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Sir George Henry Martin net worth:
$400 Million

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(Sir) George Henry Martin was born on 3 January 1926 in Highbury, North London England, and passed away on 8 March 2016 at his home in Wiltshire. From the ’60s he was known as ‘the fifth Beatle’, so critically involved was he in the arrangement and production of their music, for which he was justly recognised and appreciated, but actually he was far more than that.

So just how rich was George Martin? Sources estimate that at the time of his passing, George’s net worth was in excess of $400 million, accumulated during his career in the music industry, which eventually spanned over six decades.

George Martin Net Worth $400 Million

George was educated at St Joseph’s elementary school and then St Ignatius’ College, and when evacuated during World War Two, at Bromley Grammar. He joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in 1943 although never saw active service, and used his demobilisation bonus in 1947 to pay for piano and oboe studies at Guildford School of Music and Drama – he had actually taken piano lessons from eight years of age, but didn’t consider a career in music until sometime later.

On graduation he worked briefly for the BBC music department, then joined EMI/Parlophone in 1950, becoming head of Parlophone Records in 1955 although specialising in classical and jazz music, and comedy albums with such as The Goons. His producing “Beyond the Fringe”(1960), based on Oxbridge ‘radicals’ of the time including Peter Cook and Dudley Moore really brought him to notice, and set his net worth rising steadily. George’s great strength was his depth of knowledge and the ability to use his talents – he was a musician, composer, producer, arranger,  conductor, and audio engineer, so was of enormous value to singers and musicians when it came to recordings, including in the burgeoning pop genre of the time.

In 1962 he agreed to sign The Beatles after other labels had turned down the group – hearing considerable promise in their composition “Please, Please Me” which became their first number one hit – and is credited with supervising the arrangement of many of the group’s tracks over the the seven succeeding years that they were together, from the relatively raw talent of the group members to the refined article that was eventually released. Many times George thought ‘outside the (pop)box’ – particularly notable were such as “Yesterday” with a string quartet, a piccolo trumpet solo in “Eleanor Rigby”, strings only to accompany “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and vari-speed editing with orchestra in “A Day in the Life”. Of course George was also instrumental in many of The Beatle’s mainstream hits too, significantly refining the group’s song-writing and musical talent to produce a string of number one hits on charts around the world. Very often he conducted the orchestral accompaniments to the tracks being recorded.

However, George Martin also worked with many other prominent music stars, many of whom say that they were extremely appreciative of his ability to get the best out of themselves personally and their music.  He produced “Alfie” for Cilla Black, and for other British artists such as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John and Kate Bush among others. He was also in demand from artists from the other side of the Atlantic, for such as  Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers, Carly Simon and Celine Dion. Significantly, George is the only producer to score number one hits in four decades, on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course this constant work meant that George’s net worth increased substantially.

Additionally, Martin composed, arranged and produced film scores from the early 1960s; the instrumental score for The Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), won an Academy Award nomination, as did his collaboration with Paul McCartney on the James Bond film score for “Live and Let Die”(1973), which he composed. Other film scores included “Pulp”(1972) starring Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney, and the John Schlesinger – directed “Honky Tonk Freeway”(1981) among many others.

Of course George Martin was also an author – “All You Need is Ears”(1979) with co-writer Jeremy Hornsby documented his time with The Beatles and other artists to that point. The self-explanatory “Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt Pepper” written with William Pearson was released in 1993, and his autobiography “Playback” was published in 2002. All contributed to his net worth.

George received many honours and awards – perhaps the highlight was his knighthood bestowed in 1996. He received seven Grammys, two BRIT Awards, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Among other degrees, Oxford University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Music in 2011. He was also honoured by a BBC documentary “Produced by George Martin” in 2011, detailing his whole life with contributions from many of the stars of entertainment who he had worked with.

