Sir Thomas Jones Woodward was born on 7th June 1940, in Pontypridd, Wales, of mostly English descent. He is known to the world as a singer who has performed under the stage name Tom Jones since his musical career started in the 1960s, releasing best known hits like “It`s not Unusual”, and “Delilah”. His music through the years has varied from R&B hits to Gospel music, resulting in multiple albums selling over 100 million copies. His career as a singer has been active since 1963.
Have you ever wondered how rich Tom Jones is? According to sources it is estimated that Tom Jones` net worth is $250 million, an amount earned through a very successful singing career including many television appearances. Jones has received numerous awards throughout his career, beginning in 1966 when he received a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Tom Jones Net Worth $250 Million
Jones was born and raised in the south Wales city of Pontypridd. Before his singing career, Jones left school in order to earn money so he could support his family; in fact, his girlfriend and later wife, was pregnant when they were 16 years old. His real career started as early as 1963 when he formed a band called Tommy Scott and the Senators. They were accepted by locals extremely well, but because of their not quite urban area, success was limited. Never mind that, it all changed the next year, when a London based manager, Gordon Mills, noticed Jones and his crisp baritone voice. After that, he brought him to London, and the rest is history; however Jones’ first single, “Chills and Fever” didn`t sell well. Nevertheless, Jones did not surrender and continued making music. His second single, “It`s Not Unusual” broke into the charts, eventually landing at No. 1in 1965. Since then, his career has only gone up, and in the next few years, everything he released was made into hits, songs like “Once Upon a Time”, “With These Hands” and “Delilah”. His net worth also continued to rise.
Following this success, Tom made his first television appearance on US TV in “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Jones had his own television show, “This is Tom Jones” that aired in USA as well in Britain, from 1969 to 1971. Through the 1970`s Jones had many international tours, booking all the major arenas, which significantly contributed to his net worth. He also started his own record label, “MAM Records”. During the 1980s he used his fame and influence to cooperate with other musicians, which included Van Morrison and Prince.
Tom Jones career developed even more in the 1990`s, as he appeared on big screens in the films “Mars Attacks” and “Agnes Brown”. He has also been cast in the animated series, “The Simpson”, starring as himself. In 2000 came his big hit “Sex Bomb”, which although it didn`t peak at No.1, but on No.17 on British charts, added a considerable amount to his net worth and fame. His latest album was released in 2012 under the Island Records, named “Spirit in the Room”.
Needless is to say that most of his albums went platinum and gold multiple times. Jones has received numerous awards throughout his career, his first award was already mentioned, Grammy for Best New Music Artist in 1996. Later awards include two British awards, first in 2000 for Best Brit Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. He has also received an MTV Award for Best Music Video in 1989 and in that same year he received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame which is at 6608 Hollywod Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Regarding his personal life and interests, Jones has been married since 1957 to Melinda; despite his alleged adulteries, the couple is still married, and have a son, Mark, who became his manager after the death of Gordon Mills in 1986. Jones is recognized as a big spender; in 1974, the whole family moved to the USA and he bought Dean Martin`s old home in upper-class Bel Air area in which he still lives.
In addition to all his awards, in Queen Elizabeth granted Jones the honor of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995, and also he has been knighted in 2005 as a part of the Queen`s New Years Honours.
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