At just 18 years old, Justin Bieber is worth a reported $105 million and is ranked No.3 on Forbes‘ list of “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” behind Lady Gaga and Oprah and just ahead of U2.
That empire is managed by Scooter Braun, who spoke with Business Insider last Friday to tell us how it happened.
The scale of Bieber Inc. is daunting: The newly legal teen’s 2011 concert documentary film “Never Say Never” raked in $100 million globally. His live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night.
This month alone, Bieber has used his newfound funds to buy a $20,000 limited edition Ducati motorcycle (even though he doesn’t have his license yet) and a $6 million Calabasas mansion.
But none of this would have been possible if Braun, a young club-promoter-turned-talent agent, had not plucked Bieber from YouTube obscurity.
As the oft-told story goes, in 2008 Braun tracked down Bieber after seeing his online videos and realizing the kid with the voice and the hair had “it.” The rest is teen pop history.
Fast-forward four years and Braun, now 30, is still managing Bieber; from clarifying he is not engaged to girlfriend Selena Gomez to helping the superstar manage his new fortune. [continue reading…]
There are millions of Justin Bieber fans in the world and they are all devoted. He reached them with his music and much more in 2011 and together they just might be building something special. That is because any review of the year 2011 finds the Canadian star not just in concert, recording albums and appearing on TV shows, but also focusing on helping others. For Justin Bieber does not simply perform for his fans, he takes them with him on a mission of care, a mission to be kind, helpful and generous members of the world community. That penchant came to the fore in 2011.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on St. Lucia
The year 2011 began for the 16-year-old in the gossip columns. At the close of 2010 there were incessant rumors about him and an actor/singer two years older, Selena Gomez, star of the series ‘The Wizards of Waverly Place’. On New Years day photos were taken by a tourist of the two on a yacht on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean and the relationship was confirmed.
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On Monday night, May 2nd, I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Justin Bieber in Melbourne before the start of his My World Tour show. The meeting itself was faster than a sparrow on speed.
The meet and greet, albeit short, was just the icing on the cake for what has been three years of watching, listening and following of Justin’s every more. At times I have not agreed with some of his statements — his views on abortion and homosexuality were slightly misconstrued — but at 17, he is still a kid, one who is most likely uninformed and uneducated on the matters.
“I am 25 years old and even I look to him for inspiration.”
While waiting to enter the meet and greet, I noticed a familiar face. There, shadowed by a news crew, was Casey Heynes. You might remember, Casey rose to Internet and international prominence after a video of him standing up to bullying emerged on YouTube.
At 17, Justin has more pressure on him than any other teen in the world. In the opening minutes of his Never Say Never biopic, which I recommend you all see, you can see the responsibility he feels to his fans, family and those who rely on him for an income. At 17 years old, he has made more money than most will make in a lifetime.
We know Justin Bieber is pretty popular these days—OK, he’s the most famous 16-year-old in the whole entire world—but does he have more power than the president of the United States?
He sorta does…
Jon Chu, director of Bieber’s new musical documentary feature film, Never Say Never, says his parents’ Palo Alto, Calif, restaurant Chef Chu’s experienced quite the healthy jump in business after he brought the pop singer in for dinner.
“We ate, took pictures, and now since his picture’s been up, business has gone up—like 20 percent!” Chu told me earlier today before a special screening of the flick in NYC. “We have presidents that have been at the restaurant…but it’s Justin Bieber that’s actually increased business.”
Chu said Bieber let the cameras roll on almost everything in his life. But getting his famous locks styled was one of the few things that was completely off limits.
“They call it magic, and I couldn’t see the magic,” Chu said with a laugh. “I wasn’t allowed to shoot him getting his hair done. I could see before. I could see after. But I couldn’t see him actually putting it together. I don’t know how they do it. They say it’s magic. They close the door and that’s that.”
After Ellen reveals on Twitter that one of the things she wants for her birthday is a lock of his hair, the ‘Baby’ hitmaker responds with a tweet that read, ‘i think i can make that happen.’
Justin Bieber is going to make one of Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday wishes comes true. TV talk show Ellen has unraveled on Tuesday, January 25 that one of her wishes for her 54th birthday is to have a lock of the “Baby” hitmaker’s hair, and the teen heartthrob didn’t waste any time to tell her he can make that happen.
The Twitter exchanges began with Ellen posting, “It’s my birthday tomorrow! All I want for my birthday is world peace, and a lock of @JustinBieber’s hair.” Justin was quick to write back, “@TheEllenShow i think i can make that happen. i know people that know people that know people. those people also know people.” Ellen then retweeted, “You just made me really happy. Now bring me the hair.”
In another news, the Wednesday, January 26 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will present a few surprises guests for Ellen. [SPOILER ALERT!] According to Cinema Blend, Pink will serenade the comedienne during her opening monologue. Julia Roberts, Colin Farrell, Jaden Smith and One Eskimo will also show up.