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How Much Was Paul McCartney Paid to Perform at the 2012 Olympics? You’ll Never Believe It

Or maybe you will believe it. Maybe everyone will believe it and then expect him to always charge that much.

How much?

Paul McCartney, now age 70, sang some Beatles songs during Friday's Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Britain's richest man was paid $1.57 — the U.S. equivalent of one British pound. Don't spend it all in one place, Sir Paul!

THR says Paul and the other performers were all paid one pound. "The top talent basically gave their services for free," a London 2012 spokeswoman told the Agence France-Presse (via THR). "But in order to have a formal contract for their services you have to show an amount, so that was set at a pound, which enables them to have a contractual arrangement."

How good of them! Now how do we alter NBC's contract to make them air the Olympic events in real-time instead of that awful spoiler-tempting tape delay? Can we charge them two extra pounds?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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07.31.2012 / 04:40 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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