- Birthday16th Aug, 58
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusDivorced
Material girl Madonna is one of the biggest stars of a generation, and officially the most successful female solo artist. Born in Bay City, Michigan in 1958, pop music singer Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone’s parents’ strict observation of the Catholic faith played a crucial role in her childhood which later became the subject of her controversial works. The loss of her mother at the age of five made her determined to make her voice heard, and eventually she rebelled against her traditional upbringing and rejected her religious background.
A disciplined and scholarship winner dancer, Madonna dropped out of college and moved to New York to further her dance skills. She did various odd jobs for her survival, and gradually fell in love with the combination of dance and music and went on to form several different bands of her own. Her first single ‘Everybody’ became a club hit and she used this success as leverage, and went on to record her full length album, Madonna in 1983. Madonna’s distinct sense of fashion, lace lingerie, fishnet stockings and large crucifix necklaces made a statement among the girls all over the country, and she became a sensation on the male dominated music scene of the 80s. Madonna’s life became a whirlwind of activity; she acted in movies, continued to deliver more hit albums and married actor Sean Paul. Despite of her scandalous behavior and performances exploring religious symbolism and sexual themes, she became more popular than ever, and achieved 21 Top 10 hits with more than 70 million albums sold internationally.
Listed as world’s wealthiest female musician by Forbes, Madonna lived up to her name and proven her versatility as a star in both music and films. There is nothing this woman can’t do; she’s an author of adult and child books, a self-marketing genius, a philanthropist and a Kabbalah sexpot, she’s one of the most diverse music stars with a sexiness that extends way beyond her looks. This pop icon survived many broke relationships, and now has reinvented herself as a more mature and family friendly Madonna by marrying British film director Guy Rithcie. Both now reportedly lives in London, as Madonna loves to become the classic British lady, and always wanted to live in the countryside.
Family & relationships
Madonna, the shy singer has reportedly bought the four story Georgian-style townhouse for whopping $40 million. The apartment is low-key yet glamorous, and is double wide, making it one of the widest houses on the Upper East Side. This classic Georgian residence has 12,000 sq. ft area along with 3000 sq. ft garden bordered by tall trees and roses, and the double-car garage facility makes it a rare estate in the area. The house allows Madonna a temporary escape from the world, and will be designed by her younger brother Christopher G. Ciccone. As per Ciccone, Madonna loves to live in her New York apartment because there’s city here and you feel you’re with people here.
Location: The apartment is located at the 152 East 81st Street, New York, United States.
Accommodation: This four story town house has 26 rooms in total, and offers a 38’ by 22’ drawing room with tall windows overlooking the garden. The house also boasts a paneled dining room off the garden terrace, 13 full bedrooms, intimate library, 11 ceilings and 9 fireplaces.
Features: Other amenities in this luxurious estate include a Georgian staircase, elevator, and future rooftop garden. Ciccone did all the interior designing with the help of the architect Stephen Wang.
Madonna's Dining room
Madonna has recently bought her sixth London property, a 10-bedroom Georgian townhouse with her British Film director Ritchie. It was even reported that neighbors complained about music and singing from this townhouse.
Location: This Georgian style townhouse is located in London’s Marylebone.
Accommodation: This six floor house boasts 10 full bedrooms, and also includes a vaulted artist’s studio which adjoins the garden wall of the family’s main home.
Six floor Georgian style townhouse
Madonna’s country retreat, Ashcombe house is a Georgian manor house that sits on 1,134 acres of land. This $15 million country mansion was originally the part of the much larger mid-eighteenth century structure, and is an L-shaped three-bay survival of the eastern wing. Madonna loves to become the classic British lady of the manor, and she always wanted to live in the countryside. It’s been reported that Madonna is contemplating selling the house in Ashcombe which she bought in 2001.
Location: The manor is located on Cranborne Chase, in the parish of Berwick St John, near Salisbury, in Wiltshire.
Accommodation: This six bedroom house is an exceptional private house,
Features: This estate is hidden in its own valleys which contain one of the country’s best shoots, suitable for Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie who is a keen sportsman. This terrestrial paradise with vaulted ceilings is an elegant Georgian house.
Georgian manor house
Madonna’s country retreat
Beverly Hills home
The celebrated singer bought her French Country style mansion in Beverly Hills in 2003 for a reported $12 million, when she married Guy Ritchie. Currently, the plush property is listed for sale in the market for a hefty $28 million.
