Yoko Ono Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Yoko Ono is a renowned Japanese singer, contemporary artist, and filmmaker. Coming from a wealthy and educated background, she chose to make a career in singing and performance art, which brought her both positive and negative publicity.
Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in Tokyo, as the eldest of three children, in a wealthy banking family to Eisuke Ono and Isoko Yasuda Ono.
Her father was transferred to San Francisco two weeks before her birth and hence, was able to meet her only when the family shifted to the US in 1935.
The family returned back to Japan in 1937, where she secured admission in the Gakushuin School. In 1940, the family relocated to New York City and back to Hanoi next year, where she attended Keimei Gakuen primary school.
She went to Scarsdale, New York, in 1951 with her family and enrolled in Sarah Lawrence College, but left midway in 1956.
She married Toshi Ichiyanagi in 1956. Sadly, the marriage was short-lived and the two separated in 1962, after which she was admitted in a mental hospital briefly for clinical depression.
She was released from the mental hospital by Anthony Cox, whom she married in June 1963. The couple had a daughter, Kyoko Chan Cox, in August 1963. This marriage too did not work and they divorced in 1969.
Her third marriage to founder member of Beatles rock band, John Lennon, (in March 1969), saw a series of break-ups and patch-ups after he got involved with his personal assistant, May Pang.
The couple had a son, Sean Taro Ono Lennon, in October 1975. The relationship ended with Lennon’s murder in December 1980.
She was reported to having a romantic affair with Sam Havadtoy, a Hungarian dealer of antiques, which ended in 2001.
Her son, Sean, is a popular musician and composer, who recorded the album ‘Rising’ with her under his band Ima Rising, in 1995. In 2008, he formed another group ‘The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’.
Her loft events held on Chamber Streets caught the attention of leading New York’s avant-garde artists, which won her an opportunity to work with leading musicians, like Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, George Maciunas and Nam June Paik.
She went to Tokyo to live with her parents after her first marriage failed, where she met American jazz musician and filmmaker Anthony Cox and returned to New York with her new family, to take up performance art.
She performed her first seminal act, ‘Cut Piece’ in Tokyo, which was well-received. She repeated her acts in Manhattan and London, in 1965 and 1966 respectively, which made her a sensation in the art world.
In 1966, she made an artistic ad film ‘Bottoms’ after 365 friends and volunteers agreed to get their naked buttocks photographed, as part of an experiment with performance art.
She met John Lennon at the preview of her art exhibition in London in 1966, with whom she collaborated on several musical and artistic projects.
The duo released their first album ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ and an experimental piece ‘Revolution 9’ in ‘The White Album’. ‘Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions’ and ‘The Wedding Album’ followed soon after.
They formed their own band, Plastic Ono Band, in 1969 and launched their first album ‘Live Peace in Toronto 1969’. A year later, Ono recorded her first solo album ‘Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band’ which was listed at #182 on the US charts.
She released a double album ‘Fly’ in 1971, followed by a protest-song album ‘Sometime in New York City’ in 1972. The following year, she came up with two solo albums, ‘Feeling the Space’ and ‘Approximately Infinite Universe’.
Following the death of her husband Lennon, she released a soulful and grieving solo album ‘Season of Glass’ in 1981 and an optimistic album ‘It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)’ in 1982.
She released a series of albums in the following years, such as ‘Every Man has a Woman’, ‘Milk and Honey’, and ‘Starpeace’, before switching back to visual and performance art.
She debuted at Off-Broadway with her musical ‘New York Rock’ in 1994. This was followed by the re-issue of her solo albums on CD by Rykodisc Records in 1997.
Yoko Ono, a Japanese artist and peace activist has a net worth of $600 million dollars. During the 2000s, she returned to music, recording various albums, like ‘Blueprint for a Sunrise’, ‘Walking on Thin Ice (Remixes)’, ‘Yes, I’m a Witch’, ‘Between My Head and the Sky’ and ‘Yokokimthurston’, which became top hits.
Her autobiography ‘Memories of John Lennon’ was released in 2005.