George Michael Net Worth
George Michael net worth: George Michael was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who had a net worth of $200 million at the time of his death. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! in the 1980s and later embarked on a solo career. Michael sold over 100 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Tragically, George Michael died on December 25, 2016, at the age of 53 at his home outside of London. He reportedly died of heart failure.
Early Life: George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, in East Finchley, London. His father, Kyriacos "Jack" Panayiotou, was a Greek Cypriot restaurateur who emigrated to England in the 1950s. His mother, Lesley Angold was an English dancer. Michael spent most of his childhood in Kingsbury, London. He attended Roe Green Junior School and Kingsbury High School. He has two sisters: Yioda (born 1962) and Melanie (1964–2019).
When Michael was in his early teens his family moved to Radlett, England, where Michael attended Bushey Meads School. This is where he met and befriended his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. They bonded over the fact that they both wanted to be musicians. Teenage Michael busked on the London Underground, performing songs such as "39" by Queen.
Career: Michael got his first taste of success when he formed the group, Wham! With Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. The band's first album, 1983's Fantastic reached number one in the U.K. and produced a series of top 10 singles including "Young Guns," "Wham Rap!" and "Club Tropicana." Their second album, 1984's Make It Big, reached number one on the charts in the U.S. Singles from that album included "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (a number one hit in the U.K. and U.S.), "Freedom," "Everything She Wants," and "Careless Whisper" which reached number one in nearly 25 countries, including the U.K. and U.S.,
In 1985 Michael received the first of his three Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. Wham! had massive international success. Wham!'s tour of China in 1985 marked the first tour of China for a popular Western band, generating a multitude of media coverage.
The duo officially separated in 1986 and Michael set out to pursue a solo career. One of his first released songs was a duet with Aretha Franklin, called "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me." It scored number one on both the Billboard Top 100 and the UK Charts. Michael won a Grammy Award in 1988 for his collaboration on the song "Careless Whisper."
In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, Faith, which became basically an instant classic. The first single released from the album was "I Want Your Sex." The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and the U.S. due to its sexually suggestive lyrics. MTV broadcast the video, featuring celebrity make-up artist Kathy Jeung in a basque and suspenders, only during the late-night hours. Despite censorship and radio play problems, "I Want Your Sex" reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 in the UK. The second single, "Faith," was released in October 1987, a few weeks before the album. "Faith" became one of his most popular songs. The song was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks, becoming the best-selling single of 1988 in the US. It also reached No. 1 in Australia and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Faith topped the UK Albums Chart, and in the U.S., the album had 51 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 of Billboard 200, including 12 weeks at No. 1. Faith had many successes, with four singles ("Faith," "Father Figure," "One More Try," and "Monkey"). Faith won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 31st Grammy Awards. At the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards on 6 September in Los Angeles, Michael received the Video Vanguard Award.
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was released in September 1990. Michael refused to do any promotion for this album, including no music videos for the singles released. The first single, "Praying for Time," with lyrics concerning social ills and injustice, was released in August 1990. The song was an instant success, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 in the UK. A video was released shortly thereafter, consisting of the lyrics on a dark background. Michael did not appear in this video or any subsequent videos for the album.
The second single "Waiting for That Day" reached No. 23 in the UK and No. 27 in the U.S. in October 1990. The album was released in Europe in September 1990, and one week later in the U.S. It reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Charts and peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album produced five UK singles, which were released quickly, within an eight-month period: "Praying for Time," "Waiting for That Day," "Freedom! '90," "Heal the Pain," and "Cowboys and Angels."
"Freedom '90" was the second of only two of its singles to be supported by a music video directed by David Fincher, and instead recruited supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, and Cindy Crawford to appear in and lip sync in his stead. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart. At the 1991 Brit Awards, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 won the award for Best British Album. Later in 1991, Michael embarked on the Cover to Cover tour in Japan, England, the U.S., and Brazil, where he performed at Rock in Rio.
Michael was supposed to release Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 in 1991 but did not due to a lawsuit with the record label. The Trojan Souls, a 1993 album from Michael, also was unreleased. Older came out in 1996, Songs from the Last Century in 1999, and Patience, his final album, in 2004.
At the time of his death, George Michael had sold over 115 million records worldwide. As a solo artist, he sold over 80 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He sold a further 30 million records with Wham!. His debut solo album Faith sold more than 25 million copies.
Legal/Drug Issues: During his life, Michael was arrested numerous times for drug charges and public indecency in the involvement of sexual acts. He struggled with substance abuse. On April 7, 1998, Michael was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California. Michael was arrested by undercover policeman Marcelo Rodríguez in a sting operation.
On July 23, 2006, Michael was again accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, this time at London's Hampstead Heath. The anonymous partner was incorrectly stated to be a 58-year-old unemployed van driver.
In February 2006, Michael was arrested for possession of Class C drugs, an incident that he described as "my own stupid fault, as usual." In 2007, he pleaded guilty to drug-impaired driving after obstructing the road at traffic lights in Cricklewood in northwest London and was subsequently banned from driving for two years and sentenced to community service.
On September 19, 2008, Michael was arrested in a public restroom in the Hampstead Heath area for possession of Class A and C drugs. He was taken to the police station and cautioned for controlled substance possession.
On Sunday July 4, 2010, Michael was returning from the Gay Pride parade, when he was spotted on CCTV crashing his car into the front of a store in Hampstead, north London, and was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive. On August 12, he was charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs. On August 24, 2010, the singer pleaded guilty after admitting driving under the influence of drugs. On September 14, 2010, Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, a fine, and a five-year ban from driving. Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on October 11, 2010, after serving four weeks.
Personal Life: During the late 1980s, Michael had a relationship with Chinese-American make-up artist Kathy Jeung, who was regarded for a time as his artistic "muse" and who appeared in the "I Want Your Sex" video. Michael later said that she had been his "only bona fide" girlfriend and that she knew of his bisexuality. In 2016 Jeung reacted to Michael's death by calling him a "true friend" with whom she had spent "some of the best time of [her] life."
In 1992, Michael established a relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, a Brazilian dress designer who he had met at the Rock in Rio concert in 1991. Six months into their relationship, Feleppa discovered that he was HIV-positive. In 1993, Feleppa died of an AIDS-related brain haemorrhage. Michael's single, "Jesus to a Child," is a tribute to Feleppa as is his 1996 album Older.
Michael's homosexuality became publicly known following his April 1998 arrest for public lewdness in Beverly Hills.
Between 1996 and 2009, he was a relationship with the former flight attendant and sporting goods heir Kenny Goss. In late November 2005, it was reported that Michael and Goss planned to register their relationship as a civil partnership in the UK, but because of negative publicity and his upcoming tour, they postponed their plans. On August 22, 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica world tour, Michael announced that he and Goss had split two years earlier.
In 2012, Michael entered a relationship with Fadi Fawaz, an Australian celebrity hairstylist and freelance photographer of Lebanese descent based in London. It was Fawaz who found Michael's body on Christmas morning 2016.
Real Estate: At the time of his death, Michael owned a $12 million mansion called Highgate House in north London. He left the home to his sister Melanie.
Michael also owned a 16th-century cottage in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Michael purchased and renovated the home in 2007, a process that retained the house's original low ceilings and wooden beams – all part of Michael's attempt to preserve the house's historical qualities.
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 25, 1963 - Dec 25, 2016 (53 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Music Video Director, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Film director, Film Score Composer, Actor, Musician, Multi-instrumentalist|