The Queen of Pop has a staggering number of career milestones, but she’s just passed a significant life milestone — Madonna has just celebrated her birthday, a very special one which signifies 60 trips around the Sun for the Like A Prayer singer. Before we look back at some of those career highlights, and what the future may hold for Madonna, who is easily one of the most successful musicians of all time, let’s address the pressing issue of how she celebrated it, bearing in mind she can afford any party she so desires.
Indeed, Madonna has an estimated net worth of $590 million dollars, which puts her up there with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Elton John, as being among the highest earning musicians of all time. With that in mind, her birthday was a fairly modest affair. Most notably because she chose to ban her own music throughout the event — held at a property owned by Richard Branson’s sister Vanessa in Marrakech, Madonna specified that only traditional Berber music was to be played, and politely asked the guests did not request her songs. Not even Vogue.
The modesty was also upheld by guests handing in their phones, so the big birthday bash didn’t descend into the shoulder-rubbing, selfie-fest that so many celebrity birthday parties do become. Of course, a few choice pictures did make their way onto Madonna’s Instagram page, showing off the stunning Moroccan traditional attire worn by herself and some of her friends who were present.
Best of all, Madonna made her 60th birthday bigger than herself — in honour of her big day, she asked fans to assist her in donating money to charity Raising Malawi, which she co-founded. Their stated mission is to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi's 1,400,000 orphans and vulnerable children. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $628,398, towards its $800,000 target. Respect!