Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlotte Inherits Her Fortune

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlotte Inherits Her Fortune

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Byline: By Jennifer Sym

As the clock struck midnight last night, singing sensation Charlotte Church could start unwrapping her 18th birthday presents - and take control of her millions.

The average teenager could look forward to a tankard or jewellery, but the young soprano is set to get her hands on the estimated pounds 16m fortune she has earned since she hit the music scene.

She may now be old enough to order a drink in a pub, but for a girl who has been on the same bill as Jennifer Lopez and Placido Domingo, hobnobbed with Justin Timberlake, played for the Pope, has scores of websites dedicated to her and sold more than 10 million records, that will perhaps be taken in her stride.

Few teenagers would be able to say "I am a product. That's all good and fine with me", but despite her wealth and international stardom, she has always seemed to try to maintain a semblance of normality.

She remained in her hometown of Cardiff and kept a close circle of friends in the city. Last year, she told DJ Chris Moyles her dream car would be a "lush" Audi TT but then her realistic streak came to the fore, as she said: "The insurance is too much so I'm getting a Peugeot."

Even singing for the Queen, a task which might make the most seasoned performer quake, merited a typical teenager's reaction: "I've sung for the Queen and she's a good chick."

The angelic-looking soprano first found international fame at the age of 12 when her debut album Voice of an Angel was released and went platinum.

More albums followed, selling in their millions, and she earned a spot as one of Billboard's top 10 best-selling female vocalists worldwide for 2000, sharing the honour with a list that included Madonna and Janet Jackson. She also became the youngest artist ever to have a number one album in the UK classical charts. …

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