Sorry, Rick Ross and Meek Mill. MJ was making eye-popping business moves that make today's stars' moves look like chump change. Much to the chagrin of former friend Paul McCartney, Jackson paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985. 10 years later, he sold a share off to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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