Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are one celebrity couple whose marriage has intrigued the public for several years. From long-held speculations that they have an open marriage to rumors of affairs and breakups, the two Hollywood stars have faced several uphill battles and have come through them victoriously. They remain together to date and have given each other the impetus to pursue their respective careers with renewed zeal.
Smith still ranks amongst the highest-paid actors in Hollywood despite being relatively an old hand in the game. He has also emerged as a formidable businessman with several lucrative investments and enterprises to his name. Jada Pinkett Smith is also doing quite well for herself. From TV to fashion, the actress and musician continues to conquer on all fronts. She now has an impressive fortune to her name but even more impressive is the riches that her husband has been able to accumulate over the years.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is Way Richer Than His Wife
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have a combined net worth of $370 million and the person who accounts for the lion’s share of that amount is none other than the actor himself. As earlier observed, Smith is relatively an old hand in the movie business, having been active since the early 90s. He has however managed to remain relevant in the game thanks to his unique talent, charisma, and connection to audiences. Another reason is the fact that he has reinvented himself for the digital age. Having realized the enormous powers and potentials of social media, Smith promptly joined the likes of Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube around 2016, and proceeded to hire a team that would properly harness his unique voice and carefree sensibility for these platforms.
The result is that he now has about 150 million followers across social media and generates handsome income from them. Smith’s social media fame also means that his movie projects are always buzzing and so, he now commands huge salaries. The former rapper got $27 million for the 2017 Netflix comedy, Bright. He then received $12.5 million, $12.5 million, and $20 million for Aladdin (2017), Gemini Man (2019), and King Richard (2021) respectively. Moving away from movies, Will Smith has also made bold moves as an entrepreneur and has invested in lucrative tech startups such as Uber, Sandbox Vr, Flockjay, and NuRx. He also has stakes in the sustainable water brand, Just Water, as well as the German rights group, Telepool.
All these have helped the actor acquire a wealth of $350 million which makes him about 21 times richer than his wife Jada Pinkett, who has a net worth of $20 million. Jada owes her wealth to several sources, including her acting career. The Maryland native made her debut in 1990 on the TV series, True Colors. She then went on to garner a string of critically-acclaimed performances before her breakthrough in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor. Since then, she has featured in several notable projects such as The Matrix Reloaded, The Madagascar Films, Bad Moms, Girls Trip, and Hawthorne. She has earned several accolades for these projects and has also been reimbursed quite well for her time.
Another budding source of income for Jada Pinkett is the new media venture that she and her husband co-founded in 2019. Described as a cross-platform holding company, Westbrook Inc. is designed to leverage the Smith family experience in entertainment, media, new media, and tech for the purpose of creating and curating powerful and inclusive content across all major platforms. Westbrook Inc. covers several companies and one of them is Westbrook Studios, the company responsible for Jada Pinkett’s popular talk show, Red Table Talk, which premiered in 2018 and has received a warm reception. This has motivated Facebook Watch to enter a renewal deal with the host.
Beyond Hollywood, Jada Pinkett Smith has invested in businesses such as the beauty products line, Carol’s Daughter. She also owns a fashion label called Maja which carries women’s t-shirts and dresses, as well as a sustainable line of personal care products known as Hey Humans.
Will is Also Three Years Older Than Jada Pinkett
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have a three-year age difference between them with the former being the older partner. The actor was born on the 25th day of September 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spent his formative years there. He attended a private elementary school before studying at a public high school. He excelled at his studies, getting high SATs as well as qualifying for a summer pre-engineering program at MIT.
This put him in a pole position to get admitted to MIT but he decided to pursue his passion for rap music.
Between 1985 and 1992, Will Smith tasted moderate success as a rapper (winning a Grammy for best rap performance) under the moniker, The Fresh Prince. He had money troubles though and so when he was approached in 1990 to do a TV sitcom based on his rap persona, he jumped on the opportunity. This marked the beginning of his acting career. The year 1990 also marked the beginning of Jada Pinkett Smith’s acting career.
Born on the 18th of September 1971, the actress-cum-TV host grew up in Baltimore and was brought up by her single mother and maternal grandma. As can be expected, such circumstances made for some rough times but the young girl toughed it out and later got into showbiz thanks to the support of her mom and grandmom. Jada remains quite close to both ladies to date and even co-hosts her popular talk show with her mom, Adrienne.
The Couple Tied The Knot in 1997 But Have Been Together Since 1995
The great love story between Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith dates back to 1994 when she auditioned to play the role of his on-screen girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. While she failed to land the role, the actor soon became attracted to her. He didn’t act on those attractions as he was still married to his then-wife, Sheree Zampino. He and Zampino would eventually separate in 1995 and he made his intentions known to Jada. She reciprocated and they officially began dating that same year. The couple would eventually tie the knot in an intimate ceremony held in the city of Baltimore in 1997.
The duo have now been married for over two decades and have two kids; Jaden (b. 1998) and Willow (b. 2000). Another important member of their family is Smith’s eldest child Trey (b. 1992) from his union with Sheree. The actor and his eldest child had a strained relationship for some years but Jada played a pivotal part in healing the rift.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have had their own fair share of challenges and one of them is the never-ending allegations that they have an open marriage. The couple is partly to blame for this as it is some of their comments that have fueled the rumors. They have maintained though that this is not true.
Another issue that has rocked the union is rumors of Jada’s affair with singer August Alsina. She later admitted that she was in an entanglement in 2016 with the singer while she and Will were separated. According to the actress, she was in a really bad place but was later able to get over her issues. The whole episode ultimately led to her reconciling with her husband and them developing a stronger love for each other.
A Quick Comparison of the Couple
|Will Smith||Jada Pinkett Smith|
|Height||6 feet 2 (1.83m)||4 feet 11 ½ inches (1.52m)|
|Net Worth||$350 million||$20 million|
|Birthplace||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Baltimore, Maryland|
|No of Movie Appearances||38||37|
|Total Movie Gross||$9.5 billion||$4.65 billion|
|Oscar Awards||Nil (two nominations)||Nil|