Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most successful songwriters of all time. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records says he is the most successful songwriter of all time. The former Beatle never rests though. In addition to his constant touring, he has a new greatest hits package out this week, called Pure McCartney. He released his most recent new album in 2013.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, McCartney’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion. However, Forbes does not consider him a billionaire because that number includes the revenue his wife, Nancy Shevell, earns. CNNMoney reports that he’s worth an estimated $660 million.
While it’s true that money can’t buy you love, McCartney earns quite a bit of it. Here’s a look at Macca’s money.
1. Named Most Successful Songwriter… in 1979!
The Guinness Book of World Records has considered McCartney the Most Successful Songwriter of all time since 1979. Thanks to his wok with John Lennon during The Beatles, his solo hits and his hits with his ’70s group Wings, McCartney’s name is on 32 number one hits in the U.S., including 23 co-written songs. In the U.K., he has 28 number one singles, which is one behind Lennon.
McCartney has a whopping 192 songs chart in the U.K. His 192nd was “All Day,” which he co-wrote with Kanye West in 2015. Of that total, 32 songs were with The Beatles, 21 with Wings and 36 as a solo artist or part of a duo. The number also includes songs McCartney wrote, but didn’t record.
2. Nancy Shevell’s Family Makes Millions in Trucking
McCartney’s third wife is Nancy Shevell, the daughter of Myron “Mike” P. Shevell, who runs a group of trucking companies. That includes Eastern Freightways, New England Motor Freight and Apex Transportation. The companies are all under the Shevell Group of Companies, L.L.C. Nancy is listed as a Vice President of the company. Forbes estimates that the company earns $300 million a year.
McCartney and his band performed at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in October 2015, with Nancy and other members of the Shevell family in attendance for the private performance. He reportedly performed The Beatles song “Drive My Car” as “Drive My Truck.”
3. McCartney’s Shows Sell Out, Bringing in More Millions
McCartney certainly doesn’t have to perform as often as he does, but he clearly has no intention of stopping, not when he still sells out venues. In 2014, he had Billboard’s No. 1 tour with his “Out There” Tour, which grossed $165 million up to that point. During one week in October 2014, he made $10.6 million from five shows.
McCartney is now on his “One On One” Tour which will return to the U.S. on July 8 for SummerFest in Milwaukee. He’s also expected to perform at Desert Trip, which will also feature Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Who. It’s been reported that each act will earn at least $7 million.
4. Heather Mills Got $48.6 Million in Divorce Settlement
One of the most bitter celebrity divorces in recent years was between McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills. After four years of marriage, the two split and spent two years fighting. Mills originally sought $250 million, People reported at the time, and McCartney proposed $30 million. But the jury awarded Mills $48.6 million. Mills was under the impression that McCartney was worth $1.6 billion and insisted that their daughter, Beatrice, “is obviously meant to travel B class while her father travels A class.”
Mills continues to criticize McCartney. In March 2015, she said that McCartney only works with the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna to stay relevant.
“This is just someone I fell in love with who to me was a normal guy that happened to write a few cool songs in the ’60s and a few in the ’70s,” she told Ireland’s The Late Late Show. “Like everybody that’s a partner — you fall in love, you get married, you sometimes then go ‘Oh my God, this is completely wrong,’ you wake up, and you move on.”
5. He’s Actively Trying to Get the Beatles Publishing
While McCartney does own his own music publishing rights, he is still trying to get the ownership for the most of songs he and Lennon wrote during the Beatles years. He famously lost out to Michael Jackson in 1985 after Jackson spent $47.5 million on ATV Music, which had owned the rights to the Beatles songs at that point. The Jackson estate is reportedly planning to sell its 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV Music, which could open a window for McCartney. Billboard reported in December that McCartney is already starting the process.
McCartney’s MPL Music Publishing is a big business, owning songs by McCartney’s idols, Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins. MPL also owns songs by Fats Waller, Bessie Smith and Frank Loesser. McCartney does own the publishing rights to two Beatles songs: “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” the songs that made up the Fab Four’s first single.