How wealthy is Mariah Carey?


Mariah Carey is a popular singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. She came into stardom in 1990 when she signed into Columbia Records. Her first album was on top of the USA Billboard 200 for 11 weeks respectively. She is called the “Songbird Supreme” by Guinness Records. She gained additional success with some of her albums like “Music Box“ in 1993, “Merry Christmas“ in 1994, “Daydream” in 1995. The singles from this album are some of the most successful songs that Mariah ever released. Singles like “Without You”, “Fantasy”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “One Sweet Day”, “Hero”, and “Always Be My Maybe”.

In 1997, she started incorporating hip hop style into her song when she released “Butterfly”. Mariah Carey is one of the most successful artists of the time. In the 1990s, she was named the country’s most successful artist by Billboard and earned the world’s best selling artist from the World Music Awards. She has gotten the title of the millennium’s best-selling female artist. Then in 2000, she left her label and signed a $100 million contract with Virgin records. According to Wikipedia, the current net worth of Mariah Carey a total sum of $520 million. She is one of the wealthiest women in the world.


Mariah Carey is the second child of Patricia Hickey and Alfred Roy Carey. She was born on the 27th of March, 1969 in Huntington, New York. Her father is an American and Afro-Venezuelan origin while her mother is of Irish American descent. Her parents eloped together and her maternal grandparents disowned her mum for marrying a black man. According to Mariah, her maternal family neglected them while growing up. She and her siblings struggled to fit into their community due to their ethnicity. When she was three, her parents got divorced.

After they got divorced, her older sister, Alison remained with their father while Mariah and her brother, Morgan stayed with their mother. Her father was not a part of her childhood and that deeply affected the superstar. She started loving music at 4 years because it gave her peace. While in elementary school, she loved music, art, and literature. After a little while, Patricia moved her two children to New York after she had saved enough.

She attended Harborfields High School where she started as a singer and songwriter.

She started writing and composing songs with Gavin Christopher in her senior year. The first song they wrote together was “Here We Go Round Again”. After she left school, Mariah started living in Manhattan doing menial jobs. She worked as a waitress, and was also practicing her musical ambition.

Acting and Music Career

Mariah Carey’s first movie was in 2001 and it was a huge failure. This made her $100 million contract with Virgin records drop to $50 million. During this period, she had a very public emotional and physical breakdown. The following year, she signed with Island Records. Then in 2005, she released another album titled “The Emancipation of Mimi”. The album was the best that year and one of its singles became number one in the United States. The song “We Belong Together” became the song of the decade.  Then in 2009, she appeared in the film Precious and earned the award of Breakthrough Actress Performance.

In all her life as a superstar, Mariah has sold more than 200 million records globally which makes her an all-time best selling artist. She has 19 songs on the list of Billboard Hot 100 and is the holder of the most number-one singles by a solo artist. The Recording Industry Association of America has named her the second best-selling female artist in the US. She has sold a total of 66.5 million albums. Additionally, Mariah Carry has won numerous awards like 19 World Music, 15 Billboard Music, 5 Grammy, and 10 American Music. She is one of the pioneers of R & B music and has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

How wealthy is Mariah Carey?

The major of Mariah Carey wealth comes from her career as a musician. Her first-ever album was released in 1990 and she reportedly spent up to $1 million to promote it. When the song was released, the sale was slow but it later became a certified 9X platinum in the United States. It sold more than 15 million copies and it earned her a Grammy.

Then in 1991, she released her second album “Emotions” which was also a hit. Although her third album “Music Box” took a career to another level and sold up to 28 million copies all over the world. The one that followed “Merry Christmas” did not fail either. Her next three albums after this sold up to 38 million copies altogether worldwide.

Mariah’s song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is one of the most profitable songs ever with over 16 million sales. Every year, the song generates about $600,000 for her and since when it was released till now; she has made up to $60 million from it. The song has been used in different holiday movies and it is streamed online. Another additional source of wealth for her is also being a judge on American Idol. She earned a total of $18 million on the show in 2012. Then three years later, she signed a $309 million contract to undertake a residency at Caesars Palace.

In 2018, the singer was worth a total of $150 million. However, her wealth has increased drastically since then. At the moment, Mariah Carey is worth a total of $520 million.

Personal Life

At the genesis of her career, Mariah Carey dated the CEO of Columbia, Tony Mottola and they got married on the 5th of June, 1993. They started having problems in their marriage because of their creative differences in her albums. According to the singer, he is also very controlling. They announced their separation on the 30th of May, 1997 and got divorced. After finalizing her divorce, she dated Luis Miguel in 1998 and they called it quit three years after.

Her second marriage was on the 30th of April, 2008 to actor Nick Cannon. They met while they were shooting her music video. Their union is blessed with twins, Moroccan and Monroe. They separated in 2014 and got divorced on the 12th of December, 2014.

Mariah began to date, James Packer, a billionaire in 2015 and they got engaged in January 2016. However, the engagement was short-lived as they ended things in October that same year.  Not too long after she began to date Bryan Tanaka.


Mariah Carey is one of the world’s wealthiest artists and also a legend. She has accomplished several things in all her life as a successful musician.

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