Is The Rock the highest paid actor of all time? Learn about his net worth
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the highest paid actor of 2020. That’s the second year in a row he topped the list of the actors who got paid the most. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Johnson’s total net worth is $400 million. Whereas the Pewdiepie net worth is $40M, which exactly 1/10 of the highest paid actor.
Several of The Rock’s projects helped him build his net worth last year and put him in the number one spot. According to Forbes, Johnson made about $87.5 million in 2020. Part of this came from his role in the Netflix film Red Notice.
The forty-six-year-old is known for films such as Jumanji, Fast & Furious, and The Game Plan. He also stars in Jungle Cruise & The Suicide Squad, two movies scheduled to come out later this year.
Before The Rock acted
Before he built his net worth and “The Rock” he’s known for today, Johnson was born in 1972 in Hayward, California. He moved around a lot growing up. He lived in New Zealand, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Nashville.
Johnson’s father is a former professional wrestler. Johnson followed in his dad’s athletic footsteps for a while. While going to high school in Nashville, Johnson became a promising athlete. He was given football opportunities from a variety of colleges. Johnson ended up attending the University of Miami with a full-ride scholarship.
In 1991, Johnson joined a team that won a national championship. However, he got a number of injuries that lost him a place on the team. This was just the beginning of his sports career and long before his acting career even started.
The Rock after college
Johnson continued playing football. He played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. However, football didn’t last long for him. Like his father & grandfather, Johnson became a professional wrestler. As a wrestler, Johnson used the name Rocky Maivia. In 1997, he changed his wrestling name to The Rock. He rose to fame as a wrestler from 1996 to 2004 with World Wrestling Entertainment.
Johnson started acting in 2000 after he hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. His SNL gig landed him a cameo in 2001’s The Mummy Returns. His small role in that movie landed him a spinoff in The Scorpion King.
In 2004, The Rock retired from wrestling and made acting his full-time career. Since then, the actor has had significant roles in dozens of drama, action, and comedy films. His transition from athlete to actor wasn’t financially difficult for him, considering how much the career change grew his net worth.
The Rock & his business
Johnson doesn’t add to his net worth just for acting. In 2012, Johnson and his now ex-wife created a company called Seven Bucks Productions. Every time Johnson makes an appearance in a film, his company makes decisions about all details including marketing & screening.
Seven Bucks Productions produces a variety of films. For example, Johnson never made an appearance in the movie Shazam!, but his company still produced it. This means Johnson is able to grow his net worth even through movies he’s not even in.
How The Rock spends his money
Johnson spends the money from his net worth in a variety of ways, including real estate & philanthropy. In 2019, Johnson paid $9.5 million for a large equestrian estate which has a 15,000 square-foot house. He also used to own a house near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which he sold for $4.5 million.
In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Foundation, a charity that helps terminally ill children. In 2007, he donated $1 million to the University of Miami to help renovate the college’s football facility.
Johnson has a hefty net worth with no signs of stopping. Will he continue his current trend and become the highest paid actor in 2021?