Last Updated: January 16, 2024
Richest Celebrities
Net Worth:
$60 Million
Nov 17, 1960 (63 years old)
San Diego
6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
Talk show host, Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Drag queen, Model, Author, Television producer
United States of America
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RuPaul is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist who has a net worth of $60 million. RuPaul is a multifaceted American personality best known for bringing the art of drag into mainstream pop culture. He gained international fame as a drag queen, singer, and television personality.

RuPaul's groundbreaking 1993 single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)," cemented his position as a pop culture icon, using music to challenge gender norms and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

However, his most significant contribution has been as the creator and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race," a reality TV show that premiered in 2009. The Emmy-winning show, in which drag queens compete for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar, has not only amplified RuPaul's fame but also played a crucial role in de-stigmatizing and popularizing drag culture. RuPaul's larger-than-life persona, commitment to promoting acceptance, and pioneering work in entertainment have solidified his status as an influential figure in both the LGBTQ+ community and the broader realm of global pop culture. As of this writing RuPaul has won fourteen Primetime Emmy Awards.

RuPaul Real Estate

In October 2019, RuPaul paid $13.7 million for a 10,300 square-foot extravagant mansion in Beverly Hills. He bought his previous home in 2011 for $2.5 million. He listed the former home in 2018 for $5 million, ultimately not finding a buyer. For more than 25 years he has owned an apartment in New York City that he purchased for $350,000. In 2007 he spent $600,000 on a condo in West Hollywood, California.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

RuPaul Andre Charles, better known as just RuPaul, was born in San Diego, California, on November 17, 1960. He has three sisters. After his parents divorced in 1967, he and his siblings lived with their mother, Ernestine "Tony" Charles. When he was fifteen years old, RuPaul moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his sister Renettea to study performing arts. Throughout the 1980s, he was a struggling filmmaker and musician, and held a job at the famous Plaza Theatre. He performed locally, at places like the Celebrity Club, or as a backup singer to Glen Meadmore. His first break was in 1989 when he was cast as an extra, dancing in the music video "Love Shack" by the B-52s.


In 1993, RuPaul recorded the album "Supermodel of the World", a dance/house record that was released through the rap label Tommy Boy. The single "Supermodel (You Better Work" and its accompanying music video were an expected hit, and found success on MTV channels. It peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. It was followed by the singles/videos "Back to my Roots" and "A Shade Shady (Now Prance)", which both peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. RuPaul has since released multiple albums, including "Foxy Lady" (1996), Christmas album "Ho Ho Ho" (1997), "Red Hot" (2004), "Champion" (2009), "Glamazon" (2011), "Born Naked" (2014), "Realness" (2015), second Christmas album "Slay Belles" (2015), "Butch Queen" (2016), "Remember Me: Essential, Vol. 1" (2017), "American" (2017), and "Essential, Vol. 2" (2017).

After gaining popularity through his music, RuPaul was signed to a modeling contract for MAC Cosmetics, making him the first drag queen to land a major modeling contract. Then, in 1996, he landed his own talk show on VH1, "The RuPaul Show". Featured guests and musical acts included Diana Ross, Nirvana, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, Olivia Newton-John, and the Backstreet Boys. His co-host on the show was Michelle Visage, and together they also co-hosted programming on WKTU radio. "The RuPaul Show" aired for two seasons, from 1996 to 1998. Since 2014, RuPaul and Visage also host a podcast together, called "RuPaul: What's the Tee w/ Michelle Visage".

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RuPaul returned to television in February 2009, with the reality television competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race", which initially aired on Logo. The premise of the program is that drag queens compete to be selected by a panel of judges (which includes RuPaul) as "America's next drag superstar". RuPaul's long-time collaborator Michelle Visage is a member of the judging panel. The show was the highest-rated television program on Logo TV, and has been aired internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Neterland, and Israel. For its ninth season, the show moved to VH1, which is its current (as of May 2020) network. Popular spin-off from the show include "RuPaul's Drag U", "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars", "RuPaul's Drag Race UK", and "RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race".

In addition to "Drag Race", RuPaul has also hosted a few other shows. In 2015, he hosted the plastic surgery-themed talk show "Good Work" on E! along with Dr. Terry Dubrow and Sandra Vergara. The show only aired 6 episodes. Then, from April 2016 to July 2017, RuPaul hosted the short-lived game show "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" on the Logo cable network. He also had a daytime talk show "RuPaul" that premiered on June 10, 2019, on selected Fox TV stations. After its three-week test run was over, it was not picked up by the network due to low performance.

RuPaul has a long filmography as an actor, with appearances in films such as "Crooklyn" (1994), "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995), "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" (1995), "But I'm a Cheerleader" (1999), and "Hurricane Bianca" (2016). He also has appeared in several television and web series, including the Comedy Central series "Broad City" (2017), and Netflix shows "Girlboss" (2017), "Grace and Frankie" (2019), and "AJ and the Queen" (2020). He has also been a host of the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live".

Other Ventures

RuPaul partnered with cosmetics manufacturer Colorevolution in 2013 to launch his debut make-up line and beauty collection. Also released along with the line was the unisex perfume "Glamazon".

Personal Life

RuPaul has said "You can call me he. You can call me she…" and has shown indifference for gender pronouns used to refer to him. He makes public appearances as both a male and in drag. He is gay, and has been with his husband, Georges LeBar, since 1994. They first met at the Limelight nightclub in New York City, and finally tied the knot in January 2017. LeBar is a painter, and runs a ranch in Wyoming.

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