Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” is an American actor, professional wrestler, and businessman. Best known for his movie roles in Black Adam and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Johnson has no shortage of success on the big screen, making a name for himself as one of his generation’s most bankable action stars.
However, it’s not just his success in front of the camera that has led to his massive financial success. As of 2023, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $800 million. Read on to take a look at how Rock’s career began, his biggest successes, his movie salaries, and how he became the superstar he is today.
Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California, on May 2nd, 1972. His mother, Ata Johnson, is a part of the famous Anoa’i wrestling family. His father, Rocky Johnson, was a professional wrestler, which is why Johnson also had an early interest in the sport. The family moved around a lot when Johnson was a child, relocating to New Zealand, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Tennessee, where he attended high school.
As a promising athlete, Johnson received a lot of scholarship offers to play college football. He selected the University of Miami, where he enjoyed a full scholarship. He was a key player when the Hurricanes played in the national championship. However, he suffered a series of injuries that ended his college football stint.
The Rock’s Professional Wrestling Career
Soon after college, he decided to pursue a career in wrestling. Both his father and grandfather were professional wrestlers during their time.
As a professional wrestler, Johnson was simply known as “The Rock,” a moniker that remains. He began as Rocky Maivia, a combination of his father’s and grandfather’s ring names, but decided that “The Rock” had a better appeal to the audience.
Johnson earned quite a huge following during his wrestling career, which spanned nearly a decade. His charisma drew many fans, even if he portrayed a villain in the ring. In World Wrestling Entertainment, he became the world heavyweight champion a total of nine times.
Johnson was reportedly paid a measly $40 per match when he started wrestling. By 2018, the WWE was paying him a salary of $89.4 million a year, making him the richest WWE wrestler. Today, he still has Rock earnings of $65 million annually.
Johnson’s first stint as an actor was in 1999 in the documentary film Beyond the Mat while he was still at the peak of his wrestling career. At around the same time, he would also play a part in an episode of the series That ‘70s Show.
A year later, he played an alien wrestler in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. But it wasn’t until 2001 that he had his first big break in Hollywood, which would signal the start of his climb to be one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
The Mummy Returns
In 2001, Johnson was cast as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. He was paid $5.5 million for his role, which was the highest ever to be given to a new actor. The film was a blockbuster, raking in $443.3 million worldwide against a budget of $98 million.
More importantly, Johnson’s character was so well-received by audiences that they created a spin-off the following year entitled The Scorpion King. For his first starring role, Johnson received another $5.5 million salary. This second film did not earn as much. However, it was still a commercial success, with global earnings of $180.6 million.
Following the success of his first movies, Johnson continued starring in action films. They were not roaring successes. Though, he did receive large paychecks for his acting work. For The Rundown in 2003, he received $12.5 million. A year later, he was paid a cool $15 million for Walking Tall.
Johnson also started appearing in family-oriented films, like Race to Witch Mountain in 2009 and Tooth Fairy in 2010.
The Fast and the Furious Movies
Dwayne Johnson’s net worth got a huge boost in 2011 when he was chosen to play Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious series. He would join franchise regulars, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the other original cast members. His character was introduced in Fast Five and appeared in the succeeding franchise installments.
Johnson was paid a reported $10 million for his first appearance, which was also his salary for the next film, Fast & Furious 6. When Furious 7 was released in 2015, his salary as Hobbs was up to $15 million.
In The Fate of the Furious in 2017, he happily returned to a lower salary of $10 million. He cut a deal for a considerable percentage of the back-end earnings in exchange. In one of the franchise’s recent films, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Johnson received $20 million for his work.
In 2015, Johnson earned his biggest salary to date for the disaster film San Andreas. The film had a budget of $110 million, $25 million of which would make up Johnson’s paycheck. It topped the charts that year, earning over $474 million worldwide.
Also in 2015, Johnson took on the lead role in the sports comedy drama series Ballers. He was also an executive producer. It was a huge success, running for 5 seasons or 47 episodes. By the show’s peak, Johnson was earning a reported $70,000 per episode.
