Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and producer with a net worth of $260 million.
Born in Santa Barbara, California on 25th October 1984 to Pastors, Katy was raised in a strict Christian home and listened only to Christian/gospel music. Her debut eponymous album was a gospel album released in 2001 under Christian label Red Hill. The album received positive reviews but didn’t do well commercially selling less than 200 copies. Fast forward 7 years later, Katy opted to do secular music in 2008 and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
Her debut single in secular music was “Ur So Gay” (2007), the sophomore single which was also her major break, topping international charts was “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. She then released her second album and first secular music album “One of The Boys” which received a number of platinum certifications. Her other works include Teenage Dream (2010) which debuted at number 1 on Billboard 200 and Prism (2013) whose single Roar topped Billboard Hot 100. Two videos from the album received over a billion views on Vevo, making her the only musician to receive multiple billion views.
Since the release of her second album, Katy Perry has been receiving an annual paycheck in the range of $30 million and $50 million from album sales, endorsements, tours and merchandise. She made $44 million and $45 million in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Her earnings even grew more in the last year. According to Forbes, Katy is the highest-earning musician in 2015 with earnings of $135 million between June 2014 and June 2015. Her earnings were mostly from her Prismatic World Tour which brought in at least $2 million per stop. The tour spanned across 27 countries in 4 continents including Asia. Her Glu mobile Inc game and endorsements with Coty, Clair’s, Ubisoft, Proctiv & Covergirl, also contributed to hike her 2015 earnings.
Katy Perry has received many awards including numerous Guinness World Records, 5 American Music Awards and 5 MTV VMAs. Though she has been nominated 13 times for the Grammys, Katy is yet to have a Grammy Award to her name. So far she has sold over 10 million albums and 81 million singles globally.
As an actress, Katy Perry has lent her voice to Smurfette character in The Smurfs and its sequel and have also starred in 2016 movie Zoolander 2.
She married British comedian Russel Brand in 2010 but divorced 14 months later.