Gloria Gaynor is a popular singer, born as Gloria Fowles on 7th September 1949 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She is probably best known for her disco hit singles “I Will Survive”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” and “I Am What I Am”, which all entered the Hot 100 list during the 1970s and the early ‘80s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Gloria Gaynor is? According to sources, it has been estimated that Gloria Gaynor’s overall net worth is $20 million, accumulated through a fruitful and ongoing music career which started in the mid ‘60s. Since she is still active in the entertainment industry, her net worth continues to grow.
Gloria Gaynor Net Worth $20 Million
Gaynor was and brought up by her parents and grandmother who lived nearby. During her childhood, Gloria always listened to music and stated that music was always there in her family home. Some of the names who influenced her the most were Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan. Apart from this, her family was also musical, as her father was a musician who played guitar and ukulele and sang in local nightclubs with the group “Step ‘n’ Fetchit, and her brothers formed a gospel quartet with a friend. Gloria’s first venture in the music industry was with a jazz/R&B music band called “Soul Satisfiers” with whom she performed throughout the ‘60s. Her first solo act was after recording “She’ll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby” in 1966, but her career breakthrough didn’t come until nine years later, when she signed to Columbia Records and released the “Never Can Say Goodbye” album. The album turned out to be a major success, especially at dance clubs, and the title song became her first to reach no.1 on Billboard magazine’s dance chart, going on to become certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry, and gold in the US.
Due to the enormous success of her first album, she released the second one later that year en titled “Experience Gloria Gaynor”. Gloria released several other hits such as “(If You Want It) Do It Yourself” which became a no.1 disco hit, “How High the Moon”, which topped the US Dance Charts and many others. After releasing two more albums of lesser success, Gaynor climbed the pop charts once again with the release of her “Love Tracks” album which contained probably her most popular song to date – “I Will Survive”. The song eventually received a Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, and entered the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It was also ranked no.97 on Billboard magazine’s “All-Time Hot 100” and no.1 on VH1’s list of 100 greatest dance songs. Her net worth was rising steadily.
Other popular songs soon followed, including “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” and “Love is Just a Heartbeat Away”. Gaynor achieved her final success with the release of her “I Am Gloria Gaynor” album in 1984, mainly because of the song “I Am What I Am”, which became a dance club hit and so made Gloria a gay icon.
She has also had some acting ventures, and appeared as a guest star on “The Wayans Bros”, “That ‘70s Show” and “Ally McBeal”. As a confessed Christian, Gaynor released a Contemporary Christian album in late 2013, and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from Dowling College in May 2015.
In her personal life, Gaynor is a born-again Christian since 1982, when she decided to leave a life of drug abuse and alcohol and began incorporating gospel music into her repertoire. She was married to Linwood Simon from 1979 until 2005.
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