Sonny Bono Net Worth
Sonny Bono Net Worth: Sonny Bono was an American recording artist, record producer, actor, restaurateur and politician who had a net worth equal $4 million at the time of his death in 1998. Sonny's surprisingly low net worth is partially a result of having multiple divorces around the peak of his career followed by a relatively quiet career during the late 70s, 80s and 90s. At the time of his death, Sonny did not have a will and, as a result, Cher sued his estate for $1.6 million in unpaid alimony related to their 1974 divorce. His wife at the time of his death, Mary Bono, took over his spot in US Congress where she would serve for 15 years. More than 20 years after his death, Mary was still earning between $250,000 and $1 million per year in royalties, interest and dividends connected to Sonny's songwriting credits according to a congressional disclosure form.
Sonny was born Salvatore Phillip Bono on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan.His family moved to Inglewood, California when he was seven. Sonny dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. He began his career as songwriter and soon found himself working as an to legendary producer, Phil Spector. In 1964, Bono saw his first songwriting hit 'Needles and Pins' after it was recorded by a British band called The Searchers, on. He soon met a 16-year old nightclub singer and aspiring actress named Cherilyn Sarkisian, AKA Cher. Cher who would become his wife and mother of a daughter who was born in 1964. The couple, who became known as "Sonny & Cher", recorded the gold-winning hit, "I Got You Babe" in 1965. They enjoyed enormous success in the upcoming years with hits like "The Beat Goes On". They also starred in movies, notably "Good Times". Bono even penned a musical titled "Chastity" (the name of his daughter). By the end of the 1960s their popularity was slightly taken away by their hard stand on drugs. Still performing as a night-club double-act, the two appeared in their own CBS 'Sonny and Cher' shows up to 1974. Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975. Sonny would marry two more women in his lifetime and have a total of four children. Following a futile attempt at a solo career, Bono set up a restaurant, called 'Bono', in Hollywood, which was followed by other openings in Texas and Palm Springs. Showing interest in local politics, Bono served as Republican Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992. Hugely popular, he made it into Congress in 1994. He made the headlines for being openly against and attacking same-sex marriages, despite his own daughter being a lesbian (and eventual transgender-person). Sonny Bono died while skiing near Lake Tahoe in Nevada, on January 5, 1998.