Aretha Franklin Net Worth: Legendary Career Produces a Huge Fortune

Find out how much the Queen of Soul is worth.

After a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died on Aug. 16, at her Detroit home, surrounded by family and friends.

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, to her mother Barbara, a singer, and father Clarence, a pastor. She got her start singing in her father’s church, touring with her father’s revival show. In the latter years of their travels, while visiting New York, she signed a contract with Columbia Records.

Net Worth: $80 Million
Age: 76
Primary Sources of Wealth: Music and related royalties
Career Highlights: 18 Grammy wins, for which she was also awarded the Grammy Legend Award in 1991; her cover of “Respect” became an anthem to the civil rights movement; first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Aretha Franklin Net Worth: $80 Million

Although Aretha Franklin started her career humbly, she created a song collection and built a career that helped her grow her impressive net worth to an estimated $80 million estate.

During her career, Franklin released many popular singles. In addition to her iconic hit “Respect,”Miss Franklin is also well known for the following songs:

  • “Say a Little Prayer”
  • “Chain of Fools”
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman”
  • “Ain’t No Way”
  • “Freeway of Love”
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • “Spanish Harlem”

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Following her death, Franklin’s “30 Greatest Hits” album re-entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 7 that week, according to Billboard. This is Franklin’s highest-ranked album since her gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” reached No. 7 on the charts in July 1972. Here are some other Billboard 200 chart-topping albums of her record career:

  • “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,” No. 2, 1967
  • “Aretha Arrives,” No. 5, 1967
  • “Aretha: Lady Soul,” No. 2, 1968
  • “Aretha Now,” No. 3, 1968
  • “Amazing Grace,” No. 7, 1972

In 1987, Miss Franklin made music history becoming the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She also was granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into both the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theater Legends Walk of Fame, according to CNN.

Additionally, Franklin amassed an impressive collection of Grammy awards during her career, earning her 18th award in 2008, making one of most honored artists of all time. And In 2014, Franklin became the first female artist to earn 100 hits on Billboard’s Hot R&B song chart.

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In February 2017, Miss Franklin announced that she planned to retire from singing in concert but still planned to record. Sadly, the Queen of Soul passed away a little more than a year later. She is survived by her four sons. 

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