Joe Jackson raised a family of pop stars, but he didn’t die rich. Here’s what we know about his money.

PHOTOGRAPHED VISITING THE Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell and his daughter (seated), Melanie, in 1971 is Joseph Jackson with his sons. Pictured l-r: Marlon Jackson, Joseph Jackson, Azira Hill, Jermaine Jackson, Mayor Sam Massell, Jackie, Tito and Michael Jackson. (Chicago Crusader Archives)

By Brad Tuttle,

Joe Jackson, the father of pop superstars Michael and Janet and the patriarch of the world-famous Jackson family, died on Wednesday. He was suffering from cancer, and passed away at the age of 89, nine years after his famous son Michael Jackson died at 50.

Fired as a manager by his children and accused of abuse and cruelty by several of his kids, Joe Jackson died without much in the way of money or an estate. At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated at $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Meanwhile, his son Michael Jackson has routinely been named one of the world’s highest-earning deceased celebrities, with his estate making an astounding $825 million in one recent 12-month period. Overall, Michael Jackson’s net worth is estimated at $500 million, and the net worth of his sister, Janet Jackson, is said to be $175 million.


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