He was the King of Pop, and the majority of the pop listeners around the world will agree that he is still the King of Pop, even after his death. Born on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson is one of the biggest names in the world – a name that ruled the hearts of people for nearly 40 years. The unique thing about him was that he was not only famous for his music but equally famous for his influence on fashion as well. Wearing those shiny and sparkly dresses on stage, he made fans go mad as he spun like a top on two legs.
Michael Jackson’s Life and Career
Michael Jackson was the breakout star of a family of 10 children. As the 8th child in a relatively poor family, Michael Jackson grew up in Gary, Indiana, a rural town not fit for the King of Pop. It was a small two-bedroom house where these 10 children lived with their parents. Michael’s mother is Katherine Esther Scruse and his father is Joseph Walter Jackson, both of whom are still alive today. His mother dreamed of performing as a country singer but worked at Sears to keep food on the table. Michael’s father was a multitalented man who had been a boxer and was a great musician as well. Michael had 3 sisters and 6 brothers.
Michael Jackson and his brothers were assembled by their dad to create The Jackson Five. He was already casting a spell on the world with his vocals as part of the band when he was only 6 years old.
After years of performing with his siblings, Michael Jackson started his solo career with Off the Wall produced by Quincy Jones. A total of 20 million copies of this album were sold. His second album was Thriller and this made Michael Jackson the heart of the pop genre and he went on to become the greatest pop star in the world. This album ruled at number one for nearly 40 weeks. The first instance of his legendary moonwalk was in 1983. Another one of the biggest hit albums of all time was released in 1987 called Bad. The next hit album came 4 years after Bad and this album was called Dangerous.
Michael Jackson’s Cosmetic Surgery
Michael Jackson had numerous surgeries on his nose, and the dimple in his chin was also a result of those surgeries. A skin pigmentation disorder caused his skin to become white, but this color change was associated with numerous theories, including that Michael Jackson bleached his skin and he used an oxygen tent to prevent himself from aging.
At one point Michael Jackson had to explain that he wasn’t doing anything to change his color and instead stated that it hurt him badly when people said that about him. He continued to receive a lot of media attention due to his popularity and thus he would spend much of his time at Neverland Ranch in seclusion.
Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch
Michael Jackson’s house, Neverland Ranch, is located in Los Olivos, California and was purchased by the star in 1987. Neverland Ranch was built in 1982 and was the brainchild of Michael himself. The name of the ranch comes from a fictional island from Peter Pan. The quality of this island is its magical powers keeping Peter Pan from growing old – something Michael Jackson admired. It was a visit to see Paul McCartney which sparked Michael’s thought of buying the property – he immediately told his sister told La Toya about it. The size of this ranch is nearly 3,000 acres, and the main house, built by William Bone in 1982, is 13,000 square feet. Looking back on his unique experience, Bone says this was the most difficult project he ever constructed.
There is no luxurious amenity that you will not find at this magical property. It has a pool, tennis courts, a train station and rides mimicking Disney, an exotic petting zoo, a dance studio, guest house, and many other insane things only found here. There is also an elaborate movie theater where 50 people can enjoy the latest releases. Although it was his fantasyland, in 2005 Michael Jackson decided to abandon this house after controversies surrounding his alleged child molestation. Amid financial difficulties, he went on to sell a portion of the property to an investor before his death in 2009. The property is now called Sycamore Valley Ranch and is on the market for $67 million.
Married Life of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s daughter. The couple wed in May of 1994. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and a divorce brought it to an end in 1996.
During his married life to Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson was very close to Debbie Rowe, who was helping Michael with his vitiligo treatment. He went on to marry Debbie Rowe in 1996, just after his divorce from Lisa Marie. His second marriage ended in 199, but he and Debbie had 3 children during those three years. When they divorced, Michael got custody of the children.
- Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr. – Born February 13, 1997
- Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson – Born April 03, 1998
- Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II Born February 21, 2002
Although it’s unclear if they were romantic, Michael Jackson was very close to Elizabeth Taylor as well. Moreover, author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach revealed the records of taped conversations with Michael Jackson in his book which revealed how jealous Michael Jackson got when Elizabeth Taylor met other men. In this conversation, Michael Jackson emotionally confessed that he could not marry or spend any romantic time with Elizabeth Taylor because he thought media would have made a big deal out of it.
After Michael’s untimely death, his children were taken care of by their grandmother, Katherine. It was also reported that their God-mother, Diana Ross, helped take care of them amid the devastation of losing Michael.
Michael Jackson’s Death
It was on June 25, 2009, that the personal physician of Michael Jackson found him in his bedroom nearly dead. According to the physician, Conrad Murray, his pulse was not detectable and his attempts to perform CPR were unsuccessful. Michael Jackson died from a drug overdose of Propofol, administered by his physician. At the time of this incident, Michael Jackson was at his residence in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles where he was renting a mansion that was referred to as the “launchpad of his final This Is It tour.” His personal physician, Conrad Murray, called 911 at noon, and although he received emergency treatment, Michael could not be brought back to life.
He died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center the same day. In a twist that was unexpected by many, on Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Michael’s death a homicide. Conrad Murray killed Michael Jackson. As a result, he was sentenced to prison for administering the lethal dose without the apparatus of a hospital. Michael Jackson was 50 years old at the time of his death. If he were alive today, Michael Jackson would be 58 years old.
Michael Jackson’s Murder
Paris Jackson is 19 years old and recently came to the scene and talked about her father’s death. According to her, Michael was murdered and it was a setup. She also claimed that everyone in the family knew that Michael was murdered. When she was asked about her claims she said that there were a lot of people who were after her father’s life. She did not say much about the culprits as she said that it was like a chess game where she would not give out more information than that in the beginning.
Michael Jackson’s Net Worth
Michael Jackson’s net worth is a big controversy today since his estate and IRS are fighting a case over it. However, his last net worth is estimated to be at $600 million. This amount is disputed now that he’s gone, though. His music sales have skyrocketed, his estate has sold off many assets, and his sole ownership of the Beatles catalog was licensed to Apple. No doubt his children are rolling in the dough.