You Won't Believe How Much Paul McCartney Made for His Olympics Performance
Paul McCartney is one of the biggest names in music. As a former Beatle, he carries with him a legacy that will remain long after he's gone. And while he's still alive and performing, it allows for some pretty big paydays.
But the pay for McCartney's latest gig, playing during the Opening Ceremony of The 2012 Summer Olympics, was truly astonishing. In fact, you probably couldn't guess what they paid him. Go on, give it a go.
Ready for the answer? McCartney was paid a single British pound for his performance. That's about $1.57 if you convert it.
But don't go expecting to be able to book Paul McCartney for your birthday party for $1.50 anytime soon. McCartney and other performers took the small payday so that they could donate their talents to the Opening Ceremony and help show off how cool Great Britain is. The single pound was paid in order to make the contracts binding.
McCartney and the other big performers like The Arctic Monkeys weren't alone, either: the many performers in the opening spectacle were volunteers who devoted many months of their time to rehearsing the elaborate presentation.
Be sure to check out some of the best moments from the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The 2012 Summer Olympics