Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the greatest actors of his generation. Known for his unconventional roles, he turned down offers of superhero or action films and instead carved out a career with films such as Romeo and Juliet, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, and of course, Titanic.
What is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Net Worth?
During his career, Leonardo DiCaprio made tens of millions of dollars and at the time this article is written he has a net worth of $300 million. For instance, from the famous 1997’s Titanic, he earned $2.5 million in base salary, plus $40 million thanks to a 1.8% cut of gross backend points.
- Between 1995 and 2020 Leonardo DiCaprio earned $300 million from film salaries
- He owns a private island in Belize of 104 acre
- From endorsements, Leonardo DiCaprio earned a minimum of $100 million
- He owns real estate worth $100 million
- The backend points of the movie Titanic resulted in a $40 million payday
- Leonardo DiCaprio raised and/or donated more than $80 million to charity
Childhood and teenage years
The actor was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, being the only child of Irmelin and George DiCaprio. His parents divorced when he was still a child, and DiCaprio was largely raised by his mother, a German-born legal secretary. Despite his parents’ early divorce, DiCaprio remained close to his father, a comic book artist. At the urging of his parents, DiCaprio explored his creative side, thus choosing the path of acting.
He never liked school and often asked his mother to take him to auditions instead of classes. He started playing at an early age. And when he was just five years old, he was reportedly kicked off the set of the children’s show Romper Room and Friends (1979) for being too loud. Since then, he started acting in several commercials and television series.
Leonardo DiCaprio gave up his studies and his dream of becoming a biologist and focused only on acting. However, he had great trouble finding an agent and getting roles. In fact, one of the people he was in talks with to be his agent asked him to change his name to Lenny Williams in order to be more successful with the American public.
After more than 100 failed auditions and while considering giving up acting, his father convinced him to give it another try and he landed his first major role in the film Parenthood (1990-1991) for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Actor of the Year.
In 1991, he starred in the comedy show Growing Pains alongside Kirk Cameron and Alan Thicke. And also, in the same year, he made his debut on the big screen in the horror film “Critters 3”. And a year later, Robert De Niro chose him from 400 young actors to play the main role in the film “This Boy’s Life” (1993).
1997 is the year that turns DiCaprio into a superstar, with his appearance alongside Kate Winslet in “Titanic”. The film directed by James Cameron becomes the most watched of all time, winning no less than 11 Oscars and 4 Golden Globes. And the two, Winslet and DiCaprio remain very good friends after this project.
Also in that period, the actor is included by People magazine in “50 Most Beautiful People”. And a year later he stars in Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” and portrays King Louis XIV and his twin brother Philippe in “The Man in the Iron Mask” (pictured) which, despite negative reviews, was an unexpected success at the box office.
“The Great Gatsby” (2013) meant not only a box office success for DiCaprio but also critical recognition and especially the 5–6 month relationship he had with actress Blake Lively (the current wife of Ryan Reynolds) whom he met when she was auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan.
And also in 2013, DiCaprio returns to his prolific partnership with Scorsese for the biographical comedy The Wolf of Wall Street. With this role, he receives another Oscar nomination and wins another Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
In late 2015, DiCaprio starred in “The Revenant” as Hugh Glass, an 1820s frontiersman forced to endure the wilderness after being left for dead. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the film was difficult to shoot due to the cold weather, but immediately generated a string of major awards, earning a slew of Golden Globe nominations. After winning the award for best actor, DiCaprio received a standing ovation from his colleagues.
How much was Leonardo DiCaprio paid for Titanic?
Leonardo’s base salary for Titanic was $2.5 million. He also wisely negotiated a 1.8% share of the gross backend revenue points. After Titanic earned $3 billion worldwide at the box office, DVD, and syndication, Leo’s total take for Titanic was $40 million.
