Johnny Depp’s net worth was mind-blowing, then he screwed it all up

Once one of the richest men in Hollywood, Depp has spent the majority of his remaining fortune fighting legal battles. Photo/Getty Images

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 enduring appeal that he became a major box office asset – to this day, his films have grossed $8.7 billion ($13.3). b) at the box office, worldwide.

And, as such, became one of the richest players in the business and was, at one point, estimated at NZ$1.3 billion. Until he wasted it all.

The ongoing $76 million libel 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 is currently embroiled in a hugely complicated and costly defamation case with his ex-wife Amber Heard.  Photo/Getty Images
Johnny Depp is currently embroiled in a hugely complicated and costly defamation case with his ex-wife Amber Heard. Photo/Getty Images

Johnny Depp’s net worth

Depp’s finances have been an infamous thing.

He’s not only known for being one of Hollywood’s most “overpaid” actors – pocketing an average of $30 million per role, plus 20% back-end, according to Celebrity Net Worth – but for his spending. reckless and excessive. habits, which spread out in an endless saga of legal battles.

In 2017, Depp launched a $38 million lawsuit against his former CEOs, accusing them of stealing nearly $1 billion from him, leaving him to owe $153 million in taxes and “to the bankrupt,” he told Rolling Stone magazine.

The management group hit back, saying Depp had spent around $30 million a month to maintain his lavish lifestyle – including $76,000 in rental fees for storage warehouses, $46,000 for wine and $307,000. dollars for private jets.

The actor also splurged on a private island (where he and Heard exchanged vows), a $27 million yacht (which he later sold to JK Rowling), a failed record label (6 million), $230,000 for security and $461,000 to maintain 40 staff.

The world should have known the eccentric actor had a penchant for lavish spending in 2005 when Depp shelled out $7 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 told Rolling Stone magazine that he “had no idea about the money or the amounts of money”; but most of what was lost was made from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise alone.

For the five swashbuckling movies, Depp earned $461 million – $15 million for the first, $30 million for the sequel (plus a $61 million bonus), and around $76 million. each for the third and fourth installments. According to Forbes, the fifth film earned Depp $138 million.

The franchise’s success meant the actor commanded a much higher base rate for his talents. His 2005 Willy Wonka earned $27 million, The Tourist paid $30 million, and in 2020 he was paid $24 million to appear as Gellert Grindelwald, and his $84 million salary for Alice in Wonderland is consistently one of the top 10 acting paychecks for a single movie (his Pirates of the Caribbean salary comes in 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.

As of 2022, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Johnny Depp has a net worth of NZ$230 million.

That said, that may not be enough to soften the blow of Heard’s $153 million countersuit currently unfolding on a very messy public stage.

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