Julia Roberts Net Worth

How much is Julia Roberts worth?

Net Worth:$250 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:October 28, 1967
Country:United States of America
1.75 m

We all fell in love with this Pretty Woman when she played a hooker with a heart of gold. Since then she’s played everyone from Peter Pan’s sidekick Tinkerbell to a sassy single mom on a one-woman crusade.

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Who Is Julia Roberts

Roberts is synonymous with romance, romantic comedies and dramas. This American actress has forged a name for herself becoming a timeless icon of grace, beauty and all things romantic. She is by far one of the most famous actresses that have walked the Earth in the last 30 years.

Pull up Julia Roberts’ filmography and you’ll wonder how she had the time to live any semblance of a personal life. But the Academy Award-winning actress, who has appeared in a film (sometimes two or three) essentially every year since the late ’80s, is also a wife and proud mother to three children.

Julia Roberts was born into a family of actors. Both of her parents were one time actors and playwrights and met at a theater company while they were helping army efforts. But their marriage would not last long, they divorced in 1971. Her estranged brother Robert, as well as sister and her niece Emma, are also actors. Times were rough for young Julia growing up, since money was scarce. Her mother remarried, but her new husband was often unemployed and abusive. Her father wasn’t able to support her since he died of cancer when she was 10 years old. She went to college in Georgia but did not finish her undergraduate program. She would later on move to New York and pursue acting as a career.

As of 2021, Julia Roberts has a net worth in excess of $250 million dollars.

From Pizza Girl To Pretty Woman

Julia Fiona Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Smyrna, Georgia, when she was a child after her parents divorced. Growing up, Julia had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but after high school, she decided to follow older brother Eric and sister Lisa to New York to pursue acting instead. She signed with Click modeling and landed small television roles until she was cast in the independent film Mystic Pizza in 1988. The next year, she was cast as a young bride in Steel Magnolias. The heartstring-tugging flick earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  

Even though Steel Magnolias gave her a taste of critical recognition, her breakthrough role didn’t come until 1990, when she starred alongside Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. The romantic comedy became a big hit, and Roberts (just 22 at the time) became a star. She landed her second Oscar nom — this time for Best Actress — and won her first Golden Globe for her performance. Ironically, she was almost a last resort for the part that has since become synonymous with her career. Several actresses, including Meg Ryan, Molly Ringwald, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daryl Hannah, all shot it down.  

Cashing In

Everyone fell in love with her silly and sexy charm, and Julia’s career was set. Within two years, she appeared in five films, and consistently made movies (some more successful than others) until she went back to her romantic comedy roots with 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding and 1999’s Notting Hill. In 2000, she became the first actress ever to receive $20 million for a single film when she starred in Erin Brockovich. The role brought her more than an enormous paycheck — she also won a Best Actress Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and her very first Oscar. A giddy, brunette Julia laughed through her acceptance speech and squealed, “I love it up here!”  

The following year, she starred in Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh’s blockbuster Ocean’s Eleven, which went on to produce two successful sequels. In 2003, she cemented her place as the highest paid actress in Hollywood when she took home a $25 million paycheck for Mona Lisa Smile. It was a far cry from the $50,000 she was paid for Mystic Pizza.

Finding Her Leading Man

Between shooting wildly successful films and making outrageous amounts of money, Julia has had a pretty storied personal life. She was a busy bachelorette during her early years in show business, engaging in romances with Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott (to whom she was engaged), Kiefer Sutherland (to whom she was also engaged) and Jason Patric. She married musician Lyle Lovett in 1993, but the pair split up a little less than two years later. She briefly dated Matthew Perry before getting involved in a three-year romance with Benjamin Bratt. It ended when she started dating Danny Moder, a cameraman she met on the set of The Mexican. Proving that America’s sweetheart wasn’t so sweet, she was still with Bratt and Moder was married to another woman when the pair became “friends,” but they maintain that a relationship didn’t happen until after they were both single.  

In 2002, the couple secretly got married on her ranch in Taos, New Mexico, and on November 28, 2004, she gave birth to twins, a boy, Phinnaeus Walter, and a girl, Hazel Patricia. She gave birth to their third child, Henry Daniel, in June 2007.

Despite being a wife and mother to three, her career isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In 2009, she starred alongside Clive Owen in Duplicity, and in 2010 she reunited with Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall for the ensemble comedy Valentine’s Day and starred in Eat Pray Love, based on the bestselling memoir.

