The flashy lifestyle of a fabulously wealthy pop singer is both fascinating and jealousy-inspiring. Tales of shopping sprees and crazy purchases make us wonder what we would do if we had that much money! For those artists who work hard and throw their passion behind their careers, the monetary rewards can be staggering in their enormity. But how much money do these glamorous singers really have, and what sorts of things do they do with it? Let’s take a look at the top six richest singers in the world and how they’ve come by their riches.
6 – Dolly Parton, $450 Million
Her net worth of $450 million has her at sixth place. Well known for her work as a country singer, Dolly Parton has sold over 100 million singles and albums worldwide. She has written over 3,000 songs, 25 of which were number one on the Billboard Country charts. She owns the theme park Dollywood in Tennessee, and is also involved in charitable programs such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a literacy program that gives books to children and is funded through Parton’s own income.
5 – Gloria Estefan, $500 Million
With a net worth of $500 million, the Cuban-born singer comes in as the fifth richest. She’s sold 100 million records worldwide, and as the most successful Latin singer, she’s sold 31.5 million of those records in the United States. She has won seven Grammys, and was named Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in 2008. She and her husband own several restaurants and two hotels, as well as a minor ownership in the NFL team, the Miami Dolphins.
4 – Mariah Carey, $510 Million
With $510 million to her name, Mariah Carey comes in as the fourth richest singer. Her self-titled debut album gained multiplatinum status, and the hits just kept coming. She has sold over 200 million records worldwide, has had 18 number one singles in the United States, and has won five Grammys. She has also worked with a number of charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Fresh Air Fund. She donated the royalties from three of her singles to charities, as well.
3 – Madonna, $700 Million
Coming in at third place, Madonna has a net worth of $700 million. Selling more than 300 million records worldwide, she is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She is also the top touring female artist, having toured nine times and grossing $1.14 billion. She has won 20 MTV Video Music Awards, more than any other artist, and seven Grammys. The singer owns four fashion brands, and she launched a line of skin care products early in 2014.
2 – Celine Dion, $800 Million
The French-Canadian singer is in at second place, with a net worth of $800 million. She sings in a wide variety of languages, boosting her record sales to more than 200 million copies worldwide and making her one of the best-selling female artists of all time. She has won five Grammys, including Record of the Year for “My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic)”. She owns a number of businesses, such as Nickels Restaurant chain and Le Mirage Golf Club.
1 – Beyoncé, $1 Billion
With her net worth of $1 billion, Beyonce takes the lead as the richest singer in the world. As a solo artist, she has sold over 75 million records, and another 60 million with Destiny’s Child. In 2014, she was ranked as the highest-paid African-American musician ever. While she has won 17 Grammys, she has also been nominated for more than any other woman in the history of the awards. She and her mother own a women’s fashion line called House of Deréon.