Michael Jackson net worth: $500 Million

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), nicknamed the “King of Pop”, was an American musician and one of the most commercially successful entertainers. His unique contribution to music and dance, and his private life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for four decades.

He has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, holds several Guinness Book of Records records – including “Most Successful Entertainer Ever” – 13 Grammy Awards, 13 singles at No. 1 on the US charts, and an estimated total of over 750 million plates. He was a significant multi-million dollar philanthropic and humanitarian sponsor to 39 charities and also made contributions through his own Heal the World Foundation.

Jackson began his solo career in 1971, following his debut in 1964 as a member of The Jackson 5. His 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album ever to date, as are four others – Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995) – are among the best-selling. He made a number of advanced dance steps such as the robot and moonwalk very popular. He is widely recognized for having changed the music video from being an advertising tool to an art form and the videos for songs like “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and Thriller made him the first African American to gain a large number of fans via MTV.

Jackson’s privacy created some controversy. His changing appearance could be seen from the 1980s, and especially changes in nose shape and skin color created media coverage. In 1993, he was accused of abusing children, although no legal charges were filed. He married in 1994 and 1996 and had three children, one of whom was born to a foster mother. In 2005, he was indicted and acquitted of charges of pedophilia. Jackson died of cardiac arrest at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. His memorial service was broadcast live worldwide.