Bruno Mars continues to dominate pop music. Since arriving onto the scene in 2010, Mars has notched one notable milestone after another, whether through his commercial success, his chart-topping singles, or his throwback image.
Tonight, Mars will be the recipient of the Visionary Award at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, which recognizes artists who innovate and contribute to contemporary music. He is also nominated for Choice Male Artist, Choice Pop Song (“24K Magic“), Choice Song for a Male Artist, Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Choice Summer Song (“That’s What I Like“) and Choice Summer Music Tour (“24K Magic World Tour”).
Read on to learn how much Bruno Mars has made throughout his career and what he likes to spend his money on:
1. He Has An Estimated Net Worth of $110 Million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mars has an estimated net worth of $110 million. Most of this has been through his music career, which officially began in 2010. After appearing on back-to-back smashes “Billionaire” and “Nothin’ On You“, released by Travie McCoy and B.o.B respectively, Mars took his superstar chops and hit paydirt with his debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
Both of the album’s lead singles, “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade”, went 3x platinum and remain two of the biggest digital singles of all time. Doo-Wops & Hooligans would go on to earn a 5x platinum certification, was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.
Mars’ last two albums, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012) and 24K Magic (2017), have continued in this successful vein, as both have been certified 2x platinum and included the number one singles “Locked out of Heaven” , “When I Was Your Man” and “That’s What I Like.” Mars’ six number-one singles have made him the fastest male artist to do so since Elvis Presley.
2. He Purchased His 2-Acre Estate for $6.5 Million in 2015
In 2015, Mars bought a home in Studio City, California. According to The Los Angeles Times, he spent a whopping $6.5 million on the two-acre estate, which included “a two-story rotunda entry, a den, a family room with a wetbar… a covered lounge, an infinity swimming pool with a spa, a children’s playground, [and] parking for 12 vehicles.”
The latter is especially convenient for Mars, who’s acquired a series luxury cars over the years. Muzul reports that the singer owns a Rolls Royce that costs an estimated $289,000, a Cadillac XTS that costs between $72,000-92,000, and more recently, an Allanté Cadillac that Curbside Classic lists as $54,000. The latter appears in Mars’ music video for “24K Magic.”
Previously, Mars owned in a mansion in the nearby Hollywood Hills. He bought the 4,074 square foot estate in 2012, and sold it three years later for $3,347,500 in an off-market deal, per The Los Angeles Times.
He also sold his home in Honolulu, Hawaii for $2.7 million, which includes a pool, hot tub and a cabana with a gas grill and kegerator. Biz Journals states that the singer originally purchased it for $3.1 million.
3. He’s Signed Endorsement Deals with Chromatik & Pepsi
Mars is notorious for being selective with his endorsement deals. The first product that he endorsed was Chromatik, a digital app geared towards practicing, performing, and learning music. According to Business Insider, Mars joined Chromatik as an investor in 2012, and has remained a driving force in the company, both through his endorsement and the inclusion of his music on the app.
Mars’ wholesome image has opened up many opportunities for him, according to business expert Jarred Moses. “Mars appeals to Latin Americans, he’s pop, he’s an amazing musician and an amazing persona,” Moses tells NY Post, “He’s been smart to be conservative.” The products that have been fortunate enough to get his endorsement are Pepsi and NJOY Electronic Cigarettes, according to the Huffington Post. Mars is also co-owner and co-founder of the Caribbean rum label SelvaRey.
Mars shared his thoughts on endorsements and collaborations with The Wall Street Journal in March, saying:
I just don’t want to feel gross. It’s as simple as that. I don’t want to feel gross, I don’t want to regret any decisions. Even if I turn down a sweet check because I don’t want to be on that billboard, hawking some s**t to the world—I just don’t need to do that. Because you get one shot at this. I’m not a model. I’m not an ice skater. I’m not a chef. I’m here to do music. And I want to be able to look back and say, ‘Yeah, I did it the way I wanted to do it.’ Whether it triumphs or fails, I can live with that.
4. He’s Donated $100,000 to the Yolanda Survivors in 2014
Mars donated $100,000 to Typhoon Yolanda victims in 2014. According to the Inquirer, the largesum was dedicated to “giving medical assistance to children who have been affected by Yolanda.” A portion of the proceeds will be used to fund feeding programs, scholarships, and help programs for kids who have been greatly affected by the typhoon. Mars also performed a benefit concert at the Mall of Asia Arena.
That same year, he started the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund with the Hawai’i Community Foundation. Grammy in the Schools reports that “The fund will cover the tuition of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years with preference to students from Hawai‘i.”
In March, Heineken announced that they are partnering with Mars on the “Cities Project” initiative. “Multiple constituents stand to benefit from this program. The 11 funds throughout the U.S., and consumers and the retailers who support the effort, will be rewarded for their participation,” says Heineken brand manager Katharine Preville, “With tickets to the Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour and a donation toward community improvement, it’s a win-win. We think there’s something for everyone with this program.”
5. His 2014 Single ‘Uptown Funk’ is the Biggest Song of the Decade
While Mars’ solo career has resulted in one hit after another, none have been able to touch the cultural touchstone that was 2014’s “Uptown Funk.” Released as a collaboration between Mars and producer Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” spent 14 consecutive weeks as number one on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually went 11x platinum, and became one of the biggest singles of all time.
According to Billboard, it remains the biggest hit of the 2010s. As a result, this has also been Mars’ most financially successful single. As performer and co-writer, he collected a 17% cut of the “Uptown Funk” sales profits, in addition to a $2.201 million revenue on YouTube, according to a Billboard analysis. It remains the fifth most-viewed video of all time.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mars discussed how “Uptown Funk” out pressure on his music moving forward: “Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting to come in [the studio]. I don’t know if people are going to love this s**t… I don’t know if radio is going to play it. But what I don’t want to have happen is I put it out and say, ‘Damn it, if I’d just done this and this, maybe it would have had a shot.'”