About Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan net worth is currently estimated at $20 million. This singer ascended to stardom in the 70s and through her career, which now spans over more than four decades, has sold some 70 million albums. Chaka has also deserved the name of “Queen of Funk” and excelled in variety of other genres. As described by Mark Kidel from The Arts Desk, „Chaka Khan is without question one of the great voices of R&B and disco: a belter who could also be soft and tender, a party animal who drove people onto the dance floor for several glorious decades“. Although she was extremely successful professionally (and the current Chaka Khan net worth leaves no doubt about that) her personal history was troubled. In the following paragraphs we are going to discuss both aspects of Chaka’s life: personal and professional.
Her early life was not easy, and perhaps that helps to explain troubles with drugs and alcohol that accompanied Chaka until recently. With her five siblings, father (described as a “beatnik”) and mother (who was “able to do anything”) the singer grew up in South Side housing projects, „an island in the middle of madness“, where life was a constant struggle. While still a teenager, she joined Black Panther Party and was given the name Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi by an African shaman. At the age 16 the future millionaire left both the Panthers and school to perform with the band Lyfe. One of the members of this band, Hassan Khan, later became her husband. After combining the name given to her by the African Shaman and her husband‘s family name the singer adopted the stage name Chaka Khan (her birth name was a lot more common: Yvette Marie Stevens)
Chaka Khan net worth started to grow in the early 1970s, as she joined the band Rufus. The band ascended to stardom in 1974, after releasing the album Rags to Rufus. It charted at No. 4 in the United States and eventually received Gold certificate from the Recording Industries Association of America (RIAA). The album released three years later, Ask Rufus, was even more successful commercially and received Platinum certification. In the mid-1980s the singer achieved widespread recognition as a solo artist. Her track „I Feel for you“, which was originally written and recorded by Prince, topped US charts for weeks. Unfortunately, along with the fame came Chaka‘s problems with alcohol and cocaine.
The singer is still performing today, but Chaka Khan net worth is no longer growing as it used to. What is even sadder, according to Mark Kidel her recent performances lacked quality: “There were times when it seemed that she had found her balance, as when she sang the ballad “Angel” (…). And yet, with “Sweet Thing” that followed, she was once again flailing about, barely masked by the support of her singers, whose perfection tended to highlight her own deficiencies”.