Will Smith is an American actor, producer, and rapper best known for his acting roles in Men in Black, Independence Day, and the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Having started his career in Hollywood in the mid-1980s, Smith has appeared in more than 80 movies and television series.
In 2022, after that very shocking slap that Will Smith purposely delivered to fellow actor Chris Rock at the last Academy Awards, the world has been talking nonstop about this Hollywood star. Of course, everyone knows who Will Smith is.
But the recent hullabaloo definitely spiked people’s curiosity anew and has everyone asking questions about the actor. Interestingly, what most people want to know is how much Smith earns, and what is Will Smith’s net worth today in 2023. Read on to discover Smith’s most successful projects.
Will Smith, whose real name is Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., was born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1968. The name of his mother is Caroline Bright. She was a board administrator of a school and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. And the name of his father is Willard Carroll Smith Sr., a veteran of the US Air Force and a refrigeration engineer.
Smith has three siblings – an older sister whose name is Pamela as well as twins Harry and Ellen, who are younger than him. He spent his childhood in a neighborhood called Wynnefield in West Philadelphia.
It’s no secret that Smith is quite a wealthy man. He had a string of blockbuster movies in the 1990s that raked in millions of dollars. But Will Smith did not immediately venture into the big screen.
In 1980, when he was just 12 years old, Smith entered the entertainment industry as a musician when he began rapping as the Fresh Prince. He won a Grammy a few years later with DJ Jazzy Jeff for their single “Parents Just Don’t Understand” from the duo’s second album.
A decade after his debut in the music industry, Smith starred in the hit TV sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The first three seasons of the series earned him a decent 2.8 million dollars, which was not bad at all. In fact, after the first season aired, Will Smith net worth had risen to 1.3 million dollars. Unfortunately, practically all of his earnings just went into paying taxes that he owed from his musical career as a rapper.
Hollywood Acting in the 1990s
It didn’t take long for Will Smith to land major roles when he shifted his career to Hollywood. Among his first successful films were Six Degrees of Separation with Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing in 1993, followed shortly by the commercial hit, Bad Boys with Martin Lawrence in 1995. At this time, his sitcom was still making waves on primetime TV.
The 90s were very good for Smith as he has one commercially successful movie after another. In 1996, he starred in Independence Day, which at the time became the second highest-grossing film ever (at the time), earning $817.4 million dollars against a budget of $75 million. It’s reported that Smith was paid $5 million for the role.
This was followed by several other massive hits where he co-starred with some of the biggest names in showbiz, like Men in Black with Tommy Lee Jones and Enemy of the State with Gene Hackman.
The New Willennium
As the new millennium began, so did a new surge of successful movies for Will Smith. Because of this, some people even took to calling the period as the new Willennium. He began by starring as Muhammad Ali. Sequels to Men in Black and Bad Boys soon followed. After the showing of Bad Boys II, Will Smith’s net worth was up to an impressive $40 million dollars, and there was no way he was going to stop there.
With his great acting prowess and immense likability, it’s no wonder that most of his movies became successful. Just take a look at I Am Legend, Hancock, and Pursuit of Happyness. Even his voice alone is able to rake in millions of dollars, as can be seen from his performances in Shark Tale as Oscar and in Aladdin as the Genie.
Will Smith’s net worth got a $12.5 million (plus a cut of profits from the backend) bump from 2019’s Aladdin, which, as of 2023, is Smith’s highest-grossing film, making over $1 billion at the box office against a budget of $183 million.
In 2021, Will Smith’s net worth got another sizable boost. He reportedly made $40 million (including a portion of backend profits) from the biopic, King Richard. In the flick, Smith played Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena.
He had actually won his very first Oscar for this role during the last Academy Awards, just moments after the completely unexpected slapping incident with Chris Rock.
In 2022, Smith starred in the action-thriller, Emancipation. The Apple TV+ project had a sizable budget of $120 million. And it’s reported that Smith’s net worth got another massive boost from the project. He was reportedly paid #35 million for his work in the film.
Will Smith’s first wife was actress Sheree Smith, with whom he has a son named Trey. Their 3-year marriage ended in 1995 when the couple divorced.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Two years later, Smith said I do to his present wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Together they have a son Jaden Christopher Syre and a daughter Willow Camille Reign, both of whom.
Aside from his great acting ability and magnetic personality, Will Smith is also quite known for the lavish multi-million dollar homes that he owns with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Their primary home is a gorgeous ranch located in Calabasas in the mountains of Santa Monica. The estate includes a man-made lake and a 25,000 square foot home. They had bought the 150-acre property in 2003 but it wasn’t until 2010 that it was finally completed. The mansion is valued at a whopping 42 million dollars.
In addition, the Smiths also own a couple of grand properties in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of these is a mansion that has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, worth 3.4 million dollars. They purchased this home in the same year that they bought their main house in Calabasas. It is now the permanent home of Jaden Smith, the couple’s eldest child.
Because they liked the ambiance in Hidden Hills so much, the Smiths then purchased a second property in the neighborhood. This time they spent 11.3 million dollars. This second home was only just recently completed in 2020.
Together, Will and Jada’s net worths amount to over 400 million dollars. So it’s not a surprise that they can easily afford to buy such lavish homes in some of the most exclusive communities in the country.
Will Smith Net Worth Today
The kind of success that Will Smith has experienced in his career comes from a rare combination of talent and natural charm. In fact, it is said that his charisma is one of the things that made his transition from rap music to Hollywood surprisingly easy. It is also one of the reasons why he is a natural choice of many producers when it comes to the role of the leading man.
As of 2023, with all his industry earnings, real estate, and other assets combined, Will Smith’s net worth is valued at $345 million dollars. And with over 40 projects in various stages of development, that number will continue to grow in the coming years.