Paul McCartney: First Billionaire Musician in U.K.

Disney+ adds classic Beatles film Let It Be

by Zain ul Abedin
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Paul McCartney: First Billionaire Musician in U.K.
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Paul McCartney's net worth just soared, placing him in the elite billionaire club. The 81-year-old Beatles legend, along with his wife, Nancy, made a significant leap on The Times' annual Rich List, ranking at No. 165 among the top 350 individuals and families.

This marks a rise from his position at No. 175 last year. McCartney's new financial milestone makes him the first U.K. musician to achieve billionaire status. His wealth increased by 50 million pounds, driven by the rising value of his music catalog, his 2023 Got Back tour, and Beyoncé's cover of The Beatles' "Blackbird" on her Cowboy Carter album.

The iconic musician praised Beyoncé's rendition of "Blackbird" on Instagram, calling it "magnificent" and highlighting its reinforcement of the civil rights message that originally inspired him to write the song. "I am so happy with @beyonce’s version of my song ‘Blackbird’.

I think she does a magnificent version of it and it reinforces the civil rights message that inspired me to write the song in the first place," he wrote.

Rich List Companions

McCartney is joined on The Times' list by notable figures such as King Charles, Sir Elton John, Salma Hayek, David and Victoria Beckham, and Simon Cowell.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also appears on the list. The news of McCartney's increased fortune follows Disney+'s addition of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Beatles film, *Let It Be*, to its streaming service on May 8. The film, which captures the creation of the iconic band's 1970 album, features McCartney alongside former band members Ringo Starr, the late John Lennon, and George Harrison.

Late last year, McCartney wrapped up the last leg of his Got Back tour, which began on April 28, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. In November, he also released a "final" Beatles song with Starr titled "Now and Then," originally written and recorded by Lennon in 1977.

According to The Times, the track topped charts in the U.K., Germany, Austria, and the U.S. With his ever-growing legacy, McCartney continues to cement his place in music history and now, the billionaire club.

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