GEORGE Michael’s celebrity godchildren are among those who could now be set for a share of his estimated £105million fortune, The Sun reports. The star passed away over the weekend and was found dead in bed by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, 43, on Christmas Day.
Prior to his tragic death at the age of just 53, George is believed to have amassed a huge fortune worth a reported £105million. And with no husband, children or any obvious heirs there has been some speculation over what will happen to his estate.
George was godfather to Martin Kemp’s kids Roman and Harley, who could be set to inherit a share, along with Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell – despite his ex Kenny Goss actually being her godfather. The star was also godfather to his cousin Andros’ two children, while his sisters Melanie and Yioda and boyfriend Fadi Fawaz are also expected to be left some money.
George raked in huge sums over the years, with his accounts showing he earned more than £48million from touring between April 2006 and March 2008 alone. Much of that came from mega-money performances at private parties for wealthy businesspeople or fellow celebs.
The star was paid a reported £1.6million to sing just 13 songs at a News Year’s Eve party thrown by Russian nickel tycoon Vladimir Potanin. And he was paid a similar sum of £1.5million by Sir Philip Green to appear at his 55th birthday party in 2007.
Those figures are not even believed to have included income from song-writing and record sales. And they only account for a two-year period in a career stretching three-and-a-half decades. George used his money to invest heavily in art, along with ex-partner Kenny Goss, buying up pieces by Banksy, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
He also owned numerous properties including the £5million house in Oxfordshire where he died, an £8million Georgian mansion in North London, a £2.5million home in Los Angeles and a £3.5m beach house in Sydney. Tributes have been pouring in for the much-loved singer since news of his death broke on Sunday.
His “heartbroken” ex Kenny Goss spoke of his sadness yesterday after learning of the death of the “extremely kind and generous” star. And his devastated former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley was one of many celeb pals to pay tribute to the pop legend.