Pete Best Net Worth

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Pete Best was raised with two siblings by Donald Peter Scanland, who worked as a marine engineer, and his wife, Alice Mona Best, who worked as a doctor with the Red Cross. When he was four, the family moved from India to Liverpool, England, where his mother opened The Casbah Coffee Club in the basement of their house, and where he started playing the drums with brother. He attended Liverpool Collegiate Grammar School, and during studies he resolved that he wanted to be a part of a music group. Thus, before he became a “Beatle”, Pete performed in a number of bands, including the Black Jacks, however, after the band broke up, he auditioned for The Beatles, and was hired as he was the only drummer who wanted to go with them to Hamburg for their first concert. The band picked up positive critiques from the public, and went into the studio to record their debut album. Pete was waived from the band, before the album was released, but the real reason still remains a mystery; there was some speculation that he just wasn’t good enough for The Beatles, but it has never been confirmed.

After The Beatles, Pete was offered a new contract and a band around him, but he refused, as he was feeling depressed, and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Subsequently, he recuperated, and formed several bands, and released one album entitled “Best Of The Beatles”, but it had no success with the public.

Consequently, he decided to leave show business and focus on other matters, but twenty years later, in 1988, he appeared at The Beatles convention in Liverpool, playing drums, alongside his brother. Afterwards, Pete formed The Pete Best Band, which even now tours across the USA, increasing Pete’s net worth little by little. The band has also released an album, entitled “Haymans Green” in 2008.

Thanks to being the original member of The Beatles, Pete has appeared in several documentaries about the band, such as “Love Me Do: The Beatles ‘62” (2012), “I Was There: When The Beatles Played The Cavern” (2011), “Death Of A Beatle” (2001), “I Knew John Lennon” (2003), among others. Pete has also guest starred in the film “The Rocker” (2000), which further added to his net worth. Most recently, Pete is in the process of shooting another documentary, entitled “Cooked Up”, which is scheduled for a 2016 release and no doubt will add to his net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, Pete Best has been married to Kathy Best since 1963; the couple has two daughters and four grandchildren, and still reside in Liverpool.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Pete Best
  • Net Worth: $400,000
  • Date Of Birth: November 24, 1941
  • Place Of Birth: Madras, India
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Producer
  • Nationality: American,
  • Spouse: Kathy Best (m. 1963)
  • Children: Beba Best, Bonita Best
  • Parents: Mona Best, Donald Peter Scanland
  • Siblings: Roag Best, Rory Best
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  • Music Groups: The Beatles
  • Movies: The Rocker, George Harrison: Living in the Material World,
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  • {When asked why he was fired from The Beatles} “Oh, I don’t really know to this day. I was told they wanted a better drummer, I was anti-social, they didn’t like my hair, but it is still very much a gray area and the reasons don’t hold water”.
  • You know, Brian Epstein, Stu, John Lennon and George Harrison are all gone. I am still in love with the woman I married 42 years ago. I have two beautiful daughters and four wonderful grandkids and a band I love making music with. As long as I have my health, I’m just going to keep on going.
  • (when asked in the late 1970s who was the better drummer, Ringo Starr or himself) “I am.”


  • Presently touring with his group “The Pete Best Band”, featuring music from the 1960-1962 era, prior to the “British Invasion”. He also has a one-man show where he talks openly of his days with the Beatles, as well as making personal appearances on TV & radio shows, record/memorabilia collector events, and as a special guest speaker. [2005]
  • In March, 1964, he was living in West Derby, Lancashire, England.
  • Is portrayed by Scot Williams in Backbeat (1994).
  • Mother owned a coffee club called “The Casbah” in the family home’s basement. The house still stands to this day, and the basement club is open for tours by appointment.
  • In the wake of The Beatles’ success, Best was signed to a recording deal on his own, resulting in the dubiously-titled LP “Best Of The Beatles” (a reference to his former band). The album went nowhere, and Best gave up his music career, first becoming a baker, then later a civil servant.
  • When he was first let go from The Beatles, manager Brian Epstein offered to put a new group together showcasing Best. Finding this more difficult than expected, Epstein finally pulled some strings with another Liverpool band’s manager, who invited Best to join them.
  • Besides his lack of “chops” as a drummer, the other reason cited for Best’s firing from The Beatles was that he’d never tried to fit in as a member of the group; while the other members frequently spent their free time together, Best usually went off on his own, even sitting alone during their breaks between sets. He’d also kept his same duck-tail hairstyle, when the band decided to adopt the “Beatle cut”.
  • Belatedly shared in The Beatles’ success without him, when early recordings featuring Best on drums were included in 1995’s “The Beatles Anthology”; Best’s share of the royalties was projected at over $1 million.
  • Father of two daughters, Buba and Bonita
  • Mother owned a coffee/club in the family home’s basement called the Casbah
  • Half-brother Roag was fathered by Neil Aspinall, who lived with the Best family in the late 50s/early 60s. Neil later became The Beatles’ road manager and now runs The Beatles’ record company, Apple.
  • Has two brothers, Rory and Roag
  • Drummer for The Beatles (August 1960-August 1962).


Title Year Status Character
Best of the Beatles 2005 Video documentary
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Best of the Beatles 2005 Video documentary executive producer
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Birth of the Beatles 1979 technical advisor
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Coked Up! 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Some Other Guys Documentary post-production Himself
Love Me Do: The Beatles ’62 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hamburg Journal 2012 TV Series Himself
I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern 2011 Documentary Himself
Loose Women 2008 TV Series Himself – Performer
The Rocker 2008 Himself
Best of the Beatles 2005 Video documentary Himself – Early Member of The Beatles
The Beatles with Tony Sheridan 2004 Video documentary Himself
I Knew John Lennon 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Death of a Beatle 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Day to Day 2001 TV Series Himself
Sachsenspiegel 1999 TV Series Himself
Merseybeat Magic 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches 1989 TV Series Himself
Bye Bye Star-Club 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Morning America 1982 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964 TV Series Himself
I’ve Got a Secret 1964 TV Series Himself – Contestant
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years 2016 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Good Ol’ Freda 2013 Documentary Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
Strawberry Fields: Keeping the Spirit of John Lennon Alive 2009 Documentary Himself
The Beatles: Destination Hamburg 2007 Video documentary Himself
Beatles’ Biggest Secrets 2007 Himself – as The Beatles
Inside John Lennon 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Beatles Story 1996 Documentary Himself
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself


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