Michael Bolton Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Michael Bolotin was born on 26 February 1953, in New Heaven, Connecticut USA, of Jewish-Russian descent. Known professionally by his stage name Michael Bolton, he is a singer and songwriter continuously maintaining his reputation as a globally recognized soul music performer. Mostly praised for his immensely sensual tenor voice and powerful love ballads, Michael has won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance, six American Music Awards, and been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

So how rich is Michael Bolton? According to authoritative sources, Bolton’s net worth is estimated to be $60 million, most of it undoubtedly accumulated during his singing career which began in the mid-1970s. Perhaps the largest share of all his commercial success has been collected from more than 53 million albums and singles sold.

Michael Bolton Net Worth $60 Million

It’s interesting to know how this singer made his way up the career ladder – Michael Bolton is the last born child to a Jewish family of three children. Father George and mother Helen, née Gubin went their separate ways when he was very young. The very first song Michael wrote was to the girl who he was in love with in his early teen-age years, and from that moment he found an excitement and passion in the music world. His birth name Bolotin – from his Russian grandfather – appeared on the singer’s first solo album (Michael Bolotin) released in 1975. At the same time, Michael joined the hard-rock band Blackjack as the lead singer, and continued performing with a list of rock ballads, that were recorded in the late ’70 and early ’80s, although none of these were particularly successful commercially, so didn’t bring him or the group much popularity.

However, a considerable part of Michael’s success has been  related to songwriting. After anglicising his name to Bolton, he wrote for Barbra Streisand (“We’re not making love anymore”), Cher (“I found someone”), but his breakthrough came with the song How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (co-written with Dug Jamsen), which turned into a great hit for Laura Branigan in 1983. Soon after, Michael released his fifth solo album Hunger featuring two main hits: That’s What Love is All About and Otis Redding cover “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”. It was obvious that these soulful songs opened the doors to international success, and contributed significantly to his net worth, as the album shipped four million copies worldwide, and in addition was certified double platinum. Two years later, Michael released the album Soul Provider (1989), led by the hit single How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, which has been played many millions of times, and earned him his first Grammy Award – as Michael has mentioned himself, he is personally proudest of this song. The album also recorded more than 10 million copies sold worldwide. In fact, his gentle voice and ballads, performed in the American soul style, were hugely acknowledged by his fans over the world.

Soon after, the album “Time, Love & Tenderness(1991) came by with the hit When a Man Loves a Woman” – this album did even better, selling over 16 million copies, and as well as popularity in markets and on charts, and for the song “When a Man Loves a Woman Michael received his second Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. It is also interesting to notice that one of the major hits – Love Is a Wonderful Thing” – became the subject of plagiarism against Michael Bolton, as the Isley Brothers song, which was recorded about 25 years before, has the same title and some similar lyrics. Despite Bolton’s arguments protesting any legal liability, in 2001 the US Supreme Court supported The Isley Brother’s case and has awarded them two thirds of the past, present, and future revenues from the sale of singles, and 28 percent from sales of the album “Time, Love, and Tenderness”. According to authoritative sources, so far Bolton has lost up to $5.4 million.

Despite this unpleasant fact, to date the singer’s music career has been continuing successfully: until recently, he has released 18 studio albums, of which eight reached the top 10 in various music charts around the world, and are certainly a major source of his net worth. He has made cameo appearances in a couple of films, though, usually as himself. He also partnered  Lucy Lawless in the Fox network’s program “Celebrity Duets” in 2006, and Chelsie Hightower in “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010, unsuccessfully. Michael released his autobiography – “The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life” – in 2013.

Although being sensual with his songs, Michael Bolton seems to be dubious about his personal life. He married Maureen McGuire in 1975, but they broke up after 15 years of living together, and their three daughters Isa, Holly, and Taryn, decided to live with the father. In 1992 Michael started to date the actress from “Desperate Housewives”, Nicollette Sheridan, an on-off relationship which continued until 2008 when they finally went their separate ways. In one interview Michael Bolton revealed that he has been enjoying being single, and that music is his only real love.