Location: The beautiful mansion is located in the affluent area of Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Accommodation: The lavish property is spread over 5,800 square foot, sitting on 1.14 acres of land. Designed in a French Country style, the mammoth mansion features three bedrooms and five exotic bathrooms. Positioned at the finish of a long gated drive, Madonna’s home offers additional privacy. The property also includes a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.
Pool and Tennis court
The latest celebrity 'palaces' to get listed in 2012 is Madonna's Manhattan home in New York city which she has put up for sale at a price tag of $23.5 million. The music icon has earlier bought even even larger home for $32.5 million in 2009. Arabella Green Buckworth and Adam Modlin hold the listings of this sparsely furnished property which has a whopping $11,800 as the monthly maintenance bill.
Location: The duplex is located on the 5th and 6th floor of the Harperley Hall building which stands on the corner of West 64th Street and Central Park West.
Accommodation: The listing states that this duplex located in a Neo-Italian Renaissance styled building has more than 6,000 square feet of living area. This area has been neatly divided into 6 large bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The bedrooms are located in 4 separate wings and thus, though the home is very large, it has been described as cozy. The master bedroom suite arrives complete with an ultra-luxurious marbled bathroom which has a steam shower and claw-foot bathtub.
Features: The house boasts of almost 110 feet of frontage on the Central Park West having rooms adorned with French doors that lead to Juliet balconies overlooking the Park. A library, a dining room and an eat-in kitchen, all of which afford excellent views, enhance the home. There is also a snackbar and dining area bookshelves. The ceilings are at least 10 feet high and 5 neat fireplaces sit at various places in the home. That apart, the Harperly Hall building arrives complete with a 20-car garage, a laundry facility, an on-site fitness center and a fully landscaped roof terrace.
Neighborhood: The Central Park neighborhood is well known for its famous residents. Some of them, past and present include hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb, CEO of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, Denzel Washington and Sting.
The kitchen hall
The master suite
Original material girl Madonna owns a BMW 7 series sedan which boasts range of opulent luxury. This Beemer is powered by 4.4 liter V8 engine that produces power of 333hp, and it sits on 19-inch alloys featuring anti-lock brakes, traction control and six airbags. It’s been also reported that Madonna has put her BMW 7-series on sale at Auto Trader, and it should be noted that this car is not the greenest vehicle on earth.
Madonna owns the prestigious Audi A8 that possesses one of the most powerful engines, and is known for its long-driving, smooth-driving and reliable performance. It’s been in the reports recently that Madonna will see the holy land Israel on the back seat of an Audi A8
Security rear side view
The roomy interiors
Owned by Madonna, Cooper S is a mini car which is popular among other celebrities including Sting and Goldie Hawn. The car has also been mentioned in Madonna’s song ‘American life’ stating I drive my mini Cooper and I feel Super Dooper. Madonna is fond of this small car as this is convenient in the hustle and bustle of modern day city life.
Pop diva Madonna loves to go on long drives in her Maybach 57. The luxury car costs a whopping ‘$3,58,000’ and is powered by a 6000cc V12 engine that delivers an output of 620HP to go with an impressive 664 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle can waltz to speeds of 100 km/hour from start in less than 5 seconds. The interiors are very stylized and the seats feature calf skin leather upholstery. The Maybach 57 guarantees full value for money with its impressive array of installed luxury features like front and rear Bluetooth controls, a DVD entertainment system, an in-dash single-CD player, console-mounted six-CD changer, a 21-speaker Bose surround-sound system, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a rear beverage cooler and a four-zone climate control system.
Madonna love to spend her leisure time amid nature and she often chooses beaches to relax. Madonna and her husband are spotted in Maldives for holiday quiet often.
Location: Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometers and is one of the world’s most liked holiday destinations.
Features: Madonna opts to stay in Soneva Fushi & Six Senses Spa in Maldives which is a private island hideaway. The resort does not allow any news or shoes to enter the premises which is why it is one of the most exotic and rejuvenating places in the world. The rooms are equipped with quadraphonic hi-fi systems concealed behind the simple rattan walls.
Christmas week in 2012 for Madonna was definitely a white one as she spent time with her daughter and new boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat on the snow-filled slopes of the Swiss Alps at Gstaad in Switzerland. She might have seemed a bit unsteady on the skis but doing that as a 54-year old and doing so with a 25-year old boyfriend is in itself a tribute. And part of that is because of the romance, beauty and wonder that lingers in the Swiss landscapes. Her daughter, Lourdes, however was skillful in her maneuvers.
Location: The village of Gstaad is located in south-western Switzerland, in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern. It belongs to the municipality of Saanen.
Accommodation: Not a location for the economy traveler, Gstaad has several chalets, hotel rooms and apartments for rents which start at $200 a day. A real luxurious stay will cost about $700 a day at the Grand Park.
