Each year, there's no magical mystery as to who'll reign supreme on the list of the world's wealthiest musicians. With an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion, the knighted Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, aka Macca, wins by a mile.
How did Sir Paul get so flush?
For starters, since the Fab Four released their first U.K. single ("Love Me Do") in 1962, The Beatles' estimated worldwide album sales top 600 million, and the band's estimated number of singles sold (including digital downloads) clocks in somewhere north of 1.6 billion, and counting. Add the cash generated by McCartney's solo output, with and without his 1970s' band Wings, and Macca's fortune is getting better all the time...better, better, better!
But wait. Aren't rock stars notorious for mismanaging their fortunes and winding up in ruin? Not so with Sir Paul. The "cute Beatle" also has an acute business acumen, evidenced by a drive to own publishing rights for his own material as well as songs by other artists. Macca's also so fond of lawsuits, ex-bandmate George Harrison mocked his litigious nature in the 1973 song "Sue Me, Sue You Blues."
Sit back, play your favorite Beatles album (it's "Revolver," correct?), and delve into the musical and business history of a talent that, unlike Justin Bieber, will still be discussed a century from now.