George Harrison was an English music artist who became immensely popular for being the Beatles’ lead guitarist. He was also a songwriter as he contributed some lyrics to the group. In addition to the huge fortune he accrued as a member of one of the world’s best selling music bands, George Harrison’s net worth was heavily racked up during his solo career as he released several hit singles and albums after the Beatles disbanded. Read on to find out more details on George Harrison’s net worth at the time of his death.
George Harrison Success with The Beatles
George Harrison became a member of the Beatles in 1858 when the group was known as the Quarrymen. Two years later, the group began calling themselves the Beatles. With Harrison as the lead guitarist, they moved on to release a first single titled, ‘Love Me Do‘ which clinched the No. 17 spot on the Record Retailer chart. In 1963, the group dropped their debut album ‘Please Please Me‘ which earned them $1.32 million from record sales as a million copies of the album were sold in the United States, 500,000 copies each in Australia, Canada, and Britain.
In the same year, the Beatles released their second album, ‘With the Beatles‘ that was platinum certified by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The album sold 500,000 copies in the United States, Australia, and Canada. The music group then dropped several albums that earned them millions of dollars which obviously augmented George Harrison’s net worth in the next year.
Furthermore, the talented musician and his bandmates went on to gather $3.2 million from the sales of ‘Beatles ’65‘ with about 3 million copies sold in the US and a million copies sold in Canada. In the same 1964, their album titled ‘Something New‘ made $2.35 million from sales as it was 2x platinum-certified by RIAA and platinum by Music Canada. They also realised $5.3 million from the sales of ‘Meet The Beatles!‘ which had a sales of 5 million copies in the United States and a million copies in Canada.
In 1965, the Beatles’ album titled, ‘Rubber Soul‘ generated for the group a whopping sum of $8 million from its sales. The album sold 6 million copies in the US, two million copies in Canada, a million copies in Britain and 500 copies in Germany. In the next year, George Harrison’s net worth was raised through the Beatles’ $7 million earnings from their hit album ‘Revolver‘ that was RIAA certified 5x platinum, 2x platinum by Music Canada, platinum-certified by BPI and ARIA.
The music band then had an incredible career success in 1967 when the record sales of their album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ generated $15 million. The album was 11x platinum certified by RIAA, 8x platinum-certified by Music Canada, ARIA certified 4x platinum and BPI certified 3x platinum. Similarly, in 1969, the Beatles which became renowned as the most successful band of the 20th century earned $16 million through the sales of their album titled, ‘Abbey Road‘. It sold 12 million copies in the US, 3 million copies in Australia, 2 million copies in Britain and one million copies in Germany.
George Harrison’s Successful Solo Career
Following the Beatles’ split in 1970, George Harrison equally had a successful career as a solo performer. He released his first solo album titled, ‘All Things Must Pass‘ in the same 1970 along with its lead single ‘My Sweet Lord‘ which became an international number-one hit song in many countries. The eminent guitarist went on to amass $6.15 million from the record sales of the aforementioned album that sold 6 million copies in the United States and 500,000 copies in Britain and Canada.
He realised a massive sum of $6.84 million from the sales of his compilation album, ‘Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989‘. Other of his albums which were RIAA certified gold included his live album ‘The Concert for Bangladesh‘, ‘Living in The Material World‘, ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)‘, ‘George Harrison‘ and others.
George Harrison’s Net Worth at The Time of His Death
Having achieved an illustrious career as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, George Harrison’s net worth at the time of his demise was estimated at $400 million. Although he is not the richest member of the Beatles as Paul McCartney sits on a net worth of $1.2 billion, he racked up more wealth than his bandmate, Ringo Starr whose financial value is estimated at $350 million. Beyond the earnings from his musical activities, George Harrison’s net worth was also raised through his works as a film producer and record producer.
He founded his Film Production Company, HandMade Films in 1978 along with Denis O’Brien and was credited with the production of films such as Time Bandits. The movie became the company’s most successful and acclaimed efforts as it earned $35 million in the US within ten weeks of its release on a budget of $5 million. George Harrison won many accolades during his lifetime which includes the British Independent Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, Billboard Century Award, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and a 2004 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.