The world was first introduced to Lady Gaga upon the release of the throwback hit single, “Just Dance,” in 2008. Ever since, her growing popularity as a musician and fashion icon caught the world’s attention as she entered the big leagues of celebrity history.
Although Gaga has officially retired from her career as an esteemed artist, you definitely wouldn’t know it by looking at her net worth. She’s recently taken up an acting career, thus, continuing to keep fans rooting for her and while still making a pretty penny. Making a yearly salary of about $26,650,000, she’s definitely doing something right.
Lady Gaga’s Net Worth as of 2018: $275 Million
Here’s a deeper look into Lady Gaga’s climbing success and net worth.
2005 – 2007
In 2005, Stefani Germanotta, Gaga’s birth name, dropped out of her musical theater training program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to pursue a her music career. That summer, she settled in a small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Her father agreed to pay for the apartment under the condition that she would return to Tisch if she was unsuccessful. In an interview with NY Magazine, Gaga said, “I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find, and ate shit until somebody would listen.”
Her first order of business was forming a band, called Stefani Germanotta Band (SGBand) with some friends from NYU. In March of 2006, Gaga met producer Rob Fusari, who was looking for a female singer to front a new band. She began recording music for him and eventually, together agreed upon her stage name, Lady Gaga.
While Fusari continued to send out Gaga’s music, she began go-go dancing at a local dive bar. Soon after, however, record executive Vincent Herbert signed Gaga to his label, Streamline Records. Gaga was also interning at Famous Music Publishing, writing songs for artists like Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie and The Pussycat Dolls. Eventually, this lead to musical artist Akon discovering her for her vocal talents, ultimately getting her signed to a new label.
2008 – 2010
In 2008, Gaga moved to Los Angeles to work on her debut album, The Fame. “Just Dance”, the song that began her rise to fame, not only made her album gain popularity and a Grammy Award, but also a mere $4.6 million to date. Soon after, she released “Poker Face”, making her another $9.8 million. It also won awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
This sparked her first musical tour entitled The Fame Ball Tour, going from March to September of 2009.
She released an EP, The Fame Monster, in 2009. It featured well-known songs such as “Bad Romance” and “Telephone.” Soon after, she released the single “Alejandro” which brought her media attention for her controversial music video.
In 2010, Gaga officially made it to the Forbes “Celebrity 100″ and “World’s Most Powerful Women” lists. Additionally, in January of that year, she partnered with Polaroid as their Creative Director.
2011 – 2012
Upon finishing her Monster Ball Tour in 2011, Gaga had made a revenue of $227.4 million from the tour alone, making it the “highest-grossing tour for a debut headlining artist.” In May, she released her second album, Born This Way. Without tours, this album brought in a revenue of $14,285,000, selling 1.108 million copies the first week. With Gaga grossing $25,353,039, she was ranked fourth on Billboard’s list of top moneymakers of 2011.
The Born This Way Ball Tour began in April 2012 and consisted of 110 shows. Although the tour was cancelled due to hip problems in February 2013, her 2012 net worth quickly rose to $135,000,000.
2013 – 2015
Gaga’s third album, Artpop, was released in November, 2013. With tours and album sales, she made $11.7 million. The album was supposed to give her fans a ‘night in the club’ feel and became her second number one selling album. It sold 258,000 copies in the first week.
In February 2015, Taylor Kinney became Gaga’s fiance. The same month, she was invited to the 87th Academy Awards to perform a tribute to The Sound of Music. Additionally, she also announced that she would be joining the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel. This would be her first major television acting debut. As you might already know, she plays the one of the lead roles on the show as “The Countess.”
While we’re excited to see where Gaga continues to go, we’ll always remember her for her crazy style, whacky music videos, and Madonna-esque music.
Lady Gaga was quite busy in 2016. She performed live in several occasions, including singing the US national album for Super Bowl 50, a tribute performance for David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards, and performing “Til It Happens to You” at the 88th Academy Awards. Unfortunately, she ended up calling off her engagement to Taylor Kinney in July. She didn’t let it get her down, though. Her role as a witch in American Story: Roanoke helped spur her inspiration for her fifth studio album Joanne, which dropped on October 21, 2016. Gaga also embarked on her Dive Bar Tour to promote her album.
In 2017, Gaga performed in the Super Bowl halftime show on February 5th. Her performance featured hundreds of computer controlled drones that formed various designs in the sky above the stadium. The performance received high praise and millions of views across multiple platforms. Gaga announced that she would embark on another tour, The Joanne World Tour, to support her album. Her tour is scheduled to begin in April and end in December.
Gaga is also scheduled to star in a remake of the 1954 musical drama film A Star is Born. Filming should commence sometime in 2017 and will be released September 28, 2018.
Lady Gaga teased the piano version of her ballad “Joanne”, her upcoming music video.