John Legend: What Is His Net Worth in 2020?
John Legend is a true renaissance man. He’s a multitalented musician, a television personality, and a major social media influencer. He’s also had roles in notable films like Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and La La Land.
The last five years have arguable been the pinnacle of his career. However, fame doesn’t always translate into large amount of money. This raises an interesting question: What is Legend’s net worth in 2020?
John Legend’s early life
According to Celebrity Net Worth, John Roger Stephens was born in Springfield, Ohio on December 28, 1978. Both his mother and his grandmother were musicians. Legend got his start performing in church as a child. He excelled as a student and skipped two grades, entering high school at the age of 12. AllMusic reports Legend left Ohio at the age of 16 to attend the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1999, rap icon Lauryn Hill got Legend to play the piano on the hit song “Everything Is Everything.” Legend had barely reached adulthood and he’d already accomplished so much! However, performing on a hit song didn’t mean he’d made it in the music industry per se, so he started self-releasing albums.
In 2001, he met a rapper named Kanye West who had not quite reached the height of his fame. West got Legend to sing hooks on some of his songs. The two were a good musical match. West was very influenced by classic R&B at the time, and classic R&B would be the primary musical influence for Legend throughout his entire career. West signed Legend to his label GOOD Music.
John Legend breaks into the music industry
Legend’s debut single on a major label was “Used to Love U” from the album Get Lifted. It did not perform well commercially. The most popular single from that album was “Ordinary People.” Billboard reports the song reached the twenty-fourth position on the Billboard Hot 100.
Get Lifted fared considerably better than the aforementioned singles. According to Billboard, the album reached the fourth position on the Billboard 200. Get Lifted performed quite well for an album without a major pop hit to support it.
Legend released his biggest song, “All of Me,” in 2013. The track reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the best-selling singles ever released. Two years later, he had another major hit with the Meghan Trainor duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
John Legend’s other ventures
That’s how Legend’s singles performed in the 2010s. The 2010s were also a good decade for his film career. He had a minor role in La La Land and played Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most famous rock operas ever, but Legend proved an R&B singer could command the title role.
In 2020, Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, bought a home in West Hollywood, California, that was worth $5.1 million. In addition, they own an $8 million penthouse and a $9 million penthouse in New York City and a $14.1 million Beverly Hills home. All together, Legend is worth a whopping $75 million.