|Net Worth:||100$ Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Actor, Model, Voice Actor|
|Country of Origin:||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Age:||Jun 4, 1975 (44 years old)|
|Real Name:||Angelina Jolie Voight|
|Spouse:||Brad Pitt (m. 2014–2016), Billy Bob Thornton (m. 2000–2003), Jonny Lee Miller (m. 1996–1999)|
|Parents:||Jon Voight, Marcheline Bertrand|
|Children:||Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt|
|Height:||5ft 6 ½ (168.9 cm)|
|Last Updated:||March, 2020|
Angelina Jolie, the Richest American Female Actresses, with a Net Worth of $160 Million
Started her career as a child actor, Angelina Jolie became a Hollywood starlet and one of the biggest success stories in the film industry. Apart from her love for acting, she is also known for her philanthropic and humanitarian work. Being the daughter of actor John Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, she was inspired towards acting as a profession after watching films with her mother. She entered the world of films in her early teenage years by modeling and appearing in various music videos, and working with small theatre productions.
Her life revolves around her acting career, humanitarian work and her children while dealing with her mental health issues. Now at the age of 43, she is one of the most respectful personalities across the world with an estimated net worth of $100 million.
Early Life and Troubled Childhood
Born on June 4, 1975, she was surrounded by parents who belonged to the world of movies. However, in 1976, after her parents got separated, her mother sacrificed her acting career to raise her children. When Jolie was a child she often used to watch films with her mother, which inspired her towards a career in acting. She decided to get enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in various stage productions.
However, she always felt isolated and difficult to emotionally connect with other people because of her troubled life in school, where other children teased her for wearing glasses and braces as well as being extremely thin. As a result of this, she self-harmed herself and later when asked during an interview about this phase in her life, she commented, “For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me.” By the age of 20, she started suffering from insomnia and eating disorder and began experimenting with every drug possible. The point of inflexion came when at the age of 24 she experienced a nervous breakdown and was admitted to UCLA Medical Center’s psychiatric ward for 72 hours. This was the worst point and she found stability after adopting her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan. On this, she commented, “I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again.”
Her Successful Acting Career
Angelina Jolie made her acting debut in 1982 with movie Lookin’ to Get Out and later appeared in various movies including Hackers (1995), Without Evidence (1995), Love Is All There Is (1996), and Foxfire (1996). She finally landed a big leading role in 1999 alongside actor Denzel Washington with the film called The Bone Collector. Over the years, she acquired more fame after appearing in films like Girl, Interrupted (1999), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
In 2005, she made a comeback to major box office success with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, opposite Brad Pitt. Even though the movie received mixed reviews, Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the seventh-highest grossing picture of 2005 and remained Jolie’s highest-grossing live-action film for the next 10 years, with global earnings of $478.2 million Another film for which she was nominated in both Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award was Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd (2006). Later in 2006 she appeared in Beowulf (2007), which was critically and commercially well-received and earned $196.4 million worldwide. By the year 2008, Jolie was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $15–$20 million per film.
She was proving to be a commercially successful actress with her role in the action film Wanted (2008). Being an international success, it earned $341.4 million worldwide. Later she received nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for Best Actress.
This was the golden era for Jolie. However, after her mother’s death in 2007, she started to appear less in films as her motivation to act was her mother. After good two years, she came back in a thriller, Salt (2010), and became an international success with earnings of $293.5 million. She cemented her position amongst the international audiences with another film in 2010, The Tourist, which even though didn’t land well domestically bit earned $278.3 million worldwide.
Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Jolie was named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo for raising awareness of the war. After this, she disappeared for three-and-a-half-years and returned with Maleficent in 2014. The film made nearly $70 million at the North American box office and over $100 million in other markets in the opening weekend itself. The film made gross $757.8 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year and Jolie’s highest-grossing film ever. In the same year, she made her second directorial venture with film Unbroken and also served as producer under her Jolie Pas banner. The film outperformed industry expectations and made over $163 million worldwide.
Recently she appeared in Disney fantasy sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), which wasn’t well-received by the critics. Currently, she is working on a film opposite David Oyelowo in the fantasy film Come Away and will star in Taylor Sheridan’s thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, based on Michael Koryta’s novel of the same name.
