M.I.A. is a singer-songwriter, rapper and music producer from the United Kingdom. She began growing in her career and gaining success after releasing a couple of songs, “Sunshowers” and “Galang.” Go on reading to know M.I.A.’s net worth in 2018, professional career and personal life below.
M.I.A. was born as Mathangi Arulpragasam on July 18, 1975, in Hounslow in west London, United Kingdom. Her father Arul Pragasam worked as an engineer next to being an activist and writer, and her mother is Kala Pragasam. M.I.A. has origins from Sri Lankan Tamils. She has 1 brother and 1 sister, Sugu Arulpragasam and Kali Arulpragasam. Kali is a popular artist and a jewelry designer.
When M.I.A. was half a year old, she moved with her family to Jaffna in Sri Lanka where she was a part of hard times during the war there. She studied at a national school there named Holy Family Convent, Jaffna. Her mother moved with her children to Chennai “Madras” in India for some time before going back to Jaffna, and later finally settling in London.
In London, M.I.A. finished her schooling from the Ricards Lodge High School. She left the school and went to earn a degree from the Central Saint Martins which was named as Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, where she studied film, art, and video.
For her personal life, engagement and relationships, M.I.A. had a long 5 years relationship with the DJ, music producer, singer-songwriter and rapper Diplo. M.I.A. lived in New York for some time. She began her relationship with the entrepreneur and musician Benjamin Bronfman around 2006 – 2007. M.I.A. and Benjamin Bronfman got engaged in 2008, and in 2012 it was announced that they split. M.I.A. has 1 son from her relationship and engagement to Benjamin, his name is Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, and he was born in 2009.
M.I.A. began her music career after some time of working in visual arts and films. She released her debut album, a mixtape titled “Piracy Funds Terrorism” in 2004. 1 year later, M.I.A. released her debut studio album “Arular,” and it successfully ranked on top charts in many countries such as the UK, US, Germany, Australia, Japan, and others.
M.I.A. gained more international fame after releasing “Kala” album, which also ranked on top charts in many countries and gave her the debut at 1 on the US Top Electronic Albums chart. Her latest studio album “AIM” also successfully peaked at 1 on the US Top Dance Electronic Albums chart.
Awards & Achievements
M.I.A. has more than 60 award nominations and winnings. For “Bad Girls” music video, she won the Asian Music Award for Best Video, 3 Antville Music Video Awards for Best Cinematography, for Best Performance and for Video of the Year, 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction and for Best Cinematography, and 3 UK Music Video Awards for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and for Best Styling.
Net Worth of M.I.A.
The singer-songwriter, rapper and music producer M.I.A. has an estimated net worth of $16 million. She made her millions wealth and earnings from the albums she released and performed. M.I.A albums were ranked on top charts in more than 10 countries which means that she probably has sold over a million of copies.
M.I.A. is one of the century’s most loved singers, who has released around 9 studio, mixtapes, and extended play albums. All of her albums ranked on top charts in more than 1 country including her debut studio album “Arular” which motivated her a lot at her career beginning. M.I.A.’s latest studio album is titled “AIM.”