From rags to riches: Arab celebrities’ net worths revealed

Published April 29th, 2015 - 09:22 GMT
Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram is worth $41.2 million USD. (Facebook)
Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram is worth $41.2 million USD. (Facebook)

It's no secret that the biggest names in Arabic showbiz are rolling in some serious dough, thanks to the insane amounts of money they make from their music, acting, product endorsements and media interviews.

But while entire websites and TV reports are dedicated to revealing Hollywood stars' net worths, Arab celebrities tend to be a little bit more secretive about how much they take home at the end of the year.

Thanks to Al Watan Voice news though, we can now tell you who sits on top of the "richest Arab celebs" list and who was already a Richy Rich before shooting to fame.

Warning: The following figures may get you totally depressed about your  humble salary and on the hunt for a job in showbiz.

1. Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdo claims the number one spot with a mighty net worth of $533.3 million USD. Clearly, his nickname "The Artist of Arabs" didn't come from nowhere!

2. Coming in at number two is Lebanon's sex kitten Haifa Wehbe, who's allegedly worth $57 million USD. The singer-turned-actress is famous for her controversial acting roles and sensual music videos.

3. Egyptian singer and actor Amr Diab is super fly with a net worth of $42 million USD. Diab has been in the business since 1986 and hasn't stopped since.

4. Everybody's sweetheart Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram is a multi-talented superstar with a cool $41.2 million USD in the bank, thanks to her successful track record of albums and product endorsements.

5. Lebanese superstar Elissa follows closely behind with an estimated fortune of $41 million USD. Elissa is famous for her classic vocals and revealing wardrobe, which has clearly helped her reach number five on this list.

6. Another Lebanese diva with a whopping $34 million USD to her name is multi-Platinum, best-selling recording artist Najwa Karam. The future is sure bright for the Middle East's "The Sun of Song."

7. Surprisingly, the Arab world's most iconic living singer Fairuz is reportedly only worth $29.5 million USD. The "Jewel of Lebanon" has over 1500 songs to her name and is still performing live to this day at the age of 79.

8. Next is another icon: Majida el Roumi. Commonly known in the Arabic region as "The Angel of Arabic Music" and "The Artist of Elites," the classy Lebanese superstar is worth $28 million USD.

9. Egyptian singer Hani Shaker's name may be unfamiliar to most Western admirers of Arabic music, but his large Arab fan base has made him a millionaire with a fortune of $28 million USD.

10. George Wassouf 's unique voice and classic songs made him a household name and a fortune worth $27 USD.

11. Tall, dark, handsome and wealthy, we're of course talking about Iraqi superstar Kazem el Saher. The "Caesar of Arabic Song" sleeps well at night with a handsome $25 million USD in the bank.

12. Saudi Arabian singer and producer Rashed el Majed has been active since 1984 and is today worth $11.4 million USD.

As for Emirati singer Ahlam, AKA "Queen Ahlam," we had to put her in a category of her own. The diva was born to a billionaire family with a golden spoon in her mouth, and it is not known exactly how much she's made from her successful singing career and other projects.

After reading this list, we're off to audition for Arabs Got Talent now!


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