Cher Net Worth
Cher has a net worth of $305, making her come in as a tie with the much younger singer, Justin Bieber. Cher started back in the 1960’s as half of the “Song and Cher” duo that took the world by storm with then-husband, Sonny Bono. The song, “I Got You, Babe,” began their rise to fame and remains the couple’s best selling hit. Later, the two were divorced, and Sonny Bono served as mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992. He died in 1998 as the result of an accident. Cher continues her successful solo career to this day, adding to her already well-established net worth.
Who Is Cher?
Born on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California, Cher rose to stardom as part of a singing act with husband Sonny Bono in the 1960s, hitting No. 1 with the single “I Got You Babe.” The couple later starred on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, though the show ended as the couple’s marriage dissolved. Cher had established a solo career of her own as well, having chart-toppers like “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady.” She then pursued acting in the 1980s, starring in films like Silkwood and Mask and earning an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck. Cher also found more music success with rock-oriented tracks in the ’80s and a global dance hit, “Believe,” in the late ’90s. From 2008 to 2011, she performed a concert series entitled Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 2013, she released Closer to the Truth, her first studio album in 12 years.
Cher Background and Early Life
The international star known as Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California. She was raised by her mother Georgia, a model and actress, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County with younger half-sister Georganne. The family struggled financially, with Cher having been placed in an orphanage at one point while her mother looked for work. Nonetheless, she knew from a young age that the world of arts and entertainment spoke to her and took up acting as part of her extracurricular activities.
Sonny & Cher
Cher left high school at 16 and moved to Hollywood. She reputedly met Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, who was a protégé of iconic producer Phil Spector, at a coffee shop. (Cher in fact sang backup on such famed Spector songs like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.”) Though Sonny wasn’t initially interested in Cher romantically, the two developed a romantic relationship and eventually wed on October 27, 1964.
The couple worked on their act for a time and became known as Sonny and Cher. Under the Atco label, the duo scored a monumental chart-topper in 1965 with “I Got You Babe.” Sonny and Cher had a countercultural persona with distinctive bohemian stylings and continued to release popular singles, as seen with “Baby Don’t Go,” the socially-aware “The Beat Goes On,” “Little Man” and “What Now My Love.” Cher had also signed to Imperial as a solo artist. After releases such as Bob Dylan’s “All I Really Want to Do” and “Where Do You Go,” she had her first top 5 solo single with “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”
Cher TV Variety Show
Yet by the end of the decade the hits had stopped coming for Sonny and Cher, and the duo faced major financial difficulties due to IRS debt. They thus developed a cabaret act, having already taken on what would be perceived as more adult sensibilities in terms of their image. Their show, which included loads of comedic banter, led to the couple helming a summer replacement telecast for CBS. This in turn led to the launch of their own variety program in 1971, the Emmy-nominated The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which ran until 1974. The show also revitalized Sonny and Cher’s music career, and more top 10 hits came in the form of “All I Ever Need Is You” and “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done.”
But behind-the-scene tensions were high, and Cher would later describe Sonny as being a rigid, controlling entity when it came to business. The couple divorced the following year, and Cher had her own Emmy-nominated self-titled TV show which ran from 1975-76.
Cher Songs as a Solo Artist
Cher had started to establish herself as a solo artist during the 1960s. Early on she was known for songs that were provocative in their sensibilities and spoke to her perceived status as an outsider, a mode she would come to embrace over time. She enjoyed a top 10 hit with “You Better Sit Down Kids,” in which she sang from the perspective of a father explaining the realities of a marital split to his children. For the 1971 album Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (originally called Cher), she had the first No. 1 solo hit of her career with the title track, which spoke of a “travelin’ show” family and teen pregnancy. Another top 10 hit, “The Way of Love,” found Cher singing to a lover who’s left her for a man. And she reached the top of the charts yet again with the title track from the 1974 album Half-Breed, which presented the ongoing persecution of a partially Native-American narrator stuck between two worlds.
Immediately after her divorce from Sonny, Cher was unable to work as a performer due to contractual entanglements from their business relationships and took on gigs as a model. She later credited executive David Geffen for helping her navigate financial matters and take control of her career.
Cher was again able to reach the pop top 10 by the end of the decade with the string-laden disco number “Take Me Home,” from the 1979 album of the same name on the Casablanca label.
Cher Personal Life
Cher is well-known for speaking forthrightly about her beliefs and experiences, with Streep pointedly stating that the fellow singer/actress refreshingly lacks traditional showbiz veneer. Cher dated actor/director Warren Beatty during her teen years and had later been romantically linked to Geffen, actors Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, musician Richie Sambora and actor/pilot Robert Camilletti.
Married twice, Cher has two children: Her son, Chaz Bono, who was originally named Chastity and underwent female-to-male gender transition in 2008, is from her first marriage to the late Bono, who died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998. Son Elijah Blue Allman, born in 1976, is from her relationship with musician Gregg Allman, to whom she was briefly married.
In 1998 the singer/actress published her memoir The First Time, as told through a series of short essays. Cher, her mother and her sister were also featured in the 2013 Lifetime documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher, which goes into their family history.
Cher Chan Bio Info
Born: 20 May 1946 (age 72 years), El Centro, California, United States
Spouse: Gregg Allman (m. 1975–1979), Sonny Bono (m. 1964–1975)
Children: Chaz Bono, Elijah Blue Allman
Cher Chan Quotes
- If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen. – Cher
- Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great. – Cher
- Words are like weapons; they wound sometimes. – Cher
- My passion lies with whatever I’m doing at the time… I only see what is front of me. – Cher
- Men aren’t necessities. They’re luxuries. – Cher
Cher Chan Videos on YouTube
Pop singer Cher, 70, says she can still fit into her old concert costumes, but she doesn’t know how to accept the fact that she sees “this old lady ” in the mirror. The “Goddess of Pop” looks back on her legendary career and weighs in on the presidential race.
Cher and Christina Aguilera interview each other and answer questions from viewers about their movie, Burlesque.