Barbara, whose maiden name was Blakeley, married Sinatra on July 11, 1976 and they remained hitched until he died on May 14, 1998. She was Frank’s fourth and final wife and inherited a large sum of his lifetime earnings and assets.
Barbara spent time as a model and a showgirl in Las Vegas and had a net worth of around $100 million, according to an article by Celebrity Net Worth.
Here’s what you need to know about Barbara’s net worth:
1. Barbara Formed a Center for Child Abuse Victims With Frank
Barbara and Frank were deeply invested into providing assistance and funds to victims of child abuse. So much so, that Barbara used her husband’s fame to raise funds to build the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center to help abused children at Eisenhower Medical Center in California.
The center provides counseling for victims of child abuse, and it was founded in 1986 by the couple. It was supported via fundraising through her late husband’s annual golf tournament, the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament. Part of the tournament was musical performances by Frank.
Barbara continued hosting the golf event in addition to other fundraising events through 2016. Organizers told the Desert Sun that it will return in December as the Frank and Barbara Sinatra Classic.
“Barbara started raising funds for it in 1985 with Frank’s support,” Children’s Center Director John Thoresen told the publication. “It opened in 1986 and since that time, over 20,000 children have received beneficial therapy here. There are several child advocacy centers like it around the country, (but) this one is probably most recognized.”
2. Barbara Saw Her Fame Rise as a Showgirl
Frank was Barbara’s second husband, as she had married a gambler named Bob Oliver before him. She was an aspiring model at the time and also a Las Vegas showgirl. That’s where she first met Frank.
Barbara told ABC News that she had “resisted Frank’s advances” until she got a divorce from Oliver and married Frank in 1976.
“It had taken us five years of flirting and courting to finally say, ‘I do,'” she said in the interview with ABC.
3. Barbara Inherited Over $3 Million in Assets From Frank
When Frank died in 1998, much was made of who would be included in his will and which family members would inherit what. Especially following a longstanding feud between Frank’s three children with his first wife Nancy Barbato and Barbara. E! Online reported that the children and Barbara “refused to be in the same room together.”
J. Randy Taraborrelli, who wrote a biography on Frank, wrote about the tumultuous relationship between Barbara and Frank’s children.
“They have had to work hard to earn a living,” Taraborrelli said. “The stress between Barbara and the children is the anxiety the kids felt over the years over having to carve out their own niche and this feeling she was going to get the money they had a right to.”
In his will, Frank left $3.5 million in assets to Barbara. For some time, there were rumors that Frank was leaving $150 million to the children’s center, but that was not included in the will.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Frank’s assets included “all of the silverware, books and paintings in his homes as well as 25% of his other personal property and a Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce.”
4. She Also Inherited Several Mansions & Frank’s Real Estate
In addition to the $3.5 million in assets Frank left Barbara when he died, he gave her sole ownership of his real estate.
That included a mansion in Palm Springs, a beach house in Malibu and one in Beverly Hills. That also included a “lucrative Budweiser beer distributorship,” CBS News reported.
5. Frank Left her the Rights to His Recordings, Name & Likeness
Barbara was also left with Sinatra Inc., which includes all of his albums, reissues of old songs and licensing of his name to appear on products. That includes Frank’s name on bottled pasta sauce to Korbel champagne.
She was also given permission to market his name and likeness and also inherited the rights to Sinatra’s Trilogy recordings.
Trilogy was a 1980 album by Sinatra, his first in six years. The album consisted of three discs: The Past, The Present and The Future. It was one of his most famous and included many of his most famous songs.