Selena Gomez is just one of those stars who has been around forever. Before she became the sassy Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, she was on Barney & Friends. Then, in 2009, she stepped into the music industry, releasing three albums by 2020 and launching Rare Beauty, her new makeup line. Now, Selena’s dipping her toe back into acting with her role in Only Murders in the Building.
Along the way, Selena has been super candid about the importance of mental health, whether that’s talking about it in reference to her Rare Beauty line or through her wellness app, Wondermind. Now, she’s releasing her own documentary, My Mind & Me, which drops on Apple TV+ on Nov. 4, and talks about her journey with her own mental health. Of course, in true Selena fashion, she’s also releasing a song with the same name on Nov. 3.
It goes without saying that all of Selena’s hard work has made her a lot of cash. Here’s how she went from a child actor to multi-hyphenate millionaire throughout the career.
Selena’s days as a child actor paid off big time.
She got her start in Barney & Friends, making $3,000 per episode according to Money Inc. That comes out to roughly 39,000 total because she was in 13 episodes. She then went on to play smaller parts on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana (who remembers Mikayla?).
Selena’s biggest childhood role was playing the *It* girl of Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex Russo. Seriously, she made $30,000 per episode, per Cosmopolitan. And because the show was on for almost five years and filmed 106 episodes, that means she was raking in around $3.18 million.
Of course, she also starred in several big films like Another Cinderella Story and Ramona and Beezus, which probably paid well, too.
Releasing her own music brought in a lot of money, too.
Selena has dropped three studio albums, two EPs, and a compilation album since 2013. By 2016, she was worth $15 million just from music sales, per Money Nation. By 2017, she had sold 24.3 million songs and 3.4 million albums, according to Billboard.
And don’t even get me started on her tours—she reportedly made $35.3 million for her Stars Dance tour, which took place between 2013 and 2014, and $35.6 million for her Revival tour in 2016, according to Cosmopolitan. All in, she’s done two tours on her own, and three with her former band, Selena Gomez and the Scene, per Celebrity Net Worth.
Selena launched her own beauty line.
Launching in September 2020, Rare Beauty is Selena’s line of vegan and cruelty-free makeup products. One percent of all sales are donated to her Rare Impact fund, which helps people who are struggling with mental health issues.
The brand legit made $60 million within its first year of launching, per TooFab.
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And of course, getting back to acting contributed a lot to her net worth.
How much, you ask? Well, her co-stars of Only Murders in the Building make $600,000 per episode, according to Variety, so it makes sense that Selena would probably make at least that much if not more. If that’s the case, she likely made at least $12 million from the 20 episodes that have aired so far.
Aaaand a third season has been confirmed. Get it, Selena!
She doesn’t just sing and act, she’s also a producer.
Yup, Selena has her own production company, July Moon Productions, which launched in 2008. She’s credited as an executive producer on 11 projects, two of which are Thirteen Reasons Why and Only Murders In The Building.
Selena makes big money from sponsored content.
Because of course she does. The 30-year-old has amassed 354 million Instagram followers (making her one of the most followed people on the app!), so it makes sense than she gets a lot of money from spon-con (sponsored content). She takes home about $1.735 million for each post according to the 2022 Instagram Rich List.
And don’t forget about brand partnerships, either. Back in 2016, Coach paid Selena $10 million to work with them. The deal included the ability to have Selena create her own Coach line, per Celebrity Net Worth. Meanwhile, Puma paid her $30 million in 2017 for a two-year deal that made her the face of the brand. Sheesh!
Selena owns a $4.9 million home.
The Encino property actually used to belong to famed singer Tom Petty, who built the house back in the 1980s, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She bought the 11,500 square-foot home back in 2020.
So, how much is Selena really worth?
Today, she’s worth roughly $95 million, a number which has really grown over the past year, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Her recent projects with Only Murders in the Building, her production company, and her pandemic cooking show, Selena + Chef have only helped it skyrocket.
What’s next for her? Stay tuned. I, for one, will be watching My Mind & Me as soon as it hits streamers on Friday.
Addison Aloian (she/her) is an editorial assistant at Women’s Health. When she’s not writing about all things pop culture, health, beauty, and fashion, she loves hitting leg day at the gym, shopping at Trader Joe’s, and watching whichever hockey game is on TV. Her work has also appeared in Allure, StyleCaster, L’Officiel USA, V Magazine, and Modern Luxury Media.