When you’re one the richest singers in the world,worth over a billion bucks, you don’t really need the money. Which is perhaps why superstar Brit Paul McCartney performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics for $1.57!
Find out… after the jump!
$1.57 equates to one British pound, which was smallest amount McCartney had to be paid to make his contract valid. They would have otherwise done it for free! All that work for no pay? Talk about being an Anglophile!
This is by far McCartney’s biggest and best gig of the year, which he did for practically nothing.
Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande are also among the stars who are thought to have been paid the token figure. The big names had originally agreed to play the show in the Olympic Stadium for free, but the inclusion of the £1 figure was to make the contract binding. It means the star names were paid less than 1/20th of the cost of the cheapest ticket for the ceremony. Seats ranged up to £2,012 for the best available. (via UK Guardian)
As for the thousands of other performers in the ceremony? They were paid a lot more for all of their hard work!
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