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Mark Knopfler Net Worth

Mark Knopfler Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Mark Freuder Knopfler net worth is
$95 Million

Mark Freuder Knopfler Wiki Biography

Mark Knopfler was born on the 12th August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He is a singer and guitarist best known as the frontman of the British rock band Dire Straits. His famous guitar seems like a cross between the ethereal sound of The Shadows of Hank Marvin and finger picking play of J.J. Cale. The low-nose Knopfler’s voice evokes memories of Bob Dylan and also J.J. Cale. Among many awards Mark Knopfler has won are a number of Grammy and Brit Awards. Knopfler has been active in the entertainment industry since 1965.

How much is the wealth of the singer? According to the information of authoritative sources, the net worth of Mark Knopfler stands at $95 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016. His assets include a collection of classic cars, to give examples: the Maserati 300S and an Austin-Healey 100S.

Mark Knopfler Net Worth $95 Million

Concerning his professional career, Knopfler rose to fame as a lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Dire Straits (1977 – 1995). The band won immediate success with their self-titled debut album in 1978, which includes the famous single “Sultans of Swing” and which constituted their first record deal. In 1985, appeared another studio album “Brothers in Arms”, which was one of the first fully digitally recorded albums. In 1990, he played in the country band The Notting Hillbillies founded by Mark Knopfler, and they released an album “Missing Presumed…. having a good time”. After a series of events focused on all band members they decided to perform only for special occasions. However, Mark’s interest in country music extended to collaborations with Kris Kristofferson, and an album recorded with Emmylou Harris in 2006, to their mutual financial benefit.

Besides his work with the aforementioned bands and artsits, Knopfler has released several soundtracks and later solo albums – his first was called “Golden Heart” and came out in 1996. In 2000, “Sailing to Philadelphia” was released the title track of which was a minor hit in several countries. In 2003, Knopfler was hit while riding his motorcycle, and seven ribs, his shoulder blade and collarbone were broken, so Mark had to stop his activities for seven months.

In 2009 appeared his sixth solo album – “Get Lucky”. For the record, the frontman pulled Dire Straits back into his own British Grove Studios in London, and the studio won the Music Producers Guild Award as the Best Studio. In the middle of 2010 he worked on a world tour consisting of nearly 90 shows in North America and Europe, playing mostly material from his solo career, but also some Dire Straits songs. In 2012, he released his seventh solo album “Privateering”, and iIn 2015 the eighth solo album “Tracker” was released which topped the music charts in almost all European and American countries.

Moreover, Mark Knopfler has also written songs for other artists including “Private Dancer” for Tina Turner and “I Think I Love You Too Much” for the blind blues guitarist Jeff Healey. He worked on the albums “Slow Train Coming” and “Infidels” by Bob Dylan, and acted as producer for, among others Willy DeVille, Aztec Camera and Randy Newman.

Finally, in the personal life of the singer, Mark Knopfler has married for three times, firstly to schoolfriend Kathy White, whom he divorced in 1973. In 1983, Knopfler married Lourdes Salomone; they had twins in 1987, but the couple broke up in 1993. In 1997, Knopfler married the British actress and writer Kitty Aldridge – they have two daughters.

