According to the annual Sunday Times Rich List, the band, Queen are now richer than the Queen. The rockers’ wealth has surpassed the monarch’s for the first time.
According to UCR, the 2019 Rich List is set to be published next weekend. It lists the band as having increased its wealth to £445 million (€520 million) while Queen Elizabeth II held steady with the measly sum of £375 million (€438 million).
The success of the band’s recent biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was cited as a major contributor to the earnings of Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury’s estate.
The Sunday Times reported that the ageing rockers:
“continue to earn well – each adding an estimated £25m (€29m) to their wealth this year – the same cannot be said of the 93-year-old monarch,”
“The Queen topped the list for the first five years from 1989 to 1994, but the strict criteria used by the Rich List now excludes the Crown Estate and the royal art collection from her assets.” The rule change omits those assets because she does not have control over them.
“May’s wealth is put at £160m ($188m) in this year’s Rich List, up from £135m ($159m) in 2018. Taylor’s fortune rises from £130m ($152m) to £155m ($181m). Deacon, 67, who wrote the hit ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ is considered to be Queen’s ‘silent partner.’ … His wealth is put at £130m ($152m), enough to put him back into the Rich List for the first time since 2006.”
It’s reported that Bohemian Rhapsody, took $902.6 billion at the box office globally since the film opened in November 2018. According to UCR, Mercury’s will orders that his share of earnings from the film would be divided among his loved ones.
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