The American singer, songwriter, and producer named Mary J Blige has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2021 according to some reports. She managed to earn that much thanks to her successful career, which includes her music career, her acting career, and some other ones.
Mary J Blige started working with record producer named Sean Combs, who is more known as P Diddy or Puff Daddy. It was at Uptown. The producer helped her to make her debut album entitled What’s the 441?. Thanks to his help, Mary J Blige had a successful debut, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 chart. On top of that, it was also certified Platinum three times by the RIAA. Her debut album won two awards in Soul Train Music Award for Best New R&B Artists and Best R&B Album, Female in 1993. Since then, she has been known as Queen of Hip Hop Soul.
Following the success of her debut album, Mary J Blige dropped her second one named My Life. Just like her debut album, her second one was also successful, debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. People call it her best one.
The next album released by Mary J Blige was Share My World, featuring NAs, Lil’ Kim and George Benson. In 1999, she dropped Mary and a year later she came with Ballads, an album consisting of covers of artists such as Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Unfortunately, she released it exclusively for the Japanese audience. In 2001, No More Drama was released, earning her the second Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song He Think I Don’t Know. Some of the albums of this singer include Love & Life (2003), The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger with Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), and Strength of a Woman (2017).
In 1998, Mary J Blige made her acting debut by acting as a preacher’s daughter on the sitcom named The Jamie Foxx Show. She then starred in Prison Song that was released in 2001. Three years later, she acted in an Off-Broadway play about the experiences of death row inmates called The Exonerated.
She also has worked in some other ones, including the show Ghost Whisperer in the February 2007 episode Mean Ghost; making an appearance as herself on an episode of Entourage in August the same year; making an appearance on 30 Rock in May 2009; being a supporting actress in the film by Tyler Perry named I Can Do Bad All by Myself; and being a guest on ABC drama known as How to Get Away with Murder in October 2016.
In the film industry, Mary J Blige has starred in the film named Rock of Ages that was released in 2012. The film featured Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Alex Baldwin. In 2013, she played in the lifetime movie named Berry and Coretta. Four years later, she took the role in the period drama film Mudbound. Thanks to that drama film, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Business and Endorsements
In 2004, Mary J Blige created her own record distributed through Interscope named Matriarch Records. In July 2010, the woman released the perfume called My Life on the Home Shopping Network. Her perfume was a hit and she managed to sell a total of 65,000 bottles in its premier. In addition, her incomes also come from the deals with several popular and big brands, including Reebok, Air Jordan, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Target, Gap, AT&T, American Express, Apple, MAC, Burger King, and Chevrolet.
Even though she is successful and popular, it does not mean Mary J Blige is settled in life. Just like any other person, she actually has faced several hard times. In May 2013, she owed the IRS $3.4 million. Not only that, she also owned the state of New Jersey $90,000 and was the target of a lawsuit that claimed she owed $2.2 million for an unpaid bank loan. On May 25 the next year, it was reported that she had paid off a total of $900,000 of her debt to New Jersey but she still owed at least $3.4 million to the IRS.
Things Mary J Blige Spend Her Money On
In 2008, Mary J Blige purchased a luxurious mansion located in Saddle River, New Jersey, the United States for $12.3 million. According to the report, she paid everything in cash. Seven years after the purchase, she tried to list the mansion for $13.9 million but no one wanted to buy it, forcing her to lower the price to $8.9 million. In August 2019, she lowered the price for the second time to $6.8 million. Aside from the 20,000 square foot mansion located in Saddle, New Jersey, she also has another one located in the same city. While the first one is in Saddle, this one is in Cresskill. Compared to the first one, it is also smaller. She paid $2.1 million for that mansion in 2001.
Just like any other rich and popular ones, Mary J Blige is into cars. She is known to have a collection of expensive cars. Some of her car collection includes a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Range Rover, and a Mercedes Benz SL550.
Not only homes and cars, Mary J Blige also spends her money to collect jewelry. As a woman, it is normal for her to be in awe of something shining. She is reportedly the owner of a lot of pieces of fine jewelry. Some of the jewelry that she owns in her place are a Bruni necklace, a diamond cross necklace, a Luminaire De Nuit diamond, and pearl earrings.