Chaka Khan Net Worth : Career & Grammys

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan (Source: Billboard)

Chaka Khan, an American artist, R&B singer, and composer, has a stunning net worth of $30 million.

Furthermore, Chaka Khan is regarded as the “Queen of Funk.”

Chaka Khan is from Chicago, Illinois, U.S., and was known as Yvette Marie Stevens during her childhood.

Later after beginning her career in music, she announced her name would be Chaka Khan.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan (Source: The Times)

Furthermore, Chaka began her career in 1970 and is still active in music today, implying that her career has already stretched over five decades.

She debuted in the music industry as the lead singer of the funk band named Rufus.

Khan was the first R&B artist to have a crossover hit featuring a rapper with “I Feel for You.

Moreover, she has earned four gold singles, four gold albums, and two platinum albums with Rufus.

Likewise, she achieved three gold singles, three gold albums, and one platinum album throughout her solo career.

In addition, she has indeed been nominated three times as a solo artist and four times as a member of Rufus for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about the American funk legend Chaka Khan.

Birth Name Yvette Marie Stevens
Celebrated/Professional Name
Chaka Khan
Nickname Queen of Funk
Date of Birth 23 March 1953
Age 69 years old
Gender Female
Sexual Orientation  Straight
Zodiac Sign Aries
Father’s Name Charles Stevens
Mother’s Name Sandra Coleman
Siblingsmark 4 (including Yvonne, a.k.a Taka Boom & Mark Stevens)
Marital Status Married
Passed Relationship Richard Holland (m. 1976–1980), Hassan Khan (m. 1970–1971)
Husband/Spouse Doug Rasheed (m. 2001)
Children 2 ( Indira Milini, Damien Holland)
Race/Ethnicity African American
Birth Place/City Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
High School
Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
Profession Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Record Executive, Businessman, Entrepreneur
Nationality American
Net Worth $30 Million
Career 1970 to present
Genre R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Disco, Jazz Gospel
Instruments Vocals, Drums, Bass, Percussion
Associated acts Rufus, Prince, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, Ariana Grande
Height 5 ft. 3 inches (162 cm)
Hair color Black
Eye color Dark Brown
Weight 65 kgs (143lbs)
Associated labels
ABC, Warner Bros., Reprise, MCA, NPG, & Burgundy
Website Chaka Khan Official
Social Media Twitter, Spotify, Instagram, Facebook
Last Update August 2022

Net Worth and Income

Chaka Khan’s net worth is believed to be $30 million.

Further, Her significant net worth arises from her career as a musician and many brand endorsements and investments.

Moreover, she made approximately $1 million from the sales of her breakthrough singles, I Feel For You, which smashed several records.

Likewise, She made roughly $160,000 in earnings in addition to the Grammy Awards for Funk This 2007.

Furthermore, She also made $46,000 with her solo Album ClassiKhan.

The 1970s were the pinnacle of her career when she made a fortune from the sales of successful albums such as Rufusized (1974), Rags (1974), Rufus with Chaka Khan (1975), Ask Rufus (1975), and Masterjam  (1979).

All of the above-mentioned albums were released in collaboration with the Rufus band, grossed $1 million each.

Chaka Khan’s Lifestyle

The American musician Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois.

Further, her birth name is Yvette Marie Stevens, and she was born to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman.

Chaka was reared as a Catholic and attended Saint Thomas the Apostle Church for her early education.

Moreover, she was a fan of rhythm and blues (RnB) music since she was a teenager, and her grandmother taught her about jazz music.

Furthermore, Chaka joined the Black Panther Party in 1967 and attended civil rights marches with her buddy Fred Hampton.

Yoruba Baba was later nicknamed her Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi when she was 13 years old.

Furthermore, she dropped out of high school in 1969 and began playing in small venues around Chicago.

Houses, Cars & Watches

House

The funk legend Chaka Khan lived in a gorgeous house in New York during the start of her career in the 1970s

As her worldwide renown grew, she became a notable musician and left the United States in 1980 to migrate to London, United Kingdom.

Furthermore, she purchased a home in London before relocating to Germany in the mid-1980s, where she remained until 1990.

Chaka eventually returned to her own country and acquired a magnificent residence in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

Interior design of Chaka's L.A. house
The interior design of Chaka’s L.A. house

Moreover, this mansion was used as a jamming place by the legendary rock band The Eagles.

Further, it sits on a 7,019 square feet area and has 6 bedrooms with 5 Full and 1 Half Bathroom.

In addition, there is a small vineyard, a natural waterfall, natural spa, fitness room, and beautiful mountain views from major rooms.

Cars

Chaka Khan is passionate about automobiles and has amassed a sizable car collection.

The funk legend Chaka has a Mercedes Convertible whose price is $64350

Further, She also owns one of the most expensive SUVs, a Range Rover, which has an estimated value of $131000 to $214000.

Likewise, Chaka has a stunning Volkswagon Beetle that has a starting price of 22120 and may go up to 36,500

In addition, the Jeep Renegade worth $25000 is yet another SUV to her car collection

Most recently, she has purchased a gorgeous Aston Martin that cost her $304,995

So, we can presumably say that Queen of Funk is a car freak and likes to collect pretty luxurious and fascinating cars.

