|Full name||Adele Laurie Blue Adkins|
|Birthday||May 5, 1988|
|Adele net worth||$180 million|
|Source of wealth||Music|
|Marital status||In relationship with Rich Paul|
|Education||BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, LA|
|Nickname(s)||Adie, Dell, Della, Adey, Addie|
Adele is a British pop singer and songwriter with a net worth of $180 million. According to The Times, the “Hello” singer is one of the 40 wealthiest musicians in the UK alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris. In 2017 she was ranked the 23rd world’s best-paid celebrity by Forbes with earnings of $69 million.
Adele has made most of her fortune from music. She’s one of the best-selling artists in the world, having sold more than 120 million records globally. Her second studio album, 21 is the best-selling album of the 21st century with sales of more than 31 million copies. Adele has an impressive real estate portfolio which includes four properties in Beverly Hills, LA.
She has won 12 Brit Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Grammy Awards, and 5 American Music Awards among other accolades. This year, the pop star was named one of the most powerful people in the world by Time magazine.
So, how does Adele make and spend her millions?
Adele was born on May 5 1988 in Tottenham, London, the UK to Marc Evans and Penny Adkins. She was raised by her mother who made furniture to earn a living. Her father left when she was just 2. Adele and her mother relocated to Brighton when she was nine years old and then returned back to London. They lived in Brockwell Park in the district of West Norwood, where the singer spent most of her youth.
Adele started singing when she was as young as four. She would often play the guitar and sing to friends in Brockwell Park. In May 2006 she graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, London.
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After graduation, one of Adele’s friends uploaded a three-song demo that Adele had recorded to Myspace. The demo caught the attention of Richard Russell of the record label XL Recordings. In September 2006 she was signed to XL Recordings and began working on her debut album. She was 18 at the time. In June 2007 she appeared on tv for the first time, performing “Daydreamer” on BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland. Her debut single, “Hometown Glory”, was released in October 2007. She wrote the song within 10 minutes when she was 16 years.
The singer released her second single, “Chasing Pavements” in January 2008, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for four weeks. It was at this time that her music career began to take off. Her first album, 19, was released two weeks later, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart. 19 won her an Urban Music Award for “Best Jazz Act” and a nomination for a Mercury Prize that year.
Recording contract and first album
In March 2008 Adele signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings to help her popularize her music in the United States. In June 2008, 19 was released in the US by Columbia Records. On the 18 October 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live, Adele appeared as the musical guest where she performed “Cold Shoulder” and “Chasing Pavements”. This turned out to be her US breakthrough as her album, 19, reached number 11 on the US albums chart, after charting #46 the previous week.
In 2009, the singer won two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her song “Chasing Pavements”. The song was also nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Second album and global recognition
Adele released 21, her second studio album at the beginning of 2011. 21 topped album charts in 30 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The album sold more than 3.4 million copies by the end of 2011 and broke the record of the best-selling album of the 21st century.
The singer also broke the record for the first artist in history to sell three million copies in a year in the UK. In February 2012, during the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Adele won six Grammy awards in all the six categories she was nominated, including Best Pop Solo Performance, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. She became the second female artist after Beyonce to win that many awards in one night.
On November 20, 2015, Adele released her third studio album, 25, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 breaking the record for the fastest-selling album in both countries with more than 800,000 and 3.3 million copies sold in the first week respectively. She released her fourth studio album, 30, on November 19, 2021. It topped album charts in 24 countries and was the best-selling album of 2021 globally.
Adele has stated that the Spice Girls were her major musical influence. She also admired singers like Kanye West, Etta James, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Alicia Keys when she was growing up.
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How Adele makes her millions
Adele has made most of her fortune from music and touring. According to The Times magazine, Adele is currently one of the 40 richest musicians in the UK. The “Someone Like You” singer is ranked #23 with a net worth of £150 million which is equivalent to about $183 million. Other musicians featured on the list include Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, and Sir Elton John. According to the magazine, the pop star has seen her net worth jump by about $25 million over the last year.
