Singers choose their career because it is what they love to do. However, the decision to pursue a career in music can be incredibly lucrative. All of the songbirds below have built fortunes in the nine figures and some are well on track to becoming billionaires in their lifetime. Here are the top richest female singers in the world.
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10- Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is famous for being the singer of the prince of pop Michael Jackson. She is also a huge success in her own right with a net worth that is estimated at $150 million. Janet started to form that fortune in 1991 when she signed a contract with Virgin records for between $32 and $50 million.
9- Lady Gaga
In 2012 Lady Gaga earned over $80 million. This huge take contributed to a fortune that is estimated at $190 million. Lady Gaga was an early music prodigy beginning to play piano at age four and performing at open mike nights when she was 14. Singles such as “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” grabbed the public’s attention. But, it is her mega successful live tours including the “Fame Ball Tour” and the “Monster Ball Tour” which have earned this lady most of her money. Lady Gaga can also rely on a fanatical army of supporters known as her “Little Monsters” to ensure that her concerts always sell out.
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This pop princess has an estimated net worth of $220 million. Contributing to that massive fortune is her current record of over 100 million in album sales. Britney is largely credited with bringing back pop in the 90’s after it was displaced by guitar bands and grunge. Britney took the world by storm as a provocatively dressed school girl in “Baby One More Time”. She has continued to cash in on her sexy image and recently released a new studio album.
7- Tina Turner
Tina Tuner has a net worth of approximately $300 million. This is the result of a career that has spanned almost half a century. In 1982 she recorded her biggest hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.
Cher has been recording hits since the 1960’s when she was part of the duo Sonny and Cher. This has led to net worth of approximately $305 million. Cher has recorded 20 studio albums and found considerable success as an actress. In 1987 she received both a golden globe and academy award. Early songs such as “I Got You Babe” helped to cement the singers success, but Cher has continued to produce hits including “Believe” and “Strong Enough”.
5- Barbara Streisand
Singer and film maker Barbara Streisand has a net worth which is estimated at $340 million. She started her career humbly enough as a night club singer. However since then she has gone on to release 33 studio albums. Here most recent tour attracted 425,000 people and earned her a cool $119.5 dollars.
This singer, actress and fashion designer is a woman of many talents. Those talents have led this young entertainer to a net worth which is currently estimated at $350 million. Beyonces profile was elevated even further when she became romantically involved with one of the other richest entertainers in the world Jay-Z. These two are now the richest singer couple in history.
3- Celine Dion
The singer most famous for her ballad on the hit movie “Titanic” has a net worth that is estimated at $400 million. Dion is well regarded for the power and technical capability of her voice. That ability allowed her to become one of the highest grossest entertainers between 2000 and 2010. During this period Dion earned $350 million from her As Vegas show alone.
2- Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is the best selling singer in the Billboard chart history. That has translated into a fortune which is estimated at $510 million. Mariah Carey’s huge net worth was given a big boost in 2000 when she signed a $100 million contract with Virgin. At this time it was the biggest record contract in history.
Madonna has a net worth which as been estimated at $600 million. The original “material girl” has created this spectacular fortune by selling over 250 million records. Madonna recorded her first hit album in 1983. Since that time she has released 12 studio albums and has had dozens of hit singles. Madonna has not been afraid of using her sexuality to get attention. Known for provocative outfits and pushing the sexual boundaries, she has used the resulting publicity to cash in.