The queen of pop, musical legend Madonna, who is widely considered a sex symbol and has conquered the whole world, is celebrating her 62nd birthday today. She has accomplished what many people can only dream of - she's sold the highest number of recordings in the entire history of music. And no wonder! She was never afraid to say exactly what she thought, do what she liked, and most importantly - she was not afraid to shock. The singer might be approaching retirement age, but she has zero interest in putting warm slippers on her feet and learning how to knit.
Madonna and her rocky start
Madonna, full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, is without a doubt one of the most influential personalities on the music scene. She's known as a singer, dancer, director, composer, writer and fashion icon. Madonna's life reflects a characteristic temperament, zest for life and a huge amount of energy. But her life has never been a walk in the park. Her childhood was marked by a lack of finances and poverty. She started as a waitress. Luck finally smiled at her, when she sent the producers her first recordings.
A stellar career with a fat fee
The numbers prove that Madonna's life path was succesfull. The pop diva has 28 Grammy nominations under her belt, 7 of which she turned into a victory. The value of her assets is estimated to be 13 billion crowns. She placed second in the ranking of the highest paid female singers in the world, right after Rihanna. He music videos get 1.6 million viewings on average.
If you've ever seen her live or intend to do so, you know she always puts on a phenomenal show, fine-tuned down to the smallest details, which naturally reflects on the renumeration. On average, she earns 66 million crowns per concert show.
"A lot of people think that being a star is about getting your picture taken all the time, having everyone worship and adore you, getting the best table at the best restaurants and never having to wait in line. Studs galore always knocking at your door, being rich, rich, rich, having it all... and you know what? They're absolutely right!"
Age is just a number
Madonna is a great proponent of freedom of speech and wishes for people to do what they see fit. She herself has been doing precisely that most of her life. Her relationship with the 26-year-old dancer Timor Steffens is proof of that. The age difference of 36 years doesn't bother the singer, even though some of her fans find it funny or weird.
And her family? Perhaps surprisingly, she's doingher best to be an exemplary mother with a big heart. She has six children, two of whom are her own and four she has adopted. The last children to join her family were twins from Malawi. If you think she spoils her kids, though, you couldn't be more wrong. It's said that she runs a tight ship and her kids don't get anything for free.