Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou Net WorthReal Name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Date of Birth: 06/25/1963
Place of Birth: East Finchley, London, England
2017 Net Worth: $200 Million
Profession: Singer, songwriter
George, George Michaels, Wham! Biography
George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in June of 1963 in London, England. His Greek family had moved to the UK in the 1950’s. Michael grew up in the Kingsbury area of Londond. His maternal grandmother kept her faith hidden from everyone to avoid problems during WWII. In high school, Michael met his future bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley. The pair formed the band Wham! in 1981.
Wham! had several extremely popular albums and songs in the early 80’s, including Wake Me Before You Go Go and Everything She Wants. However, it was Michael’s solo performances which reached the top of the charts, including Careless Whisper. Ridgeley and Michael parted ways in 1986. The following year, Michael release his album, Faith, which shot him to superstardom. His song I Want Your Sex in 1987, was banned in many countries as it was released during the peak of the AIDS crisis and was seen as being inappropriate.
During his career, Michaels sold more than 100 million albums and won numerous awards. However, Michaels and recording exec’s were concerned that if the public discovered that he was gay, that it might hurt his career. This fact was carefully hidden until 1998, when he was arrested for indecent exposure in a park restroom in California. Michaels also had several run in’s with the law regarding drugs. He was arrested at least 4 times for possession of drugs and driving while under the influence.
Despite these problems, Michaels has had one of the most successful music careers in history, amassing an astounding fortune over the years. His generosity is also well-known, although since most of his charitable giving was done anonymously, the public will never know the full extent of his charity. It was said that he once gave a $5,000 tip to a waitress he had spoken to who told him that she was working as a barmaid part time to pay off her nursing school debt.
Unfortunately, 2016 is the year that just keeps on taking. On Christmas day, 2016, Michaels, 53, was found dead in his home by boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. The exact cause is unknown at this time, but rumors state that Michaels had become addicted to heroin. This talented singer/songwriter did leave a will, which has yet to be released, but he surely left behind more than broken hearts. His estimated net worth is $200 million. The singer had several homes in England, at least 4 in the US, as well as an estate in Australia.