How Much Is Dolly Parton Worth?

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With a career spanning over four decades, Dolly Parton has made a name for herself entertaining the world with her music, movies and theme park. Best known for the iconic songs “Jolene,” “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You,” Parton has a net worth of $600 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Dolly Parton’s Net Worth: $600 Million

Parton made her fortune through an entertainment empire that she built with years of hard work. She has created more than 40 top-10 country albums and won nine Grammy awards — a testament to the popularity of her music. Her movies have also been popular at the box office. “9 to 5,” for example, was the second-highest grossing movie of 1980 behind only “The Empire Strikes Back.”

She earned $10 million in the early 1990s from Whitney Houston’s cover of the song “I Will Always Love You.” Parton also owns several entertainment properties, including Dollywood, hotels and resorts and live-action shows.

  • Net Worth: $600 million
  • Date of Birth: Jan. 19, 1946
  • Primary Sources of Wealth: Singing, acting, businesses
  • Career Highlights: 25 No. 1 singles, 41 top-10 country albums, nine Grammy awards

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Dolly Parton’s Career Timeline

Dolly Parton’s career started when she appeared on “The Cas Walker Show” at the age of nine. That performance led to a deal with Goldband Records. After graduating from high school, Dolly moved to Nashville and started working as a songwriter. Her first single as a country artist hit the No. 24 spot on the country chart.

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Parton’s career got a boost when she started appearing on “The Porter Wagoner Show.” Porter helped her sign with Victor Records and became her producer and business partner. She scored a number one hit in 1973 with the song “Jolene,” but her biggest hit to date is Whitney Houston’s cover of the song “I Will Always Love You.” Houston’s version stayed at the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

In addition to her successful recording career, Parton has worked as an actress; she had notable roles in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “9 to 5” and “Steel Magnolias.”

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Dolly Parton’s Philanthropy

Parton is well-known for her philanthropy. Through her Dollywood Foundation, she supports initiatives like the Imagination Library and the Mountain Tough Recovery Team. In April 2020, she donated $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Team. The money helped fund COVID-19 vaccine trials and research into antibody therapies.

Dolly Parton’s Real Estate

Dolly Parton and her husband purchased their Brentwood home in 1999 for $400,000. She also owns several entertainment properties besides Dollywood — these include the DreamMore Resort and Spa, Smoky Mountain Opry and cabins in the Smoky Mountains.

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About the Author

With more than 20 years of experience as a freelance writer, Allison Hache knows a thing or two about creating quality content. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree from the University of Florida. Her work has been featured on national and local websites.

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