Yioda Panayiotou is a famous British celebrity sibling and hairdresser. Yioda Panayiotou gained immense fame as the eldest sister of late George Michael. George is a world-famous singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Yioda Panayiotou was born in the year 1958 and she is 63 years old as of 2021. She hails from East Finchley, Middlesex, London, England. Talking about her family, Yioda’s parents are father Kyriacos Panayiotou and mother Lesley Angold (née Harrison). Her father was also nicknamed “Jack” and he was a Greek Cypriot restaurateur. Yioda’s father emigrated to England in the 1950s.
Moreover, her mother was an English dancer who passed away in the year 1997. Yioda’s maternal grandmother was Jewish. However, she married a non-Jewish man. Eventually, her grandmother raised her children with no knowledge of their Jewish background. It was due to the fear during World War II.
Talking about her siblings, Yioda has two siblings namely George Michael and Melanie. Her brother is a famous singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. Moreover, Yioda is the only one among her siblings who are alive today. Yioda lost her brother in the year 2016 and she lost her sister Melanie in 2019 when she was only 59 years old.
Career, Professional Life, and Net Worth
Professionally, Yioda Panayiotou is a popular hairdresser. Besides her own professional life, Yioda is more popular as the British celebrity sibling of the late George Michael. Her late brother is a world-class singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist.
Her late brother rose to fame as a member of Wham! It is a music duo and George later embarked on a solo career. Yioda’s brother formed the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in the year 1981. At the time of his demise, Yioda’s brother had sold over 115 million records worldwide. This made George Michael one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Yioda’s brother also achieved seven #1 songs on the UK Singles Chart. He also achieved eight #1 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her brother also won various music awards. The list also includes two Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, six Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and four MTV Video Music Awards. Then in the year 2008, Yioda’s brother was ranked 40th on Billboard’s list of the Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time.
Yioda Panayiotou’s brother’s achievements
Wham!’s first two albums are Fantastic and Make It Big and they released their albums in 1983 and 1984 respectively. These albums reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. The duo’s hit singles are Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas.
Wham! is certified as a global act. Moreover, the duo also took a tour of China in April 1985. This tour was the first visit to China by a Western popular music act. The duo eventually generated worldwide media coverage. Yioda’s brother’s first solo single is Careless Whisper. This single reached #1 in over 20 countries.
Furthermore, Yioda’s brother’s debut solo album is Faith and he released it in the year 1987. This album subsequently topped the UK Albums Chart. This solo album then stayed at #1 on the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks. The four singles that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from this album are Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, and Monkey.
Among them all, the single Faith received the “Album of the Year” award at the 1989 Grammy Awards. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, released in the year 1990 was a UK #1 and included the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Praying for Time. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me is Yioda’s brother’s 1991 duet with Elton John. This duet is also a transatlantic #1.
Yioda’s brother then went on to release the albums Older in 1996 and Songs from the Last Century in 1999. Later in the year 2004, Michael released the album Patience. The same year, the Radio Academy named George Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.
Yioda’s brother came out as gay in the year 1998. Hence, he was also an active LGBT rights campaigner. Additionally, Michael was also an HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser. Yioda’s brother’s personal life, as well as legal troubles, made headlines during the late 1990s and 2000s.
George Michael was arrested for public lewdness in the year 1998. He was also arrested for multiple drug-related offenses after that time. In the 2005 documentary, A Different Story, Michael’s career and personal life was shown. Yioda’s brother’s first tour since 1991 was the 25 Live tour.
This tour spanned three tours over the course of three years. After four years, Yioda’s brother performed his final concert at London’s Earls Court in the year 2012. Moving on, there is no verified information regarding Yioda’s net worth and earnings. But talking about her late brother’s net worth, George Michael was estimated at approximately $200 million US dollars.
There are information available on the web that Yioda Panayiotou is married. However, there are no details regarding her wedding date, husband, and children.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Yioda Panayiotou stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 60 kgs. She has naturally dark brown hair that has turned gray due to aging. Other than this, there are no further details regarding her other body measurements like her chest-waist-hip measures, dress size, shoe size, etc.
It seems like Yioda Panayiotou doesn’t have a personal account on any social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Tiktok, etc.