Some people want to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, or even scientists. However, at least to a certain extent, everyone wants to be famous. In a society as driven by social media and exposure as today’s, being famous has never been more valuable of an asset. Especially considering the multitude of social media platforms today, there are consequently so many more ways to accumulate a following than there have ever been before. Seriously, does anyone know what any of those Instagram models really do, besides taking photos promoting the most recent brand of “tea for fit people?” In this case, famous people are being paid just to be themselves. This directly juxtaposes Hollywood actors, who are usually paid to be anyone but themselves. It’s rare however, to find someone who appeals to so many people, that they’ve amassed wealth and a following through both their acting skill, and simply because of who they are. Well, we’ve thankfully been graced with the other worldly presence of someone like this before, and his name is Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt has it all. For starters, he’s devilishly good looking, and that’s probably still selling it short. Born with a charm so legendary within pop culture, it’s almost as if this man was born in the image of Zeus himself. He’s also married to Angelina Jolie, which is a whole different level of success entirely. At the root of it all though, Brad Pitt is an actor. That’s what people know him for. Amassing a net worth of $240 million throughout his career, Brad Pitt is worth more than many others in his field. With that being said, what sets Brad Pitt apart from others? How did he amass this fortune over the span of his very successful career?
Brad Pitt Net Worth – $240 Million
How did Brad Pitt Accumulate His Wealth?
William Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on the 18th of December, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Taking his early life as an example, it was very evident that Brad would grow up to be a talented individual. During his time at Kickapoo High School, Brad delved into a very broad range of activities. On the athletic side, he was a member of the swimming team, the golf team, and the tennis team. He also, however, satisfied any creative and academic desires through his participation in the school’s forensics club, school debates, and participating in school musicals. After high school, Brad attended the University of Missouri, intending to major in journalism and advertising. As he made further progress into his degree however, he began to truly discover his passion for film and acting, and opted to drop out to pursue these very passions. Dropping out of college a mere two weeks before graduation, Pitt decided to move to Los Angeles to take acting lessons and be at the center of film culture. Needless to say, this would turn out to be a pretty good call.
While success would with no doubt come at a later date for Pitt, his acting career took off to a rather rocky start. In the 1994 romantic horror film Interview with the Vampire, Pitt had the support of a star studded cast behind him. Featuring talents like Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas, it’s no wonder that the movie was generally met with positive reviews. Pitt’s performance, however, was not met with quite the same positivity from critics. Regardless, his role in the film would bring him two MTV movie awards, and would mark the beginning of a road of acting successes.
Following the success of Interview with the Vampire, Pitt starred in the 1994 epic drama film Legends of the Fall. During the four day weekend that comprised the film’s wide release, it reached number one in the US box office, grossing a total of $14 million. The film would then go on to earn a box office total of over $160 million. Contrasting Interview with the Vampire, Legends of the Fall was actually met with mixed critical responses. Pitt’s performance, however, was praised. So much so, that he would receive his first nomination for a Golden Globe Award for his role.
In essence, these two performances encapsulate the entirety of Pitt’s career as an actor. Throughout the years, Pitt has taken part in a variety of films that became either box office successes, received critical acclaim, or in a lot of cases, both. For example, Pitt starred in the 1999 film Fight Club, one of the films for which he is most known. Although the film was somewhat of a box office disappointment, and mixed critical reviews, Pitt’s performance as Tyler Durden was praised enormously. The movie has since become a cult classic, and is known to arguably one of the best films Pitt has played a role in. Thus, because of his popularity, it’s quite easy to see how his films have amassed him his multi hundred million dollar fortune. The release of 2001’s heist film Ocean’s Eleven, featured some of Hollywood’s highest profile actors. George Clooney, Matt Damon, from the casting stage the movie was destined to be filled with ungodly amounts of charm and male bravado. The movie on its own would continue to make over $450 million in the box office. In addition, the film would spawn a trilogy, and while Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen wouldn’t reach quite the same level of box office success, they would still each go on to easily cash in for over $300 million. With his career filled with other box office hits such as Inglorious Basterds, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt has cruised his way to the big bucks, and deservedly so.
Brad Pitt’s Personal Life and FAQ’s
Is Brad Pitt Married?
It’s appropriate that such a high profile personality has an equally poised and respected individual as his wife. In 1998, Brad Pitt married actress of NBC’s hit situational comedy, Friends, Jennifer Aniston. However, in early 2005 the couple decided to separate, ultimately getting divorced later that same year. It wasn’t before long until Pitt began dating his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. Dubbed as “Brangelina,” this Hollywood power couple took the world by storm, dating until 2014 when they finally married during a private ceremony.
Does Brad Pitt Have Kids?
Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie have six children, three of which were adopted from third world nations. Their first child, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt was actually adopted by Jolie in early 2002, and Pitt later adopted him in early 2006. Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt was adopted by the couple in 2006, followed by Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt in 2007. Angelina gave birth to her first child, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on the 27th of May, 2006. Two years later, the couple had twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, who were born on the 12th of July, 2008.