Dolly Parton, the American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist, who is famous for her songs “Here You Come Again,” “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5” has a net worth estimated at $500 million. Parton, who began a career as a songwriter, is one of the very few female country artists with a record of over 40 top-10 country albums. Parton is also a businesswoman, who owns her record label and a theme park. Parton is also an author and enjoys royalties from the sale of her books as well as her music.

Early Life

Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, U.S. Parton grew up in an extremely poor condition. However, music played a pivotal role in her life. She began to sing in the Church when she was six and started to play guitar at the age of eight.

Parton is married to Carl Thomas since 1966, and the couple has no children.

Career

Music

Parton, when she was just a child began singing on local radio and television programs. After graduating from high school in 1964, she signed with Combined Publishing as a songwriter. When she was 19, she signed with Monument Records and even pitched as a pop singer.

After releasing a series of singles, she expressed her desire to record county material and her first country single “Dumb Blonde,” reached number 24 on the country chart in 1967.

With a rise in fame, Parton joined country music entertainer Porter Wagoner on his weekly syndicated television program “The Porter Wagoner Show” in 1967. After being successful as a songwriter, Parton made her album debut in 1967, with her album “Hello, I’m Dolly.” Her songs, both as a solo artist and her duets with Porter Wagoner soon peaked on the top of several charts for almost two decades.

During the 1990s however, Parton was not commercially successful, and her album sales took a plunge. In the new millennium, however, Parton founded her record label, Dolly Records and released albums which again peaked at the charts.

Other Ventures

Parton co-owns The Dollywood Company, which operates a waterpark called The Dollywood Splash Country, a dinner theatre venture called Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and a theme park called Dollywood.

Books

Parton has authored few books including a cookbook “Dolly Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food,” Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, Dream More, Coat of Many Colors, and I am a Rainbow.

Acting

While she was appearing in The Porter Wagon Show, Parton was offered several roles in the movies and TV shows. Her films include 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Straight Talk, Gnomeo & Juliet and Joyful Noise.

She has also guest appeared on TV shows like Hollywood Squares, Fifty Years of Country Music, Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to remember, 17 Kids and Counting and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

Achievements and Awards

In about six decades of career, Parton has received several awards for her music, movies and her service. 25 of her single or album releases are Gold Record, Platinum Record, or Multi-Platinum Record. She is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards, to name a few.

In 1999, she got inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The world’s first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep was named after Parton.

Dolly Parton Net Worth

Dolly Parton’s net worth estimates at $500 million. Parton has managed to earn her wealth through her album sales, concert tours, and royalties received from her album sales. She was also named as the wealthiest country music star in 1998 by Nashville Business. Grown up in a low-income family condition, Parton is known to be a down to earth person.

Houses and Cars

Parton owns and lives in her 63-acre property in Brentwood, Tennessee.

She drives a Cadillac Escalade hybrid.

Philanthropy

Parton is a philanthropist and has been involving in several charities since the mid-80s through her Dollywood Foundation. Parton formed “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” to mail one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten.

In 2006, Parton donated $500,000 toward the construction of hospital and cancer centre.

In 2016, Parton participated in the telethon in response to the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires and reportedly raised over $9 million.

Parton supports other organizations like Boot Campaign, Cancer Research UK, Dogs Deserve Better, Operation Once in a Lifetime and Save the Music Foundation.

Conclusion

Parton is the most honoured female country performer of all time. From a songwriter to a successful businesswoman, Parton has had a very influencing journey.  Undoubtedly, Dolly Parton net worth of $500 million is a well accumulated one.