The music star has made quite a pretty penny from touring the world. Her most successful tour, Adele Live 2016 Tour grossed a staggering $167 million from 120 shows in Europe, North America, and Oceania. As a result, Adele was named the 18th highest-paid celebrity in the world by Forbes the following year with earnings of about $69 million. The singer made slightly over $770,000 from her first world tour, An Evening with Adele, and pocketed about $2 million from her 2011 second concert tour Adele Live.
Adele has made quite a fortune from the sale of her albums. In fact, she’s one of the best-selling artists of all time having sold more than 120 million records globally. Her second album, 21, has sold more than 31 million copies globally and is the best-selling album of the 21st century. Her fourth studio album, 30, released on November 19, 2021, was the best-selling album of 2021 selling 4.6 million units. 25, her third album sold 17.4 million copies in 2015 making it the year’s best-selling album. The singer’s debut album, 19, has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.
Celebrity Net Worth reports that Adele has earned about $433 million throughout her career. The singer, who had a mere fortune of $5 million in 2009, hit the $100 million mark in 2016. According to the website, the singer made about $70 million in 2014, $60 million in 2015, $60 million in 2016, and an estimated $70 million in 2017, thanks to her Adele Live 2016 Tour and the commercial success of her albums.
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How Adele spends her millions
Adele has an impressive real estate portfolio. According to Architectural Digest, the singer owns at least four homes in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Her latest acquisition is a $58 million mansion that belonged to Sylvester Stallone. The singer reportedly lives here with her boyfriend Rich Paul. The home features eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a steam room, a spa, an art studio, an infinity pool, and an eight-car garage.
The singer bought her first property in the area back in 2016 for $9.5 million. The home features two living rooms with their own fireplaces, a pool, gazebo among other amenities. Three years later she splashed $10.65 million on her second Beverly Hills mansion which includes five bedrooms and six bathrooms. She bought her third property in the celebrity hotspot in 2021 for $10 million. The home, which belonged to Nicole Richie, boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and measures 5,500 square feet.
In 2015 Adele became the owner of a Mediterranean-style mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. She sold it in 2017 for $4.8 million, $0.4 million less than she paid for it. The singer also owns two side-by-side homes in Kensington, London which she bought in 2012 for a total of $15 million. Before even buying her first home, Adele rented a 20,000 square feet, 13-bedroom mansion in West Sussex, London for $20,000 a month.
In 2014, Adele reportedly spent $18,000 on a playhouse for her son Angelo Adkins. In 2012 the “Hello” singer was rumored to have bought an $817,000 home for her mother in Kensington, London. Despite her huge net worth, Adele does not spend as much money on wheels as she does on properties. Sources indicate that she owns just two cars —a $120,000 black Porsche Cayenne and a $100,000 black Range Rover.
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Adele is currently in a relationship with Rich Paul, an American sports agent and founder of Klutch Sports Group. The two have been dating since last year and are reportedly living together in Beverly Hills, LA in a mansion that the singer bought recently for $58 million. Adele and his boyfriend have a combined net worth of $300 million.
Between 2011 and 2018, Adele dated Simon Konecki. In a 2021 interview, the “Love In The Dark” singer stated that they got married in 2018 and separated the same year. They have a son Angelo James Adkins, who was born in October 2012. They finalized their divorce in March 2021.
Summary and Adele quotes
Having sold more than 120 million records globally and amassed a net worth of $180 million, Adele is one of the richest musicians in the world today. She makes most of her money from music and touring the world. Below are a few quotes by Adele.
- “I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.”
- “I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look, about what I want to do with myself. My mum told me to only ever do things for myself, not for others.”
- “My life is full of drama, and I don’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.”
- “I’m really happy to be me, and I’d like to think people like me more because I’m happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.”