Understanding Celine Dion’s Net Worth and Music Exploits, Late Husband and Children

Net Worth:$800 million
Age/Date of Birth:
(53 years old) March 30, 1968
Height:
5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
Ethnicity/Race:
White
Nationality:Canadian
Husband or Boyfriend:René Angélil (m. 1994; died 2016)
Parents:
Adhémar-Charles Dion (deceased) (father)
Thérèse Tanguay Dion (deceased) (mother)

Celine Dion is a famous Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman with a net worth of $800 million, making her one of the richest singers in the world.

She has amassed her fortune from selling over 250 million records worldwide, touring, and landing lucrative residencies such as her Las Vegas residency which has earned her over $260 million from 2003 to 2016. Celine has bolstered her music income with various business ventures and by flipping luxurious real estate properties. Here is everything you need to know about Celine Dion’s illustrious career and wealth.

Her Early Life and Career Beginnings

Céline Marie Claudette Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne Quebec, Canada. The youngest child in a large family of 14, Celine wanted from an early age to become a singer. She made her first music performance at the age of 5 at her brother’s wedding and composed her first song at the age of 12 with her mom and brother.

The song was sent to Canadian music manager René Angélil who fell so much in love with Celine’s voice that he placed his house on a mortgage to finance her career. Celine was 12 years when he met the 38-year-old René Angélil. They struck a romantic relationship in 1987 and married in 1994.

Thanks to René Angélil, Celine Dion’s career enjoyed instant success. Her first record “La voix du bon Dieu” released in 1981 became a massive hit, propelling a teenage Celine to stardom. She became an international figure when she won two awards at the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Celine Dion went on to solidify her star status by winning various other music contests.

Breaking Down the Sources of Celine Dion’s $800 Million Fortune

The Canadian singer is a self-made multimillionaire. In addition to her music career which is the prime source of her wealth, Dion is also an actress with a knack for business. All of which has contributed to her massive fortune.

Her Music Exploits: The Singer Has Sold Over 250 Million Records Worldwide

Celine Dion

Inspired by Michael Jackson‘s star power, Celine underwent a 2-year image overhaul in preparation to launch into America. Her debut English album “Unison” (1990) included the single “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, her major breakthrough came in 1991 when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on the song “Beauty and the Beast” which was used as a soundtrack for a 1991 Disney film of the same title. The song became a worldwide hit and won Dion her first of many Grammy Awards.

Celine Dion went on to enjoy increasing worldwide success with a slew of English and French albums. She achieved yet another milestone in 1997 with the single “My Heart Will Go On” from her 5th English Album “Let’s Talk About Love.” The song became the biggest hit of her career and her signature song after peaking at number 1 in over 5 countries and selling multi-million copies. The song was used as the main theme song to James Cameron‘s blockbuster romance film, “Titanic”. The film became the first to make over $1 billion at the box office, ultimately grossing over $2.1 billion against a $200 million budget.

My Heart Will Go On won Dion 2 Grammy Awards. Between 1997 and the beginning of the new millennium, Dion released three albums which collectively sold over 50 million copies, making the period the most successful of her career. She went on a hiatus twice, both to focus on her family and help with her husband’s ailment. In all, she has 27 studio albums, 19 compilation albums, and seven live albums to her name. It is estimated that she has sold over 250 million records across the globe.

Highest-selling Albums and a Rough Estimate of What She Made from Them

  • Unison (1990)
    • Copies Sold – 3,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $51 Million
  • Dion chante Plamondon (1991)
    • Copies Sold – 2,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $34 Million
  • Celine Dion (1992)
    • Copies Sold – 5,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $85 Million
  • The Colour of My Love (1993)
    • Copies Sold – 20,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $350 Million
  • D’eux (1995)
    • Copies Sold – 10,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $180 Million
  • Falling into You (1996)
    • Copies Sold – 32,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $576 Million
  • Let’s Talk About Love (1997)
    • Copies Sold – 31,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $558 Million
  • These Are Special Times (1998)
    • Copies Sold – 12,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $216 Million
  • S’il suffisait d’aimer (1998)
    • Copies Sold – 4,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $72 Million
  • All the Way… A Decade of Song (1999)
    • Copies Sold – 22,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $404.5 Million
  • The Collector’s Series, Volume One (2000)
    • Copies Sold – 3,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $55 Million
  • A New Day Has Come (2002)
    • Copies Sold – 12,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $219.6 Million
  • One Heart (2003)
    • Copies Sold – 5,000,000
    • Amount Generated – $91.5 Million
  • Taking Chances (2007)
    • Copies Sold – 3,100,000
    • Amount Generated – $49.6 Million
  • Sans attendre (2012)
    • Copies Sold – 1,500,000
    • Amount Generated – $18 Million
  • Loved Me Back to Life (2013)
    • Copies Sold – 1,500,000
    • Amount Generated – $18 Million
  • Encore un soir (2016)
    • Copies Sold – 1,500,000
    • Amount Generated – $19.5 Million

