Mary Austin is perhaps best known for her romantic involvement with the legendary singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury. She was one of the inspirations for Mercury’s musical expression while also being the band’s secretary for publishing for a while.
Austin was often described by Mercury himself as the only true friend he had, also going so far as to say that he could never fall in love with any other man the way he did with her.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Mary Austin In 2020?
Mary Austin has a net worth of around $115 million as of March 2020, her fortune comes primarily from the estate Freddie Mercury left behind for her in his will.
Before Mercury’s death, she was a receptionist and also worked at a clothing store. In fact, she made her first Queen connection while working in the shop, meeting, and dating guitarist Brian May.
Earnings And Inheritance From Freddie Mercury
As the love of Mercury’s life, Austin inherited the bulk of his estate after his death as per his will. She got the £25,000,000 ($30,847,125) Garden Lodge mansion in Kensington. Similarly, he also left the majority of his $17,000,000 fortune consisting of art pieces and Louis XV furniture.
The Garden Lodge mansion has become a shrine to Freddie Mercury. Fans put letters and tributes to the star on the wall.
He also left royalty rights to his parents and Mary Austin. She also got 50 percent of his future earnings in Austin. Later this, the amount increased to 75 percent after Mercury’s parents passed away. Due to this, she got $75 million from the earnings of the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
Mercury also gave his driver and friend Terry Giddings £100,000, £500,000 to Peter Freestone, his personal assistant, and £500,000 to Jim Hutton. Hutton used the money to buy a home in his native Ireland.
Austin used the money and earnings for a good cause, especially for HIV/AIDS. She has donated a lot of money towards fighting the disease, of which Freddie passed away.
She was also heavily involved in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, whose proceeds went to establishing The Mercury Phoenix Trust. She is a trustee in the foundation to this day.
Mary Austin was born in 1951 in Fulham, London, England, into a working-class family. Her father was a hand trimmer for a local wallpaper installer, and her mother worked as a maid. She dropped out of school at the age of 15 to support her family and became a receptionist.
Later he started working in a fashion store, Biba. It was a fashionable shop, and many celebrities frequented the shop. There she met Queen guitarist Brian May, and they subsequently started dating.
End Of Relationship With Brian May And Start With Mercury
Their relationship was short-lived, and they called it quits shortly after on friendly terms. Later, she met Freddie Mercury, and they quickly became acquainted with each other. Soon after, they clicked, and he took six months to ask her out.
She grew increasingly infatuated with Mercury, and slowly they became really close to each other. After a few months, they had already moved in together. They described their relationship as a special bond, and Austin also said that they grew together as people. Mercury even proposed to her.
Mercury slowly started distancing himself from Austin as Queen hit new heights of success. By this time, the classic line-up of Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor had already become chart-topping rock stars.
The talk of marriage between the couple had also died down; Mary said that she doubted he was having an affair with another woman, but Freddie told her he was bisexual. Austin has been quoted as saying, “No, Freddie, I don’t think you are bisexual. I think you are gay.”
Their physical relationship ended there, but they remained close friends. Freddie has said that no-one was as special to him as Austin.
Later, she was in a relationship with Nicholas Holford; they even tied the knot in 1998 but later had their marriage annulled.
After this, she dated and married Piers Cameron, they tied the knot in 1990 and were married until 1993. They have 2 children together.