr 24, 2009 AT 12:08 pm

Freida Pinto & Dev Patel Arriving at the Oscars

Freida Pinto & Dev Patel Arriving at the Oscars

Are they on or are they off? Our spies tell us they could be on as Dev Patel and Freida Pinto have been seen kissing. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ stars – who are rumoured to have been dating since February – were pictured kissing and cuddling during an intimate lunch date at an outdoor cafe in Israel, where Freida is currently filming a movie.

The actors – who have both repeatedly denied they are a couple – couldn’t keep their hands off each other, often putting down their cutlery to nuzzle each others’ necks. One onlooker said: “They looked very happy together and they didn’t seem to care who saw them. Dev couldn’t take his eyes off her and she couldn’t help cuddling up to him. They kept staring into each other’s eyes. They were certainly acting like a couple, despite what they have both said. When they left the bar they split up and tried to act like they weren’t together.” Freida, 24, was wearing a sexy, low-cut black top while Dev, 19, sported an open-neck blue striped shirt and dark sunglasses.

Sir Paul and Ringo

Sir Paul and Ringo

The old credit crunch seems to have hit the wallets of Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John who have both lost £60 million in the last year.
The two musical legends have  seen millions wiped off the value of their investments, new information has revealed.

Paul has been hit hard by a fall in the value of property and shares. His divorce from Heather Mills also cost him £24.3 million. However, he is still worth around £440 million. Elton saw his fortune decline from £238 million to £175 million after losing out to the recession and giving an estimated £42 million to charity.

Sunday Times Rich List Editor Ian Coxon, who compiled the list, said:
“Wealthy stars have taken a similar hit to the rest of the population.”
According to the list,  Robbie Williams is worth £80 million, down from £105 million after failing to release any new material.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

The man behind the Spice Girls, Simon Fuller, lost a staggering £150 million – but is still worth £300 million.  Not all celebrities have been hit by the economic downturn. Music mogul Simon Cowell made an impressive £35 million profit, while Girls Aloud beauty Cheryl Cole – who was a judge on his hit British TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ – saw her wealth rise by £2 million.
Previous winner of the UK programme Leona Lewis also made £2 million, and Oasis rockers Liam and Noel Gallagher saw their earnings boosted by £7 million collectively.
Topping the list of the richest people in music with £1.3 billion was Clive Calder, founder of the Zomba Music Group, which was sold to Bertelsman AG in 2002.
The full 2009 Times Rich List will be released on Sunday (26.04.09).

Sunday Times Rich List top 10 music millionaires:

Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Andrew Lloyd-Webber

1. Clive Calder, £1.3 billion
2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber, £750 million
3. Sir Paul McCartney, £440 million
4. Cameron Mackintosh, £350 million
5. Simon Fuller, £300 million
6. Sir Mick Jagger, £190 million
7. Sting, £180 million
8. Sir Elton John, £175 million
9. Keith Richards, £175 million
10. Olivia and Dhani Harrison, £140 million

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