Idol and icon Janet Jackson, who recently celebrated her 47th birthday, has something even bigger to keep her up at night: the singer/dancer will join the rich man’s baller club as her estimated worth topped the billion mark. According to an article in Variety magazine, tallying the singers income from tours, album sales, and acting jobs, Janet managed to break the billionaire barrier.
According to reports, she earned $458 million from concert tours (does anyone else remember the Velvet Rope tour), $304 million from acting jobs (that Good Time’s money is still flowing), $260 million in album sales (Rhythum Nation was–in my words–the best album ever), and $81 million in sponsorships.
The singer recently announced her secret marriage to her new boo, another billionaire, Wissam Al Mana. Wissam made it big investing in the right companies at the right time in the Middle East–so combining both of their wealthy bank accounts, Beyonce and Jay Z have something to aspire to.
While taking a dive in her swimming pool fool of cash, Janet will also be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of her sultry smooth album, self entitled,”Janet”. Her fifth album has since sold more than 7 million copies and spawned 6 Hot 100 singles. Those of us old enough to remember her movie Poetic Justice, also can easily recall the mesmerizing tune to “Again”, which appeared on the movies soundtrack and “Janet”.
What’s intriguing about Janet is that she’s been in the biz since a child and still holds tight to her humble beginnings and the love of all mankind,black or white, straight or gay; HIV positive or negative. On Thursday May 23, 2013 JANET co-chairs the annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cannes, in support of amfAR’s efforts in the fight against AIDS.
As if we needed further proof of her Highness’ great contributions to the arts, Prince celebrated Janet’s classic song last night during his SXSW Music Festival performance in Austin, Texas, singing a version of her 1986 seminal work “What Have You Done For Me Lately” from the “Control” album.
Written By: Cedric Hines