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Sunday 28 December 2014

Boyzone Ronan's journey to millionaire row

Boyzone found their video shoot emotional
Boyzone found their video shoot emotional
Mikey Graham (right) of Boyzone and Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, walk in the grounds of the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, following his death.
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, leaves the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch were staying following the death of their fellow band member
Boyzone
Ronan and Yvonne Keating
Ronan Keating has separated from his wife Yvonne after 12 years
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Jason Donovan looks at a tribute as he arrives at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin for the funeral of Stephen Gately
Mourners at the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Family and friends pay their respects as the coffin leaves in a hearse outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral of Stephen Gately
Margaret Gately is comforted by Ronan Keating outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
A hearse carries the coffin of Stephen Gately after his funeral at St Laurence O'Toole church in Dublin
The coffin of Stephen Gately is carried into a hearse outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Shane Lynch (left) and Keith Duffy (right) help place the coffin of Stephen Gately into a waiting hearse outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral service
Shane Lynch (left) and Keith Duffy (third right) help place the coffin of Stephen Gately into a waiting hearse outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral servic
Keith Duffy (right) at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Fans watch the coffin of Stephen Gately pass by outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
A mourner at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Vanessa Feltz attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
The coffin is carried out after the funeral of Stephen Gately by members of Boyzone, including Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right), Shane Lynch (rear right) at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone member Keith Duffy (right) is consoled outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral of Stephen Gately
David Furnish at the funeral of Stephen Gately
The order of service for the funeral of Stephen Gately
A mourner crys at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Margaret Gately comforts her husband Martin outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
A young Boyzone fan listens to the service outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin during the funeral of Stephen Gately
Martin Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin during the funeral of his son Stephen
Brian McFadden smokes a cigarette outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin following the funeral of Stephen Gately
Boyzone members carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone members and family gather round the hearse carrying the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Locals watch from a window outside the funeral of Stephen Gatley at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Guests arrive at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone's Shane Lynch attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone's Mikey Graham attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Kian Egan of Westlife attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Men carry flowers given by Elton John to the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Brian McFadden attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately
David Furnish attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Louis Walsh attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Keith Duffy attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Margaret Gately arrives for the funeral of her son Stephen at St Laurence O'Toole church in Dublin
Jason Donovan arrives at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Singer Shane Ward arrives at Stephen Gately's funeral
Fans display tributes outside St Laurence O'Toole Church as Boyzone members, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham visit the body of their fellow band member Stephen Gately in Dublin
Stephen's father, Martin Gately arrives at Jenning's Funeral before heading to a private service and overnight vigil at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin
Members of Boyzone (from left) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin ahead of his funeral on Saturday.
Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane bound for Dublin
Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral
Georgi Dochev leaves his flat in Pont D'Inca, Majorca. He was a friend of Boyzone star Stephen Gately who found his body
Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral of Stephen Gately
Local people begin a clean up operation of St Laurence O'Toole church in Dublin
St Laurence O'Toole church in Dublin where the funeral of Stephen Gately will be held
Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral
Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the Funeral of Stephen Gately at the church in Dublin on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 15, 2009. See PA story DEATH Gately. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Keith Duffy of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church
Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church
Mikey Graham (left) of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church with Priest Declan Blake
Ronan Keating of Boyzone chats with St Laurence O'Toole Parish Priest (right) Declan Blake
Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral
Ronan Keating of Boyzone leaves St Laurence O'Toole Parish after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing on October 13, 2009 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Boyzone star, Stephen Gately died on Saturday night aged 33 whilst on holiday in Majorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled into a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
Journalists photograph the entrance of the hotel where members of the group Boyzone are staying in Port Andratx in Mallorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled into a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled out of a morgue in Palma de Mallorca
Photographers and cameramen surround the car of Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaving the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain after attending the inquest inquiry
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately leaves with two unidentified women after viewing the body of Stephen Gately at a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, leaves Calvia Cemetery in Majorca after visiting the body of Stephen Gately
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, leaves court in Palma Majorca after hearing the results of the autopsy
5/10/2009 Ronan Keating, his wife Yvonne and Stephen Gately arriving at The Pride of Britain Awards 2009, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, arrives at the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch are staying following the death of their fellow band member. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.
Mikey Graham of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately
Shane Lynch (centre) of Boyzone leaves the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately
Ronan Keating of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Monday October 12 2009.
Ronan Keating (right) of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.
Boyzone's Stephen Gately performing on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Boyzone (left to right), Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy, perform on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground
10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham, for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London
8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.
12/9/1999 of Cerys Matthews, singer with Welsh pop band Catatonia, and Stephen Gately, member of boy band Boyzone, at the New London Theatre, Dury Lane, in London
5/2/2003 of Stephen Gately and Sinead O'Connor attend a party at The Old Billingsgate Fish Market, London, following Sir Elton's benefit gig at the Old Vic Theatre
26/5/2008 of Boyzone's Stephen Gately in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.Gately
17/2/2003 of Stephen Gately as Joseph and Kay Murphy as Mrs Potiphar during a photocall for the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane
5/7/1998 of The Prince of Wales talking with members of the band Boyzone Party in the Park, in aid of the Prince's Trust.
A cameraman films the house where Irish boy band Boyzone lead singer Stephen Gately died Saturday Oct. 11
Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Ronan Keating, left, and Mikey Graham, right, arrive with other members of the group at the Palma de Mallorca airport on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.
Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone from left to right: Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, arrive at the Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain, on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.
Stephen Gately
Stephen Gately of Boyzone
Stephen Gately
File photo dated 8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London. Gately has died at the age of just 33. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 11 2009. The Irish pop star and actor was on holiday with his long-term partner in Majorca when he 'tragically died' yesterday, according to the band's tour website. See PA story DEATH Gately. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Boyzone
Boyzone's Stephen Gately
Boyzone's Stephen Gately
Boyzone's Stephen Gately
The crowd goes wild for Boyzone as they perform in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
Boyzone
Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey
Caoimhe Campbell, Lauren Doherty, Meghann McKeever and Hayley Quinnell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Margret Campbell, Francis Doherty, Maureen McKeever and Clare Campbell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Christine and Nollen Bannon at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Seanan Donnelly, Cara Donnelly and Michelle Corry at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Catherine McVeigh, Nadine Quinn and Aislinn Murray at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Eoghan Quigg and Boyzone.
25/05/2008 PA File Photo of Ronan Keating of Boyzone performing live in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast. See PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone. Picture credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone.
Boyzone performing in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

