With a singing career spanning more than 25 years, Mary J. Blige’s career has earned the R&B crooner some pretty impressive musical accolades and some pretty serious cash to match. The self- proclaimed “Queen of Hip Hop and Soul” has had her fair share of setbacks though and as of recently she and her estranged husband are in a fight-to-the-death divorce battle with the main attraction starring Mary J. Blige’s money.
Mary J. Blige Estimated Net Worth as of 2018: $20 Million
What’s The 411 on Blige’s net worth?
1992-1999 $12.6 million
The Bronx native first got her career started as a backup singer for Uptown Records. It wasn’t until 1992 when Blige linked up with friend and soon-to-be music mogul, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, did Mary start to see some earnings for her work as a singer. With the help of Combs, Blige released her debut album, What’s The 411? and earned $3.6 million in record sales alone. From that point on, Mary would go on to release three more albums, (My Life, Share My World and the self-titled Mary) and by 1999, Mary’s earnings in record sales quadrupled.
2001-2005 $16.6 million
In 2001 Mary was brought in $7 million in record sales alone. Her most popular album to date, No More Drama, broke records and earned Blige several awards. Dubbed by her fans as “Queen Mary”, the singer expanded her career by making her acting debut in the movie Prison Song, opposite rapper Q-Tip. That same year she would also make a guest appearance in the Lifetime series, Strong Medicine. Within the next four years Blige would go on to make several acting appearances, record two more albums and get married. In 2003, Blige tied the knot with business manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. In 2003 Blige also released her most profitable album to date, The Breakthrough.
2007-2010 $4.4 million
In 2007 Blige’s record sales and music career took a huge plummet in sales and brought in disappointing numbers despite her album Growing Pains being commercially successful. In 2008, Blige purchased a home with husband Isaacs that was valued at more than $12.5 million. Blige continued to tour into 2010 as the headliner for her Music Saved My Life Tour.
2011- 2013 $4 million
By 2011 Blige continued to record, act, tour and perform. The singer’s resume continued to expand and Blige assumed the role of boss lady of her own production company. Blige also dabblled in other forms of business including countless endorsement deals and launched her own line of sunglasses and her own perfume called My Life, which broke sales records within hours. Musically, Mary’s earnings were at the lowest in her career and within those two years she barely grossed $1 million in record sales.
Despite her constant attempts to regain record sales and branch out on other business ventures, the next four years for Blige was hit with numerous financial struggles. Blige only released two albums within the five years and in 2013, she was hit with a $3.4 million bill by the IRS. She also owed New Jersey more than $900,000 and more than $2 million on an unpaid bank loan. Despite paying off several debts, Blige attempted to square it all away by putting up her home for $8.9 million. In 2016, Blige filed for divorce from her husband and has since been enduring a long drawn out legal battle with her estranged husband who is seeking $300 thousand a month in spousal support.
In December of 2017, a news report surfaced claiming Blige and her husband were more than $11 million in debt leaving Blige’s net worth up for question.