Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor known for roles in a wide variety of films, including ‘Iron Man,’ ‘The Avengers, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Chaplin.’
The American actor has won our hearts over and over again with his outstanding performances, especially in The Avengers and in all three Ironman movies. Despite being derailed by multiple firing and run-ins with the law, this American actor known for his Marvel movies has since bounced back and has been waxing stronger in his career. His career is today at the highest point which clearly indicates that he has gained much public trust and forgiveness. Robert Downey Jr’s net worth is $300 million as of 2021.
Downey Jr. is phenomenal in acting and it is quite difficult to keep track of the accolades he has gathered for the fantastic performance he always renders. He has won over 15 prestigious awards and has been nominated for much more. When it comes to his financial stance, a break down of how much Downey makes from his career may perhaps help you understand just how wealthy the actor is.
This Is How Much Robert Downey Makes From Acting
Downey’s career in the movie industry has been promising since he began at the age of five. Born to his father who is an actor and producer, the now-star had the advantage of improving his acting by taking up theatrical roles after which he went on to star in movies like “Weird Science” (1985), and “Less than Zero” (1987). The latter opened the door to bigger roles in movies like Soapdish (1990), and Chaplin (1992). He even received his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the latter.
However, his tremendous success in the box office was taken to a whole new level when he signed a contract with Marvel Studios to portray the character of Tony Stark (Iron Man) for $500,000 and a percentage of the film’s earnings. In the end, the 2008 superhero film grossed $585 million over a budget of about $140 million. He earned around $10 million each for Iron Man 1 and 2. The first sequel (2010) grossed $624 million earning him the same amount while the second sequel (2013) hit a record $1.22 billion earning him $50 million.
The release of The Avengers brought Downey into a new phase of career success as it reached an astonishing success, earning $1.5 billion worldwide. Although The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) marked the lowest-grossing of the Avengers film after grossing $1.403 billion over a budget of about $365 million, it also did elevate Downey’s paycheck to about $75 million.
Beginning from 2012, Downey topped the Forbes list of highest-paid actors. He received an upfront payment of $50 million for his role as Captain America’s enemy Captain American: Civil War (2016). In Avenger: Infinity War, the actor received at least $75 million pay-check while in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he reportedly earned at least $1 million per minute of the approximately 10 minutes screentime. This, therefore, earned him between $10 million and $15 million.
His biggest earnings, however, appear to come from the 2019 superhero film Avengers: Endgame which happens to be the direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film offered the American actor his last MCU paycheck of a whopping $75 million, plus an extra $55 million from an 8% back-end deal. Earning about $2.798 billion at the box-office, Avengers: Endgame is close to becoming the highest-grossing movie ever. Luckily, Downey is one of those greatly benefiting from the successes of these films.
Robert Downey is also good at singing. He did the soundtracks for some of the movies he has starred including Too Much Sun, Friends and Lovers, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Chaplin, and Two Girls and a Guy.
In 2010, Downey and his wife Susan Levin launched their own production company named Team Downey. The Judge (2014) which grossed $84.4 million was their debut project.
Outside his acting career, Robert Downey also makes meaningful income from the real estate business. The actor practically invests much of his wealth in buying houses: He owns a $4 million home in the city of Santa Monica, Califonia, a $2.5 million home in the Pacific Palisades, and a seven-acre estate worth $13.44 million in Malibu. Also inclusive are many residential and commercial properties in Los Angeles and Venice, to mention a few. In fact, his list of properties is estimated to worth around $40-50 million. No wonder why he’s got an impressive net worth of around $300 million and is ranked as one of the highest-paid actors worldwide.
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Robert Downey Jr. will definitely come to mind when listing biggest names in the entertainment business with his huge net worth of $300 million.
How Robert Downey Spends His Money
Robert Downey’s massive wealth is no doubt a compensation for his hard work and complete dedication to his career. Thanks to his successful acting career, he is able to give himself and his family a comfortable lifestyle. He’s got nice apartments and an eye-popping car collection that include Audi R8, Nissan GTR, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette, Audi E-Tron GT Concept, Bentley Continental, Porsche 993, Red Audi R8 Convertible, Ferrari California T, Bentley Continental GT, and Mercedes-Benz Pagoda.
Meet The Actor’s Wife and Kids
Finding Robert Downey in a couple of relationships won’t be so much a surprise considering his popularity. The actor himself has been in a good number of relationships that played important roles in his life. His first relationship was with Sarah Jessica Parker an American actress, designer, and producer whom he met on the set of Firstborn. The two dated briefly but they later separated due to his drug addiction.
The talented actor is currently married to Susan Levin, but before Levin, Robert Downey was married to Deborah Falconer. As the story goes, Robert and Deborah meet sometime in 1992. They developed a liking for each other and decided to become lovers; things went smoothly between them for 42 days after which they decided to take their relationship to another level by agreeing to settle down in a marital union.
But gradually, what Robert and Deborah had built together started to fall apart. And, the actor’s addiction didn’t help matters. The couple could only remain life partners for 12 years as they abandoned the marriage and went separate ways in 2004. However, the Robert-Deborah union was blessed with a child, a son who has always reminded the duo of their past together. Indio Falconer Downey was born on the 7th of September 1993.
Following the failure of his first marriage, Robert got another chance to get it right with Susan Levin, who was working with Silver Pictures. He met her on the set of the horror film, Gothika. Susan was reluctant to start an affair with Robert who was still struggling to deal with the drug addiction that has seen him spend a year in jail and then in rehab. When she did, she wouldn’t allow him to hurry things up but she played the supportive role he needed to rebuild his battered career.
It would not be wrong to submit that Susan changed Robert’s life in a positive way. They were together for a while before they eventually got married in 2005. Downey has not ceased to recognize and appreciate his wife Susan for building the foundation of their relationship from the beginning.
Robert and Sussan’s marriage has been blessed with two kids, a son – Exton Elias Downey and a daughter – Avir Roel Downey. They were respectively birthed in February 2012 and November 2014. Robert’s other son from his previous marriage is an actor and a member of a band. He sings and is good with his guitar. Like Robert and his grandfather, Robert Downey Snr., Indio somehow was equally troubled by substance abuse. He had to take part in a rehab program to put himself together.