Johnny Depp is an American actor best known for his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd. Since starting his career in Hollywood in the mid-1980s, Depp has more than 95 acting credits to his name.
However, it’s not just his acting career that has contributed to his success and wealth. Johnny Depp’s net worth has also been impacted by his work as a producer and director, his brand ambassador deals, his real estate portfolio, and most recently, his much-publicized trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for defamation. The case has since been closed and the judge has ruled in favor of Depp, who was awarded several millions of dollars in damages.
Read on to discover Johnny Depp’s most successful projects at the box office and trace his career from its start until the present day.
The Early Years
Johnny Depp was born in the town of Owensboro in Kentucky on June 9, 1963. His mother Betty Sue Wells was a waitress and his father John Christopher Depp was a civil engineer. Depp also has three older siblings.
His family moved frequently throughout his childhood. But in 1970, the family settled in Miramar, Florida, and would call it home for a number of years. Eight years later, Depp’s parents divorced.
At the age of 12, Depp’s mother gave him a guitar, which would fuel his life-long love of music. In fact, he dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. Two weeks later, he tried returning to school. However, his principal told him to follow his rock star-inspired dreams.
A Career in Acting and Music
1980 rolled around, and Depp joined the band, The Kids. After a modest amount of success in Florida, the band picked their lives up and moved to Los Angeles. As they pursued a record deal, they changed their name Six Gun Method, but by 1984, the band had split. And Depp had moved on to collaborating with the band, Rock City Angels.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
1984 also brought Depp’s first acting role A Nightmare on Elm Street, which with a budget of $1.8 million went on to gross $25 million worldwide. The film became a cult-classic film in the horror genre.
Depp reportedly received $25,000 for the role.
After the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Depp appeared in a number of other TV shows and films. But it was the TV series 21 Jump Street that really kick-started Depp’s career. He is said to have earned $45,000 per episode for the Fox series, which ran for 103 episodes from 1987 til 1990.
While Johnny Depp’s net worth was still relatively small at the time, all of that was getting ready to change with his next film role.
1990 brought the Tim Burton-directed Edward Scissorhands, which grossed over $86 million worldwide on its $20 million budget. Of course, Depp and Burton didn’t know it at the time. But this was just the first of many successful film collaborations that the two close friends would have over the years.
The film grossed $124 million worldwide on its $35 million budget.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Then, in 1998, Depp starred in director Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The movie, which was based on the Hunter S. Thompson book, saw Depp star alongside Benicio Del Toro, and Tobey Maguire.
With a budget of $18.5 million, the film only grossed $10.6 million worldwide. While not a box office success, the film has since obtained cult-classic status.
Depp was reportedly paid $500,000 for the role.
1999 brought another Tim Burton film. And this time Depp would take on the role of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow alongside Christina Ricci. With a robust budget of $100 million, the film went on to gross over $206 million worldwide.
Next, Depp starred alongside Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench in the 2000 film, Chocolat. With a budget of only $25 million, the film made $152.6 million globally.
While the 1990s brought steady growth in Johnny Depp’s net worth, it wasn’t until 2003 that his most profitable role would arrive. He would make $10 million for 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
In 2003, Johnny Depp took on the role of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The movie, which is still Depp’s eighth most successful film of his career, made $654 million at the worldwide box office of its 140 million budget.
Depp has reportedly earned $300 million from all of the Pirates films that he made with the franchise, with the most successful one being 2016’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The film crossed $1.06 billion worldwide on its $225 million budget.
2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reportedly increased Johnny Depp’s net worth by $90 million, according to IMDB.
In between the releases of the Pirates movies, Depp continued to star in numerous commercially successful and critically acclaimed films like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
He also played Grindelwald in the first Fantastic Beasts movie. According to Business Insider, his salary for the film was close to $20 million. However, the Amber Heard claims caused Depp to lose the role for the subsequent installments of the film franchise.
Johnny Depp’s net worth is also massively impacted by his impressive real estate portfolio, which is said to be worth $100 million. The portfolio includes a private Hollywood Hills compound said to be worth $19 million. The compound consists of five neighboring homes.
Depp also owned five Los Angeles penthouses in a historic Art Deco building. He purchased the units in 2007 and sold them in 2016, after his split from Amber Heard. All five penthouses sold as a group for $10.9 million.
Depp also owned a horse farm in Kentucky which he purchased in 1995. He sold the property in 2000 for $1 million, but ended up buying it back for $2 million in 2005 as a gift for his mother, who lived there until she passed in 2016.
Depp also owned property internationally, he purchased an entire village in France in the Côte d’Azur area. Depp listed the 37-acre compound for $63 million in 2016. The price was reduced to $27 million, but never sold.
Adding to Johnny Depp’s net worth is his production company, Infinitum Nihil, which he founded in 2004 alongside his sister Christi Dembrowski. The company has produced 10 projects to date, including The Rum Diary, Hugo, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Additionally, the company has roughly 29 more projects in various stages of development.
In 2021, Depp started an additional production company IN.2 with a focus on European sensibility combined with American accessibility.
Jumping back to 2015, it was that year that Dior launched a new fragrance, Sauvage. And Depp appeared in numerous television and print ads for the brand. Though the fragrance launch wasn’t without controversy.
It was reported that in August 2022, that Johnny signed a seven-figure contract extension with Dior.
Johnny Depp has always been a rather private person, not talking much about his personal life. But with the wide publicity of his 2022 court case, most people are now aware that Depp and his most recent wife, Amber Heard. The pair was only married for a few months, with the toxic relationship ending in divorce in 2016.
Before Heard, Depp had been in a 14-year relationship with French actress and model Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis never got married but they have two children together. Their daughter Lily-Rose Melody has also become an actress and an ambassador for the Chanel brand. And their son Johnny Christopher III, better known as Jack.
Depp’s first wife was Lori Anne Allison, who was the sister of his band’s bassist. The marriage lasted 2 years and ended in divorce.
In 2022, Depp was reportedly dating Joelle Rich, who was one of the attorneys representing Depp in his U.K. libel case.
Amber Heard and the Defamation Case
And then came Amber Heard’s Washington Post op-ed, where she claimed to have been a survivor of domestic violence, among other things. Depp was not mentioned by name. But since they had just recently gotten divorced, the implications of the essay certainly took a toll on Depp’s career and reputation. Not only did his net worth take a dip. But he also had to spend over $5 million in legal expenses just to clear his name.
The court case wrapped up in Summer 2022, with the jury siding with Depp and awarding him more than $10 million in damages. Additionally, they awarded Heard $2 million in damages over the remarks Depp’s previous lawyer had made.
Johnny Depp Net Worth Today
As of today, Johnny Depp’s net worth is valued at $150 million. While Depp’s acting is primarily responsible for that number, his music career, brand endorsements, real estate investments, and legal cases have also impacted his net worth.
In Depp’s own words, the 2022 court case had taken from him “nothing less than everything”. But with the jury siding unanimously with Depp in the case, the future is starting to look quite bright for the actor once again.
Fans of Depp can look forward to seeing him next in Netflix’s Jeanne du Barry as Louis XV. Depp is also a co-producer on the project which is currently in post-production.
Additionally, IMDB Pro lists 23 projects in various stages of development coming down the pipeline for Depp, including Modigliani, which will follow the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Depp is set to direct the project for his production company, IN.2 Film.