When it comes to drag, nobody is more successful than RuPaul. Thanks to the growing global success of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race , RuPaul – born RuPaul Andre Charles – has brought the art of drag from niche into the mainstream, and has laughed all the way to the bank while doing so. As an actor, drag queen, model, author and recording artist, RuPaul, 60, is estimated to have a net worth of US$60 million and is widely considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen in the world. As his song Freaky Money goes, “All up in the club, I’m making money. Even when I sleep, I’m making money.” And he wasn’t joking! Here’s how Ru makes and spends his cash. From tomboy to teen supreme: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s 2021 transformation Entertainment mogul Ru might be a commercial success now, but much like the queens on his show, he had to hustle his way to the top with hard work, determination and a whole lot of contouring make-up. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Royal Emerge (@royalemerge) Starting off in music, RuPaul recorded the dance/house album “Supermodel of the World” in 1993 and has since released numerous records, including 2011’s “Glamazon” and 2016’s “Butch Queen” (expect more autotune than lip-synching). In 1996 Ru made his TV debut with his own talk show on VH1, The RuPaul Show , before finally launching RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. View this post on Instagram A post shared by A’WHORA (@awhora) In 2013, TV Guide reported that Ru was earning US$50,000 per episode of Drag Race and, considering the show is currently on it’s 13th and most successful season yet, that pay cheque has undoubtedly been significantly increased since. Meet Elliot Page, The Umbrella Academy star who just came out as trans Fracking and farming Georges LeBar has been married to Ru since 1994, sticking with him through thick and thin. But you’d be forgiven for not knowing about him, because throughout the years he’s opted to remain out of the spotlight, running their ranch in Wyoming instead. The couple recently raised eyebrows when Ru admitted in an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air that he leases the mineral and water rights of his 60,000-acre (28,300-hectare) Wyoming ranch to oil companies. In short, fracking. Fracking is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas”. The practice is known for damaging surrounding areas where the waste from the sites are dumped. And as you can imagine, it’s a hotly debated environmental and political issue. “Well, a modern ranch, 21st-century ranch, is really land management,” RuPaul told Fresh Air . “You lease the mineral rights to oil companies and you sell water to oil companies. And then you lease the grazing rights to different ranchers.” What did 2020 look like for LGBT icon Shiloh Jolie-Pitt? A brand new home in 90210 In 2019, RuPaul splashed out US$13.7 million to purchase a 10,300 sq ft OTT mansion in the heart of Beverly Hills. The European mansion has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, according to its listing. It also boasts a formal dining room, high-ceilinged living rooms, fireplaces and French parquet floors. Of course, the master bedroom is fit for a kween with an outdoor terrace, and downstairs rooms include a media room, a wine cellar, a gym and a four-car garage. Imagine the opulence, gurl! Property investor A farm and a mansion aren’t the only properties under Ru’s sparkly belt. Since the start of his career he has owned a flat in New York that he bought for US$350,000 back in the early 90s. In 2007, he added a West Hollywood condo to his property portfolio for around US$600,000. It’s turned out to be a rather lucrative exercise. Before purchasing his Beverly Hills mansion, Ru put on the market a home he bought for US$2.5 million for twice its original value. How these celebrity children are breaking gender boundaries And, of course, couture! What is a successful drag queen without a wardrobe of designer outfits? When asked by Money.com how much he has spent on designer gowns for his show, Ru admitted he is willing to drop US$10,000 on a gown, but doesn’t keep count. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mama ru || Ruby red (@enby.rpdr) “Oh, I don’t know. I’ve lost count. Our show has been on the air for 10 years, and there are – I don’t know – 14 gowns per season? So … [a lot].” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .