Did you ever wonder why singers and performers are so rich? It’s hard to know the exact formula for success. But in this look at the Top 25 wealthiest singers in the world, you will get a glimpse into what makes them so wealthy.
Each unique in their way, these singers have all proven that persistence and style bring success in a big way.
20. Lady Gaga: $275 million
Lady Gaga is known for her controversial and sometimes bizarre style. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She sold over 27 million records during her career, and her net worth is estimated at $275 million.
19. Taylor Swift: $280 million
Taylor Swift is a successful singer and songwriter who writes music based on her personal life. She doesn’t mind sharing this personal aspect of her life with her friends and fans, and it has paid off in a big way for her. Her current net worth is around $280 million. She is the youngest female member of the “Richest Singers” list.
18. Nana Mouskouri: $280 million
Nana Mouskouri is a singer from Greece who has a current net worth of $280 million. She has released over 200 albums and singles in 10 different languages over the course of her career in music, much to the delight of her friends and fans.
17. Julio Iglesias: $300 million
“To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” is the song most thought of when you mention this singer’s name. But he has had many more hits than that one as his net worth seems to prove. He has played more than 5,000 concerts over the span of his long career, and he has performed for over 60 million people on five different continents. When you consider all of these facts, it’s no wonder that his net worth is valued at over $300 million.
16. Justin Bieber: $305 million
Justin Bieber is a star who came up from the tender age of 12 when he entered a singing contest. He’s come a long way since then, and now, at the age of 23, he’s still the youngest person on the list. His net worth is nothing to laugh about at $305 million. This landmark makes him one of the richest singers on earth to date. He also holds the record for the youngest singer with the highest net worth in his age range.
15. Cher: $305 million
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.
14. George Strait: $326 million
Who says the country music field is not lucrative? George Strait, the cowboy from Texas, has proven this fact time and time again. With a string of hits as long as the Steiman’s Freeway, he is now considered the “King of Country,” and is thought of as one of the most influential country artists of all times. Some of his songs have crossed over into the pop music charts, as well. His net worth is valued at $326 million.
13. Bruce Springsteen: $345 million
Bruce Springsteen often referred to as “The Boss,” has a net worth of $345 million. He is an American singer and songwriter, and his music often reflects the spirit of America with songs such as “Born in the U.S.A.” He has played at hundreds of concerts in major cities, drawing attention to his passion for Americana and the spirit of patriotism. He also seems to have endless energy. Many of his concerts have lasted up to four hours.
12. Shaina Twain: $350 million
Shania Twain is a well-known pop and country singer with hits on both the country and pop charts. She has sold over 100 million copies of her records, and she is considered one of the very best female recording artists. Her ability to captivate an audience has made her one of the best concert performers in the country music industry, as well. Some of the biggest hits are, “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and “I Feel Like a Woman,” leave audiences speechless. Her net worth is now estimated at around $350 million.
11. Beyonce: $350 million
Beyonce’s full name is “Beyonce‘ Giselle Knowles-Carter,” and she was the original lead singer of Destiny’s Child before moving into her solo career. She is also an accomplished songwriter, actress, and stage dancer. During her career, she has won 22 Grammy awards, and she is also the most often nominated singer in the history of the Grammy awards. Her net worth ties with the net worth of Shania Twain and is slightly more than Bruce Springsteen at $350 million.
10. Toby Keith: $360 million
Toby Keith made quite a splash in the country music world and had expanded his career to include acting and producing, as well. He has hit songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” a tribute to the U.S. and military, and “How Do You Like Me Now?” His hard work and talents have paid off, and his net worth now stands at $360 million.
9. Jennifer Lopez: $360 million
Jennifer Lopez (known to her fans as “J’Lo”), has a net worth of $360 million, making it a tie between herself and Toby Keith. She doesn’t limit her projects to singing, though. She also dances and stars in hit films like “Maid in Manhattan” in which a maid and a successful senator fall in love and “Anaconda,” a modern-day thriller about a colossal snake gone amok in the heart of the Amazon. Whether she is fighting off large reptilian monsters or singing her heart out, she does it with spirit. Her net worth shows her dedication and how she has corralled an audience’s attention.
