Madonna has always been big on the shock factor, and she shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Case in point: The singer just made a huge—massive—surprise announcement on Tuesday. Drum roll, please…
Madonna is going on a world tour in 2023. Yep, The Queen of Pop’s new Celebration Tour is set to cover four decades of her biggest hits, and all I can say is: OMG. Naturally, everyone is freaking out because, hello, Madonna will be performing songs that go back to her 80s roots.
Tickets are expected to go on sale this Friday <adds to calendar> and the tour will start on July 15 in Vancouver, before wrapping up on December 1 in Amsterdam. In total, it will run through 35 different cities.
Madonna has been around for a long time, but with all of this big news, it’s only natural to wonder about her massive net worth (hey, you’re human). So, here’s everything you need to know about how she made her millions.
She started making it big in the 80s.
While she started out singing with small bands, Madonna first hit the mainstream music scene in the 1980s with clubby songs like “Everybody” and “Burning Up,” from her self-titled debut album. But Madonna’s fame really blew up in the mid-80s with her second album, Like a Virgin, which featured a bunch of hits, like “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl,” “Angel,” and “Dress You Up,” according to her website.
Of course, the hits just kept coming after that.
Madonna made a lot of money off of her songs.
In total, the pop star has churned out 14 studio albums and has sold 335 million albums from the mid-80s to 2015, per Guinness World Records. That made her the best-selling female recording artist ever.
Her songs have also been sampled a ton by other artists, Guinness says, which puts even more cash in her pocket as the years go on.
Madonna has won a ton of awards.
Understandably, she has been nominated for a whopping 28 Grammy awards, and actually won seven of those nominations, according to Grammy.com.
Madonna won her first Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form for her Madonna–Blonde Ambition World Tour, in 1991.
While the awards themselves don’t tend to bring in cash, the recognition and fame definitely help with sponsorships, new artistic opportunities, and more.
She also made lots of money on tour.
Tours are where artists ~really~ make their coin, and Madonna is no exception.
The Material Girl has had a bunch of tours that netted more than $100 million, with her 2008 Sticky & Sweet tour being the highest grossing tour ever by a female artist (it made a cool $408 million), per Guinness. While that’s not all money that goes directly into Madonna’s pocket, you better believe she got a solid chunk of change from the successful tours.
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Madonna has been a director, actor, and children’s books author, too.
Of course, there’s Madonna’s acting and directing career to consider, as well. Since the 1980s, she has starred in hits like A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Evita, per IMDB, and she’s also directed things like Filth & Wisdom and W.E.
P.S. As it turns out, she’s pretty good at the whole acting thing, and took home a Golden Globe for her Evita performance.
And her artistic pursuits didn’t stop there. Madonna wrote several successful children’s books, including Mr. Peabody’s Apples, The English Roses, Yavok and the Seven Thieves, and Lotsa De Casha, per Publisher’s Weekly.
What real estate does Madonna own?
The singer owns about $80 million worth of real estate, according to Celebrity Net Worth. That includes homes in London, Beverly Hills, New York City, and Lisbon, Architectural Digest says.
In April, she listed a 12,500 square foot home in California’s Hidden Hills for an impressive $26 million, per The Guardian. (She bought it from The Weeknd for $19.3 million.)
What is Madonna’s total net worth?
When you add up four decades of stardom and success, you get Madonna’s jaw-dropping net worth of $850 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
And if I had to guess, I’d say her next tour will probably bump that number even higher. Everyone will have to wait and see!
Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more. She has a master’s degree from American University, lives by the beach, and hopes to own a teacup pig and taco truck one day.