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2001-Apr-20: He's the Music World's First Billionaire

According to the London's Sunday Times' annual list of the country's wealthiest people, Sir Paul tops the list as the U.K.'s richest musician.   Last year his personal fortune increased by 163 million pounds ($235 million) to 713 million pounds ($1 billion) placing him at the top of the music list, and 36th on the overall list.  Sir Paul's worth was boosted by the 138 million pounds ($200 million) he inherited Linda's estate as well as the rewards reaped from the Beatles "1" album which has sold more than 12 million copies. George Harrison was placed at #12 on the list with 120 million, and Ringo Starr at #16 with 115 million.  Ian Coxon, the lists' editor, explains part of the secret to Sir Paul's success: "McCartney is quite canny with his money.  He doesn't spend a lot."  

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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