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How Janet Jackson Achieved a Net Worth of $180 Million

Janet Jackson is recognized around the world as a star. She’s made music for decades, starred in several TV shows and films, and made a name for herself outside her famous family’s reputation. At this point in the superstar’s life, her net worth has to be impressive.

Janet Jackson’s Early Work

Not many people know that Janet was just a child when she started earning her own paychecks. The multitalented star began her career as an actress, appearing on many television shows throughout her younger years. These shows included:

  • A New Kind of Family
  • Good Times
  • Diff’rent Strokes
  • The Love Boat
  • Fame

If you’re unfamiliar with these titles, you’re in for a treat. They feature a very young Miss Jackson, who confidently shows that she’s got acting talent even at her young age. Her experience will serve her well as she continues to round out her career over the next several decades.

An Unrivaled Pop Star

Janet’s first album release, Janet Jackson, wasn’t considered a success in 1982, nor the next one, Dream Street, which was released in 1984. When the diva decided to put herself in the driver’s seat of her career, her next album in 1986, Control, made her mark in pop music. The album brought Jackson:

  • Two top ten hits with “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and “Nasty”
  • Five singles that climbed to the top of the rhythm and blues charts

Her next album in 1989, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, brought truly diversified work to the end of the decade. The album had seven Top Ten singles hits, including:

  • “Miss You Much”
  • “Escapade”
  • “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
  • “Rhythm Nation”
  • “Alright”
  • “Come Back to Me”
  • “Black Cat”

In 1991, Janet Jackson signed the most significant recording contract ever with Virgin Records. The deal’s value was so immense because multiple recording companies were trying to get her to sign with them. The Los Angeles Times reported that the deal was for $32 million, making this young woman quite wealthy.

After that, she broke yet another record when she signed a $35 million contract with Virgin that also offered her advances of $5 million for each subsequent album she released. The Associated Press reported that Janet would also get 24% of royalties from each album she sells. The math is clear – this woman is worth a lot of money.

The pop star continued to release albums with varying levels of success over the years.

Her released albums were:

  • Janet (1993)
  • The Velvet Rope (1997)
  • All for You (2001)
  • Damita Jo (2004)
  • 20 YO (2006)
  • Discipline (2008)
  • Unbreakable (2015)

With such a prolific and successful career making music, there were bound to be some awards won by the songstress. She won Grammys for:

  1. Best Music Video, Long Form for the “Rhythm Nation” video
  2. Best R&B Song for “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  3. Best Music Video, Short Form for “Scream”
  4. Best Music Video, Short form for “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”
  5. Best Dance Recording for “All for You”

Between her unrivaled talent, hits, contracts, and awards, there’s no doubt that Janet Jackson has enjoyed some pretty significant success. So this all has to add up to some serious income.

Return to Acting

Despite all of Miss Jackson’s musical success, she returned to her acting roots in the movie, Poetic Justice, starring opposite Tupac Shakur. The film earned close to $28 million, making it a success for two stars previously considered to be strictly musicians.

Other movies Janet Jackson acted in are:

  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
  • Why Did I Get Married?
  • Why Did I Get Married, Too?
  • For Colored Girls

The entertainer took advantage of her time in front of the camera to go behind the scenes as a producer for her own videos and specials. She’s named as an executive producer for:

  • Janet Jackson: The Rhythm Nation Compilation
  • Janet: The Velvet Rope
  • Janet Jackson (TV Mini-Series)

It seems as though there isn’t anything Janet can’t do in the world of entertainment. Keeping her acting skills fresh while working on her music career has to be contributing to a healthy income to this day.

Janet Jackson Is an Overcomer

If you remember the ill-fated Super Bowl Halftime Show that Jackson performed with Kid Rock, Diddy, Nelly, and Justin Timberlake, you’ll remember that it seemed like a big deal at the time. The network demanded an apology from the performers involved, but Janet refused.

As Janet knew, her career would survive the incident. In fact, it only seemed to thrive. As some in the entertainment industry say, “There is no such thing as bad publicity,” and Janet rightfully banked on that.

Downsizing Some Memorabilia

When you’ve accomplished as much as Jackson has over the years, you’d expect her storage space to be jam-packed with keepsakes, fashion items, and props. In 2021, the star decided to auction off some of her belongings. According to Rolling Stone, she sold her famous key earring, the suit she wore in the video “Scream,” among other costumes and memorabilia.

It’s reported that Janet had no problem pocketing the money she made but still made a donation to charity. So she’s a moneymaker, and she’s not ashamed of it!

Real Estate Portfolio

While Jackson tends to be private about her money outside of her music career, she is reported to have multiple real estate income streams. From an NYC unit to a property in Nevada, she’s shown that she has a keen sense of how to keep her properties valuable and even generate additional income.

She’s also said to have real estate in California that’s currently being sold off. So if Janet’s talent extends to intelligent moves in the real estate market, as it seems, it’s just another consideration when thinking about the star’s net worth.

Tours and Performances

Even though the pandemic put a lot of performers’ plans on hold, Jackson has no intention of putting off performing. While she wisely took a break from touring, vaccinations and safeguards will ensure Janet always finds a way to connect with her fans through performance.

A considerable population will always be eager to jump in line to get tickets to see her perform. Her power as a performer is still strong today. Revenue from live performances will push her income level higher than ever.

Unlucky in Love

Jackson’s been married a few times, but none have stood the test of time. The few relationships the famously private star has been involved in are:

  1. Marriage to James DeBarge (1984-1985)
  2. Marriage to Rene Elizondo Jr. (1991-2000)
  3. Marriage to Wissam Al Mana (2012-2017)

While there is a lot of unverified speculation about prenuptial and divorce settlements, nothing has been confirmed from the diva herself. Regardless, the star is likely to be relatively well-off. Her popularity, talent, and business savvy must have her living comfortably.

Janet’s Documentary

If you’ve wanted to hear Jackson talk about herself and her life in her own words, she’s released just that with a documentary. Janet Jackson is a four-hour feature that premiered on both Lifetime and A&E.

This is a brilliant move on Janet’s part. Every decade that goes by, she seems to pop up, reminding everyone of her talent and introducing newer generations to an icon. This maintains her name recognition and bolsters her overall net worth.

What Is Janet Jackson Net Worth?

With all that Miss Jackson has done to earn her money over the years, it won’t be surprising that the star’s net worth is estimated to be $180 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The fact that she’s been able to make that kind of money all on her own deserves profound respect.

No matter where she came from and what she’s survived, Janet Jackson has proven to be a self-assured, confident talent who brings value to everything she does. Janet Jackson is the ultimate icon.

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Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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