Jimmy Buffett is an American singer-songwriter, author, actor, and businessman with a net worth of $600 million. He is best known for the “island escapism” style of his music and the global business empire it helped him build. Buffett usually makes at least $50 million a year from his music and business. As of the time, this was written, there are dozens of Margaritaville’s all over the world. There are hotels, vacation clubs, casinos, and places to eat. There are also a lot of places to shop. Margaritaville Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Cheesburger Holding Company, LLC, owns the Margaritaville empire.

Jimmy Buffett Early Life & Professional Life

James William Buffett was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He grew up in the Alabama cities of Mobile and Fairhope. He went to St. Ignatius School for elementary school and played the trombone there. First, he went to college at Auburn University. Then, he went to Pearl River Community College at the University of Southern Mississippi and got a bachelor’s degree in history in 1969. After college, he moved to Nashville to work as a reporter for Billboard magazine.

In the 1960s, Buffett began making music in Nashville, Tennessee. “Down to Earth,” a country-tinged folk-rock song, was on his first album, which he made in 1970. Buffett was often seen busking for tourists in New Orleans at the time. In November 1971, music singer Jerry Jeff Walker took Buffett on a busking trip to Key West. This made Buffett decide to move to Key West and become the laid-back beach bum he is known for. There, Buffett mixed folk music, country music, and lyrics about the coast to make what is called the “gulf and western” sound. He got a lot of fans because his songs were instant party hits. Before 2003, the eight songs that were played at every Buffett show were called the “Big 8.” “Margaritaville,” which helped him break into the mainstream, was one of those songs. “Come Monday,” “Fins,” “Volcano,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” are some of the other “Big 8” songs. With 27 albums and about 40 live tours to date, he has stayed true to his well-known beach-bum persona. He also has a group of loyal fans who call themselves “Parrotheads.”

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Buffett is a successful writer who has written three books that reached the top of the charts. “Tales from Margaritaville,” which came out in 1989, is a collection of short stories. “Where Is Joe Merchant?” is the title of his second book (1992). Both of these books were on The New York Times Best Seller fiction list for more than seven months. In 1998, his memoir, “A Pirate Looks at Fifty,” was the first nonfiction book to reach number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. He has also written a number of other books, such as “A Salty Piece of Land” (2004) and “Swine Not? (2008).

Buffett also wrote “The Jolly Mon” and “Trouble Dolls,” two books for kids, with his oldest daughter Savannah Jane Buffet.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Personal Life

Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969, divorcing in 1971. He has two daughters and a son he adopted with his second wife, Jane Slagsvol. In the early 1980s, Buffett and Slagsvol broke up, but they got back together in 1991. They live in both New York (Sag Harbor) and Florida (West Palm Beach). Buffett also owns a home on the Caribbean island of Saint Barts. Buffett and former Florida governor Bob Graham started the charity Save the Manatee in 1981. It is the world’s most important group for protecting manatees.

By Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson competes in weightlifting, and holds a degree in computer science. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL, and coaches at her local gym. She likes spending her time researching anything to everything related to peak human potential.