One of the songs that made the Weeknd popular worldwide is known as Starboy. This is single in his Starboy album. But how much is the Weeknd worth? Today we are going to inform you about this and much more about him.
Who is The Weeknd?
The Weeknd is a singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is widely known for his thrilling songs that you can listen to on YouTube. He is also starting an online shop that will be selling his merchandise.
Net Worth: $100 million
Celebrity Name: The Weeknd
Full Name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
Date of Birth: 16th February 1990
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Weight: 85 Kilograms
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, and Record Producer
Early Life of The Weeknd
He was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 16th February 1990.
The Weeknd was the sole kid of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who have Ethiopian origin. Abel grew up in Scarborough, Toronto.
After the separation of his parents while a child, he moved to live with his grandmother. His stay with his grannie led to him learning Amharic. Tesfaye opened up about his father in an interview. He said that he rarely got the chance to see his dad.
He goes ahead to say that he saw him twice. At the same time, he was 6 and 11/12 years old. Abel also said that the dad was a cool guy and will never judge him.
His early life was tough. He began smoking cannabis at eleven years. A few years later, he started doing hard drugs. It wasn’t easy to get money to purchase these drugs. This made him a shoplifter to fund his lifestyle.
Some of the narcotics he did include cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy, Xanax, and many others.
Abel Makkonen went to West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute. Though he was a student in these two schools, the Weeknd didn’t finish. He dropped from school in 2007. Also, at the same time, he left his grandmother’s place to live in Parkdale.
The name ‘The Weeknd’ began after he dropped from school on the weekend. But according to his first producer Jeremy Rose, the name was his creativity. The name could have led to copyright issues forcing Abel to change the name.
Jeremy and Abel saw each other in 2010. This is as Rose was searching for musicians for his dark R&B musical project. Jeremy had shown his idea to Curtis Santiago but didn’t materialize. But after meeting Makkonen and playing an instrumental to him. The Weeknd sang well over the instrumental, leading to the two working together.
Rose and Makkonen started by releasing three songs, which he posted on his YouTube page. Some people fell in love with the songs. Later the songs were featured on Drake’s blogpost. Additionally, other platforms like The New York Times and Pitchfork publicized the songs.
This made Makkonen famous. During this time, his stage names were Kin Kane and Noise. It was before adopting his current stage name.
During his music career, Abel has produced the following albums.
- Kiss Land (2013)
- Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
- Starboy and My Dear Melancholy (2016)
- After Hours (2020)
Total Net Worth of The Weeknd
The Weeknd is worth $100 million. Most of this wealth is from music. According to Booking Entertainment, Abel charges $750,000 for a concert. Other things that contribute to his wealth include endorsements with brands like Puma, ONE, and Bacardi.
He also has a mansion in Los Angeles that is worth $25 million. Additionally, he owns a fleet of cars. Some of the vehicles consist of;
- Porsche 911 worth more than $112,000
- McLaren P1 worth $866,000
- Lamborghini Aventador SVJ worth $573,966
- Bentley Mulsanne worth $397,732
- Mercedes-AMG G63 worth $147,500
Makkonen has launched his merchandise known as XO, which he has partnered with H&M. Other activities contributing to his income include;
- Marketing and promoting Marvel on Instagram
- Esports owner
- Partners with TD Bank (Black Hxouse)
The Weeknd’s first love was Bella Hadid, and they were first seen in 2015 at Coachella. A year later, they separated, and the leading cause was due to lack of time together. Abel started dating Selena Gomez after breaking up, but their love affair only lasted for a month. In 2017 they began dating again with Bella, but they broke up again.
Tesfaye was suffering from writer’s block, a condition related to writing. This led him to do drugs such as cough syrup, MDMA, cocaine, mushrooms, and ketamine to get over this condition.
His life has had ups and downs. And one of the downsides is his detention after punching a LA police officer. Another was when Cutting Edge Music sued him for his song The Hills.
Other accusations are such plagiarizing songs.
Makkonen Tesfaye is also a philanthropist and has featured in Uncut Gems, American Dad, and Robot Chicken. This year (2021), he will be making a tour known as ‘The After-Hours Tour.”