Watches

The funk legend Chaka loves living a stylish life, so to no surprise, she wears the best luxury timepieces of Rolex.

In addition, she wears an elegant Rolex’s Everose gold model watch, which has an estimated price of about $6000.

Investments & Endorsement

Investments

Chaka Khan’s investments and endorsement deal has contributed to her staggering net worth.

Furthermore, Chaka, the funk legend, has put a portion of her money into creating her own fragrance brand, Khana Sutra.

Khana Sutra Fragrance Line
Khana Sutra Fragrance Line

Similarly, she owns several exotic restaurants in New York.

Chaka has also invested in stock markets and currency exchange to supplement her income besides her professional career.

Endorsements

Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk, has various lucrative endorsement contracts with well-known brands and corporations.

Furthermore, other businesses are asking for her signatures in order to advertise their products.

Furthermore, Chaka has signed endorsement agreements with several businesses, including Carol’s Daughter Hair Products, UGG Boots, and Claus Porto Soaps.

Similarly, she has been endorsed by some of the most well-known record companies, including ABC, Warner Bros, Reprise, MCA, NPG, and Burgundy.

Furthermore, it is estimated that the funk superstar earns over a million dollars a year from her endorsement arrangements.

Chaka Khan’s Career

American singer Chaka Khan began her career with Rufus in 1970; she was the band’s lead singer.

The Rufus band were famous all over the world for their prominent R&B and Funk music.

Further, Chaka and the Rufus dominated the 70s R&B with their several hit albums, including Rufusized, Rags to Rufus, Ask Rufus, Masterjam.

Although Chaka was dominating the music industry with Rufus, she decided to leave the band in 1978 in order to pursue a solo career.

In the same year, she released her debut solo album entitled I’m Every Woman.

Furthermore, her debut album sold over a million copies and was indeed certified platinum by RIAA.

Subsequently, she was featured in Stuff Like That song by Quincy Jones in 1978.

After a year gap, she rejoined Rufus to release a hit song entitled Do You Love What You Feel.

Her sixth studio album entitled “I Feel for You” was released in 1984.

Moreover, the title track became her signature song and rose her to international fame.

Similarly, “I Feel for You” topped the U.S. and U.K. R&B charts for the 26 weeks in a row.

Besides, she was named the best female R&B Vocal Performance for the song “I Feel For You.

However, the 1990s was the decline decade for her as she managed to release one album called “Come 2 My House” with NPG Records.

In 2007, the R&B star Chaka made a stunning comeback with the album “Funk This,” a Grammy-winning album.

In November 2019, Chaka Khan collaborated with the famous modern-day pop star Ariana Grande for the song “Nobody” for Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.

Chaka Khan Grammy Wins

1984: Best Vocal Arrangement for 2 or More Voices with Arif Mardin for “Be Bop Medley.”

1985: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for the song “I Feel for You,”

1991: Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocal with Ray Charles, for “I’ll Be Good to You.”

1993: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for the album The Woman I Am.

2003: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “What’s Going On,” from the Standing in the Shadows of Motown soundtrack.

2008: Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals with Mary J. Blige for “Disrespectful.”

2008: Best R&B Album for her Funk This album

Chaka Khan’s Top 10 Songs

  1. I Feel For You
  2. Like Sugar
  3. I am Every Woman
  4. Never Miss The Water
  5. Tell Me Something Good
  6. Love Me Still
  7. Through The Fire
  8. I Know You; I Live You
  9. Ain’t Nobody
  10. What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me

Charity & Causes

Chaka Khan has a heart of gold despite living a prosperous life.

Since her teen years, Chaka Khan has been a civil rights activist, and she was also a member of the Black Panther Party.

Furthermore, she has donated over $500,000 to the Black Panther Party to date.

Furthermore, the funk superstar has formed the Chaka Khan Foundation as a charitable organization.

Chaka Khan Foundation
Chaka Khan Foundation

This charity educates, inspires, and empowers women and children living on the streets of Los Angeles.

Similarly, the Chaka Khan Foundation has been working in conjunction with autistic organizations to raise awareness and conduct fundraising events to aid individuals who have autism.

In addition, she is associated with several other charity organizations, such as Bonnie J. Addario Lung.

Cancer Foundation, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, i.am.angel foundation, Jazz Foundation of America, Save The Music Foundation

Some interesting facts

  • Chaka khan was the eldest child among her four siblings, and two of her siblings are also musicians.
  • Her sister Yvonne is a well-known R&B singer known as Taka Boom, and her brother Mark founder of the funk band The Jamaica Boys and a member of Aurra band.
  • After dropping out of high school at eleven, she created the Crystalettes, a girl band, and sang for many local bands in their gigs.
  • There is no doubt that Chaka Khan is one of the best singers of all time, but besides vocals, she can also play drums, percussion, and bass.

FAQs

How many children does Chaka Khan have?

Chaka Khan has two children, a daughter Indira Millini Khan and a son Damien Holland.

Was Chaka Khan a Black Panther?

Yes, indeed, she joined the Blank Panther party in 1969 and attended a few of the protest rallies of Black Panther.

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