What Is The Net Worth Of Richard Wright?
Richard Wright was an English musician, composer, singer, and songwriter with a net worth of $75 million. He is best known for being one of the original members of the progressive rock band, Pink Floyd. He played on all Floyd albums except the Final Cut.
Besides his career in Floyd, he rarely played live shows but does have 2 solo albums to his name.
Net Worth Details: Career and Income Sources
Wright had met Roger Waters during their time in college. Wright accepted Waters’ invitation to Pink Floyd and became one of the primary songwriters of the band.
The lineup of Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and David Gilmour would be the pioneers of the experimental and progressive sound of the 70s giving rise to newer bands.
Floyd became one of the best-selling and respected bands of all time, selling over 250 million records. This lent to Wright’s net worth of $70 million.
|Albums||Release Year||Sales (units)|
|The Dark Side of the Moon||March 1, 1973||45 million|
|Wish You Were Here||September 12, 1975||13 million|
|Animals||January 21, 1977||5 million|
|The Wall||November 30, 1979||19 million|
|The Division Bell||March 28, 1994||3 million|
Wright also worked as a session musician for a short time for Floyd, having taken a break from the band. Hence, not appearing in The final cut album. The members considered Wright a close friend and the silent driver of the band, comparing him to George Harrison of the Beatles.
Wright also released two solo albums:
Wet dream – 1978
Broken China – 1996
Richard Wright Assets
Richard lived in France for most of his later life. However, after his death, his house has been put on sale for $1.55 million.
The house spans 1.3 acres and features private gardens, a swimming pool, a pool house with a built-in-kitchen area and barbecue, boules play area, a tennis court, and a wine cellar.
Wright supported Crisis, Live 8, Nordoff Robbins, Syd Barrett Trust, and countless others, also supported by fellow Pink Floyd members.
The Personal Life Of Richard Wright
Richard Wright was born on July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, Middlesex, UK. His father was a biochemist at Unigate dairies. He taught himself to play guitar, trumpet, and piano at 12 years old while recuperating from a broken leg.
He was encouraged and helped by his mother to play the piano. He also studied music at Eric Gilder School of Music learning theory and composition.
He was influenced by the jazz revival happening at the time and learned to play the trombone, saxophone and the piano. Not taking risks with music, he also enrolled in the University of Westminster where he met fellow Floyd bandmates Waters and Mason.
Richard married his first wife, Julliett Gale in 1964. The couple blessed with two children divorced in 1982. He tied the knot to Franka Wright which lasted for 10 years from 1984 to 1994.
After his divorce with Franka, he married Mildred Hobbs in 1995 with whom he has a son Ben. His 1996 solo album, Broken China was written about her depression.
Wright was in love with the Greek islands ever since his first visit in 1964. He moved to Greece in 1984 and lived there for some time, briefly retiring from music. In his later years, he lived in Le Rouret, France, and spent time on a yacht, he owned in the Virgin Islands.
Death And Funeral
Wright died on September 15, 2008, at his home in London. The cause of death was Lung cancer. He was paid a visit by the band members who officially ended the band in 2008, claiming that it would be wrong for them to tour without him. Elton John dedicated the song “believe” in his Canada concert to Wright.
He left $34 million on his will to all of his children.