James William Buffet, popularly known as Jimmy Buffet, is an American singer. 71 years old Jimmy is still active in the entertainment industry and also has his hand in business ventures. He sings in the genre of Gulf and western, country, country pop, easy listening music and rock.
He is best known for his single Margaritaville from 1977. The song named after the cocktail margarita tells about a laid-back lifestyle in a tropical climate. The song became his Magnum Opus and has defined his music and career. Buffet has a crossover generation of loyal fans known as Parrothead and younger generation known as children of Parrotheads or parakeets.
Jimmy Buffet, who started from music, has turned himself into a Moghul of any profitable and fun business ventures. Because of this, he has been able to turn into a multi-millionaire of great fortune. Even at the age of 71, he is doing what he likes and has continued his passion.
Buffet, who first joined the music industry as a singer, has come a long way. Now that he is running in his 7th decade, he is still good at entertaining old and young fans.
His debut album was folk rock Down to Earth, released in 1970. It was when he moved to Key West with country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker in an expedition of busking for tourists he found his easy-going beach-bum persona.
All those years of coming with new record albums and singles have paid him off in a grand scale. In 2005, he teamed up with Sirius Satellite Radio and introduced Radio Margaritaville that plays his songs 24/7 non-stop.
Buffet has worked in movies doing cameos in movies like Repo Man, Hook, Cobb, Hoot, etc. He has written the soundtrack for, and co-produced and played a role in the 2006 film Hoot. Besides singing and acting, he has also written books which are also number-one best sellers.
The successful singer has also put efforts on business ventures that are usually with a tropical theme. He has a chain of Margaritaville Restaurants that has String of bars named after his hit song with Alan Jackson, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.
He has also collaborated for Beer Production, Real Estate, and Casinos. Buffet has also launched video games. Apart from that, he moves continuously for tours and currently is into Broadway musical.
Buffet has been listed in the Forbes' 2016 Richest Celebs of All Time; he ranked at the 13th position. The magazine claimed of the singer having an estimated net worth of $550 million. Sources claim that he earned around $50 million in 2017 alone.
Well, Buffet, who has identified himself as a humble and respected person among the audience, has a very realistic answer when he is to say about his million dollar earnings. He once humorously said that he will keep on earning money as long as people like to go to the beach and drink.