How much is Halle Berry worth?
|Date of Birth:
|August 14, 1966 (age 56)
|United States of America
|5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
About Halle Berry
Maria Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Bedford by her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins), who was a psychiatric nurse. Her father Jerome, was a hospital attendant. Her mother is of mostly English and German descent while her father was African-American. Her parents split when she was four years old and her father disappeared from her life. As a teen, Halle was always very beautiful. She competed in beauty pageants, eventually winning Miss Teen All-American in 1985, Miss Ohio in 1986 and was the first runner-up in the 1986 Miss USA competition. She soon after became a model which also helped her get cast in the TV series, Living Dolls in 1989.
While the show was universally panned by critics, it served as Halle Berry’s acting debut and she soon gained a reputation both on-set and also with a small audience of fans. Berry realized that she was a natural method-actor, even allegedly refusing to bathe for several days before portraying her role as Vivian, an on-screen crack addict, in Spike Lee‘s Jungle Fever (1991). She followed up her performance with her role as Angela a year later in the Eddie Murphy led movie Boomerang. She then appeared as sexy secretary “Sharon Stone” in The Flintstones, which was followed by her landing a contract with cosmetics giant Revlon in 1996 to replace Cindy Crawford as their spokesmodel.
Halle Berry’s career continued to heat up and she gained a reputation as a sex symbol. In 1998, she received critical acclaim for her role as Nina, a street smart young woman who takes up with a struggling politician, in Bulworth. A year later, she starred in the HBO film Face of an Angel. Her role as Dorothy Dandridge, portrayed the life of the first black woman to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. The role earned Halle an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie” and a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie”.
Her marketability as a leading lady was climbing and soon she was cast as Ororo Munroe / Storm in the blockbuster film X-Men. Then in 2001, she shocked fans when she agreed to appear topless for the first time in Swordfish, the iconic scene earned her a $500,000 bonus and a lot of new male fans. That year, she also starred in the independent film Monster’s Ball. Her role as a desperate mother who finds comfort in a racist prison officer, suddenly showed the world that she was more than just a pretty face and a rocking body. For her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in the film, starring alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry earned a nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role”. A nomination that she won at the 2002 Academy Awards, becoming the first African-American women to do so.
Her bankability as an actress went through the roof and she was cast in blockbusters like Die Another Day and X-Men 2. She then became part of a small group of actresses who have portrayed Catwoman, including Eartha Kitt and Michelle Pfeiffer, when she starred in the 2004 film. A film that, despite a generous budget of $100 million, was one of the lowest rated movies of all time. It even scored Berry an award for “Worst Actress” at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
It was soon long forgotten, and after reprising her role as Storm in X-Men: The Last Stand she saw a resurgence in her career. She also voiced the role of Cappy in Robots and co-starred Bruce Willis in Perfect Stranger. While her career slowed down in 2008, appearing in some low budget movies such as Frankie & Alice in 2010 and Dark Tide in 2012. She bounced back in 2013 with her role as Jordan Turner in The Call, and a year later, reprised her role as Storm for the fourth time in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since then she has notably appeared in 2017’s Kidnap, 2019’s John Wick 3 and 2022’s Moonfall.
Halle’s Total Net Worth
Halle Berry was first paid $1 million dollars for a movie when she was cast as the role of Jean in the 1996 film, Executive Decision. She was paid $2.5 million for her role as Ginger in Swordfish, and while she was only paid a reported $600,000 for Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball, it won her the Academy Award for “Best Actress”. Her paychecks increased thereafter, she was paid $4 million for Die Another Day, $6 million for Gothika, and in 2004, she was paid $12.5 million for Catwoman.
In April 2007, Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That year, she also earned $10 million from her role as Rowena Price in Perfect Stranger and had firmly established herself as one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Not only was she being paid more than just about any other female star, she was also earning substantial sums from her endorsements.
Deals with Versace, Harry Winston and Revlon have earned her an estimated $50-65 million dollars or more. When combining the earnings from her acting work, with her endorsement deals, as well as from her producing and all of the appearances that she has made as herself; Halle Berry has likely earned $160 million in career income.
Of that amount, around $11-20 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $144.5 million, will have been taxed at a rate of around 49% as Halle Berry has been residing in the state of California and earned through some lower income tax years. After tax, it is estimated that her career earnings are at around $73.69 million dollars, having paid $70.81 million dollars in taxes.
Halle Berry married baseball athlete David Justice, in 1993 and they divorced four years later in 1997. They had no children together and it seems that both partners split without sums of money being exchanged. Halle later remarried, this time to singer-songwriter Eric Benét, in 2001, and they also divorced after four years of marriage in 2005. As there was a prenuptial agreement in place, it seems that Berry was not obligated to pay Benét anything. Although, he reportedly did challenge the agreement and seek spousal support.
In 2008, Halle gave birth to her daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry while in a relationship with Canadian fashion model, Gabriel Aubry. They were never married, however a judged later ruled in 2014 that Berry pay Aubry $16,000 a month in child support as well as make a payment of $115,000 as well as an additional $300,000 for Aubry’s attorney fees. She has paid close to $2 million. This was related to Halle and her new husband, Olivier Martinez, relocating to France and a disagreement pertaining to their joint custody. She married the French film actor Martinez in 2013. They had a son together Maceo Robert Martinez that same year, however three years later in 2016, they were divorced. There was a prenuptial agreement signed between the pair before marriage. Berry is currently in a relationship with American singer, Van Hunt.
Mostly, Halle has split her time between Malibu and a $6 million dollar property in the Hollywood Hills. In Malibu, she paid $8.5 million in 2004, for a 5,000 square foot ocean view property. In her personal life, Halle Berry has likely spent $7-9 million dollars of her career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $2-4 million, not including investment assets. Some of her career income has been converted into investment assets, including her real estate, stocks, bonds and other investments. Her returns from these investment are being estimated at a combined $29-40 million. Therefore, it is estimated that Halle Berry has a net worth of a little over $100 million dollars.
Halle Berry is one of the most popular African-American actresses and the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role”. She began her career as a model and beauty contest winner, as well as making it to first runner-up in the Miss USA 1986. Later, she transitioned into television and film becoming one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. While her career slowed down a little during the 2010s, she retained her title as the most bankable African-American actress and has since made a comeback, appearing in popular films including 2019’s John Wick 3 and 2022’s Moonfall.