Yoko Ono, who was born on Feb, 18, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan, is a musician, artist, and peace activist who is perhaps most famous for her long time relationship with Beatle’s legend John Lennon. As of today, Ono’s net worth lies somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million.
She was married to Lennon from 1969 until his death in 1980. Much of her wealth comes from the career of her husband Lennon, but her own successful career as a musician and artist accounts for a good portion of it in later years of her life.
While her marriage to Lennon clearly have increased her popularity significantly, Ono is also an extremely accomplished musician in her own right. She is credited by many with popularizing New Wave music, which is a genre associated with both pop and rock.
Much of her musical success has been due to just how versatile of a musician that she is. She has had multiple No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart, which includes her April 2003 hit Walking on Thin Ice and November 2004 Everyman… Everywoman… Many of her songs and titles have been remixed by modern DJs and dance artists.
After Lennon was shot and killed by a fan outside their apartment in New York, Ono began to explore new ways to build her presence as an artist. Her movement towards art following his death was seen by many to be a symptom of her grieving.
Ono, who has not re-married since the death of Lennon, also consistently works to preserve his legacy in any way possible. She funded and helped start the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan, although the museum was closed in 2010. In addition, she is consistently involved in philanthropic efforts aiming to bring about peace to the world in the name of Lennon.