In his personal life, in January 1948 and while still at the Guildford Academy, George Martin married Sheena Chisholm, with whom he had two children. He subsequently married Judy Lockhart-Smith in 1966, by whom he is survived, and they also had two children.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Girls Revolt 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa 2016 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Hola y adiós 2016 TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Walking Dead: Michonne 2016 Video Game writer: "Gun in my Hand"
Aloha 2015/I performer: "Pepperland" / writer: "Pepperland"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Frost/Nixon 2008 writer: "By George It's David Frost" - as George Henry Martin
Across the Universe 2007 performer: "A Day In The Life"
The Alchemists of Sound 2003 TV Movie documentary writer: "Time Beat" - as Ray Cathode / writer: "Waltz in Orbit"
The Rhythm of Life 1997 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "Love in the Open Air", "By George! It's The David Frost Theme"
Ai monogatari 1991 TV Mini-Series producer: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 writer: "Ticlaw Anthem", "Love Keeps Bringing Me Down"
Roadie 1980 producer: "Everything Works If You Let It"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 producer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Fixing A Hole", "Getting Better", "Here Comes The Sun", "I Want You She's So Heavy", "Good Morning, Good Morning", "Nowhere Man", "Polythene Pam", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Reprise, "Mean Mr. Mustard", "She's Leaving Home", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "Oh! Darling", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Because", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Being For The
Ringo 1978 TV Movie arranger: "Yellow Submarine in Pepperland" instrumental
Xin si wang you xi 1975 "Trespassers Will Be Eaten"
Mister Jerico 1970 TV Movie music: "Mister Jerico"
The Southern Star 1969 arranger: "The Southern Star" / performer: "The Southern Star"
The Bobo 1967 "Girl from Barcelona", "The Bulls of Salamanca"
The Family Way 1966 performer: "Love In The Open Air" main theme
Alfie 1966 producer: "Alfie"
Crooks Anonymous 1962 music: "I Must Resist Temptation" - uncredited
V.D. 1961 performer: "Lovers Blues" / writer: "Lovers Blues"
I Like Money 1961 music: "I Like Money"
Smiley 1956 producer: "Smiley"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring Violet UK 2005 Video documentary music arranger
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1989 TV Movie musical director
Rupert and the Frog Song 1985 Short music arranger
Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 music arranger / musical director / orchestrator
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 conductor / music arranger / musical director / original soundtrack album produced by
Pulp 1972 conductor
Frost on Sunday 1968 TV Series composer: theme "By George! It's the David Frost Theme"
Yellow Submarine 1968 musical director
Magical Mystery Tour 1967 TV Movie music producer - uncredited
The Family Way 1966 music adaptor / music arranger / music supervisor
Ferry Cross the Mersey 1964 musical director
A Hard Day's Night 1964 composer: incidental music - uncredited / music arranger - uncredited / musical director / performers: "This Boy: Ringo's Theme" - uncredited
Calculated Risk 1963 conductor
Take Me Over 1963 arranger and conductor

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981
The Optimists of Nine Elms 1973
Live and Let Die 1973 music score
Pulp 1972
With a Little Help from my Friends 1969 TV Movie music by
The Family Way 1966 uncredited
Ferry Cross the Mersey 1964
Calculated Risk 1963
Take Me Over 1963
Crooks Anonymous 1962

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MIRA Protocol 2016 Short completed Esteban
Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 Producer
Paul McCartney: Take It Away 1982 TV Movie Pianoplayer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute 2002 TV Movie event producer - as Sir George Martin
Music for Montserrat 1997 TV Special documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 2016 Documentary This film is dedicated to the memory of
Across the Universe 2007 very special thanks
Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring Violet UK 2005 Video documentary special thanks
Challenge Anneka 1992 TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
The Man with the Red Horn 2014 Documentary Sir Georges Martin
The One and Only Cilla Black 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Cilla's Record Producer, 1963-1973 (as Sir George Martin)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories 2011 TV Series Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
Arena 1998-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Beatles Stories 2011 Documentary Himself
How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
All Together Now 2008 Documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Pop Britannia 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Good Morning America 1980-2007 TV Series Himself
Imagine 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2006 TV Series Himself
Gloria's Greats 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
UK Music Hall of Fame 2004 TV Series documentary
Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile' 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Jubilee Girl 2002 TV Movie Himself / interviewee
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Back in the U.S. 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
This Is Your Life 1980-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Bond Sound: The Music of 007 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Beatles Revolution 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Omnibus 1968-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Top Ten 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Céline Dion: Let's Talk About Love 1998 TV Movie documentary
Profile of a Performing Artist: Sir George Martin 1998 Documentary short Himself
In My Life: A Unique Recording Project from Sir George Martin 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself
The Rhythm of Life 1997-1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Abbey Road Story 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Paul McCartney: In the World Tonight 1997 Video documentary Himself
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Music for Montserrat 1997 TV Special documentary Himself
Brit Girls 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
An Audience with Elton John 1997 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Beatles Anthology 1995-1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Record Producer
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Pebble Mill at One 1994 TV Series Himself
Cilla's Celebration 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Challenge Anneka 1992 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 1984-1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 TV Series Himself
Imagine: John Lennon 1988 Documentary Himself - Beatles' producer
It Was 20 Years Ago Today 1987 Documentary Himself
A Century of Stars: The Story of the Grand Order of Water Rats 1984 TV Movie documentary
The Compleat Beatles 1982 Video documentary Himself - Record Producer
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1979 TV Series Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
David Frost Salutes the Beatles 1975 TV Movie documentary Himself
Whatever Happened to Tin Pan Alley? 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself
Anatomy of Pop 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Let It Be 1970 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
NBC Experiment in Television 1970 TV Series Himself
With a Little Help from my Friends 1969 TV Movie Himself
All Systems Freeman 1968 TV Series Himself
Now and Then 1967 TV Series documentary short Himself
Our World 1967 TV Movie documentary Himself (United Kingdom segment)
The Music of Lennon & McCartney 1965 TV Special documentary Himself
Ferry Cross the Mersey 1964 Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1963 TV Series Himself
Here Come the Girls 1963 TV Series Himself
Spectacular 1960 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 2016 Documentary Himself
Six O'Clock News 2016 TV Series Himself
The Beatles: 1 2015 Video Himself (segment "A Day in the Life") (uncredited)
Ringo Starr: Photographer 2015 Documentary short Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Record Producer
Stayin' Alive - 50 Jahre Bee Gees 2013 Documentary Himself
When Albums Ruled the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
John Lennon: Love Is All You Need 2010 Video documentary Himself (as Sir George Martin)
Who Buried Paul McCartney? 2005 Documentary short Himself
Georgie Fame 60 år 2003 TV Movie
Wingspan 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Beatles Story 1996 Documentary Himself
You Can't Do That! The Making of 'A Hard Day's Night' 1995 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Gold Badge Award BASCA Gold Badge Awards · Paul Carrack
· Mark Cooper
· Jude Kelly
· Nick Mason
· Mandy Oates
· Nigel Ogden
· Caroline Redman Lusher
· Chris Welch
· John Williams
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media The Beatles in 'Love' (2006) · Giles Martin (producer)
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award World Soundtrack Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 Grammy Grammy Awards Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture Live and Let Die (1973) · Paul McCartney
· Linda McCartney
1970 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show Yellow Submarine (1968) · John Lennon
· Paul McCartney
· George Harrison
1965 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment A Hard Day's Night (1964)


