Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor best known for his performance as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Having started his career in Hollywood in the mid-1990s, he’s appeared in over 65 projects.
However, it’s not just his work on-camera that has accounted for his success. Hugh Jackman’s net worth has also been impacted by his production company, his coffee company, brand ambassadorship deals, real estate investments, and more. Read on to discover Jackman’s most successful projects and follow his career from its start until the present day.
Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales. His parents, Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman, were both UK citizens who immigrated to Australia in 1967. As such, Jackman holds both British and Australian citizenship.
When Jackman was eight, his parents divorced. His mother returned to England with Jackman’s two older sisters. And Jackman and his two brothers stayed in Australia with their father. His mother later remarried, giving Jackman a younger half-sister.
Jackman attended Pymble Public School as a child, moving on to Knox Grammar School in the Upper North Shore in Sydney. Before graduating, he starred in the school production of My Fair Lady. Jackman attended the University of Technology in Sydney, where he earned a degree in Communications in 1991.
During his last year at university, Jackman enrolled in a drama course to complete his credits requirements. Following graduation, he pursued acting further and signed up for The Journey, a one-year course offered by the Actors’ Center. After completing the course, Jackman then attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Jackman’s first acting job came shortly after his graduation in 1995. It was for Correlli, an Australian drama series. Unfortunately, the show only lasted one season. But it was where he met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
Jackman’s subsequent roles were for stage musicals in Melbourne, like Beauty and the Beast in 1995 and Sunset Boulevard in 1996. He also gained acclaim outside Australia when he starred in Oklahoma! in the 1998 Royal National Theatre West End production.
Shortly after this came his first film roles as Wace in Erskineville Kings and as Jack Willis in Paperback Hero, both in 1999.
The Early X- Men Movies
Jackman skyrocketed to international superstardom when he was cast as Wolverine in the Marvel film X-Men in 2000. The superhero movie was a smash hit, earning almost $300 million at the global box office on a budget of $75 million. In addition, Jackman received a salary of $500,000 and was named Best Actor at the Saturn Awards.
Following this massive success, two sequels quickly followed. X2: X-Men United in 2003 surpassed the ticket sales of the original by more than $100 million, earning $407.7 million worldwide. Jackman reportedly received double the salary at $1 million.
In 2004, Jackman starred in Van Helsing opposite Kate Beckinsale. The film follows the infamous monster hunter who is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula, who is using Dr. Frankenstein’s research and a werewolf for nefarious purposes.
The movie grossed $300 million worldwide against its budget of $160 million.
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: The Last Stand premiered in 2006, and Jackman starred alongside Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry in the flick.
As of 2023, it’s Jackman’s third highest-grossing film. On a budget of $210 million, the film grossed over $460 million worldwide.
In 2006, Jackman lent his voice to the character Memphis in Happy Feet. On a budget of $100 million, the movie grossed over $384 million worldwide.
Also in 2006, Jackman starred in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain alongside Rachel Weisz. However, the film was not a box office success. It only made $16 million worldwide against its $35 million budget.
In 2008, he co-starred with Nicole Kidman in the adventure drama Australia. Despite mixed reviews, the Baz Luhrmann-directed film easily added $10 million to Hugh Jackman’s net worth.
The movie was a small success at the box office, earning $211 million globally on its $130 million budget.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
In 2009, Marvel also released the prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film reportedly earned Jackman his first $20 million paycheck. And additionally, the movie performed quite well at the box office as well, making over $373 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million.
2012 brought the film adaptation of the Broadway musical (and Victor Hugo novel) Les Miserables. Jackman starred in the leading role of Jean Valjean, opposite Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
His performance earned him his first Oscar Best Actor nomination and a reported paycheck of $5 million.
In 2013, Jackman starred again as Wolverine, this time in The Wolverine, which made nearly $415 million at the box office against its $120 million budget.
The movie also brought another $20 million paycheck for Jackman. From 2000 to 2017, Jackman starred as Wolverine in a total of seven films. The longevity of his playing the character earned him the Guinness World Record for the “Longest Career as a Live Action Marvel Superhero.”
It’s estimated that the time playing Wolverine has also added roughly $100 million to Hugh Jackman’s net worth.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
In 2014, Hugh Jackman starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And as of 2023, it’s Jackman’s highest-grossing film of his career, as we’re not counting Deadpool 2, which used archive footage of Jackman as Wolverine.
