Johnny Depp’s net worth was eye-watering, then he blew it all
Wednesday - 25/05/2022 14:05
Johnny Depp had a universal appeal and longevity that made him one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood, now he’s spent much of his fortune fighting legal battles.
Johnny Depp has had a fall from grace quite unlike any other.
For much of his 40 year career, Depp was one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, with an appeal so universal and evidently enduring he became a major box office drawcard – to date, his films have grossed US$8.7 billion at the box office, worldwide.
And, as such, became one of the wealthiest actors in the business and was estimated, at one point, to be worth US$900 million (A$1.2 billion). Until he squandered it all.
The ongoing US$50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard has brought fresh scrutiny on both parties’ lives, their marriage and divorce, past relationships, charitable contributions, and their bank balances. Specifically, what sort of a dent this case may leave in their pockets.
The actor also splurged on a private island (which he and Heard exchanged vows on), an $18 million yacht (which he later sold to J.K. Rowling), a failed record label ($4 million), $150,000 on security, and $300,000 to maintain 40 staff.
The world should have known the eccentric actor had a penchant for lavish spending in 2005 when Depp forked out $5 million for a cannon to blast the ashes of his late friend Hunter S. Thompson over Aspen, Colorado. A cannon. For his friend’s ashes.
Depp told Rolling Stone magazine that he “had no idea about money or amounts of money”; but most of what was lost was made from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise alone.
For the five swashbuckling films, Depp earned an eye-watering US$300 million – US$10 million for the first, US$20 for the sequel (plus a bonus of $40 million), and around US$50 million each for the third and fourth instalments. According to Forbes, the fifth film earned Depp a cool US$90 million.