You Oughta Know That Alanis Morissette's Net Worth In 2024 Is Hard-Earned

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morisssette's net worth in 2024 is enough for her to live on comfortably for life (and realistically generations), but she doesn't want to stop working—even though she's been doing so, as she sings in "Reasons I Drink," she was "single-digits."

The 50-year-old Canadian-born crooner, who embarks on her Three Moons Tour beginning in June 2024, says that songwriting is cathartic for her, especially when it comes to the darker feelings for which she's most famous.

"When [my music is] shared publicly, it's no longer mine. It's still my story, and I'm really intrigued when I hear other people’s interpretations of it, because sometimes it's a direct match to what my experience was," she told Olivia Rodrigo in Rolling Stone. "Other times it has nothing to do with where I was coming from. It's just been beautifully co-opted by whoever’s listening. But the process does start with it just being very intimate, literally alone."

She added, "A lot of people have said to me very generously, like you just did, 'Wow, that’s so brave,' and I wonder what part of it is brave, because it just doesn’t feel brave to me. It just feels like a mandatory experience to the point where if I'm not doing that—if I'm not expressing myself in that way—I'd probably get sick really fast."

It pays to be honest! Find out Alanis Morissette's net worth and how she made it, from teen pop star to rock goddess and beyond.

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How did Alanis Morissette become famous?

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on June 1, 1974, Alanis Morissette developed her love of music at an early age: She began playing piano when she was 6 years old, started dance lessons when she was 7 and wrote her first song when she was 10.

Morissette's first TV appearances came when she was in middle school and appeared on the Canadian kids comedy show You Can't Do That On Television, which later aired in the U.S. on Nickelodeon.

Morissette recorded her first demo song, "Fate Stay With Me," when she was 13. Within four years, she released her debut self-titled album exclusively in Canada—and, much to the shock of people who later discovered her through Jagged Little Pill, it was a pure pop record, earning her the nickname "The Debbie Gibson of Canada." The album was a success, spawning three Top 40 singles in the Great North (including "Too Hot"), leading Morissette to open for Vanilla Ice in 1991.

While this seems like a dream for most young artists, for Morissette, it came with a very dark side. In the 2021 documentary Jagged, which followed the trajectory of her career, Morissette revealed she'd been sexually abused when she was a 15-year-old pop star and struggled with eating disorders for years.

"It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part. I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded, like, 'Hey, you were 15, you're not consenting at 15,'" she said in the HBO film (via The Washington Post). "Now I'm like, 'Oh yeah, they're all pedophiles. It's all statutory rape.'" (Morissette would later go on to denounce the film and refused to promote it, accusing the filmmakers of having a "salacious agenda," but also heavily alluded to her experiences in her 2002 single "Hands Clean.")

Her 1992 sophomore album, Now Is The Time, was a departure from Alanis and featured less glossy production and more ballads. Though it spawned three hit singles, the album only sold about half as much as her debut. To reiterate: Morissette was still just 18 years old at this point.

Once she graduated high school, Morissette moved out of her parents' home to Toronto a year later to pursue songwriting. There, she met Glen Ballard, who took her under his wing and helped her produce Jagged Little Pill for Maverick Records, a then-new imprint from an artist we know as Madonna. (Madonna!)

Released in June 1995 when Morissette was 21, the first single, "You Oughta Know," received airplay on Los Angeles' influential KROQ radio station, partially thanks to its features from Red Hot Chili PeppersFlea and then-member Dave Navarro. The bitter breakup anthem struck a chord musically and hit a nerve sonically, in part thanks to Morissette's explicit lyrics, which today seem relatively tame, but were a huge deal at the time—especially for a woman.

The success of "You Oughta Know" and its follow-up singles "Hand In My Pocket," "Ironic," "Head Over Feet" and "You Learn," led Jagged Little Pill to sell 33 million copies worldwide (later bested only by Come On Over from fellow Canadian import Shania Twain). Morissette became one of the biggest artists on the planet and won won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for "You Oughta Know"), as well as Best Rock Album and Album of the Year at the 1996 Grammys. The album went on to inspire the Broadway musical of the same name and remains a rock classic.

Morissette has continued releasing music and performing for nearly three decades since Jagged Little Pill's release and even dabbled in acting, literally playing God in Kevin Smith's Dogma and with recurring roles on TV, including a voice role as an imaginary version of herself in the animated series The Great North.

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What is Alanis Morissette's net worth in 2024?

Alanis Morissette's net worth in 2024 is estimated at a cool $60 million. It would be even higher if she'd had a better team through the years: In 2017, her former business manager Jonathan Schwartz pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5 million from her and was sentenced to six years in prison, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Morissette testified that she trusted Schwartz to handle her finances because it gave her more freedom to pursue the artistic side of show business, but that his conduct left her "shaken to the core."

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Alanis Morissette performs at 02 in London in early March 2020.<p>Rob Ball/WireImage</p>
Alanis Morissette performs at 02 in London in early March 2020.

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How did Alanis Morissette make her money?

Morissette did everything the old-fashioned way in terms of income as a musician: She wrote, performed and toured for decades.

How much does it cost to hire Alanis Morissette?

When you're as successful as Morissette, you get to be selective about your gigs. As such, estimates place her booking fees in the $750,000 to $1.5 million range, though these haven't necessarily been substantiated.

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How many instruments does Alanis Morissette play?

Morissette plays guitar, harmonica, piano and flute.

When did Alanis Morissette come out?

Morissette's debut album Alanis dropped in 1989, but her global breakthrough came in 1995 with Jagged Little Pill.

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