Even years after Romeo + Juliet and Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio is still considered to be “America’s Heartthrob.” Not only have his good looks stood the test of time, he has also earned praise in movies such as The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf Of Wall Street (despite his lack of Academy Awards…sore subject). So how much is this talented heartthrob really worth?
Leonardo DiCaprio Net Worth As Of 2018: $250 Million
Here’s how Leonardo made it the millions.
Leonardo made his film debut in the direct to video movie Critters 3. However, after appearing as a recurring cast member in the TV show Growing Pains, his first breakthrough film role was as Toby Wolff in This Boy’s Life in 1992. Leonardo’s next film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? opposite Johnny Depp, made over $10 million in the box office with a budget of $11 million and earned Leonardo his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1995, Leonardo appeared in three films: The Quick and The Dead, Total Eclipse, and The Basketball Diaries.
In November 1996, Leonardo starred opposite Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet, a modern day retelling of William Shakespeare’s play. The movie earned over $147 million worldwide and has a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, Leonardo’s biggest success that made him a big time movie star came with the release of Titanic on December 19, 1997. The film made over $2 billion in the box office worldwide and became the highest grossing film of all time, until Avatar surpassed it in 2010. Instantly, his status as a heartthrob flourished. By May 1998, he appeared on at least four teen magazines and three books written about him became New York Times Best Sellers. When Leonardo was not nominated for the 70th Annual Academy Awards, more than 200 fans protested because they wanted him nominated. Despite that, he was nominated for a second Golden Globe.
Also in 1998, Leonardo and his mother donated $35,000 for the Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
In 2002, Leonardo appeared in two hit films. His first was in Catch Me If You Can, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., opposite Tom Hanks. The film was released on December 25, 2002 and made $352 million worldwide. His second film was Gangs of New York, which was released 5 days before Catch Me If You Can. The movie made over $193 million worldwide and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, but won none. Although Leonardo’s acting was well-received, it was overshadowed by Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance.
Leonardo once again collaborated with Martin Scorsese, whom he worked with on Gangs of New York, with the film The Aviator, a biographical film about aviation pioneer and director Howard Hughes. The movie was released on December 25, 2004 and made over $213 million worldwide. Leonardo received rave reviews for his portrayal of Hughes and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actor. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role. Leonardo also teamed up with Scorsese for a third time in 2006 for The Departed, which surpassed The Aviator by earning over $289 million worldwide.
In 2008, Leonardo reunited with his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet for the film Revolutionary Road. His role as a husband in a failing marriage in the 1950s earned him his 7th Golden Globe nomination.
Leonardo also scored two hit films in 2010: Shutter Island, his next collaboration with Scorsese, and Inception. Inception made over $800 million worldwide is currently the 45th highest grossing film of all time. Leonardo earned a reported $59 million plus share of proceeds for Inception.
He continued to earn praise and make big bucks at the box office for his movies throughout the next four years, including J. Edgar, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby (reuniting him with Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann), and The Wolf Of Wall Street (his fifth collaboration with Scorsese). The Wolf of Wall Street gave Leo a payday of $25 million (plus bonuses).
Aside from his acting, Leonardo has made several contributions and donations, including donating over $7,000 to both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, $1 million to relief efforts of the earthquake in Haiti, and $61,000 to the GLAAD organization. Leonardo also bought an island in Belize in 2009 in order to make it into aneco-friendly resort.
2015 – 2016
The Revenant was released nationwide on January 8, 2016. Currently, the movie holds a rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and has made $170.5 million at the box office. It was reported that Leo got a nice paycheck of $20 million for the part.
In February 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio took home his first Oscar as the Best Actor in The Revenant.
Now that winning an Oscar is checked off the bucket list, maybe Leo will fulfill our dreams and turn to rom-coms.
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After his huge success and achievements in 2016, Leonardo has a number of projects in development, one of which being The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Leo’s role in the movie is currently unknown, but it’s safe to say he’ll be adding a whole new level of tension and suspense to the plot with his acting alone.
He is also expected to star in the upcoming movie The Devil in the White City, in which Leo will actually be playing a villain. We all know how terrifying he can be given the chance. I can’t wait to see his performance.
Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Manson Family.”