From modest beginnings in the New York City borough of the Bronx, superstar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has dominated the stage and the screen for nearly 30 years. She started her entertainment career as a Fly Girl dancer on the sketch comedy series "In Living Color," and has sold more than 80 million records, toured across the world and performed at some of the biggest events, including at this year's Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira.
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With such a multifaceted, diverse career, how much is Jennifer Lopez worth?
Lopez landed her big break in acting in 1997 when she landed her first leading role as Selena, in the 1997 biographic movie of the same name. For her role as the Tejano music star, Lopez was reportedly paid $1 million, making her the highest-paid Hispanic actress in history.
She followed up this Golden Globe-nominated performance with roles in blockbuster movies "Anaconda" in 1997 (earning her $1 million) and "Out of Sight" (with George Clooney) in 1998 ($2 million). In 2001, Lopez earned $12 million for "The Wedding Planner," in which she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey. Lopez has also starred in commercial hits such as "Maid In Manhattan" (2002) and "Hustlers" (2019).
Just as her movie career took off, Lopez put equal energy into a music career. Since 1998, she has released eight studio albums. She has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, including 40 million albums. She has earned around $95 million from her music career. Lopez has also made a reported $80 million for her five tours over the past two decades. Her Las Vegas residency from January 2016 to September 2018 generated a reported $100 million.
Along with her own music, Lopez has netted $10 million for producing.
Lopez was featured as a judge for five seasons on the hit show "American Idol." She earned $12 million for the first season, with the salary rising to $20 million in the second season. It's reported that she also has earned an estimated $24 million from YouTube.
Endorsements and business
In 1998, Lopez launched her own clothing line, swimwear, fragrances and makeup (Inglot), and by 2004 the brand had made her around $300 million in revenue, placing her 19th on Fortune magazine's richest people under 40. From L'Oreal and Gillette to Gucci and Tous jewelry, she continues lucrative endorsements which have added an estimated $58 million to her bank account.
Lopez has an impressive real estate portfolio history, at times featuring multimillion-dollar homes on both U.S. coasts. Of her more recent real estate transactions, she bought a New York City penthouse apartment in 2014 for $20 million (selling it in 2017 for $27 million) and in California, she purchased a Bel Air mansion for $28 million.
Since being engaged to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez in March 2019, Lopez and her husband-to-be have sold a three-bedroom condo at New York City's 432 Park Avenue for $17.5 million. They've also bought a Malibu beach house once owned by "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven for a cool $6.6 million.
The lower end of the estimate places her at $225 million, while the top end reaches $400 million, with an annual salary of $40 million. And with her union to Alex Rodriguez, who has a net worth of $300-$350 million, the duo could boast a combined net worth of $800-$850 million.