Johnny Depp had a universal appeal and longevity that made him one of the richest men in Hollywood, now he has spent much of his fortune fighting legal battles.
Johnny Depp experienced a disgrace like no other.
For much of his 40-year career, Depp was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, with such universal and clearly enduring appeal that he became a major box office asset – to this day. his films earned $8.7 billion at the box office. office, worldwide.
And, as such, became one of the richest players in the business and was, at one point, estimated to be worth US$900 million (A$1.2 billion). Until he wasted it all.
The ongoing $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard has brought fresh scrutiny into both parties’ lives, their marriage and divorce, past relationships, charitable contributions and of their bank balances. Specifically, what kind of bump this case can leave in their pockets.
Johnny Depp’s net worth
Depp’s finances have been an infamous thing.
He’s not only known for being among Hollywood’s most “overpaid” actors – pocketing, on average, US$20 million per role, plus 20% on back-end, according to Celebrity Net Worth – but for his reckless and excessive spending habits, which have been exposed in a never-ending saga of legal battles.
In 2017, Depp filed a $25 million lawsuit against his former CEOs, accusing them of stealing $650 million from him, leaving him to owe $100 million in taxes, and “on the verge of bankruptcy”, he said rolling stone magazine.
The management group has filed a lawsuit, claiming that Depp spent around $2 million a month to maintain his lavish lifestyle. – including $500,000 rental fees for storage warehouses, $30,000 for wine, $200,000 for private jets.
The actor also splurged on a private island (where he and Heard exchanged vows), an $18 million yacht (which he later sold to JK Rowling), a failed record label (4 million), $150,000 for security and $300,000 to maintain 40 staff.
The world should have known the eccentric actor had a penchant for lavish spending in 2005 when Depp shelled out $5 million for a cannon to blast the ashes of his late friend Hunter S. Thompson over Aspen, Colorado. A cannon. For his friend’s ashes.
Depp said Rrolling stone magazine that he “had no idea of the money or sums of money”; but most of what was lost was made from the Pirates of the Caribbean single franchisee.
For the five swashbuckling films, Depp earned US$300 million – US$10 million for the first, US$20 million for the sequel (plus a bonus of US$40 million) and around 50 million. million US dollars each for the third and fourth installments. According to Forbesthe fifth film earned Depp $90 million.
The franchise’s success meant the actor commanded a much higher base rate for his talents. His 2005 Willy Wonka grossed $18 million, The tourist paid 20 million US dollars, and in 2020 he was paid 16 million dollars to appear as Gellert Grindelwald, and his salary of 55 million dollars for Alice in Wonderland still stands as one of the 10 biggest acting paychecks for a single movie (his Pirates of the Caribbean salary comes third).
His exorbitant expenses, ongoing legal bills, and multimillion-dollar divorce settlement were amortized by the many business ventures and properties in Depp’s portfolio.
From 2022, Celebrity Net Worth Estimates Johnny Depp has a net worth of US$150 million (over AU$210 million).
That said, that may not be enough to soften the blow of Heard’s $100 million countersuit currently unfolding on a very messy public stage.