David Jon Gilmour, an English musician, guitarist, singer, and composer, is 75 years old. He’s also a humanitarian who cares deeply about issues such as climate change, animal rights, and homelessness. He is most recognized for his work with Pink Floyd as a guitarist and co-lead vocalist. He is one of the greatest fifteen guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Building a career in music is a risky business, but David Gilmour’s gamble has paid off.
Gilmour is an English musician who was born in the city of Cambridge. Douglas Gilmour was a senior lecturer in zoology at the University of Cambridge, and Sylvia (née Wilson) was a teacher and film editor who reared her family at Grantchester Meadows, which was subsequently immortalized by a Roger Waters song on Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma.
The musical ability of Gilmour and his siblings was nurtured by their parents. Peter Gilmour, Gilmour’s younger brother, has been a guitarist for a little longer than he has.
Gilmour went to The Perse School on Hills Road in Cambridge, which he “didn’t enjoy” but where he met future Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett, as well as bassist and vocalist Roger Waters, both of whom went to Cambridge shire High School for Boys, also on Hills Road. Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” was Gilmour’s first single purchase in 1954.
Gilmour’s first guitar, a Tatay, was given to him by a neighbor when he was 13 years old, and he began learning to play with Pete Seeger’s book and records.
He went to Cambridge Technical College with Syd Barrett in September 1962 to study modern languages at A-Level.
Gilmour would eventually become a fluent French speaker, despite not completing the languages course. Barrett would often refer to Gilmour as “Fred” because they spent their lunchtimes together practicing guitar.
Gilmour began playing with the band Jokers Wild in 1962, which he departed in 1967, and they were not yet bandmates.
Career Starting Period
David Gilmour was a member of a blues-rock band in the early 1960s, but the group never had any success. Gilmour returned to London after his equipment was stolen in France while on tour with another blues-rock band. He went to see Pink Floyd record a song when he arrived. Syd Barrett’s mental state was deteriorating at this point, and despite having been good friends with Gilmour at university, he didn’t recognize him.
Gilmour was originally supposed to play guitar for Syd Barrett while continuing to contribute to the band in other ways, such as songwriting. Barrett’s unpredictable behavior eventually proved too much for the band to tolerate, and Gilmour took over his responsibilities totally.
With albums like The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut, Pink Floyd was able to achieve enormous commercial success over the next few years. Gilmour and Waters fell out after the latter album, prompting Gilmour to release his first solo album. Gilmour has continued to create successful solo albums throughout the decade after then.
Roger Waters quit the band in 1985, enabling Gilmour to take the reins and lead the surviving members forward. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, their first post-Waters album, came out in 1987.
The Division Bell, a 1994 album by the band, was released. Pink Floyd’s members collectively earned more than $250 million thanks to The Division Bell Tour.
The negative energy generated in the band during the recording of The Wall, the film, and The Final Cut led to Gilmour’s solo career, which lasted until the 2010s. About Face in 1985, On an Island in 2006, and Rattle That Rock in 2015 were all successful studio albums for Gilmour.
Gilmour established Intrepid Aviation to house his antique aircraft collection. It was a method for Gilmour to pursue a personal interest, yet the company had a strong financial track record. Given that the company had become more of a business and less of a passion, Gilmour eventually sold it for an unknown sum.
It’s worth noting that, with a few significant exceptions, Pink Floyd distributes their earnings equally among all band members.
Despite the fact that he didn’t contribute much to the composition process (by Gilmour’s own admission), Waters “awarded” Gilmour several songwriting credits on the album.
Gilmour was well-known for his extensive guitar collection, which reportedly numbered in the hundreds. Gilmour’s popular guitars were auctioned off in Los Angeles in 2019, but only for a short time.
Gilmour raised roughly $21.5 million at the auction, which was more than he had expected. The Black Stratocaster, one of his most famous guitars, went for $3.9 million at auction, making it one of the world’s most expensive guitars.
The White Stratocaster, another of his well-known guitars, sold for $1.8 million at auction. His net worth grew significantly as a result. Gilmour, on the other hand, donated the entire earnings of his guitar sale to environmental organizations.
Virginia Hasenbein, an American model, married David Gilmour in 1975. Prior to their divorce, they had four children together. Polly Samson, an author, was David Gilmour’s bride in 1994. After then, the couple had three kids and adopted a fourth.
David Jon Gilmour’s Net Worth & Real Estate
David Jon Gilmour’s net worth is estimated to be over $180 million. His net worth increased significantly with the selling of his home in west London in 2002. Gilmour bought the house for 300,000 pounds and sold it 20 years later for 4.5 million pounds. He did, however, contribute the funds to a homeless-assistance organization.
Gilmour also sold his Greek mansion for $1.5 million in 2014. Gilmour’s mansion in Greece was put up for sale in 2014 for $1.5 million, according to reports. The estate was said to be 5000 square meters in size, with breathtaking beach and mountain views.