|Net Worth:||$80 million|
|Salary:||$10 million Annually|
|Income Sources:||Acting, Endorsement from cosmetics company Revlon|
|Age/Date of Birth:||August 14, 1966|
|Height:||166 cm (5 ft 5)|
Halle Berry is an American actress, film producer, a former fashion model and beauty queen. Known for her role as Storm in the X-Men series, Halle Berry has had an extremely successful movie career that spans over four decades. The first and only African-American to win an Oscar award for Best Actress, Halle Berry’s movies have grossed over $3 billion at the international box office. She has also deployed her star power to shill for top brands, chief of which is Revlon. Her net worth is estimated at $80 million. However, before all the fame and wealth, Berry was once homeless.
Rigors of Halle Berry’s Journey to Movie Stardom
Halle Maria Berry was born on August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio to an African-American father, Jerome Jessy Berry and white mother, Judith Ann Hawkings. When Halle turned four years old, her father who daily abused her mother left the family, leaving her and her older sister Heidi Berry under the care of their mother. Halle’s mother who was a psychiatric nurse moved the family to a white-dominated area in Bedford.
Halle Berry attended the white-dominated Bedford High School where she was often a victim of bullying. However, the discrimination only served as fuel for her passion for greatness. Berry became extremely active in social activities; she was the prom queen, head of the cheerleading squad and the editor of the school newspaper.
In the early 1980’s Berry contested in and won several beauty pageants including Miss Teen Ohio and Miss Teen America. Halle emerged as the first runners-up in 1986 Miss USA when Miss Texas took the crown. That year, she entered the Miss World Beauty Pageant and finished 6th place.
Hollywood Breakthrough and Major Career Milestones
Halle Berry dropped out of Cuyahoga Community College where she was studying to become a journalist and chose instead to focus all her energy on pursuing a professional career in entertainment. To achieve her dreams, she moved first to Chicago. There, she worked as a catalogue model before relocating to New York.
In New York, Halle faced perhaps the most challenging phase of her career; she became so broke that she had to live in a homeless shelter. It was during this difficult time that Berry launched her acting career with a role in Living Dolls, a spin-off of the ABC sitcom hit, Who’s The Boss.
After a few more screen roles, Halle Berry got her breakthrough role in Boomerang (1992) where she starred alongside Eddie Murphy. Her impressive performance opened the doors to new movies like Queen: The Story of an American Family, a TV adaptation of an Alex Haley book where her role was met with much critical acclaim. Her success continued with movies like The Flintstones (1994), The Rich Man’s Wife (1996), Executive Decision (1996), and Bulworth (1998).
A Breakdown of Her Net Worth
Basically an actress, Halle Berry mainly makes her money from her movie role paychecks. She has however, ventured into several other lucrative enterprises which also contributed in building her net worth of $80 million. Since hitting the celebrity status, especially after upping her fame with an Oscar win, Halle has become even more successful as a businesswoman. Here’s a detailed breakdown of her sources of income:
- Actor salaries
- Endorsement contracts
- Entrepreneurial ventures
How much is Halle Berry Paid per Movie Role?
Halle Berry’s movie salary reached $1 million with her role in the 1996 action thriller, Executive Decision. The early 2000s saw her earnings gradually soar. For her role in Swordfish (2001), she received a salary of $2.5 million per Celebrity Net Worth. Halle subsequently played her most acclaimed role in Monsters Ball (2001) which grossed $45 million against a $4 million budget. For her role, she became the first African-American to win an Oscar for the Best Actress category.
In 2002, Berry received a paycheck of $4 million for her role in the 007 move, Die Another Day which brought in a global revenue of $432 million. Halle’s movie salary would go on to reach a peak of $14 million for one movie with her “Catwoman” role in 2004. Prior to this, she pocketed $6 million for playing Miranda Grey in the 2003 psycho-thriller, Gothika. Although the two movies didn’t do so well at the BO, it didn’t stop Halle from receiving handsome pay packets.
During this period, Halle Berry who ranked as one of the highest-paid actresses also earned tremendously with her role of Storm in the X Men trilogy from 2000 to 2006. She also reprised her role in Days of Future Past (2014). In 2007, she reportedly pocketed $10 million for Perfect Stranger in which she starred side by side Bruce Willis.
Berry further made significant difference to her worth with the money she made from playing Molly Woods in Extant from 2014 to 2015, a CBS series that saw her earn $100,00 per episode, according to E!. Also playing a producer role, Halle reportedly earned a total of $2.6 million from the small screen series.
