RuPaul Net Worth

March 5, 2023
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RuPaul Andre Charles was born on the 17th November 1960, in San Diego, California USA, and is a drag queen and host, probably best recognized for hosting his own reality TV competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, as well as his own TV show “The RuPaul Show”. He is also known as a singer, actor and model. His career has been active since 1989.

So, have you ever wondered how rich RuPaul is, as of late 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of RuPaul’s net worth is over $7 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a drag queen, singer, actor and model. Another source is coming from the sales of his autobiographical book -“Lettin’ It All Hang Out” (1995).


RuPaul Net Worth $7 Million


RuPaul spent one part of his childhood in his hometown, where he was raised with three sisters by a single mother, Ernestine Charles, as his parents divorced in 1967. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Georgia to study Theatre at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts, where he formed the band Wee Wee Pole and performed as a bar dancer at the local night clubs. Soon, he decided to pursue his career in the entertainment industry as a drag queen and moved to New York City, New York.

Thus, RuPaul’s professional career began in 1989, when he appeared dancing in The B-52’s video for “Love Shack”, and later that year he was crowned The Queen Of Manhattan. His international fame came with the release of his debut single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” and debut studio album “Supermodel Of The World”, both in 1993; the single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and entered the top 40 on the UK Singles Chart. Since then, his career has only gone upwards, as well as his net worth.

By the 2000s, he had released two more studio albums – “Foxy Lady” (1996), and “Ho Ho Ho” (1997) – both through Rhino Records. In 2004, RuPaul released via his own RuCo Inc. Music label his fourth album, entitled “Red Hot”, with the lead single “Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous”, which peaked at No. 2 on the dance chart. Five years later out came his next studio album – “Champion” – peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums and at No. 26 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.

At the beginning of the next decade, RuPaul released the album “Glamazon” in 2011, after which out came “Born Naked” (2014), which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart, “Realness” and “Slay Belles” both in 2015. Most recently, he released “Butch Queen” in 2016, and “American” (2017), which added a considerable amount to his net worth.

Apart from his career as a singer, RuPaul is also known as an actor, who made his debut appearance in the TV film “Inferno” (1992), which was followed by the role of Mrs. Cummings in the film “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995). His next major role came in the following year, when he starred as Duke in Charles Winkler’s film “Red Ribbon Blues”, before in 1998 featuring in the film “An Unexpected Life”, starring alongside Stephen Collins.

In the new millennium his career did not change too much, as he continued to work successfully, starring in such TV series and film titles as “Who Is Cletis Tout?” (2001), “Starrbooty” (2007), and “Ugly Betty” (2010), among many others. Since then he has appeared in a number of TV series, and his next significant role came in 2017, when he was selected to portray Lionel in the TV series “Girlboss”. All of these appearances increased his net worth.

RuPaul’s hosting career began in 1996, when he created his own TV show “The RuPaul Show”, which airs on the VH1 channel. Some of his notable guests have been Duran Duran, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Pete Burns and many others. Moreover, he launched his own reality TV competition series, entitled “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on the Logo channel, which also contributed to his wealth.

Speaking about his modeling career, RuPaul signed a contract with MAC Cosmetics in 1996, becoming the first drag queen supermodel and spokesperson, adding further to his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, RuPaul has been married to Georges LeBar since January of 2017, but they’ve been together since 1994. He divides his time between his residences in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

Daniel Wanburg

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