Madonna otherwise known as the “Queen of Pop” is an American singer-songwriter, author, actress and record executive.
She is widely known for her reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. In this article we will look into her biography, net worth and many more.
- Full Name: Madonna Louise Ciccone
- Age: 62 years old
- Nationality: American
- State of Origin: Michigan
- State of residence: Lisbon, Portugal
- Marital status: Single
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, author, actress and record executive.
Madonna was born on 16th of August, 1958 at Bay City, Michigan, United States.
Madonna was brought up in a strict Catholic way and goes by the confirmation name Veronica in 1966.
Her mother Madonna Louise (née Fortin) was of French-Canadian roots and unfortunately passed away at age 30 due to breast cancer. The death of Madonna’s mum had a huge impact on her early years as an adolescent. The Pop star usually found solace with her grandparents.
Madonna’s father Silvio Anthony Ciccone roots, can be traced to Italian emigrants from Pacentro. He is an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors.
Madonna went to St. Frederick’s and St. Andrew’s Catholic Elementary Schools, and West Middle School. Madonna was rated as a high grader but also earned a notorious image due to her unconventional behaviors.
Madonna unconventional behaviors in school included; cartwheels and handstands in the hallways between classes. Madonna usually dangle by her knees from the monkey bars during recess, and usually got attention from the boys by pulling up her skirt in class.
Madonna’s father put her through classical piano lessons, but was she able to change his mind to allow her to take ballet lessons.
Madonna’s ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn, was able to convinced her to go for a career in dance.
Madonna went to Rochester Adams High School, During her high school years, Madonna was a straight-A student and a part of the cheerleading squad. After graduation, Madonna got a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan.
Madonna also studied over the summer at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Madonna dropped out of college and relocated to New York City in 1978.
Madonna dropped out of college and relocated to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. She earned some pennies while working as a waitress at Dunkin’ Donuts and with modern dance troupes.
Madonna while working also went for classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater . Madonna dived into performing as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in the rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy.
Madonna put together various bands of her own over the next few years, such as, Madonna & The Sky, The Millionaires and Emmy.
Madonna made up her mind in 1981, to go solo and hired manager Camille Barbone of Gotham Records, to help her get her singing career on track.
Camille Barbone showed Madonna the ropes on how to navigate the male-dominated world of the music business.
He assisted Madonna to set up a studio band that fits the budding star’s music style. Madonna first hit “Everybody” was written by Friend Stephen Bray, a musician in her band.
Madonna was able to use her brash business style in her favour, by getting the recordings to New York music producer Mark Kamins. Mark Kamins assisted Madonna to get a record deal with Sire Records. “Everybody” ranked No. 1 on the dance charts in 1982.
The Pop star followed it up with amazing album series albums such as, global bestsellers “Like a Virgin” in 1984 and “True Blue” in 1986. Madonna other singles that ranked No.1 throughout her career includes, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Take a Bow”, “Frozen”, “Music”, and “4 Minutes”.
Madonna’s became more famous as she starred in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985, Evita (1996) and many more. The movie “Evita” got her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress while most of her other movies got poor reviews.
Madonna being a businesswoman, set up an entertainment company “Maverick and Maverick Record label” in 1992.
Madonna business ventures includes, fashion brands, children’s books, health clubs, and filmmaking. Madonna’s heart is poured into charities such as Afghanistan Relief Foundation, Children in Need, Amnesty International, American Foundation for Aids Research.
Madonna set up her own charities, Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006.
Madonna was married to actor Sean Penn in 1985 and got divorced in1989. Madonna got involved with her personal trainer, Carlos Leon and gave birth to Lourdes Maria (Lola) Ciccone Leon in 1996.
In 2000, Madonna tied the knot with a British director, Guy Ritchie and gave birth to their son, Rocco John Ritchie, in 2000. Their union ended in 2008. Things got tough for Madonna as she spent much of time fighting allegations that she bypassed traditional Malawi laws in adopting a son, David Banda.
Madonna got a lot criticism that she use her vast wealth to fast-track the adoption process. However, she denied such charges. After all the mishaps, Madonna’s lawyer said her application to permanently adopt the boy was approved by Malawai’s high court on May 28, 2008.
Madonna went for another adoption from Malawai and in June 2009, after another legal battle, was granted custody of Mercy James. In February 2017, Madonnna adopted 4-year-old twins, Estere and Stelle, from Malawi.
The Guinness World Records recognized Madonna as the best-selling female music artist of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also ranks Madonnna as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century.
RIAA also ranks Madonnna as the third highest-certified female albums artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified album units.
Madonna has received 45 awards from British Phonographic Industry BPI in April 2013. Madonna still holds position for the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, with over US$1.4 billion achieved from her concert tours in the course of her career.
In 2016, Billboard Boxscore ranked Madonna as the third highest-grossing touring act of all time, with over $1.31 billion in concert gross since 1990. Billboard also ranks Madonnna as the most successful solo artist and dance club artist of all time.
Madonna remains the only female in history the highest number in attendance of two solo concerts. Madonna has received seven Grammy Awards and twenty MTV Video Music Awards, with the 1986 Video Vanguard Award inclusive.
Madonna has also scored 38 top-ten singles on the Hot 100, more than any other artist in history. Madonna has received many international recognition as the number-one singles for counties such as Germany, Australia, Canada and many others.
Madonna Net Worth
Madonna is the wealthiest female musician with an estimated net worth of $850 million.