New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cut the ribbon on Thursday outside Atlantic City’s newest tourist attraction: Margaritaville. The $35 million, 40,000-square-foot complex houses two restaurants, multiple bars, a beach-themed casino, and several breezy, laid-back retail stores—all tucked away in a larger gambling mecca called Resorts. The singer and songwriter of the eponymous song was conspicuously absent from the festivities. For Jimmy Buffett, the grand opening was no special occasion: The Atlantic City outpost is the 27th Margaritaville in the world.
Margaritaville Enterprises, founded in 2006 and based in Orlando, sells everything from beachwear to furniture and also oversees at least one Caribbean island resort, two American resorts, and four casinos. You can buy Margaritaville rum and combine it with a Margaritaville drink mixer in your very own Margaritaville blender that costs $349.99. According to the Orlando Business Journal, the company brought in at least $100 million in revenue in 2007. As a private company, Margaritaville doesn’t release information about its holdings, but by all accounts it has only expanded since then.
As a recording, Margaritaville doesn’t post stratospheric numbers. After debuting on Buffett’s 1977 album Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude, it peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 100 charts. According to the 2012 BBC documentary The Richest Songs in the World, Margaritaville doesn’t crack the top 10, which is populated by three Christmas songs. The two highest-ranking pop songs are You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, by the Righteous Brothers, and Yesterday, by the Beatles. (No. 1 was Happy Birthday to You.) “If you want to get technical, there are two Margaritavilles,” says Brauneis. “There’s the copyright that protects the song, which is valuable because of the stream of income. Then there’s the trademark that has developed out of the song’s title, and legally that’s a different piece of intellectual property.”
One of the producers of the musical “Big Fish” is none other than Mr. Fins himself, singer Jimmy Buffett. And he’s catching the show tonight (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) at the Oriental Theatre in the Loop, where it’s having its pre-Broadway premiere production.
Buffett will be sitting in the audience with fellow producer Frank Marshall, the Hollywood producer, according to a show representative, and then head backstage after the curtain.
Based on the 2003 film on the same name, Big Fish is a rollicking fantasy set in the American South. Directed by 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), the story centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will). As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.
Big Fish’s World Premiere Pre-Broadway Engagement is in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from April 2nd to May 5th, then it lands in New York City on Broadway starting September 5th! Tickets and more information can be found at BigFishTheMusical.com.
The turnstiles have been spinning this summer at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
During the past two months, several hundred more visitors each day have passed through the gates compared to a year ago, pushing attendance up 46 percent in July and August.
Officials say there likely are several reasons. But a famous Florida resident is being given at least part of the credit.
A few months before the attendance boost, people began posting videos online of the Weeki Wachee mermaids performing on a stadium-size, 54-foot screen behind Jimmy Buffett during the musician’s concerts as he sang Mermaid in the Night.
Could the attention Buffett brought to thousands of his concert fans be responsible for driving waves of visitors to Weeki Wachee? A Buffett bump?
John Athanason, spokesman and publicity director for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, isn’t willing to pin the attendance increase solely on the exposure to Buffett’s avid fans.
Jimmy Buffett comes in at number 3 on the list of the richest lead singers in the world according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
The Richest Lead Singers in the World:
1: Paul McCartney Net Worth – $800 Million (The Beatles)
2: Bono Net Worth – $600 Million (U2)
3: Jimmy Buffett Net Worth – $400 Million
4: Elton John Net Worth – $320 Million (Solo)
5: Mick Jagger Net Worth – $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6: Gene Simmons Net Worth – $300 Million (KISS)
7: Sting Net Worth – $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
8: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
9: Dave Matthews Net Worth – $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
10: Prince Net Worth – $250 Million
***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.
Savannah Jane Buffett may be the daughter of music legend Jimmy Buffett, but she’s not living in his shadow. Though she loves music (dad wrote Little Miss Magic for her), her tastes are eclectic, to say the least. Born in Colorado, Buffett (whose mom is Jane Slagsvol) grew up “all over,’’ moving to Palm Beach when she was 14. She now calls Miami home.
Current big news: The 32-year-old has launched an apparel brand called A1A, inspired by her legendary dad’s 1974 album. She also runs a namesake website, which offers recommendations on living the good life. She talked to us about her Parrothead-y world:
What inspired you to start a fashion line?
I started A1A as sort of an offering for people around my age and people from around Florida. Part of it is a love letter to the state. and a part of it takes its inspiration from my dad’s work — the old-school days of him being down in Key West and Miami and that vintage, throwback feel of what sort of made him who he was.