About Bob Marley
Bob Marley, real name Nesta Robert Marley, was one of the greatest reggae musicians that ever lived. Bob started his professional career in the early 1960s, appearing with reggae, rocksteady and ska band The Wailers. As the singer gained prominence, the band was renamed Bob Marley & The Wailers. The most characteristic features of his songs are soft melodies and lyrics, which often consider social and cultural issues. Among Marley’s greatest works are such hits as “No Woman No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “Stir It Up”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Redemption Song”, “Jamming”, “Three Little Birds”, “Buffalo Soldier” and “One Love”. He is also credited for the popularization of Rastafari movement and Reggae music. Bob Marley net worth is estimated at $130 million dollars.
Marley’s fortune is not particularly surprising, having in mind that even more than 30 years after his death, Marley remains the best selling reggae musician that has ever lived. During his career Bob and his band have sold more than 75 million records. His album Legend alone distributed over 10 million copies in the United States and 25 million worldwide, adding a solid sum to Bob Marley net worth or to be more exact, boosting his relatives’ fortune.
Bob was born in Jamaica, Saint Ann Parish city, to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cadella Booker. His father’s ancestors originated from Britain, while his mother was Afro-Jamaican. There was a huge age difference between Bob’s parents: at the time of giving birth to Marley, Cadella was eighteen, while Norval was already turning 60. He married the girl while she was pregnant with his son and later provided her with financial aid. However, Norval used to spend most of his time traveling and was seldom there for his son. He died after a heart attack when Bob was 10. Back in the day Bob Marley net worth was equal to zero, thus following Norval’s death the boy and his mother had to move to a slum neighbor hood.
Bob started his professional career in the early 1960s, performing with fellow Jamaican musicians Beverley Kelso, Bunny Wailer, Cherry Smith, Junior Braithwaite and peter Tosh. Initially the group called itself “The Teenagers”, but later changed their name to “The Wailing Rudeboys”, “The Wailing Wailers” and finally to “The Wailers”. Bob Marley net worth growth shifted to the higher gear in 1973, following the release of his fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. Although back in the day the album hardly got on Billboard 200 charts, since the early 1970s it has been re-released several times and sold millions of copies. Catch a Fire was also ranked 126th on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums list.