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Jimmy Buffett Bio

Facts About Jimmy Buffett

Celebrated NameJimmy Buffett
Age76 Years Old
Nick NameBubba
Birth NameJames William Buffett
Birth Date1946-12-25
Profession Singer
Birth NationUSA
Place Of BirthPascagoula, Mississippi
FatherJames Delaney Buffett Jr.
MotherMary Lorraine
SistersLaurie Buffett
SchoolSt. Ignatius School
College / UniversityPearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi
Net Worth$1 Billion
Source of WealthMusic Industry
SalaryOver $5 million
Marital StatusMarried
Sexual OrientationStraight
WifeJane Slagsvol
ChildrenSavannah Jane and Sarah Delaney
Height5 feet 7 inches or 170 centimeters
Weight70 Kg
Hair ColorGray
Eye ColorBlue
Body TypeSlim
LinksWikipedia Instagram

Jimmy Buffett is an incredibly versatile American artist, renowned for his exceptional talent as a singer-songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. His music has captured the hearts of millions, offering a captivating portrayal of an enchanting "island escapism" lifestyle that resonates deeply with listeners. Together with his talented backing band, the Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has delivered a string of chart-topping hits that have left an indelible mark on the music industry. Among his most celebrated songs are the iconic "Margaritaville," which achieved significant recognition by securing the 234th position on the Recording Industry Association of America's prestigious list of "Songs of the Century," and the beloved track "Come Monday." Through his music, Buffett has fostered a dedicated and passionate fan base known affectionately as "Parrotheads," who eagerly embrace his unique sound and engaging lyrics. Jimmy is currently married to his wife Jane Slagsvol. 

Beyond his remarkable musical achievements, Buffett has also made a name for himself as a highly successful author. His written works, including bestselling books, have captivated readers and further solidified his status as a multifaceted creative force. Furthermore, Buffett has displayed his entrepreneurial spirit by venturing into the restaurant industry. Two notable establishments bear the names of his iconic songs: the thriving Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain, which he currently owns, and the now defunct Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain, which he co-developed. These culinary endeavors serve as an extension of Buffett's artistic vision, offering fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in the immersive experience of his music and lifestyle. Through his unwavering dedication and creative pursuits, Jimmy Buffett continues to leave an indelible impact on the realms of music, literature, and business, delighting audiences around the world.

When was Jimmy Buffett born?

Born on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA, Jimmy Buffett spent part of his early years in Mobile, Alabama, before eventually settling in Fairhope, Alabama. He was given the name James William Buffett at birth and is the son of Mary Lorraine (née Peets) and James Delaney Buffett Jr. Tragically, his father passed away on May 1, 2003, at the age of 83, followed by his mother's passing four months later on September 25, when she was 82. Jimmy Buffett has a sister named Laurie Buffett. Holding American nationality and identifying with American-White ethnicity, he recently celebrated his 76th birthday in 2022.

During his elementary school years, he attended St. Ignatius School, where he showcased his musical talent by playing the trombone in the school band. Growing up, he developed a fondness for sailing, inspired by his grandfather's influence, and these early experiences would later shape his musical career. In 1964, he successfully completed his education at McGill Institute for Boys. It was during his initial year at Auburn University that he picked up the guitar, and he continued his studies at Pearl River Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 1969, he obtained a bachelor's degree in history. While at the University of Southern Mississippi, he became a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Following his graduation, he embarked on a career as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville, where he made a notable contribution by breaking the news of Flatt and Scruggs' separation.


How was the Career of Jimmy Buffett?

Music Career

Jimmy Buffett embarked on his musical journey in Nashville, Tennessee, during the late 1960s, initially focusing on country music. His debut album, "Down to Earth", showcased a fusion of country, folk rock, and a hint of his later tropical sound. Busking in New Orleans and a busking expedition to Key West with Jerry Jeff Walker in 1971 marked a turning point for Buffett. He fell in love with Key West and its laid-back beach culture, which shaped his iconic beach-bum persona. As he settled in Key West, he blended various genres like country, rock, folk, calypso, and pop into a unique sound called "Gulf and Western" or tropical rock, often inspired by his visits to the Caribbean islands like Saint Barts.

