Little Monsters, prepare to be in awe of Mother Monster more than before. Lady Gaga’s net worth is jaw-dropping, but how much money are we talking about, exactly? Well, let’s just say that Miss Gaga sure knows how to diversify.
Everyone knows that the pop star, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is a serious triple-threat. Gaga is one of the few women in pop to not only tackle singing, dancing and prolific acting chops in her role opposite Bradley Cooper in 2018’s A Star Is Born—she’s also precisely the kind of person to handle falling off a stage and wearing dresses made of meat with a surprising level of grace. Honestly, you’re getting what you pay for and more in Gaga’s world.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that Lady Gaga is able to make so many millions off of her career. She can get my coin any day—even if she doesn’t need it. For everything we know about Lady Gaga’s net worth in 2020 (especially after albums like 2020’s Chromatica), just keep on reading.
How much does Lady Gaga make from her music career?
Most of Lady Gaga’s net worth is thanks to her successful music career. As of 2020, the 11-time Grammy Award-winning artist has sold more than 145 million singles worldwide and over 26 million albums. Her second studio album, Born This Way, earned the singer around $8 million alone in 2011.
Lady Gaga also racks in a hefty salary from her world tours. Her estimated earnings for The Fame Ball tour are around $3.5 million, whereas her Born This Way and Monster Ball tours earned the star a whopping $167 million and $227 million respectively, according to multiple reports. Her sixth album, Chromatica, which debuted in May 2020, also seems to have boosted Lady Gaga’s net worth by the tens—if not hundreds—of millions after its debut at number one on the Billboard charts and its smash sales. Chromatica came four years after Gaga’s previous album, Joanne. The album also came after Gaga’s film debut in A Star Is Born in 2018 and the launch of her cosmetics company, Haus Laboratories (more on that later), in 2019, which led fans to wonder when she would release new music.
In a 2020 interview with Zane Lowe’s “New Music Daily” in February 2020 after the release of Chromatica‘s lead single, “Stupid Love,” Gaga talked about how her album came together from the “pain” she experienced that year. Though Gaga hasn’t confirmed the inspiration behind Chromatica, the singer split from her then fiancé, Christian Carino, in March 2019, around the time she was winning awards left and right for A Star Is Born.
“We are definitely dancing,” Gaga told Lowe in February 2020 of the process behind Chromatica. “I think the best way to describe all of the things that you just said is that I put all my heart, all my pain, all my messages from the other realm that I hear of what they… what they tell me to tell the world and I put it into music that I believe to be so fun and you know, energetically really pure, and I want people to dance and feel happy.”
She continued, “Someone asked me the other day what my goal was with this album and it actually sounds ridiculous when I say it out loud. But I go, I said, ‘I would like to put out music. That a big chunk of the world will hear, and it will become a part of their daily lives and make them happy every single day.”
Though fans wondered at the time if Lady Gaga’s net worth would skew more towards beauty and film, Gaga referenced Chromatica‘s delay in the interview, telling Lowe that she wanted each track to be as perfect as it could be. “There were so many different iterations of these songs because we all wanted it to be perfect and literally nobody cared who put their fingerprints on it,” she said. “As long as it was the dopest thing that we could give the world and that it was meaningful, authentic, and completely me.”
The singer-songwriter also talked about how the recording process for Chromatica was different than albums she’s released previously. She said, “I used to cry a lot in the studio because I, I would listen back to what I was singing and I would hear my voice and I would hear the music and it would be so joyful and I, and celebratory, and it, I would essentially see the arc of my entire day,” she recounts.
How else does Lady Gaga make money?
Remember how we said she’s a triple-threat? Honestly, make that quadruple. Aside from her career in music, Lady Gaga’s net worth also includes the money she’s made from several beauty deals in recent years. Lady Gaga has dipped her toes in a successful cosmetics career, partnering with brands like MAC. In 2019, Gaga launched her own beauty brand, named Haus Laboratories, complete with her own exclusive line of products. The star also has her own fragrance called none other than “Fame” after her debut 2008 album, The Fame, which only seems to have boosted Lady Gaga’s net worth. In a 2019 interview with Allure, Gaga talked about how she wanted Haus Laboratories to be an inclusive makeup brand for everyone. “I would like all gender identities to know very clearly that they are included, and never exploited, ever,” she said.