Full NameMark Knopfler
Net Worth$95 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 12, 1949
Place Of BirthGlasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Height6' (1.83 m)
ProfessionSinger, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, film score composer
EducationGosforth Grammar School, Harlow College, University of Leeds
SpouseKitty Aldridge (m. 1997), Lourdes Salomone (m. 1983–1993)
ChildrenIsabella Knopfler, Katya Ruby Rose Knopfler, Joseph Knopfler, Benji Knopfler, Going Home, Boom, Like That, Romeo and Juliet
ParentsLouisa Mary, Erwin Knopfler, Going Home, Boom, Like That, Romeo and Juliet
SiblingsDavid Knopfler
AwardsBRIT Award for Best British Group, Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance and for Best Rock Vocal Group (1986), Juno Award for International Album of the Year, Honorary Doctor of Music from Newcastle University and from the University of Leeds, Music Poducers Guild Award for Best S...
Albums"The Booze Brothers" (1973), "Dire Straits", “Missing Presumed.... having a good time”, “Golden Heart” (1996), "Down to the Waterline", “Sailing to Philadelphia” (2000), "In The Gallery", "Lions", “Get Lucky” (2009), "Wild West End", "Eastbound Train", “Privateering” (2012), “Tracker” (2015)
Music Groups"Café Racers", "Dire Straits" (1977-1995), "The Notting Hillbillies"
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Group, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist, Brit Award for Best Producer, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Going Home, Boom, Like That, Romeo ...
1Resonator guitar sound
2His headband
3Plays the electric guitar with fingers unlike most guitarists that prefer a pick
4Clean, bright guitar tone
5Gruff, deep voice and whispering style of singing similar to Bob Dylan.
6Fender Stratocaster
1You should never think it's easy. It doesn't matter how good you are.
2I feel incredibly privileged, but if anyone can tell me one good thing about fame, I'd be very interested to hear it. It's a by-product of success.
1Is one of the few rock guitarists to use a resonator guitar, a distinctive-sounding instrument that predates electric guitars. The instrument was prominently used in Dire Straits' 1980 hit "Romeo and Juliet". Knopfler's 1937 National Style 0 resonator is displayed on the cover of their 1985 album 'Brothers in Arms'.
2The distinctive "fuzz" sound of his guitar in Dire Straits' 1985 hit "Money For Nothing" was a "happy accident" discovered while trying to replicate the sound of ZZ Top. The sound was produced completely through microphone setup (including one pointed straight down at the floor), and involved no additional processing or effects.
3When 'Weird Al' Yankovic asked for permission to record a parody of Dire Straits' hit "Money For Nothing" for his upcoming film UHF (1989), Knopfler agreed with one stipulation: he would perform the song's signature guitar line himself. Knopfler's performance in the song is looser than the original studio version, because by that time he had been performing it live for two years. The song's lyrics are a spoof of the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies (1962); to Yankovic's chagrin, legal wrangling resulted in the song receiving the unwieldy title "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies".
4The new solo album "Shangri-la" released. [September 2004]
5London SW3, England [June 2008]
6Recently released his fifth solo studio-album Kill to Get Crimson. The album was released on September 14, 2007 in Germany, September 17 in the UK and September 18 in the USA. [September 2007]
7New solo album, 'The Ragpicker's Dream', released. [September 2002]
8Prior to commencing his career as a professional musician, Knopfler studied journalism at Harlow Technical College and worked for two years as a junior reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post. In 1973 he graduated in English from Leeds University and became a lecturer at Loughton College in Essex.
9He wrote and recorded the backing track for the song "Private Dancer" for the 1982 Dire Straits album 'Love Over Gold'. Before recording the vocals, he realized that the lyric should be sung by a woman, and the track was shelved. Two years later, the track was re-recorded by Tina Turner, backed by most of Dire Straits, but with Jeff Beck on guitar; the song was the title track on Turner's 1984 comeback album, and one of the biggest hits of her career.
10Fender has a signature stratocaster named after him: Fender Mark Knopfler Stratocaster ®. They come only in candy red and with Mark's signature on the headstock.
11With his band Dire Straits won Grammys in the following categories: "Money for Nothing" (Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal) (1985); "Brothers in Arms" (Best Music Video, Short Form) (1986).
12Dire Straits won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Group in 1983.
13Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Album in 1987.
14Dire Straits won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Group in 1986.
15Is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed (claims that this contributes to his style.)
16Children: Benji and Joseph (twins), 1987, by second marriage; Isabella, 1998, and Katya Ruby Rose, 2003, by third marriage to Kitty Aldridge.
17Has a signature guitar model, the Martin HD-40MK Mark Knopfler Signature Edition.
18Has a dinosaur named after him (Masiakasaurus knopfleri) - The researchers who discovered bones from six specimens in Madagascar reported that they found the fossils whilst listening to Dire Straits tapes.
19Children: Benji and Joseph (twins), 1987, by second marriage; Isabella, 1998, by third marriage to Kitty Aldridge.
20He was awarded the (OBE) Officer of the Order of British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to music.
211997 Appeared on Radio 4's "A good read", introducing "Goodbye to all that" by Robert Graves
22He plays guitars, built to his specifications by Pensa-Suhr. He also plays a 1936 National, and various Shecter Strats.


