Father worked as a naval architect in the Gulf of Mexico region and himself was the son of a sailor.
Was assistant Southern editor of Billboard magazine.
Founded Save the Manatee Club in 1981 and Singing for Change charitable foundation in 1995.
Has been a member of the Greenpeace Foundation (honorary director) and the Cousteau Society.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is a distant cousin.
Collaborated in 1995 with Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk, known for epic novels like The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War, to create a musical adaptation of Don't Stop the Carnival.
In 1996, Jamaican police mistook Buffett's sea plane for that of a drug smuggler and shot at the craft, which also carried U2's Bono.
Served as a correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine in 1998, covering Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba.
That same year, his autobiography, A Pirate Looks at 50, made him one of a handful of authors to reach the top of the New York Times' best-selling books list for both fiction and non-fiction; he joined the likes of Hemingway and Steinbeck.
Was involved in a temporary naming-rights deal for the former Dolphins Stadium in Miami in 2009.
In 2010, performed a free concert---which also featured such acts as Jesse Winchester and Kenny Chesney---in response to an oil disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast.
In 2011, was hospitalized with a head injury after falling from a stage while performing in Australia.
2005, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
2007, CMT Music Awards — Wide Open Country Video of the Year: Nominee
2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Nominee
2011, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Winner
2012, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
Margie Washichek — Ex-wife
Cameron Marley Buffett — Son
James Delaney Buffett Jr. — Father
Mary Loraine Buffett — Mother
Jane Slagsvol — Wife
Savannah Jane Buffett — Daughter
Loraine Marie — Sister
Lucy Ann — Sister
Sarah Delaney Buffett — Daughter
Attended Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, United States; attended Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States; University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States (BS in History, 1969)
Birth Name: James William Buffett
Birth Place: Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States