Oh yeah, and the fact that you’ll make tens of millions of dollars a year doing it pretty cool too.
That’s the life that Ariana Grande is living, and at 27 years old, she is firmly established as one of the biggest acts in the world.
Despite her relative youth, though, Grande is no stranger to the limelight and has had quite a diverse career. Find out how much money she’s landed with her superstardom. But first: here’s a rundown at how she got to where she is:
Born in Boca Raton, Florida in 1993, Ariana Grande had a love for performing early on, getting her start in the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, performing in the title role in their production of Annie when she was eight years old. Yep, that’s her with the curly hair!
In 2008, when she was 15, she was cast in a supporting role on the Broadway musical 13, where she earned a National Youth Theatre Award for her role. Around that same time, was when she started singing live for the first time.
Ariana’s big break came in 2009, when the then-16-year-old was cast as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious.
The show was a hit for Nickelodeon, eventually running for four seasons, leading to Ariana landing a starring role in Sam & Cat, another Nickelodeon show that served as a spin-off of both Victorious and the similarly successful iCarly.
Even though she was having success as a teen acting star, Ariana Grande had her eyes on a singing career. In 2010, during the early part of her run on Victorious, Ariana began recording her own covers of songs by the likes of Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston and uploading them to YouTube.
These videos got the attention of Republic Records, who signed Grande to her first record deal in 2011.
She released her debut album, “Yours Truly,” in 2013 after more than two years of recording. It was an instant success, with the lead single, “The Way,” becoming her breakout single, reaching number 9 on the Billboard charts. The song also featured rapper Mac Miller, which served as a little foreshadowing for the two of them; more on that in a little bit.
Change in Direction
Amidst her successful album, Grande was still working on Sam & Cat, which by that point was also a ratings hit for Nickelodeon.
However, by that point, the cat was out of the bag (sorry, pun intended) that both Ariana and co-star Jennette McCurdy had outgrown Nickelodeon and were ready to move on to bigger and better things, so the show was abruptly cancelled in July 2014.
Free at Last
Free from her workload at Nickelodeon, she released her second album, My Everything, in August 2014, which was followed up by her first worldwide tour in 2015. That led to 2016’s Dangerous Woman, which wasn’t quite as successful as her first two releases, but still contained three top-10 hits in the United States.
Around the same time, she became re-acquainted with Mac Miller, who she first worked with in 2013 with “The Way.”
The video for that song was enough to spur some speculation about their status, but Miller basically said it was all acting, though he did say that Grande is “like an angel.”
The two reunited in August 2016 to record a remix of Grande’s “Into You,” and were soon off and running, going public at the 2016 VMA’s. Shortly thereafter, Ariana made the relationship official on Instagram, then on Ellen DeGeneres.
For the most part, their relationship stayed out the headlines, except in the wake of tragedy.
On May 22, 2017, Grande was in the middle of another successful tour. Following her show in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb inside the Manchester Arena lobby, killing 22 concertgoers and injuring more than 100.
Understandably, Grande was extremely distraught about the bombing and cancelled seven European shows before immediately heading home, where Mac Miller was waiting on the tarmac in Boca Raton for what proved to be a very emotional reunion.
A couple weeks later, Grande returned to the stage for a benefit concert in Manchester, where Miller joined her on-stage.
However, in April 2018 she broke up with Miller, which almost immediately led to her infamous relationship with comedian Pete Davidson
If you want a more in-depth rundown of that mess, check out our Pete Davidson video. But anyways, the too-long, didn’t-read version is they got engaged, $93,000 ring, moved in, matching tattoos, oops, bad idea, move out, return the ring, cover up the tattoos, and “Thank U, Next,”, all in the span of five months.
Anyways, on to the good stuff!
Raking in the Dough
“Thank U, Next” became her first number one song in the U.S. and three more have reached the top spot since, further launching her to superstar status.
Grande enjoyed her biggest tour to date in 2019, which grossed $146 million. By herself, Grande took home an estimated $48 million last year.
