Simon Le Bon, 63, is best known as the lead singer and lyricist for the band Duran Duran and its offshoot Arcadia. While in the band, Le Bon has received three Ivor Novello awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Simon is currently estimated to be worth around £54 million after being in the music business for over 40 years. His band is now gearing up for a US tour later this month.
It was Simon’s ex-girlfriend, Fiona Kemp, who introduced him to the band in May 1980 and recommended him as a potential vocalist. He then became the frontman.
When asked what has kept the group together for so long, Le Bon said: “We have friendship, we have a passion for music that we share.
“But there’s another thing that I think is important, it’s quite prosaic in a way, but the fact is we share all income equally.
“So no one earns more than anyone else, and to any band out there reading this, I’d suggest that’s a very good way to move forward if you want to be in a band that’s together after 40 years.”
Their hits included ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’, ‘Rio’, ‘Girls On Film’, ‘Wild Boys’ and the Bond theme ‘A View To A Kill’.
They will be honored as inductees into the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
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Simon was born near Bushey, Hertfordshire, and now lives in Putney, London with his 57-year-old wife Yasmin and three daughters: Tallulah, Saffron and Amber.
Yasmin Le Bon was born in Oxford, England and was at one time the highest paid model in the world.
Yasmin and Simon Le Bon met in 1984 and were married in 1985.
10 minutes from Wimbledon, on the left bank of the Thames, Putney is a peaceful and tree-lined London neighbourhood.
Apart from the route to get there – 50 minutes from the center – it is certainly a very nice place to live.
Average house prices in the area are £860,933, according to Rightmove.
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The majority of sales in Putney over the past year were flats, which sold for an average price of £523,239.
Terraced properties sold for an average of £1,124,533, with semi-detached properties bringing in £1,829,727.
There is an abundance of good schools around this area as well as businesses and pastures.
A special place is Richmond Park – its meadows stretch as far as the eye can see.
If a residential suburb is not the imagined setting for a rock star and model, Putney was certainly an excellent choice on the part of the Le Bons.
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The family home is called Elmwood.
It is a 10-bedroom Victorian home that boasts a first large garden, which overlooks a second garden, and a second cottage where Simon’s mother lives.
The summer house was built 24 years ago in 1988.
In 2014, six bedrooms were converted into three suites to accommodate Le Bon’s three adult daughters, who continued to live with them.
Before moving to the Putney home, the couple lived in Chelsea.
In an interview with Vogue Paris magazine, Yasmine explained: “We lived in Chelsea and did the usual thing: knock down all the walls to make space.
“That’s when I realized we were no longer a couple but a married couple living with children and my mother-in-law.
There was something urgent. At the time I was working a lot and the last thing I wanted was for us to move once, then twice, then three times.
“I told myself: I want a big house, a garage, a yard, a quick drive, no more pipes than necessary so we never have to move again.”
Simon’s wife expressed how she “would love to move” but none of her family members want to leave their Putney house.
Yasmin also noted that if the family were to move, “it will be difficult to find the equivalent” of their current 10-bedroom home.
Last year, the couple had been given permission to extend their 10-bedroom, multi-million pound London home by a third of its existing size.
It was apparently because they cannot get their children to leave home.