Michael Jackson was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist. His current net worth is $600 million. He is one of the most famous musical artists in history. The King of Pop has sold more than 750 million albums worldwide. Michael earned hundred of millions in his lifetime but also spent them as quickly as he earned them.
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Michael was born to Joe Jackson and Katharine Jackson in Gary, Indiana. He was the 8th of ten children in the family. His siblings are also singers and musicians. Michael claimed that his father was abusive and rude to his children. He used to whip them regularly. However, Michael forgave his father later.
Michael was a member of band The Jackson 5. The group consisted of Marlon, Jermaine, Tito, Randy, Jackie and Michael Jackson. They were together for several years. Michael released 4 albums with Motown: Got to be there, Ben, Music & me and Forever, Michael. In 1975, Jackson 5 signed with Epic Record. Michael starred in movie ”The Wiz” in 1978 which was a commercial failure.
In 1979, he released his 5th album Off the Wall. It was successful and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The success of album made Jackson an established solo artist. From 1981 to 1983, he collaborated with Freddie Mercury. Michael released his sixth album Thriller in 1982. It sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. Thriller still holds the record for best-selling album of all time. Thriller music video was inducted into Nation film registry by Library of Congress.
In 1987, Michael released his seventh album Bad. It sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and is one of the 30 best-selling albums of all time. He released his 8th album Dangerous in 1991 which sold more than 32 copies worldwide. Michael’s ninth album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I was released in 1995. It attracted controversy and Michael was accused of antisemitism which he denied. However, the album was successful, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide.
In 1993, Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation. He settled the case out of court for $22 million. Michael maintained his innocence and claimed that he was being the victim of a jealous father who wants to extort money out of Jackson.
Michael released his 10th and final album Invincible in 2001. It sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. In 2002, Jackson was involved in a documentary Living with Michael Jackson. As soon as the documentary aired, a criminal investigation was started and Michael was arrested and charged with 7 counts of child molestation. He still maintained his innocence and stated that he is misunderstood. The trail began in which he was acquitted of all the charges. Michael went to Bahrain for a while.
In later years, Michael was working on his new album. He was having financial problems as well. His ranch Neverland was closed. Jackson bought a music company around that time. In 2009, he announced a comeback tour titled This is It. However, three weeks before the first show, Michael died of Cardiac arrest. Celebrities and fans all around the world paid tribute to him.
Jackson was inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 and 1984. He holds several Guinness World Records including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy awards, 26 American Music Awards and hundreds of other awards from all over the world.
Despite making a lot of money in his career, he was in debt at the time of his death in 2009. Reportedly, he was $500 million in debt. Jackson nearly spent all of his money on luxurious lifestyle. He spent $30-50 million per year on his lifestyle alone and had unpaid bills with doctors, publicist, lawyers and agents. Here is a list of some of his expenses
- Paid $20 million to settle a child molestation lawsuit.
- paid $5 million in annual interest on debts.
- paid $12 million in divorce settlement to his ex-wife Debbie Rowe.
- spent $17 million to buy Neverland ranch plus $5 million yearly cost to maintain it.
- spent $65 million on several video projects.
- spent tens of millions on antiques, Bentley, art, chimpanzees, clothes, diamond-encrusted gloves and other trinkets.
Michael married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, in 1994. However, the marriage didn’t last long and the couple divorced in 1996. Michael married a nurse named Debbie Rowe in 1996. He became the father of two children: Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson. This marriage also didn’t last very long and the couple divorced in 1999. Debbie said that media attention was overwhelming. Michael also has another son named Prince Michael Jackson II. He was born in 2002. His mother identity is unknown.
Michael Jackson Net Worth 2017
Michael Jackson had a net worth of $600 million. His estate made $825 million in 2016.
Michael Jackson Earnings
|2010 Sales of White Diamonds perfume||$10 million|
|2016 Earnings||$825 million|
|2009 Sony Pictures bought Jackson's rehearsal footage from AEG||$60 million|
|2009 Revenue of This Is It DVD||$43 million|
|2009 Annual earning from the total revenue of Sony/ATV||$80 million|
|2009 Merchandise sales in the concert||$5 million|
|2009 deal with Sony Music Entertainment to release 10 albums until 2017||$31 million|
|2009 AEG/This Is It merchandise deal||$10 million|
|2009 Annual revenue of Mijac||$25 million|
|2009 Total earnings overseas of Michael Jackson: This Is It concert film||$188 million|
|2009 DVD sales of the concert film for PS3||$18 million|
|2009 Estimated value of Mijac, a music publishing company||$150 million|
|2009 Total rental revenue of the DVD||$25 million|
|2009 Total earnings of Michael Jackson: This Is It concert film in Japan alone||$56 million|
|2009 Earnings from the exhibit of his memorabilia in Japan||$3.5 million|
|2009 ticket sales of the This Is It Tour in London despite its cancellation||$6.5 million|
|2009 Licensing royalties and retail sales||$10 million|
|2009 Total earnings of Michael Jackson: This Is It concert film in the U.S.||$72 million|
Even after his death, his estate continues to make money. According to Forbes, Jackson is the top-earning dead celebrity each year since his death.
Michael Jackson Earnings After his Death
Michael Jackson Stats
Full Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Birth Date: August 29, 1958
Died on: June 25, 2009
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana
Profession: Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, record producer, philanthropist
Height: 1.75 m
Religion: Jehovah’s Witness
Partner: Debbie Rowe (m.1996-div. 1999)
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