Following the tragic death of his friend and mentor, Jim Croce, in 1973, Buffett caught the attention of ABC/Dunhill Records, who saw in him the potential to fill Croce's void. Building on his growing success, Buffett released a string of albums, including A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), Living & Dying in 3/4 Time (1974), A1A (1974), Havana Daydreamin' (1976), and Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977). The latter album featured his breakthrough hit, "Margaritaville."

During the 1980s, Buffett's fame as a live performer surpassed his album sales, establishing him as a sought-after concert artist. He continued to release albums for his devoted fanbase while exploring other ventures such as writing and merchandising. Buffett opened the first "Margaritaville" retail store in Key West in 1985, followed by the Margaritaville Cafe in 1987. He also expanded his artistic collaborations, including a duet with Frank Sinatra on "Mack the Knife" in 1994 and a collaboration with novelist Herman Wouk on the musical adaptation of Wouk's novel, "Don't Stop the Carnival", in 1997.

Buffett's musical accomplishments further flourished in the 2000s. In 2000, he performed on the White House lawn for then-President Bill Clinton. He achieved his first number-one album on the U.S. pop albums chart with License to Chill in 2004. Buffett continued his touring tradition, albeit with a more relaxed schedule of around 20–30 dates per year, playing mostly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Additionally, he ventured into the world of radio, teaming up with Sirius Satellite Radio to launch Radio Margaritaville, which later became part of XM Radio.

Buffett's artistic journey is marked by numerous accolades and achievements. He has released over 30 albums, with several reaching gold and platinum status. He has been nominated for various awards, winning the 2003 Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year for his collaboration with Alan Jackson on "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." In recent years, Buffett has continued to explore his musical repertoire, releasing fan-curated collections like Songs You Don't Know by Heart (2020) and teasing a forthcoming album titled "Equal Strain on All Parts" during a live performance in 2023, inspired by his grandfather's amusing description of a nap.

Writing Career

Jimmy Buffett's success as an author is equally remarkable. He has penned three number-one best-selling books, showcasing his talent as a writer. Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? spent over seven months on The New York Times Best Seller fiction list, captivating readers with their engaging stories. In 1998, Buffett's memoir A Pirate Looks at Fifty achieved instant success, debuting at number one on the New York Times Best Seller nonfiction list. This achievement solidified his place among the select few authors who have reached the top of both the fiction and nonfiction lists.

In addition to his adult-oriented books, Buffett co-authored two children's books with his daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett. The Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls were delightful tales that resonated with young readers. The original hardcover edition of The Jolly Mon even included a special cassette tape featuring Jimmy and Savannah Jane reading the story, accompanied by an original score composed by Michael Utley. Buffett continued his literary success with the release of A Salty Piece of Land in 2004, which became a New York Times best-seller shortly after its publication.

Continuing his creative output, Buffett released his latest book, Swine Not?, on May 13, 2008, further expanding his diverse body of work. Looking ahead, Buffett has expressed his intention to write a comprehensive autobiography, delving into the depths of his life and experiences, when he reaches the age of 86 in 2032. Beyond his literary achievements, Buffett's wisdom and insights have garnered recognition in unexpected places. His quotes, along with those of other popular "philosophers," adorn road signs as part of Project HIMANK in the picturesque Ladakh region of Northern India, showcasing the global impact of his words.

Film & TV Career

Jimmy Buffett's involvement in the entertainment industry goes beyond music and literature. He has contributed to various films by writing soundtracks, co-producing, and even taking on acting roles. One notable example is the 2006 film Hoot, where Buffett wrote the soundtrack, co-produced the film and played a role. Directed by Wil Shriner and based on a book by Carl Hiaasen, the film addressed conservation issues that were close to Buffett's heart, despite not achieving significant critical or commercial success. Apart from Hoot, Buffett has lent his musical talents to other films, including contributing theme songs like "Turning Around" for Summer Rental (1985), "I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme)" for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and "Hello, Texas" for Urban Cowboy (1980). He also provided a song, "If I Have To Eat Someone (It Might As Well Be You)," for the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

