John Lennon Net Worth $800 Million
John Winston Lennon is probably one of the world’s most prolific figures in the 20th century. Over three decades after his death, his contribution and impact on the music scene is still remembered. The product of a troubled childhood, Lennon’s interest in music was piqued when his aunt bought him a mouth organ. His mother taught him how to play the banjo and later bought him his first guitar.
After failing his exams and being kicked out of college, John Lennon worked on a band he had formed at 15 known as The Quarrymen where he met his future friend Paul McCartney during a performance. He requested him to join the band to which he agreed despite disapproval from Lennon’s aunt and McCartney’s father. A while later, George Harrison joined the band after Lennon had initially refused because he thought Harrison was too young. The Quarrymen soon changed its name to The Beatles in 1960.
Under the management of Brian Epstein, The Beatles became a worldwide phenomenon fuelling Beatlemania and an increased interest in British rock. They were even honoured by The Queen as Members of The Order of The British Empire. At the height of their success, Lennon’s drug use increased, and he had even put on a lot of weight. He is widely known for sparking outrage in The United States when he claimed that The Beatles were even more popular than Jesus.
After the band broke up, he embarked on a solo career releasing his first album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band in 1970 to rave reviews. He released subsequent albums, and it’s during his solo period that he got increasingly involved in activism especially against The Vietnam War, which brought about attempts by The American government to deport him because his songs were "spreading antigovernment propaganda."
He took a hiatus in 1975 and officially announced his retirement in 1977, which lasted for three years after which he released the album Double Fantasy that was a flop in 1980. Later the same year, John Lennon was the victim of a fatal shooting. At his death he was worth $800 million.