Michael Jackson’s Net Worth: The King of Pop’s Impressive Wealth

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Michael Jackson. Photo Courtesy of Antonio Manfredonio via Flickr.

Michael Jackson, otherwise known as the King of Pop, was clearly one of the greatest pop artists of all time. From his days in The Jackson 5 to his solo career, Michael lit stages around the world on fire with his versatile vocal range and his uniquely inspiring dance moves. 

His songs such as “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “Dangerous” earned him millions of dollars that helped to fund his lavish lifestyle. From his various estates to his outrageous wardrobe, it seems Michael Jackson enjoyed his earnings.

Here are some interesting facts about Michael Jackson’s net worth that you may not know.

Michael Jackson Cannes Festival 1997
Michael Jackson at the Cannes film festival in 1997. Photo by Georges Biard.

What Is Michael Jackson’s Net Worth?

The King of Pop was a successful singer, songwriter, and performer who earned anywhere from $50 million to upwards of $100 million from record sales, tours, merchandise, and more. He is said to be one of the most profitable artists of all time.

Though his net worth changed from year to year depending on his earnings and his spending habits, it is believed that, when he was alive, at any given time his net worth was greater than $200 million dollars. This money was used to support Jackson’s desire to have the best in life whether it be cars, houses, clothes, or his jeweled gloves that he became famous for.

How Did Michael Jackson Make His Money?

Michael Jackson began earning his money at a very young age when he was in a band with his brothers, called The Jackson 5. Through their years they earned quite a lot of money with their hits like “ABC,” “I Want You Back,” and “I’ll Be There.”

Although their combined musical talents stole the hearts of many around the globe, it was clear that Michael was destined to be a solo artist. Once he made the break with his first solo album Off the Wall, his earnings skyrocketed into the millions. 

Michael made the most of his money through his record sales, concerts, endorsement deals, merchandise sales, and more. It is believed that he earned more than $4 billion throughout his music career.

Michael Jackson Net Worth at Death

At the time of his death in 2009, Jackson reportedly had a net worth of about $500 million, though this amount has been disputed over the years. Due to his lavish lifestyle, he also is believed to have spent more than every penny he earned.

Many reports show that Jackson was in debt of more than $500 million at the time of his untimely death. His last tour that was scheduled, This Is It, was supposed to be his way of earning more money to pay off debt and continue living his extravagant life. But technically, he may have died an almost penniless man. 

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2003: Michael Jackson at The Cable Show. Photo by INTX: The Internet & Television Expo.

Michael Jackson’s Net Worth Post Death

After his death, Jackson’s estate entourage has worked to pay off his debt and has been successful at doing so. Jackson’s estate has reportedly brought in more than $700 million since his death in 2009. 

This amount came through the documentary that was made of the time leading up to his would-be tour This Is It. Although the tour never happened due to Jackson’s death, the documentary has brought in more than $500 million. 

In addition to continued music sales, Jackson’s image has been licensed to companies such as Pepsi and Cirque du Soliel. His estate continues to bring in quite a bit of money from various sources. 

What Did Michael Jackson’s Family Do With His Estate After His Death?

Michael Jackson, though he was busy with his musical career and his desire to live a lavish life, did make plans to ensure his family would be taken care of should he die. Since his shocking death in 2009, his family has worked to ensure his name stays intact.

In his will, Jackson reportedly left 40% of his estate to his children, 20% to various charities supporting children, and 40% to his mother Katherine. His will also stated that 40% of his estate would be distributed to his children if his mother passed away.

Since his death, Michael Jackson’s family has done everything they could to ensure that his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his fans. Between Jackson’s family and estate lawyers, they have fought to ensure that his estate continues to grow.

The home Jackson lived in and entertained in, Neverland Ranch, was put up for sale in 2015 and took about five years to be sold. It finally sold at a fraction of the original price of $100 million to billionaire Ron Burkle for $22 million.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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