Eric Clapton Biography and Family
Currently 71 years old, Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945. He is a famous English blues and rock guitarist, songwriter, singer, and record producer. His nickname is “Slowhand”. He was born in Ripley, England to Patricia Clapton and Edward Fryer. In his early life, he believed that his mother was actually his sister and that his grandparents were his own parents.
In 1961, he left Hollyfield School to join an art college. But he left it after a year because he was primarily interested in music. By the age of 17, he joined the Roosters. It was his first band. After this, there was no looking back.
Clapton is the only person to get inducted 3 times in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has been a member of several bands including the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, the Cream, Blind Faith, and so on. He has bagged a lot of Grammy Awards- 18 to be precise. He was also awarded a Brit Award in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Music. He has also received a CBE in 2004.
Clapton married twice in his life. He married Pattie Boyd in 1979. He had an affair in 1984 which bore him his oldest daughter Kelly in 1985. Later, he had an affair in 1986. In 1988 he got divorced. He got married again in 2002 to Melia McEnery. He has 3 three daughters from his second wife. He became a grandfather in 2013 after his oldest daughter from his first affair gave birth to her son.
Eric Clapton total net worth- £120 million
He was ranked 17th on the list of wealthiest residents in Surrey published in 2009 by Surrey Life Magazine. His net fortune is estimated at £120 million. This includes his property as well his income and other things, including VA Bene, a yacht worth £9 million, a musical catalog, touring income, and Marshbrook Ltd: holding company. Since 1989, Marshbrook has added £110 million to the fortune of Clapton. He bought 50% shares of Cordings Piccadilly in 2003. All these properties and income constitute the bulk of his fortune.
Eric Clapton Education
He studied at Hollyfield School located in Surbiton until 1961. He joined the Kingston College of Art but was expelled out of it because of his inclination towards music. He was interested in music and guitar since his childhood days.
Eric Clapton Business Model
Apart from being a popular singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Clapton owns Marshbrook Ltd. His company leases out the luxury boat. Clapton’s talents are diverse. He has also appeared in numerous television shows and movies. He has appeared in other media like song videos. He has contributed various musical scores and original songs to many movies, including Lethal Weapon, Rush, Lethal Weapon: 3, Communion, and Phenomenon.
He is a supporter of the CA (Countryside Alliance). In 1993, Clapton founded the Crossroads Center which is an anti-addiction center located in Antigua.
Eric Clapton Assets [Cars, Collection, House & Others]
Clapton is a car lover. He has collected various models of the luxury car brand Ferrari for several decades. He loves fast-paced cares. Recently, he bought a customized Ferrari 485 Italia which cost him about $4.7 million.
He owns a beach home in California, which is nothing less than an architectural masterpiece. The beach house was designed by the well-known designer, Arata Isozaki.
The guitarist is also fond of art. He has an immense art collection. His most prized collections are the Abstraktes Bild (809-4), a painting by a talented German painter named Gerhard Richter.
He has a great love for luxury watches as well. You can see him sporting a Rolex watch or Patek Philippe watch. His Patek Philippe collection includes PPR 1463 and PPR 1526. These watches cost approximately $175,000 per watch. His Rolex collection includes RR 6062, RR 6036, RR 6239 and others.
Latest news about Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton has announced dates for his American tour in 2017. He will perform in Madison Square City in New York on 19th and 20th March. Thereafter, he has two shows in Los Angeles on 25th and 26th March.
Conclusion- Eric Clapton is a highly talented singer and guitarist. He has been the recipient of various music awards. He owns many prized collectibles which are worth a million dollars. He has a successful career. The only flip side was his addiction to drugs and alcohol. We look forward to his shows this year.