Dame Shirley Bassey was named as one of the richest celebrities in the world. She came to the music industry as Welsh singer. In fact, Dame has persisted in a singing career for quite a long time, leading her to receive numerous achievements from a number of awards.
Considering Dame has gained her popularity and received a lot of awards, certainly many fans of her are wondering how much Dame earns money. Certainly, the news about her wealth is very much sought after by the public, since she stepped her career on singing.
Dame Shirley Bassey’s Net Worth
As of this writing, Celebrity Net Worth reported that Dame Shirley Bassey’s net worth is approximately $10 million. Her wealth mostly comes from his singing career. Known, Dame is a Welsh singer who gained huge popularity for a very long time.
Aside from earning money through his singing career, she also has several brand endorsement deals. She also run investments, business and other income ventures. So, it does not wonder if Dame is named as one of the richest celebrities in the world.
Dame Shirley Bassey’s Career
Dame started her career when agent Mike Sulivan heard her voice. He was impressed enough with Dame’s powerful expressive voice to start managing her career. At that time, Dame worked at a factory and performed in nightclubs. After getting a lot of appreciation, Dame began to adopt the gowns and cleavage-baring tops which would be her signature look.
In the early 50s, Dame then appeared in two touring musical productions, but she stepped away from her performance to give birth. By 1955, once catching the eye of Michael Sullivan, she began performing again.
Michael started booking her at numerous venues, leading her to get an offer to appear in the musical, ‘Such Is Life’ in the West End. She was then offered a recording deal based on her work in the musical. Luckily, her first single grossed a huge hit.
Dame released her first single when she was 19 years old called ‘Burn My Caddle’ and her first single reached the Top Ten on the charts. Since then, Dame has enjoyed a very steady career.
She also had her first hit with ‘Banana Boat Song’ in 1957. She gained her popularity when taking off ‘Godfinger’ song for the 1964 James Bond movie of the same name at the 2013 Oscars, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise.
Dame also sang the theme songs for other James Bond movies, Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever. Those Bond songs made her career an unmitigated success, along with her interpretations of numbers such as ‘I Am What I Am’ and ‘Big Spender’.
Dame Shirley Bassey’s Achievement
In the year of 2012, Dame was among the British cultural icons which were selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in his most popular artwork. His most prominent artwork is the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
Dame appeared in this show to celebrate the British cultural figures of Blake’s life that he most admires. By 2016, Dame was named as one of the ’50 Greatest Welsh Men and Women of all time’. So, here’s a list of Dame’s awards that she received:
|Favourite British Female Singer from NME Award|
|1960||Favourite British Female Singer from NME Award|
|1972||Best Female Singer of TV Times|
|1973||Best Female Singer of TV Times|
|1974||Best Female Entertainer of American Guild of Variety Artists|
|1976||Best Female Singer of Music Week
22-day British tour to mark twenty years as a recording artist
EMI Award for twenty years as a recording artist in the United Kingdom
|Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years from BRIT Award
Golden Rose of Montreux nomination for The Shirley Bassey Show
|1991||Walk of Fame, Star Boulevard|
|1993||Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
|1994||CBE of Commander of the Order of the British Empire
|1995||Showbusiness Personality of the Year for Variety Club of Great Britain|
|Grammy nomination for The Birthday Concert (recorded live at Althorp Park)|
|1998||Longest run by a solo artist for Royal Festival Hall, London|
|1999||Légion d’Honneur in the France
Madam Tussaud’s waxwork unveiled in London
|2000||DBE for Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Most Successful British Female Singer for Guinness Book of Records
|2003||Outstanding Contribution to Music for National Music Awards, UK
Lifetime Achievement Award (inaugural award) for Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Awards
|Top ten of “100 Great Black Britons”
Artist for Peace Award for UNESCO
Welsh Legend Award
|2005||Avenue of Stars|
|2008||“Goldfinger” – United Artists single (1964)|
|2013||Dorian Award, TV Musical Performance of the Year for the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association|
|2014||Lifetime Achievement Award for World Music Awards
Avenue of Stars
|2017||Hall of Fame Award, Jersey Style Awards
Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award
|Freedom of the City of Cardiff
Square of Fame at the SSE Arena, Wembley Park, London
|Official UK Chart Record as the First female artist ranked top 40 album in seven consecutive decades
Dame Shirley Bassey’s Life
Dame is the sixth and youngest child of Eliza Jane Start and Henry Bassey. She was born on January 8, 1937 on Bute Street, Tiger Bay, Cardiff. Dame was raised in the adjacent community of Splot. Her mother came from Teesside and her father was Nigerian.
Unfortunately, Dame’s family life was not as successful as her career. The most difficult blow for her was the death of her daughter, Samantha in 1985. Her daughter’s death was considered an accidental drowning, but Dame was doubtful of this conclusion.
Here are the personal information about Dame Shirley Bassey:
- Real Name: Shirley Bassey
- Occupation: Singer
- Nationality: United Kingdom
- Date of Birth: 8th January 1937
- Age: 83
- First Name: Shirley
- Last Name: Bassey
- Gender: Female
- Place of Birth: Tiger Bay
- Genre: Pop music
- Instrument: Voice
- Official website: http://dameshirleybassey.com
- Residence: Monaco