What does $485 million in concert revenue, $304 million in film earnings, $260 million in album sales, and $81 million from world tours add up to? If you’re Janet Jackson, the answer is simple. She now joins Oprah Winfrey, Tory Burch, and a handful of other female influencers in the elite billion-dollar club.
A spotlight on the 47-year-old icon’s trajectory from the 1970s to now revealed that she—like her business tycoon husband Wissam Al Mana—has earned exclusive billionaire status. Although that sum initially seems like a lofty one, Jackson’s four decades in the entertainment industry make the news more palpable. With 35 number one hits from 10 albums under her belt—including Janet, which just reached its 20th anniversary—the “Rhythm Nation” powerhouse has embarked on six world tours with her most recent, Number Ones Up Close and Personal, wrapping in December 2011. Between recording and touring, the amFAR advocate managed to film five motion pictures, three under the tutelage of media mogul (and Winfrey collaborator) Tyler Perry.
Despite her newfound status, Jackson assures her fans that there is more to come from her entertainment empire. “I am working on a new project now,” she said in an exclusive interview with Billboard. “We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music.” For long-time choreographer Gil Duldulao, Jackson’s awaited return will hopefully be laced in the distinct pop sound that defined her early years. “I see her as a pop icon first,” Duldulao said in an interview with Variety. “And if I may say, I think she needs to get back to her lane. Her lane, but in a current way, a way that she could be her again, but still take things to a new level.”