Harry Belafonte Net Worth

Net Worth: $28 Million

  • Source of Wealth Film, Television, Music
  • Birth Place New York City, New York, United States
  • Height 5' 11" ½ (1.82 m)
  • Marital Status Married (Pamela Frank)
  • Full Name Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr.
  • Nationality American
  • Date of Birth March 1, 1927
  • Ethnicity Afro-Jamaican, Afro-Martinique
  • Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist
  • Education George Washington High School
  • Children 4 (Shari, David, Gina, Adrienne)
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About Harry Belafonte

American singer, actor, and social activist, Harry Belafonte has an estimated net worth of $28 million. Despite a dazzling film and recording career that spanned the better part of the Twentieth century, and has extended (with occasional film activity) well into the Twenty-first, venerable African American entertainer Harry Belafonte is still best known as “The King of the Calypso.” This title — and Belafonte’s concomitant crossover appeal to black and white audiences — is even more astonishing for first happening over ten years before the Civil Rights movement took full swing.

Born  Harold George Belafonte, Jr. on March 1, 1927   in poverty-stricken Harlem, New York City, New York to first-generation Jamaican immigrants, Belafonte emigrated with his mother back to Jamaica at eight years old, and returned to New York at age thirteen.Midway through high school, he dropped out and enlisted in the Navy. Upon discharge, the young man studied and performed at the Actors Studio (alongside such legends as Tony Curtis and Marlon Brando), Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research, and The American Negro Theater. A singing role in a theatrical piece led to a string of cabaret engagements, and before long, Belafonte’s success enabled him to secure funding to open his own nightclub. His recording career officially began at the age of 22, in 1949, when he presented himself as a pop singer along the lines of Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra, but in time he found a more unique niche by delving headfirst into the Library of Congress’s archive of folk song recordings and studying West Indian music. What emerged was a highly unique (and unprecedented) blend of pop, jazz and traditional Caribbean rhythms.

Belafonte subsequently opened at the Village Vanguard with accompaniment by Millard Thomas, then debuted cinematically with Bright Road (1953) and followed it up with Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones, co-starring, in each, with the ravishing (and ill-fated) Dorothy Dandridge. In 1954, Belafonte won a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. His broadest success to date, however, lay two years down the road. In 1985 he won awarded an Emmy for initiating the all-star We Are the World video.

Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing the “Banana Boat Song”, with its signature lyric “Day-O.” Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes, and was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush Administration. Alongside his recording and cinematic work, Belafonte has accumulated dozens of awards and honors bestowed upon him by various social-service and political organizations. Harry Belafonte is the father of actress/singer Shari Belafonte.

Salary: Carmen Jones (1954) $1,800/week


Earnings & Financial Data

The below financial data is gathered and compiled by TheRichest analysts team to give you a better understanding of Harry Belafonte's net worth by breaking down the most relevant financial events such as yearly salaries, contracts, earn outs, endorsements, stock ownership and much more.

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Asset 2007

Purchase value of adjacent units located in the fourth floor of Apple Bank building in Manhattan, New York

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Sale of Asset 2006

Market value of his 17-room apartment in West End Avenue, New York and bought by heiress Abigail Disney

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Record Sales 1961

Estimated record sales from the album, Jump Up Calypso

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Record Sales 1960

Estimated record sales from the album, Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall

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Record Sales 1959

Estimated record sales from the live album, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

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Record Sales 1957

Estimated record sales from the album, An Evening with Belafonte

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Record Sales 1956

Estimated record sales from the album, Belafonte

Record Sales 1956

Estimated record sales from the album, Calypso

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Salary 1954

Salary per week from the film, Carmen Jones

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