In addition to his involvement in the film industry, Buffett has made several memorable cameo appearances in movies such as Repo Man, Hook, Cobb, Hoot, Congo, and From the Earth to the Moon. He has also appeared as himself in films like Rancho Deluxe and FM. On television, Buffett made guest appearances on Hawaii Five-0, playing the character Frank Bama, and he returned for multiple episodes across different seasons. While he declined a cameo role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he collaborated with novelist Herman Wouk on a musical production based on Wouk's novel Don't Stop the Carnival in 1997. Buffett has also made animated appearances, such as in the South Park episode "Tonsil Trouble," where an animated version of him sang parody songs. Furthermore, he has entertained children on Sesame Street's special Elmopalooza, performing "Caribbean Amphibian" alongside Kermit the Frog. Buffett's cameo in the 2015 film Jurassic World, holding two margaritas amidst the chaos, added a touch of his laid-back persona to the blockbuster. He also appeared as a musical guest on the NCIS: New Orleans episode "Rogue Nation," performing "I Will Play for Gumbo" in a rebuilt bar. In 2019, Buffett had an extended cameo as himself in The Beach Bum, a film by Harmony Korine, further showcasing his versatile presence in the entertainment industry.

Theatrical Work

In 1994, Jimmy Buffett embarked on the development of a musical adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, Don't Stop the Carnival. Buffett took charge of composing the music and writing the lyrics, while Wouk worked on the book for the show. The musical premiered in Miami, Florida in 1997 but received negative reviews from critics. Producers suggested replacing Wouk with a more experienced playwright to rewrite the script, but Buffett adamantly refused to remove Wouk from the project. Consequently, further productions of the show were canceled. Buffett transformed the musical into an album, which was released in 1998.

In May 2017, a new musical titled Escape to Margaritaville debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. The production had a successful run until July and later had limited engagements in New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago, receiving positive feedback from critics. The show, with a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, incorporates Buffett's beloved songs, some of which he reworked to better suit the story. On February 16, 2018, the musical began previews at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway and officially opened on March 15 under the direction of Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley. Although the Broadway production received mixed reviews from New York critics, it was announced in June of the same year that the show would close on July 1 after 29 previews and 124 regular performances. Alongside the announcement of the Broadway closure, plans were made for a national tour to commence in Providence, Rhode Island, in the fall of 2019.


How is Jimmy Buffett so rich?

Jimmy Buffett, a multi-talented individual, is renowned as a singer-songwriter, musician, author, and businessman. He has achieved remarkable success in the music industry, amassing a staggering net worth of $1 billion as of 2023. With an annual salary exceeding $5 million, his primary source of wealth stems from his music career. Apart from his musical endeavors, Jimmy Buffett's expansive portfolio includes over 20 real estate properties, 8 cars, and 6 luxury yachts, reflecting his extravagant lifestyle. Additionally, he maintains significant financial assets, such as cash reserves exceeding $51 million and an investment portfolio worth $33 million, consisting of various stocks, including Amazon, Apple, Intel, Netflix, and Tesla, among others. Jimmy Buffett's remarkable wealth attests to his exceptional talent and business acumen.

Jimmy Buffett, known for his extravagant lifestyle, recently splurged on a Bugatti Divo for a whopping $7 million USD. In addition to this luxury sports car, he also owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, which set him back $2 million USD. Among his collection of impressive vehicles are a Rolls-Royce Dawn, Ferrari GTC4, and Bentley Continental GT. Not just content with lavish cars, Jimmy Buffett has also invested in a magnificent mansion. The 14,500-square-foot residence was acquired for $18 million and underwent extensive renovations and expansions costing an additional $5 million. The luxurious home boasts German oak flooring throughout the grand living area, featuring distinct sections for relaxation, dining, and cooking, all centered around a cozy fireplace. Inside his opulent abode, Jimmy Buffett enjoys a library room and a fireplace nestled in the corner. The house showcases a minimalist design, with sleek interiors and furnishings. The principal bedroom is a highlight, with glass walls that seamlessly open to the backyard, adding to the elegant charm of his extravagant lifestyle.

