Robert Stigwood Net Worth

Robert Stigwood was an Australian-British music and film producer, singer, manager and entrepreneur. He was the most successful entertainment tycoon of the 1970s, when his films and music had a combined total of more than 80 million albums sold. In his 81st year, he died on January 4, 2016. His net worth was estimated at $300 million at the time of his death, which is about $1.5 billion today, after inflation.

A native of Adelaide, South Australia, Robert Stigwood moved to England in the 1950s. Stigwood first started working as a copywriter for a local advertising agency. While he was there, he was introduced to the Bee Gees, who he managed. Later, he discovered guitarist Eric Clapton and was able to convince him to stop drug use.

In the late 1960s, he became the personal manager of singer Leyton, who was then cast as a pop star in the popular TV series Harper’s West One. This turned out to be a four-season show that was based on small-town players. The series ended in 1971, but Robert Stigwood continued to work with Leyton. During the 1990s, he grew more active in the world of film music, with the production of such movies as Grease (1978), Almost Anything Goes (1995), Evita (1996) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1998).

From the mid-1960s on, Stigwood also produced and managed other music-related projects. In the early 1970s, he had a number of successful film projects, including the blockbuster hit Saturday Night Fever and its soundtrack. In fact, the album sold ten million copies in the U.S. and had three top-ten hits. Despite this, the film itself was controversial. It lasted only two years, but it was one of the most profitable films of the decade.

As a music producer and songwriter, he discovered and managed several famous musicians and singers. Among them were the Bee Gees and the Motown group. In the early 1970s, he also convinced Eric Clapton to stop his drug addiction. After a successful comeback, Clapton recorded a hit album, 461 Ocean Boulevard.

Robert Stigwood was also a record label owner. He had his own label, RSO, which released albums by the Bee Gees, Cream and other performers. Additionally, he owned publishing rights to many of the musicals that he had produced.

Robert Stigwood has a large estate on the south coast of England, which he had refurbished over the years. It includes a vineyard, which supplied the royal family. He also has a home in New York City’s Central Park West, and a 275-foot yacht.

Although he is best known for his work with the Bee Gees, Stigwood is also a prolific filmmaker. He had a hand in producing several hits, including All in the Family, which was based on television shows he had created. Moreover, he was instrumental in developing the stage version of “Saturday Night Fever”.

Robert Stigwood also worked on the music for the stage musical “Grease.” Similarly, he played a key role in the development of the movie version of the musical.