BETWEEN 2015-2020 BRUNO MARS EARNED $175,000,000: HERE’S WHY

He’s Mr. Uptown Funk, he’s always drippin’ in Finesse, and he’s never been shy about telling the world “That’s What I Like.” With a laundry list of hits songs under his belt and a powerhouse voice, it seems like Bruno Mars has been one of our favorite crooners forever. What many may not know is that Bruno Mars is much more than one of the most successful singers in the world. 

Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 8th, 1985, the boy we would later know as Bruno Mars grew up poor. He and his five siblings shared a bed, and at one point they even lived in a building without a bathroom; they had to walk down an unpaved road to another building to use the bathroom. Despite the hardships, Bruno remembers having a happy childhood. “We had it all. We had each other,” Bruno remembered lovingly in an interview with 60 minutes. “I know I’m gonna figure it out, just give me some time,” he said. 

One thing that his family figured out almost immediately was that Bruno – whose dad nicknamed him because he saw a resemblance to a wrestler named Bruno Sammartino – was extremely talented. His family had a traveling band and Bruno was quickly put to work impersonating music legend Elvis Presley. He also sang songs by Michael Jackson, James Brown, and the Isley Brothers. As he got older, he continued to perform, opening up for various shows and serving as a hype-man. 

Growing up with a great appreciation for classic soul and R&B and having impressive talents didn’t really pay the bills, unfortunately. Despite the fact that he was performing he was still flat broke! He left home and moved to L.A. to pursue a singing career, even signing a record deal, but nothing came of it. He still couldn’t make ends meet and he certainly wasn’t living out his dreams. 

The money started coming in when Bruno, as part of a group called The Smeezingtons, started to write, produce, and compose music for other artists such as CeeLo Greene, Brandy, Travie McCoy, and Flo Rida, just to name a few. By the time Bruno released his own debut album, It’s Better If You Don’t Understand, he was already recognized – and PAID – for his many producing credits. Shortly after his debut album, he released the single Just the Way You Are, which reached number one on charts all over the world and helped his next album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans, go multi-platinum. 

Doo-Wops and Hooligans was followed up by Unorthodox Jukebox and 24K Magic, which each also went multiplatinum! Bruno’s music has also earned him 11 Grammy Awards, not to mention multiple Guinness World Records for record sales and streaming singles. 

Bruno Mars’ life now is a far cry from the one room shack of his childhood. He’s finally living in the lap of luxury. Performing sold our tours all over the globe, pulling down an estimated $237 million for his shows, and becoming one of the highest grossing artists in the world, there’s no question as to why we love Bruno Mars. But why don’t we hear more about him beyond his booming voice? Unfortunately, that aspect is not unique, as the stories about artists of color are not available in one place. The Digital Podcast aims to change that. Targeted towards African American and Latino audiences all around the world, offers stories like Bruno Mars’ and other sensational, talented people of color. Shows like The Hip Hop Crew and Lorena On Love offer unique perspectives on the culture that audiences crave. Be sure to check out the Digital Podcast network and head over to for your free trail today.