From being an ordinary LA girl to glitzing up on the red carpet for prestigious awards, Billie Eilish has already racked up $55 million! It’s a testament to sheer talent and insane grit that has made her the sensation she is today.
Her fast rise to fame’s got her rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of music, being on Forbes‘ “30 Under 30” list, making history at the Grammys as the youngest and the first female artist to scoop the top awards and seeing her concert tickets vanish in minutes. Billie’s story of wild success and fortune is all about raw talent, a never-give-up attitude and oodles of family support. It’s a riveting story that’s captivated millions worldwide, filled with warmth, fascination and a touch of supernatural. Let’s unravel the enigma that is Billie Eilish and her jaw-dropping fortune.
|Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell
|Los Angeles, California, USA
|December 18, 2001
|Height / Weight
|5 ft 3 in / 61 kg
The ‘Eyes’ Have It: Billie’s music career
In L.A., to an artistic family a legend is born! On December 18, 2001, Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell welcomed little Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell to the world. Billie, coming from a family with some serious Irish and Scottish artistic lineage, was homeschooled, which let her indulge in her varied passions without any of the usual pesky classroom rules getting in the way.
Credit to the Los Angeles Children’s Choir, who knew talent when they heard it, and had Billie in their ranks when she was just eight! Mixing among those melodies was the perfect environment for her unique vocal style to sprout its wings. Alongside dabbling in horse riding and dancing, Eilish was living, breathing, and consuming art every day, in every way, finding her groove in the process.
At 13, Billie uploaded her song “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud for the benefit of her dance teacher. Little did she know, the rest of the world would dig it right along with her. This is probably the point at which Billie started walking the path to superstardom.
“Ocean Eyes” kicked open the doors for Billie, allowing her to keep rolling out awesome tracks like “Six Feet Under” and “Fingers Crossed”. Collaborating with her brother Finneas, she managed a huge hit with “Bellyache”. Her songs popped up on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”, and she launched her EP Don’t Smile at Me with the catchy tunes “COPYCAT” and “Watch”. So you get the picture, our girl was absolutely smashing it.
In 2019, Eilish dropped her first album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and people could not get enough of it! This rising star had turned into a full-blown music supernova – from SoundCloud to A-list, demonstrating one of the most astonishing breakthroughs in recent times.
Billie Makes Bank: Earnings from her music career
Billie Eilish has been making some serious dough from her music; not surprising given her immense talent. Digital downloads, streaming royalties, and her tours have all been cash cows for her.
Take her digital music sales, for instance. By the start of 2023, the total revenue from her digital singles hit an insane $41.5 million. The track “Bad Guy” alone brought in a crazy 1.6 billion streams on Spotify, making her a cool £5.2 million ($7.1 million).
And then there’s the money-printing machine that is her tours. Her 2019 “When We All Fall Asleep” tour raked in an estimated $18 million. Her 2022 “Happier Than Ever” tour was a repeat performance, with tickets selling out at the snap of her fingers.
We can’t overlook the buckets of money she’s churned from publishing royalties, either. In 2020, Billie and her talented brother Finneas made a combined total of $5.7 million from royalties.
Billie Branches Out: Earnings beyond her music
Apart from belting out hits, Billie Eilish has got more than one way to roll in the dough. It’s not just about the music—she’s all over the place with partnerships, endorsements, and her own business ventures.
Let’s just talk about that insane $25-million deal with Apple she snagged in 2019. It included a docuseries featuring her life, so Billie’s making coin by sharing her personal journey, not just selling her songs.
She’s also got style and personality, which have led to some lucrative endorsement deals. In 2019 she became the face of Calvin Klein and openly talked about her love for oversized clothing as a response to body-shaming.
Billie’s now dipping her toes into entrepreneurship, crafting her own goodies for us to splurge on. In 2021, she launched her perfume line ‘Eilish’ by Billie Eilish. No longer is her name JUST a name, it’s now a brand—a sure sign of success.
The Ranch & The Pledge: Billie’s noteworthy possessions & philanthropy
With dollar bills stacking sky-high in her bank account, pop star Billie Eilish has snagged some seriously cool stuff. But it’s not all about living the high life for Billie—she’s a master at keeping things low-key and safe, all while contributing to causes that mean a lot to her.
In 2019, she landed a super-private, $2.3-million horse ranch from Leona Lewis. This rustic hideout situated in the hustle and bustle of Glendale is what you’d call a ‘hidden gem’. Nestled on an unassuming cul-de-sac, it’s guarded by massive gates and a tall hedge. With a 2100-square-foot ranch house, separate guest house, horse-keeper’s digs, a goat pen, and a paddock all to its name, it’s the perfect retreat for our girl who loves her peace and quiet.
And let’s not forget about Billie’s generosity. She collaborated with the Fender Play Foundation in 2021, handing out instruments and weekly music lessons to almost 2,500 eager 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in 10 Highland Park elementary schools—an agreement that will last three years.
Proving she’s an all-round do-gooder, on her 2022 “Happier Than Ever” tour, Billie kicked off “The Pledge”. This cool move by Support + Feed asked fans to commit to a single plant-based meal daily for a month. Eilish knows just how powerful she is and she’s keen on using it for good, making her fans rethink their food habits for a greener, healthier life.
A Pirate Sails Solo: Billie’s personal life
Beneath that famous aura, there’s a private Billie. A relatable girl with personal quirks.
Her cool older brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-writes, produces, and performs alongside Billie, took to calling his baby sister ‘Pirate’ the moment she came into the world (Finneas was four at the time).
And here’s the kicker: Billie doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff. Back in 2018, she opened up about her Tourette’s syndrome, something she’s been dealing with since she was a kid. Her straight-up, no-bull approach to her personal life only makes her more lovable to her fans.
Then, in May 2023, Billie starts riding solo, having recently split from the Neighbourhood’s frontman Jesse Rutherford (source). The gossip mags and social feeds were buzzing about the breakup, but Billie’s handled it like a pro, still demonstrating a heap of respect for her ex.
Dealing with Fame: Major events in Billie’s life
Last year, in 2022, Billie went through the nasty ordeal of having to get legal protection against a stalker who camped outside her L.A. home and leave some disturbing letters on her doorstep. This whole episode really underlined how challenging the glamorous life can be and how dedicated she is to keeping herself safe.
Billie’s not just about the music though—she’s a warrior for social justice. When she performed at Austin City Limits in 2021, she confessed to the crowd that she had thought about pulling out from the gig to protest against the new, restrictive abortion law in Texas. However, she showed up for her fans in the Lone Star State, proving that she can juggle her passion for a cause and her love for her fans like a true pro.