|Estimated value:||€600 million|
|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Yoko Ono Lennon, known as Yoko Ono (February 18, 1933, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese avant-garde artist, singer and widow of John Lennon. Has the right of permanent residence in the United States.
Yoko spent the first three years of her life with her mother Isoko Ono (née Yasuda) in Tokyo, while her father Eisuke Ono lived and worked at the Bank of Japan’s American Representative Office in San Francisco. In 1936 Yoko and her mother moved in with her father, but a year later they were forced to return to Japan when their father was transferred to the bank’s New York branch. In 1940 the family reunited, but not for long. With the outbreak of World War II, Yoko and her mother decided to return to their homeland. Her first music lessons were given to her by her aunt Anna Bubnova-Ono.
From 1943 to 1953, Yoko was educated at the prestigious Gakushuin School. In 1953 she entered Sarah Lawrence College in America, where she studied literature and music for the next few years and wanted to become an opera singer.
In 1956, at the age of 23, despite her parents’ protests, Yoko married the talented but poor pianist and composer Toshi Itiyanagi. A few years later, Toshi was hired by a rehearsal pianist in the dance troupe of Merce Cunningham, a man who had connections with New York avant-garde artists. In the years that followed, she tried to gain public recognition, but her appearances, exhibitions and performances were unsuccessful, and critics refused to take Yoko Ono seriously. Due to setbacks, the girl became depressed and repeatedly tried to commit suicide.
In 1962, her parents received information about their daughter’s lifestyle, after which she was forcibly taken to Japan and committed to one of the psychiatric hospitals. There she found her future husband – Anthony Cox. He was a big fan of her work and when he found out what had happened, he immediately came to Japan to find Yoko and support her. After being fired, the two returned to New York, where Tony became a producer on Yoko’s projects and their affairs got a little better. On August 8, 1963, their daughter Kyoko Ono Cox was born.
She came to London with Tony and Kyoko in 1966 to pursue her artistic career. John Lennon, a member of The Beatles, attended their exhibition at the Indica Gallery on the recommendation of Paul McCartney.
According to the official version, later replicated by John and Yoko, one of the exhibits struck John to the core: there were stairs in the room with white walls, and a magnifying glass hung from the ceiling. After climbing up, the viewer had to take the magnifying glass and use it to read the word “yes” on a screen hanging from the ceiling. In his own words, Lennon was expecting a trick that would make the viewer realize he had climbed so high in vain and was delighted to see it say ‘yes’.
After the first meeting at the exhibition, Yoko repeatedly tried to get John’s attention. She sat outside the gates of his home in Kenwood for hours, looking for a reason to come inside. At one point, Lennon’s wife Cynthia let her in so she could hail a cab. After some time, Yoko stated that she forgot her ring at the Lennons’ and bombarded John with letters demanding money. Cynthia, already amazed by this strange Japanese woman, was shocked when she once saw a package received from Yoko: in a box under the Cotex was a broken cup smeared with red paint.
John often took Yoko to the Beatles’ rehearsals, breaking the group’s unspoken policy of not letting outsiders into the studio. Because of this, the musicians felt uncomfortable, and tension in the group increased. Two years after the Beatles collapsed, Lennon and Ono moved to New York. The Lennons were long facing deportation from the United States over allegations of a drug use case. Yoko was very nervous about this as her return to London reduced her chances of reuniting with her daughter Kyoko, who had lived in the US with her father for several years.
In 1973, the tension reached its limit and Yoko decided to break up with John. She set him up with May Pang, Lennon’s personal assistant, and sent her to rest in Los Angeles where they lived in New York. In 1975, Yoko and John made peace. On October 9, 1975, at the age of 42, Yoko Ono gave birth to a son, Sean, on the 35th birthday of her husband John Lennon.
Some time after her husband’s death, Ono married an antiques dealer, Sam Havadtoy – the marriage lasted until 2001. She was also seen in relationships with Havadtoy’s colleague Sam Green. In 1982 the album It’s Alright (I See Rainbows) was released. In 1984 the tribute album Every Man Has a Woman was released, consisting of the best Ono songs performed by artists such as Elvis Costello, Robert Flack, Eddie Moni, Rosenne Cash and Harry Nilson. Later that year, Yoko released Lennon’s unfinished album Milk and Honey.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. …
“Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying.” …
“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” …
“Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. …
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
|Estimated value:||€600 million|