5. Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga sits atop her million-dollar Monster Empire today, but she enjoyed living the high life well before her first hit. Mama Monster grew up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attended the best private schools money could buy – all funded by her internet entrepreneur father’s money. Her father, Joseph Germanotta, owns a company that installs wi-fi in hotel chains. Known by her stage name Lady Gaga, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta possesses an estimated net worth of more than $220 million. And it’s not surprising since she’s a very gifted producer, designer, actress, businesswoman and song-writer.
Success and general recognition accompanied her since her debut album The Flame released in 2008. Lady Gaga has been ranked by Forbes a few times on the list of 100 Richest Celebrities. According to the Forbes, she is one of the most powerful women in the world. Being a world-known pop star, Lady Gaga is also a philanthropist and she often contributes to various charities.