|Estimated value:||€180 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor who was long considered the most influential artist in the United States.
Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. He grew up as an only child on the east coast of the United States. Music was his passion from an early age. As a teenager, he performed together in the bars of his hometown with his ukulele and a megaphone. His dream of becoming a singer began at this time. From the age of 17 he had his first small appearances on the radio. He left high school without a degree. In the 1930s, Frank Sinatra worked as a sportswriter for a local newspaper. But the first musical successes were also evident: Sinatra won a talent competition with the vocal quartet “The Hoboken Four” in 1935 on the well-known radio show “Major Bowes Amateur Hour”. This was followed by a joint national tour.
In 1938, Harry James, a well-known jazz trumpeter, discovered the young Frank Sinatra and hired him as lead singer for his big band. The two musicians recorded their first record together. On this was, among other things, the title “All or nothing at all”, which was repeatedly published in 1943 and brought Sinatra his success as a solo artist. In 1940 he joined Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra as a singer, which was his national breakthrough. With the song “I’ll never smile again” he achieved his first number 1 hit. More big hits followed. Frank Sinatra continued to use radio as a medium throughout his career, including his own series such as “Songs by Sinatra” (1943 and 1945-47), “The Frank Sinatra Show” (1945) and the music show “To be perfectly Frank” (1953-55). He also pursued his career as an actor in musicals and movies, such as in “The Upper Ten Thousand” alongside Grace Kelly. From the 1960s, Frank Sinatra increasingly appeared on television.
In 1941, Frank Sinatra was also seen as an actor for the first time. The artist celebrated his cinema debut with the musical film “Las Vegas Nights” – with great success. Not only did the music industry earn a net worth from the cinema strip, Frank Sinatra did too. In 1943 the musician got his own permanent record deal with the well-known US label “Columbia Records”. Frank Sinatra’s consistent use of radio to spread his music was a fundamental building block of his widespread popularity and success. The artist won his first Oscar in 1945 for the short film The House I live in, which Sinatra conceived and starred in himself. Two more Oscars followed: for a supporting role in 1953 and an honorary Oscar in 1970. His world hit “My way” at the end of 1968 became his signature tune and is still associated with the musician today.
“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – [“Die große Lehre im Leben, Baby, lass dich niemals vor irgendwem oder irgendwas einschüchtern.”]
“The best revenge is massive success.” – [“Die beste Rache ist riesiger Erfolg.”]
“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know to use it.” – [“Menschen sagen oft, dass ich ziemliches Glück hätte. Glück ist dabei nur insofern wichtig, dass es einem die Chance gibt, sich selbst im richtigen Moment zu verkaufen. Danach brauchst du Talent und musst wissen, es richtig einzusetzen.”]
Frank Sinatra has been politically and socially very active since the 1940s. He supported the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The artist also campaigned against racial segregation and supported Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement in the 1960s. Sinatra also supported various children’s aid projects and was involved in youth work – primarily in Israel and the West Bank.
|Estimated value:||€180 million|