Because of his success anchored in the music world, today the singer is able to spend much of his time working for charity, particularly through Michael Bolton Charities aimed at supporting women and children in poverty. Additionally, he serves both Prevent Child Abuse America and  This Close for Cancer Research as honorary chairman.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 26, 1953
Birth place: New Heaven, Connecticut USA
Profession:Singer, songwriter, musician, film producer, actor
Partner:Nicollette Sheridan (1992-1995 (1992-1995), 2005-2008)
Spouse:Maureen McGuire (m. 1975- 1990)
Children:Isa, Holly, Taryn
Parents:George Bolotin, Helen Bolotin
Siblings:Orrin Bolotin, Sandra Bolotin
Awards:Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (1990 (1990), 19920, American Music Awards, Lewis Hine Award (National Child Labor Committee), Martin Luther King Award (Congress of Racial Equality), Ellis Island Medal of Honor (National Ethnic Coalition)
Record labels:RCA‎, ‎Columbia‎, ‎Jive‎, ‎Concord
Music groups:Blackjack (1979-1980)
Nominations:Primetime Emmy Award, Juno Awards, People's Choice Award, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist (1995)
Movies:Meet Wally Sparks (1997), Snow Dogs (2002), Good Advice (2001), The Onion Movie (2008), The Other Side of the Tracks (2008)
TV shows:Fresh Off the Boat (2017), Michael Bolton's Big, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight (2015), Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017), Two and a Half Men (2012-2014), Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America (2005),
Albums:Michael Bolotin (1975), Everyday of My Life (1976), Michael Bolton (1983), Everybody's Crazy (1985), One World One Love (2009), Gems: The Duets Collection / Duette (2011), Ain't No Mountain High Enough–Tribute to Hitsville (2013), Songs of Cinema (2017)
Books:The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life (2013)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Sings very much like Christian singer Phil Driscoll.
2Was frontman in the American rock band Blackjack.
3All of his grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
4Admits to being unable to whistle, and hence the necessity to dub the whistling solo on his 1987 cover of Otis Redding's 1968 hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay".
5He was awarded the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
6Michael and Nicollette Sheridan have called off their engagement {August 26, 2008].
7Kanye West sampled Bolton's song "Maybe It's The Power Of Love" on the track "Never Let You Down" (featuring Jay Z & Saul Williams) on his "College Dropout" album, which went multi-platinum.
8Re-Released the DVD "Best of Michael Bolton Live" to coincide with a sold-out world tour, and headlining festival gigs in South Africa and the Caribbean.
9Engaged to Nicollette Sheridan [March 14, 2006].
10Has a brother, Orrin and a sister, Sandra
11Three daughters: Isa, Holly and Taryn
12Is a vegetarian.
13Was sued successfully by Ronald Isley and The Isley Brothers, for the fact that Bolton's song, "Love is a Wonderful Thing", sounded similar to a song the Isleys composed with the same title. They won a 5.4 million dollar award in a jury trial against Bolton.
14Dated actress Nicollette Sheridan
15He won a Grammy in 1990 for Best Male Pop Vocal for "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You."
16He got custody of his daughters with the divorce.
17Has announced plans to auction off the hair he cut in 1998.
18Singer


Trademarks

#Trademark
1His powerful 4-octave vocal range
2Deep vocals


Quotes

#Quote
1I've been all about humor and all about laughing since I was a kid. That's just who I am. I've been kicked out of every class. Andy [Samberg] and I were talking about that. Neither one of us had our Bar Mitzvah because we couldn't take Hebrew school seriously.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on August 27, 2002 at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music and LyricsTerror at Home: Domestic Violence in America (2005)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016performer: "Incredible Thoughts"
American Crime Story2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song ReviewsTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Two and a Half Men2012-2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Home & Family2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The X Factor2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duets2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
MacGruber2010performer: "Love is a Wonderful Thing" / writer: "Love is a Wonderful Thing"
It Takes Two2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2003-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Patinando por un sueñoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Idols2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Man of the Year2006performer: "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
Belíssima2005TV Series performer: "All The Way"
Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America2005TV Movie documentary performer: "The Tears of the Angels" / writer: "The Tears of the Angels"
América2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol2002-2005TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love the '90sTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Canadian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Snow Dogs2002performer: "Dance With Me", "When A Man Loves A Woman", "Time, Love And Tenderness", "As" / producer: "As" / writer: "Dance With Me"
The CloneTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV Special performer: "Go The Distance"
Hercules1997performer: "Go the Distance End Titles"
Meet Wally Sparks1997performer: "Georgia On My Mind"
Der Schattenmann1996TV Series writer: "Whenever You Close Your Eyes"
Beavis and Butt-Head1994-1995TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1995 writer - 2 episodes, 1995
Stars in Their Eyes1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Only You1994performer: "Once In A Lifetime" / writer: "Once In A Lifetime"
Saved by the Bell1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parker Lewis Can't Lose1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D.1991TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Race for Glory1989writer: "Any Man's Country"
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV Movie performer: "Yesterday", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"
Sing1989performer: "One More Time"
Alien Nation1988performer: "SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY"
Back to School1986performer: "Everybody's Crazy" / writer: "Everybody's Crazy"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016Michael Bolton
Lovesick2016/IIShortMr. Diamond
Glee2015TV SeriesMichael Bolton
Two and a Half Men2012-2015TV SeriesMichael Bolton
Saturday Night Live2012TV SeriesVarious
High Voltage2002Michael Volt
Hercules: Zero to Hero1999Video
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesMichael Bolton
The Nanny1998TV SeriesMichael Bolton
Meet Wally Sparks1997Michael Bolton

