Alicia Keys is worth $150 million dollars.
Alicia Keys is a $150 million-plus singer, songwriter, and actress from the United States. This is her and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz’s, combined net worth. Their combined net worth is nearly equal.
Beginning of Life and Career
Alicia Augello Cook was born on January 25, 1981, in Manhattan, New York City. Alicia Keys is her professional name. Keys is the only child of Teresa Augello and the youngest of Craig Cook’s three children. Her father abandoned her when she was two years old, leaving her mother to raise her alone in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood.
She began singing at a young age, appearing in school musical productions as early as kindergarten. Keys began taking piano lessons as a child after a friend gave her an old piano. She had started classical piano lessons when she was seven years old. She would study classical music until she was eighteen years old. She also began taking music, dance, theatre, and choir classes at the Professional Performing Arts School when she was twelve years old.
Through the youth organisation Teens in Motion, Keys met manager Jeff Robinson when she was 13 years old. He became a mentor to her, taking her to meetings with attorneys and record label negotiations to show her and educate her about the music industry. Robinson introduced her to A&R executive Peter Edge, and the two worked together to put together some demos for label executives to hear. Columbia Records eventually won the ensuing bidding war after offering her a $26,000 white baby grand piano.
Keys continued her education after signing with Columbia, graduating valedictorian from high school at the age of 16. She then received a scholarship to Columbia University. She dropped out of college after a month to focus on music full-time after struggling to balance the demanding time schedule of her university course load with working in the recording studio. She was, however, enraged by her lack of control over her music, as Columbia attempted to project a certain image for her and forced her to work with producers she didn’t care for. Keys eventually negotiated her way out of her Columbia contract with the help of Robinson and Clive Davis, the president of Arista Records, in late 1998. Her album was put on hold again after Davis was fired from Arista in 2000, but he started his own label, J Records, and immediately signed her to it.
Career in Music
Keys, now signed to J Records, began promoting her upcoming debut with appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Oprah Show.” Her first single, “Fallin'” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2001. “Songs in A Minor” her debut studio album, was released in June 2001 to widespread critical acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell more than 6.2 million copies in the US. The album included songs that Columbia Records had previously rejected. Keys’ decision to stick to her guns and refuse to give in to Columbia paid off, as the album received six Grammy nominations. Keys went on to win five Grammy Awards at the 2002 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album.
Her subsequent albums “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (2003) and “As I Am” (2007) both charted well, and she won two Grammy Awards in 2008 for the song “No One” (from the album “As I Am”). “The Element of Freedom” (2009), “Girl on Fire” (2012), “Here” (2016), and “Alicia” (2017) are some of her other albums (May 2020).
Career in Acting and Television
“Smokin’ Aces” (2007) was Keys’ first film, followed by “The Nanny Diaries” (2007) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008). (2008). She’s also appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Empire,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” among other shows. Keys has also appeared on several reality music competition shows, including “The X Factor Australia” (Season 4), “The Voice” (Seasons 7, 11-12, 14, and 14), as a judge, coach, or musical guest (Season 6).
Keys has worked on several other projects in addition to music. In 2005, she published “Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics” It included previously unpublished poems and lyrics from her journals and was a New York Times bestseller that year. In March 2020, her memoir “More Myself: A Journey” was released. Along with her production and songwriting partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Keys is a co-owner of The Oven Studios, a Long Island recording studio. KrucialKeys Enterprises, a production and songwriting team that works on Keys’ albums as well as projects with other artists, was co-founded by Keys and Brothers.
Over the years, Keys has also served as a spokesperson for a number of companies. She starred in a Dove commercial micro-series promoting the brand’s Go Fresh line in 2008. She also starred in an American Express commercial and signed a sponsorship deal with VitaminWater.
Until 2008, Keys was married to Kerry Brothers, a longtime collaborator and friend. She later began dating Swizz Beatz, a hip hop artist and producer. In May 2010, Keys and Beatz announced their engagement, married in July, and welcomed their son in October of that year. In December 2014, she gave birth to their second son.
Alicia and Swizz paid $10.4 million for a massive mansion in Englewood, New Jersey in 2013. Eddie Murphy was the seller of the 5.4-acre, 25,000-square-foot property. There are 32 rooms in this mansion alone. They paid $1.7 million for an adjacent property in 2015. They first put this estate on the market in 2015 for $14.9 million. In 2016, they re-listed it for $9.9 million. In April 2022, they finally accepted $6 million.
They previously owned a New York apartment that they purchased from Lenny Kravitz for $12.75 million in 2010 and sold for a slight loss in 2013. They previously owned a home in Phoenix, which they sold for $3.1 million in 2021.
Alicia and Swizz paid $20.8 million in September 2019 for an opulent mansion in La Jolla, California that had been listed for $30 million.
Swiss and Alicia Keys announced on August 9, 2019, that they were planning to turn the former Jindal Films centre, a 111-acre, three-building property in Macedon, New York, into a “musical paradise” They plan to use the space to create a performing arts centre and a recording studio.