Jimmy Buffett, 'Margaritaville' Magnate And Parrotheads' Pied Piper

By Kellar Ellsworth
The magnate of Margaritaville, circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Jimmy Buffett has "Margaritaville" to thank for his image as the pre-eminent beach bum and singing sailor, and the song has made him one of the richest musicians working today. The laid-back lifestyle of Hawaiian shirts, flip flops, and island paradises turned out to be hugely appealing to his fans, who (putting their own spin on the Deadhead idea) are known as Parrotheads. His empire includes restaurants and resorts, and his artistic output includes not just albums and concerts but also musicals and books. Buffett's net worth is over $560 million -- not bad for a kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Buffett's his story tracks a lot differently than some of the other rags to riches musicians. For one, he didn’t learn how to play the guitar until he was in college at Auburn University. And while Buffett has earned a mint playing music, he’s raked in cash as a businessman and writer as well! Here’s the story of Mr. Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett. 

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