|Estimated value:||€92 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Ten Grammys, an Echo and an appearance on the Super Bowl halftime show: Bruno Mars has achieved a lot. His catchy songs are popular with a wide audience and he takes listeners’ hearts by storm – no wonder, because music is in the young Hawaiian’s blood.
Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez and he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in late 1985. His mother is from the Philippines and his father is from Puerto Rico. Just like the five siblings, Mars came into contact with music at an early age. Already at the age of four he performed very successfully as an Elvis impersonator and still feels strongly influenced by his music today.
Eventually, Bruno Mars became a member of the family band Love Notes, which he formed with his parents and siblings. So he learned different styles of music and toured all over the island – a good start into the business that he would later fall into. Even at school music did not let go of the young Bruno and he founded the school band “Dis Guyz” together with two classmates.
At the age of seventeen, the time had finally come for Bruno Mars: he moved to Los Angeles to make music. At first he was more concerned with writing and producing hit songs for other artists. These included, for example, Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, K’naan’s “Wavin Flag” or Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”. Despite this clear ability, the success of Mars’ first own EP was rather lacking.
Nevertheless, the young musician continued to work and was rewarded for it. In 2010, he recorded the hit “Nothin’ on You” with rapper BoB, which shot to No. 1 and brought Mars to prominence. Strengthened by this, he recorded his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”, which brought him enormous success and even a Grammy in 2011.
In December 2012 Bruno Mars released the award-winning album “Unorthodox Jukebox” with new hit singles. As a result, he got to work on the soundtrack to a movie and perform not only at the 2013 Grammys but also at the 2014 Super Bowl. 2016’s new album 24K Magic went platinum or gold in several states.
To date, Bruno Mars has sold a total of six million albums and forty million singles. He guest-starred alongside rapper BoB on his debut hit, “Nothin’ on You,” which went to number one on the Billboard chart in 2010 and also topped the UK and Dutch charts. In the same year, Mars served as vocalist and writer for Travie McCoy’s song “Billionaire,” which reached the Top 5 on several songs.
In 2010, Mars released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which immediately topped the album charts. With this mega success, Bruno Mars finally had a secure footing in the business. The hits “Grenade” and “Just The Way You Are” have sold ten million copies and reached #1 in several countries. “Just The Way You Are” even won a Grammy.
In 2012 the hit single “Locked Out Of Heaven” was released from the album “Unorthodox Jukebox”. “When I Was Your Man” and “Treasure” followed later. After these number 1 hits, the album itself also received a Grammy. As a result, the new single “24K Magic” was released in 2016, which received gold status in Germany and quadruple platinum in the USA. The single sold four million copies in its country of origin.
- “It sounds very cheesy, but there’s music in the air in Hawaii.”
- “Don’t try to be different just to be different.”
- “To write a song, you have to have imagination. To have imagination, you must be free.”
The nickname “Bruno” comes from Mars’ father, who thought his son resembled wrestler Bruno Sammartino as a young child.
In 2010, Bruno Mars was caught with cocaine in Las Vegas. By his own admission, this wasn’t his first time using the drug, but he said he hasn’t done it since.
In 2013, Mars’ mother passed away. This was very difficult for him to take. However, according to his own words, music played a very big role in getting him back on his feet.
|Estimated value:||€92 million|