Ian Watkins’ Net Worth: How Much Money Does Lostprophets’ Lead Singer Have Amid Being In Prison

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Ian Watkins, Lostprophets rock band frontman and child molestor, who had a huge net worth is gradually losing all his fortune. How rich is he right now?

Ian Watkins had a successful career in the entertainment industry. He was a Welsh singer-songwriter, and a musician extremely talented with vocals and drums.

He was the lead vocalist, and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets. His career which started in 1995 ended in 2012 as the years head became hectic than ever following crimes he had committed which landed him in jail.

In 2013, he was sentenced to 29 years of imprisonment for multiple sexual offences, including the sexual assault of young children and babies, a sentence later augmented by ten months for having a mobile phone in prison.

His bandmates disbanded Lostprophets shortly after his imprisonment and formed the band No Devotion, with American singer Geoff Rickly.

While in prison, on August 2023, news broke that he was in critical condition after three inmates take him hostage & stab him ‘in neck.

And while we hope for his survival, let’s take a look into his finances. What is his net worth? Is he still rich? Read on for more.

Profile Summary

Celebrated Name:Ian Watkins
Net Worth:$500,000
Profession:Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Designer
Full Real Name:Ian David Karslake Watkins
Date of Birth:Born: July 30, 1977 (age 46 years)
Birthplace:Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
Nationality:United Kingdom
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Ian Watkins was a successful musician who lost both his fame and fortune after he was arrested. Image Source: Getty

What is Ian Watkins’ Net Worth?

The disgraced singer was in the entertainment industry for 17 (from 1995–2012). He accumulated insane fortune however, due to his criminal charges and jail term, Ian Watkins (real name: Ian David Karslake Watkins) currently has a net worth of $500,000. He accrued his money from his works as a singer, musician, songwriter, and designer.

Watkins’ band sold more than 3.5 million albums.

He was born on July 30, 1977, in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom to parents Elaine Davies and Ronald DJ Watkins.

His father died in 1982 when he was just five years old and his mother, Elaine, 70, married three years later to his step-father John Davies, 63, who is a Baptist minister.

He entered the limelight as a founding member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the alternative rock band Lostprophets.

Taking a degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, and graduating with first-class honors, Watkins saw music as his true calling. Once he honed his music skills performing in various combos, he teamed up with Mike Lewis in 1997 to form the rock band Lostprophets. Part of the Cardiff music scene, the band has amassed a discography that includes five studio albums, three EPs, and fifteen singles.

As for the highlights, they achieved two top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart (“Last Train Home” and “Rooftops”), as well as one number one single on the Alternative Songs chart (“Last Train Home”). Along with the Lostprophets, Watkins earned several Kerang! Awards and nominations, and sold around 3.5 million albums worldwide.

However, the group disbanded in 2013 following Ian Watkins’ charges with sexual offenses in late 2012. He pleaded guilty to thirteen charges, including attempting rape and sexual assault of a minor girl.

The disgraced musician remains in jail and was sadly stabbed in his neck by three inmates leaving him in a critical condition in hospital. Credit: Getty – Contributor
The disgraced musician remains in jail and was sadly stabbed in his neck by three inmates leaving him in a critical condition in hospital. Credit: Getty – Contributor

Why is Ian Watkins in prison?

Welsh rocker Watkins was jailed after a shocking trial for offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

Watkins changed his plea to guilty at the start of his 2013 trial. He admitted trying to rape a fan’s baby and plotting to rape another infant.

Watkins, whose band sold more than 3.5 million albums, filmed himself committing sex acts on a baby boy the day after Lostprophets final album Weapons was released.

The fiend claimed at Cardiff Crown Court he could not remember the sickening attacks because he was a “heavy user” of crystal meth at the time.

His two co-defendants – fans who were the mothers of victims – were caged for 14 and 17 years each.

In 2014, he was refused the right to appeal against his 35-year sentence.

Lord Justice Christopher Pitchford said his offences were of “such shocking depravity” that the long sentence was called for.

He said the original trial judge had correctly gauged the seriousness of his offending and that the term was not “manifestly unjust”.

In 2019, he was convicted of having a banned mobile phone in prison – and had another 10 months added to his sentence.