How Celine Dion amassed her staggering net worth of $380 million

When Celine Dion broke out as a teen star in 1981 with her first record "La voix du bon Dieu," she relied on her then-manager and future husband Rene Angelil to finance it -- by mortgaging his home, no less.

Fast-forward 36 years, and the Canadian superstar has amassed a whopping $380 million, according to Forbes.

The majority of her wealth -- a staggering $260 million -- is due to her lucrative Las Vegas residencies, which she's headlined since 2003. In addition, the pop icon has sold more than 220 million records in her decades-long tenure in the spotlight.

Click through to see photos of Dion through her career:

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Celine Dion's Style Transformation
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Celine Dion's Style Transformation

January 1991

It's a silk dress (that looks a bit like a nightie...?) that Dion chose when posing here with Will Smith at the American Music Awards.

January 1992

Celine channels a ballerina in this white dress with a full tulle skirt.

January 1993

We think we've seen this dress before ... or something very similar on Lady Gaga! Not afraid to show some skin, Dion rocks the all red gown.

August 1993

Everything about this outfit screams '90s - from the necklace to the shoes!

January 1995

Celine takes her look to new lengths - much shorter ones!

February 1996

Dion wore this midriff-baring ensemble, with high-waisted pants and a blazer to top it off, to the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.

December 1996

Dion is dazzling in this gold gown she wore to the Billboard Music Awards.

February 1997

It's a bit see-through, but Celine chose this halter for the 39th Grammy Awards.

March 1997

Dion switched up the neckline to attend the Oscars, choosing this sparkly deep-v gown.

June 1997

Dion was ravishing in red at the Tony Awards.

September 1997

Celine looks elegant in this black suit at the Marie Claire Magazine Fashion & Beauty Awards.

February 1998

This dress is a bit of an optical illusion: definitely an interesting choice.

March 1998

That's one heavy necklace! Dion wears the heart of the ocean to the Academy Awards.

January 1999

We're actually kinda digging this look, a casual (and comfy!) choice for the People's Choice Awards.

January 1999

We're not sure about the dark red lips and bright blush with this navy blue gown, but we love the full curls!

February 1999

Sleek hair and a sleek gown are all Dion needed for the 41st Annual Grammys.

February 1999

The singer is glowing in this silver gown as she holds up not one but two Grammy awards!

March 1999

We think everyone was stunned by this choice - and sadly, it made our list of worst Oscars outfits of all time!

February 2002

There's a lot of strappy-ness going on here, and while she nailed it with her hair and makeup, we're not huge fans of this dress.

May 2002

Not afraid to show off her bod, Dion wore a bright red dress, exposing some cleavage and midriff.

March 2003

This jacket is perfect for the press conference following the opening of her show in Las Vegas.

May 2003

Dion turned heads in this hot pink strapless gown.

December 2003

We give props to any woman confident enough in her body to wear a dress like this, but it seems like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

January 2004

Dion looked classically chic as she received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

September 2004

Dion wore this cutout dress to the World Music Awards in 2004.

October 2004

Celine celebrated the release of her book/CD "Miracle," in a kimono-inspired jacket.

October 2005

We're loving this outfit Dion wore to the "Grand Slam for Children" fundraiser.

October 2005

Well, we're not big fans of the whole capri-over-boots look, but where else is it best to make bold fashion moves? In Paris.

February 2007

Celine looked stunning in this forest green own at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

November 2007

Dion shimmered in this pretty dress at the World Music Awards.

November 2007

Embracing everything we love about the flappers of the '20's, Dion looked gorg at the American Music Awards.

January 2008

We wish she'd gone for a longer dress rather than choose a mini with tights, but Dion always keeps it interesting with pattern!

April 2008

Dion embraces lots of pattern for her visit to Shanghai.

November 2009

Out and about with her husband in New York City, Dion chooses a large coat and sky-high grey heels.

January 2010

Bedazzled for the Grammy Awards, Dion rocks it backstage.

February 2011

In true old Hollywood glam, Dion wore flowing waves and a white gown to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

March 2011

Celine looked professional and stylish at a news conference following her new show in Vegas.

November 2012

Dion rocked this grey gown in Germany at the BAMBI Awards.

February 2013

This metallic dress looks like liquid (fitting with that background!) as she performed in Bejing, China.

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Dion is also a real estate maven in her own right. The songstress and her family own several properties around the world -- in Las Vegas, Florida and abroad -- some of which she's sold or listed following her husband's illness and death last year.

Located on a private Quebec island, Dion's lavish Canadian outpost was listed for $29.7 million in 2014 and just sold for an undisclosed price in February after a few price chops.

The starlet has also been struggling to sell her elaborate Jupiter Island, Florida, property she built with her late husband. Complete with its own water park, Dion initially listed the home for $72 million in 2013. After her husband died last year, she lowered the asking priced to $45.5 million, and it's now sitting on the market at $38.5 million.

Peek inside the estate:

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Inside Celine Dion's Florida home
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Inside Celine Dion's Florida home

Welcome to Celine Dion's 5.5-acre compound on Jupiter Island in Florida.

(Photo courtesy Sotheby's International Realty)

The singer is selling the property for $38.5 million.

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She and her late husband custom-designed the property themselves after buying two lots and razing one of the existing homes.

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There are three pools on the property and gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The main house has over 10,000 square feet of space.

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There are two kitchens in the main home. This one connects to a nearby eating nook.

(Photo courtesy Sotheby's International Realty)

And here's the so-called butler's kitchen with plenty of storage space.

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There are lots of plush seating areas throughout the home.

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The bottom floor has floor-to-ceiling windows to let in lots of natural light.

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The dining room alone can easily fit a party of eight.

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But the most spectacular room is the master bedroom.

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It has its own private balcony and views of the Atlantic. There's even a flat-screen TV in the ceiling so that the view remains unobstructed.

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Nearby is the master bathroom, which has a glass shower and an opulent bathtub.

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But the best part of the master suite is the custom-designed closet. It has a rotating clothing rack and shoe carousel.

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The guest bedrooms aren't too shabby, either.

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Outside, there are lots of places to lounge, like near a cozy fire out on this veranda.

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Or you can relax in the shade of the pool house after your dip in the pool.

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The main pool even has a fire pit that juts into the water so bathers can easily jump out and sunbathe.

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Or you could always enjoy the view from the deck.

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The view really is spectacular.

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Here's one last look at Dion's Florida home.

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