Meryl Streep is one of the biggest names in Hollywood; if not the biggest, revered by peers and fans alike, she holds the record for most Oscar nominations. The actress’s prominence surpasses stage and the small screen.

A fan favorite, she has a number of box office and critical hits under her belt. Her popularity has endured over 5 decades, she started her career in 1969, and she is still as relevant as she was in the 1970s.

Steep’s list of awards and accolades includes the 2010 National Medal of Arts, and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in addition to her 3 Academy Awards.

What Is Meryl Streep’s Net Worth In 2020?

The actress referred to as the queen of Hollywood by many has a net worth of $150 million, according to Celebrity Networth. Other online sources have reported her net worth at $100 million. In 2018, she was worth $90 million, according to Cheatsheet.

Meryl Streep is worth $150 million
Meryl Streep is worth $150 million
Source: Redbook

She made this net worth primarily as an actress, and the bulk of her earnings also comes from feature films.

Earnings From Film

Meryl Streep is an objectively excellent actress but struggled to earn as much as her male co-star during the initial days of her career. She earned $35,000 from The Deer Hunter, while Robert De Niro earned $1 million.

At the time, the gender pay gap in Hollywood was even more prevalent than today. Even so, she is one of the richest actresses in the world. A list of her earnings is in the table below

Year Earnings Source
1978 $35,000 The Deer Hunter
1979 $85,000 Kramer vs. Kramer
1981 $350,000 The French Lieutenant’s Woman
1984 $2,000,000 Falling in Love
1985 $3,000,000 Out of Africa
1990 $4,000,000 Postcards from the Edge
1992 $4,000,000 Death Becomes Her
1994 $5,000,000 The River Wild
1995 $4,000,000 The Bridges of Madison County
2006 $5,000,000 The Devil Wears Prada
2007 $1,000,000 Rendition
2009 $7,000,000 Julie & Julia
$5,000,000 It’s Complicated
2010 $13,000,000 Earnings From That Year
2013 $7,000,000
2014 $1,500,000 Into The Woods
$10,000,000 Annual Earnings Till June 2014
2015 $8,000,000 Annual Earnings

Streep herself has addressed the issue and said that some salaries offered to her were not reflective of her value to the project.

Houses Of The Legendary Streep

The actress has a lot of expensive properties all over the world. She owns a house in Pasadena, California, USA. She bought the 3,087-square-foot house for $3.3 million. The original price for the property was $4.13 million, but she received a discount.

Meryl Streep's Pasadena property
Meryl Streep’s Pasadena property
Source: Home Stratosphere

Meryl Streep also listed another property for hers for sale. The estate located in Tribeca is a luxurious penthouse with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Originally the price for the house was $24.6 million in August 2018, but she later dropped the price to $19.75 million and again to $18.25 million. Later the property was sold for a final price of 15.8 million.

The Tribeca location where the house is located in one of the richest places in the USA, where the average household income is $879,000.

She and her husband also lived in a $1.8-million estate in Connecticut. They moved to Brentwood, LA, into a gorgeous $3-million mansion in 1990 but eventually moved back to Connecticut.

Career Insight

Meryl Streep’s career in film started in 1977 with the film Julia, but she did not get much popularity with the film. The next year in 1978, she got a role in The Deer Hunter, which would be her breakthrough role.

Then in 1979, she worked on Manhattan, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. She won an Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. She worked with Dustin Hoffman on the film, and she later revealed that he slapped her and taunted her on set when the cameras were off.

In 1981, she played Sarah / Anna in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Her films in 1982 include Still of the Night and Sophie’s Choice. Streep went on to win the Best Actress Academy Award for her leading role in Sophie’s Choice.

After this, she gave worked on various films and gave award-nominated roles in Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark, Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, etc.

Similarly, in 2003, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Adaptation. Another one of her classic films came out in 2007; The Devil Wears Prada. Then, 2009 saw the release of Doubt and Julie & Julia was released in 2010.

Finally, in 2012, The Iron Lady came out, and Streep’s role won her a Best Actress Academy Award. In addition to her, Oscar awards she has also won multiple Golden Globes and BAFTAs. As of March 2020, she has been nominated for 407 awards and has won 149 of them.

During her long and illustrious career, she has worked with Jack Nicholson, Colin Firth, Anne Hathaway, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, etc.


In addition to being the Iron Lady of Hollywood, she is also an active philanthropist who has donated millions via various organizations she is involved with. She once donated $10,000 each to two separate educational charities.

Streep giving a speech at a charity event at the National Women's History Museum
Streep giving a speech at a charity event at the National Women’s History Museum
Source: Money

She is also involved with over 16 charities including CHIME FOR CHANGE, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, American Foundation for AIDS Research, National Woman’s History Museum, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, etc.

Other superstars like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, etc. have also supported the same charities.

Short Biography

Meryl Streep was born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, the U.S. to Mary Wilkinson Streep and Harry William Streep, Jr. She grew up with two younger brothers, Harry William Streep III and Dana David Streep.

Streep with her husband Don Gummer
Streep with her husband Don GummerSource: Heavy

The actress has German and Swiss heritage from her father’s side, along with English, German, and Irish heritage from her mother’s side. Her mother encouraged her to become an actress from a very young age, even comparing her to Dame Judy Dench.

She was born in Summit but raised Presbyterian, where she attended Cedar Hill Elementary School. Later she went to Bernards High School. She passed BA cum laude from Vassar College and later received an MFA from Yale in 1975.

Many people close to Streep have said that she lives a relatively normal personal life despite being the star that she is.

As for her relationships, she is married to Don Gummer as of March 2020, the pair have 4 children Henry Wolfe Gummer, Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer, Grace Jane Gummer, and Louisa Jacobson Gummer.

Before this, she had a partner named John Cazale, that she lived with him for 3 years from 1976 to 1978. He died from lung cancer in March 1978.