The Popular Actor Will Smith
Will Smith is an actor, film producer and rapper who has been on of the most famous and popular celebrities in the world for decades.
Will Smith is one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet; Hollywood knows it, and so does his net worth. Not only is his acting Oscar caliber, but his earnest work promoting his films both through traditional media and social media is unmatched.
When you go into a movie that’s expensive and you’re paying him a certain salary, what makes you feel good is you know that he is going to work just as hard, Netflix film chief Scott Stuber told The Hollywood Reporter. We can do a lot in the marketing, but there’s no amount of TV spots you could buy that can replicate the authenticity and the passion of the artist saying to the world, I believe in it. And that’s what he does really well.
Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 25th September 1968. Smith’s mother was a school board administrator, and his father a refrigerator engineer.
He has three siblings; his older sister Pamela, and younger twins Harry and Ellen.
Smith went to Overbrook High School and did get offered a scholarship at MIT, which he turned down because he had no intentions of going to college. His dream was to become a rapper, and that’s what he set out to do.
Smith never left music, and while working simultaneously on his films he released four solo albums, two which have gone platinum. Smith had numerous hit singles, among them “Men in Black,” and “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” earning Smith two consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance.
How He Made His Money
Will started producing music and rapping with Jeff in the mid-80s. They caught the attention of Def Jam, signing to a record deal to produce the debut album, “Rock the House” in 1987.
The album went gold, and the duo went on to release “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” in 1988. The album sold over 3-million copies, and the pair would go on to release five studio albums.However, Will hit Hollywood stardom with his role in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” during the 90s.
The show ran for seven years, between 1995 to 1997. DJ Jazzy Jeff would make several appearances in the show.Will started his movie career with the smash hit “Bad Boys,” where he starred alongside famed comedian Martin Lawrence.The movie was a box office success, and he and Martin would do a sequel a few years later.
Other notable box office successes for Smith include “Independence Day” in 1996 and the “Men In Black” Franchise, where he starred in the films alongside Tommy Lee Jones.
By the time his career peaked in the 2000’s Smith was commanding a salary of between $20 million to $30 million per movie.He recently experienced a career revival, signing movie deals with Netflix.
He earned $20 million for his role in the 2017 Netflix Original “Bright” and $35 million for the sequel to the film. Will also has huge followings on social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram.
How He Became Popular
Smith first rose to prominence as rapper the Fresh Prince, teaming up with longtime friend Jeffrey Allen “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes for hits including “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime.” He leveraged the success he had in music in a sitcom career—and the rest, as they say, is history.
|Net Worth:||$350 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Sep 25, 1968 (53 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Film Producer, Record producer, Television producer, Rapper, Screenwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
How He Spends His Fortune
The Smiths spend a good amount of their money on luxury cars. Will owns a Bentley Azure, a Mayback 57s, a 1965 Ford Mustang, a Cadillac Escalade, and a Mercedes Benz GL450.
Will Smith and his wife have taken many vacation trips in the past and they do not come cheap. Over the years the Smiths have owned real estate worth $100 million across the world.
Their home in Calabasas costs $42 million. The Smiths spend some of their millions spoiling their three kids; Jaden, Willow, and Trey. In 2016, they bought Jaden his own 6000 square foot home worth $4 million.
Will Smith and Jada have their own foundation, The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which has given over $1 million to charities and other organizations.
Their biggest beneficiaries have been Christian churches, the Scientology organization, and Mosques. They also donated funds to build a Scientologist school in 2010.
Smith was twice nominated for an Academy Award, both for portraying real people, Muhammad Ali in “Ali” and Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness”. Among his awards, Smith has two BET Awards, one Image Award, four MTV Movie Awards, and two People’s Choice Awards.
Will has two children with his wife, Jada Pinkett, his wife since 1997. Their children, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith, are both in the entertainment industry. He also has a son named Trey with his first wife, Sheree Ampino.