As a child Celine Dion dreamed of being a performer, emerging as a teen star in the French-speaking world after Rene Angelil, her manager and future husband, mortgaged his home in order to finance her first record. In the 1990s Dion achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music history. Dion’s international breakthrough began in 1991 with Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on the title track of the film.
By the mid-1990s, Dion established herself as one of the best-selling musical artists in the world. Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love album (1997) reached major success featuring the movie Titanic’s theme My Heart Will Go On, becaming Dion’s signature song. My Heart Will Go On won the 1997 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Dion, as well as winning Dion two Grammy awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and the coveted Record of the Year award. Dion’s music has been influenced by genres ranging from R&B to gospel to rock and classical, often receiving mixed critical reaction. According to Sony Music, Celine Dion has sold over 200 million albums, worldwide.
Between 2000 and 2010 Celine Dion was the highest grossing entertainer in the world. When you add up ticket sales, record sales, merchandise and every other source of income, Celine’s empire grossed over $720 million! Of that amount $500 million came from worldwide ticket sales. Of that $500 million, $350 million came from her Las Vegas show alone.
Since Celine Dion’s debut album La Voix de bon Dieu came out in 1981, Dion has become one of the most successful female artists of all time with five Grammy wins under her belt and nearly 250 million albums sold.
But most of her net worth of $400 million, according to Forbes, isn’t from record sales. Thanks to her decade-plus residency in Las Vegas, Dion is currently richer than both Barbra Streisand and Beyoncé.
Since her “A New Day…” show opened in Las Vegas in 2003, she has earned approximately $350 million performing roughly 70 shows per year, Forbes reports. She makes more than any other entertainer in Las Vegas at $500,000 per show, according to The Telegraph.
Her 2017 paycheck—$42 million—was on par with both country singer Luke Bryanand rap mogul Jay Z, who made the same amount last year.