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Full NameBrian Harold May
First NameBrian
Middle NameHarold
Last NameMay
Birth NameBrian Harold May
Other NameBri
ProfessionGuitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Birth CityHampton, Middlesex
Birth CountryEngland, The UK
Father NameHarold May
Father ProfessionDraughtsman at the Ministry of Aviation
Mother NameRuth Irving
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseAnita Dobson
Relation WithChrissie Mullens (1974-1988)
No Of Children3 ( James, Louisa, Emily Ruth)
FilmographyBohemian Rhapsody
EducationHampton Grammar School, Imperial College London
Height187 cm
Weight67 kg
Networth$210 M
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Date of BirthJuly 19,1947
Age72 years
Married DateNovember 18,2000

How Much Is Queen's Guitarist Brian May's Net Worth?

Brian May, an English born guitarist, singer and songwriter is famous as lead guitarist for the 70s band Queen which released the hit songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champion, We Will Rock You and many more. Professional since 1965, May is the co-founder of the Queen alongside Freddie Mercury (late), Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

As of July 2019, Brian has an estimated net worth of $210 million; the major credit goes to the band's album sales, tours and endorsements.

With the Queen, May has released 15 studio albums including the self-titled album Queen (Gold-Certified) and the 4-times Platinum-certified album News Of The World (1977) and Made In Heaven (1995).

Net Worth Details: Income Sources & Earnings

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brian May has an estimated net worth of around $210 million as of July 2019. Back in the early 2010s, The Richest claimed his fortune to be $175 million.

The major source of Brian May's income is his music career with the legendary band Queen. The band was co-founded by Brian in 1970 with the primary line-up: Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and John Deacon (bass guitar).

After Mercury died in 1991, the band went hiatus for several years, before Adam Lambert joined Queen for live collaboration.

Till date, Queen has released 15 studio albums and sold around 300 million records worldwide; the highest-selling album Made in Heaven made around $10.995 million.

Queen guitarist Brian May is a multi-millionaire, owns $210 million fortune
Queen guitarist Brian May is a multi-millionaire, owns $210 million fortune

Well, it's obvious that May's band-mates the original Queens are all multi-millionaires: Taylor (owns $200 million), Deacon ($170 million) and Mercury ($50 million at the time of death).

Most often, Brian's fortune is compared with other legendary music figures like Lars Ulrich of Metallica ($300 million), Slash from Guns N' Roses ($90 million) and late Tom Petty from the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ($95 million).

Apart from album sales, May and his bandmates made a huge paycheck through concerts & tours.

For a fact, the Queen + Adam Lambert Tour earned a total of £48.5 million in 2014, while their previous tour in 2013 grabbed them £22 million. May earned around £1.17 million from the 2014's tour.

Since July 10, 2019, the band is on The Rhapsody Tour which will end on February 29, 2020.

List of sales of famous singles:

  1. Killer Queen (1975)- $250,000
  2. We Are The Champions (1977)- $5.289 million
  3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (1979)- $1.67 million

Earnings From Studio Album Sales, Live Albums & Concert Film

Queen (July 13, 1973)Gold certification from RIAA$620,000
Queen II (March 8, 1974)Gold Certified by RIAA and BPI$620,000
Sheer Heart Attack (November 8, 1974)Platinum-certified by BPI and Gold Certified (RIAA)$908,000
A Night at the Opera (November 21, 1975)3-times Platinum (RIAA)$4.255 million
A Day at the Races (December 10, 1976)Platinum-certified by RIAA$1.605 million
News of the World (October 28, 1977)4-times Platinum (RIAA)$6.125 million
Jazz (November 10, 1978)Certified Platinum by RIAA$1.425 million
The Game (June 27, 1980)4-times Platinum (RIAA)$4.445 million
Flash Gordon (December 8, 1980)Gold-certified by BPI$120,000
Hot Space (May 21, 1982)Gold-certified by BPI$645,000
The Works (February 27, 1984)Gold certification by RIAA$1.97 million
A Kind of Magic (June 3, 1986)2-times Platinum by BPI$2.366 million
The Miracle (May 22, 1989)Gold by RIAA$2.02 million
Innuendo (February 5, 1991)Platinum by BPI$2.435 million
Made in Heaven (November 6, 1995)4-times Platinum by BPI$10.995 million

Also, the band has released 10 live albums and 15 compilation albums, which also showered bundles of dollars on May and his bandmates.

Queen band, formed in 1970

Live Albums:

  1. Live Killers (1979)- $4.01 million (2-times Platinum by RIAA)
  2. Live Magic (1986)- $2.34 million (Platinum by BPI)
  3. Live at Wembley '86 (1992)- $3.78 million (Platinum by RIAA)
  4. Queen on Fire (at the Bowl in 2004)- $506,000 (Gold by BPI)
  5. Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live (2012)- $10,000

Compilation Albums:

  1. Greatest Hits (1981)- $18 million (8-times Platinum by RIAA)
  2. Greatest Hits II (1991)- $22.15 million (Diamond certified by SNEP and 8-times Platinum by BPI)
  3. Classic Queen (1992)- $3.5 million (3-times Platinum by RIAA)
  4. Queen Rocks (1997)- $420,000 (Platinum by BPI)
  5. Greatest Hits III (1999)- $1.96 million (2-times Platinum by BPI)
  6. The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III (2000)- $6.32 million (6-times Platinum by BPI and 2-times Platinum by RIAA)
  7. Absolute Greatest (2009)- $736,000
  8. Queen Forever (2014)- $135,000

Biographical Film Bohemian Rhapsody and Concert Films

Well, in honor of the Queen, the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 2018. The film titles is one of the famous songs of Queen that sold 4.4 million copies.

