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The 10 Richest Drag Queens in the World

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Drag queens have been entertaining us for years. Now, many are extending their reach beyond drag shows and brunches. They have brand endorsements, have massive followings on social media, and are being cast on various TV shows and movies. The richest drag queens have changed over the years, and many have experienced a significant amount of financial success.

As you explore the 12 richest drag queens, you’ll learn about their net worth as well as what has made them so successful within the drag industry and beyond.

Methodology

In order to identify the richest drag queens, we used a variety of sources. First, we had to identify the current net worth of the various drag queens that are currently active within the industry – and we used sources such as Famous People Today and Out.com.

Additionally, we wanted to provide a bit more info to ensure that you knew how these drag queens amassed their fortunes.

We used quite a few resources:

– Social media. Sites were used to tell us what they are currently involved in.

– Individual websites. The websites were used to learn how they got their start as well as what was coming up for them.

– Entertainment sites. These give us details about what the drag queens are working on, how much they’re being paid, and what is going on with them.

– Blog sites. Sites like Fashion Monitor and Out.com tell us what drag queens have endorsement deals with different companies.

You’ll find the 12 richest drag queens listed below. We’ve ranked them based on their net worth, and you can find out more about who they are and how they’ve made their fortunes.

12. Latrice Royale Net Worth – $1 Million

Latrice Royale is based in Hollywood, Florida, and was born under the name Timothy K. Wilcots. She’s 51 and is one of the older drag queens on this list. However, she is well known and has embraced her TV personality and who she is. She’s been on the scene for decades and actually got her start in the mid-1990s on “In Living Color,” playing the drag sketch character of Wanda.

Latrice Royale has a net worth of $1 million, and she has accrued this wealth through her work as a drag queen, recording artist (she released a Christmas album in 2023 featuring Christopher Hamblin), and reality television personality. Royale is best known for appearing on the fourth season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in 2012. She also took part in the first and fourth seasons of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars.’

In 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine compiled a list of the 100 most powerful drag queens in America by ranking former Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestants. Latrice Royale was ranked in the tenth position on the list.

She describes herself on her website as “Large and In Charge, Chunky yet Funky. She also had an HBO Original show where she played herself, titled “We’re Here.”

11. Shangela Laquifa Wadley Net Worth – $1 Million

Born in Paris, Texas, on November 22, 1981 (making her 42), Shangela Laquifa Wadley’s birth name was Darius Jeremy Pierce. She began building her drag queen career while still in high school and even became a cheerleader. She is often known simply as Shangela.

Wadley competed in both RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars. She has also appeared in television series including ‘2 Broke girls’ and ‘X-Files.’ Furthermore, she has had roles in movies including ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Hurricane Bianca.’

She’s now based in Hollywood, California, and is a professional drag queen. Additionally, in her early years, Wadley attended Southern Methodist University, studying PR and Corporate Communications.

While she only has 2 million followers on Instagram, many are quite loyal. Additionally, she makes money on Cameo, where she provides video clips for her fans. As a drag queen, she has traveled the globe extensively. She also has music videos, including “Werqin Girl,” which can be seen on YouTube.

10. Katya Zamolodchikova Net Worth – $1.1 Million

Brian Cook is the birthname of Katya Zamolodchikova, who is now a famous drag queen, artist, comedian, and performer at the age of 41. She became well-known after appearing in the seventh season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’

Not only did Zamolodchikova win the second position in the Miss Congeniality contest, but she was also the runner-up in the second season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars.’

She has since appeared in multiple other television series and has had some small roles in movies. Before she became famous, Katya Zamolodchikova hosted a drag show dressed as a Russian lady and performed Russian songs.

Katya has self-proclaimed herself to be the “Sweatiest Woman in Show Business” and has an album known as Vampire Fitness, which is a musical album where she sings solo as well as with others, including other drag artists.

On Katya’s website, you can find out about her entire tour schedule – and she actively tours with another drag queen on this list, Trixie. Most tours are in the US, but they have been known to visit other parts of the globe as well.

9. Raven Net Worth – $2 Million

Born as David Petruschin in California on April 8, 1978, Raven is both a drag queen and a makeup artist. Petruschin was a go-go boy in many nightclubs with a name of “Phoenix.”

Raven debuted in 2002 and performed with Mayhem Miller, another alum of Drag Race.

She gained fame after appearing on the reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race in the second season, finishing as a runner-up.

