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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.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lola: Érase una vez 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 2007 Video Game "The Real Thing"
There's Something About Ashley: The Story of Headstrong 2006 Video documentary short writer: "Be Good to Me" - uncredited
Las Vegas 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko hledá SuperStar 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2003-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Material Girls 2006 writer: "Play with Fire"
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Video writer: "Rich Girl" - as Kara E. Dioguardi
Lucky Louie 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hills 2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8: Bonus DVD 2006 Video short writer: "Fly"
Last Holiday 2006 writer: "Rich Girl"
Kylie 'Showgirl': The Greatest Hits Tour 2005 Video writer: "Spinning Around"
2005 American Music Awards 2005 TV Special writer: "Confessions of a Broken Heart Daughter to Father"
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Party 2005 Video Game "Fly", "Pieces Of Me"
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Herbie Fully Loaded 2005 writer: "First"
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Smallville 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ice Princess 2005 writer: "Reach"
América 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hilary Duff: Learning to Fly 2004 Video documentary short writer: "Fly"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 2004 Video Game "Come Clean"
Rebelde 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Raise Your Voice 2004 writer: "Someone's Watching over Me", "Fly"
A Cinderella Story 2004 performer: "Now You Know" / writer: "Now You Know"
Brave New Girl 2004 TV Movie writer: "Brave New Girl"
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 writer: "The Way"
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 2004 writer: "Ready", "1-2-3"
Idols! 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kylie Minogue: Kylie Fever 2002 in Concert - Live in Manchester 2002 Video documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - uncredited
For the People 2002 TV Series performer: "Somethin' To Say" / writer: "Somethin' To Say"
The Office 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Circuit 2001 writer: "Love Devine"
The Frank Skinner Show 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Royal Variety Performance 2000 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around"
CD:UK 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
International Indian Film Awards 2000 TV Special writer: "Spinning Around"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Voice 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Coronation Street 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 Moments That Rocked Pop 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - uncredited
Britain's Got Talent 2010-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Spinning Around" - as Kara Dioguardi
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Austin & Ally 2013-2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series writer - 9 episodes, 2005 - 2014 producer - 1 episode, 2009
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2012-2014 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Watch Dogs 2014 Video Game writer: "Good Girls Go Bad" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Radio 2: In Concert 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars 2011-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Boyhood 2014/I writer: "Good Girls Go Bad" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Pink: The Truth About Love Tour - Live from Melbourne 2013 Documentary writer: "Sober" - uncredited
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Celebrity Splash! Australia 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parental Guidance 2012 writer: "Now or Never"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Fainaru fantajî XIII-2 2011 Video Game "New World"
Hart of Dixie TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2011 producer - 1 episode, 2011
I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 writer: "Love Story"
A.N.T. Farm 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2011 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 writer: "Hot Mess"
Late Show with David Letterman 2010-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Walmart Soundcheck 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jonas TV Series 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
EastEnders 2001-2010 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2010 performer - 2 episodes, 2009
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love 2009 Video writer: "Hot Mess", "Stuttering" - as Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Greek TV Series producer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ugly Betty TV Series producer - 2 episodes, 2009 writer - 2 episodes, 2009
Glee 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Youth in Revolt 2009 writer: "L.O.V.E."
Hannah Montana 2007-2009 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
One Tree Hill 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hannah Montana: The Movie 2009 writer: "Dream"
Hachaverim Shel Naor 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 writer: "Rich Girl"
Caminho das Índias 2009 TV Series writer: "Sober"
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 writer: "Rich Girl"
The Cheetah Girls: One World 2008 TV Movie writer: "Cheetah Love", "I'm the One"
Living Lohan 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Camp Rock 2008 TV Movie performer: "We Rock" / producer: "Play My Music", "We Rock" / writer: "Play My Music", "We Rock"
Get Smart 2008 writer: "Ain't No Other Man"
Today 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics - Live and Down Under 2008 Video 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 Concert 2008 Documentary writer: "We Got the Party"
The L Word 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bring It On: In It to Win It 2007 Video writer: "Be Good to Me" - as Kara E. DioGuardi / writer: "Never Stop"
Friday Night Lights 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2002-2007 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The X Factor 2005-2007 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Thrillville: Off the Rails 2007 Video Game writer: "Be Good to Me"
Hey Paula 2007 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
HaNefilim 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
RBD: La familia 2007 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Premiya Muz-TV 2007 2007 TV Special writer: "I Don't Need A Man", "Ain't No Other Man"
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2007 2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Class Apart 2007 TV Movie writer: "I Don't Need a Man"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2010 TV Series Kara DioGuardi
Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be 2009 Video short Love Interest

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hannah Montana 2010 TV Series composer - 1 episode
For the People 2002 TV Series composer: title theme

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be 2009 Video short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be 2009 Video short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Idol 2009-2016 TV Series Herself - Judge / Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
Fox and Friends 2012-2013 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest Co-Host
The Joy Behar Show 2011 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010-2011 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2009-2011 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself
Platinum Hit 2011 TV Series Herself - Judge
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Sesame Street 2010 TV Series Herself
The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
2010 CMT Music Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The View 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest Co-Host
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2010 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2009-2010 TV Series Herself
Larry King Live 2010 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2010 TV Series Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009-2010 TV Series Herself
Hannah Montana 2009 TV Series Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Herself
Close-Up 2009 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2008 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
63rd Annual Columbus Day Parade 2007 TV Movie Herself
There's Something About Ashley: The Story of Headstrong 2006 Video documentary short Herself
The One: Making a Music Star 2006 TV Series Herself - Judge / Herself - Expert / Judge
Rock Legends: Platinum Weird 2006 TV Movie Herself
The Ashlee Simpson Show 2004 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 BMI Cable Award BMI Film & TV Awards For the People (2002)


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#Fact
1 Had 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.
2 Became 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.
4 Has a pet chihuahua.
5 Had stage fright when she was 10 or 12.
6 Has a brother, John DioGuardi, who is a counselor at the Phoenix House, a national non-profit drug treatment organization.
7 Her mother, Carol, died in 1997 after a 7-year battle with ovarian cancer.
8 Serves as Executive Vice-President of Talent Development, Office of the Chairman for Warner Bros. Records, where she was appointed in 2008.
9 Graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science.
10 Had an eating disorder in college.
11 Daughter of former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
12 Co-wrote, with Adam Lambert, the track "Strut" on Adam's debut album, "For Your Entertainment".
13 Last name "Dioguardi" means "may God watch" in Italian.
14 Last name is pronounced "Dee-oh-Gwar-dee".
15 Is of Italian and Albanian descent.
16 Convinced 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.
17 Cousin of Regis Philbin.
18 Co-wrote many Kelly Clarkson songs on her "Breakaway" album.
19 Co-wrote and sang back-up on the Céline Dion song, "One Heart".
20 Sang back-up on Céline Dion's song, "Reveal".
21 [2001] Briefly recorded under the name Simply Kara and released one album entitled "Poe" to mp3.com
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 mp3.com to this day.
23 Co-wrote and sang back-up on Enrique Iglesias's hit single "Escape".
24 Co-wrote, with Paula Abdul, the Kylie Minogue UK #1 chart topper "Spinning Around".
25 Co-wrote the Céline Dion hits "Right In Front Of You" and "Sorry For Love".


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