How Susan Boyle Achieved a Net Worth of $40 Million

Susan Boyle

If you have ever seen ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, you will have seen the diversity of the acts. People of all ages, sizes, and abilities turn up to showcase their various talents. These vary from people who show an astonishing level of talent to those who should never have made it onto the stage. The latter group adds just as much to the entertainment of the show as the former group because they are often hilarious to watch. As people walk onto the stage, the audience can usually predict how good the act will be before they have even begun. When Susan Boyle stepped onto the stage for her audition back in 2008, everyone immediately assumed the worst. Nobody thought a frumpy-looking, middle-aged woman could possibly have enough talent to get through to the next. When she opened her mouth and began to sing, it was one of the biggest shocks in the entire history of the show. Here is how Susan Boyle became an international superstar and accrued a net worth of $40 million.

Boyle’s Early Life and Musical Training

Susan Boyle was born on April 1, 1961, in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland. She was the youngest of four brothers and sisters, and her mother was 45 when she gave birth to Susan. Her parents believed that she had a learning difficulty as she had been deprived of oxygen at birth. It wasn’t until around 2012 that Boyle learned that she had been misdiagnosed and she has an above-average IQ and Asperger’s syndrome. Boyle left school with only a few qualifications, so she embarked on government training programs. In the evenings, she would occasionally perform as a singer at local venues, and she was also a member of the church choir. Her musical training consisted of singling lessons with Fred O’Neal and attending Edinburgh Acting School. Her first television audition was for ‘My Kind of People’ in 1995.

In 1998, Susan Boyle used her savings to pay for a demo, for which she recorded three tracks; ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’, ‘Killing Me Softly’, and ‘Cry Me a River’. She sent copies of this demo to various record companies and television stations with no success The Scottish singer then submitted a track for a charity CD in 1999. For the CD, ‘Music for a Millennium Celebration: Sounds of West Lothian’, she sang ‘Cry Me a River’. Only 1,000 copies of this CD were produced. Boyle won a number of singing competitions and her mother encouraged her to audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. She dropped out of the first audition because she believed that people were only chosen for their looks.


Susan finally plucked up the courage to apply again for an audition on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. In the 2008 audition, she stunned both the audience and the judges with her magical rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. Viewers saw this audition when it was aired in April 2009 as part of the third season of the series. She made it through to the semi-finals when she sang ’Memory’ to win the highest public vote to go through to the final. Unfortunately, she only finished in second position in the final as the winner that year was the dance group ‘Diversity’, despite Boyle being the favorite to win. In the lead up to the final, there were some concerns about the singer’s erratic behavior. This led to her being admitted to ‘The Priory’ for psychiatric treatment just three days after competing in the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Although Cowell said he would waive Boyle’s contractual obligation to take part in the series’ tour, she agreed to take part after she was released from the hospital.

In the same year as she had competed in the finals of BGT, Boyle released her first album ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. It became the fastest-selling UK debut album of all-time, beating the former holder of the title Leona Lewis with her album ‘Spirit’. It was also a success in the United States and topped the Billboard chart for six weeks, making it the best opening week for a debut artist in more than ten years. She was the second best-selling album in the United States that year after Taylor Swift. Boyle’s second album, ‘The Gift’ was released in 2010. This was another success and she topped the charts in both the UK and the United States. Also in 2010, she published her autobiography ‘The Woman I Was Born to Be- My Story’. ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, Boyle’s third album, was released the following year.

2012 Onwards

Susan Boyle had achieved phenomenal success by 2012, and this success continued. Her fourth album, ‘Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage’, was released in November 2012. She also recorded a duet of Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment ON’ with Placido Domingo for his album ‘Songs’. Boyle decided to diversify her career in entertainment and landed a role in her first film, ‘The Christmas Candle’, in 2013. The film features the original song ‘Miracle Hymn’ from Boyle’s fifth album ‘Home for Christmas’ which was released in the same year. A year later, her sixth album was released. This was titled ‘Hope’. After a stressful few years, Boyle decided to take a year out. She didn’t release ‘A Wonderful World’, her seventh album’ until October 2016. She took part in ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ in 2018, but has not taken part in the 2019 ‘Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions’. Her tenth album ‘Ten’, was released in May 2019. This album features a duet with Michael Ball.

Susan Boyle’s Wealth

Now, it is estimated that Susan Boyle has a net worth of $40 million, according to Cheatsheet. She has accrued this money through a combination of her album sales and her live performances. Many celebrities who have become millionaires splash the cash on luxurious items. They buy themselves a mansion, drive around in supercars, jet across the globe on vacations, and wear a designer wardrobe. Susan Boyle has bucked the trend because she has taken an entirely different approach to her wealth. According to Metro, despite having a net worth of $40 million, Susan Boyle has refused to spend her money. Her one big purchase was to buy the four-bedroom former council house that had been her family home. This was the home in which she had grown up, and she has no interest in leaving to live in a more luxurious property. Boyle is content with the lifestyle she leads and does not have a desire to experience a typical celebrity lifestyle.

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