Nearly three years have passed since she released the album that made her a worldwide star.
But if Adele has allowed her singing career to take a backseat to motherhood since then, it certainly hasn’t dented her earning power.
The 25-year-old raked in £30million last year as the royalties of her record-breaking release 21 continued to pour in.
It was a 65 per cent increase on the year before and meant she could pay herself a £12million windfall – even after paying over £5million in corporation tax. This means she now earns more than £32,000 a day.
According to her latest accounts, the star’s company Melted Stone saw its post-tax profits shoot up from £2.1million to £13.8million in just 12 months.
The accounts said the huge turnover ‘reflects the worldwide success of the sound recording 21’.
The fact it has taken until now for the profits of her old record sales to reach her bank account was due to ‘the time delay associated with the pay through of royalty income’, the accounts said.
In addition to these millions, Adele’s other company Melted Stone Publishing – which takes the profits of her lyrics and sheet music – made £5.2 million in a year.
Miss Adkins, who was brought up by her mother in a flat above a south London shop, wrote 21 – which featured the hit single Rolling in the Deep – after breaking up with a boyfriend.
Since its release in 2011 it has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide, making it the second-best selling album in British history after The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper.
Last month, it became the first album to sell more than three million digital copies.
Lucrative: Adele’s hit album 21 has sold more than 26million copies – second only to The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper among British artists
But in the past three years the singer has remained relatively quiet, to the frustration of her millions of fans.
In late 2011 she was forced to undergo surgery on damaged vocal chords, and the following year she gave birth to her son Angelo.
Her one studio release since then – the theme tune to Bond film Skyfall – was an instant hit, shooting to the top of the charts.
She is now reportedly working on a third album, expected to be released later this year.
Miss Adkins’ healthy bank balance is also a bonus for the tax man. Her accounts show she paid £5.1million in corporation tax in the financial year up to April 2013, and she will owe millions more in income tax.
No doubt the singer found the bill particularly unwelcome , given she made her opposition to the top rate of tax clear after the release of her first album 19.
At the time, she complained: ‘I’m mortified to have to pay 50 percent. I use the NHS, I can’t use the public transport any more.
‘Trains are always late, most state schools are s*** and I’ve gotta give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh?’
Miss Adkins is in a relationship with entrepreneur Simon Konecki, 37. The couple have homes in Brighton and London, often spend time in Los Angeles, and recently rented a ten-bedroom mansion in West Sussex for £15,000 a month.