There are many, many people out there who have a great singing voices. There are only a few, however, who have an extraordinary talent that is bankable to boot. These are the ones who have risen above having to play in bars, weddings and bar mitzvahs to make ends meet and fill up major venues. These are the richest singers in 2023 according to their estimated net worth.
Note: all net worths listed are estimated, in USD and according to online sources like Celebrity Net Worth and Wealthy Gorilla.
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20. Katy Perry (Estimated net worth: $330 million)
Katy Perry may be known for wearing uncomfortable-looking outfits, but there’s nothing uncomfortable about her bank balance. With several awards to her name, numerous hits, an autobiographical movie and these days a gig as an American Idol judge, she probably doesn’t regret giving up on her teenage dream of having a gospel career. According to Wealthy Gorilla, the singer is worth a cool $330 million.
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19. Mariah Carey (Estimated net worth: $340 million)
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mariah Carey has a net worth of $340 million. She shot to fame in 1990, when her first five singles became number one hits. She holds the record for the most chart-topping singles and has supplemented her income with residencies, documentaries and sell-out tours. She also has a moderately successful acting career.
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18. Cher (Estimated net worth: $360 million)
According to Wealthy Gorilla, singer-turned-fashion icon Cher has a net worth of $360 million. She began her career in 1964 when she met Sonny Bono. She starred in the show Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and then her own show, Cher, into the ‘70s. She is the only artist to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe (she's actually won three) and a Best Actress honour at Cannes. Plus, she’s the only music artist to have had a number one song on the Billboard charts every decade in the last 60 years.
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17. Toby Keith (Estimated net worth: $365 million)
Once known as "country music’s $500 million man," Toby Keith now has a net worth of $365 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He’s made plenty of money as one of the highest paid country stars in the world, as well as some money off of ventures into acting. However, it’s his business ventures that have made him truly rich: in addition to his own clothing line, he also owns the popular Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill chain of restaurants.
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16. Trisha Yearwood (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Country superstar Trisha Yearwood has sold over 15 million records worldwide and three Grammy awards. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1991, with the hit track “She’s in Love with The Boy” which reached number one on the Country charts. Yearwood has also established herself as a celebrity chef, where her 2008 cookbook Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen took the top spot on the New York Times bestseller’s list. In 2005, Yearwood married fellow country singer Garth Brooks, who is also on this list. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Yearwood has a $400 million net worth.
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15. Taylor Swift (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Taylor Swift AKA “Blondie” to major Swifties, started her musical career in 2006 after moving to Tennessee. The release of her album, Fearless, in 2008 became an instant chartbuster which earned her multiple CMT albums. Since then, she’s shifted from a country sweetheart to a total pop star, with multiple Grammys and other awards. With sold-out concert tours, commercial success, to re-recording her Masters as of 2023, she is on Forbes’ list of top-earning women in music. According to Wealthy Gorilla, Swift has a fortune of around $400 million.
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14. Shania Twain (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Man, she feels like a woman. A very rich woman. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Shania Twain’s net worth at $400 million. The Canadian singer is the bestselling female artist in country history. As one of the celebrities who have struggled with Lyme disease, in 2004 she had to retire from performing and had to retrain her voice. She chronicled her comeback in the reality series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, has appeared as a guest judge in several other reality series, has worked as executive producer and is touring again.
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13. Johnny Mathis (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
In the 1950s, a young high-jumper named Johnny Mathis had to decide: he could try out for the US Olympic team that would go to Melbourne or he could keep an appointment in New York to record his first album. New York and music won and he’s made more money than he ever would have made as an athlete. He’s done 12 TV specials, wrote a cookbook and he still performs. He’s done 12 TV specials, wrote a cookbook and he still performs. According to according to Celebrity Net Worth, Mathis has a net worth of $400 million.
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12. Jennifer Lopez (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Known as much for her singing, acting, reuniting with Ben Affleck as Bennifer, she's also has those style moments that changed everything. She’s been supplementing her income with gigs judging reality TV talent shows, endorsements and her own fashion line. In addition, her line of fragrances is a huge success that has paved the way for other celebrity fragrances. Wealthy Gorilla estimates JLo's empire is worth $400 million.
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11. Garth Brooks (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Tulsa, Oklahoma native Garth Brooks started his career in 1989. In the year 2000, he announced his retirement, but briefly came out of it in 2009 with a Las Vegas residency at Steve Wynn's Encore Las Vegas hotel and casino. According to the RIAA, he is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 148 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall. Wealthy Gorilla estimates that one of the best country musicians of all time has an estimated net worth of $400 million.
