Robert De Niro is an American actor known for his portrayal of violent gangster characters in Martin Scorsese’s biopics. The two-time Academy Award winner is considered one of the greatest actors of the era and is heavily praised for his method-acting performances.
How Rich Is Legendary Actor Robert De Niro?
Robert De Niro is one of the richest actors in Hollywood amassing his fortune from his Oscar-winning performances as well as an array of investments in hospitality and the foundation of Tribeca Film Empire. The veteran actor has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
From Acting In Commercials To AFI Life Achievement Award
Robert De Niro’s first acting gig on television came in the form of a commercial of a trendy Kia Car in 1970. He appeared as extras or minor characters in movies before he was cast as a supporting character in Martin Scorsese’s movie Mean Streets along with Harvey Keitel.
In 1974, De Niro scored the role of young Vito Corleone in the second installment of The Godfather trilogy. He learned to speak in the Sicilian dialect and spoke Italian in most parts of the movie.
For this performance, De Niro was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, making him the only actor along with Marlon Brando to win an Oscar for portraying the same fictional character.
Working together in Mean Streets set a foundation for great working chemistry between Martin Scorsese and De Niro. The pair went on to work together in eight more movies, Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995) and The Irishman (2019).
Among the movies, De Niro was nominated for Oscar for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, and The Irishman, all for Best Actor, winning for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in Raging Bull.
The result of his nomination for playing Frank Sheeran in The Irishman is still pending. He starred in The Irishman alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. His other Oscar nominations come from Awakening, The Deer Hunter, and Silver Linings Playbook.
De Niro has also appeared in comedy movies such as Meet the Parents, Dirty Grandpa, What Just Happened and Flawless. The recent movies of De Niro include The Wizard of Lies, Joker, and The Irishman.
The veteran actor is set to appear in an untitled Amazon show for which he is expected to receive $775,000. The salaries De Niro collected from his movies are given below in the table:
|Taxi Driver (1976)||$35,000|
|The Last Tycoon (1976)||$200,000 + percentage of gross|
|The Untouchables (1987)||$3,000,000|
|Midnight Run (1988)||$5,000,000|
|Stanley & Iris (1990)||$3,500,000|
|Analyze This (1999)||$8,000,000|
|Meet the Parents (2000)||$13,500,000|
|The Score (2001)||$15,000,000|
|Analyze That (2002)||$20,000,000|
|Meet the Fockers (2004)||$20,000,000|
|Little Fockers (2010)||$20,000,000|
|Untitled David O. Russell Project||$775,000 per episode|
In 2003, Robert De Niro was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contribution to Hollywood.
A Potential Billion-Dollar Franchise
Robert De Niro invested in the money he earned from acting in the Hospitality industry. He co-founded a restaurant called Nobu in 1994 with Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Meir Teper.
The business launched into the stratosphere and now has evolved into a franchise with more than three dozen restaurants and eight luxury hotels. The franchise, which is named Nobu Hospitality LLC, is expected to have a revenue of $1 billion by 2023.
De Niro also owns the Tribeca Grill that is located in New York.
Founding The Tribeca Film Empire
In 2003, De Niro founded Tribeca Enterprise with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The enterprise network branches into Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas, and Tribeca Film. The companies are in an upward trend in increasing business by a quarter every year.
Robert De Niro owned a deluxe penthouse apartment in Manhattan, New York consisting of 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms built over an area of 11,000 sq. Ft. The property was evaluated at $39.8 million is no longer owned by the actor.
The 76-year-old lived in Montauk in a residence of 2,278 sq. Ft surrounded by 1.5 acres of property. He was set to replace the old house with a 2,554 square feet house in 2017.
De Niro also owns a 78-acre property in Gardiner, New York where he resides currently. The method-actor owns a Maserati GranTurismo which is valued at $110,000 along with a Flyer R200 Jetski worth $13,000.
Personal Life: Bio, Married, Kids
Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. was born on August 17, 1943, in Manhattan, New York to Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr. His father was a well-recognized painter and impressionist.
His father’s side of the family belonged to Irish and Italian ancestry, and his mother came from Dutch, English, French, and Germany descent. His parents divorced when he was two years old after his father came out as a homosexual man.
De Niro frequently changed school but never managed to graduate from high school.
The actor has been married twice, once to Diahnne Abbott whom he met on the set of the movie Taxi Driver and married in 1976. De Niro also adopted Abbott’s daughter Drena De Niro from her previous relationship. The marriage lasted 12 years before ending up in a divorce in 1988.
De Niro had a rocky relationship with his second wife, Grace Hightower. He married Hightower in 1997 and had a son Elliot with her in 1998. In 2016, De Niro opened up about his son Elliot having autism. The couple split in 1999 never finalizing their divorce and renewed their vows in 2004 and had a daughter in 2011 through surrogacy. De Niro and Hightower split again in 2018.
Robert De Niro has two more kids with the model Toukie Smith in 1995. The twin kids were conceived via Vitro-fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother. In addition to being a father of six children, De Niro is also a grandfather to five kids. His adopted daughter Drena has two kids while his son Raphael has three kids.
In October of 2003, De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he underwent surgery in December at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.