Called by many the greatest frontman in music history Freddie Mercury was worth $30 million ($50-$60 million in today’s economy) at the time of his death. With one of the best voices in all of the music, he led Queen to international fame and rock god status.
Along with Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, Mercury was one of the most entertaining and beloved figures in music. His incredible persona on stage made him into an iconic frontman and his incredible vocals and songs cemented his status as rock royalty.
In addition to this, his crowd interaction, a message of peace and inclusion has solidified his legacy as one of the best if not the best frontman of all time. In fact, his legacy as one of the biggest rockstars has continued well after he passed away.
Freddie Mercury had a net worth of around $30 million at the time of his death in 1991. This amount to around $50 to $60 million when adjusted for inflation as per data from Celebritynetworth.
However, TheRichest reports that he had a net worth of around $100 million when adjusted for inflation.
As one of the biggest name in rock and roll, he earned a lot of money from his career that lasted around 22 years.
In fact, his estate and next of kin to whom he transferred his rights are still earning a lot from Queen’s royalties.
A huge part of Mercury’s earnings was from Queen’s record sales and the sales of his albums from his solo career. The following list includes his legendary band’s album sales.
|Year||Sales / Earnings||Album|
|2002||$313,000||Greatest Video Hits 1|
|$208,000||Greatest Video Hits|
|2000||$6,320,000||Greatest Hits I, II & III|
|1999||$1,960,000||Greatest Hits III|
|1995||$10,995,000||Made in Heaven|
|1992||$3,780,000||Live at Wembley '86|
|1991||$22,150,000||Greatest Hits II|
|1990||$1,008,000||Queen at Wembley You|
|1977||$6,125,000||News of the World|
|1976||$1,605,000||A Day at the Races|
|1975||$4,255,000||A Night at the Opera|
|1974||$908,000||Sheer Heart Attack|
Queen with Freddie Mercury was one of the biggest bands in the world who constantly sold-out stadiums for their concerts.
Freddie Mercury was with the band from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. Queen concerts were a thing of legend and hundreds of thousands would go crazy to see the band.
In the 1960s the average ticket price to see a band like Queen live was around $2.50. Later, in the 1970s the tickets to a superstar act like Queen would cost anywhere from $5 to $10. Similarly, in the 1980s the concert tickets would cost around $9.50.
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Some people have described seeing Queen fronted by Freddie Mercury as a surreal and divine experience and so he earned a lot of money from Queen concerts. Among the live performances by Queen Live Aid is considered to be their best live work.
In fact, some people also call it the greatest live performance by an artist ever. The concert raised over $127 million for famine relief in Africa.
The concert took place in two different venues at once, in Philadelphia via a screen and the real thing was happening at Wembley Stadium in London on 13 July 1985.
Around 100,000 people were at the stadium in London and another 100,000 were watching live in Philadelphia.
A song that all the acts performing at Live Aid titled Do They Know It’s Christmas? Also raised over $10 million and was the best-selling single in Britain for a long time.
Interestingly, Noble Prize Laureate Bob Dylan also performed at the concert.
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody which was a biopic of Queen was released on October 23, 2018, with Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.
The movie was made with a budget of $50 to $55 million and grossed over $903 million.
Freddie’s estate also got a share of the earnings. As a matter of fact, his share from the movie was around $90 million.
He left 50% of his future earnings to Mary Austin his ex-partner so she earned around $45 million (£40 million) from the film.
Rami Malek won an Oscar for his performance as the flamboyant Freddie Mercury and other actors who also worked on the film like Mike Myers, Lucy Boynton, and Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello also received critical praise.
Mercury had an extravagant mansion in Kensington, London called the Garden Lodge Mansion which features 28 rooms, he gave this mansion to ex Mary Austin.
He also visited a vacation home in Montreux where a statue of Mercury in his iconic Wembley pose. Freddie also had a house in New York.
His love for acts is also well known and he had separate rooms for his cats in his house.
The celeb icon also built a house for him and his partner Jim Hutton in Ireland but the information on the retreat is not available in the media.
He also owned a lot of extravagant cars and we have compiled a list of his vehicles below.
|$48,995||1950 Studebaker Champion|
|$27,500||Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow|
|$79,000||Mercedes Benz 420 SEL|
|$696 to $19,680||Lincoln Town Car|
|N/A||Range Rover V8 Convertible|
Mr. Fahrenheit lived one of the most flamboyant lives that even put some other rock and rollers’ lifestyle to shame.
While shy for most of his private time he would unleash a charismatic and heavy spending Freddie in parties and on stage.
Freddie was one of the biggest stars if his time and was approached by many brands. He did a commercial for a cup noodle company in Japan but remained reluctant to do a huge number of commercials.
In addition to his superstar persona, he was also one of the most charitable celebrities in the world. He and Queen raised around $127 million for the famine in Africa and he also donated a substantial chunk of his net worth to charity.
The Mercury Phoenix Trust is also a foundation that was established after Mercury passed away and its main aim is to fight HIV/AIDS all over the world.
The star with a four-octave vocal range amassed a huge fortune before he passed away from HIV/AIDS-related complications in 1991. He left the bulk of his wealth to Mary Austin his ex-partner.
She received around £9 million and his Garden Lodge Mansion. Similarly, he left £500,000 each to his chef and lover Joe Fanelli, his partner Jim Hutton and personal assistant Peter Freestone.
He also left the royalties of his music to Mary Austin and his family splitting them 50/50. After his parents’ death, his sister Kash might hold the 50% share of his royalties.
Freddie Mercury (real name Farrokh Bulsara) on 5 September 1946 in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar. He was born to Indian parents, mother Bomi Bulsara, and father Jer Bulsara. He grew up with a sister named Kashmira Cooke aka Kash. He had British nationality but lived in British colonized India as a child.
He was openly gay but was in relationships with numerous women before coming out as gay. As a matter of fact, he dated Mary Austin when she was 19 years old and he was 24.
Austin was described by Mercury as the love of his life and even wrote the song “Love Of My Life” for her. They were in a relationship until Mercury came out as gay to Mary while they were dating.
They remained friends until the end and Mercury said that she was his best friend even after the end of their relationship.
As a rockstar, Mercury lived the sex, drugs, rock and roll life and had physical relations with numerous men and women including his chef Joe Fanelli.
He was in a romantic relationship with Jim Hutton before he passed away and sources close to the pair have said that the pair were in love.
Fact: The star had crooked teeth all throughout his career that he refused to fix believing that they gave him a bigger vocal range.
Freddie Mercury died on 24 November 1991 only a day after he announced he had AIDS to the public. He died from bronchial pneumonia which resulted from AIDS. His death left hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
His funeral service was held on 27 November 1991 according to Zoroastrian rites with a Zoroastrian priest. A shrine was erected that holds his birth name after his death and the site still gets regular visits.
Around 35 of his close friends attended the service and later his body was cremated but only Mary Austin knows the location of his ashes.
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