Kara Dioguardi Net Worth

Kara Dioguardi Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Kara DioGuardi net worth is
$25 Million

Kara DioGuardi Wiki Biography

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi was born on the 9th December 1970, in New Rochelle, New York State USA, and is a singer, songwriter as well as a producer, TV personality and occasional actress, probably best known as a judge in the popular reality TV show “American Idol”, as well as for her BMI Award-winning lyrics such as Gwen Stefani‘s “Rich Girl” and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Walk Away”, among a dozen of others. She is also known as the Executive Vice-President of Warner Bros Records’ Talent Development program.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this multi-talented woman has accumulated so far? How rich Kara DioGuardi is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Kara’s net worth, as of early 2017, exceeds $25 million, including assets such as a residence in New York City valued at $3 million. It has been acquired through her career in the music industry which has been active since 1998.

Kara DioGuardi Net Worth $25 million

Kara was born to Carol and Joseph J. DioGuardi, a former Republican Congressman, and is of American as well as Italian and Albanian ancestry. She attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and later The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York after which she enrolled at Duke University from which she graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree majoring in political science. After graduation she landed her first job at Billboard magazine as an editor-in-chief’s assistant. She later got an on-camera job, as a sales representative and advertiser. These engagements provided the basis for Kara DioGuardi’s quite respectable net worth.

Kara’s career in the music industry began in 1998, when she approached Paula Abdul on the streets of New York City and gave her a demo CD, and the rest is history. However, her real breakthrough came in 2000 when Kara wrote the song “Spinning Around” for Kylie Minogue, since when she has written several hundreds songs, including over 250 songs which were released on studio albums of which 150 were featured on platinum rated albums, selling over 160 million copies. So far, Kara DioGuardi has collaborated with numerous big names from the music industry, apart from those already mentioned including Britney Spears, Celine Dion, the Jonas Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Santana as well as Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys and Pink. All these ventures have helped Kara DioGuardi to dramatically increase her wealth.

International glory came in 2009, when she appeared as a judge in the eighth season of FOX’s “American Idol” alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. She continued with this role in the show’s ninth season, and in 2011 she appeared, this time as the head judge, in Bravo’s talent show named “Platinum Hits”. Later that year Kara debuted as an actress in the Broadway musical production of “Chicago”, in which she portrayed Roxie Hart. Soon after, her first, autobiographical book was released – “A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love & American Idol”. It is certain that all these achievements have significantly increased the popularity of Kara DioGuardi as well as her worth.

Kara DioGuardi is also a co-founder of the music production and publishing company Arthouse Entertainment, which has released several hit albums from artists such as Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff’, Nick Lachey, Eminem, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Jason Derulo and Bruno Mars to name a few. To the present day, Kara has won eleven BMI Music Awards in several genres, including country, pop and Latin, and has also been nominated for prestigious Grammy and Emmy awards. Doubtlessly, all these accomplishments have made a huge, positive impact on Kara DioGuardi’s net worth.

When it comes to her personal life, Kara has been married since 2009 to Mike McCuddy, with whom she has a son who was born thanks to a surrogate mother; allegedly, Kara and Mike paid $100,000 to the woman who carried their child. However, this is not Kara’s first child, as from her previous relationships she has a daughter.

