Very few people know Alicia Keys by her real name, Alicia Augello Cook. Born and raised in Manhattan, the soul and R’nB singer, born on January 25, 1981, quickly learned to find her way in show business. Her single mother allowed her to guest star on The Cosby Show when she was four years old. Her real passion, however, was music, and that’s how she’s earned a large part of her fortune, which is currently estimated at around $150 million . At her most commercially successful times, her net worth was as high as $130 millionestimated. The singer has become rich through the constant reinvention of her art. In addition, she does not shy away from working in other professional fields. Among other things, she earned something extra with acting.
A child prodigy at the piano
in the 80s and 90s she could hardly avoid music greats such as Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. These and similar artists had a great influence on their later music. She received her schooling at the Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan, where she graduated at the age of 16. The path to college was open to her, but by that time Alicia Keys had made it her mind that she wanted to be a musician. Consequently, she signed with the record label So So Def Records. A little later she switched to Arista Records, but this cooperation should not last long either.
World conquest with the debut album
Alicia Keys’ debut album Songs in a Minor* was released in 2001 and took the charts by storm. Sales alone in her home country, the United States, where the record reached number 1 on the Billboard Top 200, ensured it was certified six times platinum. The album sold a total of twelve million copies worldwide and brought a lot of money into the artist’s coffers. The record sales provided an estimated income of US$12.7 million . The subsequent tour for the album added another 10 million dollars to the already considerable fortune. Also her second album The Diary of Alicia Keys*from 2003 was a huge success with 8 million record sales. Along with Verizon’s Ladies First Tour that followed in 2004, the exceptional artist earned more than $30 million in those two years . The following year Alicia Keys tried her hand at writing and published a book of poetry and lyrics. This provided an additional income of 500,000 dollars . Her 2012 album Girl on Fire* was released , and the accompanying tour earned the singer a whopping $44 million in income .
The film stage is calling
Despite her great passion for music, Alicia Keys did not completely ignore her acting career. In 2007, she accepted a role in the film Smokin’ Aces, starring alongside Ben Affleck and Andy Garcia. In 2006 she starred in the film “Nanny Diaries”. However, music has always been her main occupation and in 2007 the single No One from the album As I Am* was released . Record sales have not quite kept up compared to her first two albums, but she still earned an additional $5.3 million from the album. Between recordings, Alicia Keys kept writing songs for major movie soundtracks. Among other things, a duet with Jack White was created. Together they sang the theme song to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Previously, the singer’s songs were on the soundtracks for “Men in Black”, “Dr. Dolittle 2” and “Shaft” have been heard. In 2008 she had another role in the film “The Beekeeper”. In 2015, Alicia Keys even made her way onto the television screens in the series Empire . In 2016 she became a member of the jury for The Voice, where she advises and helps talented singers to launch their careers.
production and charity
Between all her albums, Alicia Keys kept recording songs for and with other artists. In 2009, she produced a song for Whitney Houston and sang duets with Jay-Z and Alejandro Sanz. In addition to her musical activities, the singer is also committed to the well-being of children. She works as an ambassador for the aid organization Keep a Child Alive, which works for children and families in Asia and Africa. In 2016, Alicia Keys recalled the problematic situation of refugees around the world in a short film. She herself played a refugee in the project. In addition, the singer is involved with the Shriners Hospitals for Children association, which offers free treatment for children.
What does Alicia Keys spend her fortune on?
After the success of her second album, Alicia Keys bought a $12 million estate in New Jersey. The property was previously owned by actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. In 2010, she purchased a penthouse in New York for $14.5 million . The singer is not only rich in ideas for her music, but also rich in real estate. Alicia Keys also drives a red Lotus Evora GTE which is valued at $150,000is appreciated. However, she received this from her husband Swiss Beatz, who also has a lot of money and earns his money with music. In addition, Alicia Keys is often spotted with fashion accessories such as a Birkin bag, Ray-Ban glasses and a Louboutin bag. Alicia Keys knows how to invest her money well. Your New York apartment has already appreciated in value and will bring in more money when it is sold. Although her income has fallen compared to previous years, it is still impressive, especially since the singer is now taking it a little easier with her two children.
Alicia Keys has truly earned her fortune through her work and dedication to charity. In addition to her many charitable activities, she is also committed to a more self-confident image of women by doing away with most of her make-up for some time.