"I don't care too much for money," the Beatles sang in 1964. But Paul McCartney has made enough of it to top a survey of the 100 wealthiest British and Irish pop musicians by a comfortable margin.
In an article, just published in the U.K. music monthly Q and compiled by music-business accountant Cliff Dane via research into record company accounts, record sales and royalty rates, opens with the disclaimer that "except where massive cash leakages or rip-offs have escaped public record, most figures err on the conservative side."
Even so, Sir Paul is reckoned to be worth a cool $750 million. His fellow knight, Sir Elton John, is a relative pauper in second place with $225 million.
Rounding out the top are Mick Jagger ($182 million), Phil Collins, David Bowie and Keith Richards (tied at $150 million), the four members of U2 and Sting ($135 million each), George Harrison ($120 million), Eric Clapton ($112 million) and the third and final surviving Beatle, Ringo Starr ($105 million).