- Full Name: James William Buffet
- Nickname: Jimmy Buffet
- Net Worth: $900 million
- Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi
- Birthdate: 25 December 1956
- Age: 74 years
- Current Wife: Jane Buffet née Slagsvol (m. 1977- present)
- Ex-wife: Margie Washichek (1969-1971)
- Children: 3
Who is Jimmy Buffet?
James William Buffet is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, author and businessman who is best known for his music. He uses his music to portray an ‘island- escapism’ lifestyle. As part of Coral Reefer Band, he has recorded a series of hit songs including ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Come Monday.’ He has a devoted fanbase called ‘Parrotheads.’
Moreover, he also recognised as the founder of ‘Margaritaville Records.’
Aside from his music career, he is also a bestselling author and the owner of two restaurant chains named after his two-hit and best-known songs. While ‘Margaritaville Café’ restaurant chain still in function with ownership residing with Buffet, his Cheeseburger in Paris Restaurant Chain that he co-developed is now defunct.
His net worth
With so many successful ventures and an array of sources of income, Buffet is one of the richest musician of all time with a net worth of $950 million.
His early life
The buffet was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi to Mary Lorraine (née Peets) and James Delaney Buffett Jr. He spent most of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama. He got his exposure to music was through his grandfather who also taught him how to sail. He graduated from McGill Institute for Boys in 1964. He began playing the guitar during his first year at Auburn University before continuing his college years at Pearl River Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1969.
His music career
Buffet began his career as a country singer in Nashville, Tennessee. During the 1960s he recorded his first album, the country-tinged album ‘Down to Earth’ vibed with folk-rock. He often busked around the streets for tourists in New Orleans. He was later picked by his fellow country singer Jerry Jeff Walker who took him to Key West for a busking expedition. He later moved there on a permanent basis and managed to establish himself as an easy-going beach bum persona. He was later signed with ABC/Dunhill Records after which his career took an upward journey.
His album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes released in 1977 was the breakthrough point of his career which had his ever fan favourite song ‘Margaritaville.’
Tours and concerts of all his albums have also contributed greatly to his net worth. Out of all his tours, his Big 8 have been the most successful.
His personal life
Jimmy has been married twice in his life and father to three children. His first wife was Margie Washichek with whom he got married in 1969. Unfortunately, the couple separated after just two years of marriage in 1971. He later in 1977 married his current wife Jane Buffet. The couple has been blessed with three children: one son and two daughters. His two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney are biological whereas his son Cameron Marley is adopted.