Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who is best known for playing Neo in The Matrix film franchise. Aside from starring in multiple blockbusters over the years, Reeves has also been a very successful producer, musician and philanthropist.
In addition to his work in Hollywood, Keanu Reeves’ net worth is also impacted by an impressive real estate portfolio and a number of motorcycles. Read on to discover how Reeves became one of the wealthiest actors in Hollywood, and trace his career from beginning til present day.
Keanu Charles Reeves was born on September 2nd, 1964 in Beirut Lebanon. Reeves’ mother is Patricia Taylor, a performer and costume designer who hails from Essex, England. His father is Samuel Nowlin, a Hawaiian with mixed English, Chinese, Portuguese and Irish ancestry. In 1966, Reeves’ parents split and his mother brought them to Sydney, Australia following the divorce.
Reeves traveled a lot as a child on account of his mother’s occupation. Eventually, his mother would marry again, this time with director Paul Aaron in New York City. The family would then moved to Toronto in 1971, where Reeves became a Canadian citizen.
Reeves describes himself as a bit of a challenge in high school, even being expelled for talking back. However, he was quite a skilled hockey player and Canadian Olympic team. But by the time Reeves was 15, he had discovered a passion for acting. And after he performed in a Romeo and Juliet production at his school, he began pursuing his new passion.
He would move onto attend another high school that allowed him to still work on his education while also working as an actor. But by the time Reeves was 17, he dropped out of school. He would soon obtain a green card and move to Los Angeles.
The first roles that Reeves took on were for Canadian television shows, stage productions and some commercials. It was in 1986 when Reeves first played a part on the big screen when he was selected for the cast of Young Blood. This opened new doors for him, including the surprise smash hit Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989. The film grossed more than $40 million at the local box office and Reeves’ salary was a very modest $95,000.
Because of the massive success of the film, bigger roles where opening up to Reeves. Soon after, he was cast in the drama film Point Break as well as the indie film My Own Private Idaho, both in 1991. It wasn’t until 1994, however, that Reeves landed the role that would be the turning point in his career. As he starred in Speed, he turned from just another great actor to an A-list star. And it was around this time that Keanu Reeves’ net worth began to quickly grow.
Reeves got a $1.2 million paycheck for his performance in Speed, which won two Academy Awards. He was offered a much bigger $11 million to come back for the sequel. However, Reeves turned down the offer due to a prior commitment he had touring with his band.
Following the great success of Speed, there were a few of Reeves’ movies that didn’t perform very well at the box office. He would make up for it though with his performance in The Devil’s Advocate in 1997, which was critically acclaimed.
Neo in The Matrix is definitely one of the most memorable roles that Reeves has played. But the lead role almost wasn’t his. The studios had originally offered the gig to Will Smith, who turned it down. Reeves’ salary for the first movie was $15 million. Additionally, he also had a commission from the gross earnings of the film, which turned out to be quite a substantial amount.
All in all, Keanu Reeves’ net worth massively benefited from the success of The Matrix movies. It’s estimated that he made approximately $250 million from the first three films, averaging out at about $83.3 million each. Reeves was smart with his deals on these films, not just taking a salary, but also arranging a cut from the backend, which also includes enormous DVD sales.
The Matrix also paved the way for even more movie offers for Reeves. A series of films of different genres soon followed. Reeves appeared as Constantine in 2005 and starred in The Lake House in 2006. Two years later, he starred in The Day the Earth Stood Still and also Street Kings.
The last decade has produced numerous successful films for Reeves. In 2014, he played the title character in John Wick, followed by the horror film Knock Knock a year later. He reprised his role in John Wick: Chapter 2 in 2017, which turned out to be a much bigger success than the original, earning over $170 million.
The third movie in the franchise was released in 2019, earning over $325 million at the worldwide box office. In March of 2023, the fourth installment of the John Wick series is set to come out. Needless to say, the John Wick series, which has two more films on the way, has had a massive impact on Keanu Reeves’ net worth as well.
For John Wick: Chapter 3, Reeves was reportedly paid between $2 million and $2.5 million. However, he also received a cut from the backend as well.
Like most successful actors, Reeves also has an impressive real estate portfolio. He has a home in the Hollywood hills that sits on a hill overlooking Los Angeles. The 5,607 square foot home is estimated to be worth $8.07 million.
Reeves also reportedly owns a home in Hawaii. Though the actor has been pretty private about where he lives. Understandable considering that in 2014, he had a stalker that broke into his home and took a shower.
In the late 1990s, Reeves dated Jennifer Syme, who was assistant to director David Lynch. Syme and Reeves got pregnant after a year of dating, and on December 24, 1999, Sryme gave birth to their stillborn daughter, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. A little over a year following the tragic event, Syme herself was killed in a car accident.
At the time, Reeves and Syme had just gotten back together after breaking up briefly. At the time, Reeves was understandably upset, he was scheduled to film the sequel to The Matrix. However, the production was postponed for a brief period of time.
Recently, Reeves has been romantically linked with Alexandra Grant. The two have been friends since 2011, and in 2019, the couple first sparked romance rumors after walking the LACMA Art + Film Gala red carpet together.
Reeves has always been private about his personal life, but it is no secret that he is very passionate about several charities and advocacies. He is an ardent supporter of PETA, SickKids Foundation, and Stand up to Cancer. He has also set up his own charity but does not like to publicly link his name to it.
Keanu Reeves’ Net Worth 2022
As of 2022, Keanu Reeves’ net worth is estimated at $380 million. Most of this comes from his earnings from acting and producing, but it is also impacted by his real estate
Fans of Reeves can catch him next in John Wick: Chapter 4 which is currently in post-production as well as John Wick: Chapter 5, which is in pre-production. He’ll also star in The Devil in the White City, a mini series based on Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair. Hulu has picked up the series, which is being produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.