FYI: Shania Twain Is Pretty Much Halfway to Being a Billionaire

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Remember when Beyoncé said “Big B and that B stand for bands” in her *chef’s kiss* “Savage Remix” with Megan Thee Stallion? Yeah, well in my mind, music icon Shania Twain pretty much has the go-ahead to say “Big S and that S stand for stacks…and a lot of them” given her jaw-dropping net worth. If you’re in the mood to laugh (at your bank account) and cry (at Shania’s), read ahead for a breakdown of how the singer has made so! much! money!

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First! A bit about Shania’s background….

Shania began singing in bars near her hometown of Windsor, Canada when she was only 8 years old to help her family pay the bills while people like me were out here throwing Legos around. A few years later when she was around 13 years old, the singer was invited to perform on the CBC’s Tommy Hunter Show, while people like me were out here still throwing Logos around (old habits die hard!). It was during this time when Shania joined a local band called Longshot, which covered Top 40 hits.

Spoiler: Longshot eventually broke up, but Shania wasn’t discouraged. In fact, she joined yet another cover band following her high school graduation named Flirt (iconic) and began touring with them. By 1984, the musician caught the attention of Toronto DJ Stan Campbell, who wrote about her in Country Music News and even featured her in the background vocals of his own album on the song “Heavy on the Sunshine,” according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Fast-forward to November 1987—just as her career was taking off—, and Shania suffered a horrible tragedy when both her mother and stepfather were killed in a car accident, prompting her to move back home and take care of her siblings. But despite the devastating setback, the singer continued performing to earn her family money until her siblings were able to move out on their own.

And that’s when she began working on her demo tape. TL;DR: Shania’s manager set up a showcase for her to present her songs to music executives, and she wound up catching the attention of a number of labels, including Mercury Nashville Records, which pretty quickly signed the singer. This was when the musician’s stage name came to be, and she went from Eilleen Regina Twain to the Shania Twain we know and j’adore today.

Luckily, it didn’t take long for the celeb to put her music out into the world, and in April 1993, Shania released her self-titled debut album—one of six total studio albums she wound up creating that captivated the world.

Though a number of her records have gone on to break records (heh), her first studio project landed at number 67 on the U.S. Country Album Chart. And things only went up from there, which brings us to….

The Woman in Me days, which made Shania B-A-N-K

Yes, it was Shania’s 1995 album The Woman in Me that quite literally catapulted her career to superstardom. The album wound up selling a whopping 4 million copies in its first year and eventually went on to sell 12 million copies, per Celebrity Net Worth. And it’s easy to see why! After all, the project boasted hits like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” “You Win My Love,” and “God Bless This Child,” all of which are expressions I say to my dog on any given day.

I mean, this album had some serious reach, people. The Woman in Me went on to pick up the Grammy for Best Country Album as well as Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

And Shania didn’t stop there! Her subsequent album, 1997’s Come On Over (something else I say to my dog as I plead with her to not chase people on the street) became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre *and* the best-selling country album of all time after selling more than 40 million copies worldwide, according to Celebrity Net Worth. And if you thought that was an excuse to listen to two of my all-time fave bangers on the album—“Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “You’re Still the One”—then you’d be right!

The album remained on the charts for two years and won a total of four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Song and Best Female Country Performance. Shania then went on to release Up!, Now, and Queen of Me in 2002, 2017, and 2023 respectively, all of which also garnered tons of success.

She had not one, but two (!) Las Vegas residencies

Between 2012 and 2014, Shania performed at her residency, Shania: Still the One at *the* Caesars Palace just prior to dropping her first album, Now, after a 15-year hiatus. Then, a few years down the line in 2019, the singer returned yet again to the city for another two years for her Let’s Go! residency at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino—a feat that reportedly earned her around $1 million per show, according to Parade. Jaw = dropped.

Btw, the musician is slated to return to Las Vegas for a THIRD residency in 2024, per CBS News. And you just *know* all those stage performances mean major 💸💸💸 for Shania.

Speaking of stage performances, the country artist has also embarked on a plethora of other tours to make $$$, including her Come On Over Tour in 1998, which made $40.8 million in gross ticket sales, per the Denver Post. And that’s not even mentioning her Up! (2003), Rock This Country (2015), Now (2018), and her current Queen of Me (2023) tours.

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She’s also an actor

It’s giving crossover, people! Not only has Shania had a docuseries about her titled Why Not? With Shania Twain about her trip revisiting her hometown in Canada, but she’s acted in tons of television shows including Broad City, Fairfax, and Monarch. She’s even been featured on the big screen in movies like Trading Paint, I Still Believe, and Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, per her IMDb.

…and an author!

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…and a lodge owner?!

We love a businesswoman. ❤️ Turns out, in 2004 Shania bought Mahu Whenua, a luxury hotel lodge located in New Zealand for *checks notes* a grand total of $21.5 million with her ex-husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange. And according to the Daily Mail, back in 2018 rooms at the property were available for several thousand dollars per night. Currently, Shania’s ex is the only one who owns Mahu Whenua but because the complex spans many acres and costs a pretty penny to rent, we’re sure the country artist made some money off her portion of the sale.

Me about the whole ~vibe~ of this place:

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So what is Shania Twain’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, that would be a truly eye-watering $400 million bucks. *Le sigh* Brb, singing “let’s go girls” to the four pennies I have in my wallet.

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Gretty Garcia is the assistant news editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers all things news, entertainment, and pop culture. Before joining Cosmo, Gretty was a social strategist for Mrs. Dow Jones and a features and special projects editor at Editorialist. She holds an MS from the Columbia Journalism School and studied art history at Harvard College. 

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