On February 8, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Enterprises operating partner, Herschend Family Entertainment, announced 100% free education for its employees. The private company will pay the full cost of education, including tuition and book costs for more than 11,000 employees.
The help will be available from February 2022 for all types of employees, including part-time and seasonal workers. Herschend Enterprises CEO Andrew Wexler said:
“Whether it’s pursuing a new dream or advancing their careers with us, we care about the personal and professional growth of our employees because we believe their future should be built with love, not loans. Success of our team members is our success.”
Chairman of The Dollywood Company, Eugene Naughton, told WATE:
“One of the key tenets of The Dollywood Foundation is ‘Learn More’. This program is created with that very tenet in mind. We want our guests to grow through advanced learning to fulfill the other tenets of the foundation…”
How much is Dolly Parton worth?
According to some publications, Parton is estimated to be worth around $650 million. However, last year, Forbes pegged his net worth at an estimated $350 million. The singer-songwriter’s immense fortune stems from his career as a musical icon that spans more than five decades. The majority of Parton’s net worth comes from his stake in the Dollywood Foundation’s business ventures, which include theme parks, resorts, cabins, and restaurants, among others.
Parton was born into a struggling financial family and lived in poverty early in her life, which she revealed in several songs. She began her musical journey at an early age and sang on several radio shows before heading into television performances at the age of ten.
After graduating, Dolly Parton wrote songs for other artists like Bill Phillips and Skeeter Davis. In 1965, the Tennessee native was signed by Monument Records. His first country studio album, Hello, I’m Dollywas released two years later and included songs like silly blondewhich peaked at number 24 on the country charts.
The ten-time Grammy-winning artist has released 47 solo studio albums since his debut. She has also made four collaborative albums with other artists. Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit song, Jolene, went three times platinum, certified by the RIAA. The artist has five RIAA-certified Platinum hit songs in his repertoire.
According to Forbes, Dolly Parton’s music catalog is worth more than $150 million. Additionally, by the 1990s, Parton had earned over $10 million from royalties from his song. I will Always Love You, which Whitney Houston made the famous cover. The 76-year-old singing legend has his entire music catalog of over 3,000 songs. Parton also has partnerships with several food brands like Jeni’s and Duncan Hines, which are worth millions.