Dolly Parton’s Net Worth: How Much Did She Earn?

An America based vocalist, Dolly Parton is an iconic personality. She is prominent as a songsmith, matinee idol, writer, altruist, and a businesswoman. Dolly has achieved the highest position of the very best singers in the entire world. All of her album copies were sold in millions. Here’s all the interesting information one should know about Dolly.

Early Life

In the year 1946, Dolly Rebecca Parton came into this world on the 19th of January. Locust Ridge in Tennessee is her provenance. Dolly’s father Robert Lee Patron was a tobacco countryman as well as a construction drudger. Dolly’s family was not well off financially in those days. Dolly had 11 siblings and she was the fourth among all 12.

The good thing about this family was that the whole family was devoted to music and Dolly acquired music skills from her mother. Her mother used to sing as well as play guitar. Dolly started practicing music from her early childhood days when she used to perform in church. Bill Owens, Dolly’s uncle was her biggest abettor who motivated her to pursue music as a career from a very mere age. When Dolly was 9 years old, she started appearing in the ‘The Cas Walker Show’. Thereafter, she went on to sign a contract with Goldband Records.

Dolly did her schooling from Sevier County High School. She graduated in the year 1964, post which, she moved to Nashville. By the year 1967, Dolly’s career in music took off and it boomed on her collaboration with Porter Wagoner. This association also yielded another music agreement from RCA records.


Dolly got united in wedlock with Carl Thomas Dean in the year 1966 in Ringgold Georgia. Carl eschews any sort of media hype and is rarely spotted at any of Dolly’s public functions. To date, he has just shown up for a single public performance of Dolly. All his life, Carl has been into asphalt road-paving line of work and has retired now. The couple took the responsibility of Dolly’s younger kinfolks. Eventually, all her nieces and nephews started addressing Dolly as ‘Aunt Granny’.

Dolly was a patient of endometriosis for a long time and she underwent a hysterectomy. As a result of this, the couple was not able to conceive. However, Dolly is famous as a godmother of Miley Cyrus.

Dolly created a theme park named Dollywood in the year 1986 which remains a famous holiday spot even today. She also works as a humanitarian and provides scholarships for students, offering supplies and technology to the classrooms. She is the creator of ‘Dolly’s Imagination Library’ program. This program is dedicated to donating 10 million books yearly to all the little ones.

Dolly Parton’s Age & Other Details

Dolly is 74 years old as of now. She is 1.52 m tall and weighs around 52 kg.



Dolly’s first single ‘The Last Thing On My Mind’ where she sang a duet with Porter Wagoner was out in the year 1967. The album climbed the ladder of the country’s top ten by the year 1968. In 1978, Dolly was awarded the Grammy award for her opening crossover album named ‘Here You Come Again’. This album topped the Country charts and stood third on the Pop music charts. Dolly decided to own the publishing rights of all her albums. This proves that she was amusingly ingenious from a young age as her this decision made millions for her in royalties.

Her encounter with the silver screen happened with the comedy movie ‘9 to 5’ in the year 1980, which was a blockbuster hit. The first lines of the title song of this movie are counted as the most memorable lines ever created in the history of famous music. The song did exceptionally well and maintained Dolly’s position at number 1 in the Pop and country charts. In the year 1982, Dolly gave her next big movie ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’. She sang her magic number ‘I will Always Love You’ in the movie and it was an instant hit. Dolly has been actively working on the small screen for a long time. She appeared in Rhinestone, Unlikely Angel, Steel Magnolias, Straight Talk, Joyful Noise and the list goes on.

Based upon humorous blockbuster ‘9 to 5’, Dolly started composing songs for a new musical album. ‘Better Day’ was released by Dolly in the year 2011 which did extremely well.

Dolly even tried her luck at writing and published ‘Dream More: Celebrate the dreamer in you’ in the year 2012. She also wrote her autobiography named ‘Dolly: My life and other unfinished business’ in the year. Based on this biopic, a movie named ‘Dolly Patron’s Coat of Many Colors’ was relayed on the small screen.


Dolly has remained a phenomenal personality all through her life. In the year 2006, Dolly got awarded at the yearly Kennedy Center Honors for her significant support to arts. Dolly was also nominated in the Second Academy Award for her music hit Trevelin’Thru from the album Transamerica.

In the year 2016, Dolly was paid the highest regard at the fiftieth Annual Country Music Association Awards. There, she was awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of her music pieces yielded gold and platinum certificates.

Just when Dolly was about to turn 72 in the year 2018, an announcement was made by Sony Music. They informed about Dolly still rocking through the country and pop charts and breaking her records. Dolly bagged a position for herself in the Guinness World Records of 2018. This was her outstanding performance by standing still in the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts for decades.

Dolly Parton’s Net Worth

When Dolly went on a world tour for promoting Better Day in the year 2011, as many as 275,000 tickets were sold. This earned her around $34milllions. She has sold millions of copies of her albums which has earned her in millions.

Her witty investment in Dollywood, which is one of the biggest theme parks today, is earning an enormous amount. And the biggest credit goes to her wise decision about royalties from all her music.

Just in the year 1990, Dolly got around $10 million in royalties with the music I Will Always Love You.  Dolly’s net worth is predicted to be around $600,000,000 ($600 million) to date.

Dolly has been a role model for all people showing them that poverty can never impact your hard work. She has been living an extraordinary life remembering all the hardships she faced in her childhood.

Last modified: May 3, 2020