How much is Richard Gere worth?
|Net Worth:||$125 Million
|Date of Birth:||August 31, 1949|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Richard Gere
Richard Gere is a famous American actor who is also well known for his activism. He has appeared in over 50 movies and won numerous awards including two Golden Globes for Best Actor.
American actor Richard Gere has a net worth of $125 million dollars, as of 2020.
In The Beginning
Richard Gere was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came from humble beginnings. His mother was a homemaker and his father was an insurance salesman. His big break as an actor came whilst he was studying philosophy at The University of Massachusetts on a gymnastics scholarship. He dropped out when he won the lead role in a musical production of Grease in London. Following his success, he continued with some further stage and screen roles until in 1978 he traveled to Nepal. In Tibet, he spent time with a group of monks and lamas, and his interest in Buddhism grew. This trip seemed to inspire him, and, on his return, he played the part of a concentration camp survivor in the stage show “Brent” for which he received the Theatre World Award in 1980.
This led to his lead role in the movie American Gigolo which established him as a major Hollywood star. His success was followed by his lead role in the Oscar-winning movie Officer and a Gentleman in 1982. This movie was a pivotal moment in Gere’s career. It has an iconic closing scene featuring him in full naval uniform sweeping his lover off her feet which established him as an important romantic lead. The music from the film won several Tony Awards and the memorable song Up Where We Belong, which accompanied his famous scene, helped to put Richard Gere in the public eye.
How Did Richard Gere Get So Rich?
Richard Gere demonstrated a talent for getting lead roles in films that become iconic. In 1990, he starred in Pretty Woman alongside Julia Roberts, a popular actress with a huge following. The ’90s was a decade in which romantic comedies were popular and had the potential to become enormous box office hits. Pretty Woman was indeed a huge hit and it won The People’s Choice Award for Best Movie. This commercial success ensured that fans clamored for another partnering between Gere and Roberts. In 1992 they both starred in Runaway Bride. This was yet another commercial success earning Richard Gere $12 million.
Alongside his commercial success, Richard Gere is famous for his humanitarian work. He is a practicing Buddhist who has met several times with the Dalai Llama. He has visited refugee camps in war-torn Nicaragua as well as establishing a non-profit organization called Tibet House which promotes the preservation of Tibetan culture. He is also a supporter of Survival International which helps to protect the lives of tribal peoples all around the world. He is a well-known activist who is known for being highly principled. In 1993 he was banned from being a presenter at The Oscars when he publicly denounced the Chinese Government. Later he made headlines in 1994 when he opened Harrod’s sale in London, donating all of his $50000 fees to Survival.
What Makes Him So Successful?
Richard Gere has certainly had some recognition for his acting talents. He was listed as one of 12 “Promising New Actors of 1977” and went on to get Golden Globes for Best Actor in Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman. He also got a Golden Globe for his performance in Chicago in 2003. He showed his dedication to that film by training to tap dance for 5 months. In total, he has collected over 18 awards for his performances. Most recently, in 2012, he received an award for his distinguished contribution to the art of film from the George Eastman Museum.
His success may also be down to his classic good looks. In 1991 he was chosen by “People” magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. This will certainly have helped him to establish himself as a romantic lead. It may also have helped him to have relationships with many high-profile beautiful women. As well as being married to the supermodel Cindy Crawford between 1991-1995, he has in the past been linked with Priscilla Presley, Barbra Streisand, and Kim Basinger. These liaisons kept his profile high and he and Cindy Crawford were even voted “sexiest couple” in 1993. He is currently married to Spanish activist Alejandra Silva.
His dedication to his favored humanitarian causes shows he has passion and drive to achieve. Driven by his Buddhist principles he has made many headlines by raising awareness about a variety of issues. He has created some notoriety through his actions including an event where he was promoting AIDS awareness in India. He dipped the Bollywood superstar Shilpa Shetty for a dramatic kiss and was subsequently arrested for indecency. Of course, the story made the headlines once again.
It seems that Richard Gere is rich, famous, and successful because first and foremost he has a natural talent for acting. He has made the most of opportunities to invent himself as a romantic lead alongside other more serious roles and shown a dedication to learning new skills to gain other roles. These commercial successes have brought him fame and rich financial rewards.
His good looks have made him popular with women and he has a big fan base which has driven Hollywood producers to create movies for him. He has also created headlines with his romantic liaisons ensuring that his name is often in the celebrity news. He has capitalized on his looks both financially when winning romantic lead roles and by increasing his fame.
It is refreshing to see that alongside his monetary success he has continued to abide by his own philosophies as a Buddhist and persevere with his humanitarian work ensuring that his fame and fortune are put to good use. His dedication to raising awareness of issues and traveling all over the globe to further these causes indicate that he has a drive and ambition which goes much further than Hollywood.