George Harrison was the lead guitarist, songwriter and singer with The Beatles. Although often overshadowed by the partnership of Lennon and McCartney during the band’s lifetime, he emerged as a significant talent in his own right. Post-Beatles, Harrison made acclaimed solo records and started a film production company. He died of cancer in November 2001.
Harrison was not born into wealth. Louise was largely a stay-at-home mom (who also taught ballroom dancing), while her husband Harold drove a school bus for the Liverpool Institute, an acclaimed grammar school that George attended and where he first met Paul McCartney. His fame brought him more money than he could ever imagine, and today Harrison is still pulling in a huge income from album sales and the Beatles song catalog. He has songwriting credit on several of their songs. He was also a founding member of the group The Traveling Wilburys, which featured several music legends. This is in addition to success as a solo artist. He’s also been honored in the Cirque de Soleil Beatles tribute, which adds to his fortune. A gifted guitarist, he also helped expose the western world to sitar music.