Paul McCartney is a musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, Paul McCartney pursued a solo career, later forming Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine.
Guinness World Records described McCartney as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles, and as the “most successful songwriter” in United Kingdom chart history. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song “Yesterday”, more than any other song in history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre”, is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, Paul McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2013 he has sold over 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States.
McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, landmines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. Paul McCartney has married three times and is the father of five children.
As of 2012, Paul McCartney remains one of the world’s top draws. He played to over 100,000 people total during two performances in Mexico City in May, the shows grossing nearly $6 million. In June 2012, McCartney closed Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace, performing a set that included “Let It Be” and “Live and Let Die”.
Paul McCartney closed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on 27 July, singing “The End” and “Hey Jude” and inviting the audience to join in on the coda. Having donated his time, he received £1 from the Olympic organisers.
On 12 December, Paul McCartney performed, supported by Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear (all former members of Nirvana), the closing act of 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, seen by approximately two billion people worldwide.
Paul McCartney is one of the UK’s wealthiest people, with an estimated fortune of £475 million in 2010. In addition to an interest in Apple Corps and MPL Communications, an umbrella company for his business interests, he owns a significant music publishing catalogue, with access to over 25,000 copyrights, including the publishing rights to the musicals Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Annie and Grease. He earned £40 million in 2003, the highest income that year within media professions in the UK. This rose to £48.5 million by 2005.
How Paul McCartney Made His Money – Singing and Songwriting
Estimated Net Worth: $805 Million
Birthday: June 18, 1942
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