Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York. Her mother is Irish and her father is Venezuelan and African American. Her parents divorced when she was just three years old. Mariah grew up exposed to music, as her mother was an opera singer and vocal coach. She enjoyed music from a very young age and excelled at it, releasing her first album, self-titled Mariah Carey in 1990. She married TommyMottola, head of Columbia records on June 5, 1993 but they separated in 1997, due to Carey’s growing independence and Mottola’s controlling ways. However, Carey found love again with Nick Cannon (actor/comedian/rapper), and they were married April 30, 2008. They have two children together, fraternal twins, named Monroe (after Marilyn Monroe) and Morrocan Scott (after where Cannon proposed to Carey and Cannon’s middle name).
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2. Income & Salary
Mariah Carey’s first album went multi platinum and had four number one singles. She continued to release successful albums such as Emotions in 1991, Music Box in 1993, Merry Christmas in 1994, Daydream in 1995, and Butterfly in 1997. By this time she was a music and pop culture sensation. In 2000 she signed a contract worth $100 million with Virgin Records. She was honored at the 1998 World Music Awards as the best selling recording artist of the 90’s. She has won five Grammy Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 31 Billboard Music Awards and 17 World Music Awards. She is famed for her five-octave vocal range which has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. In her career she has sold more than 200 million records world wide. This makes her one of the best selling music artists of all time.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
In 2007 Forbes Magazine estimated Carey’s net worth to be 225 million dollars. That number has only risen in the years since then. In 2012 her estimated net worth was 500 million dollars. In 2012 Carey joined the cast of American Idol where her salary was a reported to be 18 million. As of 2013, her estimated net worth is 510 million dollars. With such a successful past, one can only imagine that her net worth will continue to grow in the years to come.