It doesn't seem too long ago that Ronan Keating was making €70 a gig with Boyzone and travelling around the country in the back of a Ford Transit van.





But these days, his personal fortune is conservatively estimated at €10m, and his favoured mode of transit is his silver Porsche 911, a 1968 classic.



The Porsche is just one of four luxury cars he owns, according to a recent interview. But whether he will need to sell off some of his more-disposable assets to fund a possible future divorce remains to be seen.



Keating's surprise separation from his wife of 12 years Yvonne was described yesterday as "amicable", but his wife of 12 years would be entitled to a significant percentage of the couple's joint wealth in the event of divorce.



The couple count celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean amongst their closest friends.



The Keatings, until recently, lived together in a six-bedroom home in the exclusive Abington development in Malahide, Co Dublin.



Dubbed 'Neo-Georgian for the neo-rich', other owners of the vast, period-style mansions include Westlife's Nicky Byrne.



The Keatings paid more than €2.7m for their home in 2001, and afterwards helped to launch two showhouses in the development. At that stage, they also had a beautiful home in the K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare, which they later sold.



"We thought when we decided to buy here we might be sacrificing our privacy, but actually it's no sacrifice," Yvonne said at the launch. "Nobody really comes here and we're never bothered."



Her husband's interest in property had begun years earlier when, aged 18 and flush with the early success of Boyzone, he paid out close to €200,000 for the home he grew up in and gave it to his parents.



Some time after his mother's death, he bought another home for his father Gerry.



He also bought a property in Surrey, England, basing himself there for a time as he focused on his solo career, before selling it on, also at a profit.



It is understood that the Keatings still have property interests in Portugal -- where they have a summer home -- and the US, and were, at least until recently, developing a further property in Ireland.



However, the source of most of Keating's wealth is, of course, music.



The 33-year-old started out in Boyzone aged just 16, and for the first 10 months they made €350 per gig after expenses.



Despite being the youngest, Keating was put in charge of collecting the money by manager Louis Walsh who noticed the lead singer's interest in learning about the industry.



Keating would later be heavily involved in the early career of the Westlife boys, another lucrative sideline.



In 2005, the respected 'Sunday Times' Rich List estimated his wealth at €10m, based on the 30 million records he had sold as part of Boyzone and as a solo artist, with a total of nine number ones in the UK.



Although often criticised as being a 'covers' band, Keating wrote the majority of their original songs, which meant he earned the bulk of the royalties.



But after a promising start to his solo career -- including two number one albums in the UK -- he began to falter a little.



Nevertheless, his wealth was estimated at €15m in 2007, at the height of the property boom and around the time that negotiations on a Boyzone reunion began in earnest.



The band returned to touring again in 2008. "We had to risk £3m (€3.5m) of our own money to fund the stadium concerts, as we couldn't get backing from record companies at first," the singer said at the time.



"But we believed in ourselves -- and it was a sellout."



The money made from the subsequent tour undoubtedly helped offset the property crash that must have affected the singer's financial state, and another number one album will have helped the bottom line further.



Keating also recently signed a six-figure contract to appear as a judge on 'Australia's Got Talent'.



But the money wasn't all one way. As well as property and looking after his family, cars were always a big interest, while the singer christened his yacht 'Fair Play', a nod to his character on the 'Gift Grub' comedy show.



But nobody can doubt his keen commitment to charity either.



It is estimated his family has raised in the region of €8m for the Marie Keating Foundation following the death of his mother from breast cancer.



In a recent interview, Keating said his most valuable possession was "a limited-edition print of Steve McQueen, which I bought at a gallery in Los Angeles".



"It's one of only two in the world, and I keep it in the music studio at my house."



Source Irish Independent



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