Famous Celebrities And Athletes Who Charge Over $1 Million To Attend Private Events

Some of the world’s most famous A-listers and all-star athletes rake in multi-million-dollar salaries just to do their day jobs, but surprisingly you can also pay them to appear at your private events. But if you want an evening with Adele or Michael Jordan, you had better be prepared to pay.

From extravagant weddings to a dictator’s new year’s party, here are 4 famous faces who expect a big paycheck to make an appearance.


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If there’s anybody who should be earning $1 million to perform privately it’s probably Adele. Rumor has it, the 33-year-old singer has a going rate for private concerts that is reportedly between $750,000 to $999,999.

But that’s hard to believe. According to PageSix, the 29-year-old Londoner received an offer worth a whopping $1.3 million to sing in front of Arab billionaires. The singer turned down the opportunity to concentrate on weeding her gardening.

It probably wasn’t just the fact that her garden needed tending so much so that to a businesswoman who has sold 120 million records and signed a record-breaking $130 million contract with Sony, a $1.3 million offer might not be worth the effort.

The singer-songwriter will reportedly earn over $ 1 million per night when she kicks off her highly anticipated Las Vegas residency, so the price of having her perform privately is sure to skyrocket.

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey has a reputation of being a bit of a diva, so expecting $1 million for a personal serenade seems about right. The All I Want for Christmas is You singer is willing to cash your million-dollar check for a short performance at your wedding or private event, excluding the cost of travel and expenses.

The singer has a one-of-a-kind vocal range, but maybe not always the best judgment. In 2007, Mariah Carey received  $1 million to perform 4 songs for former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s family at their New Year’s party in St. Barts.

This, of course, caused outrage and Carey replied promptly.

“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”

None of the bad press stopped Carey from booking a private appearance at a Brazilian New Year’s party in 2015, for which TMZ reported she’d be receiving between $2 million and $5 million.

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Jennifer Lopez

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From acting to singing, Jenny from the block is a versatile performer. But she’s also versatile with the amount she will charge you for a private performance, ranging from $1 million to $5 million.

So, if you’re throwing a lavish event or wedding and you can pay for it, JLo will come.

In 2013, Sanjay Hinduja, a member of Britain’s wealthiest family paid the singer $1 million to perform at his $15 million wedding in India which included 16,000 guests. J.Lo enjoyed a $4,000 luxury suite in addition to her check and performed her biggest hits for the crowd.

The singer was reportedly paid $5 million by Russian oligarch Mikhail Gutseriyev, to sing at the billion-dollar wedding of his son Said Gutseriyev. J-Lo reportedly performed choreographed hits with a troupe of dancers, at one point joking that pronouncing the bride and groom’s names was “the hardest thing I had to do today.”

Lopez also earned $1.5 million to sing for Turkmenistan leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on his birthday, unaware of his major human rights violations. Like Carey, she too had to apologize for the blunder.

Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan is already unimaginably rich. The former professional basketball player and businessman has a fortune worth $1.6 billion. So while the other celebrities mentioned above might jump at the chance for a quick million-dollar payday Jordan demands a bit more. And even then, he might just say no.

In an appearance last year, Jordan’s agent David Falk joined the cast of the sports radio show Boomer and Gio to discuss some of the deals that the legendary athlete had turned down. One of the deals was a jaw-dropping $100 million where all he had to do was make a 2-hour appearance and announce a deal. Jordan declined simply because he did not feel like showing up, according to Falk.

“I brought him a deal three years ago for $100 million. All he had to do was, other than giving his name and likeness, make a one two-hour appearance to announce the deal and he turned it down. God bless him. He’s been so successful; it gives him an opportunity to do whatever the hell he wants or not to do things he doesn’t want. I really admire that. He’s very, very selective in the things he wants to be involved in.”

Most of us couldn’t fathom walking away from $100 million, but then again most of us aren’t billionaires.

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Sources: USA Today, TMZ, PageSix, The Guardian

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