David Bowie was a British singer, songwriter, and actor who died on January 10, 2016, just after 48 hours of releasing his 25th studio album “Blackstar” because of liver cancer. He was the most influential musician and a leading figure in the music industry of the 20th century. He began his career back in 1962 where he formed his first band at the age of 15, named the Konrads.
Furthermore, his career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music.
During his music career, his record sales, estimated at $140 million albums worldwide which made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Read more about David Jones asset, salary, income source, expenses, lifestyle, and personal life.
David Bowie had an estimated net worth of $140 million. As a successful actor, he was able to collect a good amount of money. He was active in the music industry from 1962 to 2016. Within that time he has released numerous albums. His debut album was released in 1967 with the self-titled album name.
Furthermore, he was not only involved in music but also was able to land his career on acting. Until now he has played his role in many television series and movies. He began his acting career in 1976, where he played Thomas Jerome Newton in “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.
You might not know: He changed his name so that he wouldn’t be confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
David had appeared in more than 15 movies during his acting career. After he first played his role in The Man Who Fell to Earth, he made his another appearance in a German drama film “Just a Gigolo” as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski.
Some of his movies and television series include, The Snowman (1982), Yellowbeard (1983), The Hunger(1983), Labyrinth (1986), Dream On (1991), Zoolander (2001), and many more. Furthermore, let’s take a look at David’s movie gross collection.
|The Prestige (2006)||Nikola Tesla||$40 million||$109.7 million|
|Bandslam (2009)||Brief cameo role||$20 million||$12 million|
|Zoolander (2001)||Cameo as himself||$28 million||$60.8 million|
|Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)||Malthazar (voice)||€60 million ($85 million)||$107.9 million|
|The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)||Pontius Pilate||$7 million||$8.9 million|
|Labyrinth (1986)||Jareth the Golden King||$25 million||$12.9 million (US only)|
Did you know? He was a boyhood friend with Peter Frampton.
He began his music journey in 1962, where he first formed a band named Konrads. Eventually, in 1967, he released his debut self-titled album. Later in 1970, he released his third album titled “The Man Who Sold the World”. Furthermore, he has released more than 25 albums.
Some of his albums includes, Hunky Dory, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Lodger, Never Let Me Down, Hours, Reality, The Next Day, and many more.
|2013||Album-The Next Day (240,000 copies)||$250,000|
|2002||Album-Heathen (2 million copies)||$2,500,000|
|1997||The upfront payment which he received form Prudential Securities after they brought the Bowie bond||$55,000,000|
|1997||Contract with EMI Records||$30,000,000|
|1983||Album-Let’s Dance (7 million copies)||$7,100,000|
|1873||Album-Aladdin Sane (4.6 million copies)||$4,600,000|
|1972||Album-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders form Mars (7.5 million copies)||$7,600,000|
David was also a painter and artist. Back in 1990, one of his paintings was sold at auction for $500. Furthermore, he loves to collect arts and has an art Collection which was valued at over £10 million ($13,037,970) in mid-2016. After his death, his family decided to sell most of his collections because they didn’t have the space to store.
In November, three auctions were held at Sotheby’s London, first with 47 lots and second with 208 paintings, drawing, and sculptures, and the last one with 100 design lots. Everything was sold at a total of £32.9 million (app. $41.5 million). The highest-selling item was of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti-inspired painting Air Power which was sold at £7.09 million ($9,243,920.73).
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Back in the 1960s, he appeared in an ad for the British ‘Pop Ice Cream’ band Luv. Later in 1987, Pepsi partnered with David for a short sport in which Bowie was a mad scientist who creates Tina Turner. In the mid-1980s he appeared in the ad for the National Coffee Association.
Furthermore, he even appeared on a Japanese ad for Takara Sake. In 2013, he had his own Sirius XM radio channel. Moreover, he has also appeared on an ad for French bottle water brand Vittel.
In the 1990s, a famous company Microsoft built a campaign around David’s song “Heroes”. In 2013, David appeared on an ad using his music, where Sony made him a creative director for its Xperia smartphone campaign. He has also used his fame to promote issues he cared about, he promoted Literacy in an iconic READ poster for the American Library Association.
You might not know: A lock of his hair was sold for $18,750.
There is no doubt that David has a lavish lifestyle from his huge amount of net worth. In Brixton south London where he spent his early years, he had a house which was sold in 2009 for £7.2 million.
In 1983, he bought a 3-bedroom luxury waterfront apartment in Elizabeth bay for $700,000. After living there for about 10 years, he sold that house in 1992 for $1.2 million. When he was at Switzerland, he bought a 14-bedroom Chateau de Signal mansion which was originally built for a Russian price in 1900.
Later in 1999, he sold the house for 4.2 million Swiss Franc and in the same year back in the US, he sold his Los Angeles mansion for £5 million ($6,518,985). He had a peaceful 5-bedroom abode located on the Mandalay, Caribbean Island.
It was specially built as a hideout for the star back in 1992. In 1995, he sold that house for £3.5 million ($4,563,289). However, at the moment the house is currently listed by Knight Frank real estate for the price of £14 million ($18,253,158).
Furthermore, in 2011, he paid about £1.98 million ($2,581,518) for the 3-bedrooms and bathrooms, wide windows to allow uninterrupted views of its amazing green environment and a painting studio.
Talking about his cars, he had Volvo 262C which was built by the Italian design house Bertone with the hopes of competing with contemporary luxury models like the Cadillac Eldorado. However, after his death, it was sold at £160,000 ($208,607)at auction.
There are no reports on his tax and insurance policies.
You may be interested: He was a voracious reader.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947, in Brixton, London, England. As per his nationality, he is British and belongs to the mixed ethnicity of English and Irish. He was born to Hayward Stanton Jones, who was a promoter officer and Margaret Mary Jones, who worked as a waitress.
He grew up in Brixton along with his siblings Terry Burns. Furthermore, he has two half-sisters named Annette and Myra Ann. David attended Stockwell Infants School, and later, after his graduation, he attended Brunt Ash Junior School. Following a year, he attended Bromley Technical High School.
Talking about his married life, he had built his family from his two marriages. At first, he was married to a model and actress, Mary Angela Barnett. The couple tied the knot in March 1970, however, they divorced in February 1980. Furthermore, they had a son Duncan Zowie Jones who was born on May 20, 1971.
David Jones along with his wife Iman and their daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones
After his divorce, he met Iman, a Somali-American model. After dating for years, they got married in April 1992, in an intimate ceremony at the French-speaking city of Switzerland. They welcomed their only baby girl named Alexandria Zahra Jones.
He also dated actress Susan Sarandon.
His death came as a shock to the world. He died after he released his 25th studio album- Blackstar. The reason behind his death was he was diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months earlier, but refused to bother anyone about it. He had kept it secret until his death which occurred on 10th January 2016.
Forbes claims that he left around $100 million worth of real estate for his family.