Despite having passed her peak acting years, there is yet no stopping for Halle Berry who has continued to feature in several successful films alongside working as director and producer in some of them. The Oscar awardee currently makes around $16 million per annum as an actress. Here’s a quick look at her acting salaries in some of the last few years.
- 1996: $1 million
- 2001: $2.5 million
- 2002: $4 million
- 2003: $6 million
- 2004: $14 million
- 2007: $10 million
- 2014-2015: $2.6 million
Earnings from Revlon and other Endorsements
Contributing significantly to her financial worth is Halle Berry’s big shot endorsement as the brand ambassador of Revlon. The enticing deal which was sealed since 1996 had the actress pocketing $1 million in salary every year.
By the early 2000s, Halle’s Revlon paycheck stood at $3 million. She however, got a raise following her Academy award win. Her salary from the deal which has since continued to increase reportedly stands in the neighborhood of $10 million per annum at the moment.
Halle Berry has also modeled for several other popular brands. Some of them include Versace, Coty and Harry Winston Jewelry. In 2012, she served as the spokesperson for Deichmann Collection.
606 Films and other Business Ventures
As typical of Hollywood veterans, Halle Berry established her own production company, 606 Films. She founded the company in 2014, in partnership with fellow film producer, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. The production house has worked on several successful projects including the 2017 action thriller, Kidnap starring Halle Berry.
The Hollywood diva is also the owner of popular fragrance, Halle which debuted in the year 2009. She is as well a 50% owner of the French lingerie brand, Scandale Paris. In February 2020, Halle Berry launched a wellness/fitness line called Rē.Spin in partnership with her personal trainer, Peter Lee Thomas. Apart from the rē.spin shop, their merchandize are available in popular stores like T.J. Maxx, Ross Dress, Marshalls, and Burlington.
A Peep into Halle Berry’s Lifestyle and the Things She Spends Her Millions on
Although she may not be counted among the extravagant lot, Halle Berry lives a life that is quite expected of very celebrity with eight-figure earnings. During her heydays, Halle lived in a Mediterranean-style Hollywood Hills home located right behind Winona Ryder’s residence. She acquired the 4,315-square-foot 4-bedroom property in 1994 at a reported cost of $2.9 million and later sold it for $4.15 in January, 2006.
Halle also had a lavish summer home in Canada a.k.a the Canadian Hoose. The 2,500 sq. ft. property which sits just north of Montreal in Saint-Hippolyte comprises three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The actress however, put the home on the market in 2011 for approx. $1.9 million, about half a million more than she purchased it in 2008.
Berry’s other home is her 4-bed, 5-bath beach house in Malibu which she reportedly acquired for $8 million. The 5,000 sq. ft. residence gives a great view of the ocean via its floor-to-ceiling windows as well as its very spacious lounges. Although she purchased the home in 2004, Halle only moved into it during the time her Hollywood Hills home was undergoing repairs.
Her Car Collection
As for autos, Berry appears not to be on the ‘fleet’ nor pricey side as she boasts only a few decent rides including a BMW, Lexus RX and Honda CR V. She however, has a couple of classy cars such as a Lincoln Navigator and Aston Martin which cost nothing less than $100k and $186k respectively.
In all, her auto favorite appears to be her Lexus RX450 Hybrid SUV which goes for around $46,000.
Philanthropy and other Expenditures
Aside from acquiring personal collections, Halle Berry has also invested her money in charitable works, especially the Diabetes Awareness campaign. Some of the charities she has worked with include Barbara Davis Centre for Childhood Diabetes, Callaway Gold Foundation, Declare Yourself, and the Afghanistan Relief Organization. She has also supported causes that cater for abuse and bullying, adoption and blood donation, as well as disadvantaged youths.
Worthy of note is also, Berry’s money losses to divorce agreements. The actress in 2011, paid her ex-partner, Gabriel Aubry almost half a million in retroactive and attorney fees. In addition to this, she pays Aubry monthly child support of $16,000 which sum up to almost $200k per year.
Plus and minus of all of the above, Halle Berry is still boasts an impressive net worth – an eye-catching $80 million. Halle’s worth also holds prospects of increasing in coming years, thanks to her active status both in the movie industry and business world.
A Closer Look at Berry’s Divorce Spells, Ex-Husbands/Partners and Children
Halle Berry hasn’t been as successful in her love life as she has been in her acting career. Aside from numerous failed romantic affairs, the Oscar winner has faced several divorces. Below is a concise timeline of her marital relationships.
David Justice (1993-1997)
Halle Berry’s first husband was Atlanta Braves outfielder, David Justice. Berry was actually the one who initiated her relationship with Justice. It happened that after beholding David on TV in February 1992, Halle sent her number to the baseball player through a reporter from his hometown of Cincinnati.
