Net Worth Of Dolly Parton, The Heart Of Country Music

Dolly Parton net worth

Dolly Parton Net Worth– $600 Million

Gender- Female

Profession- Singer, songwriter, businessperson, author, actor, composer, musician, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, film producer, Philanthropist

Nationality- United States Of America 

Dolly Parton is an American songwriter, singer, author, actress, entrepreneur, and Philanthropist with a $600 million net worth. she is one of the top richest country singers in the world. Dolly has been a hit country singer and performer for 40 years. Till now, Dolly Parton has released 41 top-10 country song albums and has about 25 hit singles. 

Parton is popular widely for her songs “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5”, which were covered by Whitney Houston for a feature film “The Bodyguard.” She has sold more than 100 million albums in her entire music career as a solo artist. This record does not include all the other million albums sold by other artists using her songs.

Dolly Parton invests a major part of her fortune in Tennessee through entrepreneurial efforts and philanthropy. She also owns a theme park, “Dollywood,” which is the 24th most-visited theme park in the USA, welcoming more than 3 million visitors in a year. Parton has also raised and donated hundreds of million dollars to support various charities.

Early Life Of Dolly Parton:

Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1946 as the fourth kid of twelve children. Her father used to do tobacco farming, and the family lived in dirt, poor conditions. Music has always been a huge part of her life and early church performances. 

When she turned 9, she started appearing on “The Cas Walker Show” and also signed for Louisiana label Goldband Records. She moved to Nashville after completing high school graduation in 1964. Dolly started getting a lot of fame as a songwriter very quickly. Then she teamed up with Bill Owens to write several charting singles.


At the age of 19 in 1965, Parton signed with Monument Records and was initially marketed as a bubble gum pop singer. Although her pop songs initially did not make it, late one of her country songs was on the sixth position on country charts that Dolly Parton and Bill Phillips performed. 

Dolly Parton’s first single as a country artist was “Dumble Blonde,” which was on #24 position on the Country charts. The fun fact is that this is one of those few non-self-composed songs recorded by Dolly. His scorn single “Something Fishy” was on #17 position.

Both of these songs were featured on the debut studio album of Dolly in 1967, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” This album also featured some of her own versions of various songs written by several other famous artists. This album also reached at #11 position on the Billboard Hot Country Albums Chart.

Porter Wagoner

Dolly Parton was invited to start making regular appearances on Porter Wagoner’s weekly show “The Porter Wagoner Show.” after noticing untapped potential and her taler Wagoner convinced his label RCA Victor to sign a deal with Dolly. Later, he also became Dolly’s producer and purchased 50% of Owe-Par, the publishing company founded by Dolly with Uncle Bill Owens. Porter Wagoner was heavily invested in Dolly’s success.

Dolly’s first single on the second studio album was a duet with Porter, “Just Because I’m a Woman.” Dolly and Porter were set to release 13 studio albums as a duo between 1968 to 1980. Their albums gave 21 hit singles on the country chart, including one top #1 single, “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me.”

Unfortunately, it took several years for Dolly to get success as a solo singer. Finally, in 1973, she became a hit with “Jolene.” This song was on #1 on the country chart in 1974 and was also successful globally on the non-country charts. Later Rolling Stone became one of the greatest hits of all time as #217th of 500 BEST SONGS.

Dolly worked with Porter till 1974.

I Will Always Love You:

In 1973 Dolly Parton wrote a song called “I will always love you.” This song was a farewell to Porter Wagoner and their seven-year professional partnership. Elvis showed keen interest in recording the song with Dolly, and they worked together until Elvis’ manager insisted her to hand over half right regarding song publishing. Dolly Parton declined the offer and began working on her solo version.


Do you want to know what is behind Dolly Parton net worth? She earned $10 million as royalties in the early 1990s because of Whitney’s version, which rounded for $20 million roughly after adjusting for inflation.  

She used to joke that she has earned enough money to buy Graceland from this song. Till today, as an owner of publishing and writing rights, Dolly Parton makes only 8 cents per radio play and $2 per album sold.

Pop Stardom and Acting Career

From 1974 to 1980, Dolly Parton continued to hit top songs on the country chart with eight singles on #1. Between 1976 and 1977, Dolly hosted her own show, and in 1977 she self-produced the album “New Harvest…First Gathering,” featuring production and pop songs. She also added R&B classics “Higher and Higher” and “My Girl” on this album.

In 1980 Dolly Parton starred in a movie from “9 to 5” with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. She sang a self-written song, which was the title track of the movie. This song “9 to 5” earned her an Academy Award nomination and four Grammy nominations.

Dolly earned Grammys for Best Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. Some other notable films by her are “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Rhinestone,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Joyful Noise.” 

All of this combined contribute towards Dolly Parton net worth.

Personal Life:

In 1966, Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean got married. Dean is not into publicity, and he has spent his life running asphalt road-surface paving business in Nashville. Rarely does he accompany Dolly to public events. According to Dolly Parton, Crl has only seen her performance once, publicly. 

Together they have raised several younger siblings of Parton, although they have no child of their own. She has always been active in her nephews and nieces’ life and is also Miley Cyrus’ godmother. 

Dolly Parton Quotes:

The multi-talented star and cultural icon Dolly Parton has won millions of hearts of pop and country music fans with her voice and personality. Dolly Parton learned about music from her mother, who used to sing and play guitar in church performances. 

She started appearing on local television when she was only ten years old and soon became a famous country music singer. Dolly received many awards for her remarkable music career. She is also in the Guinness World Records 2018 for most decades with Top 20 hit songs on Billboard Country Songs Chart and also for the most number of hits by a female singer on Country Chart.

Being a philanthropist, she dedicated her success to help other people. Parton worked at several charitable organizations and also established her own foundation, “Dollywood,” with the aim of improving literacy among young childrens. You may be wowed with Dolly Parton’s net worth, but she is also a very kind person behind that famous singer. 

Let’s check out some of the popular Dolly Parton Quotes:

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.

When I got somethin’ to say, I’ll say it.

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.

Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.

It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you or to make one of your own.

You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

I’ve had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I’ve had a few pains in the ass, but I’ve survived to tell about it.

Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.

I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody.

You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don’t know what’s goin’ on, I then got the money, and am gone.

Smile — it increases your face value.

I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give ’em yours!