Sir Paul McCartney, one of the most celebrated and accomplished musicians in history, turns 77 on June 18, 2019. McCartney rose to international fame with the Beatles and went on to become a wildly successful solo musician.
The music legend was knighted over two decades ago, and in May 2018, he received an additional honor from the queen of England: the Companion of Honor award for his outstanding achievements in music.
Here’s a look at the career, life, accomplishments and net worth of the former Beatle.
Paul McCartney’s Net Worth: $1.2 Billion
Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He is the richest musician in the U.K. as of May 2019, according to The Sunday Times. In 2018, McCartney was included in Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid musicians after taking home a cool $47.5 million over a one-year period.
He has embarked on dozens of national and international tours since 1972, as well as an impressive array of other single-night appearances, concerts, benefits and specials, including 1985’s Live Aid benefit concert and the 2005 Super Bowl. In March 2019, McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour brought in $17.8 million from four shows, according to Billboard. “Egypt Station,” the former Beatle’s most recent studio album, debuted at No. 1, the first time in over three decades for the singer. McCartney recorded a 2015 single, “FourFiveSeconds,” with fellow musical heavyweights Rihanna and Kanye West. The track peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hot off the heels of his latest tour, McCartney also released an expanded edition of “Egypt Station” that features new material. Clearly, this billionaire musician isn’t considering retiring anytime soon.
Paul McCartney and the Beatles
By the middle of the 1960s, the Beatles were a smashing success, and the band’s U.S. debut was dubbed the start of the British Invasion. The group released more than a dozen Beatles albums in the 1960s.
Along with John Lennon, Liverpool native McCartney was part of one of the most successful partnerships in music history. Either on his own or in tandem with Lennon, McCartney wrote some of the Beatles’ most celebrated songs, including “Hey Jude,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Let It Be” and “Yesterday.” “Hey Jude” is No. 10 on Billboard’s chart of the greatest Hot 100 singles of all time.
The Beatles achieved record-high album sales and released chart-topping singles. Out of the group’s 71 songs that entered the Hot 100, 20 of them peaked at No. 1. The album “Please Please Me” spent 30 weeks at No. 1.
Though Lennon and George Harrison died in 1980 and 2001, respectively, there is one other surviving member of the Beatles. Ringo Starr has a net worth of $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Paul McCartney’s Solo Career
In 1970, then-27-year-old McCartney released an experimental solo album in which he played all of the instruments, simply titled “McCartney.” Not long after, the Beatles disbanded and McCartney went on to form the band Wings, which cranked out several hit singles in the 1970s.
McCartney went on to become one of the most successful musicians of the 1970s. A total of five of the nine top 10 albums he released that decade reached No. 1. He had six No. 1 singles and 15 songs that landed in the top 10.
Throughout his career, McCartney has collaborated with some of history’s most celebrated musicians, including Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and even Kanye West during a now legendary 2015 performance.
For his work in music, McCartney has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as himself and as a Beatle. In 1997, he was knighted Sir Paul McCartney by the queen of England.
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Paul McCartney’s Family and Personal Life
McCartney married Linda Eastman in 1969. The couple raised four children together: Stella, James, Heather and Mary McCartney. The two stayed together until Linda died of cancer in 1998. At the time of her death, Linda McCartney had a net worth of $5 million.
In 2002, McCartney married former model Heather Mills, and they had a daughter, Beatrice, in 2003. Mills has maintained a varied career in television and activism since. The two divorced in 2008, and McCartney married again in 2011, this time to Nancy Shevell.
In 2015, McCartney bought a $15.5 million triplex in New York City. The purchase added to McCartney’s vast network of lavish real estate holdings.
McCartney began his career with the Beatles, who are regarded as one of history’s most influential and successful bands. His solo career has been no less prolific, profitable or successful. As he celebrates his 77th birthday, the billionaire Beatle remains one of the richest, most beloved and most emulated musicians in history.
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Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article.