Sir Ridley Scott is an avant-garde filmmaker whose visionary ideas and concepts have shaped cinema for generations to come.
A connoisseur of H.G. Wells novels and deeply inspired by Stanley Kubrick‘s 1968 epic sci-fi cult classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ridley is considered by some to be the heir apparent to Kubrick, not just in terms of their visual filmmaking style, but in terms of the themes they deal with: themes such as life, mortality, artificial intelligence, and sentience.
Since 1965, Ridley Scott has wowed audiences with his profoundly impactful and deeply moving movies: a movie catalogue that boasts such titles such as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Martian, and Alien: Covenant.
In this article, we look at the net worth of a pioneering filmmaker in Ridley Scott and highlight his life’s work.
How Much Is Ridley Scott Worth? How Did He Make His Wealth?
As of April 2020, Sir Ridley Scott is worth $400 million. One of the most revered filmmakers of all time, his film exudes with artistic expression, a dystopian
Ridley Scott was talked out of joining the military by his father and instead pursuing his dream of becoming a filmmaker. After interning with BBC’s production team, Ridley and his younger brother, Tony Scott, founded the film and commercial production company, Ridley Scott Associates (RSA). He and his brother spent the next ten years producing some of the most acclaimed TV commercials.
His first mainstream success came with the 1979 sci-fi-horror movie, Alien. The movie and its female protagonist, Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), would become cult phenomenons that are still talked about to this day.
Ridley followed that up with the 1982 dystopian-cyberpunk movie, Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. Upon its initial release, the movie received tepid critical reception and underperformed at the box office, but would gain cult status due to its profound themes and its influence in popularizing cyberpunk.
Scott gained further popularity with the 2000 historical drama movie, Gladiator. It won the lead, Russell Crowe, an Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Academy Award for Best Film with three additional Oscar wins.
Scott went on to make many blockbusters and critically revered movies throughout the ensuing two decades, most notable of which included movies like American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012), The Martian (2015), and Alien: Covenant (2017).
For his invaluable contributions to cinema, Ridley has received lifetime honours, including a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema, an induction into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was also knighted in 2003 for his “services to the British film industry”.
In 1996, Ridley dropped $5,300,000 to land a Holmby Hills mansion from Neil Diamond. The 11,662 square-foot mansion had 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
Additionally, Ridley was also once a proud owner of a Malibu beachfront property that went up for sale in August 2015 at $9,500,000: around $2 million less than what Ridley originally sold it for in 2006. The 1930s English-cottage-styled villa stood on 4,000 square feet of prime Malibu property. The four-bedroom and five-bathroom home had a vintage kitchen, a screened porch, and a deck upon which to look out at the coastline.
Ridley Scott also purchased a luxury home in Los Angeles, California, in January 2018 for him and his wife; the house set him back $6,000,000.
Box Office Earnings Of Ridley Scott’s Movies
|Movie Title||Budget||Box Office Revenue|
|Blade Runner (1982)||$28,000,000||$32,768,670|
|Black Hawk Down (2001)||$92,000,000||$172,989,651|
|Kingdom of Heaven (2005)||$130,000,000||$211,652,051|
|American Gangster (2007)||$100,000,000||$265,697,825|
|Robin Hood (2010)||$200,000,000||$321,669,730|
|Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)||$200,000,000||$268,031,828|
|The Martian (2015)||$108,000,000||$630,161,890|
|Alien: Covenant (2017)||$97,000,000||$240,745,764|
Early Life, Childhood, And Education
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, County Durham, England. The middle child born to Colonel Francis Percy Scott and Elizabeth Williams, Ridley was born into a military family at the time World War II was ravaging Europe.
Ridley considered joining the military like his father and older brother, Frank, but his father instead pushed him towards filmmaking. Ridley joined West Hartlepool College of Art and then the Royal College of Art and pushed for the college to establish a film department. He graduated in 1963 and worked as a trainee set designer for BBC.
When he was unsatisfied with the pay, he and his young brother, Tony Scott, started their own film and commercial production company, Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) in 1968. For 10 years, Ridley and Tony made numerous TV commercials that aired prominently on British TV.
Ridley would outlive both his older brother, whom he lost to skin cancer in 1980; and his younger brother, who committed suicide in 2012. Ridley and Tony had also been business partners since their RSA days, and they founded the film and TV production company, Scott Free.
Marriage, Relationships, And Children
To date, Ridley Scott has been married three times and has fathered three children.
His first marriage happened with Felicity Heywood. They married on March 2, 1964, and had two sons together, Jake Scott, born in 1965, and Luke Scott, born on May 1, 1968. Both Jake and Scott have followed in their father’s footsteps and have directorial credits attached to their résumé.
Ridley and Felicity ended up getting divorced, which was finalized on December 15, 1975.
Ridley started going out with advertising executive, Sandy Watson, and in 1977, welcomed his first child with Sandy (and his third child altogether), daughter Jordan Scott. Jordan grew up to be a photographer and a filmmaker, most known for directing movies like Cracks, Portrait, and Never Never.
They officially got married on May 24, 1979. They separated after nearly a decade together, and their divorce was finalized on January 12, 1989.
Ridley married for a third time to the Costa Rican actress, Giannina Facio, in June 2015. Facio has been a staple of Ridley Scott movies since 2000 and has appeared in nearly all of his movies since 2000’s Gladiator.