Susan Boyle Net Worth

How much is Susan Boyle worth?

Net Worth:$40 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:April 1, 1961
Country:United Kingdom
1.63 m

She blew the Britain’s Got Talent judges away with her rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ before taking the world by storm when the video went viral.

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Who Is Susan Boyle

She was the feel-good story of 2009—a frumpy, middle-aged woman from a small Scottish town who blew Britain’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden away with her powerful voice. But that was only the beginning. Soon, Susan Boyle’s audition video had gone viral and she was winning over fans and music charts all over the world.  

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has a net worth of $40 million dollars, as of 2021.

Small Town Beginnings

Susan was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland to father Patrick, a miner, and mother Bridget, a shorthand typist. Things were busy in the Boyle household—Susan had seven brothers and sisters and things were not easy for the young girl, who at birth suffered brain damage that caused learning disabilities throughout her childhood.  

Susan’s learning disabilities weren’t the only hard part of school; she was the victim of countless school bullies and later remarked that the constant ridicule from her classmates made her feel unloved. But Susan found a release from her tough school life when she began involving herself in school plays. But her involvement in the theater didn’t become fully realized until after her school days. Before that, she was forced to indulge her musical side as a spectator, attending performances of classic shows like Les Miserables.

Tragedy Strikes

In 1995, Susan attended her first professional audition for a U.K. talent show called My Kind of People to no avail. But the audition renewed Susan’s desire to perform and she began participating in local karaoke nights and singing at her church. But in 1997 after her father passed away, Susan was forced to take care of her sickly mother and put her singing aspirations on hold. But Susan’s mother didn’t want her daughter to give up on her dream. She began making demo tapes before another tragedy rocked the family when her sister Kathleen died from an asthma attack in 2000.  

Two years later, Susan got serious about her craft and began taking singing lessons and her name began to circulate in her small town after performances at local venues. In 2007, her mother passed away and sent Susan into a bout of depression and seclusion.  

Susan’s Got Talent

But one year later, with her mother’s wish for her to pursue her talent in the back of her mind, Susan auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent with the song ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from the show that inspired her to sing, Les Miserables. She soon became a show favorite and a YouTube sensation.  

But with a huge following of supporters also came haters that would frequently push Susan to her limits and force her to contemplate quitting the show. Although Susan did not win the competition, she went on to tour with Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and released her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, later that year. Her album rivaled the likes of the chart-topping Taylor Swift and musical legend Michael Jackson and became the bestselling album of 2010. She released her Christmas album, The Gift, which reached similar sky-high record sales in December 2010.  

She was the dark horse that could. This ugly duckling turned confident swan is the dream turned reality story that keeps aspiring performers everywhere constantly honing their craft.

How Did Susan Boyle Get So Rich?

Becoming a rising star overnight, Susan Boyle started receiving a lot of offers for collaboration. This unexpected twist of fate made her from a church volunteer to an international celebrity performing at numerous festivals, concerts, endorsement projects, corporate events, making her impressive voice heard at the most prestigious venues in the UK and around the world. The price for seeing Susan Boyle performing at an event skyrocketed to tens of thousands of UK pounds in a couple of years, since her glorious appearance at the talent show.

Susan Boyle increased her wealth from selling her albums. Shortly after her appearance at Britain’s Got Talent, she released her debut album “I Dreamed A Dream” that was the second best-selling album of 2009 with a record-breaking number of 3.1 copies sold. The copies were sold like hotcakes around the world, ranking Susan Boyle among such famous singers, like: Beyonce, Linking Park and Celine Dion. The first album was followed by other successful albums including: “Someone to Watch Over Me” (2011) and “Hope” (2014).

Why Is She So Famous?

As it turned out later, Susan Boyle’s withdrawal from singing took only two years, as she came back to pay homage to her mother by participating in the famous contest Britain’s Got Talent whose big fan her mother was. She appeared on an episode in April 2009 leaving all speechless with the song “I Dreamed A Dream”. Her marvelous voice stunned the judges who didn’t take her serious at first. The harsh criticism turned into a standing ovation at the end of her performance. From that point, Susan Boyle became a phenomenon. The video of her singing “I Dreamed A Dream” was watched by roughly 300 million viewers worldwide making her into an international star overnight. Susan’s performance at Britain’s Got Talent opened her path to a huge number of contracts, concerts and tours where she enchanted thousands of people around the world with her golden voice.

What Makes Boyle Successful?

If trying to answer the question what helped the church volunteer Susan Boyle become so successful, the answer would consist of there elements: luck, talent and courage. Susan was blessed with a golden voice that was discovered by her school teachers who encouraged her to work on polishing her talent. She took singing classes showing persistence and determination in following her dream of becoming a famous artist some day. She never gave up and kept improving her voice believing in her dream in spite of obstacles and one day the luck was on her side. Of course, if that day her mother died she had decided to withdraw singing forever, she wouldn’t have gotten the chance to be heard by millions of people at Britain’s Got Talent. But she decided to go for it. Also, without the opportunity to perform at this prestigious contest it would have been more difficult for her to show her talent to the whole world and become famous.


The path of Susan Boyle from a church-singing girl to a rising star was long and begun in the Scottish town Blackburn. Before becoming popular at the age of 48, Susan Boyle lead a humble lifestyle. She was born in 1961 in a small industrial town, being the last child in a family of nine. As she grew up, she started develop signs of learning disability, which was caused by the oxygen deprivation she experienced at birth. Because of her disorder, the girl was teased by her classmates. However, alongside her disability, an impressive talent started to take shape. She was great at singing. Teachers noticed her unrivaled voice and encouraged her to attend singing classes and participate in music contests. Unfortunately, her mother’s death in 2007 made Susan give up on singing.

Susan Boyle made her way to success and fame with her own efforts by working hardly on improving her talent. Her golden voice was too great not to be noticed and it was a matter of time until she got known by a lot of people. She just needed a chance, and that chance appeared in 2009 when she performed at Britain’s Got Talent. She stunned everybody and became a rising star overnight, starting performing at prestigious international venues and releasing record-breaking albums that brought her millions.

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