The movie was a massive success, making over $746 million worldwide on its budget of $200 million.
2017 brought Logan, where Jackman starred opposite Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen. The movie was a massive box office success, earning over $619 million worldwide against its budget of $97 million.
As of 2023, it’s Hugh Jackman’s second highest-grossing film.
The Greatest Showman
In 2017, Jackman received another Golden Globe nomination for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. The movie was also a huge box office hit, earning more than $435.7 million worldwide on a budget of $84 million, which included Jackman’s salary of $10 million.
Also impacting Hugh Jackman’s net worth is his impressive Broadway resume. In 2004, Jackman won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Boy from Oz.
Then, in 2009, he co-starred with Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain. And in 2011, he performed several Broadway and Hollywood hit songs in Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway.
It’s reported that Jackman makes $100,000 weekly on Broadway from his base salary alone. In addition, he earns a percentage of ticket sales, making his total Broadway earnings a reported $500,000 per week.
Jackman embarked on his first international concert tour in 2019 entitled The Man. The Music. The Show. Jackman performed songs from the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman, along with several Broadway and Hollywood numbers. The first three shows alone earned over $2.7 million in ticket sales, and the entire European leg generated $23.4 million over 26 shows.
Also, in 2019, Jackman co-starred with Allison Janney in the crime drama Bad Education for HBO.
Then in 2021, he starred in the sci-fi thriller Reminiscence, which bombed at the box office, earning only $16.4 million worldwide on a budget of $54 million.
Jackman was back on Broadway in 2022, portraying Harold Hill in a revival of The Music Man. His performance earned him his second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Additionally, he appears in the film adaptation of the stage play The Son opposite Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins. The movie was released on October 9, 2022.
Jackman will also once again be portraying Wolverine in Deadpool 3. The Marvel Studios film is set for release in 2024. However, its initially planned release date of May 3, 2024, has been pushed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
In 2005, Jackman co-founded a production company called Seed Productions with his longtime assistant John Palermo. His wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, also works with the company.
Also adding to Hugh Jackman’s net worth is the coffee company Laughing Man Coffee, which Jackman founded with David and Barry Steingard in 2011. They even launched a vegan cafe in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood in the summer of 2022.
Additionally, Jackman also serves as a brand ambassador for brands like Montblanc and R.M. Williams.
Also adding to Hugh Jackman’s net worth is his impressive real estate portfolio, which just received a new addition in 2022. Jackman and his wife bought a penthouse in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood for $21.125 million.
This purchase came a couple months after the couple put their old New York apartment on the market for $38.9 million. They had bought this property back in 2012 for $21 million, which was significantly less than the $40 million asking price.
Hugh Jackman is married to actress Deborra-Lee Furness. The couple and their two adoptive children, Oscar Maximilian and Ava Eliot, live in New York.
Jackman spends his free time doing yoga and playing the piano, guitar, and violin. He actively supports sports leagues like the Norwich City F.C. and the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. In addition, he is also a fan of the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Hugh Jackman’s Net Worth Today
As of 2023, Hugh Jackman’s net worth is estimated at $180 million. And while his on-camera work is responsible for a sizable portion of his net worth, his production company, brand ambassadorship deals, and real estate portfolio also significantly impact that number.
Fans of Jackman can look forward to seeing him soon in Disney+’s Faraway Downs. Jackman will star in the Baz Luhrmann project, which will see him star alongside Nicole Kidman again. The mini-series follows the story of Sarah, an aristocrat, who has a cattle ranch in Australia. Following the death of her husband, a baron plots to take her land, but she joins forces with cattle drover Jackman to protect her ranch.
Jackman will also star in Deadpool 3, opposite Ryan Reynolds, as well as Apostle Paul, where Jackman will play Paul. The movie tells the story of Paul the Apostle, whose blinding vision of Jesus transformed his life. He dedicated his life to preaching about the Son of God as well as writing many of the books to the New Testament. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing the project.
The Good Spy is also rumored to be in the works for Jackman. The film is said to follow American CIA operative Robert Ames as he attempts to forge a healthy relationship between the U.S. and nations in the Middle East. However, tragedy strikes in 1983 when a bomb detonates outside the American Embassy in Beirut. The project is based on the book of the same name.
If that wasn’t enough, Jackman also has four additional projects in the works in various stages of development.