On top of that, she’s also earned millions from marketing campaigns with Reebok, Macy’s, T-Mobile, Apple, and Starbucks, and released multiple fragrance brands that have combined for over $150 million in revenue.
It appears that Grande is at the peak of her career, and her bank account certainly reflects it. She is now worth an estimated $150 million, and well, as she sang: she sees it, she likes it, she wants it, she got it. So let’s look at what she’s got
For years, despite being a filthy rich pop star, Ariana Grande never had purchased a home. It’s not like she’s been slumming it either, though, as she had been renting out a pair of mansions in Southern California, including dropping down $40,000 a month for this 6,200 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, plus another in Sherman Oaks.
In June 2020, Grande finally purchased her first home, putting down $13.7 million for a 10,100 square-foot mansion in the Hollywood Hills that features 4 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a home theater, sauna, and an Infinity pool.
She apparently really liked the feeling of buying a house, because the same month, she snagged a 5,500 square foot house in Montecito, California that Ellen DeGeneres was kind enough to unload to her for the low, low price of $6.75 million.
The Montecito home is noticeable as it’s actually the historic Porter House that was built as two separate barns in England in the 1700’s, then painstakingly shipped to California and re-assembled as one mansion, albeit one with a wide array with antique furniture, two full designer kitchens, a octagonal library, brick terraces, and a so-called fairytale garden.
Who knew that Ariana Grande, of all people, would ever live in a barn, er, former barn?
In addition to those new properties, she also still has a 4,000-square-foot apartment in New York that she originally picked up in 2018 during her relationship with Pete Davidson. Those digs contain a 75-foot indoor pool, IMAX theatre, and a private roof terrace. However, it’s unclear whether she actually owns the $16 million residence or just rents it.
Outside of real estate, she will splurge for plenty of other expensive items. She took a drunk shopping spree to Tiffany’s, buying seven pricey engagement rings, which she ended up giving to her friends. On of her friends said, ‘hey, you should totally write a song about this’ and she was like, ‘Okay!’ and well, “7 Rings” became a number-one hit.
She also spends big on Chanel and Sergio Rossi clothing items, commonly wearing jackets and pants that retail for thousands of dollars each. So you know, a jacket that costs more than your first car.
Speaking of cars, that’s one area that she hasn’t gone too crazy on. She’s been spotted mostly driving a nice, but reasonable Range Rover, though she’s also been spotted driving a Mercedes E Class Cabriolet that typically retails for a little over $70,000. Other than that, though, that’s about it, at least as far as we know.
Grande also is an animal lover, owning at least nine dogs, which were reportedly all rescued. In 2017, while she was on tour, she was reported to have chartered a private jet just to fly two of her beloved pooches all the way to Glasgow, Scotland. Grande had reportedly been suffering from anxiety, so she figured that having her dogs there would make her feel better.
She also at one point had a pet pig, appropriately named Piggy Smalls, though we’re not sure if Piggy is still around.
Who knows, maybe the barn house is for him.
Ariana has also been generous when it comes to charity. She started a charity singing group when she was just 10 years old, raising over $500,000 in 2007 alone. She also taught music and dance to children in South Africa, participated in an anti-bullying campaign, and performed at a Stand Up to Cancer event.
In 2015 she teamed up with Miley Cyrus to record a single for the benefit of Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation for homeless and LGBT youths. The next year, Grande also founded a cosmetics line with proceeds going to those affected by HIV and AIDs. Additionally, following the Manchester Arena bombing, she performed a charity concert that raised $23 million for victims.
Most recently, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she directly sent up to $1000 each to dozens of fans affected by the pandemic and collaborated with Justin Bieber on the single “Stuck With U,” whose proceeds went to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Clearly, Ariana Grande has spent a lot of money on herself, but she has made sure to provide plenty of time and money to a slew of charitable causes as well.
If you had as much money as Ariana Grande, would you spend it on yourself, or give it to charity? Let us know in the comments!