Legendary singer and musician George Michael passed away suddenly on Christmas Day in 2016 due to heart failure. The Wham! star and British icon was only 53-years-old when news broke of his death. George Michael was known for his hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.” He was an extremely successful singer and his 1987-debut album “Faith” ended up selling more than 10 million copies.
Nevertheless, George Michael made a fortune singing with Wham! and later having a solo career. According to Vanity Fair, the late musician reportedly made a whopping $128 million during his career. He was known to have spent millions of those dollars to children’s charities and H.I.V. charities and foundations. Having come out to the public about his sexuality in the late 90s, George Michael became heavily involved in the L.G.B.T.Q. community and would give out his money to those less fortunate.
Having donated millions of dollars to charities and foundations, George Michael still leaves millions to his godchildren. Having no children of his own, it was confirmed that the star would give money to several of his famous godchildren. These celebrity kids include Roman and Harlet Moon Kemp, the children of his Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman and Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp, James Kennedy, the star on Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, and Bluebell, the goddaughter of his former partner Kenny Goss and daughter of Spice Girl Geri Horner.
Besides leaving an estimated $128 million, George Michael had at least four properties in London, Sydney and New York, which his godchildren may also inherit. The pop star spent his last days in his 16th-century Oxfordshire home, located an hour from London. During an episode of The Oprah Show, George Michael gave viewers a sneak peek inside, revealing that he had fixed up the house himself. The London home, where he was discovered dead is reportedly estimated to be $6.1 million. Besides living in dreary weather, the singer would also stay in his $5.8 million Australian beach house. The lavish home overlooks the ocean and features an infinity lap pool, alfresco tiled dining area and four king-sized bedrooms.
George Michael’s older sisters, Melanie and Yioda, his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and his cousin Andros; two children, to whom he is also a godfather too, are all expected to be included in his will. Fawaz, who is a celebrity hairstylist, was romantically involved with the pop star in recent years. He was the man who found the 53-year-old’s body in his London home. Fawaz tweeted about the devastating news the day after Christmas, writing, “Its xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in he morning, Fawaz tweeted, adding, “I will never stop missing you xx.”
Michael Kemp, who is married to Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman, also tweeted his sympathy, writing, “My whole family and I are devastated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!” Kemp’s son Roman, who is the godchild of the late pop singer, also took to Twitter and wrote, “The man who toured the world with my mum; her bets friend. The man who introduced my parents; who forced my mum to call my dad. The man that took me and Harley around the world; just to see us smile. The man we all love. We love you Yog.”
Former Spice Girl Geri Horner also posted a message on social media. She talked about her sadness on her Instagram, posting a photo of herself and Michael together. She wrote, “So so sad, R.I.P George, a dear friend, the kindest, most generous & talented person. My thoughts are with his family.” Geri and Michael were especially close and even lived together when he was with Wham!
George Michael was an icon that amassed a great fortune throughout his career with the band Wham! and during his solo career, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He will always be remembered for his music and philanthropy. Hopefully his godchildren use their new fortune to continue the pop star’s work and mission.