David Robert Jones Net WorthReal Name: David Robert Jones
Date of Birth: 01/08/1947
Place of Birth: Brixton, London, England
2017 Net Worth: $230 Million
Profession: Singer, songwriter, musician, actor
David Robert, David Jones, David Bowie Biography
David Robert Jones, known to everyone by his stage name of David Bowie, was born in Brixton, London, in January of 1947. He very quickly earned a reputation in preschool as being a gifted child, but one that was prone to picking fights. Bowie heard his first American rock and roll records when he was 9 years old. He was impressed by the impact that Elvis Presley and Little Richie had on people. After hearing Little Richie’s song, Tutti Fruitti, the young boy declared “I have heard God”. Bowie began playing musical instruments the next year including the piano and the ukulele while impersonating American stars such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, including the swinging hips.
In 1962, Bowie formed his own band called The Konrads, who played at gigs around London. When Bowie told his mother he was going to be a rock and roll star, his mother signed him up as an electrician’s apprentice. Bowie became frustrated with his band mates as well who had no higher aspirations for their music. After numerous attempts with other bands, Bowie finally landed a record deal which saw his song Space Oddity, land in the #5 position of the UK’s Top Singles Charts. Soon after came his album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which brought Bowie the fame and success he had long sought.
Bowie is perhaps the perfect chameleon. Every 5 to 10 years he would completely revamp himself, changing music, looks, style, and sometimes, even careers. Bowie has acted in several movies including The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, A View to a Kill, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Prestige.
However, it is Bowie’s music that he is best known for. This superstar has sold more than 140 million albums, has had 14 Grammy nominations, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as #39 on their list of 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time.
Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016, after an 18 month battle with liver cancer. He passed away peacefully at his estate in Manhattan, New York, surrounded by his family and friends. Bowie is survived by his wife of 24 years, Iman, and his two children.
Bowie changed the face of music and showed everyone that we all have a bit of Ziggy Stardust in us if we would only set him free. Bowie owned extensive estates in both Manhattan, New York, as well as London, England. At the time of his death, his 2016 net worth was $230 million but with a new album released just days before his death, this super star’s net worth and income will certainly rise even higher.