Although she did not win the series, the television exposure created new opportunities and also allowed Raven to increase her appearance fees. Her work as a drag queen and makeup artist means she has now accumulated a net worth of $2 million.

Raven has been featured on World of Wonder’s YouTube Channel, Vanity Fair, and even appeared on America’s Next Top Model. She was also in a 2021 movie called “The Bitch Who Stole Christmas.”

Now that Raven is no longer doing any of the Drag Race seasons, she will go back to being a makeup artist – and has won an Emmy for the makeup. She’s got a 660k following on Instagram, even being photographed with Pedro Pascal.

8. Sasha Velour Net Worth –  $2.5 Million

Sasha Velour is the stage name for Alexander Hedges Steinberg. He is an American drag queen that is based in New York and is 36 years old. The drag queen’s start was in a music video C.L.A.T. along with several other drag queens who also appeared in “her” season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Sasha had a one-queen show that was known as “Smoke & Mirrors,” which toured across 90 theaters worldwide during the years 2019 through 2022.

Sasha Velour is also the founder and director of the drag revue NightGowns in New York City.

Velour got her claim to fame by being on the 9th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The transformation of the drag queen has also been featured in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

When not working as a drag queen, Alexander works as a freelance graphic designer, and the comics and illustrations have appeared in countless publications. Some are also credited to Sasha Velour, ad there’s also a comic series called “Stonewall” that tells the story of the Stonewall riots.

7. Violet Chachki Net Worth – $2.5 Million

Violet Chachki was born Paul Jason Dardo, and is based in Atlanta, GA. 31 years old, Violet is not only a drag queen and model but also a burlesque/aerial performer as well as a recording artist. A little-known fact is that Paul attended a Catholic High School before ultimately determining that it was best to use she/her and they/them pronouns and embracing the drag life.

Like many of the drag queens on this list, Violet Chachki gained fame after taking part in RuPaul’s Drag Race. When she took part in season seven of the series, many fans of the show initially dismissed her because she was only 22 at the time. Additionally, many believed that she was a snob. However, she gained confidence throughout the series, and her fanbase also grew. Eventually, she went on to win the season.

Violet considers herself to be genderfluid and uses a sophisticated level of art along with “entrancing visuals” to promote herself and entertain her audiences.

Now, her soaring number of fans means she has a growing following on social media and currently has 1.9 million followers on her Instagram account. She is known for having impressive Instagram earnings by being a brand influencer. According to Instinct Magazine, she earns as much as $29,600 per Instagram post.

6. Alyssa Edwards Net Worth – $3 Million

Alyssa Edwards first came to public attention in 1994 when she appeared in a documentary called ‘Pageant,’ which was about what went on behind the scenes at the 34th Miss Gay America Contest. She was born Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson in Mesquite, Texas.

The 44-year-old is not only a drag queen but also a choreographer and businessperson.

Edwards was also featured in the 2018 Netflix documentary, “Dancing Queen.” The documentary followed Edwards’ life and showed how she created her onstage persona.

Alyssa has 1.9 million followers on Instagram and posts regularly. She is regularly posting – and that helps with a secondary income from social media. She also did a collab with Anastasia Beverly Hills, and a makeup palette was released in 2019.

Beyond being on RuPaul’s Drag Race and again on All Stars, she was also one of the drag queens in the VMA performance in 2015 for Miley Cyrus.

 Alyssa was also on season 16 of America’s Got Talent. In 2021, she was also in a one-woman show for London’s West End known as “Alyssa: Memoirs of a Queen.”

5. Bianca Del Rio Net Worth – $4 Million

Bianca Del Rio is also known as Roy R. Haylock. The 48-year-old is from Louisiana and had a long career as a drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer before gaining fame after winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Throughout her career, she has been nominated for 13 Big Entertainment Awards, of which she has won 13. Bianco Del Rio is particularly famous for her sarcastic humor and for throwing insults.

She has had quite a few film accomplishments, including Hurricane Bianca, Rolodex of Hate, and more. Bianca was also a judge on Drag Me to Dinner, a Hulu show where celebrity drag queens hosted dinner parties as a competition.

She’s currently on a “Dead Inside” world comedy tour (her sixth global tour in her career), so for those who have been wondering what she’s up to, it’s headed around the US and Canada for 2024 – and more countries are likely to be announced.

Bianca has earned the name of the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by the New York Times, and much of this is because she isn’t afraid of saying what’s on her mind, even if it’s offensive.

