Here's how Katy Perry became one of the 'richest self-made women in America'

'Shut up and put your money where your mouth is'
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On the cusp of selling her music catalog for $225 Million, Katy Perry has instantly become one of the United States’ richest women.

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As reported by Forbes Magazine just yesterday, Katy Perry’s net worth has skyrocketed (firework-ed, if you will) to place her among the top female entrepreneurs in the United States. With an estimated net worth of over $340 million, the singer is now among the “richest self-made women in America” and is expected to reach Forbes’ official ‘list’ in 2024. Surely this was just a matter of time, as Forbes even deemed Katy Perry’s “America’s Pop Export” back in 2015. The outlet wrote, “With her increased net worth, she would join the ranks alongside other wealthy female musicians, including Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, and Barbra Streisand.”

The sudden increase in status is due, in part, to her recent music catalog sale to Litmus Music. Reportedly adding a solid $225 million to the pot, Perry sold her stake in all her master recordings royalties and publishing rights in her 5 album catalog, including the groundbreaking One Of The Boys, Teenage Dream and PRISM. This marks one of the biggest music sales of 2023, beating out catalog sales from the likes of Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre, and Phil Collins/Genesis.

Why the fuss around Katy Perry’s catalog? Well, for starters, her number of generational-defining singles is not one matched by many artists. "Firework," "Roar," "Dark Horse," “I Kissed a Girl,” “Wide Awake,” the classic “Hot N Cold,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” and countless others make her catalog beyond worthwhile. Litmus Music co-founder and CEO Hank Forsyth said, “Katy’s songs are an essential part of the global cultural fabric. We are so grateful to be working together again with such a trusted partner whose integrity shines in everything that she does.”

While Perry has deferred her music career to instead be a hands-on mother with husband Orlando Bloom, she hasn’t slowed down by any stretch of the imagination. Perry has worked in philanthropy, maintained a successful two-year Las Vegas residency, and continued to be a judge on the singing competition show American Idol.

And among all that, she has continued to write music too. “I’m always writing, I have been,” she told Good Morning America last August. “But I think what’s really important to me is to be celebrating the world that I’ve got to build with all of these wonderful songs and to be responsible for a life for a 3-year-old,” before adding, “I will be back, but let me get this right.” Congrats to our California Gurl Katy, who once again proved that she’s “capable of anything, of anything and everything!”

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