Julia starred as the Queen in Mirror Mirror in 2012, as Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County in 2013, and as Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart (2014). In 2015 she played the character ‘Jess’ in Secret in Their Eyes, in 2016 ‘Miranda Collins’ in Mother’s Day, in 2017 ‘Isabel Pullman’ in Wonder and in 2018 she starred as Holly Burns in Ben Is Back.

How did Julia Roberts get so rich?

Julia Roberts got started early getting paid $90,000 for the role of the young bride in Steel Magnolias, quickly turning her into a critic’s darling. She received an amazing amount of award show buzz. Eventually, she was nominated for the Best Supportive Actress at the Oscars, as well as a nomination for the Golden Globe. She lost her Oscar nomination but won her first Golden Globe. Her next movie, Pretty Woman, would ascent her to worldwide fame.

As with many other make or break things in life, the deal of Julia Roberts getting the part in Pretty Woman was a complicated one. She wasn’t on the top of anybody’s list to play the protagonist of, which was a hooker with a heart of gold character. All the biggest actresses of that era rejected the role before the producers of the movie came to Julia. The list of actresses who have rejected the role include Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, and Daryl Hannah. The movie would go on to break all record for a romantic comedy commercially at the time. Julia Roberts starring alongside Richard Gere made the movie a major success grossing $460 million dollars worldwide. It also gave Roberts her second Oscar nomination, this time for a Leading Role. The Golden Globes also rewarded her with her second win, this time in the category of Leading Actress.

The fame of the movie was all of a sudden too much for her and she took a two-year-long hiatus from acting. There was a lot of speculation if and when she would return. But return she did. At first, she would do dramas and thrillers. But at the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000s, she returned to romantic comedies and broke new records. Staring with Hugh Grant in Notting Hill she broke records for the biggest romantic comedy in Britain at the time. The movie went on to gross $364 million.

Another role that would define her career came at the beginning of the 2000s with Erin Brokovich. For her role in the movie, she was paid a record $20 million dollars at that time. The movie would finally win her an Oscar. During that period she aslo made The Runaway Bride, American Sweetheart, Ocean’s Eleven. All of those movies grossed 9 figures. In total, the movies where Julia Roberts played a major part in have grossed close to $3 billion dollars at the box office.

Why is she so famous?

To support herself during the start of her acting career she worked for a few modelling agencies. She knew that her looks were an asset and she made sufficient money from modelling work to both support her life and also her acting classes. By the end of the 1980s, she was getting more and more acting work. Her first real role in a feature-length movie was in Satisfaction. She played a band member. It was a smaller role, and the stars of the movie were Liam Neeson and Justine Bateman. She also went to TV auditions for the smallest of parts. Her first TV appearance was in the show Crime Story. Julia Roberts played a rape victim.

Her first big break and a role that would set her apart was in the movie Mystic Pizza. She played one of the three Araujo sisters working at the pizza place. It was a teen coming of age movie, and it won her much acclaim. It was also the debut film for the new famous actor, Matt Damon. If Mystic Pizza helped her gain fans around the world, Steel Magnolias showed the world that she wasn’t just a new pretty face, but a serious and supremely-talented actress.

Yet it was only when she starred as the prostitute with a heart of gold in Pretty Woman (1990) that the world really began to take notice. And it wasn’t until ten years later when she starred as Erin Brockovich in the movie of the same name that she finally earned her Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

What makes her so successful?

The success of Julia Roberts can be traced to her genes and her willingness to improve. Genetically she was born to be an actress. Many of her family and ancestors have been actors. And just by looking at her, you can already conclude that she has the looks of an archetypal movie icon. But that beauty isn’t something hollow, or vulgar. It is pure, irresistible beauty that exudes likeability.

She also took risks and detours in her career. She moved to a new town. She worked other jobs while she would focus on her acting career. She invested both time and money into herself and the furtherance of her career. It takes a lot of work to hold a job and also perform well enough in your free time to get additional work as an actor. That level of determination helped her become one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

We calculate Julia Roberts is worth $250 million dollars in 2020.


The Roberts family was always a show biz family, but it took until Julia to turn them into a family that can be thought of as acting royalty. Julia Roberts wanted to be a great actress, other accolades along the way didn’t matter. Less ambitious people would be contending with the title of the most beautiful woman in the world or the queen of romantic comedies. But she wanted more. She wanted to build a legacy that would stand the test of time. And, after all is said and done, Julia Roberts will be remembered as a timeless Hollywood Diva.

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