She continued, “I want that little boy at home that might like to be called a girl to say, ‘Mommy, I want to wear Dynasty. It’s a Glam Attack.’ And then Mommy goes, ‘Oh, my son wants to be called a girl, and he wants the Glam Attack.’ And then she goes and she gets it for him. And he uses it. And then there’s a bond.”
Along with her beauty business, the multi-hyphenate’s acting chops are also responsible for a hefty boost to Lady Gaga’s net worth. Following the release of A Star Is Born in 2018, Lady Gaga’s net worth grew over $50 million. In 2021, Gaga starred as Patrizia Gucci—the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the Gucci fashion house—in House of Gucci. The film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, was based on the 2001 book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, which investigated Maurizio’s death in the 1990s and why Patrizia may have wanted to kill him. As viewers know, Patrizia—who once made $1.47 million per year in spousal support after her divorce from Maurizio—went to jail for 18 years after she was charged with her ex-husband’s murder. Since her ex-husband’s death and her time in jail, however, Patrizia’s net worth has become a lot smaller. In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, Patrizia revealed that she can no longer shop at Gucci when she joked that her outfit was from Zara because it was all she could “afford.” It’s safe to say that Lady Gaga’s net worth is a lot more than her character’s estate.
What is Lady Gaga’s net worth?
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Though Lady Gaga’s net worth is in the hundreds of millions now, the performer told the Financial Times in 2019 that she actually went bankrupt after her The Monster Ball Tour, which ran from 2009 to 2011. “I actually went bankrupt after the first extension of The Monster Ball,” she said at the time. “And it was funny because I didn’t know!”
She continued, “And I remember I called everybody and said, ‘Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have five No. 1 singles.’ And they said, ‘Well, you’re $3 million in debt.’”
The Monster Ball Tour and Gaga’s bankruptcy came a year after her debut album, The Fame, and its lead single, “Just Dance.” Thankfully, Gaga was able to make it out of the red. She told Financial Times that she was able to overcome her bankruptcy thanks to “the sheer quality and popularity” of her music. “The beauty for me about being an artist is that the dream will never die, because I’m not obsessed with material things and don’t care about the money and don’t care about the attention of the public, but only the love of my fans, so for me it’s about how much more devoted, how much better an artist can I become,” Gaga said. She continued, “It’s honestly true that money means nothing to me.”
Still, it must be nice to have Lady Gaga’s net worth. While she doesn’t spend much on herself, the singer admitted that she’s splurged a lot for her family, especially her parents. “The only big things I’ve purchased are my dad’s heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for my parents, for their anniversary,” she said at the time. “Other than that, I put everything in the show.”
In 2015, Gaga also opened up about how she almost quit music because she had become a “money-making machine.” “I have had to make decisions. ‘Why am I unhappy? OK, Stefani, Gaga, hybrid-person. Why are you unhappy? Why is it that you wanted to quit music years ago?’” Gaga said as part of the Emotion Revolution project. “I feel sad when I’m overworked, and that I just become a money making machine, and that my passion and my creativity take a back seat; that makes me unhappy.”
Gaga went on to reveal that her thoughts led her to say no to many opportunities, such as perfume campaigns and promotional photos. “It feels shallow,” she said. “I have a lot more to offer than my image.”
Eventually, Gaga realized her worth and found a balance between her artistry and business. “Slowly but surely, I remembered who I am,” she said. “Then you go home and you look in the mirror and you’re like ‘Yes, I can go to bed with you every night.’ Cause that person? I know that person. That person has balls. That person has integrity. That person just doesn’t say yes.” Lady Gaga’s net worth may be why Gaga is forever our Mother Monster, but for her, money isn’t the end all be all.