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Clifford Williams was born on the 14th December 1949, in Romford, Essex, England, and is a retired musician, best known to the world as the bassist of the Australian cult hard rock band AC/DC from 1977 to 2016.
Have you ever wondered how rich Cliff Williams is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Cliff`s net worth is as high as $100 million, earned mostly through his successful career as a musician.
Cliff Williams Net Worth $100 Million
Cliff spent his early days in his hometown, after which his family moved to Hoylake near Liverpool when he was 12 years old. Influenced by the Merseybeat movement, soon enough Cliff fell in love with rock music, and the next year he and his friends formed a band. Three years later he quit school to primarily focus on music; he played in numerous bands before he, Laurie Wisefield, Mick Stubbs, Clive John and Mic Cook formed the band Home. They signed with Epic records, and released to album and an LP, hitting the charts with the single “Dreamer”, but they soon split up.
Cliff then played in the band Stars, but soon formed his own band Bandit with such musicians as Jim Diamond and Graham Board. They released two albums, “Bandit” in 1977 and “The Lost Album” the same year, before they fell apart.
Following the breakup of his most recent band, Cliff wanted to retire from music, however, Jimmy Litherland, one of the guitarist from his group convinced him to audition for AC/DC as they were looking for a new bass player after they let Mark Evans go. So Cliff became a member of AC/DC, and went on tour through Australia with them in support of their album “Let There Be Rock” (1977).
From that point on until 2016, Cliff was a member of AC/DC, which has been the main source of his net worth. Until the end of the 1970s the band released “Powerage” (1978) and then one of their most successful albums – “Highway to Hell” (1979) – which achieved multiple platinum status in the US and Australia.
However, the next year their lead singer, Bon Scott died, but fortunately they quickly found a new singer, Brian Johnson and continued to make music. In 1980 they released their third album with Cliff as bassist, entitled “Back in Black”, which topped the charts in Australia and the UK, while it also peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, plus achieving double platinum status, which helped increase Cliff`s net worth by a large margin.
They continued to dominate the music scene through the ‘80s, and with albums such as “For Those About to Rock We Salute You” (1981), which was their first album to top the US Billboard 200 chart, “Flick of the Switch” (1983), and “Blow Up Your Video” (1988), only cementing their place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995 they released “Ballbreaker”, which topped the Australian chart and achieving triple platinum status there and double in the US, increasing further Cliff`s net worth. Five years later their next album came out, entitled “Stiff Upper Lip”, which was also immensely popular, encouraging the members to continue to make music, even after 30 years. Their latest album came out in 2014 entitled “Rock or Bust”, but before that, they had another No. 1 album, “Black Ice”, which topped the charts in several countries, and sold more than six million copies worldwide. After the release of “Black Ice”, Malcolm Young left the group because of dementia, and after “Rock or Bust”, Brian Johnson left. All this made Cliff think about his own retirement, and after the tour “Rock or Bust” ended, he also left the group.
Regarding his personal life, Cliff has been married to Georganne since 1980, and the couple has two children.
Cliff is also a well-known philanthropist; he often performs at the Classic Rock Cares charity project, and has performed at events that serve as fundraisers for victims of hurricanes and other natural catastrophes.