How many singers out there can claim to be revered around the world not only for their music but also for inventing their own forms of dance? I don’t think there are any because there was only one. He moonwalked into our hearts with his melodious voice, thrilled us with his chart-topping numbers, forced us to get off our couches and mimic his dance steps, and moonwalked into history way too soon at the age of 50.
Michael Jackson needs no introduction for we are sure there is no one in this world who did not know him or did not weep at his death. Still, if you are someone who was just born yesterday or are from another planet, here is his introduction.
Michael or Michael Joseph Jackson was a US-based singer, songwriter, and dancer. Known as the “King of Pop,” he was one of the most famous entertainers of the world. Even during his death year, he was the best-selling music artist. His extraordinary performance in dance, music, and fashion made him a global personality of pop culture for over four decades. Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Michael Jackson in 2020.
Early Life & Biography:
Michael Jackson was born on 29 August 1958 in the Gary city of Indiana, United States. He was the eighth child among the ten children of the Jackson family. The Jackson’s were a working-class family, and the entire brood used to live in a double bedroom house on Jackson Street, Gary. For his primary education, he went to a local public school in Gary. He attended that school until he was 11 years old. After the formation of the band “Jackson 5”, he had to leave his schooling and was tutored at home. Eventually, he graduated from the Montclair College Preparatory School, Los Angeles, California.
The Jackson family has African American ancestry. Michael’s dad Joseph Walter Jackson was an American talent manager while his mom Katherine Esther Jackson was a musician. In 1970, he dated actress Tatum Beatrice O’Neal, but eventually, the couple broke up. In 1981, he started dating an American actress and model Brooke Christa Shields. On 26 May 1994, he married an American singer, Lisa Marie Presley. Before the couple got divorced in August 1996, he was in an extramarital affair with his assistant’s dermatologist, Debbie Rowe.
Debbie even became pregnant with Michael’s child but suffered a miscarriage in March 1996. After his divorce with Lisa, he married Debbie on 13 November 1996. The couple was blessed to have a son, Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson, Jr. and a daughter Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson. His third child Prince Michael Jackson II was born to a surrogate mother on 21 February 2002, fourteen years after his divorce with Debbie.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Michael Jackson’s career as a singer started in 1964 just at the age of eight after he joined his father’s band the “Jackson Brothers” with his brother Marlon. After a year, he started performing as a lead vocalist, and the band’s name was changed to “Jackson 5”. In 1975, the “Jackson 5” signed an agreement to work for Epic Records and changed their name to “The Jacksons.”
Between 1976 and 1984, the Jacksons released six albums which included the super hit songs of Michael, like “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” “This Place Hotel,” and “Can You Feel It.” Michael started his film career in 1978 by playing the role of a Scarecrow in his debut film “The Wiz.” Although this film failed at the box office, Michael didn’t stop and later did many hit movies, like “Captain EO,” “Moonwalker,” and “Michael Jackson’s This Is It.” For his extraordinary works in music, he was awarded various prestigious awards.
Throughout his lifetime, he received 26 “American Music Award,” 16 “World Music Awards,” 13 “Grammy Awards,” and many more. On 25 June 2009, Michael Jackson passed away due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication while being under the treatment of his personal physician and famous American dermatologist, Conrad Robert Murray.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The total estimated net worth of Michael Jackson until he was alive was approximately $500 million. However, his estate denied this figure and claimed that his actual worth was $2,105 only. Irrespective of the controversies, we know for a fact that Michael Jackson was an artist of world renown and lived a life of luxury and comfort. He accumulated this considerable wealth mostly through his musical profession and through endorsements of various brands like Pepsi. According to “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities of 2017” list of Forbes, Michael’s business earned $75 million between October 2016 and October 2017 and thus topped the list.
Though dead, Michael Jackson is still remembered as the most dynamic pop singer of the world. However, his childhood was not as good. He was the eighth child among the ten children of his parents. The whole family used to live in just a double bedroom house. His relationship with his dad was also not as good as the former was most often scolded by the latter.
However, Michael never gave up hope. He described those behaviors of his dad as a tool which helped him in being a disciplined person. His dedication and love towards music later paid off, and he started being counted among the most famous pop singers of the world. He was such a renowned personality that after his death, top websites like Google and Twitter slowed down due to heavy traffic of people searching about him.