Dolly Parton is an iconic country music artist, The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, an actress, is the most honored female country performer of all time, best-selling artists in the genre of country music and the most successful female artist of all time. Her story is a true rag to riches story and an interesting one to read. Many know her from a couple of songs such as “I Will Always Love You”, “Coat of Many Colors”, “9 to 5”, “Jolene”, among others.
So how did Dolly Parton the queen of country music find her way to the throne, not just fame but even wealth as reflected on her net worth figure? Here is a quick summary of Dolly Parton’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Dolly Parton Early Life
Born Dolly Rebecca Parton, she is the fourth daughter out of the 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton Sr. and Avie Lee Caroline. She was born in 1946 in the outskirts of Tennessee in an area called Sevier county. The father was a construction worker and the mother a homemaker meaning they lived in abject poverty even herself she described the level of poverty through her early songs such as “Coat of Many Colors”.
Her interest in music manifested itself when she was just six years as she used to sing in church and soon after performing in local televisions and radio. When she hit 10, she was on major radio stations in Tennessee. After graduation, she moved out to Nashville to write songs with an uncle Bill Owens where she wrote top charting singles such as “Fuel to the Flame”, and “Putt it Off Until Tomorrow”. Her very first country songs that she recorded were “Something Fishy” and Dumb Blonde”.
For 52 years now, Parton has been married to Thomas Dean whom they tied the knot within 1966. They don’t have kids of their own, but Parton is the godmother of Miley Cyrus. Recently in 2016, they renewed their vows during their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dolly Parton Career
Parton career into country music kicked off when she was signed in by RCA Victor label with the help of Wagoner whom they released “The Last Thing on My Mind” and other top 10 single duets hits for a period of six years.
Her first solo single was released in 1968 “Just because I’M a Woman” but they didn’t do so well as her duets on charts but later on “Joshua”, “Coat of Many Colors”Travelin man”, “Touch Your Woman’ became top 20 singles and performed well commercially. Other songs that Dolly released up to 1975 that did well on top 10 charts are “Jolene”, “ I Will Always Love You”, “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” and The Bargain Store”.
Between 1975 to present Dolly has released 29 music albums. Some of these albums are Dolly (1975), Here You Come Again (1977), Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (1980), Real Love (1985), Rainbow (1987), Something Special (1995), Treasures (1996), Little Sparrow (2001), Those Were the Days (2005), Better Day (2011), Blue Smoke (2014), Pure & Simple (2016) among many others.
As an actor she has appeared in a number of films and television shows such as Straight Talk 1992, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005, Gnomeo & Juliet 2011, Joyful Noise 2012, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love 2016, Hannah Montana among many others.
Awards & Achievements
Parton is the undisputed champion of accolades among all females Country performs of all time. As of today, she has sold more than 100 million records,26 of her songs have reached no 1 on Billboard Country chart, 42 of her country albums have made it in the list of top 10 country albums. With such a profile its no wonder that she has won 153 awards in total and has been nominated 413 times.
Some of these awards are 9 Grammy Awards, 46 BMI Awards, 24 Cashbox Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards and many others. She has also been inducted into 15 Halls of Fame and some of them are Country Music Hall of Fame (1999), Songwriters Hall of Fame (2001), Grammy Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2009), Music City Walk of Fame (2009), Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2010) and Grammy Hall of Fame.
Net Worth of Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton net worth amount to $500 million. With sales exceeding 100 million records and having written over 3000 songs most of Dolly Parton net worth figure arise from music sales. Another source of Dolly Parton wealth is her acting career which is believed to have earned her more than $300 million.
Apart from films and music another net worth fortune boosting income stream is her Dollywood Company which controls and operates Dollywood theme park and Waterpark Dollywood’s Splash Country. Let’s also not forget her tours bring in a significant chunk of money that ends up raising Dolly Parton final net worth figure as in 2011 Better day tour brought in $34 million. Currently, its reported Dolly Parton annual earning stand at $37 million.
Dolly Parton is obviously a legend and an icon not just in country music genre but generally in the music world. The number of awards, honours with the inclusion of National Medal of Arts, Living Legend Medal by the U.S, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame all confirm how successful and great Dolly Parton is. From “Coat of Many Colors”, and now Dolly Parton net worth of $500 million isn’t she a good example of rags to riches? She is.