Glastonbury 2022 has officially opened its doors, with thousands of attendees ready for a weekend packed with incredible performances.
The UK’s most iconic festival features more than 100 stages, with around 200,000 fans descending on Worthy Farm.
Since the past two festivals had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, this year’s also acts a 50th anniversary celebration, after Glastonbury began in 1970.
Over the years, the stages have been home to iconic musicians, but it all began with Michael Eavis.
Who is Michael Eavis?
Born Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis, Michael is the owner of Worthy Farm who co-founded Glastonbury Festival.
It all began when Michael and his wife Jean visited the Bath Festival of Blues in 1969 and saw Led Zeppelin perform.
He hosted the Pilton Pop Folk & Blues Festival in 1970 and, the year after, he and Andrew Kerr organised the Glastonbury Fayre, which turned into the Glastonbury Festival.
He’s been married three times and has four children – Juliet, Rebecca, and Jane, who he had with his first with Ruth, and Emily, who he had with his second wife, Jean.
Emily, 42, has continued the legacy of Glastonbury, and she now organises the festival.
How long has he owned Worthy Farm?
Michael has owned Worthy Farm in Somerset since 1954, when he inherited it from his father following his death.
It operated as a dairy farm until 1970, when the first festival was held.
Every five years, Glastonbury has a fallow year, which helps the farmland to recover from the festivals.
What is his net worth?
Michael is thought to have a net worth of around £1.2million.
While the festival makes tens of millions each year, he reportedly pays himself an annual salary of £60,000 and donates around £2million per year to charity after paying his staff and event costs.
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