Over the course of its existence,American Idol has featured hundreds of contestants. However, no more than a small handful of them have ever managed to find true success in the entertainment industries. Out of those, those who can be considered better-off than Jennifer Hudson can be counted on the fingers of a single hand, though there is some room for debate depending on the exact criteria by which interested individuals determine success. Regardless, when one chooses to focus on financial figures, Sources say that Hudson has a current net worth of around $20 million, which is just below Carrie Underwood at around $85 million, Kelly Clarkson at around $45 million, and Adam Lambert at around $25 million.
How Has Jennifer Hudson Reached Her Current Net Worth?
For those who are curious, Hudson was born in Chicago, IL. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she was very interested in the arts when she was still a child. For example, Hudson got her start in singing as a member of her church’s choir. Likewise, she got her start in acting by participating in community theatre. As a result, Hudson had actually already managed to sign her first recording contract with an independent record label called Righteous Records by January of 2002. However, that went nowhere because Hudson managed to get released from what was supposed to have been a five-year contract so that she could compete on American Idol.
Nowadays, there are a lot of people who expect Hudson to have been the big winner for the season of American Idol that she appeared in. In part, this is because Hudson has been very successful since that time, meaning that it is perfectly natural for people to expect one kind of success to be connected with the other. However, it should also be noted that there were a lot of people with nothing but high praise for her at the time, so much so that there are publications such as MTV that have called her elimination as being one of the most surprising ever featured on the show. In any case, while Hudson managed to win over a fair number of people with her performances, she was nonetheless eliminated on the “Top 7” show of the season.
That loss didn’t bring an end to Hudson’s ambitions. Instead, she continued to persevere, with the result that her profile built and built until she managed to get a couple of very big breaks. One, Hudson managed to sign a recording contract, thus putting her on the path to releasing her first full-fledged album. Two, Hudson managed to land a role as Effie White on a movie version of Dreamgirls, which was huge because that was one of the most important roles in the musical. On the whole,Dreamgirls was pretty well-received, as shown by how it managed to make more than $154 million on an $80 million production budget. However, what really boosted Hudson’s career as an actor as well as an singer was the fact that her performance was one of the true standouts, so much so that she managed to walk away with not just a Golden Globe but also an Oscar for it. Something that pretty much turned her into a household name with a single role.
Unsurprisingly, Hudson’s success on Dreamgirls resulted in a slew of roles from that point forward. This is reflected in how she has been on projects that range from 2011’s Winnie Mandelaand 2015’s Chi-Raqto a movie adaptation of Cats that is in post-production at this very moment. However, what is particularly interesting is that she more than managed to meet the high expectations laid out by her Dreamgirls performance. After all, her first self-titled album managed to get certified Gold by selling more than eight hundred thousand copies. Moreover, it earned her the first of her two Grammy Awards so far, thus making it clear that it was as much of a critical success as it was a commercial success.
Based on this, it seems safe to say that Hudson has managed to build up the bulk of her fortune through a combination of her career as an actress as well as her career as a singer, which are very much entwined with one another to a considerable extent. On top of that, she has reaped the usual rewards of an entertainment figure with that kind of fame, as shown by how she managed to become the spokesperson for Weight Watchers in 2010.
In the present time, Hudson continues to be very active in her various roles. As mentioned earlier, she played the part of Grizabella on a movie adaptation of Cats that is in post-production at the moment. However, what is particularly interesting is that Hudson has been having regular movie roles in year after year ever since she got started, as shown by 2018’s All Rise, 2017’s Sandy Wexler, 2016’s Sing, and so on and so forth. Besides that, chances are good that a lot of people will find her most recognizable in the present time because of her involvement with not one but two versions of The Voice. After all, Hudson has been a coach for the U.K. version from 2017 to the present time. Meanwhile, Hudson has played a very similar role for both Seasons 13 and 15 for the U.S. version. On top of this, she continues to put out new music on a regular basis, with an excellent example being the song “I’ll Fight” for the 2018 documentary film RBG.
Due to this, it seems pretty safe to say that Hudson’s career is still going very strong. As such, while her current net worth is estimated to be around $20 million, it is bound to continue to increase by significant margins in the times to come.