With a career that spans 63 years, it’s not hard to conceive that Paul McCartney is one of the richest musicians in the world. And it’s no surprise, considering his incredible career as a part of the Beatles and as a solo musician. He has amassed a fortune upwards of $1 billion and counting. But, he does believe that among many things that money brings, there’s one that stands out as the nicest.
Is Paul McCartney a bit of a hoarder?
In 2019-2020 alone, Sir Paul McCartney’s earning was north of $68 million. And for someone who started from the working class, so much money does change a lot in a person. While talking to the New York Times, his approach to finances has changed over time, saying:
It has obviously changed. What has stayed the same is the central core. When I was in Liverpool as a kid, I used to listen to people’s conversations. I remember a couple of women going on about money: ‘Ah, me and my husband, we’re always arguing about money.’ And I remember thinking very consciously, ‘Okay, I’ll solve that; I will try to get money.’ That set me off on the ‘Let’s not have too many problems with money’ trail.
Moreover, Sir Paul also revealed that he had a habit of keeping everything he found valuable when he was young. In some people’s eyes, it could be seen as hoarding, as Sir Paul said:
… not having much money, when anything came into the house, it was important. It was important when my weekly comic was delivered. Or my pen pal — I had a pen pal in Spain, Rodrigo — when his letter came through, that was a big event. When they had giveaways in comics with little trinkets, I kept them all. Some people would say that’s a hoarding instinct, but not having anything when I was a kid has stuck with me as far as money. You know, I’m kind of crazy. My wife [Nancy] is not. She knows you can get rid of things you don’t need.
He doesn’t think he’s a hoarder
However, Paul McCartney does not see him as a hoarder, but as a “keeper”. He further said:
If I go somewhere and I get whatever I bought in a nice bag, I will want to keep the bag. My rationale is that I might want to put my sandwiches in it tomorrow. Whereas Nancy says, ‘We’ll get another bag.’
The nicest thing money can buy
That said, Paul McCartney does believe that the nicest thing that money brings is how he can help others. That too especially when he gets to help family and friends with their medical bills. Sir Paul said this attitude represents an “instinct to preserve,” saying:
One of the great things now about money is what you can do with it. Family and friends, if they have any medical problem, I can just say, ‘I’ll help.’ The nicest thing about having money is you can help people with it.
It’s great to see that despite the unimaginable success and fame, Paul McCartney did not stray far from his roots. And it’s great to hear that he uses his money for the betterment of his family and friends.