|Estimated value:||€812 million|
|Country of origin:||England|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer, songwriter and composer|
Paul McCartney is a singer, songwriter and composer. He achieved worldwide fame as the singer, bassist and co-songwriter of the British band The Beatles and is now considered the most successful songwriter in the history of pop music. The song “Yesterday” alone, which appeared on the 1965 album “Help!” The Beatles released is the most played and covered pop song of all time. After the Beatles separated, he founded the band Wings with his then wife Linda and the musician Denny Laine, which was one of the most successful music groups in the 1970s. He also dedicated himself to solo projects and is still a successful solo artist today.
Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool. His father was a firefighter and was serving in World War II at the time of his birth. His mother Mary worked as a midwife and was the family’s main breadwinner. Paul was a good student and was admitted as one of 3 out of 90 students at the Liverpool Institute, where he also met his future bandmate, the younger George Harrison. Paul’s father, Jim, encouraged Paul to take piano lessons, but he did not enjoy them. When Paul was 11 he auditioned for the Liverpool Cathedral Choir but was turned down. Instead he sang in the choir at St. Barnabas Church on Mossley Hill. For his 14th birthday, his father gave him a trumpet, which Paul later traded in for an acoustic guitar because he wanted to play and sing at the same time. As a left-hander, he opened the sides the other way around. Paul’s mother, Mary, died of an embolism resulting from breast cancer surgery when he was 14 years old. This stroke of fate is said to have been a reason for the later connection to his bandmate John Lennon, who also lost his mother early on.
When Paul was 15, he saw John Lennon’s band The Quarrymen perform. Paul McCartney joined the band as rhythm guitarist and his friend George Harrison as lead guitarist. Additional members were Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums. After the band changed names a few times, they called themselves The Beatles. Her first appearances took place in Hamburg, where further guest performances followed and where she met Ringo Starr. After Stuart Sutcliffe had already left the band, Paul took over the electric bass. Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr.
The band The Beatles had their breakthrough in England in 1962 with the song “Love Me Do” written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and their worldwide breakthrough followed in 1963 with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. It was created during the time with the Beatles first the composer community Lennon/McCartney. In addition to singing and bass, Paul McCartney played guitar, piano, mellotron and drums with the Beatles. The Beatles peaked in their careers in 1964 and 1969. By the time they broke up in 1970, they were said to have sold over 600 million record carriers. In the same year, Paul McCartney released his first studio album. In 1973 his band Wings released the album “Red Rose Speedway”. The song “Live and Let Die” became the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name and received an Oscar nomination. The successful Wings album “Band on the Run” was awarded two Grammys. After the band Wings disbanded, Paul McCartney worked successfully as a solo artist. In 1997 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He performed at the Super Bowl in 2002 and 2005. In 2011 he directed the classic play “Ocean’s Kingdom” for the New York City Ballet. He performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and with the former Nirvana members for the 12-12-12 benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
- “Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.”
- “Where I come from, you don’t really talk about how much you’re earning. Those things are private. My dad never told my mum how much he was earning. I’m certainly not going to tell the world. I’m doing well.”
- “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
- “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”
- “When you first get money, you buy all these things so no one thinks you’re mean, and you spread it around. You get a chauffeur and you find yourself thrown around the back of this car and you think I was happier when I had my own little car! I could drive myself!”
Because Paul McCartney lit a condom, he and his bandmates spent a few hours in prison in Hamburg.
McCartney saw the 9/11 attacks while on a plane over New York.
McCartney did not vote on Brexit because he was unable to attend due to a tour. However, he did not speak out in public for any position, but emphasized that both sides had good arguments.
|Estimated value:||€812 million|