Chaka Khan Net Worth in 2021

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Chaka Khan is an American singer and songwriter. She has been active since the 1970s, nearly five decades. She has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide and has 10 Grammys. Let’s find out Chaka Khan Net Worth in 2021 through this article.

She rose to fame after she joined Rufus, a musical band. Tell Me Something Good, released in 1974, came in third in the Billboard Hot 100. The album won the band, their first-ever Grammy.

Chaka is popularly known as the “Queen of Funk”. She has been called “the most influential vocalist in R&B since Aretha Franklin” by Paul Grein in his notes to one volume of Rhino Records’ CD series Soul Hits of the ’70s: Didn’t It Blow Your Mind!

She has sold over a million albums of her debut solo, I’m Every Woman. Chaka! Through the Fire is her autobiography, which she published in 2003.

Chaka Khan has aged with grace and not losing the quality of her voice. She is still working and has even collaborated with Ariana Grande in November 2019 for the song Nobody from the Charlie’s Angels movie.

Chaka Khan Net Worth & Overview

Net Worth$30 million
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Actor, Musician
Date of BirthMarch 23, 1953
Height1.62 m
Spouse(s)Hasan Khan 1970-71 (divorced),
Richard Holland 1976-1980 (divorced),
Doug Rasheed (m. 2001- present)
ChildrenIndira Milini, Damien Holland
Country of OriginUS
Source Of IncomeMusician
Instagram Followers551 k
Twitter Followers439.8 k
YouTube Followers191 k
Last UpdatedDecember 2020

Early Life

Young Chaka Khan

Yvette Marie Stevens aka Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. She is the eldest of the five children of Sandra Coleman and Charles Stevens. Her mother had a job at the National Opinion Center at the University of Chicago, while her father was working as a freelance photographer.

Her sister Yvonne aka Taka Boom was also a successful musician. Khan’s only brother, Mark, formed the funk group— Aurra and the Jamaica Boys, was a successful musician as well.

Khan’s main inspiration to music was her grandmother. She formed a girl group at the age of eleven, Crystalettes, in which her sister, Taka, was a member.

Chaka once stated that her name “Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi” was given by a Yoruba baba when she was 13 years old. When she 16, she dropped out of high school and started performing in small groups.

Rufus spotted her in 1972, while she was singing in a local band, which made her join their band. The 19-year-old may not have realized it then that her life is going to change after this; She became an International sensation from a “local star”.

Career Highlights and Awards

Chaka Khan with Rufus
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Rufus and Chaka’s first hit single was Tell Me Something Good, which was a platinum-selling single. The single hit the third position in the Billboard Hot 100 list and also help them won their first-ever Grammy.

The band then released six albums including Rufusized, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Ask Rufus, Street Player, and Masterjam from 1974-79. All of them were platinum-selling.

Khan released her debut solo album, which featured the song, I’m Every Woman, with Warner Bros. Records in 1978; This was a platinum-selling album as well.

Chaka appeared as a church choir soloist in The Blue Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

In 1984, Khan got recognition worldwide, when her solo album, I Feel For You, hit the charts not only in the US but reached No. 1 in the U.K. as well.

With continuing success, she published her autobiography Chaka! Through the Fire in 2003. Classikhan was released in 2004 with her first jazz cover album in 22 years.

In 2002, she won the Grammy for Best R&B Album for her comeback album Funk This. She also won the Grammy with Mary J.Blige for their duet, Disrespectful.

with her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Chaka Khan has been given 2440th Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaque on a section of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on May 19, 2011.

The album Hello Happiness was released on February 15, 2019. This was her first album released in 12 years.

Khan was invited to sing,the National Anthem, at the 2020 NBA All- Star Game.

Chaka Khan has received 10 Grammy out of 22 nominations, to date, in which two of them won it with Rufus. She received a Career Achievement Award by Soul Train Awards in 2009.

Personal Life

Chaka Khan has got married three times in her life. She was married to Hassan Khan in 1970 when she was just 17. Even though the marriage wasn’t a success, she got her last name “khan” out of the marriage.

Her daughter, Indira Milini, was born from the relationship with Rahsaan Morris.

In 1976, Chaka married Richard Holland. She has a son, Damien Holland, with him. This marriage created problems in her professional life as Holland wanted her to tone down her “sexy stage image”. The marriage also caused rifts between Chaka and the Rufus band members.

with Doug Rasheed

She married Doug Rasheed in 2001. Rasheed is a musician as well as a record producer, who runs a self-titled production company-Entertainment and Madcastle Productionz. The pair has no children together, but the couple had been together for a successful 19 years now.

Khan has struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism in the past. She has adopted a vegan diet, to fight high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes, and to lose weight.


Not everybody can perform with grace forever. Sometimes even the legends can make mistakes. That is what has happened when Chaka Khan sang her rendition of the US National Anthem at the 2020 NBA All-Stars Game.


Netizens took Twitter to criticize her for the bad performance; They posted memes and abusive comments on her Twitter account. According to them, the Anthem, she sang, had the power to tear down the listening ears.

One of her fans tweeted, “I adore Chaka Khan, She is a living legend, but I DID NOT like that rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner AT ALL. Lord help her.” while the others compared her rendition with another American singer, Fergie, who sung her rendition of National Anthem and did worse.

What is Chaka Khan Net Worth in 2021?

The Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan has a net worth of 30 million US dollars. She has been in the music industry for nearly 5 decades.

8 Interesting Facts About Chaka Khan

  • Chaka Khan has the rare ability to sing in 7 genres; R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music, and classical.
  • Rufus and Chaka Khan have 5 RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
  • She made her debut in Broadway through Oprah Winfrey’s musical, The Color Purple when she took over the role of Sofia.
  • Khan received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 2004.
  • She has established the Chaka Khan Foundation in 1999, for the women and children at risk.
  • Khan has a line of gourmet chocolate, Chakaletes, which was sold over 20 Neiman Marcus Stores, around the country in 2004.
  • Khana Sutra is her line of fragrance, which is suitable for both women and men. The line also includes candles, and room and linen spray.
  • Chaka was one of the contestants of Dancing with the Stars of 2015. She, and the professional dancer and partner, Keo Motsepe, were eliminated in the first week.


Chaka Khan is one of the few all-time favorites singers. She was sensational in the ’70s as well as in 2020.

Along with her fame and popularity, she is a good person as well. Chaka has established a foundation for the betterment of Women and Children at risk.

Khan has sold over 70 million copies of her albums, all over the world. She has created a business line for chocolate, and fragrances. This multi-faceted personal, Chaka Khan Net Worth in 2021 is $30 million.

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