Leveraging his widespread recognition and dedicated fan base, Buffett has capitalized on his music career by venturing into various business endeavors, often embracing a tropical theme. In 1987, he inaugurated the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West, Florida, harnessing his name and popularity to create a vibrant establishment. Furthermore, he has owned establishments such as LandShark Bar & Grill in Baltimore, Maryland, and formerly held ownership of Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant. Demonstrating his passion for baseball, Buffett has even served as a part-owner for two minor-league teams: the Fort Myers Miracle and the Madison Black Wolf (sources required for verification). Expanding his brand beyond the realm of food and hospitality, Buffett has licensed products such as Margaritaville Tequila, Margaritaville Footwear, and an array of Margaritaville Foods, encompassing delectables like chips, salsa, guacamole, shrimp, and chicken (sources required for verification). Considering the collective revenue generated by his businesses, album sales, and tours, Forbes estimated Buffett's earnings to amount to a remarkable $50.5 million in 2017. Furthermore, his net worth was approximated to be $550 million (sources required for verification).

In 1993, Buffett established Margaritaville Records, which initially had its distribution handled by MCA Records. However, his association with MCA came to an end following the release of Christmas Island in 1996. Subsequently, Buffett migrated Margaritaville Records to Chris Blackwell's Island Records, signing a two-record deal that resulted in the albums Don't Stop The Carnival (1998) and Beach House on the Moon (1999). Expanding his musical ventures, he founded Mailboat Records in the autumn of 1999, primarily focusing on the release of live albums. In 2005 and 2006, Buffett formed a partnership with RCA Records for distribution purposes, facilitating the release of two studio albums: License To Chill and Take The Weather With You. 

In 2006, Buffett initiated a collaborative venture with the Anheuser-Busch brewing company to create a beer brand known as LandShark Lager under the Margaritaville Brewing label.  In May 2013, the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, unveiled the Margaritaville Casino, which boasts a plethora of amenities including a restaurant, two bars, a coffee shop, a retail store, and a vibrant gaming area. Planned in Daytona Beach, Florida, Latitude Margaritaville is an impressive $1 billion retirement village that serves as a joint venture between Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings, led by Buffett. Situated near LPGA Boulevard and just a mile west of Interstate 95, this expansive development encompasses a range of amenities including over 1,000 homes that have already been sold as of 2021, with a total of 3,900 homes planned for completion. The homes are currently priced between the low $200,000s to the low $500,000s, offering a variety of options for prospective residents. Furthermore, Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings have expanded their ventures with the introduction of Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina, and Latitude Margaritaville Watersound in Panama City Beach, Florida, attracting even more individuals to experience the Margaritaville lifestyle. 

During the year 2018, Jimmy Buffett collaborated with entrepreneur Beau Wrigley and Surterra Holdings, Inc. to secure a license for the "Coral Reefer" brand of marijuana, with the intention of launching it by the summer of 2019. However, as of 2023, it appears that the website used for marketing Coral Reefer cannabis is no longer accessible or operational.


Who is Jimmy Buffett's wife?

Jimmy Buffett is a married man who exchanged vows with his wife, Jane Slagsvol, on August 27, 1977. They have built a family together and are proud parents to two daughters, Savannah Jane, and Sarah Delaney. Interestingly, Sarah's name was almost Sara Loraine, in honor of her grandmother, but they decided on Sarah Delaney, inspired by her grandfather. The couple also welcomed a son into their lives through the adoption, named Cameron Marley. Although Jane and Jimmy encountered a period of separation in the 1980s, they reconciled in 1991 and continue to lead a happy life as a family.

