Johnny Depp has a fortune that would make Captain Jack Sparrow jealous. But his spending habits and legal war with ex-wife Amber Heard make matters complicated.
Born in Kentucky but raised in Florida, per IMDb, the eccentric actor clawed his way to superstardom with his debut role as a fated teen in 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street. But that slasher flick was only the beginning. In 1990, Depp had another slice at critical acclaim with director Tim Burton, playing the titular role in Edward Scissorhands, showcasing his ability to capture darker characters. Depp teamed up with Burton again for 1999's Sleepy Hollow, in 2005 for Burton's adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and in 2007 for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, proving Depp had vocal chops too. But his most famous on-screen role would arguably be at sea.
Depp starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the beloved 2003 family film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which sailed its way to $653 million worldwide, per Box Office Mojo. He also reprised his role as the film's boozy pirate for four (yes, four) sequels, two of which topped $1 billion globally. It's one of the 13 highest-grossing franchises of all time, per CNBC, with Depp once one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors. But then the seas got choppy.
Johnny Depp's net worth is high, but his spending has sunk his ship
So what is Johnny Depp's net worth today? That would be $150 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. But, according to that outlet, the handsomely paid Depp earned, "$650 million... between 2003 and 2016 alone." So, why the financial discrepancy? Let's dive in.
For one thing, Depp's net worth is low comparatively due to his spending habits. In 2017, per CNBC, Depp was spending $30,000 on wine, $300,000 maintaining a staff of 40, and $200,000 for his private jet... monthly. Per that outlet, Depp also "spent more than $75 million to buy and furnish 14 residences, including an entire village in France." According to Forbes, Depp also purchased a chain of islands in the Bahamas for $3.6 million. And that's not all in the bizarro department. According to CNBC, to "fulfill a wish" by writer and friend Hunter S. Thompson, who died in 2005, Depp "spent $3 million to blast Thompson's ashes from a custom-built canon." That's a lot of doubloons. It all lead, per CNBC, to a legal battle with his management company.
Puns and outlandish spending aside, Depp's ongoing legal fight with ex-wife Amber Heard has also tarnished his reputation and complicated matters. Depp and Heard were married from 2015 until 2017, with allegations of abuse emerging from both sides, per BBC. Depp was consequently fired from 2020's Fantastic Beasts 3, though, per The Hollywood Reporter, he was still paid $16 million for it. Eek.