Sharon Osbourne is widely recognized as the long-time wife of legendary rock star Ozzy Osbourne, but she’s also built up her own successful career as a television host, media personality, author, businesswoman, promoter and music manager. She’s currently co-hosting a successful talk show known as The Talk. Sharon’s full name is Sharon Rachel Osbourne, formerly Sharon Rachel Arden, and according to The Sunday Times, she’s one of the top 100 richest women in Britain with an estimated net worth around $22o million! Despite being candidly open throughout her entire life, authoring numerous memoirs and opening her home to reality television, there’s still a lot fans don’t know her: Here’s 11 things you probably didn’t know about Sharon Osbourne:
Sharon was born in Brixton, London in 1952 to parents Don Arden and Hope Shaw. Her mother was a dancer and her father was a music manager and concert producer, so Sharon grew up engulfed in the world of rock n’ roll. Since her rise to fame, Sharon has been candid about her difficult childhood. Her dad suffered from alcoholism and was often violent. He was reportedly extremely bad with finances so her family was often struggling to get by. Their finances were often up and down and, when he had money, he’d lend it out to his various mistresses. Sharon dropped out of school when she was 15 and began working with her father at his music managing business, first as a receptionist and later moved up to promotions. Eventually, Sharon took over the management of Ozzy from her father after he was kicked out of Black Sabbath. When she took over Ozzy’s management, it caused a rift between her and her father that lasted more than 20 years.