American Singer-songwriter-actress Alicia Keys has a net worth of $150 million. This is the total wealth that she and her husband, the record producer Swizz Beatz, have amassed. Their combined wealth is nearly even.
Alicia Augello Cook entered the world on January 25, 1981, in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. In the music industry, she is known by her stage name, Alicia Keys. Keys is the youngest of three children to her father Craig Cook and the only child of her mother Teresa Augello. Her mother was a single parent raising her and her sister in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City after her father abandoned the family when she was just two years old.
She’s been singing ever since she was a little kid, and she’s been a part of musicals at school since she was in preschool. Keys began playing the piano as a kid after a friend gave her an old instrument. She began studying classical piano by the time she was seven years old.
Until she turned 18, she planned to keep studying classical music. Also, at the tender age of twelve, she entered the Professional Performing Arts School, where she studied the performing arts of music, dance, theatre, and choir.
Keys first met her manager, Jeff Robinson, at the age of 13 while they were both members of the youth group Teens in Motion. He acted as a guide and teacher for her by accompanying her to meetings with lawyers and record label talks.
Keys maintained her schooling after signing with Columbia, and at age 16, as valedictorian of her high school class, she earned her diploma early. After that, she received a scholarship to Columbia University. After a month of trying to juggle a full college course load with her work in a recording studio, she chose to forego her academic education in favor of a career in music.
But she was immensely irritated by Columbia’s attempts to shape her public persona and her forced collaboration with producers she disliked. Keys eventually bargained out of her Columbia contract and joined Arista in late 1998 with the support of Robinson and Arista Records head Clive Davis. Her record was again delayed when Davis was fired from Arista in 2000, but he quickly signed her to his new label, J Records.
Now signed to J Records, Keys began promoting her upcoming debut with appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before the release of her debut single, “Fallin’,” in April 2001. Critical acclaim showered down upon her first studio album release, “Songs in A Minor,” in June of 2001.
After winning Song of the Year, Keys went on to take home awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album at the 2002 Grammys, for a total of five Grammys.
Both of her subsequent studio albums, 2003’s “The Diary of Alicia Keys” and 2007’s “As I Am,” were commercial successes, and Keys took home a pair of Grammys for the album’s lead single, “No One,” in 2008. You can also check out her other albums like “The Element of Freedom” (2009), “Girl on Fire” (2012), “Here” (2016), and “Alicia” (2018). (May 2020).
Career in Theater and Film
First appearing in the crime film “Smokin’ Aces” in 2007, Keys went on to star in “The Nanny Diaries” and “The Secret Life of Bees” in the same year (2008). Not only has Keys performed on numerous television series, including “Saturday Night Live,” “Empire,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” but she has also been on those shows in various capacities, including as a judge, coach, or musical guest (Season 6).
Keys and her collaborator in production and composition, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, own the Long Island recording studio The Oven Studios. The production and songwriting team KrucialKeys Enterprises, which works on records by Keys and other artists, was created by Keys and Brothers.
As time went on, Keys became the face of various other companies. She became the face of Dove’s Go Fresh range in a 2008 ad micro-series. She also inked an endorsement deal with VitaminWater and appeared in an American Express commercial.
Alicia and Swizz paid $10.4 million in 2013 to purchase a massive property in the New Jersey suburb of Englewood. Eddie Murphy was the seller of the 25,000-square-foot, 5.4-acre property. There are a total of 32 rooms in this palace. In 2015, they spent $1.7 million on a neighboring lot. For the first time ever, this mansion was put up for a sale in 2015 for a price tag of $14.9 million. The property was re-listed in 2016 for $9.9 million. Finally, in April of 2022, they agreed to take $6 million.
Alicia and Swizz bought a $30 million mansion in La Jolla, California for $20.8 million in September of 2019.
The Keys’ revealed their plans to turn the 111-acre, three-building complex formerly known as the Jindal Films center in Macedon, New York, into a “musical utopia” on August 9, 2019. Their goal is to convert it into a recording studio and theatre for the performing arts.