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    The 15 Wealthiest Female Musicians in the World

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    In the current day and age, musicians are lauded or loathed for their talent, often on the same day of the week. None more so than female musicians, every step and musical note is analyzed, Taylor Swift. Successful musicians leverage their brand and may step away from music to work on other interests, Rhianna.

    Yet others have been household names since before mobile phones existed, Streisand, Madonna, and Cher. Female musical artists are a reckoning force, and their influence is widespread. This list covers the 15 wealthiest female musicians globally, based on recently released estimates.

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    Mariah Carey

    Est net worth: 320 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 5

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    American Mariah Carey is our first entry on this list with a similar net worth to the following two ladies. Mariah has released fifteen studio albums, including two Christmas-themed ones. Her first album was self-titled, and her most recent album, released in 2018, is called Caution.

    She has had several Las Vegas residencies and previously had an annual Christmas concert in New York. She was one of the highest-paid American Idols judges ever. Though commonly accepted to be a diva, she has managed to forge an empire successfully.

    Lady Gaga

    Est net worth: 320 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 12

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    New York native Lady Gaga has released five solo studio albums. The most recent is Chromatica, released in 2020.

    Initially, she was known for both her music and her outrageous sense of fashion. Who could forget the famous meat dress? She has hosted residencies in both New York and Las Vegas.

    Lady Gaga starred in a successful remake of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and will be seen in the new film House of Gucci towards the end of the year. She has a makeup line called Haus Laboratories and earns additional income from endorsement deals.

    Katy Perry

    Est net worth: 330 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 0

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    American Katy Perry first burst onto the music scene with her second studio album, One of the Boys, with the hit single I Kissed a Boy. She has recorded four more studio albums, the most recent one titled Smile in 2020. Katy will soon commence her fifth season as an American Idol judge, contributing to her overall income.

    Jennifer Lopez

    Est net worth: 400 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 0

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    Jennifer Lopez, also most often referred to as JLo, began her career in the film industry, and the 1997 film Selena is considered her breakthrough. Jennifer starred in several more films before releasing her first studio album in 2003, titled On the 6. Her last studio album was released in 2014 and is titled A.K.A.

    She has starred in many more films, the most recent being Hustlers. Most recently, she has been in the papers after rekindling her relationship with ex-fiance Ben Affleck. Jennifer has a range of her perfumes and kicked off using celebrity judges on American Idol after her season with the show in 2010.

    Jennifer Lopez, like all of the other women on this list, is an icon. Love her or hate her, she has shaped the industry with the JLo effect.

    Barbra Streisand

    Est net worth: 415 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 9

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    American-born Barbara Streisand recently broke records with her album Release Me 2, and she is the only female artist to have chart-toppers in every decade since 1960. This dynamic artist is among the few that have accomplished an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). She is a busy woman and has released thirty studio albums to date.

    Her most recent compilation album was released in August 2021. This album includes a mix of covers and original previously unreleased songs from her vault. In 2015 Barbara was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Cher

    Est net worth: 430 to 360 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 1 plus inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017

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    Cher has been active for over six decades and got her start in 1964, singing backup vocals. She has already met Sonny by that time, and they performed as the duo, Sonny and Cher.

    They became an overnight sensation in England at the end of the sixties, where previously they had fallen flat in front of American audiences. They married for a time but divorced in 1975. She has released 25 studio albums to date, the most recent being Dancing Queen in 2018.

    Like several other members of this list, Cher has had Las Vegas concert residencies. The first residency lasted from 1979-1982. Cher is instantly recognizable and apparently ageless.

    Beyonce Knowles

    Est net worth: 440 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 28

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    Beyonce started out as a member of the all-female group Destiny’s Child and earned her first Grammy with them in 2001. In 2003 she launched her solo career, first featuring in the song Bonnie and Clyde with Jay-Z, her now-husband, and then releasing her album Dangerously in Love.

    During her solo career, she has released six studio albums and starred in many more films. Affectionately known as Queen B by the press and public, Beyonce, who hails from Houston, Texas, is a force of nature. As of 2021, she holds the most number of Grammy awards won by a performer.

    In addition to her musical and film career, Beyonce makes her money from endorsements and has a fashion line. Her last album, Lemonade, was released in 2016.

    Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice

    Est net worth:  450 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 0

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    Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, rose to fame as a member of the Spice Girls, alongside fellow bandmembers Emma Bunton, Geri Haliwell, Melanie Chisholm, and Melanie Brown. She last performed as a member in 2012. Rising to fame in the mid-90s, the Spice Girls were immensely popular and starred in their own movie, Spice World.

    Victoria later went on to marry fellow Brit, David Beckham, and together they have four children. Victoria attempted to launch a solo career but, after mixed reviews, did not release her solo album. She has established herself as a successful fashion designer and released a makeup line in 2019.

