Sharon Stone Net Worth in 2024: How the ‘Basic Instinct’ Star Made Her Millions

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone is an American actress who has garnered fame for her unforgettable performances in movies like Basic Instinct, The Quick and the Dead, and Casino. With a career beginning on-screen in 1978, Stone has showcased her talent in over 145 movies and television series.

Though, her success extends far beyond her acting career. Sharon Stone’s net worth is also influenced by her roles as a producer, model, and brand ambassador, as well as her smart real estate investments. Explore her most successful projects and follow her remarkable career from the beginning to the present.

Sharon Stone Actress
Sharon Stone at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party / Photo Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency

Early Life

Born on March 10, 1958, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Sharon Vonne Stone comes from a family with diverse professions. Her mother, Dorothy Marie, worked as an accountant, while her father, Joseph William Stone II, was involved in the tool and die manufacturing industry. Sharon also has three siblings named Michael, Kelly, and Patrick.

With an impressive IQ of 154, Stone demonstrated exceptional academic abilities even from a young age. Remarkably, she began second grade at just five years old. Continuing her academic journey, she graduated from Saegertown High School in 1975.

At age 15, she gained admission to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship for creative writing. However, she opted to quit college to pursue a modeling career. She would later go back after being inspired by Hillary Clinton, eventually finishing her degree in 2016.

Young Sharon Stone
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Acting Career

In 1976 when she was one of the candidates for Miss Pennsylvania, a judge encouraged Stone to move to New York to be a fashion model. By 1977, she was signed by Ford Modeling Agency. She also did modeling work in Milan and Paris, during which she decided to pursue acting instead. With this, she moved back to New York and started auditioning for film roles.

Stone’s film debut was in the 1980 Woody Allen film Stardust Memories as a pretty girl on a train. This was followed by her first speaking role in the 1981 Wes Craven slasher film Deadly Blessing.

The 1980s had Stone appearing in diverse roles in films like Irreconcilable Differences, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, and Above the Law. She also took on roles in popular TV series like Remington Steele, Magnum P.I., and T.J. Hooker. She also played a recurring character in five episodes of War and Remembrance in 1988.

Total Recall
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Total Recall

Stone’s first taste of blockbuster success would happen in 1990 when she appeared in the sci-fi action film Total Recall. She played the role of a secret agent who is also the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character.

The film had a budget of $65 million, which was very big at the time. It opened to $25 million of first weekend earnings, going on to finish its theater run with $261.3 million.

As of 2023, Total Recall is Stone’s second-highest-grossing film.

Basic Instinct
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Basic Instinct

In 1992, Stone’s role as Catherine Tramell in the erotic thriller film Basic Instinct definitely put her on the map. Her performance was widely praised by critics and earned her multiple nominations, including one from the Golden Globes.

The film earned a pretty impressive $353 million on a budget of $49 million. As for Stone’s salary, it only amounted to $500,000. The movie’s success, however, allowed the actress to command higher salaries for subsequent projects. This would mark the beginning of the rapid rise of Sharon Stone’s net worth.

As of 2023, Basic Instinct is Stone’s highest-grossing film.

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The following year, Stone got a considerable pay raise. For her starring role in another erotic thriller film, Sliver, Stone received a reported $2.5 million paycheck.

The movie also performed well, raking in $116.3 million against a budget of $40 million, with $12.1 million coming in from opening weekend.

The Specialist
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The Specialist

Commercial success continued for Stone with the action film The Specialist, where she starred opposite Sylvester Stallone. It generated over $170 million in theater revenue over a budget of $45 million.

This movie was another sizable boost for Sharon Stone’s net worth, as she received a reported acting salary of $5 million for the role. In the same year, Stone was paid another $5 million for the Richard Gere film, Intersection.

The Quick and the Dead
Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures

The Quick and the Dead

In 1995, Stone starred in the Western film, The Quick and the Dead, which also co-starred Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, the film was a flop at the box office, only making $18.6 million and failing to recoup production expenses, which amounted to $32 million.

Photo Credit: Universal Studios


Also in 1995, Stone starred in the Martin Scorsese crime film Casino opposite Robert De Niro. Her $2 million salary for this film was not as big as her previous paychecks. However, this movie had more in store for Stone.

For her performance as Ginger McKenna, Stone earned her first Academy Award nomination and also her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. The film went on to make $116.1 million from theaters worldwide.

A year later, Stone would star in back-to-back thrillers, Diabolique and Last Dance. Unfortunately, both turned out to be box office flops. However, they still had a positive contribution to Sharon Stone’s net worth as her acting salary for these films was $6 million apiece.

Sharon Stone in 1998
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After a brief break from the big screen, Stone would come back two years later with the sci-fi thriller Sphere. The movie was based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same title and featured Stone alongside Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson. Unfortunately, despite the stellar cast, it was a major flop, earning only $37 million at the box office on an $80 million production budget.

