|Net Worth:||$320 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Singer, Songwriter, Actress|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Age:||32 years, Born on 28 March 1986|
|Real Name:||Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta|
|Height:||5ft 1 ¼ (155.6 cm)|
Lady Gaga, the musical prodigy, has a net worth of $320 Million
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, is currently one of the most talked-about stars and is winning hearts with her performance in A Star Is Born. The year 2019 is becoming her biggest and most profitable year so far, with Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe wins. This not only brings more stardom but also skyrocketing paychecks.
Gaga’s Early Life
Born on March 28, 1986, in Manhattan, New York City, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was a musical prodigy who learned to play the piano at the age of 4. However, being brought up in a Catholic family, she was trained by her mother to become ‘a cultured young woman’ despite being encouraged to pursue music. During her early teenage years, she played at open mic nights and later started learning method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for the next ten years.
In 2003, after not getting any break in her acting career at the age of 17, she started focusing on her music and songwriting skills at NYU’s music school. During an interview, she also stated that she had been raped at age 19 and had undergone mental and physical therapy for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her music career also started at the age of 19, in 2005, by recording two songs in collaboration with hip-hop singer Melle Mel. Later, she signed with the Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her days at Interscope, she was recognized for her vocal abilities by Akon, who signed her for his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Her Varied Career Interests
In 2008, she released her debut album, The Fame. It reached the top charts, the number one position in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK, as well as in the top five positions in Australia and the US. During the same period, her various hit singles like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” were also released, and she began her first tour ‘The Fame Ball Tour’. While traveling on her genera, she wrote another album called The Fame Monster and was released in November 2009. The album produced the global chart-topping single “Bad Romance,” which started ‘The Monster Ball Tour’ for the album from November 2009 to May 2011 and earned $227.4 million. This made it the highest-grossing concert tour for a debut headline artist. Since then, both albums have together sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
To build on her brand – Monster, she started her electronics company called Monster Cable Products, which produced in-ear, jewel-encrusted headphones called Heartbeats by Lady Gaga. In 2010, she also collaborated with Polaroid as a creative director to introduce a suite of photo-capture products called Grey Label.
In 2011, she released her second full-length album, called Born This Way, which experimented with electronic rock and techno-pop genres. In the first week itself, it was placed on top of the US Billboard 200 and also sold more than one million copies in the country. Exploring the EDM genre, she released her third album, Artpop, in 2013, which also reached number one in the US.
During this period, she tried her acting career as well by venturing into the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016). She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Horror Story and the critically acclaimed musical drama A Star Is Born in 2018. She received the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music for her contribution to the soundtrack of A Star is Born and that also made her the first woman to achieve five US number-one albums in the 2010s. As of June 2019, the soundtrack had sold over six million copies worldwide.
Later she signed a two-year residency, named Lady Gaga Enigma to perform at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas. In September 2019, she launched her makeup line, Haus Laboratories, exclusively on Amazon and consisted of makeup kits that combine lip gloss, lip liner, and all-over color.
Lady Gaga and Activism
In 2012, Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) focused on youth empowerment and its original funding included $1.2 million from Gaga, $500,000 from the MacArthur Foundation, and $850,000 from Barneys New York. BTWF later partnered with Office Depot and donated 25% of its sales, a minimum of $1 million of a series of limited edition back-to-school products. The foundation also partnered in 2016 with Intel, Vox Media, and Re/code to fight online harassment. Also, in May 2016, Gaga and Elton John released the clothing and accessories line Love Bravery and 25% of each purchase supported Gaga’s foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Being a bisexual woman herself, Gaga is an active supporter of LGBT rights worldwide. During her early days, she struggled to get radio airplay, to which she states, “The turning point for me was the gay community.” She is considered a gay icon. In support of the LGBT movement, she spoke at the 2009 National Equality March in Washington and also attended the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards accompanied by four gay and lesbian former members of the United States Armed Forces.
Her sources of income
Over the years, Gaga’s net worth has increased and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down because of the various streams of income. In the last 10 years, she has been consistently one of the world’s highest-earning celebrities. She even crossed Oprah Winfrey and came on top of the Celebrity 100 list. The list is Forbes ranking, which is based on the most powerful and influential people in the entertainment business. That year, Gaga earned around $90 million. However, in 2013, her earnings fell to $33 million. Despite this, she was still among the top 10 highest-earning women in the music industry. Her earnings gradually increased to $50 million by 2018 and she came at 5th position on the list of highest-paid women in music by Forbes.
Here is the list of all the ways she makes her money:
1. Music Industry
Currently, her net worth is $330 million and it all started with her career in music in 2008. In just 10 years span, she became one of the richest female singers. Her biggest hits to date are from her first album, The Fame, which was released on August 19, 2008. The songs were Poker Face, Just Dance, and Paparazzi, which changed the game for Gaga. There was no looking back after this. In the next 10 years period, she gave limitless hits and sold millions of albums. Her first album, The Fame, sold 8.8 million copies, Artpop sold 1.4 million copies and Born This Way sold 3.8 million copies. The number of albums sold dropped quite a bit due to digitization across the world. However, her fame was still intact.
