|Celebrated Name:||Rick Wakeman|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Richard Christopher Wakeman|
|Age:||74 years old|
|Birth Date:||18 May 1949|
|Birth Place:||Perivale, London, England|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Roz Woolford (m, 1970; div, 1977), Danielle Corminboeuf (m, 1980; div, 1981), Nina Carter (m, 1984; div, 2004), Rachel Kaufman (m, 2011)|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Yes (Oliver, Adam, Benjamin, Jemma Kiera, Oscar, Amanda)|
|Is Rick Wakeman Gay?:||No|
|Profession:||Producer, Television and Radio Presenter, and Author|
|Net Worth in 2023:||$15 Million|
|Last Updated:||December 2023|
Rick Wakeman is a popular English producer, television and radio presenter, and author. He is most well-known for being a member of the popular rock band, “Yes,” and for his solo albums. His most popular albums are “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” (1973), “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” (1974), and “The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” (1975). In the year 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band, “Yes.” Also, he has authored an autobiography and two memoirs.
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Early Life & Biography
Rick Wakeman, whose full name is Richard Christopher Wakeman, was born on the 18th of May 1949 to parents, Cyril Frank Wakeman and Mildred Helen Wakeman. His father used to play in a dance band while he was in the army and had also worked at a building supplier, where he eventually became one of its directors.
Coming to his education, he has attended Drayton Manor Grammar School. He has also taken weekly piano lessons from Dorothy Symes for 11 years. In 1968, he began studying the piano, clarinet, orchestration, and modern music, at the Royal College of Music in London but left the college a year later.
Rick Wakeman married Roz Woolford in 1970, but they divorced seven years in 1977. Together, they have two sons, Oliver (b. 1972) and Adam (b. 1974). He then married Danielle Corminboeuf in 1980 but divorced the following year. Together, they have a son, Benjamin (b. 1978).
He then married the popular model, Nina Carter, in 1984, and they got divorced a couple of decades later in 2004. Together, they have a daughter, Jemma Kiera (b. 1983), and a son, Oscar (b. 1986). Also, he has a daughter, Amanda (b. 1986), with the popular designer, Denise Gandrup. He had an extramarital affair with her, but he chose to keep the relationship and child secret to protect his family. However, he did support Amanda financially.
In December of 2011, he married the popular journalist Rachel Kaufman, and the two have been together ever since. Coming to the other aspects of his personal life, he has faced several health issues. He suffered three heart attacks in his 20s due to smoking and heavy drinking. Although he left smoking in 1979, he continued with his drinking habits, which led him to cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis, following which le left drinking too. He was placed in a comma in 1999 because of double pneumonia and pleurisy.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on the 18th of May 1949, Rick Wakeman is 74 years old as of today’s date 4th December 2023. His height is 1.89 M tall, and his weight is 90 Kg.
Rick Wakeman’s initial recognition came in 1969 with being a part of the folk-rock group, “The Strawbs,” where he worked till 1971. He played piano on “Dragonfly,” which was the band’s second album. One of his notable achievements with the band came on the 11th of July 1970 at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, where the band’s performance was greeted with a standing ovation.
He joined the popular rock, “Yes” in 1971, and in the same year, they released the album, “Fragile” which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and the US. In 1972, they released the album “Close to the Edge,” which was a huge commercial and critical success.
In 1973, Rick released his debut album, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII,” which captured the 7th position in the UK and the 30th position in the US. In 1974, he left the band, and in the same year, his third solo album, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth,” was released, which captured the third position in the US and earned him an Ivor Novello Award. The album also went on to sell upwards of 14 million copies worldwide.
In 1975, he released the album “The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table,” which was a commercial success and captured the second position in the UK and the 21st position in the US. Also, the album was certified gold Brazil, Japan, and Australia. In 1976, he re-joined the band, “Yes.” In 1977, the band released the album, “Going for the One,” which captured the top position in the UK. He left the band once again in 1980.
A couple of years later, he worked on the soundtrack of the official 1982 FIFA World Cup documentary film, “G’olé!”. He returned to “Yes” once again in 1995 but left a couple of years later. In 2002 he returned to the band for the fifth time and is currently a member of the band featuring Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin. He continues to perform with his rock band, “The English Rock Ensemble,” which he formed back in 1974. He scored his first film, “Lisztomania” (1975), with his band.
Awards & Achievements
Here is a list covering some of the Awards and Achievements earned by Rick Wakeman:
- He was the winner of the NME Award for Best Keyboardist in 1974, 1976, and 1977.
- He was the winner of the AMI Award for Best Progressive Rock Production Work in 2015.
- He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of “Yes” in 2017.
Net Worth & Salary of Rick Wakeman in 2023
As of December 2023, Rick Wakeman has gathered a net worth of $15 Million. He has garnered most of his earnings from his career as an English producer, television and radio presenter, and author. He has worked with the band on several popular albums including, “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge.”
As a solo artist, his popular albums include, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” (1973) and “The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” (1975). In the year 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band, “Yes.”
Rick Wakeman has been a great musician, and his work shows that. One lesson which we can all learn from his life is the kind of passion he has for his work. With that being said, we wish him the best of luck for all his future endeavors and hope he keeps entertaining us like he always has.