Britney Spears Net Worth: The $290 Million Blowout

Britney Spears’ net worth is $63 million. The Britney Spears net worth total comes from info in 2014 court documents plus two years of earnings for the star.

In 2014, Spears revealed that her estate had a value of $46 million. That disclosure came about in court documents when her net worth was placed in conservatorship, basically to protect her from herself. Doing the math on all Spears’ earnings from 1998 through 2016 tells a very different story however. All else being equal, Spears should have a 2016 net worth of $267 million. That may make it seem like Spears lost $205 million, but because of tax calculations, she actually lost a much higher $290 million.

The Britney Spears net worth total comes from $324 million in concert earnings, $44 million from albums, $6 million from singles, $19 million from YouTube and $140 million from merchandise like her 19 different fragrances. There’s also $132 million in endorsement money. If that seems like a lot more than we stated above, it is. Including acting and Vegas money, Spears has earned a grand total of $670 million in her lifetime. Taxes and regular expenses chop out $337 million. Extravagant losses take away a staggering $290 million.

Britney Spears Net Worth Facts

Britney Spears Net Worth Facts
Britney Spears Net Worth$64,993,868
Britney Spears net worth vs Justin Timberlake net worth1/3rd as big
Britney Spears net worth vs Miley Cyrus net worth1/3rd as big
Britney Spears net worth vs Beyonce net worth1/5th as big
Britney Spears net worth vs Madonna net worth1/12th as big
Britney Spears net worth vs Rihanna net worth1/4 as big
Britney Spears net worth vs Selena Gomez net worth30% bigger
Britney Spears net worth vs Bill Clinton net worth20% smaller
Britney Spears net worth vs Bill Gates net worth1/1,212 as big
Britney Spears net worth vs typical American family net worth971 times bigger

The Britney Spears net worth figure should be $267 million. Losses chop that number down to a still healthy $63 million estate, held in conservatorship by Spears’ father. Currently, Spears’ net worth is 1/3rd as big as ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s $175 million. It’s 1/5th as big as Beyonce’s fortune of $335 million and 1/12th as big as Madonna’s $800 million. The Britney Spears net worth pile is 1/4th as big as Rihanna’s $281 million and 30% bigger than Selena Gomez’s net worth of $45 million. Stacked up against Bill Gates, Britney Spears has just 1/1,212 the money. That’s because Gates is worth $80 billion. Finally, Spears isn’t doing too badly when compared to the typical American family’s net worth of just $68,000.

Britney Spears Net Worth Timeline

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Britney Spears Net Worth Over Time

Britney Spears Net Worth by Year
Britney Spears net worth 1998$111,874
Britney Spears net worth 1999$14,065,777
Britney Spears net worth 2000$37,938,600
Britney Spears net worth 2001$57,773,913
Britney Spears net worth 2002$64,529,075
Britney Spears net worth 2003$72,411,766
Britney Spears net worth 2004$84,631,497
Britney Spears net worth 2005$74,539,548
Britney Spears net worth 2006$64,168,775
Britney Spears net worth 2007$54,741,641
Britney Spears net worth 2008$42,671,935
Britney Spears net worth 2009$71,895,738
Britney Spears net worth 2010$62,760,215
Britney Spears net worth 2011$75,034,663
Britney Spears net worth 2012$65,987,845
Britney Spears net worth 2013$57,659,372
Britney Spears net worth 2014$48,971,529
Britney Spears net worth 2015$56,658,045
Britney Spears net worth 2016$64,993,868

Britney Spears Net WorthThe chart above shows the Britney Spears net worth track by year. The red line shows her net worth progression based on her 2014 court documents. The blue-green line shows how the diva’s net worth should have grown. Why the big difference? The blue-green line shows what would have happened if Spears had saved and invested her earnings from all sources year-over-year. We know however that her real net worth in 2014 was just a fraction of this number. The red line shows a potential path that led to where Spears’ fortune sits today. It can’t really be called a tragic story because she’s still worth $63 million. That’s the $46 million she revealed in 2014 plus two years of earnings.

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Britney Spears Net Worth Sources

Britney Spears net worth sourcesEarnings of $670 million built the Britney Spears net worth sum of $46 million. Taxes took $237 million, regular expenses took $100 million and losses of $290 million took the rest. But where did those massive earnings come from to begin with? Concerts, merchandise and endorsement money were the biggest factors in building Spears’ net worth, to the tune of $595 million. The other $75 million came from album sales, singles sales, YouTube ad revenue and acting. Since 2013, Spears has been a Vegas fixture, earning about a million a year from that work, plus millions in royalties from her massive body of past work.

