The Legendary Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” was a singer, dancer and a songwriter who was one of the most popular entertainers on earth and his contribution not just to music and dance but even to fashion made him a global figure in popular culture. He died in 2009 from benzodiazepine and propofol intoxication which led to cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson was the most popular black singer in all history, he paved the way for modern pop music, revolutionized music videos by bringing dance such as the moonwalk, and can only be ranked with legends such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Before Michael Jackson died he released ten studio albums among them is Thriller which to date is the best-selling album of all time since it has sold over 66 million copies globally, not forgetting Dangerous 1991, off the Wall 1979 are listed as one of the best-selling albums of all times. Considering Michael Jackson was the most successful entertainer of all time, won awards such as Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, sold more than 350 million records, it would be interesting to evaluate Michael Jackson net worth in 2018 and also reveal a few things you probably don’t know about Michael Jackson.
Michael Joseph Jackson hailed from Gary, Indiana where he was born in 1958 to Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther Jackson. Among his ten siblings, he was the eighth born. Jackson passed away on 25th, June 2009 due to cardiac arrest. He studied at a public school in his area but soon dropped out in order to be tutored privately since he had ventured into music. He later graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School.
Jackson wedded Lisa Marie Presley in 1994 after being in a long-term relationship. They had an on and off marriage but finally divorced in 1996. He later married Deborah Jeanne Rowe and divorced her in 1999 where they had two children; Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (b.1997) and Paris Katherine Jackson (b.1998).
Jackson began his career in 1964 in a group called the Jackson Brothers which was established by his dad and included his three brothers. The band was later rebranded as Jackson 5 where they released songs like Big Boy 1968; I Want You Back 1969, I’ll Be There 1970, and others. The band continued being fruitful, and after signing under the Epic Records, they rebranded themselves again as The Jacksons. Beforehand Jackson had joined Motown where they also released several singles. He later decided to go solo and launched many studio albums where his fifth one, Off The Wall, debuted in 1979 as his first album to spawn four hit songs in the US charts.
Jackson rose to prominence with his 6th album, Thriller which debuted in 1982. It emerged his record-breaking album where it auctioned over 66 million units globally. Apart from being certified gold by RIAA it also topped the Billboard charts. In 1985 he rose to prominence after releasing the hit single, “We Are the World” which he collaborated with Lionel Richie to write. Since the song was dedicated to the disadvantaged people in Africa and the US, it also became his highest seller with 20 million units auctioned.
After his success, Jackson released his other albums which included Bad 1987, Dangerous 1991, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 1995 and Invincible 2001. In addition, his life documentary albums were released after his death in order to remember him. They included; Michael Jackson This Is It 2009, Bad 25 2012, Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot 2014 and Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall 2016.
As an actor too, Jackson starred in many films including Moonwalker 1988, and Men in Black II 2002. Over the years, he had made many endorsement deals such as with PepsiCo worth $5 million and Sony worth $65million.
On Awards And Achievements, Jackson has received dozens of them, these awards and honors include 28 American Music Awards, 6 Brit Awards, 39 Guinness World Records, 16 World Music Awards, 20 Grammy Awards, induction onto the Hollywood walk of fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dance Hall of Fame, Hit Parade Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, among others. Other honorary awards include Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from dozens of Universities and many more awards.
Net Worth, Salary & Income
Michael Jackson net worth is reported to be around $825 million. Before his death in 2009 Michael Jackson net worth was around $500 million. As we Speak Michael Jackson is the highest earning deceased celebrity in 2018 and has been topping the list of top-earning dead celebrities for five years now consecutively considering between 2017 and today he has earned around $75 million. When he was alive, Michael Jackson earned his wealth through sales if recordings where he has sold over 350 million records which made him earn around $300 million, concerts, music publishing, endorsement deals merchandising and music videos making him earn around $400 million. The sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalog and the value of Jackson Estate which is around $1.1 billion makes Michael Jackson net worth to be at $825 million.
8 Facts You Need About Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was one of the world’s high profile celebrities but if you think you know everything about Michael Jackson your wrong since he maintained his privacy. However here are a few things you probably don’t know about Michael Jackson.
1. To date, he is the most awarded music artist of all time.
2. He is the highest earning deceased celebrity in the world a position he has held since he died
3. Michael once wanted to buy Marvel Comics as he fancied himself as Spiderman hence his goal was to play the leading role.
4. Did you know why he wore wigs since 1984? Well, his hair caught fire causing second and third-degree burns during a Pepsi advert.
5. He is known to love animals, and one of his favorite pets was Bubbles the chimpanzee.
6. He really loved burrito and tacos which was Mexican takeaways.
7. His favorite animated character was Pinocchio
8. When he died several websites crashed and AOL, Twitter and Wikipedia all crashed together at around 3:15 pm.
Michael Jackson net worth will or might not get higher if at all the IRSS will claim its share of tax evasion but regardless Michael Jackson remains among the greatest entertainers the world has ever heard and will ever have. May his soul rest in peace.