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Way back in 1963, The Beatles famously covered Barrett Stong's "Money (That's What I Want)." John Lennon sang lead, but in the early performance clips you can see a young Paul McCartney bobbing his head, smiling and joining John and George Harrison in singing, "That's what I want." Some 50 years later, that's what the man now known as Sir Paul McCartney has – and lot of it.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List, McCartney is Britain's wealthiest musician. He's worth 680 million pounds, that's $1.05 billion. Sure, he shares it with his third wife, Nancy Shevell, but she's loaded, too. Her family owns a trucking company.
Of course, McCartney's wealth is nothing new. He's been topping the list every year since its inception in 1989. With the 70-year-old Paul still drawing sell-out crowds around the globe and the songs he recorded with The Beatles and as a solo artist still selling and receiving airplay, he's likely to remain in the top spot for the foreseeable future.
Coming in second place is composer Andrew Llloyd Webber, who's composed such musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He's worth an estimated 620 million pounds.
And it's not just the older chaps who are sitting on piles of cash. Relative newcomer Adele tops the list of musicians under 30 with 30 million pounds.
The Sunday Times will publish the full Rich List on Sunday.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Paul McCartney
- John Lennon
- Nancy Shevell