On May 5, powerhouse singer Adele turns 28 years old, and she has big plans for her birthday. During a performance at London’s O2 Arena in March, she told fans she hopes to get a department store to agree to close down for the evening so she can host a sleepover. In 2015, Adele dressed up as her idol George Michael.
Keep reading to learn about Adele’s net worth and how she became an international music superstar.
Adele’s Net Worth: $125 Million
While most artists spend their first few albums finding their voice, Adele went from unknown singer to international hit following the 2008 release of “Chasing Pavements,” the third song on her debut album “19.” Since then, Adele has released two other hugely successful albums, “21” and “25.”
The monumental success of her albums catapulted Adele’s net worth to $125 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, a celebrity finance website. Here’s a look at how the singer is spending her millions.
After taking a three-year break to take care of her son and rest her vocal cords, Adele re-emerged in November 2015 with her latest album, “25.” The album had a momentous debut, selling 3.38 million copies in its first week, breaking the record previously set by NSYNC in 2000. It was certified 8x Multi-Platinum and had already sold 15 million copies worldwide by January 2016.
Profits from Adele’s latest album have yet to be revealed, but she sold 26.4 million copies of her sophomore smash success “21” in 2013, which earned her $27.8 million, according to TheRichest, which reports on celebrity earnings. Released in 2008, her first album “19” sold 6.5 million copies during the year, earning $7.3 million for the singer.
Despite her three-year hiatus, Adele’s music has been so successful that she earned $25 million in 2015 without working, largely due to royalties from her first two albums, reported entertainment gossip blog PerezHilton.com.
To celebrate Adele’s birthday on May 5, Billboard tweeted this tribute to Adele’s most-loved songs and moments on television:
— billboard (@billboard) May 5, 2016
Adele’s Top Songs
Generating 50 million views during its first 48 hours, Adele’s “Hello” music video enjoyed the biggest YouTube debut of 2015. Despite the song’s popularity, however, it still only ranks as her fourth biggest hit on the Billboard charts.
Adele’s biggest songs to date include “Someone Like You,” “Rolling In the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain” — all from her “21” album.
1. ‘Someone Like You’
The soulful ballad “Someone Like You” climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart on Sept. 17, 2011, and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks. To this day, the song has been Adele’s biggest hit.
2. ‘Rolling In the Deep’
Inspired by heartbreak, “Rolling In the Deep” made its way to Billboard’s No. 1 position on May 21, 2011, and remained on the charts for 24 weeks. In 2011, the song was the most-played track on Spotify in the U.K., beating out Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Rihanna’s “S&M,” reported PerezHilton.com.
3. ‘Set Fire to the Rain’
Another song about a painful breakup, “Set Fire to the Rain” made its No. 1 debut on the Billboard chart on Feb. 4, 2012, and held court on the charts for 22 weeks.
The celebrated songstress has received loads of recognition for her commandeering voice and powerful lyrics, including a whopping 10 Grammy wins from 2008 to 2013. At the 2011 Grammys, Adele earned six awards, tying with Beyoncé for most wins ever by a female artist in one evening.
She also received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2012 Academy Awards for “Skyfall,” the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name starring Daniel Craig.
This year, Adele took home the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Award for Song of the Year, the Juno Award for Video of the Year and the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Song, among other honors.
Adele’s House and Cars
Through the years, Adele has owned her fair share of property. In 2012, she purchased her $8.2 million house in West London, reported the Daily Mail. That next year, Adele gifted a home in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood to her mother. Expanding her real estate portfolio and perhaps buying herself a bit more privacy, Adele purchased the property next door to her West London home for $7.8 million in 2014.
Looking for a retreat from her numerous properties in England, Adele and fiancé Simon Konecki reportedly put a $7.6 million offer on an oceanfront mansion in Malibu, Calif., in Jan. 2015.
Adele’s car collection is a little more modest than her real estate portfolio. After passing her driver’s test in 2013, she purchased a Porsche Cayenne for approximately $145,000. Within six months, she picked up a black Range Rover for an estimated $117,000. The singer also owns a practical four-door Mini Cooper.
Adele’s Personal Life
Despite her penchant for breakup songs, Adele is in a happy relationship with Simon Konecki, the father of her three-year-old son Angelo James Konecki. The 41-year-old former investment banker is rumored to be Adele’s husband, the singer sporting two rings since performing at a London venue in early 2016.
In March 2016, Konecki’s email account was hacked, leaking personal photos of the notoriously private singer and their son. Adele was reportedly furious at the breach of privacy. Pictures taken while she was pregnant and an ultrasound scan leaked.
In a 2014 incident, Adele was awarded a five-figure settlement after suing paparazzi for capturing private family photos. She put the money in a trust for her son and the photography agency agreed to stop using the images.
In the midst of a 105-show world tour, Adele vowed to take another break from the spotlight after its November completion. She plans to take a five-year hiatus to focus on her family.