    Victoria’s Instagram is a lot of promotion of her brand. Still, it’s filled with her dry wit and charming posts about her family in a way that only a proud mother can be.

    Shania Twain

    Est net worth: 450 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 5

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    Shania, hailing from Ontario, Canada, launched her formal musical career in 1993 with her self-titled album Shania Twain. She recorded three more studio albums before nearly losing her voice in 2003 due to Lyme disease, which took several years to diagnose. At the same time, there was great drama around her married life culminating in her and her producer husband divorcing.

    Shania recorded her next studio album titled Now in 2017, 15 years later. She has completed two successful Las Vegas residencies and derives most of her income from her music. Interestingly, Shania is on the official band membership, listing her as Temagami First Nation.

    Celine Dion

    Est net worth: 460 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 5

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    Canadian-born Celine Dion is a powerhouse. There are no two ways about it. Active for over 30 years, Celine has released 27 studio albums and several live albums in English and French.

    Known for her power ballads, she released the album Courage in 2019. Celine had an incredibly successful Las Vegas concert residency commencing in 2011 and ending in 2019. During this time, she lost her long-time husband and manager, Rene, to throat cancer.

    Celine will return to a new concert residency in November 2021. Celine derives additional income from her Celine Dion Parfums range. Although she is no longer associated with the brand, she is the Nickels chain of restaurants’ founder.

    In pop culture, she is often subject to ridicule, but she seems to brush it off, and although seemingly heavily airbrushed, a sparkle of humor shone through in the music video Ashes.

    Gloria Estefan

    Est net worth: 500 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 3

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    Born in Havana, Cuba, Gloria Estefan is considered a trailblazer for Latin music. Her albums helped Latin music emerge internationally and have served as an inspiration to many. Initially, she was the lead singer for Miami Sound Machine, but has been credited as a solo artist since 1989.

    Gloria is currently working on the album Brazil305, and the first single was released in 2020. One of her best-known songs, Conga, makes you want to reach for a tropical cocktail and sway in the summer breeze.

    Gloria and her husband Emilio are a compelling couple. This savvy businesswoman has stakes in restaurants, hotels and has even written a cookbook.

    Taylor Swift

    Est net worth: 550 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 11

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    Ah, Ms. Swift, here you are. Taylor Swift is a phenomenon. She is the only female artist that has won Album of the Year three times for her solo albums.

    Taylor single-mindedly began her career at a very young age and transitioned from Country to Pop early. She is exceptionally well known, and her celebrity friends are legion, and her enemies are probably the same. Taylor recently wrested control of her older music by re-recording her albums after her master catalog from Big Machine Records was acquired by Scooter Braun.

    In 2020 she released two sister albums, Folklore, and Evermore. Also, in 2020, Taylor is recorded as the highest-earning solo musical artist of the year worldwide. She has released nine studio albums and two re-recordings.

    Dolly Parton

    Est net worth: 610 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 11

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    Shrewd is not necessarily the word that comes to mind when you imagine Dolly Parton, but this Tennessee native is just that. Dolly started her musical career in 1964 and is well known and almost instantly recognizable. She maintains ownership of nearly all of her songs and has over 3000 song credits to her name.

    Dolly has her own publishing company, and it makes her mega-money in royalty fees. She is an advocate for childhood literacy and founded the Imagination Library in 1995. Dolly recently starred in the Netflix movie Christmas on the Square.

    2020 saw the release of a holiday album, her first in 30 years, titled A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly Parton has a profoundly vested sense of community, which is evident even at a Google-lite level.

    Madonna

    Est net worth: 850 million USD

    Grammy Awards: 7

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    Everyone has at least one Madonna song that they adore. This American-born powerhouse is the second wealthiest female musical artist worldwide. Madonna got her start in music right around the time millennials were still in swaddling.

    Since then, she has released 14 studio albums. Her most recent album was titled Madame X and released in 2019. She is the best-selling female artist of all time, selling over 300 million albums to date.

    Madonna is the queen of reinvention and well deserves her crown, having undergone several transformations since the outset of her career. She also holds the title of the female artist with the highest-grossing solo tour of all time to date.

    Rhianna

    Est net worth: 1.7 Billion USD

    Grammy Awards: 9

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    Barbados-born Rhianna was recently recognized as the wealthiest female musician globally and is a billionaire in her own right. However, her fortune is derived mainly from her stake in Fenty beauty and not from her music. The last studio album titled Anti was released way back in 2016.

    A studio album referred to as R9 is in the works and has kept fans breathless with anticipation since 2018. Let’s all pray to the musical gods that 2021 is the year for this purportedly reggae-infused album.

    In conclusion, most female musicians are wealthy not only from their music but also from film credits and their business acumen. This list is strewn with Las Vegas residencies, perfume, and makeup lines, some fashion, and the inevitable endorsements. While they make plenty of money from record sales and royalties, all of these artists leverage their brand successfully in a variety of ways!

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