Earnings from Concert Tours and Residency

The bulk of Dion’s fortune stems from touring. Her highest-earning tour days began after her “My Heart Will Go On” smash hit was released. Her 8th concert tour, “Let’s Talk About Love World Tour” grossed $52.4 million from 54 shows. After returning from her first hiatus in 2002, Celine signed a 3-year 600 show residency at Colosseum, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Despite the high ticket pricing which averaged at $135.33, the residency became highly lucrative. It grossed almost $80 million by the end of 2005. Celine was paid $100 million, plus 50% of the total gross. Due to its incredible success, it was extended for two more years. In total, it grossed over $400 million from 717 shows and over 3 million audiences. Billboard named it the highest-grossing residency shows of all time. Its success inspired artists like Elton John and Britney Spears to sign up for a residency gig.

After the residency ended in 2007, Dion headline the “Taking Chances World Tour” which grossed over $280 million from 132 shows. Thanks to these shows, Celine Dion was named the highest-grossing entertainer for a decade from 2000 to 2010. During the period, Celine’s efforts grossed $748 million. In 2008 alone, Forbes estimated her earnings at $100 million. Out of the $748 million, Celine earned over $520 million from ticket sales with $350 million stemming from her Vegas residency.

Dion signed on for another Vegas residency in 2011 titled Celine. The show which was slated to end in 2019 had, as of 2017, grossed over $209 million. Each of the 70 shows estimated for each year grosses an average of $500,000. The residency gig also gave her time to headline other tours. Her 2013, Sans attendre Tour made $20 million from 9 shows.

She Owns Nickels Restuarant and Other Businesses

Dion became the executor of Angélil’s estate after his death. Dion and her husband owned various businesses including a restaurant chain called Nickels Restaurants. The restaurant includes 32 locations and operates primarily in Quebec and Ontario.

Together with her husband, Celine Dion made a $15 million investment in Le Mirage Golf Club. They also own Pure nightclub located at Caesars Palace where Celine has her highly lucrative residency gig.

In addition to the foregoing, Dion owns Les Productions Feeling Inc., an artist management company in Laval, Québec, Canada.

The Singer Has Various Product Lines 

As typical of celebrities, Celine Dion has made money off merchandise sales. Her Celine Dion Parfums released in 2003 reported a global retail sale of $850 million as of March 2010. The line launched in collaboration with Coty Inc has released 14 perfumes.

In February 2017, she released a new handbag, luggage, and accessories line with Bugatti Group. What she has been able to make through this avenue is best known to her but given her status in the entertainment industry, we should be talking about several millions of dollars.

Celine Dion Has Also Made Money from Flipping Properties

Celine Dion House

Celine Dion’s wealth has availed her the capacity to live in opulent homes. After her husband’s 2016 demise, the Power of Love crooner listed most of her real estate holdings. In January 2017, she listed her private mansion in Villa Montmorency, Paris for $9.5 million. She reportedly bought the chic home in 2008.

Celine Dion also owned a French Norman chateau-style mansion in Montreal River, Quebec which she sold in early 2016 for $25.5 million. The 24,000-square-foot sits on a 20-acre private island.

In 2005, Dion and her husband bought land in Jupiter Island, Florida for $12.5 million. In 2008, they bought a mansion close to the piece for $7 million. The couple then demolished the structure and built another, complete with a water park. They listed the mansion in 2013 at $72.5 million. After Angélil’s death, the house price was slashed to $45.5 million. It finally sold in May 2017 for $38.5 million. Celine Dion now lives in Las Vegas with her 3 children.

