Bee Gees Remain Queensland’s Biggest

The Bee Gees left Queensland to find their fame in swinging London in 1967 but they still topped the Sunday Mail newspaper’s list of richest exports from the Australian state.

Barry and Robin Gibb each have an estimated worth of $90 million, as does the estate of Maurice Gibb who died in 2003. The Bee Gees have sold 200 million albums worldwide.

The Gibbs were born in the UK but moved as children in the 1950s to Brisbane. They were spotted playing as The Rattlesnakes at a speedway by promoter Bill Goode who introduced them to DJ Bill Gates, who became their mentor.

The initials of the two men saw the brothers become the Bee Gees. Steven Spielberg is working on a movie on the trio.

Others who started out in Queensland were actor Geoffrey Rush ($50 million), Keith Urban ($35 million), former Savage Garden partners Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones ($25 million and $27 million respectively), UK-based pop singer Peter Andre ($16 million) and The Veronicas ($2 million) alongside models and media figures.