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What’s ‘Deadpool’ Star Ryan Reynolds’ Net Worth?

With Deadpool 2 opening in wide release Friday, May 18, star Ryan Reynolds seems set to continue his streak of starring in wildly successful movies. But what is Ryan Reynolds’ net worth?

Ryan Reynolds’ net worth has been estimated at a whopping $75 million.

Early Years

Ryan Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia. His earliest acting roles were on television, including a leading role in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside (known in the U.S. as Fifteen.), two younger sisters, and a large number of foster siblings who exposed Glover to a wide array of worldviews.

Guest spots on U.S. TV shows followed, including The X-Files and The Outer Limits. He became a lead character on the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, which aired for four seasons before its cancellation in 2001.

Reynolds on Film

Two Guys and a Girl established Reynolds as a solid comedic actor, and he made the transition to movies. Reynolds played the title role in the funny, raunchy National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, a cult favorite which took in $38.3 million at the box office.

Other comedies featuring Reynolds’ talents include The In-Laws (total box office: $26.9 million), Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (total box office: $23.9 million), and the very raunchy cult comedy Waiting (total box office: $18.6 million).

But Reynolds began branching into more serious, action-driven movies while retaining the charm cultivated in his comedies.

He was a Federal agent in the character-driven shoot-em-up Smokin’ Aces, which grossed $93 million; played the lead in the Amityville Horror remake (total box office: $108 million); and got buff for the superhero sequel Blade: Trinity (total box office: $128.9 million).

Although he was ideally cast as the lead in Green Lantern, it turned out to be a rare superhero dud, even with $219.9 million coming in at the box office.

Deadpool

The Deadpool movies are the movies for which Reynolds will probably remain best known. Created in the early ’90s by writer Fabian Nicenza and writer and artist Rob Leifeld, this Marvel Comics character quickly became a cult sensation thanks to his perverse sense of humor, his habit of breaking the fourth wall to address the reader directly, and his capacity for extreme and cartoonish acts of violence.

Reynolds may well be Deadpool’s biggest fan, considering he spent nearly 11 years and much of his own money to bring the character to movies. He first appeared as Deadpool (or, more accurately, as Deadpool’s other identity, mercenary Wade Wilson) in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Although the movie earned $373.1 million at the box office, it was not a critical success, nor was it particularly liked by anyone who starred in it.

Most critical of the movie’s naysayers were Reynolds himself, who worked even harder (and spent millions of his own money) to bring Deadpool to his own movie, costume and foul mouth intact.

The movie Deadpool was a gamble, bringing raunchy R-rated sex and violence and wildly irreverent humor to the superhero movie.

But the result was the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, bringing in $783.1 million at the box office and bestowing upon Reynolds a fat $10 million paycheck.

Ryan Reynolds’ Personal Life

Reynolds is married to actress Blake Lively, who also starred in Green Lantern. They have two children and lives in a $2.3 million house in Bedford, NY.

Reynolds is active on behalf of a number of charities. He’s best known for his work with the Make A Wish Foundation and befriended his 13-year-old Canadian fan Connor McGrath through the foundation.

Before McGrath’s death in 2016 Reynolds raised money for his treatments, and brought a video of the just-completed Deadpool during a visit, making McGrath the first fan to see the movie.

Reynolds has used his high profile on social media to raise funds for those affected by hurricanes throughout the U.S. O

Lessons From Ryan Reynolds’ Net Worth

As clichéd as “follow your dreams” has become out of the mouths of millionaires, it’s proven ridiculously true in Reynolds’ case. He has attained a high level of success in Hollywood while keeping his feet on the ground and has provided a stable and loving home for his family.

And the phenomenal success of Deadpool makes it easy to forget how unlikely a success it was, and how much of it rested both on Reynolds’ passion for making it happen and on his cultivated charm and star power.

 

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Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story — What Is Donald Glover’s Net Worth?

