It can be tough to break into the music industry. However, for those who are fortunate enough to become successful musicians, particularly singers, there are plenty of benefits.
Sure, fame is great, and being able to perform in front of millions is a nice perk. That being said, arguably the best part of being a world-famous vocalist is the immense wealth and lifestyle it affords.
Over the years there have been several iconic females who have made it to the top with their million-dollar voices and we are about to take a look at the ten most successful – at least in terms of income – based on numbers provided by Wealthy Gorilla.
10 Taylor Swift $400 Million
Reading, Pennsylvania’s Taylor Swift went from being a county music singer to becoming one of the most successful pop stars in the game. The 29-year-old has been belting out hits since she was a teenager. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Bad Blood,” and “Look What You Made Me Do” are just a few of her successful singles. Swift has won 10 Grammy Awards and sold over 50 million albums and around 150 million singles.
Though she has yet to turn 30, Taylor Swift is already among the best-selling artists of all-time, which has helped her accumulate a net worth of around $400 million.
9 Rihanna $400 Million
Rihanna is an award-winning singer who originally hails from Saint Michael, Barbados. Her 2007 album, Good Girl Gone Bad, took her music career to the next level with the Grammy Award-winning hit, “Umbrella.” She is also the voice behind well-known singles like “Only Girl (In The World),” We Found Love,” and “Diamonds.” The 31-year-old has 14 number-one singles to her credit and has sold over 250 million albums.
Outside of music, she has also founded her own fashion house called Fenty, which helped add to her already impressive net worth. In total, the singer has roughly $400 million in assets.
8 Jennifer Lopez $400 Million
Originally hailing from The Bronx, New York, Jennifer Lopez is a singer and actress who has taken the entertainment world by storm. The Billboard Icon Award winner has several hits to her credit, including tracks like “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “If You Had My Love,” and “Jenny from the Block” – just to name a few. She has also starred in several major motion pictures, such as The Wedding Planner and Monster-in-Law.
As an actress, singer, and businesswoman, the 50-year-old has amassed a fortune on her way to becoming an international superstar. In total, J Lo is worth roughly $400 million.
7 Barbara Streisand $400 Million
Barbara Streisand is a legendary vocalist and actress out of New York City, New York. She’s been in the game for over six decades now and has plenty to show for it. The 77-year-old has given us iconic songs like “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond).” Streisand has also been in popular flicks like Meet the Fockers, The Prince of Tides, and A Star Is Born (the 1976 film).
The New Yorkers' lengthy career has also been an extremely lucrative one. Over the years, Streisand has managed to amass enough money to become a member of the $400 million club.
6 Victoria Beckham $450 Million
Victoria Beckham (aka “Posh Spice) was first introduced to the public as member of the British pop group known as the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls are commonly associated with songs like “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There,” and “Spice Up Your Life.” While she certainly had plenty of success as a member of the iconic 90s girl group, a good portion of 45-year-old’s wealth comes from her fashion label. At this point, she is arguably better known as a fashion icon than a pop star.
The British celeb still technically counts as a singer and qualifies for our list with a net worth in the neighborhood of $450 million.
5 Gloria Estefan $500 Million
Gloria Estefan is a singer from Havana, Cuba, who has won 3 Grammy Awards and has a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1985, she released what would become her breakout hit, a track called “Conga.” She would go on to produce countless other popular songs like “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Get On Your Feet,” and “Coming Out of the Dark.” The 62-year-old has sold over 115 million albums worldwide since her musical career began.
Being a megastar for nearly 35 years has been very good for Estefan’s bank account. The singer is reportedly worth $500 million.
4 Dolly Parton $500 Million
Dolly Parton is a country music legend and the genre’s most successful female act. The native of Pittman Center, Tennessee, is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, who’s credited with some the most popular songs of her era. Parton’s hits include “I Will Always Love You,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and “9 to 5.” The 73-year-old has also had success as an actress in films such as Steel Magnolias and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She even co-owns her own theme park, Dollywood.
Between her many business ventures, the country music sensation has amassed around $500 million in total assets.
3 Beyonce $500 Million
Houston, Texas’s own Beyonce, is seemingly everywhere these days. The pop sensation has been nominated for more Grammy Awards than any other female on the planet and managed to win 23 of them. Her hit list includes tracks like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “If I Were a Boy,” and “Irreplaceable.”As a member of Destiny’s Child, she sold over 60 million records and over 100 million as a solo act. Forbes magazine twice recognized her as the most powerful woman in entertainment in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
The 38-year-old is reportedly worth a whopping $500 million and counting.
2 Celine Dion $800 Million
Charlemagne, Quebec’s Celine Dion is one of the most well-known female vocalists in the world. The 51-year-old became a teen star in the 1980s after releasing a series of French-language records and has since gone on to become one of the best selling artists of all-time globally. Among Dion’s most popular songs are tracks like “My Heart Will Go On,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” and “Because You Love Me.” The Canadian superstar has won 5 Grammy Awards and sold over 200 million albums.
Dion’s impressive album sales have helped make her an extremely wealthy woman who is worth an estimated $800 million.
1 Madonna $850 Million
In an industry that often chews people up and spits them out, Madonna’s ability to change with the times has helped earn her nickname the “Queen of Pop.” The native of Bay City, Michigan, has hits spanning four decades that include songs like “Take a Bow,” “Like a Prayer,” and “Like a Virgin.” The 61-year-old has also appeared in several major motion pictures including Dick Tracy, A League of Their Own, and Evita. Madonna has sold over $1.4 billion in concert tickets alone and also managed to sell over 300 million records.
Madonna is the wealthiest female vocalist of all-time, with a net worth of around $850 million.