|Michael Jackson, King of Pop
|Michael Joseph Jackson
|August 29, 1958
|June 25, 2009
|Los Angeles, California
|Cause of Death:
|1.75m / 175cm
|60kg / 132lbs
|Lisa Marie Presley (1994 – 1996); Debbie Rowe (1996 – 1999)
|3 (Michael Jr., Paris, and Prince Michael II)
|Dancer, Singer, and Songwriter
Michael Jackson was one of the world’s greatest legends. He was a dancer, singer, and songwriter popularly known as the “King of Pop”.
He was recognized as one of the greatest entertainers and significant figures of the 20th century. Before his death in 2009, Michael Jackson’s net worth was approximately $500 million.
All through his career, he contributed solely to music, dance, and fashion. He also introduced many dance techniques among which is the moonwalk which is now widely accepted by people.
His career as a professional began in 1964 with his brothers Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, and Marlon. They formed a group and named it the Jackson 5. In 1971, Michael started his career as a solo act and gained stardom when he released his album “Off the Wall” in 1979.
In the 1980s, his popularity further spread with his music videos as he received credit for breaking racial barriers and transforming media into art.
His song Thriller won eight Grammy records breaking records. He continued to release song videos like “Leave me alone”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Black or White”, “Remember the Time”, “Dangerous”, and several more. Some of his songs about environmentalism, injustice, racial integration, and prejudice are “Heal the World”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Heal the World”.
Michael Jackson Early Life
Michael Jackson was born in Indiana, Chicago to Katherine Ester Scruse Jackson, a clarinet player, and Joseph Walter Joe Jackson, a former boxer on the 29th of August, 1958. His parents had 10 children and Michael was the eighth born. He had 5 brothers, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Brandon (deceased) Tito, and Randy, and 4 sisters, Rebbie, Janet, La Toya, and Johnnie.
The singer admitted that his childhood was very isolated and lonely as his father; Joe physically and emotionally abused him while growing up. Joe beats him and his siblings when they make any mistake while rehearsing.
His mother, Katherine Jackson said whipping was an acceptable form of discipline when the kids were growing up even if it was considered abuse in recent times. His other siblings said their father only disciplines them to keep them out of trouble but it was harder on Michael since he was younger.
Michael Jackson Career
His career began in 1964 when he joined the band his father formed named “The Jackson Brothers”. Not long after, he and his brother, Jermaine started sharing lead together. The group later modified its name and became known as “The Jackson 5”. The group won a talent show the following year with Jackson dancing to Barefoot in and leading the group to sing “My Girl”. They went on tours and performed in clubs, high school dances, and auditoriums.
They released their first song “Big Boy” in 1968 and then signed with Motown that same year. Their first appearance on television was in the Miss Black America Pageant in the year 1969.
They performed a cover song and Michael captured media attention as the lead singer with his wonderful musical gifts. The following year, his song “I Want You Back” was one of the five Jackson songs to become number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was there for four weeks.
Even when Michael started as a solo artist, he still maintained a connection with the group. He released songs such as “Got to Be There” in 1972, Ben also in 1972, Music & Me in 1973, and then Forever, Michael in 1975.
The group later joined Epic Records and changed their name to The Jacksons. Another member of the family also joined the group while Jermaine stayed at the former record to pursue a solo career. They continued to release albums and singles as their career progressed.
In 1980, Michael Jackson got 3 American Music Awards for his songs outside the group. He also won a Grammy and then the following year, he also won another AMA again. Michael has made many high accomplishments in the music industry from when he started till his death. He is one of the greatest legends in the world and the 20th century.
Age, Weight, and Height
Michael Jackson was born on the 29th of August, 1958 and he died on the 25th of June, 2009. At the time of his death, the legend was 50 years old. He is 1.75m tall and weighs 60kg.
Michael Jackson Personal Life
Michael Jackson has been married twice until 2009 when he passed away. He got married to the daughter of Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley in 1994.
They were wedded by Judge Hugo Perez and there were different speculations that the marriage was a publicity stunt. They got divorced in 1995 citing “irreconcilable differences”.
After his divorce, he got married to Debbie Rowe, a nurse in Australia. She was pregnant and carrying the singer’s first child at this time. Their child Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. was born on the 13th of February, 1997, and a year later, they welcomed another child Paris Michael Katharine Jackson.
They both got a divorce in 1999 sharing the custody of their children. However, Debbie later went back to reclaim custody after the second child abuse allegations were made against the singer.
Michael Jackson Net Worth
Michael Jackson net worth was around $500 million as of the time he died. Most of his wealth came from the sales of his albums. His album, Thriller is one of the best-selling of all time, having sold 33 million copies. Michael has 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 7 remix albums, and 34 compilation albums.
He has made a large amount of money from endorsement deals and tours. It is not surprising that the singer lived luxuriously while he was alive. Most of his fortune was spent on his Neverland mansion, antiques, automobiles, art, and legal payments.
In 2015, his estate reportedly earned up to $74 million and in 2016, it made about $750 million when its stake was sold. According to Forbes, Michael Jackson was no 1 on the list of top-earning dead celebrities in 2017 and for the last 5 years.
With such a huge net worth, Michael has had his own share of scandals while alive and now that he is dead. In the 1980s, there were speculations that the Heal the World singer was bleaching his skin because he was growing paler.
His dermatologist said it was discovered that Michael had vitiligo and discoid lupus erythematosus. He had to start using bleaching prescriptions because of the effects of vitiligo on the skin. The cream and the makeup he was using were lightening his skin and making him appear pale.
However, he admitted to getting work done and said he did two rhinoplasty surgery and a cleft chin surgery.
In 1993, he was accused by Jordan Chandler and his father of child sexual abuse. Mr. Jordan said he and Michael engaged in masturbation, oral sex, and kissing together.
The singer denied the claim and said he was a victim of extortion. He was also accused of pedophilia but this was later retracted. The accuser gave the police the description of Michael’s genitals which turned out to be untrue after a strip search. Michael Jackson later settled out of court and paid the family $25 million.
In 1994, the state closed the case since there was no viable evidence. There was another charge in 2004 that was later settled in 2006.
After spending a huge part of his life building a lasting legacy and massive net worth, the legend passed away on the 25th of June, 2009. According to reports, he died from cardiac arrest from the medications that had been administered to him by his physician, Conrad Murray.
After the drugs were given to him so that he could be able to sleep, Murray found him later not breathing and he called paramedics. There were so many actions to try to resuscitate him but they all failed. He was pronounced dead in the hospital at 2:26 pm.
According to reports, he died as a result of an overdose of lorazepam, propofol, and midazolam. The news of his death spread so much online that it was reported that some websites crashed due to high traffic. MTV BET and many other popular music television stations aired videos of his death globally.
Michael Jackson was buried on the 7th of July, 2007 in Los Angeles at Staples Center. It was a private ceremony and more than 1.6 million fans applied for tickets to attend his memorial.
There was a draw of just 8,750 people and they were given two tickets. His memorial was the most-watched all over the world with over 31.1 million audiences in the United States. Some of the celebrities in attendance at his burial include Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Mariah Carey, and several others.
That is all about the legend, Michael Jackson net worth, and biography. Michael Jackson was one of the greatest singers to have ever lived on planet earth.