Her Empire

Thanks to the existence of the conservatorship that a judge installed to essentially take over her life in the wake of her dual emergency hospitalizations in January 2008, Spears is perhaps the one celebrity whose net worth we can assess with absolute certainty. And in documents obtained by E! News this August, we learned that the pop star is worth well over $56 million dollars. Key to her fortunes, aside from album sales, of course, is the money earned performing night after night during her Piece of Me residency, which ended on New Year's Eve in 2017, and her summer tour across the East Coast and Europe, as well as the profits from her massively lucrative fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden, of which there are 25 distinct fragrances, from 2004's Curious to this summer's unisex Prerogative.

Looking to keep her empire continually expanding, Spears and her team have partnered with Epic Rights to create a haircare line, along with clothing, exercise gear, electronics, and other accessories. "We see this new lifestyle collection as Britney's next step in connecting with her legions of loyal fans around the globe," her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, told WWD in April of this year. "Sharing her style and fashion sense through products she has developed is a testament to her authenticity as well as her commitment to and appreciation of the fans that have made it all possible." The Britney Spears Lifestyle program has an expected launch of spring 2019, shortly after she kicks off Britney: Domination at the Park MGM in February.

Her Financial Woes

Despite the fact that she's sitting high atop a multi-million dollar empire, her past year hasn't been without its financial hits in the form of a challenge to her long-standing custody arrangement with ex-husband Kevin Federline. In March, E! News confirmed that the father of the singer's two sons, Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden James, 12, had requested an increase in the $20,000 he's received each month since 2008, "given that the kids are older and the financial circumstances of the parties are significantly different than when the child support was originally resolved."

After an initial attempt to settle out of court, Federline filed papers with the court in May formally requesting a change in the agreement while also requesting that Spears cover his attorney's fees. In the documents, the former backup dancer estimated his monthly income around $3,000, "less than 1 percent" of Spears'. He stated that, as a result of being unable to provide a lifestyle for his sons similar to the one Spears provides, he sought out the increase "to provide some sort of remote parity between the lifestyles."

In August, she was ordered to pay Federline $110,000 to cover his legal "costs and fees," and a month later, it was reported that the former couple had settled, with Spears agreeing to pay her ex "thousands more a month in child support." At the time, a source told E! News that the "Slumber Party" singer was "very unhappy" with the settlement, but understood that it was "in her best interest" to move on from the whole ordeal. "She was tired of fighting about it and is ready to get on with her life and put this behind her," the source added.