Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on December 25, 1946, and spent most of his boyhood in Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama. He was the son of Mary Lorraine Buffett, who died on September 25, 2003, and James Delaney Buffett, Jr., who died on May 1, 2003, both of whom worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Laurie, born in 1948, and Lucy, born in 1953, are his two younger siblings.
His grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, was a steamship captain from Newfoundland, and his father was a maritime engineer and sailor; these experiences inspired his music later in life.
Buffett went to St. Ignatius School and played trombone in the school band. In 1964, he graduated from McGill Institute.
Jimmy Buffets Mexican
Although no one knows the exact location of the mythical “Margaritaville,” the real-world beginnings of Jimmy Buffett’s most famous song began in a Mexican restaurant in Texas and concluded in a vehicle collision in Key West.
“Margaritaville” would go on to become not only Buffett’s most successful song, but also the foundation of a rich branding empire that included restaurants, resorts, housewares, a Broadway musical, and retirement communities. Buffett, who became a billionaire this year, died on Friday at the age of 76, according to Forbes.