Very few A-list actors can boast of playing a variety of classic characters in cinema as much as Will Smith has. From being the Prince of Bel Air to playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad to being Agent J in the Men in Black film series, his career as an actor has been one notable character to the other. And just as his creative choices have mostly been good, so also has his box office returns, which has made Will Smith’s net worth skyrocket.
The Philadelphia-born actor is also more than an actor, he is a producer, a rapper and a media personality, all of which have made him one of the richest men in Hollywood. Here is an examination of Will Smith’s net worth as well as the primary contributors to it, such as music and real estate investments.
Will Smith’s Net Worth
Will Smith began his journey in the world of entertainment as a rapper, rapping in collaboration with Jeff Townes and starting a rap team named DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Although it is not the career path for which he is most popular, it was a successful one for Will as he earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
Afterward, he began his career as an actor, playing himself on the classic show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since then, he has forged a very successful career that has earned him multiple awards, including Oscar nominations, as well as a lot of money.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has amassed a net worth of $350 million, a figure high enough to place him among the top richest men in Hollywood.
How Much Does He Make From Movies, Music and Real Estate?
Those who have followed Will Smith’s career would not be surprised he has such a significant net worth. Since he began his career in the 80s as a rapper, it has been one degree of success after the other, all of which culminated in making him one of the most beloved personalities in the world.
In music, Will Smith’s net worth has benefited from a music catalog that includes ten albums, selling over 10 million copies of his solo albums in the United States alone. The exact amount he has made through music is unknown but with over 10 million copies in album sales and a few major awards to his name, it is believed at least 10% of his net worth has come through his music career.
When it comes to movies however, they are the biggest contributors to the actor’s net worth. His career in movies includes working as a director, producer, writer, composer, and actor, some of which he does under his own production company, Overbrook Entertainment.
The percentage of Will Smith’s net worth earned through movies has come through his appearances in over 75 movies and TV shows, earning big bucks for his appearances. He made $20 million each for his roles in Ali and Hitch and made as much as $71.4 million for his role in the classic movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. And in his third appearance in the Men in Black series, he earned $100 million as Agent J.
He has been able to command hefty deals for his movie appearances as he has proven to be one of the most bankable actors in the industry. As a leading actor, his movies have made over $6 billion in the global box office and another $1.8 billion when he has been a part of a leading ensemble. In the rare occasion where Will Smith has played a supporting role, the movies have made almost a billion dollars in the global box office, all of which make him one of the most attractive names for box office success to movie studios, who do not hesitate to shell millions of dollars to have him in their movies.
When he has worked behind the camera, his movies haven’t fared any differently too, with his movies as a producer earning over $2 billion in the box office.
Aside from his earnings in movies and music, Will Smith has also proven to be a social media star, with over 35 million followers on Instagram and over 6 million subscribers on YouTube. Through both platforms, Will’s net worth has further grown via ad revenue and sponsored posts.
Such box office influence has helped Will Smith to a net worth of $350 million, which apart from his music and movie career, is further bolstered by his investments, particularly in real estate.
Will Smith and his wife, Jada, both have a real estate portfolio that is estimated at $100 million in value. Their properties are spread all over the globe, from mansions in Utah, Malibu to far away Kauai. The mansion in Kauai was bought for $13.5 million, eventually selling it off for $20 million.