Britney Spears Net Worth Sources
Britney Spears YouTube Channel$22,325,842
Business Deals$4,000,000
Total Britney Spears Earnings$672,587,422
Britney Spears Salary (average)$35,399,338
Britney Spears Salary 2016$20,980,269
Britney Spears Net Worth$64,993,868

How Britney Spears Lost $290 Million

Britney Spears Net Worth LostIf Spears earned almost $700 million by the age of 34, where did it all go? Why is she left today with “only” $63 million? Nobody actually knows. Some online sources claim the Britney Spears net worth number is actually a lot higher than her 2014 court documents let on. Those sources say not all of Spears’ money is in conservatorship, and that she has over $100 million in “other assets.” This is doubtful. If a court places an estate in conservatorship, the idea is to protect the estate’s assets from their owner, who is deemed mentally incompetent to handle them. If someone is deemed mentally incompetent to serve their own needs, a judge isn’t likely to let the person handle 75% of his or her estate. That’s not the point of a conservatorship. It’s more likely that the judge placed Spears’ entire estate in a conservatorship and that any “other assets” are negligible.

One way Britney Spears might have lost $290 million is by overspending. It’s hard to spend down $290 million in 10 years, but not impossible. Spears doesn’t have any major business deals to point to, aside from her perfume line, but that’s financially successful enough to keep running even now. In other words, it’s unlikely she’s losing millions on her perfume business, yet keeping it afloat for 13 years. She may have spent the money on the business of Britney Spears, overspending on concert production. She has been quoted as saying it’s easy to spend $20 million on a stage if you’re not careful, then you wake up and wonder where your money went. We’ve already figured in costs at 30% of her earnings from concerts, so it’s hard to imagine Spears spent more than that. Even spending the money on lavish cars and houses wouldn’t do the deed, since those assets can be sold again, often for a profit.

So where did the $290 million go? Possibly Spears had a massive entourage and showered them with gifts like cars and houses. If so, it hasn’t been reported. The truth is that the Britney Spears net worth figure is $204 million lower than it should be and we may never know why.

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Britney Spears Net Worth: $44 Million from Albums

Britney Spears net worth albumsAs the table below shows, album sales chip in $44 million to the Britney Spears net worth tank. Her debut album, Baby One More Time, went RIAA Diamond plus 4x RIAA Platinum. That’s 14 million copies in the U.S. alone. It sold another estimated 4 million copies worldwide. At $10.99 per album, that means it raked in $198 million in total revenue. Spears only got to keep approximately 8.85% of that money, because the rest went toward production, distribution, marketing and agent fees, according to industry reports. Even so, that means the record added $17.5 million to the Britney Spears net worth total. 2000’s Oops! I Did It Again repeated the performance by going RIAA Diamond and selling an estimated 13 million copies worldwide. That album put $12.6 million in Spears’ pockets. A similar analysis of her other seven albums shows them making significantly less money with each new release. Britney Jean in 2013 is uncertified and only sold an estimated 150,000 copies.

Britney Spears Net Worth from Albums
Britney Spears AlbumsUnit Sales (U.S.)Revenue at $10.99 EachBritney Spears Earnings at 8.85%
...Baby One More Time (1999)18,000,000$197,820,000$17,507,070
Oops!... I Did it Again (2000)13,000,000$142,870,000$12,643,995
Britney (2001)5,500,000$60,445,000$5,349,383
In the Zone (2003)3,000,000$32,970,000$2,917,845
Blackout (2007)1,250,000$13,737,500$1,215,769
Circus (2008)1,700,000$18,683,000$1,653,446
Femme Fatale (2011)1,250,000$13,737,500$1,215,769
Britney Jean (2013)150,000$1,648,500$145,892
Other Albums (Britney mixtapes, soundtracks, etc.)1,750,000$19,232,500$1,702,076
Total Britney Spears Net Worth from Albums$44,351,244

How Britney Spears Made $324 Million from Concerts

Britney Spears Net Worth ConcertsBritney Spears made $324 million from concerts. Solid data on her most recent tours shows that her Oops! I Did it Again tour in 2000 brought in $40 million at the worldwide box office. Spears likely kept around 85% of that money after production costs were taken care of. Other expenses probably took another 15%, which we figured into our calculations at the bottom of this article. Her biggest tour was The Circus Starring Britney Spears in 2009. That tour’s stage resembled a three ring circus. Every North American stop on the tour sold out, with the tour breaking attendance records in several cities. It took in nearly $132 million at the worldwide box office. That said, it was only the fifth highest grossing tour that year. Either way, concerts make up the biggest slice of the Britney Spears net worth by far.

