In the 1990s, the Spice Girls were one of the most popular acts in the world. Who of the band’s five members is the wealthiest now, more than two decades after their meteoric ascent to fame?
Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham make up the British pop girl quartet. The first song “Wannabe” hit the top of the charts in over 30 countries, while the debut album “Spice” sold more than 23 million copies worldwide in 1996.
Record sales, performances, merchandise, and film and television projects brought in millions of dollars for the band. Ticket sales from 58 shows totaled roughly $150 million, according to Pollstar.
Members of the Spice Girls pursued individual careers when the group went on temporary hiatus at the end of 2000. According to London, they are now worth $546 million in total. Continue reading to learn how much each of the group’s members is worth.
Heart Management’s Bob and Chris Herbert formed the group because they saw a need for a female alternative to the popular boy bands that dominated the mainstream music charts at the time. To find new singers for the band in the mid-90s, they put an ad in the magazine ‘The Stage.
To prepare for their solo auditions, the more than 400 women who showed up for the audition practiced a dance routine in groups of ten. Finally, Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, and Michelle Stephenson were all selected to return for the second round of auditions, even though the initial audition was a no-show.
Adams, Brown, Chrisholm, Halliwell, and Stephenson were picked for the band, which was initially referred to as ‘Touch’, following the second audition. For much of 1994, the band lived together and practiced songs; they made a number of demos, one of which, ‘Sugar and Spice,’ inspired the band’s name.
A number of dance sequences were worked on together, but Stephenson was fired and Emma Bunton was brought in to replace her.
On advice from Victoria Adam’s family, all of the Spice Girls avoided signing a contract with Herberts, a management company that was trying to set them up with a recording contract in 1994, since they were concerned about the route the company was taking them.
Heart Management fired the band in March 1995 after allegations that they had stolen their own master tapes. They were referred to 19 Entertainment’s Simon Fuller by producer Eliot Kennedy, who agreed to collaborate with them.
After signing a record deal with Virgin Records, the group adopted the name Spice Girls as its official moniker. In the 1990s, similar to other pop stars like Ariana Grande popularity.
What is the net worth of the Spice Girls members?
- Mel B (Scary Spice): $15 million
It’s no surprise that Spice Girl Mel B has the lowest net worth in the group because of her penchant for extravagant spending. While $10 million isn’t a lot of money, it’s mind-boggling to think about how much more it could have been if the artist hadn’t spent so much money on things like jewelry, purses, and private jets.
It got to the point where her ex-husband revealed that she’d spent most of the $50 million she earned as a Spice Girl star and forced her to leave their Hollywood Hills house. Scary Spice has a spooky spending pattern (yeah, we went there.)
Mel B has the lowest fortune of the Spice Girls, with an estimated $15 million in assets. However, she isn’t in dire straits financially. She’s been raking in the cash since 2013 as a regular judge on the popular television show America’s Got Talent.
In addition, she has released two solo albums and appeared on Dancing With the Stars and The X Factor Australia, among other things.
- Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice): $33 million Following her departure from the Spice Girls, Chisholm released numerous solo albums, including “Reason” in 2003 and “Beautiful Intentions” in 2005. Red Girl Records, her own record label, was also established.
According to a 2020 Celebrity Net Worth estimate, Chisholm has sold more than 10 million albums globally since going solo.
- Emma Bunton (Baby Spice): $40 million Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton fought hard to launch her solo career, but it didn’t work out. With the help of corporate sponsorships, TV appearances, and a popular radio show, Heart FM, she’s been able to retain her wealth. In addition, she created her own business selling eco-friendly baby items, which has been a great success. The estimated worth of Emma Bunton is $40 million.
- Gerri Halliwell (Ginger Spice): $40 million Due to internal strife and her personal struggles with melancholy, Geri Halliwell departed the Spice Girls in 1998. According to the South China Morning Post, she gained success as a solo artist, releasing three albums and scoring four No. 1 songs.
As well as being a judge on reality shows including “The X Factor UK” and “Australia’s Got Talent,” Halliwell has written two memoirs and six children’s books. Since she began her career, she has built a fortune of $40 million.
- Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice): $450 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Victoria Beckham is the most wealthy of the Spice Girls, with an estimated net worth of $450 million as of 2020. But this is supposedly the combined net worth of her and David Beckham, the legendary soccer player who is her husband.
Victoria reportedly made $75 million a year as a member of the girl group. Also, the Spice Girls reunion tour brought in $70 million for her.
In 2008, she created her own fashion label, Victoria Beckham, and in 2019, she introduced Victoria Beckham Beauty.