Robbie Williams’s 33 years in the music industry has reportedly earned him a tidy net worth of £222 million ($300 million).
At just 16, the Stoke native joined ‘90s boyband Take That as their youngest founding member.
During his first stint in the band between 1990-1995, he received three BRIT Awards, including British Single of the Year, twice, and British Video of the Year.
Robbie, now 49, also helped Take That’s second and third albums, ‘Everything Changes’ and ‘Nobody Else’, to top the UK album charts.
However, after ditching band rehearsals to attend Glastonbury Festival with Liam and Noel Gallagher, Robbie quit Take That in 1995.
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After exiting the boy band, he called his former bandmate Gary Barlow “clueless” and claimed Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald had “all the creativity of morons”.
A year after leaving Take That behind, Robbie launched his solo career and put out a cover of ‘Freedom’ by George Michael.
In March 1997, he began recording his debut album Life thru a Lens, which peaked at number one in the UK charts five months after its release.
Since embarking on his solo career in 1996, the 49-year-old has released twelve albums in total, including 2019’s holiday-themed effort, The Christmas Present.
In 2010, Robbie seemingly buried the hatchet with Gary, now 52, and the pair released their track ‘Shame’.
The song peaked at number two in the UK charts and was the first time that the pair had recorded vocals together since 1995.
Following the track announcement, Take That released a statement and said that Robbie would be returning to the band for the upcoming Progress Live tour dates.
As well as working on the 2010 album, the star toured with the band and was later due to perform at the closing ceremony for the 2012 Olympics.
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However, due to his wife Ayda Field going into birth around the time, Take That performed as a four-piece.
As well as a successful career in the music industry, Robbie has made his fortune penning books and lending his voice to feature films, such as 2005’s The Magic Roundabout.
Interestingly, he is also credited as a ‘Man Using Queen Vic Telephone’ in a 1995 episode of EastEnders and has played the role of a narrator in 1999’s television feature film, Hooves of Fire.
Keen gamers and karaoke enthusiasts may also remember the We Sing Robbie Williams game for the Nintendo Wii.
The game was the third in the We Sing series and was released in conjunction with his 2010 album In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010.
Elsewhere, Robbie put his money to good use in 2005 and founded Los Angeles Vale Football Club, which unfortunately disbanded in 2007.
In 2006, he reportedly bought £240,000 worth of shares in his boyhood club, Port Vale which made him the largest shareholder at the time.
However, six years later, Williams lost his shares in the club after Port Vale entered into administration
Williams’ next venture sees him becoming the subject of a four-piece Netflix documentary.
The limited series is due for release on the streaming platform on Wednesday, 8 November and has been directed by Jo Pearlman.
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