Alicia Keys

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How Alicia Keys’ net worth was built

An appearance on “The Cosby Show” when she was just 4 years old led to bigger things for this talented performer, most recently seen as a celebrity coach on “The Voice.”

Her musical talent in R&B put her on a fast track toward a singing career. She was just 16 when she graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan and briefly signed with Columbia Records, until she aligned herself with record producer Clive Davis.

In 2001, Keys released her first chart-topping album, “Songs in A Minor,” which sold more than 50,000 copies in one day and more than 10 million units worldwide, according to iTunes.

“The Element of Freedom,” her 2009 album, went platinum, topped charts overseas and made her a global artist. It was followed by “Girl on Fire,” which went gold in 2012.

In her personal life, Keys is the wife of producer Swizz Beatz.

Though she’s best known for her singing career, Keys also has appeared in several movies and directed her first film in 2011. Additionally, she has built her wealth through endorsement deals, including a short stint with BlackBerry in 2013 and with designer brand Givenchy in 2014. As of May 2017 Alicia Keys had a net worth of $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Alicia Keys

  • Born: 1981
  • Birthplace: New York

What she’s up to now

Keys says she’s taking a break from “The Voice” and won’t return for the next season of the singing competition while she works on some new music. She joined the show’s panel of coaches in 2016.

She continues to be in demand around the world for her music, making appearances on TV to promote newer songs, including her hit single “Blended Family.”

Keys also has been appearing on stage and magazine covers without makeup, part of a personal quest to help women revel in their natural beauty.


Keys is a multiple award winner, racking up 15 Grammys, nine Billboard Music Awards and 17 NAACP Awards.

Her personal passion is her fight against AIDS/HIV in children across the world, according to People magazine. Keys works with the Keep A Child Alive organization and hosted its major annual fundraiser, the 2016 Black Ball.