Jennifer Lopez is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, fashion designer, producer and an entrepreneur.
Here are the things to know about her successful career and other details of her life.
Jennifer Lopez Bio – The Early Days of Her Life
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on the 24th of July, 1969 in Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents David Lopez, a computer specialist and Guadalupe, a kindergarten teacher. J.LO is the second born of a family of three girls. Her love for music started at a very tender age. At 5, J.LO was already taking dancing and singing lessons.
Her parents were Roman Catholic so she was raised religiously in the Roman Catholic doctrine. This, of course, saw her attending Catholic schools through high school. She attended Preston High School, an all-girls high school in Bronx New York. After her high school education, Jennifer Lopez got enrolled at Baruch College in the Manhattan borough in New York City, but she left after one semester to pursue her singing and dancing career. For the short time she spent at Baruch, she was active in singing and dancing and also took part in tennis as well as field & track events.
J.LO’s sisters also had a passion for music and entertainment and today, they are both active in the industry. Her elder sister, Leslie is an opera singer while her younger sibling, Lynda is a Dj, VJ, as well as a correspondent for a morning news show.
Lopez moved out of her parent’s home at the age 18 right after graduating from high school. Her first job was in a law firm. However, the profession didn’t slow her down as an entertainer as she still took jobs as a dancer during the night.
Net Worth, Film and Music Earnings
Jennifer has a net worth of $360 Million. Her earnings come from her multiple talents as a musician, dancer and actress. It also comes from the several brand sponsorship deals she inked. In 2012, she made the list as number 38 of Forbes’ Power Women of the year. In 2017, she was again named as number 65 on Forbes’ richest 100 celebrities. Below are the details of how she earned her wealth.
J.LO’s first gig was a minor role in 1986 film “My Little Girl.” However, her major breakthrough came in 1991 when she landed a job as a Fly Girl on the famous TV show, “In Living Color”. Her great dancing skills were soon noticed by Janet Jackson, a world-celebrated singer and actress who took her on-board as one of her dancers. She left the show after two years in 1993 to focus on her acting career.
After a few minor roles in TV and movies, J.LO got her first major role in 1995 movie “My Family” for which she reportedly earned $50,000. Her next major gig came in 1997 movie “Selena” of which she played the lead, the role is credited to have earned her more celebrity status. J.LO became the first Hispanic to earn over $1 million from a single role when she starred in 1998 movie “Out of Sight” alongside George Clooney.
Though J.LO launched a successful music career in 1999 to the surprise of critics, she remained active in Hollywood. Some of her outstanding movies include “The Wedding Planner” (2001) which opened atop the box office. At the same time, her sophomore album was also topping the Billboard charts, making her the first woman ever to achieve that feat. J.LO has also lent her voice to animation characters like in the “Ice Age” movie series. She portrays the lead character in NBC crime series “Shades of Blue” which premiered to record ratings in January 2016. Her movies have collectively grossed over $2 billion.
Music Career and Tour Earnings
J.LO stormed the music world in 1999 with her debut single “If You Had My Love” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts further increasing her popularity. The single was followed by the album “On the 6”. Her sophomore self-titled studio album was a smash hit debuting atop the Billboard 200 churning out hit singles like “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”. It sold over 8 million copies worldwide and received triple platinum certification from the RIAA.
Her 2007 tour “Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony en Concierto” played 17 shows grossing $13.8 million. Her 2012 Dance Again World Tour grossed $103 million from 78 shows. J.LO has held highly lucrative residencies including her 2016 Planet Hollywood residency titled “All I Have” which broke Britney Spears‘ record to become the highest-grossing residency show grossing over $50 million as of February 2017. The $350,000 per night ended in July 2017.
Lopez has released at least 6 studio albums and is still active in the music industry. Her accolades include but are not limited to 3 American Music Awards, 1 BET Award, 4 Billboard Music Award, 8 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and 2 World Music Awards.
Business and Other Endeavours
Jennifer Lopez also touts a successful business career. In 2001 right after the release of her second album, she launched her self-titled clothing line “J.LO” whose annual income is $80 million. The next year (2002) she launched her own restaurant Madrè’s. Her next endeavour was her debut fragrance line – Glow by J.LO – which became the highest-selling fragrance line in America. J.LO’s fragrance lines are no doubt one of her highest money making machines as they have made more than $2 billion in sales.
In addition to her clothing and accessories line, she also owns Jennifer Lopez Home Collection which includes bedding, luggage and towel. She has collaborated with other top brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Giuseppe Zanotti.
The star’s beauty and sex appeal are also to be thanked for her wealth as they’ve landed her numerous lucrative endorsements with brands like L’Oreal, Venus, Endless Jewelry, Fiat and more. In 2008, she earned about $60 Million for having her twin children featured in a magazine.
J.LO has her own production company “Nuyorican Productions” which she founded in 2001. It has produced TV shows like South Beach Tow and The Fosters.
Jennifer Lopez was chosen to replace Ellen DeGeneres as a judge on the 10th season of music talent show “American Idol” where she earned $17 million in 2011 and $20 million in 2012. She earned $17.5 million for the 13th season and continued as a judge until the final season 15.
Lopez’s Earnings From 2011 – 2017
2011 – $25 million
2012 – $52 million
2013 – $45 million
2014 – $37 million
2015 – $28.5 million
2016 – $39.5 million
2017 – $38 million
Jennifer Lopez’s Boyfriend and Kids
Jennifer’s love life has attracted widespread media attention. From February 1997 to August 2016 she has been romantically linked to several men at different times and of course, broke up or get divorced for various reasons.
However, in recent times (since February 2017), she reportedly started dating retired MLB pro and former New York Yankees baseball player, Alex Rodriguez. The two lovers with their family of 4 kids are said to be getting along fine, making financial decisions together and also looking for a befitting home.
Jennifer’s relationship with Alex has seen her play the role of mother to 4 kids: Natasha, 12 and Ella, 9 – Alex’s kids with ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis – as well as her 9-year-old twins Max and Emme, from her June 2004 marriage to her longtime friend Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muñiz).
Height and Feet
Jenny is nicknamed “La Guitarra” due to her perfectly shaped guitar body. She is a beauty to behold and seems to look ageless. She has a height of 5 feet 5 inches (165cm) and walks on an 8.5 (US) or 39 (EU) shoe size. She has a totally healthy body weight of 63kg (139 pounds).