- 1995 – $1 million for “The Basketball Diaries”
- 2000 – $20 million for “The Beach”
- 2002 – $20 million for “Catch Me If You Can”
- 2004 – $20 million for “The Aviator”
- 2006 – $20 million for “The Departed”
- 2006 – $20 million for “Blood Diamond”
- 2010 – $59 million for “Inception”
- 2019 – $10 million for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
- 2021 – $30 million for “Don’t Look Up”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s highest-paid roles
- Inception: $59 million
- Don’t Look Up: $30 million
- The Wolf of Wall Street: $25 million
- The Revenant: $20 million
- The Great Gatsby: $20 million
- Blood Diamond: $20 million
- The Departed: $20 million
- The Aviator: $20 million
- Catch Me If You Can: $20 million
- Gangs of New York: $10 million
Total: $264 million
Investments and other businesses
Leonardo DiCaprio is not only a famous and skilled actor but also an inspired businessman. Leonardo turned his attention to a less exploited branch of business and decided to invest part of his fortune in a frozen seafood company called “Love The Wild”.
In 2021 the Israeli cultured meat company Aleph Farms received an investment from an unusual source: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. The firm has developed a technology that creates cultured meat using cell farming, a biotechnological engineering technique based on cow cells, instead of slaughtering cows.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in several Israeli ventures in the past, most recently in an eco-friendly hotel in Herzliya.
Philanthropy and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
2014 marked the year in which the actor was recognized for his involvement in volunteer actions to draw attention to the consequences that global warming can have. And he receives the title of United Nations Messenger of Peace from General Ban Ki-Moon. In fact, since 1998, when the actor founded The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, he has been concerned with carrying out campaigns to protect the environment.
In 1998, DiCaprio and his mother donated $35,000 to a “Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center” at the library in Los Feliz, the place where his childhood home was. It was rebuilt after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and opened in early 1999.
In 2010, he donated $1 million to post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. DiCaprio donated $61,000 to the gay rights group GLAAD in 2013. Three years later, DiCaprio attended an annual Children of Armenia Fund fundraising gala as a special guest of his close friend and honorary president of cheers, Tony. DiCaprio contributed $65,000 to the cause.
After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, DiCaprio gave $1 million to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund through his foundation. In 2020, DiCaprio’s foundation donated $3 million to Australian bushfire relief efforts.
The actor bought Blackadore Caye, a private island in Belize, in 2005 for just $1.75 million — the same price as a luxury apartment in San Francisco. Leo signed a contract with his good friend and developer, Paul Scialla, to transform the 104-acre island into a luxury resort that would not affect the ecosystem in any way.
The tourist complex called “Blackdore Caye, a Restorative Island” will include 68 villas built on an arc-shaped platform above the sea, and under this platform, an artificial reef will be arranged that will house numerous marine species. The developers will also build 50 private homes on the island that will be put up for sale at prices ranging from $5 million to $15 million.
How much is a night on DiCaprio’s island estimated to cost?
Considering that similar luxury resorts host their guests for at least $2,000 per night, Leonardo certainly does not plan to charge less than that.
Among the many properties owned by this Academy Award winner are an apartment located in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, a private island in Belize, and numerous other properties in both Palm Beach and in the Hamptons.
Leo dated so many beautiful women throughout his career, but he never married. Maybe he doesn’t want the title, or maybe he’s too focused on his career, or maybe he just likes being able to meet women without making a commitment. Since his early days in the limelight, Leonardo DiCaprio has dated celebrities like Demi Moore and Blake Lively, Naomi Campbell, and (allegedly) Miranda Kerr. He also had a relationship with supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
While filming “Blood Diamond”, Leo worked with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique. Leo was said to be very emotional about his time with them. But there was one little girl who impressed him and with whom he established a close bond. Thus, DiCaprio decided to keep in touch with her.
He “adopted” her, according to reports. However, Leo does not raise her or live with her. But the actor sends her money every month for expenses and is said to call her regularly to keep in touch.