Janet Jackson is officially a billionaire. The Jackson family singer may have just married Qatari tycoon Wissam Al Mana, but according to some calculations from Variety, Janet was already worth a pretty penny.
According to projections from Variety, Jackson's entertainment ventures have earned her well over a billion dollars. Jackson has brought in $260 million in album sales alone, with an additional $81 million coming from music and book publishing rights. Her music career has also brought her a total of $458 million in sold-out world tours. Those tours also come with an additional $81.5 million in sponsorships and licensing fees.
While Jackson’s music alone has brought her a total of $880.5 million, she also has an impressive filmography. Jackson’s roles in “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” “Poetic Justice” and “Why Did I Get Married?” have brought her an additional $304 million. Altogether, that’s a staggering $1.18 billion in personal income.
As ET reports, Jackson’s billionaire status is hard to come by for many celebrities. Only a notable few, such as Madonna, Steven Spielberg, J.K. Rowling and Oprah Winfrey have been able to earn such huge amounts from their art.
Last December, Jackson announced her marriage to Wissam Al Mana, and by February, she stated that the two had already gotten married in a private ceremony. It's Jackson’s third marriage; she was previously married to dancer, songwriter and music video director René Elizondo Jr., and before that, singer James DeBarge. Jackson was also notably dating So So Def Records founder and acclaimed producer Jermaine Dupri for many years, but the two split in 2009.
Al Mana, 11 years Jackson's junior at 37, comes from a wealthy family that runs 50 companies in the Gulf region, including ventures in real estate, automotive distribution, engineering and construction, retail, food services and media, according to Extra. He also owns Al Mana Luxury Company and serves as director of its fashion portfolios, alongside two of his brothers.
Extra asserts that despite being worth $200 million, Al Mana is quite laid back and usually wears jeans and sneakers to work. His interests include photography and design.
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