Major Sources of the Singer’s Wealth

  • Proceeds from record sales
  • Earnings from concert tours and residency
  • Profits from her restaurants and other businesses
  • Income from her various product lines
  • Profits made from flipping properties

Celine Dion Lost Her Husband to Throat Cancer In 2016

  • Name: René Angélil
  • Date of Birth: January 16, 1942
  • Occupation: Record Producer, Talent Manager, and Singer
  • Years Active: 1961 – 2015
  • Date of Death: January 14, 2016
  • Duration of Marriage: 1994 – 2016
  • No of Kids with Dion: 3 Sons (René-Charles, Eddy, and Nelson Angélil)

Tragedy struck Celine’s life in early 2016 when she lost both her husband René Angélil, 73, and brother Daniel, 59, to cancer. Daniel Dion’s death was very devastating for her, especially as it occurred just two days after she lost her husband. Since then, the singer has dedicated more time to philanthropic activities, raising funds for cancer causes.

Dion met her late husband when she was 12 years old. As the story goes, Rene who had established himself as a talent manager received a tape of Celine Dion and invited her to come for an audition in Quebec. Rene was so impressed that he began managing Dion’s career. When she was set to drop her debut album, the man reportedly mortgaged his house to finance the album.

The relationship between Rene and Celine was a professional one until 1988. Reports have it that it was on the 30th of April, the day Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest that the two commenced a romantic relationship. Even though there was a massive 26 years age gap between the two, it wasn’t an issue for them.

The Got Married In December 1994 and Had Three Sons

Celine Dion isn’t the first wife of Rene, roughly two years before she was born, the late talent manager married his first wife Denyse Duquette. The union lasted from 1966 to 1973 and produced a son named Patrick; he was born in 1968, the same year Celine was born. After Denyse, Rene got married to Anne Renee in 1973 and they parted ways in 1988. Their marriage produced two children named Jean-Pierre and Anne-Marie Angelil.

The same year Rene ended his marriage with his second wife was the year his romance with Celine Dion began. They dated for over 5 years before they had their lavish wedding on the 17th of December 1994. The couple would later embrace in-vitro fertilization and subsequently became parents to three sons before their marriage ended in 2016.

Meet Their Children

René-Charles Angélil

  • Date of Birth: January 25, 2001
  • Occupation: Rapper

René-Charles is the oldest of the couple’s kids; he was 14 years old at the time of his father’s death. While Rene has followed his parent’s footsteps, striving to build a career in the music industry, he is not a singer like his mother, but a rapper known as Big Tip.

Eddy Angélil

  • Date of Birth: October 23, 2010
  • Occupation: Undetermined

After the birth of their first child together in 2001, Celine Dion suffered a miscarriage in 2009 and then gave birth to a set of twin boys the following year. Eddy is one of the twins and he was named after Eddy Marnay, the producer of Celine Dion’s first five albums.

Nelson Angélil

  • Date of Birth: October 23, 2010
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Nelson is the twin brother of Eddy and he was named after the last South African president and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. Like Eddy, Nelson has a lot of growing up to do. Only time can tell what the future holds for him.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Celine
Last Name:Dion
Also Known As:
Unknown
Sex/Gender:
Female
Profession:
Singer
Famous For:Her albums and singing
Colleges/Universities Attended:
She had no college education
Educational Qualifications:
None
Religion:
Roman Catholicism

Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
(53 years old) March 30, 1968
Zodiac Sign:Aries
Birth Place:
Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Nationality:Canadian
Ethnicity/Race:
White
Country of Residence:
USA
Physical Attributes
Height:
5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
Weight:
53 kg or 117 pounds
Eye Colour:
Dark Brown
Hair Color:
She has naturally “Dark Brown” hair
Other Body Measurements:
34-24-35 in or 86-61-89 cm (bust, waist, and hips)
Relationships
Marital Status:
Widowed
Spouse/Partner:
René Angélil (m. 1994; died 2016)
Family and Relatives
Father:
Adhémar Dion
Mother: Adhémar Dion
Children:
René-Charles Angelil (born – January 25, 2001), fraternal twins Nelson and Eddy (born – October 23, 2010)
Siblings:She has 13 older siblings, including Jacques Dion (Older Brother), Michel Dondalinger Dion (Older Brother)
Other Relatives:
Not available
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$800 million
Salary:Not available
Source of Wealth:
Singing career, endorsement deals, businesses such as co-ownership of Les Productions Feeling Inc. (Feeling Inc.), a night club, fragrance brand,

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