Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, actress, film director, businesswoman, author and dancer who is largely regarded as the Queen of Pop. She began singing in the 1980s and is now one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
Madonna is also one of the richest out there, not just from record sales and endorsement, but from concerts as she is the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time.
Madonna was born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan on 6th August 1958. Her father is of Italian descent while her mother is French Canadian.
Little Nonnie, as she was fondly called, was a straight-A student all through high school although she was mostly known for her unconventional behavior. She usually climbed and hung on monkey bars and did cartwheels in the hallways and would often pull up her skirt to show boys in class her underpants.
After graduating, Madonna received a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She, meanwhile, attended ballet classes and was convinced by her teacher to pursue a career in dance.
In 1978, Madonna dropped out of college and moved to the city of New York to pursue a career in modern dance. She had to work odd jobs here and there to survive before getting to work as a backup dancer and singer to other famous artists. During this time, Madonna joined a few groups but later opted to push herself as a solo act. This was when she got her big break, recording her first album “Madonna’’ in 1983.
Her next album “Like A Virgin”, propelled her to international stardom. It received mixed reviews from music critics but was a commercial success. It became her first number one album on the Billboard 200 and set the record as the first female album in history to sell over five million copies in the United States.
Madonna went on to produce a total of 11 major studio albums that featured dozens of hit singles, catapulting her to worldwide fame.
Madonna Net Worth and Income From Album Sales and Tour
Madonna has sold over 300 million records worldwide. She has been ranked by the RIAA as the best-selling female artist of the 20th century. In addition, she is ranked as the second best-selling female artist in the US having sold 64 million certified albums. To crown it all, Guinness World Records has named her the best female artist of all time.
According to Forbes magazine’s, Celeb 100 list, Madonna earned $27 million in 2007, $40 million and $110 million in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2010, she earned $58 million. In the first six months of 2012, she made $30 million.
Over the years, Madonna has toured many countries on different continents. These tours have grossed over $1.4 billion to date, including $305 million on the MDNA tour in 2012.
Madonna has also enjoyed moderate success as an actress. Some of her movies include A League of Their Own (1992), Four Rooms (1995), The Next Best Thing (2000), Die Another Day (2002), and Arthur and the Invisibles (2006).
In 2017, Forbes ranked Madonna as the second-highest entertainer with $500 million. The money came about thanks to her Rebel Heart tour, which ended in March 2016 and grossed $170 million.
|Also Known As:||Queen of Pop, Veronica|
|Profession:||Singer, actress, businesswoman, record producer|
|Famous For:||being one of the most selling pop artist of all time and also for her many controversies.|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:|| St. Fredrick’s and St. Andrew’s Elementary Schools|
West Middle School
Rochester Adams High School
University of Michigan
|Educational Qualifications:||She dropped out from college to pursue music|
|Birthday & Zodiac |
|Age/Date of Birth:||16, 1958 (age 61 years)|
|Birth Place:||Bay City, Michigan|
|Ethnicity/Race:||She is of Italian, French, and Canadian descent|
|Country of Residence: ||The United States of America|
|Height:||5 feet 4 inches (164 cm)|
|Weight:||119 pounds (54 kg)|
|Other Body Measurements:||Dress Size: 8 (US)|
Breast Size: 35 inches (89 cm)
Waist: 27″ (69 cm)
Hips: 33″ (84 cm)
Shoe size: 8 (US)/38 (EU)
|Spouse/Partner:||Carlos Leon - Ex partner |
Sean Penn (m. 1985; div. 1989)
Guy Ritchie (m. 2000; div. 2008)
|Family and Relatives|
|Father:||Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone|
|Mother:||Madonna Louise (née Fortin)|
|Children:||6; Lourdes Leon, Rocco Ritchie, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie, Mercy James, Estere Ciccone, Stelle Ciccone|
|Siblings:||Anthony Ciccone (brother)|
Martin Ciccone (brother)
Paula Ciccone (sister)
Christopher Ciccone (brother)
Melanie Ciccone (sister)
Mario Ciccone (brother)
Jennifer Ciccone (sister)
|Other Relatives:||Joan Ciccone|
Gaetano Ciccone (grandfather)
Michelina Ciccone (grandmother)
|Estimated Net Worth:||$850 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Musical career and business|
Business Ventures and Endorsements
Madonna is a businesswoman in her own right as she mints millions from clothing and perfumes. She also has some investments in Vita Coco and a gym chain known as Hard Candy. She also has a stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Some of her enterprises include lifestyle brand Truth or Dare by Madonna, and Boy Toy, Inc.
She has also earned substantially from endorsing some of the world’s top brands including Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana.
And rightly so, the self-proclaimed material girl is a savvy spender of her hard-earned cash. The 58-year-old has scooped up New York real estate and work of arts reportedly including works by Picasso and Man Ray.
See Also: Michael Jackson’s Net Worth
Who Are Madonna’s Children?
She has a total of six children, two biological and four adopted. Her two biological children are a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, who she had with Carlos Leon and was born on 14 October 1996. The other is a son, Rocco Ritchie, who she had with ex-husband Guy Ritchie and was born on 11 August 2000.
Her adopted kids are David Banda, born 24 September 2005 and Mercy James, born on 22 January 2006. The other two are a pair of twins, Esther and Stella Mwale, born on 24 August 2012.
All her adopted kids are from Malawi where the pop star has done extensive charity work.
Details Of Her Numerous Ex-Boyfriends, and Ex-Husbands
Madonna married actor Sean Penn on her birthday in 1985. In 1989, she filed for divorce from Penn, citing irreconcilable differences. In 1995, she became romantically involved with Carlos Leon, who she had Lourdes with. The relationship ended in 1997. Her next relationship was with actor Guy Ritchie who she met in 2008. The couple had Rocco and got married a day after his christening on December 22, 2000. Madonna again filed for divorce from her second husband, citing irreconcilable differences.
In between her marriages, Madonna has dated a number of celebrities including Tupac, Vanilla Ice, John Kennedy Jr, Dennis Rodman, Warren Beatty, and Alex Rodriguez.
Trivia Questions and Answers
In 2019, the controversial singer started appearing with an eye patch and she started referring herself to Madame X. The reason behind the self-reinventing is to enable her promote her album, "Madame X."
She also revealed that the eye patch means she is an agent and a spy and that she sleeps with one-eye open.
Madonna revealed that she has an IQ of 140 which means she is a genius. She has the same IQ as Hillary Clinton, Shakira, and Natalie Portman among other celebrities.
Although she has a total of 6 children, the Queen of pop only has two biological children; Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon with her ex-partner, Carlos Leon, and Rocco Ritchie, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
Her four adopted children are David Banda and Mercy James as well as twins Esther and Stella Mwale.
She is famous for being one of the bestselling musicians of all time and is referred to as the Queen of Pop. More so, she is also a very controversial individual who is seen as the most recogized sexual icon and sex symbol of the 1980s and the 1990s.
Madonna is regarded as the Queen of pop because of how she has managed to remain relevant in the music scene for decades, outliving almost all others professionally. She has done this by constantly reinventing herself as time continues to pass. she is also considered as one of the most important women in music.