While Johnny Depp has been in the headlines for a number of rather unsavoury reasons these past few years, it’s hard to argue with the impact he’s had on both Hollywood and popular culture at the height of his stardom. As you can imagine from a man whose films have grossed more than $12 billion globally, the “Johnny Depp net worth” question is a very popular one, which is why we wanted to take a closer look at where the musician-cum-actor made his money (as well as how he’s spent it).
**Note: All $$$ referenced = USD; not adjusted for inflation
Johnny Depp Overview
Name: John Christopher Depp II
Date of Birth: June 9, 1963
Residence: Los Angeles
Profession: Actor, musician
Estimated Net Worth: $150 million
Social Media Accounts:
Instagram — @johnnydepp (28.7 million followers)
Twitter — N/A
Johnny Depp Family:
Lily-Rose Depp (daughter), Jack Depp (son)
Johnny Depp’s Career Highlights
Johnny Depp began his movie career at 21 years old after he was encouraged by drinking buddy Nicolas Cage to audition for Wes Craven’s classic horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Despite having zero experience whatsoever as an actor (he was previously a relatively unknown rock musician), Depp landed the part of the character’s boyfriend, dying a gruesome death on camera, but taking the first step towards Hollywood stardom.
His next big gig would be none other than Fox’s 21 Jump Street, in which he starred as police officer Tom Hanson who went undercover in a high school for 80 episodes. This was his first taste of serious money at $45,000 per episode.
For context, a Porsche 911 Carrera had an RRP of $38,500 back then, which shows the kind of spending power Johnny Depp was already commanding at just 24.
Johnny Depp’s career really too off when he popped up on the radar of director Tim Burton, who casted him in Edward Scissorhands (1990) alongside Dianne Wiest and future girlfriend Winona Ryder.
The romantic fantasy film was a hit, grossing $86 million against a $20 million budget, and led to Depp starring roles in a number of other successful films throughout the 90s, including: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Don Juan DeMarco (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997), and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
By the turn of the millennium, Johnny Depp was now a household name throughout the majority of the world, receiving no less than three Golden Globes nominations for his work so far.
2003 would mark the year that red-hot Depp turned white-hot, earning enormous praise for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was also his first box office smash hit; earned him his first Academy Awards nomination. The first of Disney’s Pirates movies raked in a whopping $654.3 million worth of box office revenue against a production budget of $140 million.
Johnny Depp continued to make vast sums of money as Captain Jack Sparrow across four sequels, as well as continuing to work closely with Tim Burton. He played Willy Wonka in Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2004), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012).
By this stage, his success wasn’t just exclusively at the box office, as he’d secure the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor thanks to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
2012 was arguably the very pinnacle of Johnny Depp’s career (and net worth), earning the Guinness World Record for the world’s highest-paid actor at $75 million from that year alone.
The franchise star had also returned to his first love in music, joining the band Hollywood Vampires, which also featured Alice Cooper (Kiss) and Joe Perry (Aerosmith).
A year later, Depp starred in Lone Ranger which was publicly and critically loathed, with one reviewer describing the film as: “a jumbled botch that is so confused in its purpose and so charmless in its effect that it must be seen to be believed.”
Johnny Depp Net Worth: A Breakdown
During the peak of his success, Johnny Depp’s net worth was around $900 million, which is a truly eye-watering number. In 2023, however, it’s a little closer to $150 million (potentially a lot less).
A couple of his early paycheques included two $5 million paydays for Nick of Time (1995) and Donnie Brasco (1997), before he entered the eight-figure threshold with the first Pirates of the Caribbean film.
For Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp earned $10 million, followed by a total payday of $60 million for the second film, while the third film in the series netted the Caribbean star a less than $55 million.
In the years that followed, Depp continued to live life with three-comma salaries, including $55 million for Alice In Wonderland, $15 million for Rum Diary, $18 million for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and $20 million for The Tourist.
Johnny Depp has also made millions from his advertising deals with the likes of Dior Sauvage, H&M, and even Tom Ford. As a result of his ongoing controversial publicity, all brands other than Dior Sauvage have cut ties with the Kentucky-born celebrity. Post-Amber Heard trial, the brand offered him a historic $20 million-plus deal.
As to the question of what the Johnny Depp net worth resembles today, well… let’s just say while the man was very talented when it came to earning money, he was equally good at spending it.
Just between the years 2003 and 2016, it’s understood he managed to burn through an incredible $650 million, which has understandably impacted on his net worth to this very day.
That’s a serious hit to Depp’s finances, some of which was definitely his own doing, while a decent chunk was reportedly stolen by his former business managers (and ex-wife Amber Heard).
Johnny Depp was managed by The Management Group until 2017 when he filed a lawsuit claiming his $40 million debt was due to the agency’s “gross mismanagement and, at times, outright fraud.” TGM fired back by claiming Depp’s monthly expenses were simply too high to handle, which had apparently reached over $2 million each month.
Regardless of who’s to blame, Depp was indeed pissing away his fortune like it was going out of fashion, with expenses ranging from $3.6 million annually for a full-time staff of 40 people, $1.8 million annually for a team of bodyguards, to $2.4 million annually on private jets, and even a single $3 million dollar payment to have the ashes of his dear friend, legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson (who he famously portrayed in Fear & Loathing), fired out of a cannon on top of a 46-metre tower.
His property portfolio is also responsible for costing the American thespian around $75 million across a total of 14 different estates. These include a palatial mansion in the Hollywood Hills (where he previously lived with Amber Heard), a chateau in France, several private islands, as well as a horse farm in his native state of Kentucky.
Johnny Depp Net Worth — Frequently Asked Questions
What is Johnny Depp's net worth in 2023?
At his peak, Johnny Depp’s net worth was around US$900 million. These days, however, it’s a little closer to an estimated US$150 million (potentially a lot less).
Who are Johnny Depp's partners?
Lori Anne Allison (married 1983 to 1985), Vanessa Paradis (1998 to 2012; mother of his children Lily-Rose Depp and Jack Depp), Amber Heard (married 2015 to 2017).
Who are Johnny Depp's parents?
Betty Sue Wells and John Christopher Depp.
What is Johnny Depp's height?