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#Fact
1 Preparing a Beatles musical extravaganza show for Las Vegas. Though not directly involved, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and the family of the late George Harrison have given their support. Premiere scheduled for 2007. [October 2006]
2 Awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Honours List. [December 1995]
3 Although already an accomplished pianist, Martin started to learn the guitar in order to communicate better with the Beatles, none of whom played the piano well when they started working with him. In return, they all started to improve their piano playing by buying a piano each. By Martin's own admission, they learned the piano better than he managed to learn the guitar.
4 Founded 'Air-Edel Recording Studios' with Herman Edel in 1969.
5 Father of Gregory Paul Martin and Giles Martin.
6 He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1996 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Music.
7 Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. The award was presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. [November 2006]
8 Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1984.
9 After the "Get Back" debacle in early 1969, Martin began recording less with the Beatles, for the first time in six years; producer's duties were often filled in by Alan Parsons. Martin agreed to return for the "Abbey Road" sessions, however, on the band's promise that everyone would work together "like the old days".
10 Along with producing the Beatles' recordings, Martin often joined them on the playing end, adding keyboards to their lineup - thus becoming the real "Fifth Beatle" if there ever was one.
11 While Martin worked mostly hand-and-glove with Paul McCartney musically, he often found John Lennon's musical ideas considerably challenging. Martin always met the challenge, though, contributing the orchestral windup to the mix of "A Day In The Life", and the use of old circus pipes recordings in "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite".
12 When Martin met John Lennon in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he took Lennon to task for some critical comments he'd made about Martin, published in "Rolling Stone". Lennon gave Martin a rare apology, and praised him for his dedication and hard work. (For Lennon's part, his "Rolling Stone" comments did include "George made us what we were in the studio," and "He helped us develop a language to talk to [other] musicians.")
13 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (under the category Non-Performer) in 1999.

#Quote
1 The very first records we made were just on two-track and then we had the great advance of four-track. We were able to actually overdub and start putting secondary voices on and guitar solos at a later stage and that kind of thing.
2 [on "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins] One of the best pop songs, I think, ever written.
3 [on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"] Looking back on Pepper, it was quite an icon. It probably did change the face of recording so it became a different kind of art form.
4 Tape and electronics have brought enormous new feel to music. It's surprising what you can do once you have a sound recorded on tape.
5 [on Phil Spector's controversial overdubs to the "Let It Be" record] It was so uncharacteristic of The Beatles. It went against everything The Beatles wanted to do with the record. He tried to use the same techniques that he used on other people's records, and it didn't work. I could understand why Paul (Paul McCartney) got so mad over it.
6 Without Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper wouldn't have happened . . . Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds.
7 If there is one person I would have to select as a living genius of pop music, it would be Brian Wilson.

#Trademark
1 Bringing classical methods and orchestrations into pop recordings
2 His sophisticated production style - he is responsible for some of the Beatles' most famous sounds
3 Deep authoritative voice and received pronunciation English accent
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