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gotta Keep Dreamin2016Documentary executive producer / producer post-production
The Other Side of the Tracks2008executive producer
Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America2005TV Movie documentary executive producer
Offside2001Short executive producer
Good Advice2001executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gotta Keep Dreamin2016Documentary post-production

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rockopop1991TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Lead Vocals
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHimself
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dionne and Friends1990TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual American Music Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988-1989TV SeriesHimself
Grammy Living Legends1989TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Soul Train1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Today1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
Wired1988TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Solid Gold1988TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits1988TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
New American Bandstand 19651987TV SeriesHimself
VH1 New Visions1987TV SeriesHimself - Host
Gotta Keep Dreamin2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Loose Women2006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
Office Space with Michael Bolton2015ShortHimself
Repeat After Me2015TV SeriesHimself
National Television Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Presenter
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
American Music Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The X Factor2013TV SeriesHimself
The Xtra Factor2013TV SeriesHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2013TV SeriesHimself
The Wright Stuff2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2006-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2013TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Music Guest
A Hollywood Christmas Celebration at the Grove2012TV MovieHimself
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
Die Helene Fischer Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The X Factor2011TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Perfomer
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live1991-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends2011Himself
José Carreras Gala2010TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2010TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time2010DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shouto na Slavi2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Richard & Judy's New Position2008TV SeriesHimself
Susana Giménez2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHimself
The Onion Movie2008Himself
Clash of the Choirs2007TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Michael Bolton: Best of Michael Bolton Live2007VideoHimself
The Dame Edna Treatment2007TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin2007TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade2006TV SpecialHimself
75th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2006TV SpecialHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Strictly Come Dancing2006TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Duets2006TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
A Capitol Fourth2006TV SpecialHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Punk'd2006TV SeriesHimself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom: The Disney Songbook2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Musicians for Disaster Relief 05'2005TV MovieHimself
Diary of a Political Tourist2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Back by Midnight2004Himself
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today with Des and Mel2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Noche de fiesta2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Música sí1997-2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Miss España 20022002TV MovieHimself
BingoLotto2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Først & sist2002TV SeriesHimself
American Veteran Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Snow Dogs2002Himself - Special Appearance
2000 y una noche2000TV MovieHimself
PremiosTP de Oro 19992000TV MovieHimself
Mundo VIP1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
The Roseanne Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Michael Bolton: My Secret Passion - Live from Catania1998TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Late Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
Essence Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Risas y estrellas1998TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
ZDF Hitparade1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Live by Request: Michael Bolton1998TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Especial Nochevieja 1997: Seguimos siendo la primera1997TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
Light Lunch1997TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1997TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Narrator
Top of the Pops1990-1997TV SeriesHimself
Vibe1997TV SeriesHimself
Disney's Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra1997TV MovieHimself - Performer
Macy's 21st Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular1997TV SpecialHimself
Merry Christmas from Vienna1996TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine1996TV SpecialHimself
30th Annual Country Music Association Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Late Show with David Letterman1995-1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pavarotti & Friends Together for the Children of Bosnia1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Guest Performer
1995 Billboard Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Esto es espectáculo1995TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 1995 ESPY Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 22nd Annual American Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Elvis: The Tribute1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
VH1 Honors1994TV SpecialHimself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
This Is Michael Bolton1994TV MovieHimself
The 1993 Billboard Music Awards1993TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Encantada de la vida1993TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special1993TV SpecialHimself
A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre1993TV MovieHimself
Taratata1993TV SeriesHimself
Center Stage1993TV SeriesHimself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
Simply Mad About the Mouse1991Himself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music1991TV Special documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Austropop-Legenden2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2016TV SeriesHimself
¡Jo, que noche!2014TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2013TV SeriesHimself
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media2008Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHimself

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