Brian May Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World

Brian May
Brian May led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the guitarist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 74-year-old Brian May has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid guitarists for 2021 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 17/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Brian May tops annual list of highest-paid guitarists

In 2019 it looked like the guitarist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (October 16) that May is the highest-paid guitarist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between September 2020 and September 2021, a nearly $40 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The British guitarist has an estimated net worth of $215 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat May Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “London Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermay - UK), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Brian) and a fashion line called “Brian May Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Brian fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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