The movie featured actors like Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee (portrayed Queen guitarist Brian May) and Mike Myers. It grossed $903.7 million up to the budget of $50-$55 million.

Revenue From Concert Films:

  1. We Will Rock You (1984)- $401,500
  2. Queen at Wembley You with the British rock band Queen
    (1990)- $1.008 million
  3. Greatest Video Hits (2002)- $208,000
  4. Greatest Video Hits 1 (2002)- $313,000
  5. Live Aid (2004)- $1.526 million
  6. Return of the Champions (2005)- $52,500
  7. Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ’86 (2012)-

Interesting Fact: Brian May has a solo album Back to the Light, released in 1992, which made the sales of $65,000.

Endorsements & Charity

Inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Brian alongside the band Queen surely get the approach of massive endorsements. Though, the details on the earnings or endorsements are not out.

In addition to that, the band's merch sales also earned him additional revenue.

Well, Brian May is an avid user of Instagram and Twitter with over 1.8 million and 991K followers as of July 2019. As per Influencer Marketing Hub, his Instagram can earn him $3,689-$6,148 per sponsored post.

Brian May is an activist and well-known social worker too. The English guitarist has associations with many non-profit organizations, involving himself in charity works & donations.

May actively supports RSPCA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the League Against Cruel Sports, PETA UK and the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.

Well, he is a patron for ABC Trust and is the founder of Save Me Trust, that speaks against unlawful acts on wildlife.

Assets, House, Cars, Lifestyle & Expenses

Currently, Brian May lives in his houses in England, where he shares residence in London and Windlesham, Surrey. Well, the Queen's guitarist and his wife Anita's primary residence is in London property which is estimated to be worth £11 million.

Back in May 2014, the Queen's guitarist's London asset became news highlights after May complained about the soundtrack of drilling and construction work on his neighbor's house, bought in 2009 for £2 million.

For now, the details on his Windlesham property is not out but is estimated to be worth of a jaw-dropping value.

Brian May and his wife Anita live in London
Brian May and his wife Anita live in London

Meanwhile, Brian May is quite low-key about his car collection but surely can own luxurious cars including Audi, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and many more.

Sources cite that the singer cum guitarist still owns the vintage ride Jaguar XJ-S.

In July 2017, May auctioned his Jowett Javelin (bought by father) for the animal charity that raised a fund of £6,300.

Guitar Collection:

  1. Fender Stratocaster CBS era (July 1973- May 1974)
  2. Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (Ocotber 1974- May 1975)
  3. Martin D-18 (Septemner 1976)
  4. Birch replica plus an Ovation Pacemaker 12-string acoustic (January 1977- August 1979)
  5. Fender Telecaster & Ovation (November 1979- June 1982)
  6. Gibson Flying V (July 1982- November 1982)
  7. Currently owns currently has a Guild 12-string replacing Ovation Pacemaker
Brian May owns a collection guitars
Brian May owns a collection guitars

The multi-millionaire does live a lavish lifestyle and does have a huge list of expenses. Apart from expensive assets, Brian May spends on accommodations, travels, and daily life luxury.

Tax Payments & Insurance

As a citizen of the UK, Brian May is liable to the nation's tax policy including stamp duty and income tax.

Since the Queen guitarist makes tens of million dollars every year, his income tax effective rate turns to be 45%. The income tax comes in the bracket:

  1. Up to £11,850- 0%
  2. £11,851 to £46,350- 20%
  3. £46,351 to £150,000- 40%
  4. Above £150,000- 45%

Well, a property owner stamp-duty rate falls within the range of 0%-15%, along with an additional 3% stamp-duty if an individual has more than one property.

The case is no different to Brian May who owns houses in London and Windlesham, Surrey. Also, the musician has to pay £161.75 per year as the insurance premium of the asset, according to the AA British Insurance Premium Index.

Brian May's Personal Life: Age, Height, Family, Education, Wife, Children & Relationship

Born on July 19, 1947, in Hampton, Middlesex, England, the UK, Brian May's birth name is Brian Harold May. He is the only child of Harold May (father), who worked as a draughtsman at the Ministry of Aviation while mother Ruth Irving.

Brian holds English nationality and is of mixed ethnicity (Scottish and English ancestry).

The English guitarist attended Hampton Grammar School where he obtained 10 GCE Ordinary Levels and 3 GCE Advanced Levels. During his school days, he formed the band George Orwell alongside Tim Staffell.

Later, Brian enrolled at Imperial College London and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Also, he earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the college in 2007.

As of July 2019, Brian May's age is 72 and has a height of 6 ft. 1.5 inch (187 cm).

Married Life, Wife & Children

For a fact, Brian May has been married twice in his life and currently, lives with his second wife Anita Dobson, an actress. The duo met in 1986 and later married on November 18, 2000.

For a fact, his wife Anita inspired him to write 1989 hit "I Want It All".

Queen Rocker Brian May and his wife Anita Dobson
Queen Rocker Brian May and his wife Anita Dobson

However, the couple is yet to share children of their own.

Prior to Dobson, May was in a marital relationship with Chrissie Mullens (first wife). The duo married in 1974 but divorced after 14 years in 1988.

The former couple even shared 3 children together: James (born June 15, 1978), Louisa (May 22, 1981), and Emily Ruth (February 18, 1987).

Updated On Fri Jul 26 2019 Published On Thu Jul 25 2019 By