8. Barbara Streisand: $370 million
Barbara Streisand was more from the “old school” of music when it was enough to have a lovely voice and a range that covers at least three octaves. Impressive singing is not her only talent. Streisand has starred in hit movies with big stars like Robert Redford in “The Way We Were,” and Kris Kristofferson in “A Star is Born.” More recently, she has branched out into directing and production, and she has scored big success in every area of show business she has tried. She is also a Grammy, award winner. Her net worth is currently at $370 million.
7. Celine Dion: $380 million
Celine Dion is most known for her recent spine-tingling performance of “My Heart Will Go On” in the blockbuster smash, “Titanic.” But before that, she has exuded success in the music industry for many hits including “Beauty and the Beast” and many others. She married her childhood crush, a man some three decades her senior whom she took care of until his death a few years ago. She hails from Canada, and she is considered one of the best-selling artists of all times. Her net worth is $380 million.
6. Johnny Matthis: $400 million
Johnny Matthis is 82 years of age, but he remains quite the icon of romantic music of the past. He spent his career singing and performing popular music, mostly in the “easy listening,” and “ballad” niche but his songs are still played and enjoyed by people today all across the world. He has played at Vegas and many other prominent places and his lifetime body of work has surpassed many others. His net worth is estimated at $400 million.
5. Victoria Beckham: $450 million
Victoria Beckham has a net worth of $450 million. She has made most of her wealth from her music, but she has also been involved in the fashion industry and business. She began with the “Spice Girls” group, and she is married to David Beckham, former football star for Manchester United.
4. Gloria Estefan: $500 million
Gloria Estefan is originally from Cuba, and she began with the Miami Latin Boys. She won three Grammy awards for her music and had continued to see fame from her music and other endeavors. He net worth is estimated around $500 million.
3. Dolly Parton: $500 million
Dolly Parton is a country music icon who stood up on her high school graduation and told her classmates, “I’m going to Nashville to be a country star.” They laughed. But they are not laughing now. The buxom outspoken and talented singer now has a net worth of $500 million.
2. Mariah Carey: $535 million
Mariah Carey has a net worth of $535 million. She started with Columbia Records where her first album included four singles that made the Billboard Hot 100. She has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
1. Madonna: $580 million
Madonna is a controversial singer who has often used events and concert arenas to express her opinions. Her music is often just as controversial as her appearances. She is originally from Italy, and at 59-years of age, she is estimated to have a net worth of $580 million.
ULTRA RICH: Retro Stars Still Worth Millions
We thought it might be interesting to go back in the time machine to see what older stars are worth, as well. So here are a few and their respective net worths.
1. BONO (U2 lead) $590 million
Lead singer of the Irish pop/rock group, U2, BONO has a net worth of $590 million.
The lead singer of U2 (and his sunglasses) is one of the most recognized faces in the music industry and has a net worth $590 million.
2. Paul McCartney $660 million
Paul McCartney, one of the original members of “The Beatles” Liverpool, England “Fab Four,” and the only living member of the original pop culture group, has a net worth of $660 million.
3. Dr. Dre $770 million
Dr. Dre is a famous rapper and performer who recently made a deal with the tech giant, Apple for his famous Dr. Dre Beat’s headphones. It was a $3 billion deal, so it’s no wonder his net worth is over $770 million.
4. Sean Combs $820 million
Sean Combs has earned as much as $130 million in one year, according to Forbes Magazine. He’s a famous rapper and musician who knows how to work a crowd. He was also listed as “Top 40 Entrepreneurs” by Fortune Magazine. His net worth is one of the highest in the entire music industry, including all of the more mainstream current artists listed above.
5. Jay Z $900 million
Jay Z is a well-known rap artist and singer, performer, and actor. Forbes stated that they estimated his net worth to be one of the highest in all of the entertainment business at $900 million. This fact ranks him at the very top of the hip-hop genre as well as in the entire music industry.
These artists and singers all prove that music is more than fun. It does pay off in a big way, especially when you know what it takes to make it big in the music world. It’s no wonder thousands of young people every day decide to make their goal one related to the very lucrative music business.
It takes a particular kind of unique talent to create the kind of wealth that these singers have done. But they indeed show that it can be done if you know what your particular audience wants!