Johnny Depp is one of the biggest celebrities in the world. Since his breakout role in the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, Depp has amassed a career of critically acclaimed performances and groundbreaking box office success. Simply put, he is the goal of every actor in Hollywood.
That being said, Depp has been going through difficult times as of late, particularly with regards to his financial situation. Lawsuits, a costly divorce to actress Amber Heard, and what is said to be some expensive habits have all chipped away at Depp’s estimated net worth, which, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is currently $200 million.
To learn more about Depp’s net worth, and his current financial situation, here are five fast facts.
1. His Films Have Grossed Over $8 Billion Worldwide
It’s no secret that the majority of Depp’s wealth has come from his successful film career. Starting with his debut in the 1984 film Nightmare on Elm Street, Depp has amassed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most interesting leading men in classics like Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994) and Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas (1996).
Come the 2000s, this acclaim would translate to massive box office success, as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) grossed $654 million worldwide. The franchise– led by Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow– is currently on its fifth installment, and has grossed over $4.2 billion worldwide.
Other notable releases for Depp includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which grossed $474 million, and Alice in Wonderland (2010), which grossed over $1 billion. According to Page Six, Depp made a whopping $75 million between 2010-12, as a result of his salaries for The Tourist (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), and Dark Shadows (2012).
2. He Bought an Island in the Bahamas for $3.5 Million
One of Depp’s most notable purchase came in 2004, when he bought his own island in the Bahamas for $3.5 million. At 45 acres in size, the island reportedly has six beaches– one of which is named “Gonzo” after Depp’s close friend Hunter S. Thompson. Other beaches are named Paradis, Lily Rose, Jack, and Brando, after his former partner, his kids, and the influential actor Marlon Brando.
“I don’t think I’d ever seen any place so pure and beautiful,” Depp told Vanity Fair in 2009, “You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It’s instant freedom.” The article goes on to list some of the attractions on the island, including coconut trees, stunning aquatic life and a house at the top with 360-degree views, including a view of the island Osprey Bird Rock, which Depp also owns.
Depp and and Amber Heard were later married on the island, which is called Little Hall’s Pond Cay. Watch a video with photos of the 2015 wedding above.
3. He Paid A Settlement of $7 Million to His Ex-Wife Amber Heard
Depp and Amber Heard were wed in 2015. The marriage would little over a year, however, as Heard filed for divorce on May 23rd, 2016, claiming that Depp had been verbally and physically abusive to her. According to E! News, Heard released an official statement saying:
I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry hostile, humiliating, and threatening assaults to me whenever I question his authority.
The claims against Depp put a blemish on his public image, but it was in court that he wound up paying the most. The eight month divorce proceedings came to a close in January 2017, with Depp being forced to pay Heard a settlement of $7 million, along with his own legal bills.
4. He Filed a $25 Million Lawsuit Against TMG in 2016
In December 2016, Depp filed a lawsuit against The Management Group (TMG) for negligence, fraud, and reported breach of fiduciary duty. The actor claimed that TMG collected over $28 million in contingent fees between 1999 and 2016– fees that he never agreed to.
Depp added that TMG regularly failed to file or pay his taxes on time, ultimately costing him $5.6 million in federal penalties over the past decade. “In essence,” Depp’s attorney Matthew Kanny wrote in the official complaint “TMG treated Mr. Depp’s income as their own, available to either TMG or third parties to draw upon as desired. Adding insult to injury, TMG has now sought to forclose on Mr. Depp’s primary residence, even though the alleged loan secured by Mr. Depp’s residence was made through TMG’s self-dealing and conflicts of interest.”
He is currently seeking damages of at least $25 million. As for TMG, the company has filed a countersuit against Depp, claiming that despite the actor’s earnings over the last few years, his careless spending has made him unable to cover his monthly bills.
5. His Former Managers Claim That He Lives a ‘$2 Million-a-Month’ Lifestyle
While Depp may have been the first to bring legal action against The Management Group, they were quick to respond with a countersuit and countless pieces of evidence to suggest that the actor has been reckless with his money. According to TMG, Depp’s “$2 million-a-month” lifestyle includes acquiring and furnishing 14 different estates across the world.
Business Insider adds that these 14 estates consist of a 45-acre chateau in the south of France, which is valued at $13.5 million, as well as a chain of islands in the Bahamas, several houses in Hollywood, a few penthouse lofts in downtown Los Angeles, and a horse farm in Kentucky. Other notable expenses include upkeep on 45 luxury cars, Hollywood memorabilia from the likes of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, an art collection, and a wine habit that reportedly exceeds $30,000 a month.
But perhaps the most peculiar of Depp’s spending ventures came in 2005, when the actor spent $5 million to fulfill the wish of Hunter S. Thompson, and shoot his ashes out of a cannon in Aspen, Colorado. Attorney Michael Klump, who represents TMG, released a statement saying that the actor’s lifestyle is “ultra-extravagant” and that “Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today.”