Name: Justin Drew Bieber
Born: 1 March 1994
Occupation: Singer-Songwriter, Musician and Actor.
Discovered via a YouTube video, Canadian Justin Bieber landed a recording contract with Island Records at the tender age of 15. His 2009 debut single, One Time, hit the top twenty in Canada and in the top thirty in a number of international markets. His seven-track debut EP album, My World, went platinum and made him the first artist to have seven songs from one album make it into the Billboard Hot 100.
His first full-length studio Album in 2010 was My World 2.0. It debuted at number one and quickly went platinum. The lead up to the album included the release of his single, Baby, which hit the top ten worldwide and is the most viewed and discussed video on YouTube. His 3D concert documentary film, Never Say Never, grossed $100 million worldwide. His concert appearances gross $600,000 in ticket sales for one show.
Bieber has a Twitter account that adds a new follower every other second. But even at 20 million followers, he’s still running second behind Lady Gaga. Bieber’s rank is higher than Barack Obama or The Dalai Lama on the Klout online influence scale.
Bieber’s second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 210,000 copies during its first week. Overall he has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. He is the winner of a number of awards, including the 2010 American Music Awards Artist of the Year and was nominated for the Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Between his record sales, movies, concerts, merchandise, personal appearances and endorsements, we put his net worth at $105 million. Raised by a single mother in meagre circumstances, Bieber’s is truly a rags-to-riches story that strikes a chord with his millions of fans.
So how much is 105 million dollars really?
Considering how much traffic on the Internet is devoted to Bieber’s YouTube and Twitter accounts, he could almost pick up a year’s worth of Google’s 2.26 million megawatt hours or 2.26 BILLION kilowatt hours of electricity, which costs somewhere around $124 million. That is enough electricity for 215 000 households – or the entire energy consumption of the Australian Northern Territory or the European country of Malta.
He could also afford 5,250,000 haircuts – and to be honest, that is probably where his money is best spent.
***EDIT 1/23/14: Since we wrote this post 2 years ago, Justin Bieber’s net worth has increased to an impressive $130,000,000. It would be more impressive if he had figured out the haircut thing by now; and even more impressive if he hadn’t just been arrested for drunk driving and drag racing. Hopefully he’ll get his act together soon.***