Jennings Osborne Net Worth
Jennings Osborne Net Worth: Jennings Osborne was an American entrepreneur who had a peak net worth of $50 million dollars. At the time of his death, Jennings' estate was largely in debt and within a few years his widow was forced to declare bankruptcy. Jennings died on July 27, 2011 at the age of 67. He was known as a philanthropist who organized elaborate Christmas lights displays. In 1994 he was sued by neighbors over a Christmas display that reportedly featured more than 3 million lights. The lawsuit went all the way up to the Arkansas Supreme Court. The resulting court decision forced Jennings to relocate the display to commercial locations like Disney World and Graceland.
He was born William Jennings Bryan Osborne, Jr. on September 21, 1943 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Jennings earned his fortune as the founder of the Arkansas Research Medical Testing Center. Founded in 1968, the center was reportedly credited with running some of the first human tests on such drugs as Viagra and Motrin.
Central Arkansas residents also knew him as the resident of the big white house with the wall around it on Cantrell Road in Little Rock, Arkansas—the one that glowed as red as Rudolph's nose every Christmas (until the courts made him turn out the lights). He was also known for throwing huge barbecues and fireworks displays, and known as a hog-calling enthusiast. His name, along with his wife and daughter's names (Mitzi and Allison 'Breezy', respectively), is cast at the feet of the brass eagle whose wings stretch out at the entrance of the Clinton Presidential Center.
Death and Finances: Jennings passed away in a Little Rock, Arkansas on July 27, 2011 from complications of heart surgery the prior month of April. He was survived by his wife Mitzi Osborne. To the shock of people in Arkansas, who thought the Osborne's had limitless money, just two years later Mitzi was forced to file for bankruptcy citing $1.2 million worth of debts and $1.5 million worth of assets. In her bankruptcy filing Mitzi showed that she sold 31 vehicles for around $280,000 to stave off creditors. The family also had to hold an auction at one of their homes to sell personal items to satisfy judgments. It was eventually revealed that Jennings' fortunes evaporated when a deal to sell his company went south. He then went into significant debt to found a new company called The Osborne Research Center. At the time he died, Jennings was in debt to the tune of at least $3.5 million. In addition to the company sale going bad, Jennings gave millions of dollars away to charity during his life and enjoyed a rather lavish lifestyle. He was known to give money to strangers he read about in the paper after a recent tragedy. He hosted free barbecues to feed thousands in tornado-impacted towns.
|Net Worth:||$50 Million|