In April, Jimmy Buffett earned his place in Forbes’ list of billionaires. He didn’t just amass his wealth through nationwide stadium tours and ticket sales from his vast music catalog, but also through his focused attention on his brand, the Margaritaville Holdings franchise, which includes a range of products, resorts, and restaurants. His carefree, tropical escape music played a significant role too.
In addition to his music empire, Jimmy Buffett also owned a 28% stake in Margarita Holdings, valued at roughly $180 million. His assets also include an estimated $570 million from his more than five decades of touring and recording, plus $140 million in private planes and homes—including an estate in St. Barts he has called home for three decades.
|Full Name||James William Buffett|
|Birth date||December 25, 1946|
|Net Worth||$1 Billion (Estimated)|
James William ‘Jimmy’ Buffett was born on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where his childhood was heavily influenced by the sea, coastline, fishing, and boating – themes that would become prominent in his works. He attended Catholic schools and later a prestigious all-boys boarding school, as his family aspired for him to become a priest or a naval officer. In 1965, Buffett enrolled at the University of Alabama.
Buffett knew how to play the trombone but had never learned to play the guitar. However, when he saw a friend impressing girls with his guitar in Auburn, he pleaded with him to teach him to play. Unfortunately, his focus on music and women’s growing fascination led to a decline in his studies, and he dropped out of Auburn in the spring of 1966. To avoid the draft, he enrolled in Pearl River College in Poplarville, Mississippi, during the fall season and began performing. Music became a way to support his education. The drive from Poplarville to New Orleans was over an hour, and it was there that Buffett started performing as a street musician. He immersed himself in the bohemian culture of the French Quarter. He and two friends formed the Upstairs Alliance, which also performed on the club scene by the beach. In 1969, before transferring to the University of Mississippi, Buffett kept his grades at Pearl River in sequence, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He applied for Officer Candidate School but was disqualified after a medical examination revealed an undiagnosed peptic ulcer.
In 1969, Buffett married Margie Washichek. The marriage ended in 1971. He has two children with his second wife, Jane Slagsvol: Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney. They also had a foster son, Cameron Marley. While Buffett and Jane divorced in the late 1980s, they reconciled in 1991 after resolving their differences.
Some Fun Facts About Jimmy Buffett
He has Embarked on More Than 40 Tours Throughout his Musical Career
He has Sold Over 20 Million Albums World Wide
He is More Than Just a Talented Musician, he’s Also a Best-Selling Author
He Calls his Genre of Music “Gulf and Western”
He Made an Unforgettable Cameo in the Hit Movie Jurassic World
He has appeared on Hawaii Five-0
His Backing Band is Called the Coral Reefer Band
He loves Manatees
“Margaritaville” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016
Margaritaville is Considered the Most Lucrative Song Ever Written
Buffett enjoys traveling and loves to travel
Buffett is well-known for his charitable endeavors
We could go on and on about all the fun stories we know about Jimmy Buffett and list will never end. He is really one of a kind and people like him are born once in a lifetime.