You know him as Maverick in Top Gun, Rain Man, Lestat in Interview with a Vampire, Jerry Maguire, or Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series. You know him from a lot of movies, you recognize him by his winning smile and you can admire him for the fact that he does his own stunts, some of them not easy. Tom Cruise is a legendary actor in Hollywood, but also a very controversial one in recent years, due to his close connection with the Church of Scientology.
What is Tom Cruise’s net worth?
Having never won an Oscar (although he was nominated three times), at a height of only 5 foot 10 inches and an age that means retirement for many, Tom remains in the spotlight, as relevant as he was 40 years ago. The movies he headlines quickly become box office hits, although the star doesn’t insist on public appearances or interviews.
At the time this article is written Tom Cruise has a net worth of $600 million, being one of the highest-paid and richest stars in the world. Tom Cruise has earned $9.5 billion at the global box office until now.
However, his life was not always as spectacular. Born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, Tom Cruise Mapother IV lived his childhood in abject poverty. His father was an electrical engineer, and his mother was a teacher, but the money was never enough for him and his 3 sisters. As if poverty wasn’t enough, Tom Cruise knew from an early age the extreme violence that left a strong mark on him.
“Dad was the kind of person who, if something went wrong, would hit you. It was a great lesson in my life – how he would rock you, make you feel safe, and then, bang! To me that meant: There’s something wrong with this guy. Don’t trust him. Be careful around him.”
He was not better at school either.
“I didn’t have close friends. I was always the new kid with weird shoes and a different accent. I didn’t have friends to share things with and confide in. And being diagnosed with dyslexia didn’t help at all.”
The father was also the reason why they moved to Canada when he found a job there in the Armed Forces of the country. There, at school, he discovered theater classes and started acting in plays organized on different occasions. After 2 years, however, he was forced to return to America, after his mother decided to divorce and return to their native country.
Career beginning and success
At 18, Tom Cruise decided it was time to finish school and moved to New York, seeking to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous actor. To get there, he had to have money to live, so for a while, he worked in restaurants, clearing and cleaning tables. When he realized that he didn’t have much chance of winning this way, he packed his bags and left for Los Angeles.
And here he got his first role, in Franco Zeffirelli’s romantic drama, Endless Love. In the same year he was cast in his first important supporting role, in the drama Taps, and in 1983 he also received his first leading role, in Ricky Business. He was already known in Hollywood, but he would become a star in the true sense of the word with the 1986 premiere of the famous Top Gun.
The series of his successful films continued with ”The Color of Money” in 1986, ”Rain Man” in 1988, ”Cocktail” in 1988, ”Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989 – for the role of Ron Kovic in this film he was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1990, he married the actress Nicole Kidman who was his partner on the big screen in the films “Days of Thunder” in 1990 and “Far and Away” in 1992.
The remarkable success of the actor came in 1996 when he played the role of Ethan Hunt in the action film “Mission: Impossible”, followed by other films in the same series. Later, he played in the movies “Eyes Wide Shut” in 1999, “Vanilla Sky” in 2001, “Minority Report” in 2002, “The Last Samurai” in 2003, “Collateral” in 2004, “War of the Worlds” in 2005, and “Lions for Lambs” in 2007, all with an impressive box office.
Tom Cruise appeared in over 45 films. He was even a producer or director of some of them, but he also worked with top directors including Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams, Francis Ford Coppola, Tony Scott, Steven Spielberg, Brian de Palma, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Cameron Crowe, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Stanley Kubrick, Ed Zwick, Robert Redford, Michael Mann, Doug Liman, and Chris McQuarrie and Ridley Scott.
The movie “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation”, released in 2015, was the biggest success of Tom Cruise’s career, with a box office of $700 million.
From his rich filmography, we also mention: “Rock of Ages” in 2012, “Jack Reacher” in 2012, “Oblivion” in 2013, “Edge of Tomorrow” in 2014, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” in 2016, “American Made” in 2017, “The Mummy” in 2017. The most recent productions in which he was involved are “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” in 2018 and “Top Gun: Maverick” in 2022.
