Samuel L. Jackson is widely known as the highest-grossing box office actor of all time. Having been a part of many box office blockbuster films, this feat is not hard to believe. Yet, despite this very significant achievement, many would be shocked to learn how very little it impacts his net worth. The actor is explaining just how much this title of being the highest-grossing actor has nothing to do with the actual money that he’s been sitting on.
Samuel L. Jackson’sJackson’s contributions to the acting world have been enormous. So prominent, in fact, that the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records labeled him as the world’s highest-grossing actor. At the time, the Pulp Fiction actor’s work across 68 films grossed an estimated $7.4 billion.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that as of 2019, Samuel L. Jackson has grossed over $13 billion worldwide, with $5 billion earned in the United States. A significant portion of these earnings come thanks to his portrayal of “Nick Fury” in the films included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Washington D.C. native’s acting career began in the 1970s when he began to act in minor roles, and various stage plays. Samuel L. Jackson also benefitted from mentorship by legendary actor Morgan Freeman. Thirty films later, Samuel L. Jackson would appear in what would become his international breakout role in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘s 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Jackson received widespread critical acclaim and soon found himself nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The film also amassed $214 million at the box office, beginning a longstanding trend for him. Soon after, the actor was seen starring in major films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and its follow-ups, Kill Bill: Volume 2, The Incredibles and its sequel, and more. In total, Samuel L. Jackson has reportedly appeared in over 150 films.
Absolutely impressive. Interestingly enough, Samuel L. Jackson is in three of the top ten all-time highest-grossing films. All three Avengers films are included within the top ten, with the first grossing over $1.5 billion and its sequels, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, accumulating over $2 billion. Samuel L. Jackson’s achievements in film soar in comparison to other top billing actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks. Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks clock in under the actor on the highest-grossing film list at numbers 2 and 4, respectively.
But although Samuel L. Jackson’s films have brought in awe-inspiring numbers, this does not equate to his net worth. The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor appeared on The Breakfast Club, where he explained his process and called it a “dubious honor” to be labeled the highest-grossing actor in the world. Samuel L. Jackson shared that it only means he’s acted in a bunch of popular movies that have offered him the opportunity to continue acting in other popular films. He also revealed that he enjoys acting in films that he wants to see, such as those that are filled with action sequences and “violent movies.”
The actor revealed that he will participate in a serious movie that may perhaps help the writer or director in their career from time to time. However, Samuel L. Jackson shared he’s not necessarily seeking after “award-winning” material or increasing his net worth. According to the actor, he prefers to “work and have some fun.” While Samuel L. Jackson may not necessarily be frustrated that the number doesn’t match his net worth, he’s secure in his finances. The actor also spoke on the fortunate moments where actors receive back-end payments, meaning they will continue to make money from films over the years, depending on their success.
Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson’s net worth has expanded thanks to his various investments. It was reported by Afrotech that along with Drake, the actor has invested in the Dave’s Hot Chicken franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is also endorsed by Capital One, for which he reportedly brings in at least $10 million. Samuel L. Jackson has also extended his talents as the narrator for two audiobooks. In 2011, he narrated Adam Mansbach’s “Go The F– To Sleep,” and in 2014, Jackson voiced Chester Himes’s “A Rage In Harlem.” To date, the actor’s net worth is estimated at $250 million.