Lando Calrissian Donald Glover Net Worth

The multi-talented Donald Glover has a lot going on in May: He unleashed the viral hit music video “This is America” on May 5th and appeared on Saturday Night Live as host and musical guest that same evening. And he plays Lando Calrissian in Solo, a Star Wars Story, which opens in theaters on May 25. But what is Donald Glover’s net worth?

Donald Glover’s net worth has been estimated at $12 million. Given his steady and increasingly distinctive output in a number of media, you can expect that number to skyrocket in the coming years.

The Early Years

Donald Glover was born on September 25, 1983, and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia (half an hour from Atlanta, where he currently resides).

His extended family included his older brother Stephen (who remains a close collaborator today), two younger sisters, and a large number of foster siblings who exposed Glover to a wide array of worldviews.

With many movies and TV shows prohibited at home by his strict religious parents, Glover made up his own movies, recording audio tapes of stories he’d invent with his brother. High school dramatics provided another creative outlet, and his classmates would vote Glover “Most Likely To Write For The Simpsons.”

30 Rock And Beyond

Glover attended college at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While still living in an NYU dorm he was hired as a staff writer for Tina Fey’s NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

Too talented to be contained in the writer’s room, Glover would eventually appear in the show, and after three years, with Fey’s encouragement, left 30 Rock to pursue other opportunities.

Six days later Glover was cast in the sitcom Community. He played Troy Barnes, a former high school quarterback who, over the course of five seasons, embraced his inner nerd.

Although Glover was not a credited writer on the show, he would improvise many of his finest, funniest lines, to the point where as show creator Dan Harmon recalls, “there was a transitional point where we literally started writing in the script, ‘And then Donald says something funny.'”

Music and Movies

 

But Glover’s considerable talent was not to be contained by television alone.

During his tenure on Community Glover’s music career began in earnest.

Glover had released a few mixtapes as Childish Gambino, but his major label debut occurred in 2011 with his first album Camp.

The album sold 242,ooo copies, earning Glover $250,000. His next album, 2013’s Because the Internet, earned Glover $330,000 and his first Grammy nominations.

That album, and 2016’s “Awaken, My Love!” were both certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (selling 525,000 and 100,000 copies, respectively).

Amid all of this activity, Glover became an in-demand movie actor, as well; 2015 alone saw him appear in three major motion pictures: The Lazarus Effect (which made $38.4 million at the box office), Magic Mike XXL (which made $122.5 million at the box office), and The Martian (which took in a whopping $630.2 million at the box office).

Though an enthusiastic fan campaign to get Glover cast as Spider-Man in a movie didn’t quite work out, the call was widespread enough that Glover was cast in a small but crucial role in the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming (which made $880.2 million at the box office).

Atlanta

The TV series Atlanta may well be the work for which Glover is best remembered.

Modeled on disparate TV shows as Seinfeld and Tiny Toon Adventures, Atlanta tells the story of Earn (Glover), a Princeton dropout fighting depression and homelessness as he works as manager to his cousin, the up-and-coming rapper Paper Boi (played by Brian Tyree Henry).

Glover earned $75,000 per episode for his work on the first season of the show, which showcased both his surreal worldview and his commitment to his community.

He brought together an all-black writer’s room for the show, with most of his staff pulled from outside the world of television.

 

Atlanta is FX’s most-watched comedy, and has received an abundance of awards, including the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series for Glover.

Atlanta‘s second season, its episodes collectively titled “Robbin’ Season,” continued to garner critical acclaim and enthusiastic viewership, even as it juiced its weirdness to higher levels and demonstrated Glover’s bold willingness to abandon comedy completely (most distinctively in the terrifying and emotional Gothic horror episode “Teddy Perkins,” one of this year’s greatest episodes of any television program.)

The final episode of the season aired May 10, although Glover has signed a deal with FX to create a number of different properties.

