It’s hard to believe, but Britney Spears started as an entertainer 30 years ago. She was just 11 when she was added to the cast of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” in December 1992. She turns 41 today, Dec. 2.
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She has had her personal ups and downs over the past several years, but when it comes to her earning power, Spears is thriving. Thanks to an estimated 150 million albums sold worldwide, more than 4.8 million tour tickets sold, a Las Vegas residency and her numerous business ventures, the Grammy Award-winning singer’s net worth remains sky-high at $70 million.
Early Career and Musical Success
“The All New Mickey Mouse Club” was a showcase for rising stars as it also featured Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and JC Chasez. Although her earnings for appearing on the show — which ran from 1989 to 1994 — are unknown, it’s safe to say this gig probably gave Spears one of her first paychecks, and more importantly, paved the way to future stardom.
Six years later, in 1998, Spears kicked off her first concert tour, while also premiering her iconic “…Baby One More Time” music video. The following year, she hit some music milestones when she released her debut album, scored her first major magazine cover on Rolling Stone, kicked off another tour, and performed at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
According to TheRichest.com, Spears’ estimated earnings from her debut album “…Baby One More Time” totaled $31 million, with her earnings from the tour of the same name totaling $35 million. The RCA label said the single sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and reached the 14-time Platinum level.
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Endorsement Deals and Business Ventures
Throughout the years, brands capitalized on Spears’ early image as the girl next-door as well as her sex appeal. Some of her endorsements during the 2000s include the Got Milk? campaign, Skechers and Polaroid. And of course, you can’t forget Spears’ famous Pepsi deal, struck when she was just 19 years old. According to Business Insider, this endorsement alone scored her $8 million.
Not only has Spears proven to be a successful performer, but she also has shown her prowess as a savvy businesswoman. Through the years, she launched her own fragrance line, which includes the Britney Spears Fantasy and Curious perfumes, as well as a lingerie line called the Intimate Britney Spears collection. The lingerie collection no longer is in production.
In April, Spears confirmed on social media that she was working on her memoir, which undoubtedly will include stories of her fractured relationship with her family. Much of her dispute with her family stemmed from her father gaining conservatorship over her personal life, health care and finances in 2008, which followed a mental-health crisis that went viral. The conservatorship was terminated by a judge in Los Angeles in November 2021.
Earlier this year, Britney also fought back against characterizations of her in “Things I Should Have Said,” a book written by her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Page Six reported in February that Spears agreed to write her memoir for Simon & Schuster for a $15 million payday – one of the largest book deals ever. The publishing house hasn’t confirmed the agreement, and it’s unclear when the work will be released.
Small Screen and Big Stage Earnings
In 2012, Spears added another gig to her resume as a judge on the U.S. version of “The X-Factor.” Joining Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, Spears reportedly was paid $15 million to judge the reality singing competition show’s second season. She did not, however, return for Season 3.
Cowell told E! News in an interview in mid-November that he wants to work with Spears again on another project, appealing to her directly in a televised spot.
“If you’re watching, Britney, and we make a show, please come back and do it with me,” he said. “It would be amazing. I adore her.”
“She really is interesting,” he continued, “and she’s so talented.”
Spears’ net worth saw a nice boost in 2014, most likely due to her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. After the initial huge success of her Las Vegas show, “Piece of Me,” Spears negotiated a subsequent two-year, $30-million deal, as reported by TMZ. With the combined income of $475,000 for each show and her other business ventures, it was estimated that Spears earned about $1 million each week during this period.
While her career has been on the back burner the past few years, Spears returned to the Billboard Hot 100 list in September with “Hold Me Closer,” a collaboration with legendary performer Elton John. It was her 14th top-10 hit on the Hot 100 and her 36th time on the list, Forbes reported.
Spears enjoyed a much-publicized relationship with Justin Timberlake for three years, which subsequently broke apart amid allegations of cheating and scandal. In 2004, Spears wed childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, a marriage that was annulled a mere 55 hours later.
Later that same year, she wed dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she had two sons: Sean, born in September 2005, and Jayden, who arrived 12 months later. The couple divorced in 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.
On June 9, 2022, Spears married Sam Asghari, her boyfriend of five years, in an intimate ceremony at her Thousand Oaks, California home, according to Variety.
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