West Philadelphia native Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., better known as Will Smith, made his first million before he reached 20 years of age. With a Will Smith net worth of $240 million, he stands out as one of entertainment’s most bankable stars and also is known as a Renaissance Man because he can act, sing, write music, and take on a host of other talents without experiencing any difficulties or uncertainty. He has said in an interview that his SAT scores could have landed him entry to prestigious MIT. However, his passion has always centered on performing, acting, and recording music. He partnered with his friend DJ Jazzy Jeff and, dubbing himself the Fresh Prince, went on to begin his musical career in 1988, winning his first Grammy that year.
His net worth also stems in part from his acting endeavors. He starred in the widely praised comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as a character with the same name, Will Smith. His co-stars include Alphonso Ribeiro, James Avery, and Joseph Marcell. The show ran from 1990 to 1996 and made Will Smith a household name. After the show ended, he went on to star in blockbusters movies like Wild, Wild West, Independence Day, and the Men in Black series. He contributed to the soundtracks of the movies in which he starred, solidifying his presence as a true Hollywood talent and a star who has the versatility to make or break a project.
His net worth is expected to grow as he continues to star in movies and make music. In fact, in 2014 he starred in Winter’s Tale. He will also appear in 2015’s Focus and 2016’s Concussion and Suicide Squad. He has three children and is married to fellow actor Jada Pinkett. His two youngest children have followed in his footsteps by launching their own musical and acting careers.
How Much Is Will Smith Worth Now?
With an estimated Will Smith net worth standing at close to $240 million, Will Smith has the capability of controlling his career as he sees fit. In recent years, he has backed away from his Fresh Prince persona and instead focused on transforming his career into one of a mature and bankable actor and singer. He has starred several times with his son Jaden in feature films. The father-son duo has appeared in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth. He also has helped his daughter Willow launch her own singing career. He had a creative hand in her song “Whip My Hair”, which contributed to the song making a strong presence in the Top 100 charts.
Along with starring in movies and recording music, Smith also develops and produces films and records. In fact, in 2008 he was reportedly in the process of creating a film to be called The Last Pharoah. He is also reportedly going to appear in the film Game Brain, a project in which he is said to have some creative influence as well. These upcoming projects, combined with his past endeavors, arguably will add more to his net worth, which is already one of the highest among actors and singers in Hollywood.
His past endeavors continue to influence the work he accepts in the future. In fact, as a beloved action hero star, Smith is in high demand, particularly when his films are made into sequels. IMDB.com reports that he will reprise some of his most popular past roles in the next few years. He will appear as Detective Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys 3, as well as John Hancock in Hancock 2. Both films are scheduled for release in 2016.