Chaka khan Net Worth 2019 – How Much is Chaka Khan Worth?

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Chaka Khan net worth in 2019. How did one of America’s most iconic singers amass such wealth and net worth? Read on to find out the interesting secrets and background story behind her earnings, salary, investment, and how she managed to get to where she is currently.

Chaka Khan

How Much is Chaka Khan Worth?

Net Worth$30 Million
Date of Birth March 23, 1953
Residence Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Yvette Marie Stevens better known by her stage name Chaka Khan is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has had a musical career that has spanned over 4 decades. She began her musical career in the early ’70s as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus.

Chaka Khan became famous for her incredible vocals and stunning looks. In her long musical career, Chaka Khan, who is dubbed as the ‘Queen of Funk’ has won multiple Grammy Awards and sold over 70 million records worldwide.

Early Life

The American Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953, into an artistic, bohemian household in Chicago, Illinois. She is the oldest of 5 children, born to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Khan who describes her father as a “Beatnik” and her mother as “able to anything” was raised in the Hyde Park area.

Two of her siblings, her only brother Mark, and younger sister Yvonne are successful musicians. Two of her other sisters are Zaheva Stevens and Tammy McCrary. Khan started showing her love for music from an early age being raised as a Catholic and was introduced to Jazz as a child by her grandmother. Chaka Khan formed a girl group called the ‘Crystalettes’ when she was just 11.

Chaka khan Net Worth

She made it clear to the public that her name Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi, or just Chaka which many thought she got from her time while in the Panthers in 1967, was actually given to her by a Yoruba Baba when she was 13 back in 1969. Chaka Khan attended Calumet High School and Kenwood High School (now Kenwood Academy) before dropping out to perform in small musical groups around Chicago Area. Her first performance was with a group called the Cash McCall’s group Lyfe which her then-boyfriend, Hassan Khan was a member. They both later married in 1970.


Khan had a wonderful beginning in her early years of performing. She was picked by two members of a band known as Rufus as a replacement for rock n roll singer Paulette McWilliams. The group later got signed by ABC records in 1973. The group Rufus released their eponymous debut album called ‘Rufus’ same year under the ABC Record label.

Sadly, the album didn’t get the kind of attention as the group had expected. However, that quickly changed after the group collaborated with Steven Wonder on a song he had written for Khan titled “Tell Me Something Good”. The song became the breakthrough hit jam for the group, reaching the third spot on the 1974 Billboard Hot 100 and winning them their very first Grammy Award.

Chaka khan

Furthermore, Khan’s days with the roup Rufus was shortlived following a stormy relationship between Khan (who was the group’s star attraction, credits to her powerful vocals and stage appearance) and some of its members especially Andre Fischer. Although, Khan remained in the group, signed a solo contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1978 and further releasing her debut solo album. This wasn’t received too well by the band. She later left the group to become a full-time solo artist.

She enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing albums after albums that would go platinum, selling over millions of copies. Khan abruptly parted ways with Warner Bros. Records in 1996 after releasing her “greatest-hits album, Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1” stating that “the label had neglected her and failed to release Dare You to Love Me”.

She signed for Prince’s NPG Records label two-years-later but departed shortly after releasing hit singles such as Come 2 My House and Don’t Talk 2 Strangers. Khan was given the 2,440th Hollywood Walk of Fame star on May 19, 2011, on a section of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. She went into rehab in July 2016, cancelling all her coming concerts and performances. And after two-years, she came back reborn with a new fire and released a new single called “Like Sugar”, which she collaborated with Major Lazer. The song was part of her 2019 album Hello Happiness.

Personal Life

Chaka Khan has been married twice, first to Hassan Khan in 1970 when she was only 17. The Union didn’t last as it ended in divorce shortly after. She later married her second husband, Richard Holland in 1976. That too didn’t work out and went on to cause a rift between Khan and several members of her band Rufus, Andre Fischer in particular.

Her husband Holland wanted her to reduce her sexy stage image, which she refused, leading to him filing for divorce in 1980, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She’s a mother of two, Indira Milani, her daughter, whom she had with as a result of her relationship with Rahsaan Morris, and her son Damien Holland which she had with her second husband, Richard. Khan’s a vegan, she adopted the diet in a bid to lose weight and combat high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes.

How Did She Attain Such Wealth?

Chaka Khan has a huge wealth from her 40-year musical career, releasing 22 albums and earning up to ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. She has performed in concerts and shows around the world. As of 2019, Chaka Khan net worth grows immensely through the years to the tune of $30 million.

Awards and recognition

Chaka Khan is a 10-time GRAMMY Award-winner and has received 22 Grammy Award nominations in her 4 decades-long career. What can you say? She has one of the best voices of soul music there is!

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