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Posted: 04 Mar 05, 22:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In some magazine from last year, Freddie entered the top ten for the first time for those celebrities who are dead and are still making millions. Now, how come Freddie is still making more money than Brian and Roger? is John the richest of the remaining members? or do they get the same shares? I guess people who live in the UK may have a better answer....


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 04:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If we're measuring their richness in terms of the intelligence displayed by their fans, then not very.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 06:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They are rich to me.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 07:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can help a little. Freddie if he were still alive would be worth £80million if he were not working anymore. Brian and Roger have a similar fortune at £60million and John is worth £55million, i'd guess brian and roger are worth more as they do a hell of a lot more touring than john does in his spare time.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the best promotion in anyone's career is to die, hence why elvis has made money since he died, compared to when he was alive

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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

supernova190188: "I can help a little. Freddie if he were still alive would be worth £80million if he were not working anymore. Brian and Roger have a similar fortune at £60million and John is worth £55million."

This is true(ish) - but only in the sense of "Queen". Add to that picture their individual solo careers and a very different picture takes shape.

Brian has enjoyed (in terms of sales) more solo success (including Freddie) than the other members of the band.

Brian has launched more (successful) albums, singles, chart and touring and VHS career. He has worked for film (Furia), theatre (Macbeth), televison (Frank Stubbs/The Stretch) , radio (Spiderman) and TV advertising (Ford/Pepsi).

He is involved in the production of new Queen releases (5:1 remixes), oversees the musical, and has launched a very lucrative range of Brian May guitars and amplifiers.

Add to that all his work as a jobbing (guest) guitarist on other people's material, the "We Will Rock You" Sports franchise (Yes he does get paid for this track being played at sporting venues) - so even if he was NOT involved with Queen, he would still be worth a bob or two!


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 07:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

maxpower wrote:

the best promotion in anyone's career is to die, hence why elvis has made money since he died, compared to when he was alive


Agreed, as the GLC once sung, S U I C I D E - it may be messy but it's money for free.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 10:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Theres no way Freddie is worth £20 million more than Brian. Brian will have more money than Roger. I read a while ago that Brian is on about £70 million and Rog was not far behind that. But really no one but them really know do they? Its just rumour.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 10:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

my info came from several books about freddie which in them state his fortune when he died, so i worked out what this would be with inflation today and the information on the other 3 comes from the sunday times rich list.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 12:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

there's also the small matter of "rediduals" - when a single is released both sides get equal royalties and later on when queen "co-wrote" everything it became even less important

but where a song becomes more important is the residuals
radio and tv airplay, ad campaigns, sports PA airings, sheet music, covers etc - where the "user of the song" has to pay to use it

now if you look at queen's early hits the ones where individuals were credited with songwriting then Freddie wrote most A sides until about 1980
so the chances of the residuals for the early hits going to other band members is far less -

Everytime SSOR, Killer Queen, Bo Rhap, GOFLB, STL, Champions, Bicycle Race, Don't Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing are "aired on radio/tv" it's freddie alone that gets a fee - and ok - so it's only pence each time - but multiply that by every TV radio station worldwide per year - and you see who's getting the largest slice of the cake

las tuesday i heard BoRhap, STL Dont's stop me now and champions on Virgin radio

add to the above playing "champions" at sporting events - how many times eh? cup finals, rugby finals, superbowl - you name it - it crops up regularly




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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What you guys said about Brian make sense. He has other royalties besides Queen, for example: The Red Special...but it is also very true than death is the best marketing for someone's state.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 15:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But the final conclusion....
Mary Austin is the Richest member of Queen.


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Posted: 05 Mar 05, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, Brian May HAD a #1 hit in The Netherlands, with TMLWKY, for two weeks. So he and Freddie are the only members of Queen with #1 singles

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Posted: 30 Jul 05, 20:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Chamo25 wrote:

But the final conclusion....
Mary Austin is the Richest member of Queen.


I don't think so, I thought she only got 50% of Freddies Money and other stuff... but I'm not sure!


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Posted: 02 Aug 05, 15:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the royalties from the singles' sales gives Freddie the advantage. Killer Queen, Seven Seas of Rhye, We Are the Champions... Don't Stop me Now... and BoRhap...