Britney Spears Net Worth from Concerts
Britney Spears Concert Tour NameBox Office (Revenues) $50 per ticketBritney Spears %Birtney Spears Earnigns at 85% of Revenue
…Baby One More Time Tour (1999)$21,000,00085%$17,850,000
(You Drive Me) Crazy Tour (2000)$12,000,00085%$10,200,000
Oops!... I Did It Again Tour (2000)$40,500,00085%$34,425,000
Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001)$43,700,00085%$37,145,000
The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004)$63,511,09985%$53,984,434
The M+M's Tour (2007)$290,22685%$246,692
The Circus Starring Birtney Spears (2009)$131,800,00085%$112,030,000
Femme Fatale Tour (2011)$68,250,00085%$58,012,500

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YouTube, Endorsements and Merchandise

Britney Spears net worth perfumeSpears has earned $19 million so far from YouTube ad revenue. Industry analysts place a star’s YouTube earnings at about $7.60 per 1,000 views. Spears’ Vevo channel has a total of 2.9 billion views and her own personal channel has 69 million.

Other income sources for the star include endorsements and merchandise. Spears famously signed a $10 million contract with Pepsi in 2001. She also had deals with Skechers, Polaroid, Toyota and the “Got Milk” ad campaign. Her estimated endorsement deal money comes to $6.5 million per year. That puts her earning slightly less from endorsements than contemporary artists like Miley Cyrus and Beyonce, successor to the Pepsi throne.

Merchandise also has a place in the Britney Spears net worth arsenal. Not only did the star sell t-shirts and other merchandise at her concerts, but she also released 19 different fragrances from 2004 through 2016, including Curious, Fantasy, Believe, Island Fantasy and the most recent Maui Fantasy. All in all, her merchandise earnings are figured at $7.75 million per year for a total of nearly $140 million.

Britney Spears Net Worth from YouTube
Britney Spears ChannelViewsEarnings at $7.60 per 1,000Britney Spears Earnings
Britney Spears Vevo (Britney Spears gets 85%)3,374,741,004$25,648,032$21,800,827
Britney Spears Own Channel69,080,984$525,015$525,015
Total Britney Spears Net Worth from YouTube$19,198,962

Britney Spears Singles Sales

Britney Spears Net Worth SinglesBritney Spears released 32 singles in the years from 2001 through 2015. These sold about 43 million copies. That means Spears sold nearly as many singles as she sold albums. That said, singles don’t contribute as much as albums to the Britney Spears net worth number. That’s because a single costs about a tenth of what an album does. Figuring Spears’ 8.85% cut of revenue from her singles sales gives her a total of $6.3 million from the sales of singles.

One of Spears’ most memorable singles is the song Oops! I Did it Again. during the filming of the song’s video, a camera fell on her, which left the diva needing stitches. The video’s producer was asked how much input Spears had in the production. He answered that she only had a few requirements. She wanted to be in a red jumpsuit, she wanted to be on Mars, and she wanted a really cute spaceman.

Britney Spears Net Worth from Singles
Britney Spears Certified Single TitleUnit SalesRevenue at $1.99 EachBritney Spears Earnings at 8.85%
...Baby One More Time (Tied for Britney Spears best seller)3,420,000$6,805,800$602,313
(You Drive Me) Crazy1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Born to Make You Happy (Britney Spears worst selling single)285,000$567,150$50,193
From the Bottom of My Broken Heart1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Oops!... I Did it Again1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know570,000$1,134,300$100,386
I'm a Slave 4 U570,000$1,134,300$100,386
I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet A Woman570,000$1,134,300$100,386
I Love Rock 'n' Roll570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Boys (The Co-Ed Remix)570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Me Against the Music1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
My Prerogative570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Do Something'570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Gimme More1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Piece of Me1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Break the Ice570,000$1,134,300$100,386
If U Seek Amy570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Hold it Against Me1,140,000$2,268,600$200,771
Till the World Ends (Tied for Britney Spears best seller)3,420,000$6,805,800$602,313
I Wanna Go570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Work Bitch570,000$1,134,300$100,386
Other Britney Spears Singles (8)800,000$1,592,000$140,892
Singles Featuring Britney Spears (4, Britney gets 3.3%)11,600,000$23,084,000$761,772
Total Britney Spears Net Worth from Singles$6,273,291

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Britney Spears Net Worth Calculations

The table below adds up all the income from all the Britney Spears net worth sources. It also adjusts for taxes, expenses and investments. To get the final number down to the 2014 admitted estate value of $46 million, losses of $290 million had to be included.

Britney Spears Net Worth Calculations
YearAlbumsSinglesConcertsActingYouTubeEndorsementsMerchandiseVegas ResidencyTotal Britney Spears EarningsLossesNetTaxesExpensesNetInvestmentsBritney Spears Net Worth
Britney Spears Net Worth Totals$44,351,244$6,273,291$323,893,626$330,000$22,325,842$131,829,375$139,584,044$4,000,000$672,587,422$293,000,000$379,587,422$237,624,084$100,888,113$41,075,225$23,918,643

The Britney Spears net worth numbers in this article come from a deep analysis of concert earnings, album sales, singles sales and other income streams and are provided here for entertainment purposes only. Want to see more net worth articles? Check out our post here on Rihanna’s net worth or this article on Miley Cyrus’ net worth.