|Estimated value:||€20 million|
|Country of origin:||Canada|
|Source of Wealth:||pop singer|
Canada seems to have had a lucky hand when it comes to exporting a consumer staple: handsome, musical teen stars. And after Justin Bieber has somehow served its purpose in this regard, someone else has to follow in his footsteps. Shawn Mendes: heartthrob, lover of extraordinary cars and self-made man who has managed to become one of the most famous teen idols in the whole world through the internet.
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born in Toronto in 1998 and grew up in the small suburb of Pickering with his younger sister Aaliyah. His parents are not native Canadians. Father Manuel actually comes from the Portuguese Algarve region, the mother is English. Both love music and with their different preferences, which range from country to reggae, also influence their son’s taste in music. But he still wants to be an actor. He takes acting classes at Pine Ridge High School, which he attends. At the same time, he spends his free time teaching himself to play the guitar with the help of Internet videos.
The parents are open-minded about Shawn’s wishes for the future and give him free rein. The fact that he finally decided in favor of music and not acting is partly due to the fact that he can’t remember the lyrics and partly to a family trip to Portugal. There, in a market square, he spontaneously pulls out his guitar and belts out a few notes of a Bruno Mars hit while his parents are busy shopping. And he realizes: This is his world. However, he never completely puts the thought of acting on hold.
The fascination of the Internet, which offers such inexhaustible opportunities to present oneself, does not stop at Shawn Mendes. So he starts uploading some songs to Youtube, later to the Vine platform. He doesn’t sing his own songs – which his father always encourages him to do – but cover versions of well-known hits by other stars, such as Justin Bieber or Adele.
To his surprise, he’s doing well “out there”. The 15-year-old lures almost 4 million fans from his youth room into his hitherto inconspicuous life. Among these fans is the manager of the Iceland record company, Andrew Gertler, who noticed the boy’s musical and visual potential in 2013 and signed him.
Just one year later, the first single “Life of the Party” was released and stormed number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. Shawn Mendes is the youngest artist to debut this high with a debut single. Of course, the song also becomes a hit in its native Canada, as well as in New Zealand, Australia and some European countries.
The first album “Handwritten” follows, which sells 160,000 copies after just one week and at the same time conquers number 1 on the American Billboard 200 charts. Shawn Mendes is the second Canadian, after Justin Bieber, to have a debut album so high in the charts before the age of 18. In fact, a certain similarity in the “Bieber” style of music cannot be denied. Shawn’s mix of snappy pop and light ballads goes down well. “Handwritten” also becomes a big hit in the UK, Sweden and Portugal.
From 2015, Mendes will be giving concerts in Europe and North America for the first time. Another extensive tour follows shortly thereafter. This time, in addition to the USA and Europe, Asia and Australia are also on the agenda. A year later Shawn’s second album “Illuminate” was released. He’s also graduating from high school. The following tour for the album “Illuminate” takes Mendes again through North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
In 2018 his latest album will be released, which is simply called “Shawn Mendes”. The album is widely praised for its evolved musical style. Shawn Mendes has matured. It is the third album to top the US Billboard 200 charts, but it also conquers the hit parades of numerous other countries, which is why Shawn is going on an extensive tour again this year, this time taking him to South America. The 38 scheduled shows sell out in minutes.
In 2019 he released more singles, including the duet “Señorita” with the US-Cuban Camila Cabello – a song that became a summer hit in Germany. In the same year, the business magazine Forbes called the 21-year-old one of the richest and youngest celebrities in the world.
But Shawn does not only earn his income from musical performances and record deals. He has also launched his own perfume and earns a fair amount of “pocket money” as a model for well-known brands Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani. Furthermore, the fast food chain Tim Hortons advertises with his likeness on their paper cups.
In the few years of his rapid career, Shawn Mendes has already won many important awards, including three People’s Choice Awards, eight Juno Awards, four BMI Pop Awards, three American Music Awards and eleven MTV European Music Awards. He was even nominated twice for a Grammy. As a special highlight, Shawn Mendes names his appearance as a support act for the American singer Taylor Swift at the beginning of his career. It was the first time for him to play in front of such a large audience – 60,000 people. In the meantime, of course, this has become a habit for him. In 2018 he was invited as a musical guest to an event celebrating the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
The likeable Shawn Mendes, who is extraordinarily reflective for his age, doesn’t want to be a quickly fading pop star: “I want to create anthems for people. I want to create anthems for big moments in their lives. I don’t want my music to be there for a few months and then gone forever.” Shawn Mendes wants his songs to change the world, saying it’s not just about the music itself, but also “the things you do while you’re making music.”
Shawn Mendes has a big heart for those in need. He is committed to a good cause like hardly anyone else, wants to shake the world awake with campaigns on the subject of AIDS, breast cancer, sick children, the environment, and women all over the world who have no access to educational institutions. He supported the construction of a school in Ghana and even founded his own aid organization in 2019. For three years, Shawn, who suffered from anxiety himself at one time, collaborated with the “DoSomething” project, which encourages participants to leave little notes with positive messages in all sorts of places. This action as well as his hit “In my blood” is intended to bring psychological problems such as depression into the public eye. Hats off to so much youthful commitment.
|Estimated value:||€20 million|