Full NameKara DioGuardi
Net Worth$25 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 9, 1970
Place Of BirthOssining, New York, United States
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, , Music Arranger, Music publisher, Record producer, TV Personality
EducationImmaculate Heart of Mary School, Duke University
SpouseMike McCuddy (m. 2009)
ParentsJoseph J. DioGuardi, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi
NominationsLatin Grammy Award for Song of the Year
TV ShowsAmerican Idol, The One: Making a Music Star
1Had a complete hysterectomy in December 2012, after learning she had the BRCA Gene - a mutation of which is linked to an increased risk of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer.
2Became a mother for the first time at age 42, when her son, Grayson James Carol McCuddy, was born on January 31, 2013 via surrogate. Child's father is her husband, Mike McCuddy. Her son was named after her mother, Carol.
3(July 5, 2009) Married her boyfriend of 2 years Mike McCuddy after a 6-month-long engagement.
4Has a pet chihuahua.
5Had stage fright when she was 10 or 12.
6Has a brother, John DioGuardi, who is a counselor at the Phoenix House, a national non-profit drug treatment organization.
7Her mother, Carol, died in 1997 after a 7-year battle with ovarian cancer.
8Serves as Executive Vice-President of Talent Development, Office of the Chairman for Warner Bros. Records, where she was appointed in 2008.
9Graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science.
10Had an eating disorder in college.
11Daughter of former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
12Co-wrote, with Adam Lambert, the track "Strut" on Adam's debut album, "For Your Entertainment".
13Last name "Dioguardi" means "may God watch" in Italian.
14Last name is pronounced "Dee-oh-Gwar-dee".
15Is of Italian and Albanian descent.
16Convinced by Paula Abdul to move to Los Angeles from New York City to write songs. Stayed with Paula at the beginning. Was said to be a sleepwalker.
17Cousin of Regis Philbin.
18Co-wrote many Kelly Clarkson songs on her "Breakaway" album.
19Co-wrote and sang back-up on the Céline Dion song, "One Heart".
20Sang back-up on Céline Dion's song, "Reveal".
21[2001] Briefly recorded under the name Simply Kara and released one album entitled "Poe" to
22[1999-2001] Was half of the independent pop/rock duo "MaD DoLL". Kara's and her then-band-mate John Wolfson's one-and-only album can still be found at to this day.
23Co-wrote and sang back-up on Enrique Iglesias's hit single "Escape".
24Co-wrote, with Paula Abdul, the Kylie Minogue UK #1 chart topper "Spinning Around".
25Co-wrote the Céline Dion hits "Right In Front Of You" and "Sorry For Love".


