Given his long-running and impressively consistent career as an A-list movie star, it’s no surprise that Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth soars as high as $260 million. And while the actor is far less reckless with his earnings than say, Johnny Depp or Nicolas Cage, don’t take that to mean he doesn’t know how to spend big and spend often.
From yacht rentals to valuable artwork to pet tortoises, DiCaprio lives pretty much as large as you’d expect him too. It’s all quite lavish and probably far less eco-friendly than the actor might hope, but on the other hand, he is planning to open a sustainable resort in the near future. But enough teasers: here’s how Leonardo DiCaprio accumulated his net worth and how he spends it.
What is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Net Worth?
Net Worth: $260 Million (approximately $370 million AUD)
Born: November 11, 1974
Country of Birth: USA
Profession: Actor, Producer, Investor, and Philanthropist
Where Does Leonardo DiCaprio’s Net Worth Come From?
Long before he was headlining films like “Titanic” and “Inception,” DiCaprio turned heads on the small screen. He began his Hollywood career as a child TV actor, who was working regularly by the time he was a teenager. After appearing in everything from Bubble Yum commercials to one-off episodes of “The New Lassie,” he landed a semi-recurring role on the hit series “Growing Pains.”
In 1993, DiCaprio announced himself as a major film talent when he respectively starred in the dramas “This Boy’s Life” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination. It paved the way for a string of notable performances in everything from “The Basketball Diaries” to “Romeo + Juliet.” All the while, Leonardo DiCaprio’s worth and star power were both rising steadily. In 1997, he played the lead role in James Cameron’s “Titanic” and the rest is Hollywood history.
With his current salary of about US$25 million per tentpole picture and his knack for splitting back-end points, Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth is most directly the result of his acting career. Adding to the proverbial pile, however, are endorsement deals, personal appearance fees, a lucrative real estate portfolio, and various investments. He also runs a production company, Appian Way, which is behind a number of films, TV shows, and documentaries. That’s not to mention non-profits like The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which raises money for environmental issues.
Put it all together and you get one serious pile of cash to play with. That begs the question: how does the actor spend his millions?
How Does Leonardo DiCaprio Spend His Money?
Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth of US$260 million gives him lots to spend and boy does he spend it. Here’s how.
1. Movie Rights
More than the star of great films, DiCaprio also helps to create them. He famously bought the rights to “The Wolf of Wall Street” before playing the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation. Through his production company, he currently owns the rights to novels such as “The Devil in the White City” (which is being developed as a TV series) and “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal,” among others. It’s also safe to assume that DiCaprio puts some of his net worth on the line when producing various documentaries.
2. Philanthropic Causes
When he’s not working hard or playing hard, the actor is either spending or raising money for a number of charities. Some have even suggested that the biggest portion of Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth goes to philanthropic causes (though we remain dubious). His own organisation, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, has generated millions for climate resiliency, wildlife preservation, and human rights. And while the very same foundation (as well as Appian Way) was once at the heart of an international scandal involving Malaysian corruption, DiCaprio himself wasn’t directly implicated.
3. Luxury Transportation
Despite his outspoken stance on climate change, DiCaprio leaves quite the carbon footprint in his wake. Whether that means flying across the globe by way of a private jet or renting his favourite yacht, the actor definitely knows how to travel in style. Before you point fingers, just remember that he would probably get mobbed by fans was he to fly commercial. Furthermore, renting a yacht seems almost practical compared to owning one. He’s particularly partial to the M/Y Topaz, a US$678 million superyacht.
When it comes to cars, DiCaprio takes a far more eco-sensitive approach, while nevertheless retaining his taste for the finer things. Not only did he drop 100k on a Fisker Karma hybrid sports car, but he also invested in the company. He’s also been spotted behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius and a Tesla Roadster, respectively.
Last but not least, DiCaprio has already booked his seat aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, meaning he’ll soon take his passion for travel to new heights…literally. Joining him for the space-bound ride will be a wealthy auction winner, who shelled out US$1.5 million for the privilege.
4. Gifts for his Mum
Ask any member of the Leonardo DiCaprio fan club and they’ll tell you that this full-grown actor is still a mama’s boy at heart. He’s accordingly spoiled his German-born mother over the years, putting her up in his own house and buying her the occasional luxury item. You did good, son!
5. Real Estate
Like so many others with a substantial net worth, Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to real estate and its many benefits. A savvy spender, he owns everything from lavish mansions to private islands, often making huge profits when it comes time to sell. Some of his most jaw-dropping properties are in America, but he deals in real estate all over the world. Fun fact: in at least one of his multimillion-dollar condos, DiCaprio paid extra to have his shower installed with Vitamin C-infused water.
6. Launching an Eco-Resort
DiCaprio reportedly spent millions of his own dollars buying the island of Blackadore Caye in Belize, with plans to develop a wellness-focused eco-resort. Local fishermen have been critical of the construction, which could disrupt their industry and–in an ironic twist of fate—cause potential damage to the fragile environment. Meanwhile, over-privileged Millenials and social media influencers can’t wait for this thing to happen! Supposedly, they won’t have to wait much longer, as the resort is slated to open this year.
7. Expensive Artwork
You’re not a high roller if you’re not buying uber-expensive artwork and DiCaprio duly abides. The actor’s been frequently spotted at various high-end art galleries and auctions around the world. His refined taste has landed him valuable works from artists such as Ed Ruscha, Banksy, Picasso, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Alas, after getting caught up in the Malaysian corruption scandal, DiCaprio was forced to hand over his Picasso and his Basquiat to the government.
8. Crazy Collectibles
Like we said before: DiCaprio is no Nicolas Cage. But like we also said before: don’t take that to mean the actor doesn’t spend big. Enter his endless assortment of downright crazy collectibles. That reportedly includes—but is far from limited to—the following items: a massive collection of Star Wars action figures, the piano from “Casablanca,” Bono’s guitar, the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” and dinosaur skulls, among other things.
9. Luxury Watches
If we had Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth, we’d definitely share his habit of buying luxury watches. That includes a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre, which is worth about US$4,500. Being that DiCaprio was once a TAG Heuer brand ambassador, we’re assuming he received a major discount.
10. An Exotic Tortoise
When you’re a famous celebrity with an ample net worth, normal domesticated animals simply won’t suffice. After reportedly attending a reptile breeders conference, the actor ordered a 10-year-old Sulcata Tortoise from the nearest (and possibly only) pet store that had one. The tortoise can grow to 200 pounds and live for 80 years, meaning DiCaprio has himself a friend for life.
What is Leonardo DiCaprio's Net Worth?
According to the most recent reports, DiCaprio has a current net worth of $260 million. It comes as a result of his acting salary, plus back-end points, production deals, investments, and endorsements.
How much did DiCaprio make on Titanic?
By agreeing to take a pay cut in favour of splitting first-dollar gross points, DiCaprio reportedly earned as much as $50 million for starring in Titanic.
How much did DiCaprio make on Inception?
Between his salary and back-end points, DiCaprio reportedly earned $59 million for starring in Inception.
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