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How Kelly Clarkson’s net worth was built

Kelly Clarkson’s net worth began to climb when she won the first season of “American Idol” in 2002. Her prize was a recording contract with RCA Records, and it took just one month for her first single, “A Moment Like This,” to go from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

A year later, Clarkson’s first album, “Thankful,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Canadian charts. In 2009, Clarkson topped the charts again with her fourth album, “All I Ever Wanted,” and then again with her seventh studio album, “Piece by Piece,” in 2015.

Clarkson, who also writes songs, has had numerous singles in the Billboard top 20, including “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “A Moment Like This” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.” She has sold over 70 million albums. Her net worth as of May 2017 was $28 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Kelly Clarkson

  • Born: 1982
  • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

What she’s up to now

In 2016, Clarkson wrote a children’s book, “River Rose’s Magical Lullaby,” inspired by her daughter’s adventures.  She also held a benefit concert in 2016 called “Miracle on Broadway,” proceeds of which were donated to nonprofit organizations supporting Alzheimer’s patients, public libraries, food banks and music education.


Clarkson has won three Grammys and been nominated for an additional seven. Her wins are for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Breakaway” and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone” in 2006, and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Stronger” in 2013. Two of her songs, “Dark Side” and “People Like Us,” have been nominated for MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video With a Message. In 2006, Clarkson was nominated for two Brit Awards: International Female Solo Artist and Best Pop Act.

See how Kelly Clarkson’s net worth compares with that of another “American Idol” winner, Carrie Underwood.