Denise Richards is an American former-model and actress known as much for her beauty and her acting acumen as her tumultuous relationship with then-husband Charlie Sheen.

An actress since 1989, Denise has been a Bond girl, an alien-parasite-hunting badass, a villainous double-agent spy seductress, and a housewife.

Nowadays, Denise is sooner found playing homemaker to her husband Aaron Phypers and mother to their three children, Denise, nonetheless, remains one of the most recognizable and celebrated actors in the world.

The Richards-Phypers family portrait
The Richards-Phypers family portraitSource: Little Things

The personification of the Hollywood goddess, here is a breakdown of the wealth of Denise Richards.

What Is Denise Richards’ Net Worth?

According to multiple sources, Denise Richards is worth $12 million as of December 2022. Denise has been an actress since 1989 and appeared in small roles in TV series like Life Goes On, Saved by the Bell, and Married… with Children before landing her first mainstream role in 1997 in the space science-fiction military action movie, Starship Troopers.

Despite garnering mostly negative reviews upon its initial release, the movie became a cult classic, and more importantly, the movie announced to the world the arrival of Denise Richards — and arrive she did!

Denise Richards on Starship Troopers
Denise Richards on Starship TroopersSource: IMDb

Denise’s career started firing on all cylinders, and she landed many prominent roles, most notably as Bond girl Christmas Jones in the Pierce Brosnan-led 1999 continuation of the James Bond saga, The World Is Not Enough. 

Denise proved that she was more than a pretty face, and when the time came to show, she proved critics wrong by being one of the most versatile actresses. What ensued was as a smorgasbord of movie roles; both comedy like Undercover Brother, The Third Wheel, Scary Movie 3, and You Stupid Man; and dramatic like  Whore, Jolene, and The Toybox.

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She was also a staple of TV sitcoms, and her most notable roles came in such shows as Seinfeld, Friends, Two and a Half Men, and Anger Management.

Denise is also one of the main cast members in the reality TV show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Real Estate

In 2007, her luxury home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, was estimated at $4,400,000.

She also was the owner of a 1.14-acre Hidden Hills estate, which she purchased in 2007 for $4.4 million, not long after her divorce with Charlie Sheen.

Not even a year later, and Richards put the mansion up for sale.

A view of Denise Richard's former home in Hollywood Hills
A view of Denise Richard’s former home in Hollywood HillsImage Source: Variety

The six-bedroom-six-bathroom mansion is furnished with an onyx wall fireplace, a brick-framed pizza oven, ceilings with cove lighting, and a wine-tasting room with temperature control.

Outdoors, the mansion has an 800-foot “entertainer’s pavilion” complete with a kitchen, fireplace, dining room with an entertainment system. The mansion also has two lagoon-style swimming pools with a grotto and a waterfall.

Despite being the equivalent to paradise itself, Richards tried for years to put the mansion up for sale but was hard-pressed to find a buyer. She initially listed the mansion in June 2015 at $7.749 million, but no one wanted to pay the price.

She reduced the price dramatically to $4.75 million before attracting a buyer and finally closing the deal.


In addition to her palatial estate, Denise is also a connoisseur for luxury SUVs, and, among others, she is a proud owner of a Mercedes-Benz GL450 that set her back $70,000.

A picture of the Cadillac Escalade
A picture of the Cadillac Escalade ESVSource: Wikipedia

She also dropped a whopping $75,000 for a Cadillac Escalade ESV in 2013. The essential “mom vehicle,” the Cadillac Escalade is perfect for Denise to drive around in with her three children.


When she is not acting, Denise is an avid philanthropist and partakes in charity drives towards organizations that are close to her heart. She has endorsed and donated for organizations like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Feeding America, Much Love Animal Rescue, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Best Friends Animal Society.

In addition to human welfare benefits, she has also worked towards animal welfare and collaborated with foundations like Best Friends Animal Society and North Shore Animal League.

Furthermore, Denise has used her standing as a well-recognized model by walking the runway and endorsing such drives as Susan G. Komen, Clothes Off Your Back Benefit, and The Heart Truth.

Childhood And Early Life

Denise Richards was born Denise Lee Richards on February 17, 1971, in Downers Grove, Illinois. Her mother, Joni, was a coffee shop owner who died of cancer, and her father, Irv Richards, is a telephone engineer. Denise is the second born out of two sisters, and her older sister Michelle is an actress in her own right.

After graduating from her alma mater, El Camino High School, in 1989, she worked as a model and traveled all over the world to places like Paris, New York, and Tokyo.

Marriage And Personal Life

First Marriage And Divorce From Charlie Sheen

Denise Richards was famously married to actor Charlie Sheen. They got engaged on December 26, 2001, and tied the knot on June 15, 2002.

They had two children together, daughters Sam Sheen, born on  March 9, 2004, and Lola Rose Sheen, born on June 1, 2005.

Denise Richards and ex-husband, Charlie Sheen
Denise Richards and ex-husband, Charlie SheenSource: Bravo TV

Charlie Sheen was a notorious philanderer, and amidst allegations of domestic violence, Denise filed for divorce from Sheen while still pregnant with Lola. Their divorce was finalized on November 30, 2006.

When she was a single mom to Sheen’s two daughters, Denise adopted a newborn girl named Eloise Joni Richards in June 2011.

Their relationship drama went from merely salacious tabloid-fodder to something potentially life-threatening when Sheen was tested positive for HIV/AIDS on November 17, 2015. Thankfully, Denise has been tested negative for HIV.

Second Marriage To Aaron Phypers

On September 8, 2018, Denise got married to actor Aaron Phypers. Phypers had collaborated with Denise on various episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The ceremony took place in Malibu, California.

Their romance blossomed off-screen, and they subsequently started going out. Their relationship became public in December 2017, and less than a year later, they had gotten married.