Hot Fuzz2007writer: "Romeo and Juliet"
The Simpsons2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Test Drive Unlimited2006Video Game writer: "Follow Me Home"
The Benchwarmers2006writer: "Walk of Life"
Two Tickets to Paradise2006writer: "Walk of Life", "Your Latest Trick"
My Name Is Earl2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rumor Has It...2005writer: "Are We In Trouble Now"
A Tribute to the King2005Video documentary performer: "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "Baby Let's Play House"
The Jeff Healey Band: Live at Montreux 19992005Video documentary writer: "I Think I Love You too Much"
Brothers in Arms2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Brothers in Arms", "Money for Nothing", "Lions", "Sultans of Swing", "Walk of Life" - uncredited
Venla 20042005TV Special writer: "Walk of Life" - as M.Knopfler
Tooth2004writer: "Money for Nothing" - as Kopfler
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection2003Video writer: "Money for Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies*"
American Masters2001TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Spy Game2001writer: "Brothers in Arms"
Bandits2001performer: "Rudiger" 1996 / writer: "Rudiger" 1996
Roswell2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
America's Sweethearts2001performer: "Gravy Train" / writer: "Gravy Train"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon2001Video short writer: "Private Dancer" - uncredited
Super Speedway2000Documentary writer: "Once Upon a Time in the West"
Hooves of Fire1999TV Short lyrics: "Get Busy", "The Other Side of the Moon" / music: "Get Busy", "The Other Side of the Moon" / performer: "Get Busy"
Komodo1999"Sultans of Swing"
Virtual Sexuality1999writer: "Private Dancer"
200 Cigarettes1999"Romeo & Juliet"
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer1998writer: "Relax"
Around the Fire1998writer: "Water of Love"
Can't Hardly Wait1998writer: "Romeo & Juliet"
Tohuwabohu1994-1998TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Rhythm of Life1997TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Wag the Dog1997performer: "Wag The Dog?" / writer: "Wag The Dog?"
The Weird Al Show1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Due South1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metroland1997writer: "Sultans Of Swing"
Michael1996performer: "Sweet Dreams" 1955
Alle haben geschwiegen1996TV Movie writer: "Private Dancer"
Twister1996performer: "Darling Pretty" / writer: "Darling Pretty"
Ed1996writer: "Walk of Life"
Empire Records1995writer: "Romeo & Juliet"
Desperado1995writer: "Six Blade Knife"
Ringside1992Documentary writer: "Money For Nothing"
Civvies1992TV Series writer: "Brothers In Arms"
Forsvundne danskere1991TV Series documentary performer: "Irish Boy" / writer: "Irish Boy"
McBain1991writer: "Brothers in Arms"
Cool It1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cream of Eric Clapton1990Video documentary performer: "Wonderful Tonight"
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989performer: "Tennessee Waltz", "O! My Papa"
Beppie1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala1988Documentary performer: "Money For Nothing", "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That", "Layla", "With a Little Help from my Friends" / writer: "Money For Nothing"
The Princess Bride1987writer: "Morning Ride", "The Friends Song", "Guide My Sword", "A Happy Ending", "I Will Never Love Again", "Florin Dance"
The New Statesman1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice1985-1987TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Growing Pains1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Color of Money1986performer: "Two Brothers And A Stranger" / writer: "Two Brothers And A Stranger"
Maricela1986TV Movie writer: "Walk of Life"
SpaceCamp1986"Walk of Life", "So Far Away"
Fame1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Screen Two1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lucas1986writer: "Walk Of Life"
Saturday Night's Main Event1986TV Series 1 episode
Bergerac1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders1985TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Live Aid1985TV Special documentary writer: "Money for Nothing", "Sultans of Swing"
Street Hawk1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Motel1984TV Series writer: "Telegraph Road"
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet1983TV Series performer: "Why Aye Man" / writer: "Why Aye Man"
Local Hero1983"Local Hero" / arranger: "The Mist Covered Mountains" / performer: "The Rocks and the Water", "Wild Theme", "Freeway Flyer", "The Way it Always Starts", "Whistle Theme", "Smooching", "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero" / writer: "The Rocks and the Water", "Wild Theme", "Freeway Flyer", "Boomtown Variation Louis' Favourite", "The Way it Always Starts", "The Rocks and the Thunder", "The Ceilidh and the Northern Lights", "The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite/Billy's Tune", "Whistle Theme", "Smooching",
An Officer and a Gentleman1982writer: "Tunnel of Love" 1980 - as M. Knopfler
Wu ting1981writer: "Sultans of Swing"
Top of the Pops1979-1981TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Amorevolmente1980writer: "WALK OF LIFE"
Atmos the Addict2016TV Series writer - 1 episode pre-production
Tu cara me suena2011-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Final Score2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
World Championship Snooker2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Wants Some!!2016writer: "Hand In Hand"
Snooker: Welsh Open2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Rack Pack2016writer: "Money For Nothing" - uncredited
Daddy's Home2015performer: "The Princess Bride Score" / writer: "The Princess Bride Score"
A Study in Fear2015TV Series writer: "Money For Nothing"
Dancing with the Stars2010-2015TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Ochéntame... otra vez2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Empire2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Goldbergs2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kingsman: The Secret Service2014writer: "Money For Nothing"
UK Championship Snooker2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Last Ship2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice2012-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
My Mad Fat Diary2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rude Tube2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
What If2013/Iperformer: "Once Upon a Time/Storybook Love" / writer: "Once Upon a Time/Storybook Love"
Some Jerk with a Camera2012TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Parenthood2010-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shell2012/Iwriter: "Walk of Life" - as Knopfler
Argo2012writer: "Sultans of Swing"
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Luck2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2010-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Gent de paraula2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Generació D2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Money for Nothing"
Total Wipeout2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock2010Video Game writer: "Money for Nothing"
20 to 12007-2010TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Numb3rs2010TV Series music - 1 episode
Miranda2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams2009TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "Sultans of Swing"
Welcome to the 80's2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Banda sonora2008-2009TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa2008writer: "Private Dancer"
What Just Happened2008writer: "Brothers in Arms"
Brooklyn Rules2007writer: "Walk Of Life"
Everybody Hates Chris2007TV Series writer - 1 episode


