Born and raised into an aristocrat family, Yoko Ono is one of the widely known figures in the world who has made major philanthropic contributions to various fields that range from art to Japan disaster relief.
The multimedia artist and peace activist, Ono first came to the limelight and became internationally popular as the wive and artistic partner of one of the great musicians The Beatles’ John Lennon. The couple married in 1969 and was together until Lennon was shot by a deranged fan in 1980. Following his tragic death, Ono has honored the memory of Lennon inaugurating a number of projects, including a biennial $50,000 LennonOno Grant for Peace and more.
Other than that, Ono is also a successful musician and filmmaker. She was named as the oldest artist to have a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart at the age of 78 years, after releasing Move on Fast in 1973.
How Much Yoko Ono Net Worth In 2020?
Along with her prolific career, Yoko Ono is also enjoying a tremendous amount of net worth. As per Celebrity Net Worth, the artist has $600 million net worth as of 2020.
Yoko received critical acclaim after coming with her chart-topping album Double Fantasy in 1980. The artist also released many other hit albums. Some of them are mentioned below,
|Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (1968)||$30,000|
|Unfinished Music No.2: Life (1969)||$60,000|
|Blueprint for a Sunrise (2001)||$3,000|
Besides, Ono also has won many accolades for her great contribution to the arts. In 2009, she won a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale.
Moreover, the artist likewise received the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria’s highest award for applied contemporary art as well as $26,400 money.
Bought Lennon’s Childhood Mansion In 251 Menlove Avenue
In mid-2002, Yoko Ono paid £150,000 ($1701420) for her late husband John Lennon’s childhood home at 251 Menlove Avenue in Liverpool, England. She later donated the property to the National Trust.
Ono also has a house n Franklin, New York. Furthermore, the musician sold her Greenwich Village condo for $8.3 million in April 2014. Yoko purchased the house for her son Sean Lennon, in 1995 at 49 Downing Street. It was first on the market in July 2013 for $8.9 million. But, the house again listed for $6.5 million in November of that year.
It features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a first-floor studio space. The 5,700-square-foot mansion also includes a private entrance, greenhouse, a library, garage, elevator, and a terrace.
In Sep 2014, Lennon’s seaside mansion at 720 South Ocean Boulevard sold for $23 million.
Is A Great Peace Activist
The multimedia artist Yoko Ono is notable for her peace activism rather than the professional achievement. She has spent the majority of her life promoting world peace along with her late husband John Lennon. Married in 1969, the couple celebrated their honeymoon with Bed-Ins for Peace, organizing one at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and one at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal for public protests against.
In 1997, along with the BMI Foundation, Yoko established an annual music competition program to honor John Lennon’s memory. The BMI Foundation’s John Lennon Scholarships gave $350,000 to emerging musicians in the United States.
On 27th March 2011, Ono organized a benefit concert with her son Sean to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Japan and the effort collected a total of $33,000.
Yoko also supports many other organizations such as Elton John AIDS Foundation, Free Arts NYC, Jerry Garcia Foundation, Playing For Change Foundation, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, The Doe Fund, and The Gorilla Organization as well.
Is From A Wealthy Japanese Family
Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan to Isoko Ono and Yeisuke Ono. Her father was a banker and classical pianist. She grew up along with her two younger siblings Setsuko Ono, a sister and Keisuke Ono, a brother.
Ono attended the elite Peers School in Tokyo. In 1940, the family of five moved to New York. She later enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College but dropped out the college in order to elope with her then-future husband Toschi Ichiyanagi.
Yoko also became the first-ever woman to have accepted into the philosophy program of Gakushuin University.
Relationship With John Lennon
Yoko Ono tied the knot with her third husband John Lennon, on 20th March 1969. The couple first came across after Lennon visited her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London in November 1966. The couple reportedly started dating after 18-month and married in 1969.
They also involved in several, film, and musical projects together. The two were also notable for their series of “conceptual events”, emphasizing peace all over the world.
They welcomed their son named Sean Ono Lennon on October 9, 1975. Sean is also a musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The two were together until a deranged fan Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in 1980.
Furthermore, when the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1990, Ono personally invested her money to have billboards of her husband’s blood-laden spectacles be put up in NY and LA to mourn the similar and equally senseless tragedy.
Did You Know? The Beatles fan highly criticized her as she was claimed to be the reason for the break up of the band led by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Ono previously married Tosi Ichiyanagi from 1956 to 1962. On 28th November 1962, the artist went on to marry her second husband Anthony Cox, a jazz musician, film producer. The couple also has a daughter Kyoko Chan Cox, born on August 8, 1963.