|Age/Date of Birth:||16 August 1958 (62 years old)|
|Height:||5 feet 4 inches (164 cm)|
|Ethnicity/Race:||She is of Italian, French, and Canadian descent|
|Husband or Boyfriend:||Carlos Leon - Ex partner |
Sean Penn (m. 1985; div. 1989)
Guy Ritchie (m. 2000; div. 2008)
|Parents:||Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Louise (née Fortin)|
|Net Worth:||$850 Million|
Madonna is a multifaceted American entertainer who works as a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, film director, author and businesswoman. In the various areas of her entertainment career, Madonna is mostly popular in music and 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 endorsements, but also from tours and concerts. Aside from her songs, she has received wide admiration for her exceptional stage performances – a simple explanation to why she is the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. The level of strength and vibrancy the pop artist exhibits on stage has wowed fans in recent times, especially while considering her age.
Madonna Was Quite Young When She Launched Her Career
Born as Madonna Louise Ciccone on the 6th of August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna began exhibiting singing and performing talents as a young child. She is of Italian, French, and Canadian decent.
Little Nonnie, as she was fondly called, was a straight-A student all through high school. However, the entertaining traits in her could be the explanation of her several unconventional behavior which included climbing and hanging on monkey bars, doing cartwheels in the hallways and pulling up her skirt to show boys in class her underpants. Too bad you’ll say! But amidst all these, Madonna went ahead to earn a scholarship to study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Before this, she attended ballet classes and it was her teacher who convinced her to pursue a career in dance.
With the flame of her burning passion for dance increasing by the day, Madonna could not complete her studies. In 1978, she dropped out of college and moved to New York to pursue a career in modern dance. She however, 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.
After deciding to go solo, Madonna officially launched her music career in 1983 with her debut hit album, Madonna. The singer and dancer was just 21 years old when she achieved this milestone. Not long after she clocked 22, Madonna released her next album titled Like A Virgin which propelled her to international stardom. Like a Virgin witnessed impressive commercial success and became Madonna’s first album to chart on Billboard 200. The album also became the first female album in history to sell over five million copies in the United States!
How Old Is She Now?
Madonna is 62 years old. Following her big break with her second studio album, Madonna has continued to dish out hit records through the years. Presently in her sixties, Madonna has still not soft-pedalled. She has instead waxed strong, wowing the world with her songs and performances which has continued to receive massive patronage.
Among Madonna’s latest releases are Rebel Heart (2015) and Madame X (2019) which respectively peaked at #2 and #1 on Billboard 200 amidst wide commercial success. As of today, at the age of 62, Madonna has 14 studio albums to her credit, with each having recorded significant level of success. The singer-dancer who also has 5 live albums to her credit concluded her tour for Madame X in March 2020.
Madonna Has Earned Millions from Album Sales and Tours
As earlier mentioned, Madonna’s second studio album, Like a Virgin sold more than five million copies only in the US. You can imagine what that means to the singer’s bank account when you add up its overall global sales! With the commercial success of Like a Virgin still making waves, Madonna hit another financial big break with her third album, True Blue (1986) which peaked at #1 in twenty-eight countries and sold around 25 million copies globally. The album has since remained one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Following this, Like a Prayer (1989) which is Madonna’s fourth album recorded a global sales of 15 million; and after releasing two more albums to moderate success, her seventh album, Ray of Light (1998) won four Grammys and recorded a worldwide sales of more than 16 million copies. In addition, her eighth album, Music (2000) debuted at #1 in 23 countries and sold 4 million copies in its first ten days of release.
In 2007, Guinness World Records named Madonna the best female artist of all time. This was after her 10th album, Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) hit #1 in 40 countries and sold over 10 million copies. In all, Madonna has sold over 300 million records worldwide, with RIAA ranking her as the best-selling female artist of the 20th century. She also ranks as the second best-selling female artist in the US having sold 64 million certified albums.
In addition to record sales, Madonna has made impressive fortune from her tours which has covered many countries across continents. These tours have grossed over $1.4 billion to date, including an impressive $305 million from her 2012 MDNA tour. Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour, which ended in March 2016 grossed $170 million.
Her Earnings from Acting and Other Ventures
Alongside her music career, Madonna has enjoyed moderate success as an actress and has boosted her net worth with her earnings from the field. Some of her high-grossing movies include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), Evita (1996), The Next Best Thing (2000), Die Another Day (2002), and Arthur and the Invisibles (2006).
Madonna is also a businesswoman and mints millions from her various entrepreneurial ventures which span fashion, lifestyle and fitness. Some of these enterprises include Truth or Dare by Madonna, Material Girl clothing, and Hard Candy Fitness. Madonna also has some investments in Vita Coco as well as a stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. The pop idol who is also a record producer, film director and author also owns/co-owns some entertainment and publishing companies including Boy Toy Inc., Webo Girl Publishing, and Maverick. She also has numerous writeups to her credit including coffee table books and children’s books.
Madonna has also earned substantially from endorsing some of the world’s top brands including Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
Here’s How Much Madonna Is Worth Now!
Since after launching her music career, Madonna has continued to gross millions from her career alongside other ventures. According to Forbes magazine’s Celeb 100 list, the entertainment icon earned $27 million in 2007, $40 million in 2008, and $110 million in 2009. In 2010, she earned $58 million, and in the first six months of 2012, she made $30 million.
In 2017, Forbes ranked Madonna as the second highest-paid entertainer with an estimated net worth of $500 million. As of 2020, Madonna’s net worth stands at an estimated $800 million.
See Also: Michael Jackson’s Net Worth
Details Of Madonna’s Failed Marriages
Behind her booming career, Madonna’s romantic and marital life has recorded failures. Let’s take a closer look at
Her Short-lived Union with Sean Penn
Madonna married Sean Penn in 1985, precisely on her birthday being August 16. Sean Penn is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. The two earlier met in February of that year and dated for just a few months before tying the knot.
Although Madonna dedicated her 1986 album True Blue to Penn for being “the coolest guy in the universe”, their marriage turned out a rocky one the few years it lasted. Contrary to being a “cool guy” Penn was bad tempered and often landed in trouble for his frequent public outbursts.
Madonna consequently filed a divorce from him in December 1987 but later withdrew the application. There were also reports that she sometime sued Penn for physically assaulting her but also dropped the charges. Their union eventually came to an official end in 1989 after Madonna reapplied for divorce in January of that year, citing irreconcilable differences.
Madonna and Penn have however, remained friends post-divorce, often taking friendly shots together and supporting each other’s career, thereby sparking reuniting rumors from time to time. Madonna even joked that she will remarry Penn for $150k at a fundraiser she hosted in Miami in December 2016. Penn on the other hand recently admitted he still loves Madonna during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in March 2018. The actor however, married Australian-American actress, Leila George in July, 2020.
Marital Life with Guy Ritchie
Madonna met and began dating British film director/producer, Guy Ritchie in 1998. Ritchie is mostly popular for his works on the Sherlock Holmes franchise and several British gangster films.
About two years into their relationship, Madonna and Ritchie welcomed a son, and tied the knot a day after his christening. That was on December 22, 2000. The couple later adopted a Malawian baby boy in 2006.
Unfortunately, Madonna’s second marriage also came crashing, and she filed for divorce in October 2008, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in December of that year, with Madonna and Ritchie receiving joint custody of their two kids.
Madonna’s Ex-boyfriends – Who and Who Has She Dated?
In between her marriages, Madonna has dated several celebrities most of whom are many years her junior, causing the media to often refer to them as “toyboys”. Here’s a timeline of her dating history.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1982)
Madonna briefly dated Jean-Michel Basquiat. The “Material Girl” singer is a strong admirer of the Haitian-Puerto Rican artist who died of drug overdose in August 1988.
John “Jellybean” Benitez (1982-1985)
Record producer John Benitez a.k.a. Jellybean had a long and seemingly serious affair with Madonna. The relationship which started in 1982 came to naught in 1985. While they dated, Jellybean produced Madonna’s hit song, “Holiday”.
John F. Kennedy Jr. (1988)
Madonna was reportedly the one who pursued Kennedy Jr.’s love but his mother disapproved of it. Consequently, she only managed to have a brief fling with the former U.S president’s son.
Warren Beatty (1989-1990)
Madonna briefly dated American actor, Warren Beatty in 1990. They quit the affair because Beatty wasn’t comfortable with Madonna’s lifestyle and level of fame, especially his being referred to as “Mr Madonna”. Of all her romantic relationships, Warren Beatty was the only man who was older than Madonna.
Lenny Kravitz (1990)
Madonna’s short-lived 1990 flirt with American musician, Lenny Kravitz reportedly cost the latter his marriage. The six-year age gap between them (with Kravitz being the younger) had made headlines back then as Madonna had just released her hit song “Justify my Love” at the time their dating rumors sparked.
Tony Ward (1990-1991)
Tony Ward is an American model who dated Madonna between 1990 and 1991. Tony’s relationship with the iconic entertainer saw him make it to her 1992 book, SEX.
Jose Canseco (1991)
Baseball player, Jose Canseco was married at the time Madonna was allegedly sharing her bed with him – sometime in 1991. The famous singer had reportedly wanted Canseco (who is six years younger) to marry her instead and also make children with her.
Vanilla Ice (1991-1992)
Madonna’s affair with Vanilla Ice lasted for about eight months between 1991 and 1992. However, after Madonna released her controversial SEX book, the 10-year younger American rapper called it a day, saying that he does not want to be associated with such racy trends.
Dennis Rodman (1990s)
In the mid 1990’s Madonna who was desperate for kids at the time hooked up with American basketball player, Dennis Rodman to achieve this dream. Things however, never worked out between them and they called it quits.
Yes! Tupac also made it to the long list of Madonna’s exes. This time, Madonna was becoming more adventurous with her “toyboy” escapade as the (now late) American rapper was thirteen years younger than her. Tupac eventually quit Madonna on the fear that a relationship with an older white lady will jeopardize his career.
Carlos Leon (1995-1997)
In 1995, Madonna became romantically involved with Carlos Leon, a Cuban-American actor. A former personal trainer, Carlos who is eight years younger, was Madonna’s trainer. Unlike her other affairs, Madonna had a married-like relationship with Leon, causing the media to refer to them as partners. Rumors even sparked sometime that the duo were engaged. In 1996, Madonna and Leon welcomed a daughter. The relationship however, ended about seven months later – in May 1997.
Alex Rodriguez (June-Nov. 2008)
When things became rocky in her marriage with Guy Ritchie, Madonna reportedly hooked up with baseball player, Alex Rodriguez in June, 2008. Their relationship however, lasted for only a few months, ending in November of same year before she concluded her divorce from Ritchie.
Jesus Luz (Dec. 2008- Feb. 2010)
After wrapping things up with Rodriguez, Madonna hooked up with Jesus Luz, a pro dancer born in 1976. The duo met each other on a cover shoot for W magazine. The affair which began in December 2008, lasted for a little over a year, ending in February, 2010.
Brahim Zaibat (2010-2013)
Madonna continues to break records with her younger lovers, and this time she hooked up with 29-years-younger stage dancer, Brahim Zaibat. Madonna and Zaibat affair was quite a long and seemingly serious one but just like others, it wasn’t meant to last forever.
Timor Steffens (2014)
The age gap continues to widen and this time, it is Madonna and 30-years-younger Dutch dancer and choreographer, Timor Steffens. Madonna “politely” sent Timor packing in August 2014 while the duo were vacationing alongside her kids in France.
Kevin Sampaio (2017-2019)
Madonna began dating Kevin after he starred in the music video for her song, “Bitch I’m Madonna”. Despite making the pop diva happy by keeping their affair a secret, things still went soar between them leading to their separation. The shocker? Sampaio is 33 years younger than Madonna!
Ahlamalik Williams (2019-date)
As the flame of her love for dancers continues to burn, Madonna recently began sharing her bed with backing dancer, Ahlamalik Williams who has been working with her since at least 2015. Paparazzi caught the duo cosying up at the balcony of a Miami hotel on December 16, 2019. The bomb? Williams is 36 years younger than Madonna and just two years older than her daughter, Lourdes.
The Pop Diva Is a Mother of Six – Meet Each One of Them!
Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon
Lourdes, fondly called Lola is Madonna’s first child and daughter. She was born on the 14th of October, 1996. Madonna had Lourdes with her then boyfriend, Carlos Leon. Lourdes has Cuban, Italian and French-Canadian origins. She was just a few months old when her parents ended their relationship.
Although she studied Fashion at the University of Michigan, Lourdes is also stepping in her mother’s footprints having become an excellent singer and dancer. Madonna’s twelfth album, MDNA featured a song by Lourdes. Like her mum, she attended a School of Music and Performing Arts (New York’s La Guardia to be precise) before venturing into Fashion.
Lourdes who also works as a model has worked for a number of brands including Miu Miu and Stella McCartey. She has as well attained a remarkable level of social media prominence, with her Instagram page boasting 54k followers as of the time of writing this article.
Rocco is Madonna’s second child and first son. Madonna had him on the 11th of August, 2000 with her second husband, Guy Ritchie. Rocco is British-American and was about eight years old when Madonna and Ritchie divorced.
Despite initially receiving a joint custody of him, Rocco’s parents began a new custody battle after he abandoned his mum and fled to London in 2015 to live with his dad. Rocco who appears not to be in love with Madonna’s public and “controlling” lifestyle blocked her on Instagram before eventually deleting his account of 138k followers in 2016.
As of the time of writing this article, Rocco has still not signed up to Instagram. He has since been living with his dad in London where he maintains a low key lifestyle. This notwithstanding, Rocco has a big flair for fashion. He studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts in London, England.
David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie
David Banda is Madonna’s first adopted child and son. He was born in Mchinji , Malawi on 24th September, 2005 and was adopted from a Malawian orphanage by Madonna and her then husband, Guy Ritchie in October 2006. Madonna had wanted more children but complications from her last pregnancy made it difficult for her to conceive.
David’s biological mother died just few weeks after his birth and his father placed him in an orphanage since he was not able to take care of him. His older siblings had also died of illnesses. While his birth name is David Bandayu Mwale, he received Madonna and Guy’s last names – Ciccone and Ritchie following his adoption. David was barely two years old when his foster parents divorced. He has since been living with Madonna who is raising him her way, often sharing his activities with her millions of social media followers.
Mercy is the second child and first girl Madonna adopted, also from Malawi. Of African ethnicity, Mercy was born in Thwonde, Southern Malawi on 22nd January, 2005. Following the death of her biological mother when she was just eight days old, Mercy was placed in a children’s home from where Madonna adopted her when she was four years old.
Mercy’s biological father who had fled their village after the death of her mum later surfaced sometime in 2009 after he heard that she has been adopted by a famous celebrity, threatening to begin a custody battle. Madonna however, appears to have won the fight and has named a hospital she set up in Malawi after Mercy – The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care.
Estere and Stella Mwale
Madonna further enlarged her family with the adoption of Malawian twin girls, Estere and Stella. They were born on 24th August, 2012 and Madonna adopted them when they were toddlers. The twin’s biological mother had died few weeks after giving birth to them and they thenceforth, lived in an orphanage from where Madonna adopted them.
Madonna is obviously very much in love with all her kids and often makes lovely posts of them on social media. On her 59th birthday, she shared a rare and enviable photo of herself with all of them.
|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:||August 16, 1958 (62 years old)|
|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|
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.