Japanese singer-songwriter-artist Yoko Ono also works as a peace activist and painter. Her most prominent identity, however, is that of the late musician and singer John Lennon’s wife.
The artist is now a wealthy woman thanks her marriage to Lennon and her various career choices. Here is a rundown of how Yoko Ono amassed her estimated $700 million in wealth.
Yoko Ono entered the world on February 18, 1933, in Tokyo. Ono grew up in a wealthy banking family as the eldest of three children.
As a result of her father’s transfer to San Francisco two weeks before her birth, he did not get to meet her until the family moved to the United States in 1935.
After her first marriage ended in divorce, Yoko Ono relocated to Tokyo to be closer to her parents. There, she met American jazz musician and filmmaker Anthony Cox, and the two had a child.
In Tokyo, she gave her breakthrough performance, titled “Cut Piece,” which received positive reviews. In 1965 and 1966, she performed the same stunts in New York City and London, respectively, which caused quite a stir in the art world.
It was at the opening of her London art show in 1966 that Ono first met John Lennon, with whom she would later work on a number of musical and artistic endeavors.
Both the album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins and the experimental piece Revolution 9 were included in the groundbreaking album The White Album, which was released by the duo.
New York Rock, her musical, premiered Off-Broadway in 1994. After this, in 1997, Rykodisc Records reissued her solo albums on CD.
She resumed her musical career in the 2000s, releasing several critically acclaimed albums such as “Blueprint for a Sunrise,” “Walking on Thin Ice (Remixes),” “Yes, I’m a Witch,” “Between My Head and the Sky,” and “Yokokimthurston.”
Having Fun With John Lennon
In 1966, John Lennon visited a Yoko Ono conceptual art exhibit for the first time. They eventually started chatting, and feelings quickly developed. John Lennon and Yoko Ono made love while recording the Two Virgins album at Ono’s home.
When Mrs. Lennon returned from their trip the following morning, she found Yoko Ono lounging around the house in her robe.
They later divorced, and Yoko Ono became pregnant with Lennon’s child; however, the pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Next, Ono and Lennon participated in anti-war protests, notably through “Bed-Ins for Peace.” In 1969, they tied the knot legally.
In the years that followed, Yoko Ono worked closely with both John Lennon and the surviving members of the Beatles. She and John Lennon wrote the Beatles’ “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” and recorded it for their album Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins.
Lennon and Ono started their own group in 1969 called the Plastic Ono Band. Ono’s first solo album, titled Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, was released in 1970. Fly, Ono’s subsequent album, was released in 1971.
The Beatles had already broken up, and Ono had moved to New York City with John Lennon. A rift developed between them, and by 1973, they were no longer together.
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono finally patched things up in 1975, she became pregnant with Sean, the musician’s second son. It was at this point that John Lennon went on his extended break from making music, which lasted until shortly before his death in 1980.
In addition to being a successful artist and peace activist, Yoko Ono of Japan is worth an estimated $700 million. The public recognizes her for her outspoken advocacy of global peace and her marriage to John Lennon.
Following the death of her husband, she devoted herself to helping others through a number of charitable organizations. She also writes and illustrates books and makes experimental films in addition to her other artistic endeavors.
John was worth $200 million at the time of his death in 1980, while George Harrison was worth $100 million, Ringo was worth $80 million, and Paul had amassed around $400 million.
John left his entire fortune to Yoko, and in the decades since his death, she has made hundreds of millions of dollars from licensing deals, royalties on merchandise, and other sources.