Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Having sold over 200 million albums worldwide, Mariah is one of the world’s best selling female artists. Her net worth is estimated at $520 million.
Mariah Carey Net Worth: The Foundation
Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York. Her mom was an opera singer and voice coach. Mariah’s parents divorced when she was 3 and she continued to live with her mother. Carey turned to music at the young age of 4 as an escape from the neglect she suffered from her maternal family who disowned her mom because of her choice to marry a black man. Her interest in arts became apparent from elementary school where she excelled in arts-related subjects including music and literature. Her music interests developed in high school where she began writing her own songs.
Mariah worked in restaurants in order to afford rent and support her music career. In a quest to get her demo tape across to record producers, she became friends with burgeoning pop singer Brenda K. Starr. Through Starr, Carey met with Columbia Records head, Tommy Mottola who signed her after listening to her demo.
Mariah Carey Net Worth: Music Breakthrough
In 1991, Mariah released her debut eponymous album which as a massive hit. The album peaked atop the Billboard 200 maintaining the position for 11 consecutive weeks. It produced four chart topping singles including “Vision of Love” which bagged her 2 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Other singles from the album are “Love Takes Time”, “Someday”. Though the commercial success of her sophomore album Emotions (1991) didn’t match the first, she bounced back with the release of “Music Box” in 1993. Music Box topped the Billboard 200 for weeks and produced the single “Hero” which gained her more worldwide prominence especially in Europe.
Her 1994 Christmas album “Merry Christmas” was the best-selling Christmas album of all time and produced the single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” which was a worldwide hit. Daydream (1995) produced the hit single “One Sweet Day” ft Boyz II Men which topped the charts for a record 16 consecutive weeks to become the longest chart topping single in US history. Mariah released 3 other albums with Columbia before signing a record setting $100 million contract with Virgin Records in 2000.
Mariah suffered a period of decline in her music career in the early 2000’s but bounced back with Emancipation of Mimi (2005) which was the best-selling album in the US. As of 2016, she has released a total of 14 studio albums.
Mariah has won 5 Grammys, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards for her contributions to the music industry. Carey has been credited severally for her signature whistle register as well as her five-octave vocal range which has been an influence to many singers. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
Mariah Carey Net Worth: Other Sources
A lover of arts, Mariah ventured into acting making her debut feature in 1999 movie The Bachelor. She has since appeared in a handful of movies and have also taken up voice roles.
Cary turned down offers to endorse brands at the early stage of her career until 2006 when she endorsed Intel Centrino PCs. Her net worth can undoubtedly be linked to a host of lucrative endorsement deals, business ventures and property holdings. She’s had partnerships with Pepsi, Motorolla and Elizabeth Arden. Her line of fragrance “M” launched in 2007 with Elizabeth Arden earned her over $150 million. She owns a luxury collection on HSN which includes shoes, jewelry and fragrances. Carey is an ambassador for weight loss company Jenny Craig. She earned around $96 million from all her endeavors from August 2014 to August 2015.
Mariah Carey have had romantic relationships with fellow high profile celebrities. She married her Columbia boss Tommy Mottola in 1993 and divorced in 1997. She dated singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001. In 2008, she married comedian and TV host Nick Cannon with whom she shares fraternal twins Moroccan and Monroe. The pair divorced in 2015. Shortly after she began dating Australian billionaire James Packer and got engaged in January 2016.