Money (that’s what I want): Beatles still make £50 million a year

The Beatles made more than £50 million last year – despite breaking up in 1970.

The group’s company Apple Corps Limited showed a turnover of £50,244,899 for the 12 months ending in January.

The surviving members of the band – Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr – and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison picked up £6.1 million each.

The pay-out comes from £1,417,000 in dividends and £4,719,500 in “connection with the provision of promotional services and name and likeness rights”.

Most of the money comes from a Las Vegas stage show “Love” – a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil.

Last year Sir Paul, Sir Ringo, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison were paid £3,685,000.

The Sunday Times Rich List calculates Sir Paul, 78, is worth £800 million.

The Beatles’ version of  Money (That’s What I Want) was released in 1963 on the group’s second album With the Beatles.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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