Yoko Ono Net Worth

Facts about Yoko Ono-

Profession :artist, peace activist
Birthday date:February 18th 1933

Yoko Ono is a Japanese artist, peace activist, and widow of John Lennon. She was born on February 18th 1933, in Tokyo, to Eisuke and Isoko, both teachers. Yoko’s net worth is $700 million; her father passed away when she was young. In 1947 she began studying at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo before moving to New York City with her husband John Lennon during the height of Beatlemania and rising fame for The Beatles.

What makes him successful?

  • She first married filmmaker Toshi Ichiyanagi at 22 before marrying John Lennon and becoming a peace activist after his death.
  • In 1965 she became the first woman to be granted a recording contract as an artist from Capitol Records without being signed exclusively by her husband or manager (Wikipedia). 

In 1968, she formed Bag Productions Inc with John Lennon, who cofounded Apple Corps Ltd together later that year. This company is responsible for releasing albums such as “Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band” and “Some Time in New York City.” They also released albums by artists like Elephant’s Memory.

  • In 1971, she and John Lennon filmed a documentary called “Imagine: The Film of Peace.” 

In 1973, they released an album entitled “A Story”, split into two halves. Ono and the other by Lennon recorded one half. This partnership continued until 1975, when their marriage ended (Wikipedia).

She later moved to New York City, where she became a very successful artist who had many exhibitions in Japan and America, including one at the MOMA museum. Her most recent collection took place this year, in 2017, at the OMRON Museum of Arts & Culture in Kyoto (Onyopaimeshibu). Her work was shown there for three months before moving on to Düsseldorf (Wikipedia).

  • Yoko Ono is an artist, activist and widow of John Lennon. 

She was born in Tokyo on February 18th 1933, before meeting her husband, who she later married at 22 years old. After his death on December 08th 1980, Yoko dedicated herself to pacifism, which led to her becoming a peace activist with many accomplishments throughout history, such as being the first woman granted a recording contract from Capitol Records without having been signed exclusively by her manager or husband. She also created music albums for artists like Elephant’s Memory, and solo projects such as “A Story” with John Lennon were both recorded half together, released in 1973 until 1975 when they were divorced after their marriage ended.

Fame and Work 

Yoko Ono is a Japanese artist and peace activist whose continuing work includes experimental films, books, performances, installations and collaborations. Her solo career has been most notable for her activism in the feminist movement against patriarchy and her efforts to bring attention to social ills such as racism and poverty.

  • She was born on February 18th 1933, at the Shinjuku Gyoen Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, to Eisuke Ono (a pharmacist) and Setsuko Nakamura Ono (an author).
  • After graduating from high school in 1951, she moved with her family first to Antwerp, then London. She studied Fashion Design at Saint Martin’s School of Art before returning home when her father died suddenly during her studies.
  • Upon her return, she married American Toshi Ichiyanagi, and they had one daughter, Kyoko Chan Ono, born in 1963.
  • In 1964 the couple divorced, after which Yoko moved to New York City where she studied at Sarah Lawrence College while working as a book editor for Doubleday Publishing Company until 1968 when she left publishing altogether to focus on performance art instead.
  • Her first solo exhibition of this work took place in November 1966, called “Yoko Ono/Half A Wind” at Galerie Ileana Sonnabend (Paris) and then again from February 12th 1967 – March 15th 1970 with “This Is Not Here” at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven).
  • In these performances, she would invite the audience to cut off her clothing and give away pieces of it as a souvenir.
  • Her first performance in New York was “Cut Piece” on November 11th 1964, at Carnegie Hall, where she sat facing an audience and invited them to use scissors, pins or other implements to take apart all of her clothes one piece at a time until nothing remained but her skin.
  • During this same period, from 1966 – 1970, Yoko cofounded both the feminist group Council for Unban Art Activities (CRA) with artist Lynn Hershman in 1969. Later that year, she also opened up Studio Ono together with her husband Tony Cox, which became the home base for their work.

Personal Life and Earnings

She is the daughter of Eisuke and Hatsumi Ono (née Nakamura), both teachers at a girls school in Kyoto. Her father taught French language and literature, while her mother taught English language and literature before they retired from teaching to taking care of Yoko when she was young following World War II. They also ran an art gallery that showcased Asian artists and European abstract expressionists like Pierre Soulages, Jean Dubuffet, Otto Freundlich, Alain Kiriliès or Willem de Kooning.

  • In 1952, she married Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi with whom she had one child, Kyoko Ono (born 1955).
  • In 1956, Yoko married American artist and rock music legend John Lennon. They divorced in early 1968 but maintained a close relationship for the remainder of his life, which became strained following her return to Japan with their son Sean after he was born in 1975.
  • In 1971 she released an album entitled “Approximately Infinite Universe”. The cover was designed by Frank Stella and is considered one of the most iconic images from this period in time. She also collaborated on some songs with Phil Spector that year. She worked closely with Alan Lomax’s wife Elizabeth Barraclough, who produced two albums for UNICEF: “Give Peace A Chance” & “War Is Over”, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 1972.
  • In 1973, she held her first one-woman show of drawings and paintings at the Marlborough Gallery in New York City. She went on to have eight solo exhibitions there over many years.

Early life

  • Yoko Ono has been described as “a true conceptual artist” with a penchant for using visual art forms like performance and installation combined with music to convey peace, war, nuclear weapons, death etc.
  • Her autobiographical comic book entitled ‘Grapefruit’ (1970) is considered an essential work from this period which illustrates some of these themes while also exploring concepts from Zen Buddhism such as random chance or accidents versus deliberate action that shape destiny – teaching readers how they can have a more conscious effect on their own lives.
  • Ono’s work is often described as ‘provocative’. It has been the subject of public ridicule by some critics, most notably in what became known as “the Piggies incident” at her 1971 show at London’s Robert Fraser Gallery when she put up two canvases with black googly eyes which were interpreted to be paintings of policemen or pigs depending on one’s perspective.
  • In 1975, John Lennon released an album entitled ‘Walls And Bridges’, about his separation from Yoko. Yoko and Sean created the cover art painted together over several weeks (working opposite sides).

Summing up 

After he died in 1980, she made many different pieces dealing directly with her loss and grief. One of the most famous is ‘Sky TV: Moment To Moment, an installation piece which was first shown at her son Sean’s art show in London in 1986, with photographs from their apartment showing John Lennon reading a newspaper on the morning he died interspersed with film footage of them together as well as interviews with Ono and Sean about their lives following the death.

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