Main Attractions: The village of Gstaad is known as a major ski resort for the elite and international Jet set. The large skiing area is also studded with restaurants, art-galleries and shops where one can indulge in. Though famous for the cross-country skiing slopes, the area also abounds in winter walking and hiking trails.
Since hundreds of celebrities visit the spot annually, it would be a good idea to indulge in some celebrity-watching and photography. A photographer's delight, it offers landscapes, skyscapes and interesting subjects to shoot. Gstaad is host to several regular events - Promenade parties, concerts, musical series, polo and volleyball tourneys. The world renowned Institute Le Rosey has its winter campus also located in Gstaad.
Lying on the ice
Vacations with friends
Millennium Promise Alliance
Madonna supports the United States-based Millennium Promise mission, which aims to end excessive poverty in Africa by 2025, to provide the poor people with a better standard of living. To achieve its Millennium Development Goals, the non-profit organization performs coordinated action and collaborations with governments, corporations, and individuals in order to identify and tackle the root causes and signs of extreme poverty. The core fields of action include raising funds to support the running projects and to develop markets in the rural areas.
The American recording artist supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which works to fulfill the wishes of children experiencing life-threatening medical conditions, so that they can get some hope, vigor, and delight in their depressed life. Founded in 1980, the noble association is supported by a group of 25,000 volunteers, who serve as fundraisers to accumulate funds for the successful implementation of their key programs aimed at providing happiness to more than 250,000 children staying in different locations around the globe.
The Golden Globe winner Madonna founded the non-profit organization “Raising Malawi” in association with Michael Berg, to help the orphans in Malawi by offering them water, food, schooling and medical care. Founded in 2006, the charity organization offers support to community-based organizations which provide nutritious food, proper clothing, formal education, proper shelter, emotional care, psychosocial support and medical care to the vulnerable children in one of the most underprivileged countries in the world, Malawi.
Bony Pony Ranch
Madonna supports the Dr. Frank Ryan founded non-profit organization “Bony Pony Ranch”, which aims at providing assistance to the at-risk youth to make them able to overcome their current adverse situations. The noble Foundation offers supportive atmosphere to young people to enable them maximize their talents and attain new goals in life by coming in touch with inspiring role models and mentors. To achieve its goals, the charity seeks for enthusiastic volunteers who can contribute funds and donations in the form of clothing, accessories, concert tickets, sports tickets, toys, food, beverages etc.
Madonna art collection
Madonna is a true art lover and her passion of collecting fine art has grown so much that her total investment on the paintings costs £80 million. The singer has more than 300 paintings decked in her home. Art works by renowned artists like Léger, Dali, Man Ray, Damien Hirst and Frida Kahlo are some of her precious possessions. Last year she paid $5m for Picasso’s Buste de Femme à la Frange to add to her collection. Madonna’s home décor and her art collection is the reflection of her artistic nature and says lot about her beliefs, projects and artistic expressions.
1921 Fernand Léger painting
Madonna is selling her precious 1921 Fernand Léger painting, the proceeds will go toward girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.
The pretty singer has been spotted a number of times sporting Ray Ban sunglasses, which reveals her like for the brand. Crafted from the master of great eyewear, uniquely styled Ray ban sunglasses are an icon of the style world. Made from the highest quality lens materials, the sunglasses provide excellent vision and serious protection against harmful ultra violet light.
Madonna adores Marchesa clothing as she has been seen numerous times sporting Marchesa dresses in red carpet events. An eminent name in the world of fashion and style, Marchesa clothing is the foremost choice of actresses and female celebrities for prominent events. The brand’s gorgeous designer dresses feature an outstanding design and come jam-packed with femininity and style, to make a true diva out of a star.
The eminent singer has been spotted a number of times wearing Reem Acra gown, including once at the reputed 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Designed by Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra, the brand’s gowns specially appeal to women of personal style who are interested in glamour and sophistication. Featuring a unique attractive design, Reem Acra gowns completely fulfill the traditional, classic and the modern fashion needs of the stylish woman in today’s society.
During her famous Blonde Ambition World Tour in 1990, singer Madonna wore iconic and specially designed conical bras made by the French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier. That dress, which the singer wore for numberHanky Panky on the tour, and another black satin, two-piece topstitched one were sold at auction house Christie's in London sale in December 2012 and a private bidder bought two of the conical bra stage costumes for a whopping $77,000! The split up of the cost between the two conical bras was $26,000 (for the black one) and $51,000 (for the corset one).