Bobbie Gentry Net Worth

February 2, 2023
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Roberta Lee Streeter was born on 267 July 1942, in Chickasaw County, Mississippi USA, and is a former singer in the genre country music, one of the first female country artists who wrote songs themselves, usually accompanying herself on the guitar. From the early ‘60s, her songs regularly hit the Hot Country Songs as well as the Billboard Hot 100; her best known song is “Ode to Billie Joe”. In 1978 her last album was released, and in 1981 she last performed. Since that time she has lead a private life.

How much is the net worth of Bobbie Gentry? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the outright size of her wealth is as much as $8 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2017. Music is the main sources of Gentry net worth.


Bobbie Gentry Net Worth $8 Million


To begin with, the girl was raised in the state of Mississippi; her parents divorced shortly after her birth and she was raised on her grandparents farm. When she was seven, her grandmother exchanged a milk cow for a piano, on which Bobby learnt to play, and she also taught herself to play various other musical instruments: guitar, banjo, bass and vibraphone. She went to school in Greenwood, but when she was 13 years old, she moved to Arcadia, California, where she lived with her mother.

She adopted her stage name from a film depicting a poor backwoods girl – Ruby Gentry – and began her music career by performing in clubs where country music was played, and wrote songs about her native Mississippi. She matriculated, and then studied philosophy at the UCLA in Los Angeles, living by herself, singing in nightclubs and posing as a model. From university she enrolled at the conservatory, taking Music Theory and Compositional Studies.

In 1963, together with pop singer Jody Reynolds she recorded her first single “Requiem for Love”, although the disc did nothing. The breakthrough for Bobbie Gentry came in 1967 when she recorded the song “Mississippi Delta” under the Capitol Records label. However, her best known song became “Ode to Billie Joe” (1967), about the suicide of Billy Joe MacAllister, which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and sold well on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean too – 13th place on the UK Singles Chart, and in the Netherlands 12th place. Her album with the same title was ranked first in the Billboard 200, so contributing significantly to her net worth. In 1976, the director Max Baer Jr. made the movie “Ode to Billy Joe”.

In 1968, the “Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell” album was released, which was a great success, receiving three Grammy Awards for the Best New Artist, Best Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance categories. Gentry had a number one hit in the UK in 1969 with the song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, and in 1970, “Fancy” – about a poor family woman who does not always make her way to get ahead in the world – became a hit.

From 1968 to 1978, Bobbie Gentry regularly performed in television shows in the US, Canada and the UK. She also had her own show in a Las Vegas nightclub, for which she wrote and arranged the music and even designed the costumes and directed the choreography. However, at the end of the 1970s she began to lose interest in the music and show world. Her, ultimately last single “He Did Me Wrong, But He Did It Right” was unsuccessful commercially, then in 1981, she was last seen on television in the show “All-Star Salute to Mother’s Day”, after which she disappeared from public life.

Finally, in the personal life of the singer, Bobbie Gentry has been married three times, but all lasted less than a year – firstly to Bill Harrah (1969-70), then to Tom Toutant (1976-77), and lastly to singer Jim Stafford (1978-79) with whom she has a son. She now leads a retired life apparently not far from the Tallahatchie River bridge that she made famous in her song.

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  1. Way off on this. She is not worth a reported 100 million on another site and is worth far more than 8 million. Career earnings 1967-81 were close to 20 million. She received a 3.5 million dollar divorce settlement from Bill Harrah in 1969 and got to keep an additional 2 million dollars in gifts he had lavished on her. She sold her minority share in the Phoenix Suns basketball team for a massive increase of over 100 times her original 75k investment after she retired in the 1980’s Her estate is worth between 18-25 million.

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