We know that the people currently on American Idol are talented recording artists who have done well. But how much are they worth? Who is the wealthiest of the three, and how much does American Idol pay them to stay on the show? Prepare to have your jaw drop.
Katy Perry's Net Worth and American Idol Salary
Celebrity Net Worth says Perry is worth an estimated $330 million. That money comes from selling music, going on tours, and getting endorsement deals. It is also said to include a $25 million paycheck for being on American Idol.
Perry said in 2020, “It's not always what's reported,” hinting that this wasn't entirely true. Perry has judged and put out music, but she has also been in TV shows and movies like “The Smurfs” and put out more than one fragrance.
Forbes says that in 2020, Perry made $38.5 million. She is said to have sold two homes worth $12.3 million in 2019. The following year, she and her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, spent $14.2 million on a nine-acre estate in California.
Lionel Richie's Net Worth and American Idol Salary
Richie has been making music since the 1960s. He is best known for being a member of the Commodores, but he also had a successful solo career in the 1980s. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lionel Richie has a net worth of $200 million.
Richie has toured and sold more than 90 million records in his career. This includes shows that are very popular in places like Morocco and Egypt. He is said to make $10 million yearly as an American Idol judge.
Luke Bryan's Net Worth and American Idol Salary
Bryan has the least money of the three judges, but it's still not bad. It is thought that he is worth about $160 million. Before releasing his first album in 2007, the country star started as a songwriter.
Bryan joined Perry and Richie as a judge on American Idol in 2018, and he is said to make $12 million for the job. Over the years, Bryan has sold more than 7 million albums and has been on several tours. He is also a co-owner of Buck Commander, a company selling hunting gear.
Ryan Seacrest's Net Worth and American Idol Salary
The longtime host of American Idol, whose estimated net worth is $450 million, beats all three judges hands down. Given his many jobs, it's easy to see why he's worth so much.
People say Seacrest makes about $10 million annually for hosting American Idol. He has his radio show, helps host Live with Kelly Ripa, and talks to people on the red carpet at an award show like the Oscars for E!
He also has a clothing line called Ryan Seacrest Distinction and a skincare line called Polished for Men. Forbes reports that Seacrest made $60 million in 2020.