Is Robert De Niro’s net worth down the gutter? Investigate claims by his lawyer
Robert De Niro is one of those big Hollywood names that everyone recognizes at least vaguely. He’s that guy in that thing. You probably get him mixed up with Al Pacino if you’re not a diehard fan. Lately, however, his net worth has apparently taken a major hit courtesy of his ex-wife. Or, at least, that’s what Robert De Niro’s lawyer said about the situation.
Divorce, well, that can always be messy. Doubly so when you add in alimony and acrimonious exes. So are the claims of Robert De Niro’s tanking net worth cut from a bitter ex’s cloth? Or is his ex really destroying what net worth the acting legend has? Let’s take a look at his lawyer’s claims.
What is Robert De Niro’s lawyer saying about his tanking net worth?
According to Page Six, Robert De Niro’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss, in a virtual divorce court hearing on Friday said that De Niro is working at an unsustainable pace in order to support his separated (soon to be ex) wife’s, Grace Hightower, spending habits. As Krauss said, “Mr. De Niro is 77 years old, and while he loves his craft, he should not be forced to work at this prodigious pace because he has to.”
In addition to supporting Hightower, Robert De Niro is also attempting to pay off all of his back taxes. Krauss said, “When does that stop? When does he get the opportunity to not take every project that comes along and not work six-day weeks, 12-hour days so he can keep pace with Ms. Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?” A judge ruled that De Niro is to pay Hightower $1 million USD per year.
In addition to this, De Niro & Hightower are to sell off their $20 million dollar home. According to Hightower’s legal time, De Niro’s net worth is an estimated $500 million USD, but Krauss claims that the pandemic & Hightower’s spending habits have majorly cut into that number.
What Hightower’s lawyer says about Robert De Niro’s net worth
On the opposite side of the courtroom, so to speak, Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough said that Robert De Niro has been unfairly decreasing his monetary payments to Hightower. As of January 2021, McDonough said that De Niro also lowered Hightower’s monthly credit card limit from $375,000 USD to $100,000 USD. McDonough said that his client should maintain the lifestyle she was accustomed to.
Krauss, however, said that Hightower is spending more than Robert De Niro can make. In 2019, Krauss said, Hightower spent $1.67 million USD, including buying a diamond worth $1.2 million USD. McDonough, however, said that De Niro is spending just as much of his net worth, “there have been no cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr. De Niro’s lifestyle whatsoever.” He denied the diamond purchase.
Rich people, man
If these expenses are starting to sound like monopoly money to you and makes you want to get out the torches & pitchforks for a little class warfare, then you’re not wrong. Judge Matthew Cooper, bastion of sanity of a divorce judge that he is, offered the parties involved something of a reality check, which, yeah, they definitely needed. None of this money sounds real anyway.
Judge Cooper said, “There is nothing ordinary about these expenses. For 99.9999% of the world, these are extraordinary to an almost unimaginable degree. I want to get these parties divorced. I want to get Ms. Hightower and Mr. De Niro to go their separate ways. They will still come out of this richer than almost any human being who walks this earth.”
What do you think about Robert De Niro’s lawyer’s claims about his net worth? Or is Grace Hightower telling the truth? Or, like, Judge Cooper are you done hearing about rich people arguing over money during their divorce proceedings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.