John Legend Net Worth

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John Legend Net Worth:
$75 Million

John Legend net worth: John Legend is an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. As of this writing, John Legend's net worth is $75 million dollars. That is a blended combined net worth with his wife since 2013, super model Chrissy Teigen. John is responsible for the vast majority of the couple's wealth, though Chrissy has earned at least $10 million per year every year since 2018 from modeling, endorsements and television projects.

Early Life: John Roger Stephens was born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. He is one of four children of Phyllis, a seamstress, and Ronald Stephens, a factory worker at International Harvester. His father was a drummer. His mom sang and directed the church choir. His grandmother was the church organist. Legend was homeschooled by his mother. At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven. He was an excellent student and skipped two grades. At the age of 12, Legend attended Springfield North High School, from which he graduated as salutatorian of his class four years later at 16. Legend was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College; he decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

During college, Legend served as the president and musical director of the co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group The Counterparts. His lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" received critical acclaim, landing the song on the tracklist of 1998's Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD.  Legend was also a member of the Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society. While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on "Everything Is Everything," a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis on African-American literature in 1999.

Career: After graduating from college, Legend worked as a management consultant and began producing, writing, and recording his own music. He released two albums independently: his self-titled demo in 2000 and Live at Jimmy's Uptown in 2001, which he sold at his shows. He then began working on his demo and began sending his work to various record labels.

In 2001, he was introduced to Kanye West, then an up-and-coming hip-hop artist; Legend was hired to sing during the hooks of West's music. After signing to West's label, he chose his stage name from an idea that was given to him by poet J. Ivy, due to what he perceived as an old-school sound. J. Ivy stated, "I heard your music and it reminds me of that music from the old school. You sound like one of the legends. As a matter of fact, that's what I'm going to call you from now on! I'm going to call you John Legend." After J. Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend," others quickly caught on, including Kanye West. After initially resisting the idea of a stage name, he eventually announced his new artist name as John Legend.

Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004. It featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and will.i.am, and debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. An international success, Get Lifted also reached number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked within the top 10 in the Netherlands and Sweden, resulting in worldwide sales of 850,000 copies. Critically acclaimed, it won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and earned Legend another two nominal awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Altogether, the album produced four singles, including debut single "Used to Love U" and Grammy Award-winning "Ordinary People" which peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. John Legend also co-wrote Janet Jackson's "I Want You," which was certified platinum and received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards.

Over the next few years, Legend appeared on albums by Fort Minor, Sérgio Mendes, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, The Black Eyed Peas, Stephen Colbert, Rich Boy, MSTRKRFT, Chemistry, and Fergie, among others. Legend also worked with Michael Jackson on a future album for which he had written one song. In August 2006, Legend appeared in an episode of Sesame Street. He performed a song entitled "It Feels Good When You Sing a Song," a duet with Hoots the Owl. He also performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

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In October 2006, Legend's second album, Once Again, was released. Legend co-wrote and co-produced the bulk of the album, which saw him reteaming with West and will.i.am but also spawned production from Raphael Saadiq, Craig Street, Sa-Ra, Eric Hudson, Devo Springsteen, Dave Tozer and Avenue. Released to major commercial success, it reached number three on the Billboard 200 and debuted on top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.  At the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony, the song "Heaven" was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while lead single "Save Room" received a nod in the Best Male Pop Vocal category. Legend won a second Grammy that year for "Family Affair," a collaboration with Sly & The Family Stone, Joss Stone, and Van Hunt.

In 2008, Legend had a supporting, singing-only role in the movie Soul Men, where he plays the deceased lead singer of a fictitious soul group that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. In October, he released his third studio album, Evolver. The album was preceded by dance-pop-influenced uptempo single "Green Light" which featured rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast and became his highest-charting single since "Ordinary People."

In 2009, Legend performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Legend and the Roots teamed up to record a collaborative album, Wake Up!, which was released on September 21, 2010. The first single released from the album was "Wake Up Everybody" featuring singer Melanie Fiona and rapper Common. In February 2011, Legend won three prizes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Music Awards. He was awarded Best R&B Song for "Shine," while he and the Roots won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On in There."  In March 2011, Legend and the Roots won two NAACP Image Awards – one for Outstanding Album (Wake Up!) and one for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration.

Legend's album Love in the Future was released in 2013 and reached #2 on the US R&B chart as well as in the UK. Legend's third single from the album, "All of Me,", became an international chart success, peaking the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks and reaching the top of six national charts and the top ten in numerous other countries, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. The song is a ballad dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and was performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. It was ranked the third best-selling song in the United States and the United Kingdom during 2014.

His album Darkness and Light was released in 2016 to much success. In 2018, he released the album A Legendary Christmas.

On May 21, 2019, Legend was the winning coach on The Voice and won the competition with his artist Maelyn Jarmon.

Personal Life: Legend met model Chrissy Teigen in 2006 when she starred in the music video for his song "Stereo". They became engaged in December 2011 and were married on September 14, 2013, at Villa Pizzo in Como, Italy. The couple had a daughter, Luna, in April 2016  and a son, Miles, in May 2018. Both children were conceived via in vitro fertilization.

In November 2019, Legend was named People's Sexiest Man Alive.

Real Estate: In April 2020, Legend and Teigen bought a $5.1 million modern contemporary house in West Hollywood, California – not far from their current Beverly Hills home, which they purchased for $14.1 million in 2016.  Their real estate portfolio also includes two penthouses in New York City. They bought one in May 2018 for slightly over $9 million and the second in April for $8 million.

John Legend Net Worth

John Legend

Net Worth:$75 Million
Date of Birth:Dec 28, 1978 (41 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.753 m)
Profession:Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Keyboard Player, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Film Producer, Television producer
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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