Julia Roberts is an American actress that has been capturing our hearts on screen since the late 1980s. Ever since she skyrocketed to stardom with Pretty Woman, there was no looking back for Roberts.
Over the next three decades, she has starred in multiple blockbusters and won numerous awards. So it goes without saying that like her fame Julia Roberts’ net worth is among the highest in Hollywood today. Read on to find out how much she earned from her most successful movies and trace her career from its start til now.
Julia Fiona Roberts was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia. Her father is Walter Grady Roberts and her mother is Betty Lou Bredemus. Both of her parents were theater actors and playwrights. So it’s safe to say that acting ran in the family since Roberts’ older brother, Eric Roberts, and older sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. Not to mention, Roberts’ niece is Emma Roberts.
As a child, Roberts went to Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, then Griffin Middle School. She graduated from Campbell High School and for a while, attended Georgia State University. She left before graduating in order to move to New York and pursue an acting career. Upon her arrival, Roberts joined the Click Modeling Agency and signed up for formal acting classes.
As one of the most bankable actresses of her generation, Roberts has an impressive list of blockbusters under her belt. Her films include an eclectic collection from all genres – romantic comedies, thrillers, dramas, and action. She has had multiple films that have grossed over $100 million at the box office. And six of those have been the highest-grossing film in the year they were released.
Roberts’s first role was in an episode of the TV series Crime Story in 1987. The next year she would film her first film, Mystic Pizza, which was quickly followed by a supporting role in Steel Magnolias. The latter won her the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award at the Golden Globe Awards and also a nomination for the same category at the Academy Awards.
In 1990, Roberts played the iconic lead role in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Opposite Richard Gere, Roberts gave a memorable performance that earned her another Academy Award nomination and another Golden Globe win, this time in the category of Best Actress. The movie was a smash hit and set a new record in the United States, earning over $463 million. While the film was wildly successful at the box office, it’s reported that Roberts salary for the film was only $300,000.
All throughout the 90s, Julia Roberts’ net worth continued to increase as she became one of the highest-paid actresses at the time. Some of her most famous films in this decade were the romantic comedies My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, and Runaway Bride. The thrillers Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy and The Pelican Brief were also among her best 1990s movies, as well as the adventure movie, Hook.
Her salary also became progressively higher as the years went by. When she did Sleeping with the Enemy, she received a paycheck of $1 million. By the time she did My Best Friend’s Wedding in 1997 with Dermot Mulroney, Roberts’ salary was already $12 million.
Roberts continued to make amazingly successful movies after the turn of the millennium. She began with Erin Brockovich who depicted the story of a real-life environmental activist. The real Erin Brockovich actually had a small role in the film.
The movie turned out to be a huge success, making more than $256 million at the international box office. Roberts got one of the biggest paychecks ever at the time, receiving $20 million for the movie. She also secured the much sought-after Best Actress award at the Oscars that year.
Roberts saw almost continual success with the films that followed, including Ocean’s Eleven, where she played the role of Tess Ocean. Along with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Roberts’ agreed to take a pay cut to give the movie a bigger budget. This was one of the few times that her salary was less than $20 million. However, she still took home $10 million for her role. She would later reprise her role in the sequel Ocean’s Twelve.
In 2003, she received a salary of $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. This was followed by Charlie Wilson’s War, Valentine’s Day, Eat Pray Love, Money Monster, and Wonder.
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Julia Roberts also has an impressive real estate portfolio. She has bought and sold properties in New York, California, New Mexico, and more.
In 2011, she purchased a home in Kauai, Hawaii, for over $13 million. Then in 2016, she would sell the oceanfront Hawaiian estate for $16.2 million. And in 2020, she purchased a Victorian Revival-style home in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights neighborhood for $8.3 million.
When it comes to additional assets of Roberts, it’s also interesting to note that she has reportedly insured her stunning, signature smile for $30 million.
Roberts has been romantically linked to a number of Hollywood stars over the years, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. She was actually engaged for a period of time to Sutherland. In 1993, she married country star Lyle Lovett, but they separated two years later.
Today, Roberts is happily married to cameraman Daniel Moder. They met in 2000 on the set of The Mexican. Roberts was still dating actor Benjamin Bratt at the time and Moder was married to Vera Steimberg. A year later, Moder filed for divorce and in 2002, he and Roberts got married.
The couple now have three children. Their twins, daughter Hazel and son Phinnaeus, were born in 2004. Their youngest son, Henry, was born in 2007.
In 2000, she became the first actress to be included in the list of 50 most influential women by The Hollywood Reporter. People Magazine also named her the Most Beautiful Woman in the World a total of 5 times, the most recent being 2017. But on a more substantial note, Roberts is also a UNICEF ambassador of goodwill and is a very avid environmentalist.
Julia Roberts’ Net Worth 2022
As of this writing, Julia Roberts’ net worth is estimated at $250 million. She earns approximately $20 million per movie these days, and she also gets her income from other channels. She co-runs the production company Red Om Films with her sister Lisa and Marisa Yeres Gill.
Over the years, the multi-talented has also had several endorsement deals with global brands like Gianfranco Ferre, Givenchy, and Lancome Paris. Those deals have also added a considerable amount to Julia Roberts’ net worth.
Next up for Roberts, she’ll appear in this fall’s Ticket to Paradise alongside George Clooney. And she’lll also appear in Leave the World Behind with Ethan Hawke and Kevin Bacon.