Berry and Justice subsequently married each other on January 1, 1993. The couple however, went their separate ways in February 1996 and eventually divorced in June 1997.
Eric Benét (2001-2005)
About two years after officially ending her marriage with Justice, Halle Berry began a relationship with R&B musician, Eric Benét. The duo later tied the knot on the 24th of January, 2001.
Halle’s marriage to Eric however began having issues quite early. Just a year after they tied the knot, the latter became entangled in cheating scandals and underwent treatment for sex addiction. Not able to continue putting up with each other, Berry and Benet parted ways around October, 2003. They finally completed their divorce in January, 2005.
Gabriel Aubry (2005-2010)
Although Halle Berry’s relationship with Gabriel Aubry did not attain a marriage status, it was long and significant enough to make it to this lineup.
Berry began her relationship with Aubry, a French-Canadian model in November 2005 after meeting him at a photo-shooting event for Versace. Halle’s romantic partnership with Gabriel lasted till early 2010 as the couple announced on the 30th of April that they had split some months earlier. Two years earlier, Berry and Aubry welcomed a child, a daughter named –
- Full Name: Nahla Ariel Aubry
- Date of Birth: March 16, 2006
Nahla is Halle Berry’s first child and (only) daughter. She is as well her only child with Gabriel Aubry. Halle strictly keeps Nahla off the public eye and unleashes her wrath on any photographer who ever attempts to capture her, and she rarely share her pics on any social media platform.
Barely a year after their separation, Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry began a messy and highly publicized battle over the custody of their daughter. The conflict ensued after Berry declared her intention to relocate from LA (where Aubry also live) to France with Nahla. After a lengthy legal fight that ended in November 2012, court’s verdict stopped Berry from taking Nahla with her to France while ordering her to pay Aubry $16,000 per month in child support, $115,000 for retroactive payment and $300,000 for attorney fees.
Olivier Martinez (2013-2016)
French actor, Olivier Martinez was actually the guy Halle Berry wanted to move in with in France before Gabriel Aubry’s legal suit stopped her. Halle began dating Olivier in 2010 not long after her split from Aubry. The duo met each other in South Africa during the filming of Dark Tide, an action thriller released in 2012.
Halle Berry became engaged to Olivier Martinez in March 2012, while still battling it out with Aubry in court. The couple subsequently tied the knot in July 2013 in France. But just like her previous relationships, Halle’s union with Olivier came to an end in 2015 when the estranged couple filed for a divorce. They reportedly completed the proceeding in December 2016. With Martinez, Berry has one child, a son named –
- Full Name: Maceo Robert Martinez
- Date of Birth: October 5, 2013
Maceo is Halle Berry’s second child and only son. He is her only child with now ex-husband, Oliver Martinez. Halle was about two months gone in her pregnancy with Maceo the time she tied the knot with Oliver, and she gave birth to him at the age of 47. The little Martinez maintains a very close relationship with his half-sister, Nahla.
Halle Berry lives with her two children, Nahla Aubry and Maceo Martinez despite having joint custody with her exes – Gabriel Aubry and Oliver Martinez. Amidst all her efforts to keep her kids away from the media eye, paparazzi from time to time, manages to catch glimpses of the celebrity kids.
Is Halle Berry Married Now or Dating Someone?
Following her last divorce in 2016, Halle Berry has remained unmarried. The Monsters Ball actress however, appears to have decided to give romance another chance when she began a relationship with American singer, Van Hunt. Berry subtly confirmed she is with Hunt in a September 2020 Instagram post.
Although speculations of their being an item has been rife on the media, the exact time they hit it off is not yet clear. As of the time of writing this article, the lovebirds are yet to step out officially as a couple.
Prior to hooking up with Hunt, Halle briefly dated producer, Alex Da Kid in 2017.
|Estimated Net Worth:||$80 million|
|Salary:||$10 million Annually|
|Source of Wealth:||Acting, Endorsement from cosmetics company Revlon|
|Also Known As:||"Halle Scary."|
|Famous For:||Monster's Ball (2001)|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Cuyahoga Community College|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||August 14, 1966|
|Birth Place:||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Country of Residence: ||United States of America(USA)|
|Weight:||55 kg (121 pounds)|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||Breast size: 91 cm (36 in)
Waist size: 66 cm (26 in)
Hips: 94 cm (37 in)
(m. 1993; div. 1997)
(m. 2001; div. 2005)
(m. 2013; div. 2016)
|Family and Relatives
|Children:||Nahla Ariela Aubry
|Other Relatives:||Earl Ellsworth Hawkins (Grandfather)
Nellie Dicken (Grandmother)