John Legend, real name John Roger Stephens, is a famous American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
He got his start in the music industry as an uncredited session musician, contributing piano to songs including “Everything Is Everything” by Lauryn Hill and “Encore” by Jay-Z, and “You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys.
John found success with his first album, 2004’s Get Lifted, which went on to be certified double platinum. To date, he has won 12 of the 33 Grammys for which he was nominated. Also in 2018, he became the first Black man in history to receive an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) for his accomplishments in television, film, and theater.
He’s been married to Chrissy Teigen, the TV star, model, and cookbook author, since 2013. Luna and Miles are the couple’s children. People magazine voted John Legend their 2019 Sexiest Man Alive. In this article, we’ll look at the singer’s net worth.
John Legend’s Net Worth In 2022
In 2022, John Legend has an estimated net worth of $100 million. This is what many reliable authorities, such as Celebrity Net Worth, have concluded.
John shares this net worth with his wife of five years, supermodel Chrissy Teigen. While John has contributed far more to the couple’s wealth, Chrissy has been bringing in at least $10 million annually since 2018, thanks to her work in the fashion and entertainment industries and endorsement deals.
John Legend’s Early Life And Career
On December 28, 1978, John Roger Stephens was born in Springfield, Ohio. His mother, Phyllis, and father, Ronald, had four children. John’s mother worked as a seamstress, sang, and led the church choir. His father was a drummer and worked at an International Harvester factory. His grandmother played the organ at church. John started singing in the church choir when he was four years old.
When John was seven, he learned how to play the piano. Legend was so smart in school that he skipped two grades. He went to Springfield North High School when he was 12 and graduated as the class valedictorian when he was 16. Legend was accepted into Harvard, Morehouse, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown. He attended UPenn.
While at university, Legend led the jazz and pop a cappella group the Counterparts as its president and musical director. His lead vocals on their rendition of “One of Us” by Joan Osborne (composed by fellow Penn graduate Eric Bazilian of the Hooters) were so well appreciated that the song was included on the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD.
Legend also participated in the Sphinx Senior Society and the Onyx Senior Honor Society. A friend of Legend’s in college put him into Lauryn Hill. On Hill’s album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, he played piano for the song “Everything Is Everything.” In 1999, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, concentrating on African-American literature, with highest honors.
A management consultant by trade, Legend began composing, producing, and recording his own music after graduating from college. At his live performances, he sold copies of his self-titled demo, issued in 2000, and “Live at Jimmy’s Uptown,” released in 2001. Quickly, he started sending out demos to record companies. In 2001, Legend met Kanye West, a promising newcomer to the hip-hop scene. The hooks of West’s songs are sung by Legend, whom he recruited. West signed Legend to his record label, too.
A suggestion made by poet and composer J Ivy ultimately led to Legend settling on that moniker. Ivy implied that Legend’s music sounded dated, like that of a true Legend. John Legend was the next person he tried phoning. West did as well. In time, Legend began using the moniker as his own.