Queen Latifah’s net worth was approximately $70 million as of November 2022. Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is a New Jersey-born American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Owens joined Tommy Boy Records in 1989, the same year she launched her self-titled debut album.
Queen Latifah’s Net Worth?
With a net worth of $70 million, Queen Latifah is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show hostess. Queen Latifah has had a long and prosperous career in music, movies, and television. Queen Latifah dominated the charts and made appearances in high-profile productions when Beyonce was still in diapers, multitasking her way to super fame.
She began her career as a hip-hop performer, beatboxing with the group Ladies Fresh and joining Flavor Unit on stage. After Fab 5 Freddy of “Yo! MTV Raps” fame received her rap demo, she became known as a solo artist. She then secured a contract with Tommy Boy Records, putting out her debut single and album in 1989. She also began her acting career, making appearances in movies including “House Party 2,” “Juice,” and “Jungle Fever” and starring for five years on the popular sitcom “Living Single.”
She subsequently somewhat changed her musical direction and started playing jazz standards and ballads. Before returning to her hip-hop roots in 2008, she continued in this direction for most of the early and middle 2000s. She also started to make appearances in more well-known movies, such as “Chicago,” “Brown Sugar,” “Bringing Down the House,” “Beauty Shop,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Hairspray,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and “Just Wright.”
She has also acted in noteworthy television movies, such as “Life Support” and “Steel Magnolias.” She has also received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two NAACP Image Awards, and two SAG Awards. She has also received nominations for six more Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and an Oscar.
Queen Latifah’s Early Years
On March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey, Dana Elaine Owens was given the name Queen Latifah. She spent much of her childhood in East Orange, New Jersey. When she was ten years old, her parents divorced. Latifah, the name she goes by on stage, is Arabic for “gentle” and “extremely kind.” Latifah played power forward for her high school’s girl’s basketball team and stood 5’10”. After Irvington High School, she attended Borough of Manhattan Community College to continue her education.
Queen Latifah’s Personal Life
1992 saw the death of Latifah’s older brother in a motorcycle accident. She has spoken about how her brother’s death precipitated a brief period of sadness and drug misuse. She was a victim of a carjacking in 1995. In 1996, Latifah was detained and accused of having marijuana in her hands. She served three years of probation after being arrested for DUI in Los Angeles once more.
Queen Latifah announced her mother’s passing from a heart issue in 2018. Over the years, there have been several allegations about Queen Latifah’s sexual orientation, and she continues to keep her love life private. She may have been dating choreographer Eboni Nichols, according to persistent rumours. A conflict between Foxy Brown and Queen Latifah started in the middle of 1996. Foxy Brown was reportedly the focus of Latifah’s diss song, “Name Callin,” featured on the “Set It Off” film soundtrack.
In several radio interviews, Foxy Brown started to question Latifah’s sexual orientation openly, and in 1998, Foxy Brown released a record in response. Latifah retaliated by firing a new diss song in which she criticised Brown for relying on her sexuality and scant clothing to sell records. The two made up in 2000 and sang a piece on “The Queen Latifah Show” to signal their ceasefire.
Queen Latifah’s Career in Music
In the late 1980s, Latifah began beatboxing and caught the attention of the “Yo! MTV Raps” host. Dante Ross, a worker at Tommy Boy Music, was drawn to the song. He signed Latifah, and in 1988, she released her debut single, “Wrath of My Madness.” Latifah gained notoriety in hip-hop by talking about problems affecting black women. She wrote songs about relationship issues, street harassment, and domestic violence. In 1989, she issued her debut record, “All Hail the Queen.”
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women gave her the Candace Award in 1992. After releasing two more albums, Motown Records signed her for her fourth studio album, “Order in the Court.” Following the release of this album, Queen Latifah switched to jazz and soul music, releasing “The Dana Owens Album” in 2004. She performed live jazz in front of an audience in 2007 with a 10-piece orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
On her subsequent album, “Trav’lin’ Light,” several performers made cameo appearances. The album received a Grammy nomination. In 2009, she released “Persona,” a hip-hop-inspired album that peaked at #3 on the US R&B chart. The US Rap chart saw her tracks “Unity” and “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?)” both peak at #2. Later, “Unity” was awarded a Grammy. Queen Latifah has sold over 2 million records worldwide during her musical career.
Queen Latifah’s Career in Acting
Queen Latifah has had a long and successful career, and she has starred in a lot of high-profile movies and TV shows. One of her earliest appearances was as a guest star in two episodes of the second season of the popular NBC television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” She starred in the highly-rated FOX sitcom “Living Single” from 1993 until 1998.
From 1991 until 2001, she served as the host of the famous “Queen Latifah Show,” then in 2013 and 2014, she gave it a makeover. After being chosen for the musical movie “Chicago,” which won the Academy Award for best picture, Latifah became well-known. For her part, Latifah was nominated for the best-supporting actress, but Catherine Zeta-Jones won the award.
One of just five R&B musicians to be nominated for an Oscar in the acting category is Latifah. When she played an HIV-positive woman in the movie “Life Support,” in which she appeared, she won her first Golden Globe. She has acted in some films, such as “House Party 2,” “Set It Off,” “Brown Sugar,” “Bringing Down the House,” “Taxi,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” “Beauty Shop,” “Hairspray,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Just Wright,” “The Dilemma,” “22 Jump Street,” “Girls Trip,” and others.
She was appointed executive producer in 2017 for the third season of the MTV slasher TV show “Scream,” which premiered in 2019. In addition to the Grammy Awards and numerous other Grammy nominations, Queen Latifah has won a Golden Globe, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award for her work in music, film, and television. Queen Latifah was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006.