Finding Altamira2016original music by
Wherever I Go by Mark Knopfler2015Short music by
Dire Straits: Alchemy Live2010Video
Seeing in the Dark2007TV Movie documentary
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning2006Video
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'2001Video documentary short
A Shot at Glory2000
Hooves of Fire1999TV Short
Wag the Dog1997
Dire Straits: On the Night1993Video
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989
The Princess Bride1987
Alchemy Live1984TV Movie documentary
Comfort and Joy1984
Local Hero1983

Music Department

Finding Altamira2016composer: additional music / composer: theme music
The Princess Bride Game2008Video Game composer: theme
Hooves of Fire1999TV Short musician: guitar and vocals
Wag the Dog1997music producer / musician: guitar
The Nail File: The Best of Jimmy Nail Video Collection1997Video musician: lead guitar
Metroland1997music producer / musician: guitars
Halo1996composer: theme
Celeste1991TV Series incidental music - 1 episode
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989musician
UHF1989musician: guitar - song: "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*", uncredited
Ein naheliegender Mord1988TV Movie soundtrack
The Princess Bride1987musician: guitar


The Princess Bride1987The Balladeer's Guitarist (uncredited)


Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale2014Documentary short special thanks
Tooth2004special thanks


Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Skavlan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale2014Documentary shortHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2013TV SeriesHimself
Squeeze Take Me I'm Yours2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mark Knopfler: A Life in Songs2011TV Movie documentaryHimself -Singer / Guitar
Dire Straits: Alchemy Live2010VideoHimself
Artworks Scotland2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Story of the Guitar2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Kenny & vänner2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
III nach neun2007TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2002-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Strat Masters: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told2007Video documentaryHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Play It Again2007TV SeriesHimself
BingoLotto2000-2006TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2006TV SeriesHimself / Musical Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning2006VideoGuitar & Vocals
A Tribute to the King2005Video documentaryHimself
La nit al dia2005TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself
Continuarà...2004TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000-2004TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
...Amb Manel Fuentes2004TV SeriesHimself
Lo + plus2004TV SeriesHimself
Først & sist2004TV SeriesHimself
A Galicia vente xá2004TV MovieHimself - Performer
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Música sí2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
American Masters2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Dire Straits
Musikbutikken2000-2001TV SeriesHimself
Joonas Hytönen show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
47º edición de los premios Ondas2000TV MovieHimself
Die Harald Schmidt Show2000TV SeriesHimself
La noche abierta2000TV Series
HermanSIC2000TV SeriesHimself
Nulle part ailleurs2000TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson2000TV SeriesHimself
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits2000VideoHimself (vocals, guitar)
The Rhythm of Life1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Music for Montserrat1997TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mírame1996TV MovieHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1996TV SeriesHimself
Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly1996TV SpecialHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
42º edición de los premios Ondas1995TV MovieHimself
The Shadow and the Substance1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Notting Hillbillies)
Dire Straits: On the Night1993VideoHimself
Tina Turner: Girl from Nutbush1993Video documentaryHimself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guitar1991Video documentaryMark Knopfler
Live at Knebworth1990Video documentaryHimself
Knebworth '90: The Event1990TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live1988-1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
French and Saunders1990TV SeriesHimself
London Underground1990TV SeriesThemselves
Rockopop1990TV SeriesHimself
Brit Awards 19891989TV SpecialHimself
The Ghost of Faffner Hall1989TV SeriesHimself
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala1988DocumentaryHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
Sunday Night1988TV SeriesHimself
Cinemax Sessions1987TV SeriesHimself
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball1987DocumentaryHimself
Brit Awards 19871987TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best British Album (as Dire Straits)
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala: 10th Birthday1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
The Tube1986TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms1986TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryHimself (as Dire Straits)
Dire Straits: Money for Nothing1985Video shortHimself - Lead Singer / Guitar
Alchemy Live1984TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dire Straits)
Festival di Sanremo1984TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1981TV SeriesHimself - Dire Straits

Archive Footage

Welcome to the 80's2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Banda sonora2008TV SeriesHimself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
BingoLotto2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
The Cream of Eric Clapton1990Video documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1981-1987TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Dire Straits

Nominated Awards

1988GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or TelevisionThe Princess Bride (1987)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScoreLocal Hero (1983)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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