How much is Zayn worth?
|Net Worth:||$70 Million
|Date of Birth:||January 12, 1993|
Who Is Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik is a singer and songwriter who grew up in Bradford, England. The musician first gained notoriety when he joined the English boy band One Direction on the music reality show, The X Factor. And without hesitation, he became world famous over night. With tons of smash hits and millions of record sales with the group, Malik then made a name for himself when he went solo, releasing several albums and featuring on hit singles with M.I.A. and Chris Brown. Malik is also known for dating Gigi Hadid, one of the most famous supermodels in the world, and is expecting a child with her in the coming months.
As of 2020, Zayn Malik has a net worth of $70 million dollars.
How Did Zayn Malik Get So Rich?
With One Direction’s insane success as they conquered the world in the early 2010s, rumors were abound that each member of the group flew to each gig in their own private jets, preferring to fly alone. That wasn’t because they each built up their air miles with credit cards, but because they were making millions of dollars per gig. And the cost of a private flight was nothing but a tiny dent in his fortune, nothing more than a fender bender. That fortune is mostly owed to their unbelievable single and album sales, as the group’s albums all peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, and in total have sold over 20 million units. The tour behind their record Midnight Memories, The Where Were Are Tour, grossed $290 million, which is officially the highest grossing tour for a vocal group of all time.
In terms of Malik’s solo career, the singer has continued his success he saw in his earlier years with the band. Malik’s biggest hit, “Pillow Talk” has gone multi platinum and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. His other high charting singles have been collaborations with other high profile artists, such as with Taylor Swift on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, and with SIA on “Dusk Until Dawn”. Both of those tracks reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 10 million copies each. The success of these tracks is owed partly to the guest features, who are much more famous than Malik.
Why Is He So Famous?
Though the group of young adults never knew each other before the show, the members of One Direction first auditioned as solo artists on The X Factor UK. Simon Cowell didn’t think that any of the British boys had the singing chops it takes to go solo, but he had the foresight and was industry savvy enough to put the boys together as a boy band. Following that, the boys became One Direction and together they became a cash cow. No other band, pop, rock, or otherwise, has had a fan base as big as One Direction since The Beatles.
It may come as a surprise to read that One Direction never actually won The X Factor UK, and they weren’t even the runners up. The boy band came third in the televised music contest, and they lost to Matt Cardle, but he has slowly fallen further off the map with each consecutive album that he releases, and at the same time, One Direction were putting out number one albums annually and selling out arena tours. They made almost as much money from selling merchandise; mugs, posters, keychains, anything that Malik and company’s faces could get stamped on was sold.
At the peak of the band’s success, Morgan Spurlock, the famed documentarian best known for Supersize Me in which he at a McDonald’s supersize meal three times a day for a month, directed the 3D documentary movie, One Direction: This Is Us, in 2013. The movie made seven times its budget, earning $70 million worldwide. Now, with One Direction no longer together, leaving millions of teenage girls’ hearts broken in their wake, Malik has become a successful solo artist in his own right.
Besides Malik’s musical background, he often makes headlines due to his dating life, as he is often seen with several high profile singers and models. In the early 2010s, Malik was dating Perrie Edwards of Little Mix fame, and he is now dating American supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid, and are having a baby together in the coming months.
What Makes Zayn So Successful?
Malik clearly knew when enough was enough, as the singer had the foresight to leave the band and start his solo career after five successful albums with One Direction. And though all of the former One Direction members followed suit, Malik was the first of them to do so. His debut album sold much better the most of his bandmates’ debut albums, mostly thanks to the singer’s unique singing style compared to his peers. Malik has a much more R&B approach to singing, almost completely abandoning the pop-rock approach that his bandmates continued with.
His public image has significantly helped his brand, as he has become known as the “Bradford bad boy”, which is owed to his rocker hairstyles, tattoos, and his off stage and on stage behavior, as it tends to be extremely mischievous. The cover of his first album successfully showed this off, as it was an edited photograph of him as a child, but covered in tattoos. It portrayed his brand well, and was a clever marketing campaign, as it pulled in hip-hop fans with the cover being a nod to Lil Wayne’s classic record, Tha Carter III. Malik was also named as one of the world’s sexiest men by Glamour magazine and was voted the best dressed male by GQ. Thanks to this, he has a fanbase and a following on Instagram of over 50 million users.
Though he isn’t the richest of the One Direction members, he is a close second to Harry Styles, and he has been able to remain in the spotlight thanks to his affiliation with superstars such as Gigi Hadid and her family. Malik currently has a net worth of $65 million, and combined with his partner, Hadid, that figure sky-rockets to $100 million. The figure is set to rise even further, as for the past few weeks the singer has been hinting at a new project, which fans suspect might be a new album.