Jennifer Lopez net worth: how did the superstar make her millions?

Curious about Jennifer Lopez's net worth? Here's how much the triple threat is valued and how exactly she made her money

Jennifer Lopez net worth: how much is the performer worth?
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Her love don't cost a thing—because frankly, she doesn't need your money, if those Jennifer Lopez net worth rumors are to be believed.

The actress, singer and dancer has culled up quite a multifaceted career over the decades and all of that hard work has undoubtedly born fruit in the form of a massive fortune—but exactly just how much is JLo worth? 

The JLo Neflix documentary, Halftime—which hit the streamer on Tuesday, June 14—gives some insight into the multiple businesses that make up the superstar's global empire, but if you want even more details about how she's made her millions, we've got the scoop.

Jennifer Lopez net worth

Jennifer Lopez is worth a whopping $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, which puts her annual salary at a cool $40 million. 

Her net worth is the result of her many job titles, which not only include being one of Hollywood's top A-list performers on stage and screen but also a businesswoman with beauty and fragrance lines, a television producer and a fashion designer. 

How did Jennifer Lopez get famous?

Lopez got her start as a dancer, leaving New York's Baruch College after a semester to pursue a full-time dancing career. She was a chorus girl on Broadway and a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block, before beating out 2,000 applicants to land a spot as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color

In the mid-90s, she had minor acting jobs on TV series and films, until her breakthrough performance as iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in 1995's Selena, for which became the first Hispanic actress to earn $1 million for a film role. 

Acting roles in '90s flicks like Anaconda, Antz and Out of Sight (our pick for best JLo movie, fight us) quickly followed and by the early 2000s, Lopez was a bonafide rom-com leading lady, starring in movies like The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Law. She was also simultaneously juggling a successful music career, with hit albums including On the 6, J.Lo and This Is Me...Then—in 2001, she became the first woman to have the number-one album (J.Lo) and number-one film (The Wedding Planner) in the same week. 

Lopez was a judge on American Idol from 2011 through 2013, reportedly earning up to $20 million per season of the show. From 2016 to 2018, the performer had a Las Vegas residency, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, at Planet Hollywood, which reportedly grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales during its three-year run. At the same time, she produced and starred in the NBC cop drama Shades of Blue.

In 2019, she notably starred in the film Hustlers and a year later, she co-headlined the Super Bowl LIV halftime show (though, shocking, Super Bowl performers don't get paid at all). In 2021, she launched her beauty and skincare company, JLo Beauty

'Hustlers' Jennifer Lopez salary

It's one of her most critically acclaimed performances, but her role as veteran stripper Ramona Vega in 2019's Hustlers wasn't exactly a money maker for Lopez. 

"I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," she told GQ in 2019. “I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That’s the 'Jenny From the Block.' I do what I want, I do what I love.”

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globe nomination

JLo has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe: the first for Best Actress for Selena in 1998 and the second, for Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers in 2020. 

And while nominees and winners don't get a cash prize to go along with those shiny trophies, simply being in awards contention gives performers a money boost in the long run, opening them up to higher-profile projects and higher asking prices down the line. 

Does JLo have an Oscar?

Alas, despite awards buzz for her Hustlers performance, Lopez has not yet received an Academy Award nomination. 

How many movies has Jennifer Lopez been in?

Lopez has been in 45 films, most recently 2022's Marry Me opposite Owen Wilson, for which she was paid $8.5 million. 

Jennifer Lopez home: how much did it cost?

According to Architectural Digest, Lopez's first Los Angeles mansion cost the star $4.3 million dollars in 2000, selling the property for $10.95 million in 2004. Compare that to the cool $28 million she dropped for a French-inspired estate in Bel Air in 2016, complete with a mini-golf course, koi ponds and a 100-seat amphitheater. She also owns high-end homes in Manhattan and Miami.

Most recently, fiancés Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made real-estate news when they toured a $165 mansion in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills not once, but thrice, per The Daily Mail. The 14-bedroom property features a bowling alley, hair salon, tennis court, movie theater and enough garage space for 100 cars—so we'd say it's big enough for their budding blended family, no?

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.