Also in 1998, Stone received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Gwen Dillon in The Mighty. She was nominated again in the same category for her role as Sarah Little in The Muse in 1999.

Next, Stone would star in the comedy Picking up the Pieces in 2000 before taking another brief hiatus. She would return in 2003 to star in Cold Creek Manor opposite Dennis Quaid.

Sharon Stone at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards
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In 2004, Stone appeared in a supporting role in the superhero film Catwoman, starring Halle Berry. It had a huge potential for box office success. However, things did not turn out well. It failed to meet the expectations of both critics and audiences. And with a budget of $100 million, it only managed to make $82.1 million in theaters globally.

The film was also the recipient of multiple nominations and wins at the Golden Raspberry Awards and the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. In addition, Stone herself got two nominations for Worst Supporting Actress.

On a positive note, 2004 also brought Stone a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress. This was for her performance in three episodes of the legal drama series The Practice as Sheila Carlisle.

Sharon Stone at Speak The Truth To Power Memorial Benefit Gala
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Alpha Dog

In 2006, Stone starred in the crime film Alpha Dog. The cast also featured other big names like Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, and Justin Timberlake. The movie brought in  $32.4 million worldwide.

In the same year, Sharon Stone’s net worth got a boost of $13.6 million when she starred in Basic Instinct 2. But, unfortunately, the allure of the original film seemed to have worn off, as this sequel only earned $38.6 million.

It was also during this time that Stone appeared in a guest role in three episodes of the award-winning Hulu series Huff. Later on, in 2010, Stone would play the role of Asst. DA Jo Marlowe in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Sharon Stone at the 25the Annual Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Party
Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins


In 2017, Stone appeared in the murder mystery HBO series Mosaic. She gave a superb performance in a total of nine episodes, earning a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Sharon Stone and Jeff Bridges at Jeff Bridges Hand And Footprint Ceremony held at the TCL Chinese Theatre
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Recent Work

Among Stone’s most recent film appearances was the drama film Beauty in 2022, where she portrays a colonizer. She is also currently working on an upcoming film called What About Love.

On television, she had a major role in the multi-awarded thriller series Ratched in 2020, and more recently also appeared in Murderville and The Flight Attendant.

Sharon Stone arrives for the Annenberg Space For Photography's Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling Exhibit Opening
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Other Ventures

While acting roles are responsible for a sizable portion of Sharon Stone’s net worth, she also has other ventures that have impacted that number as well. Due to roles in films like Basic Instinct and Sliver, Stone has been considered a sex symbol since the early 1990s, which resulted in her being a much-in-demand celebrity for fashion magazine covers and brand endorsements. Among her most notable magazine covers were for Vogue and Playboy.

As for endorsements, Stone has been very popular for being a brand ambassador of Dior. The luxury brand, however, distanced itself from Stone after the actress made some insensitive remarks. Recently, Stone partnered with Dolce & Gabbana in their Devotion bag campaign.

Sharon Stone at the Monte-Carlo gala for planetary health
Photo Credit: Macri Roland

Real Estate

Another significant contributor to Sharon Stone’s net worth is her real estate portfolio. Soon after she gained international recognition for Basic Instinct, Stone purchased a West Hollywood home from Montgomery Clift. The property covered 10,500 square feet and came with a $3.2 million price tag.

Stone also used to own a four-bedroom home in Beverly Hills, complete with a library, a guest house, a swimming pool, and a tennis court. It also had a 14-car garage. She had originally purchased it for about $11 million. She eventually sold the property for $6.57 million.

Sharon Stone and ex-husband Phil Bronstein
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Personal Life

Stone has had a number of relationships over the years, including two marriages. Her first husband was producer Michael Greenburg. They met on the set of The Vegas Strip War in 1984 and married shortly after. They separated in 1987 and were officially divorced in 1990.

Throughout the 1990s, Stone dated several men in the film industry. This includes comedian Garry Shandling, producer William J. MacDonald, and assistant director Bob Wagner. In 1998, Stone married for the second time, this time to executive editor Phil Bronstein. They divorced in 2004.

Due to a medical condition, Stone was unable to have biological children. However, Stone adopted her first child, Roan Joseph Bronstein, with her then-husband, Bronstein, in 2000. After their divorce, she adopted two more sons – Laird Vonne and Quinn Kelly Stone.

Sharon Stone Net Worth
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Sharon Stone’s Net Worth in 2024

As of 2024, Sharon Stone’s net worth is estimated at $40 million. And while her acting career is primarily responsible for her net worth, her work as a producer, model, and brand ambassador and her real estate investments also impact that number.

Fans of Stone can see her next in the film What About Love, where she stars opposite Andy Garcia. There isn’t a release date set for the project yet. However, according to IMDB Pro it wrapped production in 2023.

She’s also attached to the thriller Woman on Fire, which is listed on IMDBPro as being optioned. There is no word yet on when the project will film.


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