Michael Jackson Net Worth

what is michael jackson net worth

Who is Michael Jackson

American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and philanthropist who had a net worth of $500 million at the time of his death in 2009. Technically speaking, one could argue that at the time of his death, Michael was in debt to the tune of $500 million thanks to decades of overspending and over-borrowing.

In the decade between 1985-1995, Michael Jackson comfortably earned between $50 and $100 million per year through touring, record sales, endorsements, and merchandise. Even after his death, Jackson has remained one of the most popular and profitable celebrities in the world.

To date, he has sold over 750 million albums, including 35 million that were sold in the year following his death.

Michael Jackson Net Worth at Death

Michael’s most valuable asset was his music catalog. While the copyright value of his own songs was estimated to be worth $100 million, the crown jewel of his net worth was his portfolio of other artist’s songs, especially those from The Beatles. Michael’s first foray into owning music rights began when he purchased the catalogs of Sly and the Family Stone in the early 1980s.

what is michael jackson net worth

He then bought a series of classic singles like “Great Balls of Fire”, “Shake Rattle Rattle and Roll”, “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Runaround Sue” to name a few. But the biggest win came in November 1984 when Michael purchased The Beatles catalog ATV music for $47.5 million.

The Beatles catalog was eventually merged with Sony to create a 50/50 joint venture called Sony/ATV which today is estimated to be worth $2 billion.

Michael Jackson Net Worth Post Death

Since Michael Jackson died in 2009, his estate has brought in over $700 million. More than any other living artist in that time. His executors have easily paid back his loan from Sony and have secured the future of his billion-dollar music catalog. Earnings milestones:

  • 2018: $400 million
  • 2017: $75 million
  • 2016: $825 million
  • 2015: $115 million

Lite Biography of Michael Jackson

Full name

Michael Joseph Jackson


aged 50

Date of Birth

August 29, 1958

Date of Death

June 25, 2009

Place of Birth

Gary, Indiana, near Chicago




Professional Singer and Dancer


Pop soul fun rhythm and blues-rock disco post-disco dance-pop new jack swing

Cause of death

Cardiac arrest induced by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication

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