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Paul McCartney Richest British Musician for Past 20 Years

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    Paul McCartney (R) performs at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
April 11, 2013|10:56 am

Paul McCartney remains Britain's wealthiest musician this week after over 20 years at the top of the list.

The singer and songwriter of the Beatles was named at number one on the Sunday Times Rich List on Thursday, where he has been since the list was first compiled in 1989.

Furthermore, the Times estimated that the "Hey Jude" singer shares a $1.05 billion fortune with his third wife, Nancy Shevell.

McCartney gained international fame as a member of the Beatles alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr with songs such as "My Bonnie," "Love Me Do," and "Yesterday," among many others.

The band's widespread fame in the 1960s became known as "Beatlemania" and resulted in a lasting musical and cultural legacy. They disbanded in 1970.

Today, McCartney is 70 years old and still perform as a solo artist. The singer and songwriter can play both the acoustic and electric guitar, keyboard, and drums, and he has been referred to as "the most successful composer and recording artist of all time" by Guinness World Records.

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Meanwhile, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber came in at Britain's second-richest musician. The 65-year-old has been very successful in musical theatre, and has three Grammy Awards, seven Tony Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honors under his belt, among many other accolades.

Other top-wealthiest Brits rounding out the top six include U2, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, and Mick Jagger.

Alternately, on a similar list of top musicians under the age of 30, Adele came in at number one. The British chanteuse is well known for her hit songs that include "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You," and "Set Fire to the Rain," among others.

A full list of musicians will be available on Sunday, with the overall Rich List set for release on April 21. The list is compiled based on public records of property, shares, and other effects, according to the Associated Press.

 

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