What is Xuxa net worth?
Xuxa Meneghel is a Brazilian singer, film actress, businesswoman, TV host, and artist who has a net worth of $180 million. One of the richest self-made women in all of Brazil, her shows have reached audiences across the country. She began her career hosting children’s television series, earning the nickname “Queen of the Little Ones” and winning two Latin Grammy Awards. In the early 90s, she became one of the richest artists in the world and one of the richest people in Brazil. After 30 years in the entertainment industry, Xuxa has sold 30 million records. This makes her the most commercially successful Brazilian singer. Outside of her entertainment career, Meneghel has enjoyed tremendous success as a businesswoman and entrepreneur, pursuing a wide range of pursuits.
Maria da Graça Meneghel was born on March 27, 1963 in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Raised in a family with Portuguese, Italian, Polish, German and Swiss roots, Maria earned her nickname after her father prayed to Xuxa, Saint Mary of Graces, when she was born. Xuxa grew up in Santa Rosa but moved to Rio de Janeiro with her parents when she was seven years old. At the age of 15, she started modeling for the first time. She started professional modeling at the age of 16. Over the next few years, Meneghel posed for magazines like “Playboy” and rose to fame after starting a relationship with footballer Pelé. In the mid-1980s, she was hired by Ford Models.
Xuxa started her career with the romantic film “Amor Estranho Amor”, a film which featured a sex scene between the 19-year-old and the lead actor. She then had the chance to host a children’s show called “Clube da Crianca” for the Rede Machete network. During this period, she continued to work as a model in New York City while traveling to Brazil on weekends to record her show.
In 1986, his show was extended to “Xou da Xuxa” on TV Globo. It elevated her to national fame, as millions of children across Brazil woke up to her show. 2,000 episodes later, the show ended in 1992. During this time, Meneghel had released a number of platinum records and was celebrated for delivering positive messages to children. In total, she released six albums which turned out to be the best-selling albums in Brazilian history, selling millions of units. Xuxa also toured extensively in support of these albums, and her shows were extremely popular.
At the end of the 80s, Meneghel was one of the most famous women on the entire planet and one of the most famous Brazilians. During this period, Xuxa began a relationship with another extremely famous Brazilian – Ayrton Senna. Senna tragically died in 1994 following a Formula 1 accident. Meneghel also hosted a game show called “Bobeou Dancou”. In 1990, she starred in the film “Lua de Cristal”, which set a number of box office records. Over the years, Xuxa has starred in many other films which have been viewed by over 37 million people. She was also recognized in the United States with an International Emmy Award. In 1992, Meneghel started a new show called “Paradao da Xuxa”. The three-hour show featured several musical acts.
In the early 90s, Xuxa decided to branch out with their first Spanish language album, “Xuxa 1”. This album sold considerable units in Argentina, which prompted her to record a new show in Argentina called “El Show de Xuxa”. During this period, Xuxa also became popular in the United States due to “El Show de Xuxa” also airing on the Univision network. At this point, she was nicknamed in the United States “the Latin American Madonna”.
This rise in popularity eventually prompted Xuxa to release their first English-language series in the United States, simply titled “Xuxa”. However, the show was not as popular as its other series and it was canceled after just one season due to low ratings. She also started airing in Japan, Russia, Israel, Australia, Romania and a few Arab countries. This incredibly demanding program ended up taking its toll and Xuxa had to be hospitalized for exhaustion. This caused her to abandon her international career.
Over the next few years, she focused more on weekend shows in Brazil and released several videos for small children. This continued until 2015 when she left TV Globo and explored other entertainment opportunities.
Xuxa created its first company in 1982, and this company later managed tours of artists like Michael Jackson in Brazil. Later, she made considerable investments in real estate – mainly in Brazil.
In 1991, Xuxa reportedly earned an annual income of $19 million. At that time, his net worth was estimated to be over $100 million. Her net worth increased significantly over the next few decades and she is now the richest female artist in all of Brazil.
In 2021, it was reported that Xuxa sold his house in Rio De Janeiro for 45 million Brazilian reais. This equates to approximately US$8.25 million. Located in one of the most luxurious areas of Rio, the house is in the West Zone and extends over 2,780 square meters. It also includes five bedrooms, a gym and a six-car garage. Xuxa apparently sold the house shortly after her mother died of Parkinson’s disease. The buyer was another semi-famous singer in Brazil.
In 1991, Xuxa paid $4.6 million for a house formerly owned by Madonna on Star Island in Miami. Today, that house is probably worth between $30 million and $50 million.