|Estimated value:||€100 million|
|Country of origin:||Czech Republic|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Karel Gott, whose real name is Karel Gottar, was a Czech singer and composer. His talent as a painter was rather unknown. He was called the “Sinatra” of the East. He passed away on October 1st, 2019 at the age of 80.
Karel Gott was born on July 14, 1939 in Pilsen (Czech Republic) and moved to Prague with his parents after the end of the war. Originally he wanted to study painting, but was rejected by the Prague Academy in 1954. He then trained as an electrician and began singing in Prague dance cafés. He quickly became an insider tip and in 1957 he caught the eye of the Czechoslovakian musician Karel Krautgartner at a singing competition. He recommended him to the Prague Conservatory, where Karel Gott trained as a classical tenor. He learned the German language thanks to an aunt who lived in Hesse. She regularly sent him German-language magazines to communist Czechoslovakia.
Success came quickly after his vocal training when he released a Czech version of “Moon River”. This became his first record and in the years that followed he earned a permanent place in the Czech charts. He gained his first international experience in 1967/68 in Cannes and Las Vegas, before representing Austria at the Grand Prix de la Chanson in 1968 with a German-language song. He only came in 13th place, but since the song “Tausend Fenster” was written by Udo Jürgens, he also became known to the German audience. This made him a welcome guest on German music programs, which appreciated his powerful voice in the songs composed by Karel Svoboda. One of his trademarks was his bohemian accent, which made him unmistakable.
Karel Gott was most successful in Germany and Czechoslovakia, including with the songs “Lady Carneval” (1969), “Once Around the World” (1970), “From Bohemia to the World” (1971) or “Vom Böhmerwald to the Vienna Woods” (1975). He celebrated world success with the title song of the television series “The Maya Bee” (1977) and the grandmother song “Babicka” (1979).
Other big hits followed with the songs “A love is worth many tears” (1980), “Good evening, good mood” (1981), “You’re there for me” (1983″), “Don’t look back” (1987) and “I Want You Just the Way You Are” (1989).
He actually wanted to retire from the music business with a farewell tour in 1990 in order to devote himself entirely to his other passion, painting. But the great loyalty of his fans and the many fan clubs around the world finally changed his mind. His last collaboration with a German artist was in 2008 with Berlin rapper and producer Bushido. They recorded a new version of Forever Young (2000) together.
Karel Gott mainly sang in German and Czech, but many of his approximately 100 albums have been translated into 15 languages.
It is estimated that he has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
He received the “The Golden Nightingale” award twice (1963 and 1971). It was followed by “The Golden Tuning Fork” (1982,1984 and 1995), as well as the “Diamond Record” (1992) and the “European Crystal Globe” (2001). There are also numerous national awards such as the “Hermann Löns Medal in Gold” (1983) or the “Czech Medal of Merit, 1st Class” (2009).
Karel Gott is the father of 4 daughters. The two older ones, Dominika (born 1973) and Lucia (born 1988) come from illegitimate relationships. With his partner Ivana Machácková (born 1977), who was 28 years his junior, he had 2 daughters, Charlotte Ella, born in 2006, and Nelly (born 2008), who was two years younger.
The singer left a will after overcoming a first cancer in 2015. In his estate he bequeathed everything to his widow and their two daughters. Now there is a risk of a similar inheritance dispute as in the family of Udo Jürgens, since the two illegitimate daughters, who are recognized by Karel Gott, are threatening to sue if they are not awarded the statutory share of the inheritance.
“Singing is an erotic statement.”
“Everybody wants to be a tenor because that’s kind of the kind of tones that women like.”
“Schlager is an illusion, but entertainment is always an illusion.”
Karel Gott was a world-class international artist and he believed that representing his country abroad was a political issue. He said that he needs to know exactly when he can sing which songs in which country.
|Estimated value:||€100 million|