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How John Legend’s net worth was built

John Legend was born John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. He was a child prodigy on the piano, which his grandmother taught him to play. He was also a choral singer in his church. After graduating from high school, he chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania and major in English. He also directed an a capella group at the university.

Legend found himself playing in nightclubs and bars in New York City after graduation and while working for Boston Consulting Group. His reputation spread rapidly, and he became an in-demand session musician, recording for artists like Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. He also collaborated with Kanye West. His debut album, “Get Lifted,” produced by West, proved to be his big break in the industry. Legend is worth $40 million as of March 2017, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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John Legend

  • Born: 1978
  • Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio

What he’s up to now

In April 2016, Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, welcomed their first child, Luna Simone. In December that year, Legend released his album, “Darkness and Light,” which features collaborations with artists Chance the Rapper and Miguel. One of the album’s singles is “Right By You (for Luna),” a song he wrote for his baby daughter. “Love Me Now” is the album’s lead single.


In 2005, Legend won the BET Award for Best New Artist. He has also won 10 Grammy Awards, among them one in 2006 for his debut album, “Get Lifted,” and his latest in 2016 for the song “Glory,” a tune he co-wrote with rapper Common that was featured in the movie “Selma.” Legend and Common also shared a 2015 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Glory.”

John Legend is quite wealthy thanks to his musical talents. But check out how much original piano man Billy Joel is worth.