There are few bigger names in Hollywood than that of Tom Cruise. He has been acting for decades and has starred in countless blockbuster hits. With all those very popular and critically acclaimed movies under his belt, it makes one wonder, how much is Tom Cruise net worth? Let’s take a look at the actor’s life and all his streams of income.
Quite interestingly, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was not born on the fourth of July, like the title of one of his most famous movies. In fact, he was born a day earlier on the 3rd of July in 1962 in Syracuse NY. His mother Mary Lee was a special education teacher and his father was an electrical engineer. He has three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian and Cass.
Cruise did not have an easy childhood. They were quite poor and according to Cruise, his father was abusive, a bully, and a coward. They moved to Canada when Tom was 9 years old and he went to the Robert Hopkins Public School where he started to cultivate an interest in drama. With a lot of moving around, Cruise attended a total of 15 schools, until he graduated high school at the Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey.
Family and Marriages
Tom Cruise has been married three times. His first wife was actress Mimi Rogers and it lasted 3 years. Shortly after the separation, Cruise married his second wife Nicole Kidman. Together, the powerhouse couple adopted daughter Isabella Jane and son Connor Antony. Unfortunately, Cruise and Kidman divorced after 11 years.
In 2005, Cruise started dating actress Katie Holmes. Their daughter Suri was born in April 2006. A few months later, the couple married in a star-studded ceremony. The Church of Scientology, of which Cruise was an active member, was a huge part of the ceremony. Eventually, though, it would also lead to the couple’s separation as Holmes filed for divorce in 2012.
Cruise’s stellar acting career began with a minor role in Endless Love back in 1981. He was 19 years old at the time. Two years later, he played what would become one of his most memorable leading roles as Joel Goodson in Risky Business. However, it wasn’t until he starred in the 1986 action drama Top Gun that he finally had his first of many blockbusters.
The latter part of the 80s brought a string of highly successful movies with interesting roles. He was a glitzy pool player in The Color of Money, a bartending business student in Cocktail, and a war veteran in Born on the Fourth of July. Cruise got to play very diverse roles that really showcased his acting prowess.
Among the younger audience, Tom Cruise is probably the most famous as Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible films. For the first couple of movies, Cruise got an upfront salary of not more than $12 million per movie. By the time of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, his upfront salary was up to $25 million. This does not include the percentage that he gets from box office revenues.
And just when we thought the Mission Impossible franchise was done, they came out with Fallout in 2018, which made over $790 million in global revenue. This latest installment earned Cruise an upfront salary of $28 million.
The 1990s brought quite a lot of really excellent films that starred Cruise like A Few Good Men, The Firm, Interview with a Vampire, and Jerry Maguire. He also starred opposite ex-wife Nicole Kidman in three blockbuster movies – Days of Thunder in 1990, Far and Away in 1992, and Eyes Wide Shut by the end of the decade.
Most recently, he stars once again as Lt. Pete Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, a character that he last played decades ago. For this role, Cruise has reportedly received a salary of $13 million. The original Top Gun movie 27 years ago earned Cruise $2 million in salary.
Top Gun: Maverick has made over $780 million at the box office so far, raking in $100 million in the opening weekend alone. It is just a matter of time until it becomes the new highest grossing Cruise movie. In fact, critics say that it could be the first movie by Tom Cruise to earn $1 billion.
Acting Awards and Recognitions
Cruise has won Golden Globe Awards as Best Actor for Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia. However, he has returned all three awards to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association due to a number of controversial issues.
Cruise has received 3 nominations for Academy Awards but is yet to win an Oscar. So far, he has received a total of 103 nominations from the major award giving bodies, and has won 38 awards.
Majority of Tom Cruise net worth certainly comes from his movie earnings. However, we can’t just ignore the multimillion dollar properties that he owns, which also contributed to his changing net value over the years.
His most current acquisition is a penthouse in Clearwater FL worth over $9.5 million. Cruise also purchased three more condos in the building worth close to $1.5 million, apparently for his relatives and staff.
He has also recently sold a number of his properties, including a ranch in Telluride CO for $39.5 million, and a compound in Hollywood Hills for $11.4 million. When he was married to Katie Holmes, they lived in a property in Beverly Hills that Cruise had bought for $30.5 million. This, too, had already been sold at a huge profit of $38 million.
Tom Cruise Net Worth Today
How much is Tom Cruise net worth today? You better hold onto your seats, because the answer is a jaw-dropping $600 million!
If we average Joe had Cruise’s net worth, we would probably stop working and just enjoy spending the money. But Tom Cruise is no average Joe. He continues to earn approximately $50 million each year from movie deals and other business ventures. Also included in his net worth are his various assets and revenue from business ventures.
Tom Cruise net worth seems dizzyingly high today, but just wait a few months as this number is expected to rise even further. There is truly no stopping this superstar, who remains one of the highest paid actors of all time.
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