With hits like “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd has owned the crown of success. Citing Michael Jackson as his musical inspiration, he says “it’s Jackson who spurred me to be a singer.” We know only a few millionaires with a golden heart. Well, The Weeknd is one of them, he has never stepped back when it comes to donation. He has provided monetary support to various causes.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, famous by his stage name The Weeknd is a Canadian songwriter, lyricist, record producer, and singer. It will be interesting, to know about how he became one of the world’s wealthiest celebrities just in his early 20s. Let’s have a close look at the life and net worth of The Weeknd in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
The Weeknd was born on 16th February 1990 in Toronto, Canada. He is the single child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye. His parents were Ethiopian immigrants to Canada. He was raised by his mother and grandmother. His mother worked day and night to support the family. He doesn’t remember his father, who abandoned them when he was only one or two years old.
He went to two schools- West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute. He was expelled from one and dropped out of the other school within six months. After that, he left his home and started living with his two friends at 65 Spencer Avenue in a house with one bedroom.
If we talk about his love life, it is less controversial. He was in a relationship with model Bella Hadid. She appeared in one of his music videos ‘In the Night.’ But in late 2016, they broke up, due to their conflicting schedules.
In 2017, while working on a project, he came closer to pop star Selena Gomez. They sparked rumors of dating each other.
The Weeknd has been arrested for punching a Las Vegas, police officer.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
The Weeknd entered the music industry when he met producer, Jeremy Rose. They together started working on an R&B album titled ‘The Weekend.’ Later, Abel Makkonen gained immense popularity from his YouTube channel ‘The Weeknd.’
On March 21, 2011, he released ‘House of Balloons’ as his first mixtape. People loved all the nine tracks of this album, and it was selected as a nominee for the Polaris Music Prize 2011. In the same year, he launched two more albums ‘Thursday’ and ‘Balloons Trilogy.’ All these three mixtapes skyrocketed his fame.
Now his career was on the peak. He started performing many live shows with his band throughout Europe and US. He released many outstanding albums which stupefied the world. His album ‘Trilogy’ ranked fifth on the Canadian Albums Chart and fourth on the ‘Billboard’ 200. Besides it also got rewarded by platinum status in America and Canada.
The Weeknd has been nominated for one Academy Award. He has won nine Juno Awards, two American Music Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, and three Grammy Awards.
Net Worth & Earnings
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has a net worth of $80 million. It is estimated that in between June 2016 and June 2017, he grossed $90 million through his music empire including touring, record sales and many more.
Also, his 2016 Forbes earnings were $55.0 million. His endorsement deals amount to $700,000. His remarkably wow car collection includes Lamborghini and Range Rover.
It must be not easy for The Weeknd to rule over the world in this less a time. In an age when we usually go to college and hang out with friends, he quit everything, not only school but even his home, just to chase his dreams. And here he is the superlative example of dedication and hard work. Finding the objective of life is a challenging task. Some people do this after a fall, but there are some heroes like Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who believed in pursuing before life could smack him down.