Queen is now richer than The Queen

News 08/05/2019

Legendary rock band, Queen has been rated richer than the Queen of the United Kingdom.

According to Sunday Times' Rich List, Queen has increased their wealth to £445 million ($884m NZD) while the Queen's wealth remained unchanged at £375 million ($745m NZD).

The rules around the way the list is built have changed, therefore removing some of the Queen's wealth from the statistics. As for the band, the massive success of their 'Bohemian Rhapsody' biopic was described as the major contributor to the earnings of the band members.

"While the old rockers continue to earn well – each adding an estimated £25m ($59m NZD) to their wealth this year – the same cannot be said of the 93-year-old monarch," Sunday Times reported. "The Queen topped the list for the first five years from 1989 to 1994, but the strict criteria used by the Rich List now excludes the Crown Estate and the royal art collection from her assets, on the grounds that she does not have control over them."

Brian May's wealth is sitting at £160m ($317m NZD) in this year's Rich List, while Roger Taylor's wealth increased from £130m to £155m ($307m NZD). "[John] Deacon, 67, who wrote the hit 'Another One Bites the Dust,' is considered to be Queen’s 'silent partner.' … His wealth is put at £130m ($258m NZD), enough to put him back into the Rich List for the first time since 2006."

The 2019 Rich List edition is due to be published next weekend.