Beyonce’s one of the most famous people on the planet. She’s a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Her impact on art and culture is verging on incalculable. Over the course of her career, which spans almost two decades, she has established herself as a powerhouse both in entertainment and business. Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world both in 2013 and 2014 and Forbes named her the most powerful female in entertainment in 2015.
All six of the Houston-born artist’s studio albums have debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her recently released Lemonade album follows her self-titled album in 2013, 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). She is the only act to reach No. 1 with their first six studio efforts (and the only act to actually debut atop the list with their first six). In addition to her impressive roster of six No. 1 studio albums, Beyonce has charted four further albums as well including Live at Wembley, Irreplaceable, Above and Beyonce: Video Collection and Beyonce: More Only.
Her collected works add up to quite an impressive list of achievements. As a solo artist she has sold over 16 million albums in the US, and over 100 million records worldwide (a further 60 million if you count her time with Destiny’s Child), making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards making her the second most honoured female artist by the Grammys as well as the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with 52 nods.
Entertainment power aside, Beyoncé has also proven herself to be a rather savvy business women as well. In 2005, along with her mother, she introduced House of Deréon, a contemporary women’s fashion line inspired by three generations of women in their family.
From there she has launched countless sub fashion lines, partnered with major corporations including Topshop, Macy’s, C&A and Dillard’s. And in 2010, she opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn. Considering both her musical and entrepreneurial success, it’s not surprise that, as of June 2016, Forbes calculated her net worth to be $265 million (some other sources estimate it to be as high as $450 million).
But one can not talk about Beyoncé’s wealth and success without also mentioning her commitment to social involvement and philanthropy. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Beyoncé founded the Survivor Foundation to provide transitional housing for victims in the Houston area, to which Beyoncé contributed an initial $250,000. In 2011, she joined forces with one of her personal idols, US First Lady Michelle Obama, and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, to help boost the latter’s campaign against child obesity. And two years later, it was announced that Beyoncé would work with Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.
As her sixth album, Lemonade, carries on racking up awards, acclaim, records and massive amounts of revenue, Beyoncé, who has now added motherhood to her long and winding list of accomplishments, is poised to continue her domination of the international pop music scene. The only question is, what’s next?