Gaga’s live shows and tours contributed quite a lot to her massive net worth, and she is one of the highest-paid and most demanded female singers for concert tours. Her tour in 2008 brought in $3.15 million through her performances of ‘The Fame Ball.’ Followed by the ‘Monster Ball’ in 2009 and 2011, the tour helped her earn roughly $227.4 million. Later, in 2012 and 2013, her ‘Born This Way Ball’ music tour earned her $382.3 million, while the ‘Artpop’ tour earned her $257.1 million. In 2017, she earned around $95 million during the ‘Joanne World Tour’. Gaga’s fame is increasing every moment and so are her music sales. After the performance, her music sales went up by 10 times and she sold 1,50,000 songs digitally in one day.
3. Acting career
In 2013, Lady Gaga took the first big step in Hollywood as an actor when she acted in Machete Kills and the series American Horror Story. Being critically acclaimed after the release of A Star Is Born, her net worth increased by $50 million in 2018.
4. Brand endorsements
One of the major sources of income for a celebrity is brand endorsements. During the last 10 years, she has done various endorsement deals that include brands like Versace, Barnes & Noble, Google Chrome, Bud Light, MAC, and more. She also earned by appearing in both print ads and commercials. She also has her own fragrance called ‘Fame’ and a makeup line called ‘Haus Laboratories.’
5. Real estate
She owns a luxurious mansion of $22.5 million in Malibu and also has a 10,000 sq. ft. inside and six acres outside that also includes room for horses. In 2014, she bought a beach-town pad worth $22.5 million and called her mansion a ‘Gypsy Palace’. Before buying this, she had a rented place in Central Park, NYC, at $22,000 every month.
It is pretty evident that 2018 was a golden year for Lady Gaga, regardless of how much she earned or gained fame in 2011. Doing just one film got her $50 million and as of August 2018, her net worth was $275 million. Her movie A Star Is Born made $156 million globally and this led to her current net worth of more than $300 million.
Gaga’s Career Highlights
|Poker Face||(Song, 2008)|
|The Fame||(Album, 2008)|
|Bad Romance||(Song, 2009)|
|The Fame Monster||(Album, 2009)|
|Telephone||(Music Video, 2009)|
|BET Awards||(Video of the Year, 2010)|
|Born This Way||(Song, 2011)|
|Golden Globes||(Best Performance, 2016)|
|The Cure||(Song, 2017)|
|Your Song||(Song, 2018)|
Her Awards and Accolades
Over the years, Gaga has been nominated several times under big banner awards names like Golden Globes, Grammy, Oscars, and many more.
In total, she has won nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, several Guinness World Records, and the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award.
Here is a list of her awards and accolades during her extensive career:
- In 2019, she won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures. This was for her movie A Star In Born. She shared the award with Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando.
- Won Best Original Song – Motion Picture for Golden Globes and shared it with the other three collaborators.
- In 2016, she won her first Golden Globe as an actress for American Horror Story.
- In the same year, she won the Jane Ortner Artist Award from the Grammy Museum.
- She won a BAFTA for Original Music for A Star In Born.
- She also won the Breakthrough Performer award for A Star In Born from the Atlanta Films Critic Circle.
- She received the Best Lead Actress award from the AACTA International Awards and the Best Actress award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for the same movie.
- She has also been recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award and was a finalist for The Advocate’s Person of the Year in 2016.
- She received a National Arts Awards’ Young Artist Award, which honors individuals who have shown accomplishments and leadership early in their careers.
Impact of Lady Gaga
In 2011, Rolling Stone named Gaga as the “Queen of Pop,” and she was also ranked fourth in VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Gaga has also used controversies to bring media attention to various public issues, because of which she is also called as a trailblazer. After The Fame’s success, she is acknowledged as one of the artists who propelled the rise in the popularity of synthpop in the late 2000s and early 2010s. According to Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker, “Lady Gaga blazed a trail for truculent pop stars by treating her own celebrity as an evolving art project.”
In 2015, Time stated that Gaga had practically invented the current era of pop music as a spectacle. She influenced many artists, including Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Halsey, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, Noah Cyrus, Katherine Langford, MGMT, and Greyson Chance.
Not only in the film industry, but she is also recognized by people in their daily life. New genera of ferns are named in honor of Gaga. They are called G. germanotta and G. monstraparva. The name monstraparva inspired Gaga’s fans, who are known as “little monsters”. Even their symbol is of an outstretched “monster claw” hand that resembles a tightly rolled young fern leaf prior to unfurling. Moreover, an extinct mammal, Gagadon minimonstrum, and a parasitic wasp, Aleiodes gaga, are also named after her.