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10. Barbra Streisand (Estimated net worth: $400 million)
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Barbra Streisand’s net worth at $400 million, making her one of the richest self-made women in the United States. In a career spanning over half a century, she has racked up ten Grammys, two Oscars, five Emmys, a Tony, four Peabodys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other accolades. She’s also the only woman to have won a Golden Globe for Best Director. Oh, and she’s had a number one album in each of the last six decades.
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9. Victoria Beckham (Estimated net worth: $450 million)
Most people agree that Victoria Beckham was never going to be a bestselling singer after the Spice Girls split. So how did she get to have a net worth of $450 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth? Well, there are the documentaries and the reality shows as well as two bestselling books. However, most of her money comes from her career in fashion: not only as a model, but also as a designer with her own label.
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8. Gloria Estefan (Estimated net worth: $500 million)
With her band Miami Sound Machine, Gloria Estefan was one of the biggest stars of the '80s. Then, in 1990, the tour bus she was travelling in collided with a truck and she fractured her spine. Despite being told she might never walk again, she persevered and made a comeback the next year. She has written two children’s books, one of which was a bestseller; she also co-wrote a cookbook. She’s the co-owner of several restaurants and two hotels, has a stake in the Miami Dolphins and is still performing and racking up the awards. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her wealth at $500 million.
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7. Beyoncé (Estimated net worth: $500 million)
Beyoncé has come a long way since those first times she appeared on the Grammy Awards red carpet. The former member of Destiny’s Child has worked hard to become Queen Bey, one of the world’s most successful singers. She’s also launched several business ventures, including her own fashion and fragrance lines; and holds equity in hubby Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Celebrity Net Worth says that Beyoncé is worth $500 million.
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6. Julio Iglesias (Estimated net worth: $600 million)
If you’re not familiar with Julio Iglesias, he happens to be the father of Spanish singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias. We know it runs in the family as Iglesias has recorded 80 albums and sold nearly 300 million copies of his music internationally in 14 different languages. He rose to significant prominence in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and has continued to tour successfully for over 40 years. According to Wealthy Gorilla, Iglesias’ fortune is an estimated $600 million.
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5. Dolly Parton (Estimated net worth: $650 million)
Having grown up dirt poor, Dolly Parton clawed her way up the ranks to become a legend with $650 million to her name, according to Celebrity Net Worth. How did she do it? Well, there have been the record-breaking number of hit records, the nine Grammys, the three AMAs and numerous other awards, the more than 3,000 songs she’s composed, the acting career and the film and TV production company. There are also the Dollywood theme parks. The singer has never forgotten her roots, though, and is known as one of the world’s most generous millionaires.
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4. Celine Dion (Estimated net worth: $800 million)
According to Wealthy Gorilla, Celine Dion has a net worth of $800 million. Originally known mainly in Canada, where she had some success with French-language albums, she learned how to speak English and signed with Epic Records in the US. Once she started releasing English-language albums, she became an international superstar with a penchant for some of the most memorable outfits throughout her style evolution. In addition to record sales, she’s made much of her money from touring and what became the highest-grossing concert residency of all time.
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3. Madonna (Estimated net worth: $850 million)
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Madonna’s net worth at $850 million, making her one of the richest self-made women in the United States. She burst onto the scene in the '80s and has dominated the pop charts ever since. Guinness World Records calls her the bestselling female recording artist of all time. Her tours are legendary and she’s the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time too. Her film career has been marked by box office flops but also a Golden Globe. She is also a noted businesswoman with a record label, fashion lines, children’s books, movie production, health clubs and lucrative endorsement deals to supplement her income.
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2. Herb Alpert (Estimated net worth:
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that American musician Herb Alpert has a net worth of $850 million for his success as not only an artist but a music executive and producer. At 88 years old, Alpert has had decades of success in the music industry. It all started with his band Herb Alpert and & the Tijuana Brass Band in the ‘60s. The band outsold The Beatles and Alpert went on to release 28 albums, five of which were number one hits, 14 went platinum and 15 went gold. He earned his fortune as the co-founder of A&M Records before selling the company to PolyGram, and then suing PolyGram and won an additional $200 million payout.
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1. Rihanna (Estimated net worth: $1.7 billion)
Fenty Mogul, multiple award-winning, Super Bowl Halftime headliner and mom (and soon mama-to-be again), Rihanna is the richest female musician in the world. Not only is she the of the most popular and commercially successful musicians in the world today, but a large portion of her net worth is attributable to her incredibly huge Fenty Beauty line and lingerie line Savage X Fenty. According to Celebrity Net Worth, in a given year, Rihanna earns around $40 to $80 million from her expanding empire. To date, she has sold 60 million albums, 120 million singles and is the youngest solo artist to have had 12 number one singles on the Billboard charts.
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