In 2016, Johnson voiced Maui, one of the lead characters in the Disney animated film Moana. He was paid an incredible $21 million for the project. Additionally, it was reported that he scored another $1 million for social media endorsements for the film.
The Jumanji Movies
In 2017, the Jumanji franchise, originally starring Robin Williams, was revived. In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Johnson played the role of Dr. Smolder. He would reprise the role two years later in Jumanji: The Next Level. His salary for the first film was $20 million; for the second, he earned $23.5 million.
Dwayne Johnson is the Highest-Paid Actor
In 2020, Johnson was the highest-paid actor according to the Forbes list of celebrity earners. Additionally, he was listed as the 10th highest-paid of all celebrities worldwide. Among those who ranked higher were Kanye West, LeBron James, and Tyler Perry. Previously in 2018, Johnson was also hailed the highest-paid actor by Forbes after raking in $124 million for the year.
Red Notice & Black Adam
Johnson has had a very lucrative career in the movie industry, earning around $20 million per movie. Most of his projects have been blockbusters, including his recent Netflix film, Red Notice, where he reportedly earned $23.5 million for his role as John Hartley. And, of course, we can’t forget to mention his most recent box office hit, Black Adam. It made over $393 million in theater sales and earned Johnson $22.5 as the lead actor and a lot more as a producer.
As if his movie earnings were not enough, Johnson also cashes in on small-screen projects. From 2019 to 2020, he hosted The Titan Games, which he also created and executive produced. He also has an ongoing sitcom, Young Rock, based on his life.
Johnson may not have won any Oscars yet, but he has won the fans’ hearts. This is evident in the number of People’s Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards he has collected over the years from the popular roles he has portrayed.
In addition to his relentlessly busy schedule making movies, Johnson also has a lot of active business ventures. In 2016, Johnson signed a deal with Under Armor to launch Project Rock, which consists of various merchandise, including bags, shoes, clothing, and many more. Johnson also owns Voss Water, a Norwegian bottled water brand.
Johnson has a 40% stake in Teremana Tequila, a tequila company that is valued at about $2 billion. He has co-founded the company with his business partner and now former wife Dany Garcia. The Teremana brand earnings make up a considerable portion of Dwayne Johnson’s net worth.
Being the true blue athlete that he is, and a former football player at that, Johnson had recently acquired the American Football League XFL in 2020.
Johnson also owns the production company, Seven Bucks Production, which he also started with his ex-wife Dany. Seven Bucks plays an active role in all his movie projects and also manages his social media platforms.
Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is also greatly impacted by his impressive real estate portfolio. In 2019, The Rock purchased an equestrian estate in Powder Springs, Georgia. He shelled out $9.5 million for this 46-acre property, which includes eight bedrooms and six bathrooms. In 2021, he listed the property for $7.5 million.
Shortly before, he had sold a home in the Fort Lauderdale area for $4.5 million. And in early 2021, Johnson bought Paul Reiser’s Beverly Park mansion for a whopping $28.7 million.
Johnson has been married twice. His first wife, Dany Garcia, is a professional bodybuilder and a highly successful businesswoman. Together, the couple founded the Teremana Tequila brand and established the Project Rock Collection under the clothing brand Under Armor. They have a daughter together named Simone Alexandria.
Although the couple did separate in 2007, it was an amicable parting of ways. They eventually had the divorce finalized in 2018. The two still work together as business partners to this day.
Johnson is currently married to Lauren Hashian, with whom he has two children, Jasmine and Tiana Gia. Lauren is a professional singer who is also now known for her role in Red Notice. The family lives in their home in Los Angeles but also has properties in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia.
Dwayne Johnson’s Net Worth in 2023
At the beginning of 2021, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth was valued at $320 million. But as of 2023, his net worth has more than doubled to $800 million. While a large chunk of the amount comes from The Rock’s work as an actor, his business ventures and real estate investments also add a sizable amount to that number.
Fans can look forward to seeing him next in Amazon’s Red One, where he’ll co-star alongside Chris Evans and Lucy Liu. The Atlanta-filmed movie is expected to release in 2023. Additionally, Johnson along with Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot are also working on a sequel to Netflix’s Red Notice.