Her honorable humanitarian work
In 2001, when Angelina Jolie was working for film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia, she experienced a greater understanding of the world. After returning back from shooting, she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to learn more on the conditions of the troubled areas across the world. To get a personal understanding she began visiting refugee camps. After that, she came back to Cambodia to meet Afghan refugees in Pakistan and donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, which was $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. In 2001, she was named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters.
During the next 10 years, she visited more than 40 field missions across over 30 countries. In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres, the first to take on such a position within the organization, after her work for over a decade.
Jolie was also part of Conservation and community development. She purchased Samlout national park’s 60,000 hectares and converted that into a wildlife reserve under the name the Maddox Jolie Project. Appreciating the efforts, King Norodom Sihamoni awarded her Cambodian citizenship on July 31, 2005. Later she extended the project to create Asia’s first Millennium Village, as per the UN development goals. She also became the patron of the Harnas Wildlife Foundation, a wildlife orphanage and medical center in the Kalahari Desert and also established the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to support conservation work by the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary.
2003 and onwards, Jolie started pushing her humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, saying “As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that’s the way to move the ball.” She is also a part of a network of leading U.S. law firms that provide free legal aid to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings across the U.S. Above and over this, Jolie also advocates for child education and has co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which provides policy and funding to education programs for children in conflict-affected regions.
Recognition and honors
Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian work was appreciated worldwide. Below is the list of recognition and honors received by her:
- August 2002 – Inaugural Humanitarian Award from the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program
- October 2003 – The first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association.
- October 2005 – Awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA.
- November 2007 – Received the Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee.
- October 2011 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented her with a gold pin reserved for the most long-serving staff, in recognition of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
- November 2013 – Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Academy Award, from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- June 2014 – Appointed as an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for her services to the UK’s foreign policy and campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones.
- October 2014 – Queen Elizabeth II presented her with the insignia of her honorary damehood during a private ceremony.
Her relationship with Brad Pitt and her children
Angelina Jolie fell for Brad Pitt during Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but didn’t admit it as an affair saying, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.” Until 2006, both Brad Pitt and Jolie didn’t confirm on the nature of their relationship but were made to do when Jolie confirmed that she was pregnant with his child. After the initial scandal, “Brangelina” soon became the power couple in the film industry and were a hot subject of worldwide media coverage. The family grew to now include six children of which three were adopted.
The six children include three daughters and three sons. She adopted her first child on March 10, 2002. While filming for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and on a UNHCR field mission, she and her then-husband Billy Bob met Maddox and subsequently applied to adopt him from an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia. Later in 2005, she adopted a daughter, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After Brad Pitt and Jolie’s marriage both the kids were adopted by Pitt as well.
Considering the media attention surrounding them at all times, Jolie and Pitt travelled to Namibia for the birth of their first biological child and gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund. In 2007, Jolie adopted a son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and later in 2008 Cannes Film Festival; she announced that she was expecting twins – Knox and Vivienne.
The couple announced their engagement in April 2012 and got married on August 23, 2014, at their estate Château Miraval in Correns, France. However, just after two years of marriage, the couple got separated in September 2016. During the divorce fillings, Jolie requested physical custody of their children. On April 12, 2019, the court restored Jolie and Pitt to single status.
Net Worth of Angelina Jolie
A Hollywood starlet who began her film career in the 1990s, Angelina Jolie is one of the richest actresses of all time. She is featured in over 30 feature films, earned two Oscars, three Golden Globes, she is constantly making millions.
Jolie earned a lot from various endorsement deals like various celebrities. One of such is a $12 million contract with the clothing brand St. John. Other is a $10 million deal with Louis Vuitton in 2011. However, the majority of her net worth is attributed to her work as an actress.
When Jolie was married to Brad Pitt, they splurged their wealth in various interests such as purchasing a Cirrus SR22 jet, which is estimated to be of $334,700 worth and they also bought Virgin Galactic tickets to outer space, which have a base price of $200,000 each. Moreover, Jolie appears consistently on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses. In 2015, she was placed at No. 7 on the list, with earnings of $15 million.
Being one of the highest-paid actresses, Jolie demands a hefty sum. The actress received $33 million for her role in Disney’s “Maleficent”. Recently, Jolie gave her voice for Tigress in “Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016),” which grossed over $41 million domestically in its opening weekend itself.
Over the year, Angelina Jolie has not only been a very successful actress but also a compassionate global person to look up to by billions of people.
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