Top 10 Most Interesting Facts of Michael Jackson’s Life

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One of the Jackson’s most famous and proudest project to this day was his “Never land Ranch”, which he had build it near Santa Ynez, California. The building cost of the ranch came to 17 million dollars US. The 2,700-acre (11 km2) property had Ferris wheels, a menagerie, zoo and a movie theater. The property was patrolled by 40 security staff. In 2003, the property was valued at approximately $100 million, three years later Jackson was forced to sell his “fairytale land” as a cost-cutting measure.

 

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During the course of his life, Jackson was twice accused of being a pedophile and sexual molester of minor boys. The first incident occurred when a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler and his father Evan Chandler accused Jackson of sexual assault. The boy stated that he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation and oral sex, as well as giving a detailed description of what he alleged were the singer’s genitals. When investigation began Jackson was forced to submit to strip search and his Never land ranch. After several unsuccessful attempts to resolve the lawsuit outside the court, Chandler agreed to settle for 22 million dollars in financial compensation. The second accusation came when Jackson was charged with seven counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in order to commit that felony on 14 years old boy, Gavin Arvizo. Despite Jackson publicly denied the allegations, the People v. Jackson trial began in Santa Maria, California, two years after Jackson was originally charged. During this period the singer became dependent on morphine and Demerol, a dependency which he subsequently overcame. He also suffered from stress-related illnesses, severe weight loss that significantly altered his appearance and serious financial troubles. The trial lasted five months, until the end of May 2005; he was acquitted on all counts. Jackson then relocated to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.

 

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In his early days, Jackson’s family were the Jehovah’s Witness followers. However after discovering that his brother Jermaine was converting into Islam, Jackson became interested in joining him on this spiritual quest. He had done a lot of soul searching and research on the subject of changing religions. His spiritual journey continued into 2008, at the Los Angeles home of one of his closest friends-Steve Porcaro and in the presence of British musician Yusuf Islam Jackson converted into Islam.

 

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Although Jackson was a public figure, musician and a performer, used to living his life under the microscope. When it came to his children Jackson tried to shelter his three kids from the media maelstrom that surrounded him wherever he went – even making them wear masks and scarves in public. Some media sources speculated that the secrecy surrounding Jackson’s children was due to the fact that they were clearly of Caucasian descent, and were not his biological children. Others suggested that Jackson was simply trying to protect his children from the media circus that surrounded him and raise them as close to normal, giving the circumstances.

 

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One of Jackson’s greatest achievements was: him being listed in the book of Guinness World Records for his support of 39 charities, more than any other entertainer or personality. He also received additional eight Guinness World Records among them: “First Entertainer to Earn More Than 100 Million Dollars in a Year” and “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”. Jackson was awarded the Diamond Award on November 15, 2006, for selling over 100 million albums, at the World Music Awards.  His breakthrough album “Thriller” went on to sell upwards of 109 million copies, making it the best-selling album of all time.

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