Lando Calrissian

With the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, Glover’s casting as the super-cool swindler Lando Calrissian already has fans suggesting that he should get his own movie too.

Glover himself is giddy over being cast in the role, a boyhood hero. “It’s the biggest boat you can be on,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, even as he acknowledged the drawbacks of being simply an actor in a gigantic Hollywood franchise.

Throughout all of this, Glover has operated out of a home in Atlanta’s increasingly-hip Inman Park neighborhood (valued at $1.174 million); he also maintains an apartment in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills (valued at $1.3 million).

He has donated his time and money in support of the charities Community Connections (a group that provides children living in foster homes with essential items) and Oceana (which works to protect the world’s oceans).

Lessons from Donald Glover’s Net Worth

Considering Glover’s success in so many fields, it’s impossible to say that any of them are necessarily side projects, since he has excelled in everything he’s done.

Donald Glover’s work as a creator has found him balancing his commitment to telling his community’s truths with his awareness that he’s working for a network with a bottom line.

This has enabled him to create groundbreaking work with creativity, emotion, and integrity while becoming a financially successful artist. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

Readers, what are your favorite performances of Donald Glover’s? And are you planning to see  Solo, a Star Wars Story in theaters?

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The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood’s Net Worth

Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has captivated the public and enjoyed new life in the form of a Hulu series that is premiering its second season on April 25. But what is Margaret Atwood’s net worth?

Margaret Atwood’s net worth has been estimated at $20 million. One might expect that the high profile of The Handmaid’s Tale made her rich, but the story, and Atwood’s relationship to money, is complicated.

Her Beginnings

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. In a marvelous and detailed interview with Wealth Simple, Atwood notes that she was the child of Depression-era parents, and that although they often scraped for money, they carefully avoided debt, and never fell into serious financial hardship.

Such a family life, coupled with her bottomless appetite for literature (including comic books), equipped her well for the life of a young writer. Taking on a number of odd jobs while working on her first poetic and literary work, she rejected a life of simple domesticity and began graduate studies at Harvard.

Atwood became a full-time writer in the mid-70s, citing 1975 as the year she stopped having to worry about money. Her first novels established her as a leading voice in Canadian literature and culture, and set forth themes that would recur throughout her work: identity, sexual politics, and the social construction of gender.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Atwood’s most famous novel was released in 1985: The Handmaid’s Tale chronicled the plight of a woman subjugated into slave status inside a neo-Christian totalitarian state.

The novel became a bestseller and piled up awards. It was the first recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke award (for science fiction published in the U.K.), and was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize (which meant a modest $2,500 cash award on top of the recognition). Higher remuneration came from the novel’s win of the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction (a $25,000 cash prize).

The Handmaid’s Tale was first adapted into a handsome but little-seen movie in 1990 (total box office: $5 million). It maintained a hold on the imagination of many adapters, and came to life in radio, theatrical, and even dance adaptations in the following decades.

Hulu Series

A new audience became familiar with the work thanks to Hulu’s highly-successful and widely-seen television adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss. The series captured the zeitgeist of the current times, with a large audience responding favorably (even passionately) to its feminist themes and call to revolution.

Oddly, however, the adaptation rights to the novel were carried over from its 1990 film adaptation, meaning Atwood received no money from the Hulu buying the rights (although the company did hire her as an executive consultant for the series at a nominal fee, however.)

Atwood has remained a highly successful novelist, however. Among her biggest successes was The Blind Assassin, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000 (and accompanying cash award of nearly $30,000 – two years later, the Booker prize upped the amount to just over $70,000), and also named one of Time’s 100 greatest English language novels since 1923.

Success with LongPen

In 2004, Atwood noted the use of signature-capturing technology used by companies like FedEx and mused how much easier it would make book tours. She founded the company Unotchit Inc. to create the LongPen, patented technology that would allow a user to apply an ink signature via a tablet and the internet.

This technology became wildly successful (and highly profitable), especially once the company began applying it to legal, finance, health care, and government fields.

Atwood holds several patents on technology spun from LongPen, and remains a director of the company, now known as Syngrafii, Inc. The company is privately held, with business partners including Cisco Systems, Syntek, and Viju.

Lessons from Margaret Atwood’s Net Worth

Despite her huge success in multiple fields, Atwood maintains a grounded, non-extravagant relationship to money. She has been careful to avoid debt all of her life. Indeed, she gathered her thoughts on debt and its relationship to human behavior and social justice into Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, published in 2008.

Atwood remains an active but careful investor in various technologies. As she told The Globe and Mail, “Let’s make it clear. I’m not an investor… I put my money into things I think are useful.”

Just as her fiction at its most wildly speculative remains rooted in devastating events happening in our present, so does Atwood carefully and directly apply her money toward what she and the world need most at the present moment.

Does Atwood’s investment strategy make sense to you? Do you agree that money is best applied so directly? And how fired up are you for season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale? Sound off in the comments below! 

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What Is Rick Moranis’ Net Worth?

Rick Moranis

Though not attaining legendary status, Rick Moranis appeared in nearly every funny movie made in the 1980s into the 90s. But then he seemed to retire from the entertainment industry. That makes it interesting  examine what is Rick Moranis’ net worth.

Rick Moranis’ net worth has been listed as $10 million. He has starred in 20 movies that collectively grossed $1.8 billion at box offices worldwide, according to The Numbers. He has also worked as a director and musician.

Early Years

Rick Moranis was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1953. He attended elementary school with another famous Canadian, Geddy Lee (the bassist and vocalist from the rock band Rush). Moranis began his entertainment career as a DJ on Canadian radio.

Moranis’ knack for comedic writing landed him a slot as a writer-performer on Canada’s famed comedy show SCTV. When SCTV began its syndication into the U.S., the network requested more specifically Canadian content from the show’s writers. Somewhat baffled by this mandate, Moranis and cohort Dave Thomas created Bob and Doug McKenzie to channel every Canadian stereotype they could imagine.

The beer-drinking, none-too-bright McKenzie brothers, to everyone’s surprise, quickly became SCTV’s most popular characters, and spun into life outside the program. The Great White North, the first record album featuring the characters, sold 1 million copies.

“Take Off,” a comedy rock song on the album featuring Geddy Lee, reached #16 on the Billboard 100 singles chart (oddly, a higher placement than Lee would ever achieve with Rush).

Rick Moranis Hits Hollywood

Bob and Doug made their inevitable Hollywood debut in 1983 with Strange Brew, a comedy co-written by Moranis and Thomas that grossed over $8 million. The movie was too overtly surreal to be a blockbuster, but it remains a cult favorite. More importantly, it provided Moranis his first major Hollywood role. It would not be his last.

Moranis appeared in supporting and lead roles in a number of major films through the 1980s and into the 90s. Many of his collaborators on these films embraced Moranis’ writing talents, and allowed him to rewrite much of his own dialogue.

As a result. his characters are fondly remembered from a number of beloved and highly successful comedies, including:

  • Ghostbusters, which grossed $295.2 million at the box office worldwide;
  • Ghostbusters 2, $215.4 million;
  • Parenthood, $126 million;
  • The Flintstones, $335 million.

Moranis also played the lead in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, which took in $222.7 million at the box office, setting a record as Disney’s most successful live-action film.

…And Rick Moranis Leaves Hollywood

The death of his wife, costume designer Anne Belsky, in 1997 prompted Moranis to put his career on hold so that he could care for their two children. To his surprise (and to the consternation of his fans), Moranis found life easier and more enjoyable outside the grind of Hollywood, and has remained happily out of the spotlight ever since.

