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2003-Nov-02: Sir Paul Tops the 2003 Pay List

Sir Paul tops The Sunday Times Pay List 2003 as the highest-paid music and media figure in the UK. Sir Paul earned more than £40m in 2003 ($68 million), an increase from the £35m he earned in 2002. He places 12th in the overall list of Britain's top wage-earners. It is stated that £36m of these earnings were made from his Back in the World tour. Added to this are his £3m Apple Corps earnings and the £1m he gained from serving as the director of MPL Communications. The list, released today, differs from the Sunday Times Rich List in that it is based on wages and other earnings as opposed to accumulated or inherited wealth.

Philip Beresford, compiler of the Times list, stated that baby Beatrice may help her father retain his place at the top of this list in years to come:

"Maybe a baby will make him feel young and stay in touch with modern trends in his dotage. He has suddenly taken up touring and found it is another avenue to make huge amounts of money. He has got on the Rolling Stones' bandwagon."

Joining Sir Paul at the top the pay list are Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Madonna, and Elton John. Mr. Beresford states:

"These old rockers just keep going and going. Maybe they will still be performing on their zimmer frames. Most of them have now conquered their booze and drug problems and can actually see their fans. Twenty to 30 years ago they were so spaced out. "They keep their fan base who have grown old and rich with them and can use their credit cards to buy tickets to their ridiculously overpriced concerts."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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