Cilla Black left £11m in property: How singer rose from humble beginnings living above a barber’s shop in Liverpool to owning portfolio of luxury homes from the Caribbean to the Costa Del So
The singer and Television presenter, Clilla Black, has died at the age of 72. Born Priscilla White in 1943, she grew up in Liverpool at a time the city’s music scene was blossoming. In 1969, she married her childhood sweetheart and manager, Bobby Willis. She went on to release 14 albums and later established herself as a television personality, presenting hit shows including “Blind date” and “surprise surprise”
Robert Willis, 44, acted as her manager after Bobby died and is a director of the firm CB Prime Limited, which was formed as she began her career in 1964. Brothers Ben, 41, and Jack, 35, are also directors.
Miss Black was a millionaire by the age of 25.
At one stage, she was the biggest-selling UK female artist of the Sixties and was selling 100,000 records a day.
Clilla Black came from modest beginnings, growing up in a cramped flat above a barber’s shop on Liverpool’s ‘Scottie Road’ which did not have an indoor toilet.
To enter the property, she and her three brothers had to make their way through the shop below or via a Chinese laundry next door.
But by the time of her death, the singer and TV presenter was worth £18 million and owned a portfolio of luxurious properties around the world – from the Caribbean to the Costa del Sol.
Her main family home was bought in 1970 – under her married name Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis – and is on a 17-acre estate near the affluent commuter belt village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. It boasts a putting green, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, ten bedrooms and five bathrooms and is conservatively worth £5 million.
She also owned a sixth-floor penthouse property in Westminster, Central London, which was once an office she shared with her husband Bobby, who died of lung cancer in 1999 at the age of 57. The property – complete with two bathrooms – is worth about £2.3 million.
The singer also owned the villa where she died in Estepona, just a 20-minute drive from Marbella in southern Spain, which was bought in 1996. That house had four en-suites and is worth an estimated £2 million.
Finally there was Miss Black’s Barbados beachfront home at the Reeds House complex between Holetown and Speightstown where she bought a three-bathroom penthouse.
The money she earned even enabled her to buy her parents a detached home in the affluent Woolton suburb of Liverpool.
Along with her property interests she was also said to have an extensive art collection, including a Salvador Dali sketch.