If you currently have a daughter who's in their late teens or well into their 20s, chances are Justin Bieber lived in your house at some point.
Obviously, not the actual Justin, but his likeness. This kid inevitably escaped your child's room, where he lived on the wall or a throw pillow, to join the rest of the family.
He may have been in your bathroom on a toothbrush or towel. Maybe he lived in your cupboard and shapeshifted into a plate nobody was allowed to eat off of. Perhaps it was a water bottle from which never a sip was taken. If you were a bit of a free-wheeling parent, "boyfriend" was "stickered" on the fridge, mirrors, furniture, and the dog.
The point being, because of these (and other) things, Justin Bieber has a net worth of $285 million.
In all seriousness, Justin was actually a great teeny bop idol. My daughter met him in an elevator, quite by accident, as he was approaching superstar status. He said hello first, introduced himself, and then asked her name. Then said, "it was very nice to meet you". No arrogance, no ego, polite, and well mannered. We need more of that.
Maybe that's why I let the dog walk around with Justin on his forehead. Anyway, let's dive into how Justin got famous, made his money, and what he does with it?
Justin Bieber Net Worth
Justin Bieber was born on March 11, 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada. He lived with his mom and grandparents, who all encouraged his love of music. Bieber learned to play the drums, piano, guitar, and trumpet at a very young age. He also loved to sing and dance.
Justin, like many kids his age, started a YouTube channel to showcase his talents. It was all just for fun, until a man named Scooter Braun came across Justin's channel. Braun was a talent manager and after seeing Bieber perform, tracked him down and convinced his mom to let Justin go to Atlanta and record some demo tapes.
A week later, he was singing for R&B icon, Usher. Braun and Usher helped Bieber to get signed to Island Def Jam Records in October of 2008. That same year, he moved to Atlanta with his mom. After working on his brand and performing locally, Justin released his debut album in 2010.
The record was a two-part project entitled, My World and My World 2.0. Justin promoted the album by performing on shows like Ellen, Good Morning America, and Wendy Williams. Within 2 months of its release, My World sold over a million copies and had 4 singles released off it ( the most ever from any debut artist his age).
Bieber Fever had spread across the country. My World 2.0 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 680,000 copies in the first 3 weeks. This was the first time a male solo artist his age had done this since Stevie Wonder, in 1963. The My World Tour brought in an estimated $110 million.
His second album, a collection of Christmas songs, sold over 2 million copies. The third album, Believe, dropped in 3012. It sold over 3 million albums. Justin Bieber was now, not only an official teen heartthrob, but a legitimate music artist.
A year earlier, Justin released a "Truth or Dare" type of film. Never Say Never was part concert performance and part behind the scenes biopic. The film topped box offices all over the United States and Canada. The movie made over $12.4 million on its first day alone. The Never Say Never tour made over $250 million. Though Justin does not see all of that money, it's safe to say he gets a good percentage.
Later that year, Justin was ranked #2 on the Forbes List of best paid celebrities under 30. In 2013, a second film, Believe, was released, which chronicled Bieber's intense touring schedule. In 2015, Biebs won his first Grammy for, "Where Are You Now" from his album, Purpose.
Over the years, the Canadian icon collaborated with artists like:
- Post Malone
- Lil Wayne
- DJ Khalid
- Billie Eilish
- Chance the Rapper
- Niki Minaj
- Ed Sheeran
These collabs opened Justin up to new audiences and new sources of income.
Business Ventures and Endorsements
Throughout his career, Justin Bieber had a slew of brand deals that have garnered millions. Some of his lucrative endeavors include:
- Proactiv (skin treatment)
- Nicole by OPI (nail polish)
- Calvin Klein
- Justin Bieber perfume
- Justin Bieber clothing line
- Beats by Dre
- Best Buy
- T Mobile
Remember how it all started? That little homemade video on YouTube. Well, Justin still has the channel and he still posts videos (not homemade though). He has over 70.6 million subscribers and over 29 billion views.
It's estimated that he makes at least $38 thousand dollars a month from the channel. However, he has had months where he has made over $500 thousand in a month.
In 2012, Bieber bought a house in Calabasas, CA for $6.5 million. He sold it in 2019 and got himself an $8.5 million mansion. In 2020, Justin and Hailey wanted to have more of a family home. So they dropped $28.5 million on a mansion high in the Hollywood Hills. The gated community's other residents include Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, and Sylvester Stallone.
Bieber Hits Bottom
Remember that sweet, polite kid from the elevator? Well, he's not perfect, no one is. He's had some days that could have gone better.
Probably the worst was in 2014 when he was arrested for DUI, while drag racing with no license. It was all over the news and folks were calling him washed up (as folks on the internet do). Anyway, it was dropped to reckless driving and he paid some fines.
But then, while living in a multi million dollar house in a gated community, Justin decided to egg his neighbors home. This caused one of many lawsuits against the Biebs. The others were fired by multiple photographers who got on Justin's bad side.
Then there was the time he peed in a mop bucket while yelling about President Clinton. But maturity was soon to find him.
Justin Grows Up And Gives Back
Justin had the strength to do what people twice his age in Hollywood are often too scared to do - he got himself together. Bieber became a Born Again Christian and married his love Hailey Baldwin.
Then he poured himself into helping others. He's granted the 2nd most Make A Wish requests in the history of the organization, at 250. He once gave a fan $100,000 to attend school to help people with mental health issues. He's also an avid supporter of:
- Red Cross
- Bots and Girls Club
- Children's Miracle Network
- Autism Movement Therapy
- Food Bank of NYC
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