But Moranis has not disappeared completely. Based in New York, he remains an active writer and voice-over actor, penning humorous pieces for the New York Times and working on projects in the U.S. and Canada. In fact, he played a Canadian bear in the 2003 animated Disney film Brother Bear, which took in $250.4 million at the box office worldwide. 

Moranis has also embarked on a music career. His offbeat country album The Agoraphobic Cowboy was released in 2005, and its irreverence and good humor helped it stand out, garnering a nomination for the 2006 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Moranis’ second album, My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs, dropped in 2013.

And, proving that there’s no keeping a successful comedy act down, the McKenzie brothers continue to appear now and then. Moranis re-teamed with Dave Thomas for Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary special in 2007, and served as a producer of the short-lived animated series Bob & Doug.

More About Rick Moranis’ Net Worth

Moranis seems to be very content outside the spotlight; as he stated so directly in a 2015 Hollywood Reporter interview, “Picky has worked for me.”

He politely, but directly, turned down a chance to appear in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, which, considering its worldwide earnings of $229.1 million, would have been a very easy paycheck.

But Moranis appears to have invested his 1980s blockbuster earnings wisely. He lives in a large Upper West Side apartment — valued at $1.74 million — surrounded by his art collection, and is busy enough as a writer and occasional performer.

And though fans may have been disappointed not to see him in the last Ghostbusters movie, there’s something pleasant about the fact that he didn’t have to take the gig.

After a career that has seen blockbuster success and devastating personal loss, that Rick Moranis is simply comfortable and enjoying his life is an even more satisfying ending than you’ll find in a Hollywood movie. We can’t wait to see what Moranis does next (on his own schedule, of course.)

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What is Cardi B’s Net Worth?

Cardi B's net worth

Cardi B has taken the music world by storm. The rapper had some significant accomplishments along the way. She knocked Taylor Swift out of the number one spot on the Hot 100 Billboard chart in September 2017. In January 2018, she even outdid Beyonce, becoming the first female artist with five singles simultaneously in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. What has all this success done for Cardi B’s net worth?

About Cardi B

By the age of 21, Cardi B had $27,000 to her name, thanks to her work as a stripper. She had a serious savings goal too, planning on having a net worth of approximately $100,000 by age 25.

During that time, she also had an active Instagram account in which she showed off her body and discussed her desire to be rich and famous. That account helped her take the next step.

Cardi B appeared on the show Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, thanks to the viral nature of her Instagram account. She was an integral part of the storyline, helping her gain notoriety. She also got paid for participating, helping her achieve a net worth of $400,000 by 2016.

Her role on Love & Hip Hop: New York helped make the release of her mixtapes a success. By February 2017, she had a record deal with Atlantic Records. In that single moment, Cardi B’s net worth went up by $1.1 million.

After working hard in the recording studio, Cardi B’s single “Bodak Yellow” hit the airwaves, and it really launched her career. This was followed by “Bartier Cardi,” which just recently got a music video. A third single, “Be Careful,” showed a different side of Cardi B, being more sung than rapped.

The subsequent album, Invasion of Privacy, was highly anticipated, thanks to it featuring both hit singles. It hit the shelves on April 6, 2018, after she’d already reached $4 million in net worth.

Cardi B’s Net Worth Could Skyrocket in 2018

As of early 2018, Cardi B’s net worth was estimated at $4 million. The majority of her wealth was actually accumulated in 2017. In fact, in 2016, her net worth was only $400,000. That’s a tenfold increase.

If her newest recording is as successful as it could be, then her net worth will likely skyrocket over 2018. A likely contributor to album sales: Cardi B is in the lineup for the Coachella music festival this month. Just for comparison, here’s what five of the other performers’ net worths look like:

  • Beyoncé – $290 million to $500 million
  • Eminem – $190 million to $246 million
  • The Weeknd – $55 million to $92 million
  • Post Malone – $8 million
  • Wizkid – $11 million to $12 million

Cardi B could have a long career ahead of her, so her net worth may continue to grow for years to come. The sky may be the limit.

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