Cameron Mackintosh Lands on Sunday Times' Billionaire List
The list names 108 billionaires in Britain and Ireland, and reports that Mackintosh is worth £1 billion.
For over 45 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest running musicals of all time, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world.
Mary Poppins, his co-production with Disney, is now also dispersing its magic globally with smash hit productions in North America, Australia and Mexico, with further productions soon to open in China, Germany, France, Spain, Russia and Japan. His new production of Miss Saigon, another of his massive hits, is doing sell-out business in Japan. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Carousel andOliver! - which have all been worldwide hits. Oliver! enjoyed another record-breaking run at London's legendary Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and a new production has recently finished a successful tour the UK. Other original international productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Martin Guerre and The Witches of Eastwick. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in London.
LES MISERABLES is now the longest-running musical in the world and, in October 2010, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a theatrical first - three different productions of the musical were staged simultaneously in one city - the star-studded Concert at The O2, the acclaimed new 25th Anniversary Production at London's Barbican Theatre, and the original production, which continues its record-breaking run at the Queen's Theatre, London. The new 25th Anniversary Production has been a huge hit all over again, currently breaking box office records across North America, with another production in Korea and more to open worldwide in Canada, Australia, South America, Japan and China over the next three years.
On 1 and 2 October 2011 The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging at the Royal Albert Hall. A completely new production of this legendary musical launched on a national tour in February 2012. Over the next three years over 40 new productions of his musicals are due to open around the world.
Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, has produced the film of LES MISERABLES, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, winner of 3 Golden Globes including Best Picture, 4 BAFTAs and 3 Academy Awards.
Cameron owns seven historic theatres in London's West End - the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen's, Wyndham's, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, all of which have undergone spectacular refurbishment, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for architecture and the restoration of old buildings. He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the World's largest owner of secondary rights of the greatest musicals.
Some of Cameron's awards include the following: In 1995 his company received The Queen's Award for Export Achievement and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year's Honours for his services to British theatre. In 2006 he received the National Enjoy England Award for Excellence for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.