Jimmy Buffett with his wife, Jane Slagsvol

Prior to his marriage to Jane, Jimmy Buffett was previously married to Margie Washichek from 1969 to 1971. Buffett has been actively involved in various charitable endeavors throughout his career. In collaboration with former Florida governor Bob Graham, Buffett co-founded the Save the Manatee Club in 1981. Their efforts led to the introduction of the "Save the Manatee" license plate in Florida in 1989, which allocated funds to support the organization. Buffett's commitment to marine conservation is further exemplified by a manatee named after him at Mote Marine Laboratory, one of the two manatees trained to interact with researchers. Additionally, Buffett has been a steadfast supporter and significant contributor to the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory. In November 2004, Buffett organized the Surviving the Storm hurricane relief concert in Orlando, Florida, to raise funds for those affected by the four major hurricanes that struck Florida, Alabama, and the Caribbean that year. The concert aimed to provide much-needed relief to the hurricane victims. In another instance of philanthropy, Buffett performed in Hong Kong in January 2008, generating $63,000 for the Foreign Correspondents' Club Charity Fund. This sold-out concert not only showcased Buffett's talent but also demonstrated his generosity as he personally covered the costs of tequila and beer for concertgoers. Furthermore, in response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, Buffett, a native of the Gulf Coast, organized a free beach concert in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in July 2010. The concert aired on CMT television, aimed to draw attention back to Alabama's beaches. The event attracted 35,000 attendees and featured popular songs by Buffett, including modified versions of "Margaritaville" and "When the Coast is Clear" which addressed the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its impact.

How tall is Jimmy Buffett?

Even at the age of 76, Jimmy Buffett continues to exude a handsome appearance. Standing at a height of 5 feet 7 inches or 170 centimeters, he maintains a slim build with a weight of 70 kilograms or 154.5 pounds. Notably, his gray hair and striking blue eyes add to his distinguished features.  

Jimmy Buffett is known for his distinctive style, often described as a fusion of "drunken Caribbean rock 'n' roll." His penchant for sailor suits, along with his signature sunglasses and vacation attire, further contribute to his unique and recognizable image. Despite his age, Jimmy Buffett's enduring charm and individuality shine through his physical attributes and distinctive fashion choices.

Trivias About Jimmy Buffett You Need To Know.

  • Jimmyis of English, some French/Cajun, Spanish, German, and Irish, and 1/1024th First Nations descent.
  • Jimmy lost his father on May 1, 2003, at the age of 83, and then four months later on September 25, his mother passed away.
  • He opened up the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey in May 2013.
  • He has published 2 New York Times Best Selling books – Tales from Margaritaville (1989) and Where Is Joe Merchant? (1992).
  • His devoted fan base is known under the moniker “Parrotheads”.
  • He is one of the initiates of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • It was his grandfather who introduced him to sailing, hence, influencing his music later in life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Jimmy Buffett.

Where was Jimmy Buffett born?

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Who is the father of Jimmy Buffett?

The father of Jimmy Buffett is James Delaney Buffett Jr..

Who is the mother of Jimmy Buffett?

The mother of Jimmy Buffett is Mary Lorraine.

What is the net worth of Jimmy Buffett?

The net worth of Jimmy Buffett is $1 Billion.

What is the salary of Jimmy Buffett?

The salary of Jimmy Buffett is Over $5 million.

What is the color of Jimmy Buffett's hair?

Jimmy Buffett hair color is Gray.

What is the color of Jimmy Buffett's eye?

Jimmy Buffett eye color is Blue.

Jimmy Buffett Biography

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Celebrated Name Jimmy Buffett
Age 76 Years Old
Nick Name Bubba
Birth Name James William Buffett
Birth Date 1946-12-25
Gender Male
Profession Singer
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Celebrated Name Jimmy Buffett
Age 76 Years Old
Nick Name Bubba
Birth Name James William Buffett
Birth Date 1946-12-25
Gender Male
Profession Singer
Birth Nation USA
Place Of Birth Pascagoula, Mississippi
Nationality American
Father James Delaney Buffett Jr.
Mother Mary Lorraine
Ethnicity American-White
Sisters Laurie Buffett
School St. Ignatius School
College / University Pearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi
Religion Christian
Net Worth $1 Billion
Source of Wealth Music Industry
Salary Over $5 million
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Wife Jane Slagsvol
Children Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney
Height 5 feet 7 inches or 170 centimeters
Weight 70 Kg
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Slim