|Country of origin:
|United States of America
|Source of Wealth:
|Singer, actress, entrepreneur
Madonna, born with the real name Madonna Louise Ciccone, is one of the most successful singers in the world. The “Queen of Pop” is an absolute success and has already proven her talents as a singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, designer and author. In the course of her career she broke numerous records and won countless prizes. Madonna lives with her 6 children, 4 of them adopted children from Malawi. Madonna owns numerous properties, but her main residences are in New York and, since 2017, also in Lisbon.
Madonna grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, the child of a car mechanic and an X-ray technician. Her father was of Italian descent, her mother was French Canadian. Madonna has five siblings and two half-siblings. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was five years old.
Madonna was educated at a Catholic school. At school, she enjoyed acting and cheerleading. She was a very good student. At a young age she took piano and dance lessons. Her dance teacher Christopher Flynn recognized her talent and encouraged her. Visiting theaters and gay discos together, Madonna met Stephen Bay, with whom she would later produce some of her biggest hits.
It was Flynn who encouraged her to go to New York and try her luck. After high school, she dropped out of dance at the University of Michigan and, with only $30 in her pocket, headed out into the big world, or big New York. There she initially kept her head above water with odd jobs, nude photos and soft porn depictions. She was already composing and writing her own songs and took every opportunity to make connections in the music industry. After some time she reached the head of the label Sire Records. He was enthusiastic about their demo tapes and gave the starting signal for their career. Together with her boyfriend at the time, Mark Kamins, she produced the single Everybody, which immediately sold 250,000 copies.
After that there was no holding back and an unknown singer quickly became the “Queen of Pop” and a living legend. Her debut album Madonna sold 16 million copies. Her next single, Like a Virgin, is still playing on the radio today. The song caused quite a stir at the time. Madonna performed the song in her wedding dress at the MTV Video Music Awards, attracting numerous critics. Since then, Madonna has been known for her provocative demeanor. The 1986 album True Blue reached number one in 28 countries and sold 25 million copies.
In 1989 the album Like a Virgin was released. In the video for the single of the same name, Madonna caused a sensation again. She used ecclesiastical symbols and associated them with sexual acts and eroticism. So she had drawn the displeasure of the Catholic Church. Justify my Love was also an extremely provocative and lewd video at the time. However, Madonna’s scandals were precisely calculated for this. She was always in control of her image and performances and knew exactly what she was doing. In the late 90’s she founded the record label Maverick.
In the 1990s, the album Erotica was released, which once again dealt with very provocative themes. Appropriately, she published the illustrated book SEX, which contained sexual themes and educational texts. This was an absolute sales success in the USA. The albums that followed were Bedtime Stories in 1994, Ray of Lights in 1998, Music in 2000, American Life in 2003 and Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Hard Candy in 2008.
Ray of Lights alone has sold 26 million copies. The more recent albums MDNA from 2012, Rebel Heart from 2015 and Madame X from 2019 could not repeat these successes. However, individual singles were still very successful and placed in the charts.
In addition to her album sales, Madonna earns the most from her tours. And these are legendary. The pop icon knows like no other how to entertain her audience with a brilliant stage show. Madonna tours regularly sell out.
But Madonna was not only able to prove herself as a singer. She was also seen as an actress in the films “Susan… Desperately Wanted”, “Dick Tracy”, “A Class of Their Own” and “Body of Evidence”. Her greatest acting success, which also earned her a Golden Globe, was her role as Evita Peron in the musical film “Evita”.
Madonna’s career is characterized by numerous superlatives. She has sold between 300-350 million records, is considered the most commercially successful singer in the world and ranks second in the American Billboard Charts as the most successful solo artist of all time. She is one of the most influential singers of all time and one of the most important representatives of pop music.
Her album The Immaculate Collection is the world’s best-selling, rated hits album by a solo artist. She broke numerous other records with her albums and received even more numerous awards, including many Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Golden Globes.
Madonna is considered the richest woman in the music business and one of the most powerful women of the last century.
“I prefer young men. They don’t know what they’re doing though. But they do it all night.”
“It’s a waste of time to do something mediocre.”
“Money is power, and it’s the only power you can count on.”
Madonna has an IQ of 140. She has had full control over her image and performances at all times in her career.
Madonna has 6 children, 4 of them are orphans from Malawi. She acquired residency in Portugal in 2017.
Madonna has been on a world tour 9 times.