Who inherited George Michael’s money after his death?

The unexpected death of George Michael on Christmas Day 2016 rocked the entertainment industry. The “Careless Whisper” crooner and defiant LGBTQ icon died of natural causes at the age of 54, according to Reuters. Michael first came to prominence as part of the British pop duo Wham! He co-wrote a string of hits with partner Andrew Ridgeley, including the chart-topping “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Young Guns (Go For It)”.

After releasing two albums, Michael was determined to shed his youthful heartthrob image in order to be taken seriously as a musician. He struck out on his own in 1987 with the R&B-inspired Faith. The record became an instant classic, spending 12 weeks at No. 1 and becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Michael left a sizable fortune – somewhere between $120 million and $200 million – to be divided according to his will. Of course, we live in a contentious society, and a bitter struggle for the late singer’s estate ensued, with those excluded from his estate fiercely vying for a piece of the pie.

George Michael took care of his family

George Michael had no children and was not married, so the lion’s share of his fortune went to his family. Per The Sun, the “One More Try” crooner left his siblings Yioda and Melanie Panayiotou nearly $120 million. His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, maintained the horse racing stud which he called home for many years. “George was devoted to his father and sisters, they would always take care of them,” a source told the magazine.

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The Sun added that the star left the rest of his fortune to seven friends and family, including Shirlie Kemp, who does backing vocals for Wham! and record producer David Austin. Interestingly, Michael left it up to his sister Yioda to decide who got what. “It’s a nice gesture to be able to name your closest friends,” a source told the outlet. “But in the end he left everything to Yioda. He knew she would always do the right thing.”

George Michael’s lovers were excluded from his will

Of course, the will wasn’t without a few snubs. George Michael left his ex-lovers behind, according to The Sun, including his longtime partner Kenny Goss, with whom the singer was romantically involved from 1996 to 2009. again friend Fadi Fawaz, who found him dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Neither lover was particularly happy at such contempt. According to Metro UK, Fawaz refused to leave the villa he shared with the late singer, despite multiple attempts by Michael’s family to kick him out. When they finally managed to evict him, he returned to search the place and caused millions in damage!

According to Mirror UK, Goss took a different approach. He filed a claim against the singer’s estate under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, which allows a person to make a claim where a will results in them being left without “adequate financial provision”. . He demanded more than $18,000 a month and claimed Michael provided for him financially. After a protracted court battle, the trustees of Michael’s estate agreed to a settlement and Goss walked away with an undisclosed portion of the singer’s estate.

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