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What Each Beatle Earned in 1966 in Today’s Dollars

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(K&K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)


In December 1966, RAVE magazine tried to figure out just how much each of The Beatles had earned that year, crunching live appearances, songwriting, films, and various other streams of income. (For fans seeking a bit of chronology, this attempt occurred between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.)

The conclusion? Being a Beatle was pretty damned lucrative, though it should be remembered that this didn’t include the taxman or the fact that through questionable business decisions a good chunk of this money never actually reached the Fab Four. We’ve converted the sums from pounds into dollars and also listed their present buying power. (And yes, John and Paul did earn more, but the gap might not be as wide as you’d expect.)

We’ve also included their current net worths to show how lucrative it remains to have been in the world’s biggest band.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles.



Ringo Starr

Photo of Ringo STARR and BEATLES; Ringo Starr performing onstage, on the set of 'A Hard Day's Night' at the Scala Theatre, playing Ludwig drum kit, drums (Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)
(Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)


1966: $2,027,000 (buying power in 2016: $15,104,000)


2016: $300 Million (estimated net worth)


George Harrison

3rd December 1963: Guitarist and singer George Harrison (1943 - 2001) of the popular Merseybeat group The Beatles, performing during a live concert. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)
(Fox Photos/Getty Images)


1966: $2,050,000 (buying power in 2016: $15,275,000)


2001: (estate at time of death): $300 million


John Lennon

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1960: Photo of BEATLES and John LENNON; of the Beatles, tuning guitar (Gibson J160E acoustic) during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night" at the Scala Theatre (Max Scheler - K & K/Redferns)
(Max Scheler/Redferns)


1966: $3,334,000 (buying power in 2016: $24,843,000)


1980 (estate at time of death): $500 million (220 million pounds)

(Note: Lennon earned $12 million in the last year.)


Paul McCartney

 THE ED SULLIVAN February, 16, 1964. Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida. The Beatles' second appearance, Paul McCartney. (CBS via Getty Images)
(CBS via Getty Images)


1966: $3,334,000 (buying power in 2016: $24,843,000)


2016: With earnings of $56.5 million in the last 12 months alone, it is believed the Cute One’s net worth is between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion.