Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress who died on February 11, 2012. She is known as “The Voice” and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. Houston is noted for her powerful, soulful vocals and vocal improvisation skills, and she has impacted many singers in popular music.
From “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985 to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988, she is the only artist to achieve seven consecutive number-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Houston’s popularity grew as she entered the film industry. Her music and films have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim. Throughout her career and after her death, she garnered numerous honors, including two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, and 28 Guinness World Records, as well as induction into the Grammy, Rhythm and Blues Music, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
Houston was born and raised in the state of New Jersey, and she comes from a family of well-known singers. Her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, her cousin Dionne Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin are all members of this family.
Houston began her singing career at a young age, performing in a junior gospel choir and providing background vocals for a number of singers, including her own mother, the Michael Zager Band, and the Grammy Award–winning Chaka Khan. Her career as a fashion model took off, and she started appearing in publications like Seventeen, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan.
Me at the Detroit Lions football game on Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/yOhWn5QC
— Whitney Houston (@OfficialWhitney) October 28, 2011
Her self-titled debut album reached number one on the Billboard 200 list in the United States and was later awarded the RIAA’s highest possible certification, diamond. Her impressive discography continues with five additional studio albums, all of which have been certified at least platinum by the RIAA. Of these five albums, three of them reached the top five on the US Billboard chart (Whitney, I’m Your Baby Tonight, and I Look To You). Her discography has been certified at least platinum by the RIAA.
From these albums and the two soundtracks to which Houston contributed extensively, she has produced eleven singles that have reached number one in the United States alone. Some of these singles include “You Give Good Love” (which was released by Whitney Houston in 1985), “I Will Always Love You” (which was released as part of the soundtrack for “The Bodyguard”), and “So Emotional” (Whitney, 1987).
She has received a total of twenty-two American Music Awards in addition to her six Grammys. Her acting credits include roles in the films The Bodyguard (which grossed $410.9 million worldwide), Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife, as well as guest starring roles on television shows such as Gimme a Break!, Silver Spoons, and Boston Public. Her film credits include The Bodyguard (which grossed $410.9 million worldwide).
Death and Financial Problems
Whitney Houston passed unexpectedly on February 11th, 2012 in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, California. She was 48 years old. Throughout her career, Whitney sold over 200 million albums and was the recipient of numerous honors, including two Emmys, six Grammys, thirty Billboard Music Awards, and twenty-two American Music Awards.
During the final years of her life, she experienced a precipitous fall in her net worth. When she signed a recording contract with Sony/Arista in 2001 worth $100 million, she was completely destitute at the time. This fact is especially astonishing when one considers the fact that Whitney was able to earn up to $30 million a year from touring alone at the height of her popularity.
Whitney Houston’s Estate Today
A total of approximately $40 million was brought into Whitney Houston’s estate in the nine months after her passing. The meteoric rise in Whitney’s record and single sales was the primary contributor to the great majority of this windfall’s earnings.
The release of the film “Sparkle,” in which Whitney starred and executive produced, was another boon for her estate. Whitney was also a producer on the film. The executors of Whitney’s estate were able to pay off the majority of the singer’s obligations and put aside a staggering $20 million for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.
What Was Whitney Houston’s Net Worth?
At the time of her passing, singer, model, and actress Whitney Houston had a negative net worth of $20 million. Houston’s career spanned music, modelling, and acting. Whitney Houston was basically bankrupt when she passed away, despite the fact that she had once signed a contract worth $100 million and had sold more than 200 million CDs throughout her career.
This was the result of years of excessive spending and overall financial mismanagement. When she passed away in February of 2012, her record label Sony owed her over $20 million in unpaid royalties and other payments. Increased album sales, streaming royalties, and other licencing deals brought in tens of millions of cash for Whitney Houston’s estate in the years after she passed away.