What is Britney Spears' Net Worth in 2021?
Curious how much the queen of pop is worth? Me too!
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I am woman enough to admit that I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit trying to learn Britney Spears choreography routines in front of the TV in my parents living room. The early 2000’s were a formative time for me and Britney’s meteoric rise to fame was timed perfectly for me to want to model my every move after her. Pigtails, plaid skirts, sparkly lip gloss—I had it all.
Now, almost 20 years later, I still find myself inspired by Britney’s courage to stand up for herself and fight for what she believes is right, all while under the harsh spotlight of the international media.
Britney is easily one of the most influential performers and celebrities of my generation, and I find myself curious. How much is Britney Spears worth? We know that she took a much needed hiatus from show business at the height of her fame, but did that hinder her earning potential?
Let’s take a closer look at Britney’s career and life as a celebrity—I promise I’ll try to keep this from turning into a love letter.
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When she was just eleven years old, Britney got a job that would serve as the catalyst for the rest of her career. She was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club alongside future mega-stars like Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling.
Britney signed her first record deal when she was just 16 years old, and her debut album, ...Baby One More Time, was released about a month after her 17th birthday (January of 1999). With the album debuting at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and selling more than 10 million copies during the first year (the best-selling album ever by a teenage artist), it’s safe to say that Britney’s musical career took off right from the start.
Following up on her overwhelmingly successful debut album, Britney continued her upward trajectory with Oops I Did It Again (2000) and Britney (2001), with both albums reaching number one on the charts. Her reputation as a live performer was also growing, thanks in part to an epic performance featuring a caged tiger and a python at the MTV Music Video Awards. In 2002, Britney was ranked the world’s most powerful celebrity by Forbes.
Nearly 20 years later, Britney is still firmly in the spotlight, although her career and personal life have included many peaks and valleys.
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How Did Britney Spears Make Her Money?
For over 20 years now, Britney has released several top-selling albums and had massive worldwide tours that have brought in vast amounts of money. She’s also been paid millions of dollars for endorsements, starred in a movie, and had an eight-figure TV deal.
Here are just some of the financial highlights that demonstrate Britney’s earning power since her debut album was released in 1999:
- She’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is the fourth-best selling album artist in the U.S.
- The Oops I Did It Again (2000) tour grossed more than $40 million.
- Her movie Crossroads (2002) grossed more than $60 million.
- During her career, Britney has had many endorsement deals with brands like Pepsi, Skechers, McDonald’s, Sony, Hasbro, and Candie’s. Her deal with Pepsi was their largest celebrity endorsement deal at the time ($7+ million).
- Britney’s perfume brand, launched with Elizabeth Arden, has produced more than $1.5 billion in sales (her first line made Spears a reported $52 million).
- The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour (2009) grossed more than $130 million.
- In 2012, Britney was hired as a judge on The X Factor for a reported $15 million.
- In 2013, she began performing in Las Vegas. Over a four-year stint, she made more than $140 million from her Vegas shows.
- The Piece of Me tour (2018) grossed over $50 million.
- According to Forbes, Britney made $64 million in 2010, $58 million in 2012, $34 million in 2017, and $30 million in 2018.
If you have access to the internet, it’s likely that you’ve heard about Britney’s conservatorship battle.
In 2008, after a very public struggle with her mental health, Britney was put on a court-approved conservatorship (a legal guardianship), which gave her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer control of her financial assets.
The conservatorship, the millions of dollars it has cost her, and her legal struggle to have it removed, gained notoriety in 2019 and came to a head in 2021 when she accused her father and the attorney of abuse. Her fans started the #FreeBritney movement in response to support her efforts to end the conservatorship.
The conservatorship has opened up Britney’s financial records to the public, due to the court process. According to Forbes, Britney’s father has been paid at least $5 million since the conservatorship went into effect in 2008. It’s not only her father that has benefited financially from the conservatorship. Britney has also had to spend millions on legal fees. Among those fees, The New York Times estimates that she has paid at least $3 million to Samuel D. Ingham III since 2008.
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What is Britney Spears’ Net Worth in 2021?
Britney Spears’ net worth in 2021 is $60 million.
As part of the court process, Jamie Spears and attorneys have claimed that Britney has benefited financially from the conservatorship and that her liquid assets would be near zero without his intervention.
|Net Worth||$60 Million|
|Birthday||Dec 2, 1981|
|Profession||Singer, Entertainer, Actress|
|Spouse||Engaged to Sam Asghari|
How Does She Spend Her Money?
Britney has purchased and rented many high-priced homes over the years. Most of them have been sold, but she currently lives in a California home that she purchased for $7.4 million in 2015.
Aside from real estate, Britney also has several other expenses that have detracted from her net worth. According to Business Insider (based on financial records that became public through the conservatorship), Britney likes to spend money on beauty and clothing. In 2016 she spent more than $200,000 on clothes, hair, makeup, manicures, and personal grooming. That year she also spent $2 million on housing expenses, including cleaning.
In 2018, Britney spent $400,000 on living expenses and $70,000 on travel. She spent $1.1 million on legal and conservator fees that year.
In 2012, Britney was forced to pay $10 million to Brand Sense Partners, who claimed she had cut them out of Britney’s deal with Elizabeth Arden.
Other significant expenses include $20,000 per month (since 2008) to her ex-husband Kevin Federline for child support, and the salary for a full-time bodyguard.
Britney has also actively supported many charities over the years, including The Britney Spears Foundation, which operated from 2002 to 2011.
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A Final Word
If you’re reading this, I’m assuming that you’re a curious well-wisher like myself.
I’m certainly glad that Britney has a substantial net worth, and I hope it continues to grow. In my humble opinion, she deserves every penny and much more when you consider the scrutiny she’s come under because of the public’s fascination with peering into her private life.
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