How much is Leonardo DiCaprio worth?

Net Worth:$270 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:November 11, 1974
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.83 m

Girls all over America fell in love with him when he joined the cast of Growing Pains as Luke Brower in 1991. Now he’s one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, and he’s got a catalogue of supermodel girlfriends to prove it.

Who Is Leonardo DiCaprio

To call Leonardo DiCaprio’s rise to fame meteoric would be a bit of an understatement. He went from a add-on cast member on the sitcom Growing Pains to an Academy Award-nominated film star in less than three years, and he’s since starred in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, been nominated for two more Oscars and dated some of the most beautiful women in the business. Not too shabby for a scrawny, former child actor.

Tid Bits

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles to a legal secretary mother and a comic book artist father, who divorced when he was just a year old. By the time he became a teenager, he was already an acting veteran, starring in commercials and educational shows since he was five. As a teen he landed guest spots on TV shows like Roseanne and The New Lassie, and in 1991 he joined the cast of Growing Pains for their final season. That same year, he starred in his first film the campy horror flick Critters 3.  

At 17, Leo got an opportunity other stars only dream of when he was cast alongside Robert De Niro in This Boy’s Life. It marked his transition into a serious actor—a transition he completed when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor the following year for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Romeo Oh Romeo Where For Art Though

Three years later, DiCaprio became a full-blown sex symbol when he starred as Romeo in Baz Luhrman’s modern take on Romeo + Juliet. He was already a star, but as the brooding, lovesick tragic hero, he became the face every teenage girl was plastering on their bedroom walls.  

His career took off from there with another critically lauded performance in Marvin’s Room alongside Hollywood’s first lady Meryl Streep, before a little movie called Titanic came along. He was just 22 when he played the leading man in James Cameron’s epic about the doomed ship—a film that went on to break every box office record and win 11 Academy Awards.  

His name became immediately synonymous with blockbuster. His first collaboration with Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York in 2002, led to starring roles in The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. He won a Best Actor Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for The Aviator, and he was nominated for an Oscar again in 2007 for Blood Diamond. In 2010, he starred in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending hit Inception.  

The Wolves

Then in 2013 Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese outbid Brad Pitt for the rights of the Jordan Belfort written book, The Wolf Of Wall Street. Both betting big that the book would make a blockbuster movie. And they were right. With DiCaprio as the lead playing Jordan Belfort and Scorsese in the directors chair, the movie went on to bank $392 million. Making it one of Scorsese’s biggest movies for gross and catapulting DiCaprio into new levels of stardom.

And if you didn’t think Leo was one of the most flexible actors alive, he chased it up with the lead part as Hugh Glass in The Revenant. This time playing a legendary frontiersman and scout in a grueling two hour thirty-six minutes of survival and revenge. Finally winning him his first and only Oscar for Best Actor.

Then thrilling all with his role in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opposite Brad Pitt. An incredible performance in the role of Rick Dalton as he struggles to recapture fame in the backdrop of Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie). Leo was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor yet this time it was Brad Pitt who finally received his first award.

Breaking Down Loe DiCaprio’s Net Worth

As of 2020, Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth is estimated at a whopping $270 million. Let’s see how he got there. The first major film Leonardo was featured in was Romeo & Juliet. This opened up many doors for him and in the following years he starred in The Beach, and finally arguably his biggest movie ever, Titanic. That’s also when the real money started coming in. Titanic earned him a base salary of $2.5 million plus a 1.8% share of the gross revenue totaling, Leo’s take at $40 million from that one role alone.

All this success ensured him a lot more roles and income in the early 2000’s. He was able to command $20 million for The Beach and for various other following roles such as in Catch Me if You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, and Blood Diamond. He dropped his price to match Brad Pitt in his latest success, Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The pair each earned $10 million dollars to star in the now multi-Oscar nominated film.

But a good chunk of his wealth also comes from smart business decisions and investments. For example, he’s been the face of Tag Heuer watches for many years and also endorsed some brands overseas, like Jim Bean in Japan and a credit card company that reportedly paid him $5 million. In 2017 he became the brand ambassador for BYD, a Chinese electric car company and was also an early investor in Beyond Meat which went public with a $4 billion valuation.

Finally, he started investing in real estate early on in his career buying a $1.6 million oceanfront Malibu house as his first property, which he’s still leasing for $25-50,000/month. He owns at least two other oceanfront homes in Malibu, one he purchased in 2016 for $23 million. On top of that, he has three other properties in Los Angeles, two in the Hollywood Hills, two apartments in New York and one in Silver Lake. His whole real estate portfolio (including a private island turned into an Eco-friendly resort!) is worth around $100 million.