Lola: Érase una vez2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game "The Real Thing"
There's Something About Ashley: The Story of Headstrong2006Video documentary short writer: "Be Good to Me" - uncredited
Las Vegas2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2003-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Material Girls2006writer: "Play with Fire"
Bring It On: All or Nothing2006Video writer: "Rich Girl" - as Kara E. Dioguardi
Lucky Louie2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hills2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8: Bonus DVD2006Video short writer: "Fly"
Last Holiday2006writer: "Rich Girl"
Kylie 'Showgirl': The Greatest Hits Tour2005Video writer: "Spinning Around"
2005 American Music Awards2005TV Special writer: "Confessions of a Broken Heart Daughter to Father"
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Party2005Video Game "Fly", "Pieces Of Me"
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Herbie Fully Loaded2005writer: "First"
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Smallville2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ice Princess2005writer: "Reach"
América2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 20042004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hilary Duff: Learning to Fly2004Video documentary short writer: "Fly"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 32004Video Game "Come Clean"
Rebelde2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Raise Your Voice2004writer: "Someone's Watching over Me", "Fly"
A Cinderella Story2004performer: "Now You Know" / writer: "Now You Know"
Brave New Girl2004TV Movie writer: "Brave New Girl"
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed2004writer: "The Way"
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen2004writer: "Ready", "1-2-3"
Idols!2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kylie Minogue: Kylie Fever 2002 in Concert - Live in Manchester2002Video documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - uncredited
For the People2002TV Series performer: "Somethin' To Say" / writer: "Somethin' To Say"
The Office2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Circuit2001writer: "Love Devine"
The Frank Skinner Show2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Royal Variety Performance 20002000TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around"
CD:UK2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
International Indian Film Awards2000TV Special writer: "Spinning Around"
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Voice2014-2016TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Dolezal Backstage2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing2014-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Coronation Street2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 Moments That Rocked Pop2015TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - uncredited
Britain's Got Talent2010-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite2015TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - as Kara Dioguardi
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Austin & Ally2013-2014TV Series writer - 3 episodes
So You Think You Can DanceTV Series writer - 9 episodes, 2005 - 2014 producer - 1 episode, 2009
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2012-2014TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Watch Dogs2014Video Game writer: "Good Girls Go Bad" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Radio 2: In Concert2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2014TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2011-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Boyhood2014/Iwriter: "Good Girls Go Bad" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Pink: The Truth About Love Tour - Live from Melbourne2013Documentary writer: "Sober" - uncredited
Rude Tube2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Celebrity Splash! Australia2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parental Guidance2012writer: "Now or Never"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Fainaru fantajî XIII-22011Video Game "New World"
Hart of DixieTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2011 producer - 1 episode, 2011
I Don't Know How She Does It2011writer: "Love Story"
A.N.T. Farm2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2009-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star2011writer: "Hot Mess"
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Walmart Soundcheck2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
JonasTV Series 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
EastEnders2001-2010TV Series writer - 7 episodes
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Dancing on Ice2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
American IdolTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2010 performer - 2 episodes, 2009
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love2009Video writer: "Hot Mess", "Stuttering" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
GreekTV Series producer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ugly BettyTV Series producer - 2 episodes, 2009 writer - 2 episodes, 2009
Glee2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Youth in Revolt2009writer: "L.O.V.E."
Hannah Montana2007-2009TV Series writer - 4 episodes
One Tree Hill2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hannah Montana: The Movie2009writer: "Dream"
Hachaverim Shel Naor2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Shopaholic2009writer: "Rich Girl"
Caminho das Índias2009TV Series writer: "Sober"
Beverly Hills Chihuahua2008writer: "Rich Girl"
The Cheetah Girls: One World2008TV Movie writer: "Cheetah Love", "I'm the One"
Living Lohan2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Camp Rock2008TV Movie performer: "We Rock" / producer: "Play My Music", "We Rock" / writer: "Play My Music", "We Rock"
Get Smart2008writer: "Ain't No Other Man"
Today2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics - Live and Down Under2008Video documentary writer: "Intro: Back To Basics", "Ain't No Other Man", "Back In The Day", "Understand", "Still Dirrty / Can't Hold Us Down", "Makes Me Wanna Pray", "Oh Mother", "Encore: Thank You"
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert2008Documentary writer: "We Got the Party"
The L Word2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bring It On: In It to Win It2007Video writer: "Be Good to Me" - as Kara E. DioGuardi / writer: "Never Stop"
Friday Night Lights2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2002-2007TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The X Factor2005-2007TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Thrillville: Off the Rails2007Video Game writer: "Be Good to Me"
Hey Paula2007TV Series writer - 4 episodes
HaNefilim2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
RBD: La familia2007TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Premiya Muz-TV 20072007TV Special writer: "I Don't Need A Man", "Ain't No Other Man"
Idols2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 20072007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Class Apart2007TV Movie writer: "I Don't Need a Man"


The Simpsons2010TV SeriesKara DioGuardi
Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be2009Video shortLove Interest

Music Department

Hannah Montana2010TV Series composer - 1 episode
For the People2002TV Series composer: title theme


Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be2009Video short


Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be2009Video short producer


American Idol2009-2016TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Herself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
Fox and Friends2012-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Co-Host
The Joy Behar Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2011TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
Platinum Hit2011TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sesame Street2010TV SeriesHerself
The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
2010 CMT Music Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The View2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Host
Entertainment Tonight2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Hannah Montana2009TV SeriesHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 20092009TV SpecialHerself
Close-Up2009TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2008TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
63rd Annual Columbus Day Parade2007TV MovieHerself
There's Something About Ashley: The Story of Headstrong2006Video documentary shortHerself
The One: Making a Music Star2006TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Herself - Expert / Judge
Rock Legends: Platinum Weird2006TV MovieHerself
The Ashlee Simpson Show2004TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHerself

Won Awards

2003BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFor the People (2002)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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