Following the huge success of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the bandmembers are now said to be better off than Her Majesty the Queen.
Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon now have a combined fortune of £445 million (approx. $880 million NZD), having each added approximately $50 million NZD to their existing wealth this year alone. Queen Elizabeth's net worth is said to be "only" £370 million ($730 million NZD), as reported by The Times.
These figures were reported ahead of The Sunday Times Rich List due to be published next weekend. Queen Elizabeth held the top spot of this exclusive list from 1989 to 1994, but a tightening of criteria meant that both the Crown Estate and the royal art collection are now excluded from her assets as she doesn't have control over them.
Both Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen served as consultants for the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, and are now reported to be worth $316 million NZD and $306 million NZD respectively. Deacon was not involved in making the movie, but as a quarter shareholder for Queen Productions Limited, he's still seen his wealth rise to $256 million NZD - the first time he's been on the rich list since 2006.
A source has told the Mail Online that the bandmates could see royalties from the biopic soar to as much as $138 million NZD:
"They will be massively in profit. Because Queen Films made the film, they are quite high up the waterfall of money that cascades down from the film,"
"This film was created and managed by Queen, which means they can protect their share. I would expect the studio to get around 50 per cent and the rest to go to the surviving Queen members and the Freddie Mercury estate," the source.