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Once (and still) Jenny from the block, Jennifer Lopez is basically always on her way to the bank these days. It’s no secret that people pay J.Lo the big bucks to do just about anything from starring in movies to judging reality TV shows to performing on tour in front of millions—the list goes on and on.
The actress, singer, and all-around badass is always a box office success, including her most recent movie Hustlers. ICYMI: J.Lo plays Ramona, an exotic dancer who swindles her rich clients for money in the epic scammer film. She also filmed another yet-to-be-released rom-com alongside Latin singer Maluma and Owen Wilson called Marry Me.
Plus, the fashion icon is always wearing gorgeous designer clothes (case in point: THAT iconic Versace dress she wore during Milan Fashion Week), going on stunning vacations with her main squeeze Alex Rodriguez, and most recently, dropping a cool $6.6 million on a Malibu beach house she calls a "fixer upper." So, it's pretty safe to say that "Jenny from the block" has officially become "Jenny on her way to the bank."
J.Lo has made a boatload of money over her career, and she continues to rake it in. Forbes reported she made $43 million in 2019 alone. (And Forbes also estimated that she made $47 million in 2018 as of July...meaning she still had half the year left to make even more). Here’s how she got so rich—and what her net worth is now:
Hustlers has raked in $62 million since its September 13th premiere.
That’s according to Forbes, and it also had a record opening for J.Lo (her 2005 movie Monster In Law made $23.1 million during its opening weekend), her costar Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians debuted at $26.5 million), and entertainment company STX, per Deadline. The movie was made on a $20 million budget, according to The Wrap. That's more than triple its production budget, according to Forbes.
FYI: J.Lo is a co-producer of Hustlers through her Nuyorican Productions. Still, she told GQ, "I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers. I did it for free and produced it. Like Jenny From the Block—I do what I love." (While Jennifer didn't make any money upfront, it's likely her production company will be seeing some kind of return on investment with streaming, digital copy sales, etc.)
But before hustling her way to millions, J.Lo kicked off her career as a dancer.
J.Lo has been dancing since practically forever (she started taking dance lessons when she was 5, per IMDb). By the time she was 18, she was working in a law firm by day so she could afford to do dancing jobs at night.
J.Lo eventually got her big break when she was offered a job as a fly girl (a.k.a. a troupe dancer) on In Living Color, a sketch-comedy series that was huge in the '90s. After that, she landed a gig as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
Eventually, Jennifer shifted into movies—and started making mega bucks.
Being J.Lo, she decided she wanted to branch out into film and ended up landing a role as "Young Maria" in the Jimmy Smits movie, My Family. It wasn’t a massive part, but she snagged some decent screen time.
But J.Lo’s movie career exploded after she landed the coveted starring role of Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez in the 1997 movie, Selena, a gig that paid her $1 million, according to IMDb. (Btw, she also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role.)
She followed that up with roles in blockbuster films—Anaconda, Out of Sight, and The Wedding Planner, to name a few—and started to earn massive paychecks...like $9 million plus per role.
But it was the release of her album 'On the 6' that made her a superstar.
J.Lo released her debut album in 1999, which had hit singles like "If You Had My Love" and "Waiting for Tonight." It went platinum within two weeks, according to Biography. She followed that up in 2001 with the album J.Lo, which hit No. 1 on the pop charts. And with that, J.Lo’s title as a triple threat was solidified. She's made eight albums so far.
Then, there's the tour $$$. J.Lo made $765,000 touring to support On the 6, and that jumped up to more than $50 million for her 2012 Dance Again World Tour, according to Money Nation. (What. A. Jump.)
J.Lo has had a bunch of other gigs, too.
She also had a three-year Las Vegas residency show that made more than $100 million in ticket sales, per People.
And, of course, J.Lo earned tons of cash working as a judge on reality TV competition shows like American Idol (she made somewhere between $12 and $20 million per season, according to Forbes) and World of Dance, where she’s a judge and executive producer. (Cha-ching.) She's also the executive producer of a new reality show, Thanks a Million, that premiered on new streaming platform Quibi in April 2020.
But she wasn't paid for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Remember that epic J.Lo concert that took over your TV in February 2020? Well, she did that for free, too. She still made some money off the appearance—sales of her music increased 893 percent, according to Billboard.
Now, J.Lo's also got some fashion lines and endorsement deals.
In March 2020, Jennifer released a new shoe collection with DSW. From heels to sneakers to sandals, they're all pretty affordable—with most of the kicks costing less than $100.
On Instagram, J.Lo has repped luxury brands, like Coach and Versace. She revealed she was the face of the Versace SS20 campaign.
What's that all add up to?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, J.Lo is now worth a reported $400 million. And, if she keeps hustling the way she always has, that number will only increase.
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