Among his projects in the works, we mention the movies “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One” – which is to be premiered in 2023, and “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part Two” – which is to be premiered in 2024, both directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Highest grossing Tom Cruise movies
Over the years, he has earned huge movie receipts by being cast in hit productions. Find out how much money Tom Cruise has earned over time below:
- Top Gun: Maverick (2022) – over $1 billion
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – $800 million
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – $700 million
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) – $690 million
- Mission: Impossible (1996) – $460 million
- Mission: Impossible II (2000) – $550 million
- War of the Worlds (2005) – $606 million
- The Last Samurai (2003) – $456 million
- Interview with the Vampire (1994) – $15 million
- Far and Away (1992) – $13 million
- The Firm (1993) – $158 million
- A Few Good Men (1992) – $12 million
- Days of Thunder (1990) – $9 million
- Rain Man (1988) – $354 million
- Cocktail (1988) – $3 million
- Top Gun (1986) – $360 million
- Legend (1985) – $500,000
- Risky Business (1983) – $75,000
Tom Cruise won three Golden Globes for his roles in the movies “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1990, “Jerry Maguire” in 1997, and “Magnolia” in 2000, an award of excellence from the National Mentoring Partnership in 2003, and the “Special David” award from the David di Donatello Awards in 2005. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for his acting career), south side, area 6900. He has also received awards from BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Chicago Film Critics Association, and National Board of Review.
He has also been awarded Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award, the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights Foundation, the American Cinematheque Award, and Empire Magazine gave Tom Cruise the “Legend of our Lifetime Award” in 2014.
Personal life – influenced by the relationship with the Church of Scientology
Scientology came into his life through his first wife, the actress Mimi Rogers. Their marriage only lasted 3 years, but his relationship with this religion became the strongest and most resistant of his entire life. If for a while he kept his involvement in the Church of Scientology a secret, after the press revealed this fact, he turned not only into its defender but also into a promoter.
The second marriage was not with more luck either, although for a long time he and Nicole Kidman were seen as an ideal couple. They got married only 10 months after the actor’s first divorce and adopted 2 children together: Isabella and Connor. It was Cruise who filed for divorce in 2001, not knowing that Nicole was pregnant.
However, the actress lost the pregnancy due to complications, just as she also lost the children she adopted with Tom Cruise. And that time the problem would have been created also by the membership of the Church of Scientology, from which the actress distanced herself even before the separation from her husband.
After the divorce, Tom Cruise was involved for 3 years in a relationship with Penelope Cruz, and its end would have meant the beginning of a secret project within the church, where several actresses, also members of it, would have been called to auditions intended to bring Cruise the perfect wife.
In the end, the Hollywood star found himself a new wife, Katie Holmes, and once again the audience was captivated by the newly formed couple. After 6 months since they started going out together, the 2 announced that they were expecting a child, the actor’s first biological child. Their daughter Suri was born in April 2006, and in November of the same year, Tom and Katie were married. The marriage of the two lasted for 6 years, and this time, Tom was the one who lost his child, not without a terrible fight.
The Mission Impossible star’s real estate portfolio is amazing. Let’s take a look!
The incredible $59 million Colorado ranch
One extravagant property would be his stunning ranch in Colorado, which is priced at a staggering $59 million. The property includes four bedrooms in the main house and three bedrooms in the guest house and is located in Telluride. He bought it in 2014. He parted with his Colorado ranch in 2021 when he sold it for $39.5 million.
The mansion in Beverly Hills, worth $30.5 million
Tom Cruise raised the bar when he bought a mega-mansion in Beverly Hills in 2007 for $30.5 million with his then-wife Katie Holmes. Although the actor sold the mansion nearly a decade later for $38 million, his former property is still one of the most stunning Hollywood star homes.
The apartment in New York
Born in Syracuse, New York City, Cruise certainly has a special connection to his hometown. So, it is not surprising that he bought some of his previous properties in this metropolis. Cruise gave up the property following his divorce from Katie Holmes and sold it for $3 million.
The West Sussex property
Cruise bought an English estate in East Grinstead in 2006 for $3.8 million. Known as Rede Place, the property offers plenty of open spaces and green gardens, along with a swimming pool, spa, and tennis court. According to Sussex Live, the actor sold the property in 2016 to star Peter Andre for $6.2 million.
The house in the Hollywood Hills sold to Eva Longoria
In 2015, Cruise sold his lovely Hollywood Hills home to actress Eva Longoria for $11.4 million (he originally asked for $13 million).
Longoria sold the property at a loss for about $8.2 million in 2020, according to multiple sources. It was also rumored that Tom Cruise used this property as the headquarters of the Church of Scientology and not as a residence.
Now, Tom Cruise lives in a multi-million-dollar penthouse in Florida
According to reports, the American star now lives in a luxurious penthouse in the city of Clearwater, Florida, which is also known as the home of Scientology. The property has a huge rooftop swimming pool along with a flight simulation room, concierge service, cinema, and car lift. He bought the penthouse in 2017, occupying the top two floors called SkyView because it offers unparalleled views of the city.
Tom Cruise has collected a huge fortune over time because he enjoys a successful career in the world of film. He is one of the richest actors in Hollywood, his fortune being estimated at over half a billion dollars.