- Yoko Ono has stepped back from work and handed business interests to Sean
- He has been appointed director at eight companies linked to Lennon and Beatles
- They include Apple Corps and Lensolo, managing John’s solo music rights
- Yoko makes few public appearances now and said she is suffering an ‘illness’
Yoko Ono has not been seen in public for more than a year and now uses a wheelchair much of the time, and has been managing John’s vast fortune since his death in 1980.
Sean, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to the family and The Beatles, including the multimedia Apple Corps, and will take over the Lennon estate which is said to be worth as much as $800million.
Apple Corps had reported assets of $36million last year, and Sean is also believed to be taking over at Lensolo, managing John’s solo material, Maclen, which publishes John’s work in the US, and Subafilms, a music film company.
Yoko has been vocal for decades about global peace and was often seen attending exhibitions of her artworks.
But she has become more reclusive in recent years and has spoken about suffering from an illness.
On what would have been John’s 80th birthday last month, Sean made a BBC documentary and an Apple Music show to mark the occasion.
Yoko only tweeted a video in which she appeared to be reading from a script.
In one of her last public appearances in 2017, she said: ‘I’ve learned so much from having this illness.’
But it is not known what Yoko Ono is suffering from.
In February 2016, Yoko was hospitalized after suffering what was rumored to be a stroke, but she later said it was a severe flu.
She still lives in the same nine-room Dakota building in New York where John was assassinated outside in 1980.
Yoko Ono is said to be receiving around-the-clock care and rarely leaves her sprawling apartment where she often uses a wheelchair.
A spokesman said: ‘Yoko continues to oversee John’s estate but has drafted in Sean as a director to assist where necessary.’