Why is he so famous?

As the son of a secretary and a comics writer, Leonardo DiCaprio is of humble origins. This didn’t stop him from dreaming big from a young age, though. Indeed, he matured quite an interest in performing when he was only two, after dancing in front of a cheerful audience at a performance festival. And after his stepbrother made $50,000 for a TV commercial, he chose to become an actor. He started acting on the children’s television series Romper Room but was removed from the set in 1979, when he was five, for being disruptive. At 14, he started getting roles in various commercials such as those for Mattel Matchbox, Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum, and Apple Jacks. In 1989, he played Glen in two episodes of the TV show the new Lassie.

In 1992, after playing a secondary role in the first installment of the Poison Ivy film series, he was handpicked by Robert De Niro himself out of 400 young actors to play the lead role in This Boy’s Life. The following year, he co-starred as the mentally disabled brother of Johnny Depp‘s character in What’s eating Gilbert Grape. He went on to play in the western film The Quick and the Dead, where co-star Sharon Stone paid his salary herself. However, the real success for DiCaprio finally came in 1996 with Romeo + Juliet, where his performance allowed him to book his iconic and most famous role as Jack in James Cameron‘s Titanic, reaching a whole new level of stardom. Titanic was the first movie in history to earn more than a billion at the box office (netting over $2 billion) and director James Cameron himself insisted on starring DiCaprio instead of Matthew McConaughey, which was the studio’s choice.

Some of his more mainstream roles from the 2000s also include Gangs of New York. Inception (2010), which grossed over $825 million, the second-highest in his career (after Titanic, of course), The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. And finally, after being nominated over and over yet never winning an Oscar, he won an Oscar for Best Actor for the The Revenant in 2015.

What makes him so successful?

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and producer worth a massive $270 million. He is most well known for his role as Jack in Titanic, which made him globally famous at just 22. But he’s also known for playing unconventional characters, especially in biographical and period films like his work playing Howard Hughes in The Aviator, or as a depraved plantation owner in Django Unchained. In 2020, his movies have made $7.2 billion worldwide, and he’s been listed among the world’s highest-paid actors eight times.

On top of that, he owns a production company called Appian Way Productions that mainly focuses in producing documentary series promoting environmental awareness, like the Greensburg TV series (2008-2010). As well as investments in eco-friendly companies like “Beyond Meat” which produces some of the first plant-based meat substitutes designed to simulate chicken, beef, and pork sausage.

Two main qualities of Leonardo, which may has contributed to his epic success, are persistence and passion. In his early career, he notoriously stayed jobless for around a year and a half, after more than 100 auditions. His mindset, as well as encouragement from his father, definitely played a huge role in keeping him from quitting. He knew he was in it for the long game and really committed to trying his best no matter what. That was right before his career started taking off. He’s also stated multiple times in interviews how much he loves acting and how much he’s grateful for being able to do it as a job.

Another thing that might have played a role in his success is DiCaprio’s willingness to constantly go out of his comfort zone. He made this clear with his role in The Revenant more than ever. After all, overcoming comfort is the fastest way to grow, both in your personal life, as an individual and in your career.

Leo’s Dating Habits

Leonardo’s eventful professional career is only matched by his success as a serial dater. He’s developed a reputation for romancing supermodels, particularly of the lingerie variety. He reportedly hooked up with Bridget Hall and had a long relationship with Gisele Bundchen before meeting Bar Refaeli, who he is currently dating. He’s also shared brief romances with Brittany Daniel, his Romeo + Juliet co-star Claire Danes and Liv Tyler. Rumors have emerged that the serial bachelor is engaged to Refaeli, but if his history is any indication, he’s planning to go the way of George Clooney and never commit to anything but his roles. Of course, if he can keep it up, Clooney eventually married Amal and Leo could be going that same way soon with Camila Morrone.

The Green Giant

DiCaprio is a well-known environmentalist and has dedicated a lot of time to charitable green causes. He drives a hybrid, refuses to charter private planes and had solar panels installed into his house. He also loaned his voice to narrate a documentary about climate change The 11th Hour and serves as a board member on the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA.  

Summing-Up

DiCaprio is probably among the most dedicated actors of this century, as well as a smart businessman, and deserves every penny he’s made. He has consistently been one of the highest-earning actors in Hollywood for more than two decades, and keeps surprising us with movie roles like The Revenant and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to this day. His mindset, persistence and acumen has brought him a long way, and we can learn a lot from his journey.

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