Jimmy Buffett
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United States

Mailboat Records


Artist / Founder

“Wasting away” is not an option when you’re arguably music’s most enterprising businessman. On 2018’s Forbes Celebrity 100, Buffett was ranked 47th biggest moneymaker, with an estimated $51 million in earnings. Seeing how his amphitheater dates regularly gross from $850,000 to $1.2 million a night, he could clearly do just fine with no outside businesses. But his Margaritaville Holdings, with some 70 restaurants, bars, hotels and resorts and over-55 communities selling variations on the beach-bum lifestyle, brings in between $1.5 billion and $2 billion annually. He had the rare cloudy day in May, when the musical “Escape to Margaritaville” closed on Broadway after a few short, poorly reviewed months, but the show may find its sea legs as it heads out on a national tour.


  • Margaritaville Holdings
  • Tales from Margaritaville


  • University of Southern Mississippi (Mississippi, US)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Matthew Mcconaughey's 'The Beach Bum' Was Inspired by Two Jimmy Buffett Songs

Matthew Mcconaughey's 'The Beach Bum' Was Inspired by Two Jimmy Buffett Songs

Director Harmony Korine may have been wastin' away again in Margaritaville when he came up with the idea for "The Beach Bum."According to Jimmy Buffett, his songs "Margaritaville" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty" inspired the stoner comedy, and his friendship with Korine landed him a role in the film."He was telling me about the whole thing and that it was based on some songs I had written," Buffett told Variety at the film's premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on...


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