Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist. He is famous worldwide and known as the King of Pop.
Michael Jackson Net Worth
Michael Jackson’s peak net worth is over $500 million. His huge fortune mainly came from his very successful music career – record albums, endorsements, merchandise, and more. He is known by millions as the King of Pop and regarded as one of the most significant individuals of the 20th century. His contributions to music have made him a global icon.
He sold over 750 million albums, including 35 million that were sold after he died. He held concerts all over the globe and they were always sold out. He is one of the most awarded musical artists in all of history. Some of his most famous songs are “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.”
He spent more than $38 million to remodel his estate in Santa Ynez, California into his own amusement park and called it the Neverland Ranch. In that property, there was a carousel, ferris wheel, theater, zoo, and his famous diamond encrusted gloves. At the time of his death, he accumulated a debt of around $500 million.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary Indiana. He is the eighth of ten children of Katherine Jackson and Joseph Jackson. His mother played the piano and clarinet, and aspired to be a country singer. His father was a former boxer.
Their father formed a band called the Jackson Brothers which included Michael, Marlon, Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Michael claimed that their father was abusive towards him during their rehearsals and used to whoop him. Later, the group was known to be the Jackson 5.
From 1966 to 1968, the Jackson 5 toured throughout the Midwest. Their first single was called “Big Boy”, and was released in 1968 by Steeltown Records. The group then signed with Motown and their whole family moved to Los Angeles, California. The Jackson 5 made their first TV appearance in the Miss Black America pageant in 1969. Rolling Stone described Michael as a musical prodigy.
In January 1970, “I Want You Back” was their first song to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The group left Motown in 1975 and signed with Epic Records, renaming themselves as Jacksons. They released six albums between 1976 and 1984.
From 1972 to 1975, Michael Jackson released four solo studio albums with Motown – “Got to Be There,” “Ben,” “Music & Me,” and “Forever, Michael”. Even though he released his own solo albums, he remained with the Jackson 5.
Jackson’s fifth solo album was released in 1979, “Off The Wall,” cemented him as a solo performer. The following year, he won three American Music Awards as a soloist.
His next album, “Thriller,” was released in 1982. It became the best-selling album worldwide in 1983 and the best-selling album of all time in both the US and in the world. It sold over 70 million copies. It topped the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks and was in the top 10 for 80 consecutive weeks. The album included seven Billboard Hot 100 top-10 singles, like “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”.
Michael reunited with his brothers for an NBC special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever,” on March 25, 198. It aired on May 16 and had an audience of around 47 million. This is where Michael performed “Billie Jean” which earned him his first Emmy Award nomination. This is the performance where he debuted the moonwalk and his diamond-encrusted gloves.
At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, “Thriller” won eight awards. This established him as the King of Pop.
His seventh album, “Bad,” was released in 1987. His eighth album was called “Dangerous.”
In 1992, Jackson founded the Heal The World Foundation. The following year, he performed at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California.
He won countless awards throughout his four-decade career.
Michael Jackson Marriage History
Michael Jackson proposed to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley in 1993. They married in the Dominican Republic the next year. They divorced in December 1995.
Jackson married Debbie Rowe, during the HIStory World Tour in Australia. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. was born on February 13, 1997 and his Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3, 1998. Jackson and Rowe divorced in 1999.