When it comes to celebrity relationships, everyone pretty much agrees they are unsustainable and they should simply be enjoyed while they last and oftentimes, those relationships end in amicable ways, with both parties simply recognizing that the relationship has run its course. However, rarely do you find a celebrity relationship that ends in the level of drama that has plagued the end of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were together for a couple of years having met on the set of one of their movies, The Rum Diary. For a long time, the relationship seemed fine, until their divorce was announced in 2016 after which several details about the imperfection of their relationship came to light.
However, this isn’t about the crazy drama of the Depp-Amber relationship but rather a look at the net worth of the popular movie stars since they called time on their marriage.
Who Makes More Money Now?
Johnny Depp Net Worth
For a long time, Depp was a behemoth of Hollywood. He was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet and it reflected not only in the success of the movies he made but also in his net worth.
Since news of the alleged domestic abuse against Amber Heard broke, Depp has lost some of his charm in the box office. Although he has appeared in a few movies since, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, City of Lies and The Professor, they haven’t been the box office behemoths that characterized Depp’s movies back in the day.
Although still very much a box office draw, Johnny Depp seems to be losing more money than he is making through payments and the ongoing court battle with Amber. He lost $7 million in a joint divorce settlement with Amber Heard and remains in a drawn-out defamation suit against his ex-wife.
As for how much money Johnny Depp is making now, it suffices to say that it is not much. However, despite the decline in his income, Depp is worth a considering sum, with many outlets reporting a net worth still in the region of $200 million, although it is a huge drop from a net worth of $650 million, which he reportedly made from the Pirates of the Caribbean alone.
Depp began his career in 1984 when he starred in the classic movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Since then, he developed a reputation as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, going on to build an extensive movie career that has featured several classic works.
He has starred in Sleepy Hollow, Blow, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, where he famously plays Jack Sparrow, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Bar of Fleet Street, Rango, The Tourist and several others.
His work has earned him over 140 award nominations, including three Academy Award nominations. While a lot of his work has been critical successes, they have also been box office successes, with over $8 billion made in box office sales as a leading actor. As part of a leading ensemble, Johnny Depp’s work has made over $2 billion at the global box office. So far, Johnny Depp’s appearances have made over $10.5 billion at the global box office and through such high earnings, he has made a lot of income, that has reportedly gone as high as $800 million.
While the majority of his earnings have come through his role as an actor, Johnny Depp has also earned money through technical roles as a producer, director, and writer. Before he got mired in the domestic abuse controversy, Johnny Depp also made a lot of money through brand endorsements, with one of his most high-profile endorsements being Christian Dior, who reportedly paid him $20 million.
Amber Heard – $9 million
On the other hand, Amber Heard has a very modest career compared to Johnny Depp and it does reflect in her net worth. Amber has a net worth of $9 million, which has been earned primarily through her work as an actress, appearing in over 49 movies and TV shows. Unlike her ex, Amber Heard began her career more recently in 2004, when she appeared for the first time in a drama in the movie, Friday Night Lights, playing the character, Maria.
She appeared in other movies during the year, in SideFX and the show, The Mountain. Since then, she has built up a steady string of appearances, transitioning from appearances in B-movies to A movies like Magic Mike XXL, Aquaman, Justice League and a couple more.
Amber Heard’s career as an actress has seen her mostly play supporting roles in movies, grossing over $1.1 billion in supporting roles in the global box office. As a lead actress, which she has done a few times as a percentage of her filmography, Amber Heard hasn’t recorded much success, with just over $43 million made in the global box office for her work.
Aside from her role as an actress, which has been the major source of her income, Amber Heard, who is a native of Austin, Texas, has also worked in a technical role as a producer. To date, her biggest and most popular roles have come in the comic book movie, Aquaman, where she played the character, Mera.
As for how much money she is making now, Amber has been at the forefront of an unending battle with the actor since their marriage ended in 2017. While she has made some money from the divorce, including a $7 million settlement from the actor, a lot of it cannot be accounted for, except for the $7 million, which Amber Heard donated straight to charity.
At the moment, with the court case still hanging over both of their heads, we cannot say definitively who is making more money at the moment between the former couple.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – Relationship Timeline
Before it became a story of bitterness and domestic abuse, it was a happy story of a beautiful relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp when they met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009. In the film, which starred Johnny Depp as the lead actor, Amber played his love interest and following the end of the movie, Heard told the press that working with Depp was the best experience she’s ever had.
Despite a fascination with each other that began on the set of the movie, Depp and Amber never began a relationship as they were both in committed relationships at the time, until 2012 when they both began single after Depp got divorced from Vanessa Paradis, a French actress.
They soon began a relationship and interesting anecdotes began to make the news about their relationship, including one about Depp buying Amber a horse so they could ride together on the set of The Lone Ranger.
After two years of dating, the two of them decided to take things to the next level and got engaged, with sources reporting a happy life between the couple and Depp’s children, whom Amber had bonded with.
Everything pointed at a long and fruitful marriage.
As stories about what a great couple that Depp and Amber made continued to fill the airwaves, Depp gave an interview that suggested he and Amber were considering having children, saying he would like to have more than his two children with his former wife, Vanessa Paradis.
The first clue as to what might be the nature of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s marriage dropped in May 2014 when a text message conversation between Amber Heard and a man, believed to be Stephen Deuters, Depp’s assistant dropped. The conversation detailed the alleged abusive behavior of Depp towards Amber Heard.
Regardless of the incident, they went on to get married on February 2015, in a ceremony that was held at Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.
The wedding, which was a lavish affair, featured friends and family of the couple, including Depp’s children.
May – June 2015
The couple’s string of controversies took another turn when they both got into legal trouble with the government of Australia after they were caught smuggling their dogs into the country.
Their dogs, Pistol and Boo, who are Yorkshire Terriers, failed to go through customs. The offense carried a 10-year prison sentence but they were eventually released, with the dogs deported back to the United States.
By November, rumors of Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship being on the rocks had filled the airwaves and Amber came out in defense of their marriage, stating it was nothing more than a false fabrication and she was enjoying life being a stepmother to Depp’s two children.
Another set of allegations about domestic abuse from Johnny Depp on Amber Heard hit the waves with pictures of a mark under her eye and a cut on her lip showing the level of abuse from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
After months of relative silence from the couple, another set of allegations hit the news with the police showing up at their home after a 911 call. However, despite Amber’s claims of abuse from Depp, the police found zero evidence of a crime.
In the same month, the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard officially separated with the Heard filing for divorce from the actor on the 23rd of May, 2016.
Later that month, on the 27th, a restraining order was granted for Amber against Depp, keeping him 100 yards away from the Aquaman actress.
The divorce case between the couple was settled on the 16th of August, with both parties releasing a statement about the completion of the divorce. The divorce reached a quick conclusion after Depp agreed to pay $7 million in a settlement.