Will Smith has grown to become one of the most loved American Actors throughout his career. This 50 years old Actor, Rapper, and Song-Writer is estimated to be worth $250million. How did he gain so much wealth? How did he become one of the wealthiest and successful actors in the world?
In a recent interview, he said he had worked very hard to get to where he is today. When he was on the set of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, whilst every other person went home or took breaks, he would instead be studying his lines. No wonder he’s worth that much. With that kind of work ethic, a lot of people would be on top of the ladder.
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- Last Updated: 2018
- Full Name: Will Smith
- Date of Birth: 25th of September, 1968
- Age: 50
- Origin: United States of America
- Occupation: American Actor, Rapper, and Song Writer
- Net Worth: Estimated to be $250million
He was born on the 25th of September, 1968 in West Philadelphia. His mother was a school board administrator, and his father worked as a refrigerator engineer. His parents had four children. He is the second child. He has an older sister named “Pamela”, and younger twins named “Harry” and “Ellen”. He attended Overbrook High School.
After High School, he got offered a scholarship at MIT which he eventually rejected. He said he turned them down because his dream was to become a Rapper and that was what he was going to do.
While in high school, between 1985 and 1989, Will Smith decided to work with “Jeffrey Townes” to drop comedic and radio-friendly raps. They were known as the hip-hop duo “DJ Jazzy Jeff” and “The Fresh Prince”. A month before graduating from High School, “Clarence Holmes” joined their team, and they released their first single titled “Girls Ain’t Nothin But Trouble” with World Up Records.
In 1988 after the release of their second album, they won their first Grammy in the Rap category. The money and fame that came with these achievements got into his head and made him adopt a lifestyle that eventually landed him in debt. His debts, when calculated at that moment, was estimated to be over $2.8million by the IRS in 1989.
Bankruptcy was about to set in when NBC made him a new deal; a part in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” which he accepted. This deal was a success and would continue for six seasons. With the money he made, he settled his debts. By the time the movie was completed, he had solidified his career in the movie industry and was set out to become one of the biggest actors in the world.
He earned $50,000 from the movie “Where the Day Takes You” in 1991. He also featured in so many other movies at the time. He then went on to rake in a total of $2million in the movie titled “Bad Boys” in 1995.
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He appeared in “Bad Guys”, “Independence Day”, “Men in Black”, making $5million per movie to $14million when “Enemy of the State” was released in 1999. That was just the beginning for him. He went on to earn over $10million per movie and by the end of 2001, he pulled in $20million for “Ali”.
Currently, he gets paid $30million per movie. For nearly 30 years, Will Smith has gone from nearly going bankrupt to earning millions of dollars per movie. Here’s a list of some of his best works:
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
- Bad Boys I & II (1995 & 2002)
- Independence Day (1996)
- Men in Black I, II & III (1997, 2002 & 2012)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Ali (2001)
- Hitch (2005)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Seven Pounds (2008)
- Focus (2015)
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