Beyonce © LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters/Corbis

© LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters/Corbis

Beyonce

Net worth: $450 million (as of December 2016)
  • Year of birth: 1981
  • Education: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Alief Elsik High School

How Beyonce’s net worth was built

Beyonce Knowles got her start singing for tips during her first job — sweeping up hair in her mom’s hair salon. By age 9, she was part of a girl group that made it to the TV show “Star Search” and eventually became the popular group Destiny’s Child. In 2003, she started her solo music career. Pop hit songs like “Drunk in Love,” “Formation” and “Halo” have made her one of the highest paid celebrities in the business.

But her earning sources don’t stop at music. Beyonce has endorsement deals and a fashion collection, and has starred in numerous films. That variety of income sources puts her net worth at a hefty $450 million.

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What she’s up to now

Singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur, Beyonce has become a symbol and champion for female empowerment. And she’s a busy woman, especially when it comes to public service and charity work. She and her family created the Survivor Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, and in 2008 she gave her salary from the movie “Cadillac Records” to the Phoenix House, a nonprofit drug and rehabilitation organization. In addition, she has partnered with General Mills to become part of the Feeding America campaign.


Accolades

In 2001, Beyonce was nominated for her first Grammy. Since then, she has won and been nominated for countless others, including nine 2017 Grammy awards — more than any other artist. She also has received nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, the People’s Choice Awards and the Kids’ Choice Awards. BET, the Online Film and Television Association and MTV have also given her awards. And in 2015, she won an Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist. Beyonce’s net worth is sure to climb, along with her popularity.