The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts ‘leaves fortune of £30MILLION to his wife and daughter’ following his death aged 80
The legendary drummer passed away in August 2021 aged 80 and passed on £29.6million to his wife Shirley and their daughter Seraphina.
Will: The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts reportedly left a fortune of £30million to his family (pictured in 2019)
UK probate papers seen by the publication show that most of the musician’s fortune will go to his wife Shirley.
However, he ordered his vehicles – some of which he never drove – to be handed out according to his wishes, which will never be made public.
The 14-page document also reportedly tells his executors to use income to support his ‘beneficiaries’ as they choose.
When Shirley dies, the fortune will reportedly be passed onto their daughter Seraphina, Charlie’s sister Linda Rootes, his sisters-in-law Jackie Fenwick and Jill Minder and brother-in-law Stephen Shepherd.
Family: The legendary drummer passed away in August 2021 aged 80 and passed on £29.6million to his wife Shirley and their daughter Seraphina
Charlie was due to tour the US with the band last year as part of their ‘No Filter’ tour. But it was announced he would not feature as he needed to recover from a recent emergency surgery.
He is the first long-stay member of The Rolling Stones to die of age-related illness. Founder and leader of The Stones, Jones, died in 1969 from accidental drowning, shortly after being kicked out of the band.
Mick Jagger admitted he found it ‘very cathartic’ to get back on stage following the passing of his friend and bandmate.
Speaking after they kicked off their North American No Filter tour, their first shows without Charlie, the singer insisted that while it was ‘sad’ to be on stage without him, it was a ‘really good’ way to release some of their bottled-up emotions.
Fortune: The total does not include the value of Charlie’s estate in France, thought to be worth millions more (pictured in 2017)
He said in September: ‘We were supposed to have played last year. We couldn’t do it for obvious reasons, because of the pandemic. And I just thought, and I think everyone in the band thought that we should just carry on.
‘After doing the first couple of shows, I think I feel really good about it. But I’m glad we’re doing it. I know Charlie wanted us to do it. I think the audience wants to do it. They seem to.
‘And of course, it’s different, and of course, in some ways it’s sad and so on. But I mean, you just go out there and rock out and you feel better, and it’s very cathartic. So, I think it’s really good.’
Mick also revealed he misses joking with Charlie as he reflected on the recent time they spent together in the studio before his passing.
He added: ‘It seems like only yesterday that I was in the studio with Charlie, joshing around. It’s just so weird and then very sad.
Icon: UK probate papers seen by the publication show that most of the musician’s fortune will go to his wife Shirley
‘And I mean, it’s such a long time that you work with someone like that, and you get to know someone so well and their quirks and their idiosyncrasies and they know yours.
‘And there’s a language in communication with musicians, obviously, or anything else. So, you talk about it. It’s difficult talking about music.
‘But so, after all this length of time, you have this ease of communication, so to speak with another musician. That’s very rare. I miss that so much.’
The iconic band opened their No Filter tour with a special tribute to Charlie in St. Louis.
The gig started with an empty stage, a drum beat and photos of the late star appearing on a video board.
Legends: The London-born drummer (left) joined the then-fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs