You could be either male or female at birth but your sexual orientation and gender can be different. Gender transformation is one of the most talked about topic in the world today. There are several advocates who talk freely about this matter and ask people to be open about it. Because of such open-mindedness, transgenders who come out in public are considered as influential and strong people in the world today.
Not only do they feature on television shows, public speaking, movies or in the media, they also make money with their popularity. However, celebrities who have come out to reveal their true gender status find it easy to increase their fame. Some of the transgender celebrities on this list haven’t changed their looks at all, some have gone through surgery while few have completely transformed to what they believe their inner-self is.
Here we list the top 10 richest transgender celebrities in the world today.
10. Chaz Bono: $500,000
Born Chastity Sun Bono to parents Sonny and Cher, Chaz Bono was identified as a lesbian before his gender transformation in 2008. With a hefty inheritance from parents, Chaz Bono’s net worth stands at $500,000 making him one of the richest transgender celebrities in the world. He believes that his gender transformation has helped to connect with the LGBT society which made him a social activist. He also rose to fame after participating in the show ‘Dancing With the Stars’.
9. Kellie Maloney: $600,000
Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney who worked with Lennox Lewis has three kids from two marriages. However, Maloney announced her plans to undergo a gender transformation and changed her name to Kellie Maloney. Despite criticizing the gay-society back in 2004, Maloney accepted her mistake after opening up about her life. Kellie Maloney is worth about $600,000 today.
8. Amanda Lepore: $1.7 Million
Born a male, Amanda Lepore is an artist, singer, and model who knew about her bodily differences while she was a child. One of the youngest celebrities to undergo gender transformation at 19, Lepore has worked hard to reveal her true identity with several facial and ribs surgery. Her trans-sexuality made headlines in the newspapers and she became famous overnight increasing her worth to $1.7 million.
7. Carmen Carrera: $2 Million
Born male as Christopher Roman, Carmen Carrera is known as an actress-model and burlesque performer. Carmen underwent surgery completely and transformed herself into a female look while her family already knew about her identity while she was a child. She has over 90,000 followers on Twitter and around 500,000 likes on her facebook page. Carrera is best known today for her performance on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’.
6. Laverne Cox: $2 Million
A role model in the transgender society, Laverne Cox is the first ever transgender celebrity to be nominated for an Emmy Award. Best known today as an admirable actress, she appeared in several music videos and covers of different magazines. A public speaker as well, Laverne Cox earns her fortunes through the entertainment industry
5. Conchita Wurst: $3 Million
A musical artist known as Thomas Neuwirth previously, Conchita Wurst is a pop artist and drag queen today. With interests in modelling since teenage years, Wurst dressed like a female and has not undergone any gender transformation procedures. However, Wurst has been identified as both male and female and who’d not be jealous of that hair?
4. Laura Jane Grace: $5 Million
Formerly known as Thomas James Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace opened up about her sexuality in 2012. Despite having a child, she decided to undergo a gender transformation and has also produced an album ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ relating to her sexuality.
3. Caitlyn Jenner: $100 Million
The Olympic medal winner from the United States, Bruce Jenner performed gender transformation to Caitlyn Jenner in 2015. Known for the most popular television show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, Caitlyn has been one of the most popular transgender celebrity in the world today. With an estimated net worth of $100 million, she is believed to gross more to around $500 million in a few years through her public speeches, books, television shows and more.
2. Martine Rothblatt: $390 Million
Also the highest paid female CEO in the world, making over $39 million in salary, Martine Rothblatt had five children before undergoing a gender transformation. She currently runs United Therapeutics Corp, that provides medical needs to people in the country while she also advocates on transgender issues. With a net worth of $390 million today, she also makes her fortunes as an author and lawyer.
1. Jennifer Pritzker: $1.79 Billion
The first transgender celebrity who became a billionaire, Jennifer Pritzker has a net worth of $1.79 billion. The founder of Pritzker Military Library, Jennifer belongs to one of the richest families in the USA and is also a retired colonel. She was identified as a female after having three children and a divorce in 2003.
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The issues related to gender transformation and sexuality are open today while most nations ask their people to come up with their true identity. Despite facing several challenges in the society, these transgender celebrities have become role models and have been able to turn their lives into something better.