4. Miss Fame Net Worth – $5 Million

Miss Fame is one of the more famous drag queens on this list, working not only as a drag queen but also a model, musician, and makeup artist. “Miss Fame” is the stage name for the 38-year-old Californian Kurtis Frank Dam-Mikkelsen.

Kurtis appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race for its seventh season. Following the season, a music career was launched, with an album being released in 2015 called “Beauty Marked.” The album features the single “Rubber Doll,” which there is also a music video for.

In 2016, Miss Fame was signed with IMG Models Paris and has done a number of collaborations and editorial work with such brands as Vogue Japan, Vogue Paris, ELLE, LOVE, CANDY, and others.

Miss Fame contributed to the Christmas Queens 3 album. She was also a background dancer for Christina Aguilera in 2018. Additionally, she has her own makeup line, “The Fetish of Fashion.” This has gone on to become a full makeup line known as Miss Fame Beauty.

Recently, she became a spokesperson for L’Oreal.

She has 1 million followers on Instagram.

Many believe that Miss Fame’s net worth will be exploding over the next few years with her makeup line and her music albums. In fact, some, such as Idol Net Worth, already believe that her net worth could be as high as $275 million because of the different endorsement deals, yet that has yet to be confirmed.

3. Trixie Mattel Net Worth – $10 Million

The second richest drag queen in the world is Trixie Mattel, who appeared in season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race and shot to fame after winning the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars.

Trixie is the stage name of Brian Michael Firkus, a 34-year-old from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has developed a reputation for being exaggerated and over-the-top. Se also is a singer-songwriter who blends acoustic pop with comedy.

Currently, she works in several aspects of the entertainment industry, as she is a comedian, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Mattel is also an entrepreneur with a makeup line, and this has contributed to her net worth of $10 million.

Trixie is a Billboard Heatseekers #1 charting recording artist and tours with Katya on a regular basis (also on this list). Trixie is also on YouTube with 1.9 million subscribers and over 300 videos, so this also leads to monetization – and that’s one of the reasons why her net worth will likely increase over the next year. The videos focus predominantly on makeup transformations and the unboxing of various toys.

2. Milk Net Worth – $25 Million

Milk is the alter-ego of Dan Donigan, a 35-year-old who is a reality TV star and drag queen based in New York. Before committing to being a drag queen, he was a professional figure skater – and even placed 13th in the US Nationals within the ice dancing category.

Milk may sound like an odd name for a drag queen, but it makes sense when you know that Dan is also a member of The Dairy Queens drag group that tours and does shows and revues in Brooklyn, NY.

The big break for Milk was being on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. While he didn’t win, he was able to compete with another queen from this list, Bianca Del Rio, who did become the ultimate winner for that season.

Milk also has a massive following on YouTube with the channel “Big And Milky” with over 30.6k followers as well as Milk’s LegenDAIRY Looks.

1. RuPaul Charles Net Worth – $95 Million

According to Tuko, the richest drag queen in the world is RuPaul Charles, who has a net worth of $95 million. He originally began his career in the music industry, releasing his debut studio album ‘Supermodel of the World’ in 1993. The drag queen then released an autobiography and signed a deal with a model agency.

However, it was starring in his talk show ‘The RuPaul Show’ in 1996 that shot him to fame. RuPaul’s success continued with the launch of the reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is now in its 16th season. It is rumored that RuPaul Charles started off earning $50,000 for season one. However, due to the show’s increased popularity, the earnings are now at $1 million per episode.

At the age of 63, RuPaul is well-known for helping to boost the drag queen industry. He is also famous for the quote, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

4.9 million followers on Instagram will also show that there is monetization happening – and that will be a regular source of income above being a TV personality for RuPaul.

A Few Drag Names to Watch

There are a few other drag queens that, while they didn’t earn enough to make the Top 12, are definitely names to watch. Most of them are either winners of one of the many seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race or are brand influencers with massive followings on social media.

Here are the names and why you should watch them:

  • Kim Chi: Model for Elle, and a make-up enthusiast
  • Crème Fatale: a bio queen and is widely popular on Instagram
  • Ellis Atlantis: A UK-based drag queen that has a #100daysofmakeup series on Instagram
  • Nina Cordona: A Brazil-based drag queen with a strong YouTube following and a love for neon colors
  • Age of Aquaria – a drag queen based in New York who is also a beauty blogger

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Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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