Robert De Niro is considered one of the greatest method actors of all time. He has built an illustrious acting career spanning nearly six decades and has delivered some of the most memorable performances in cinematic history. His immense contribution to films has amassed him an estimated net worth of $500 million.
Career in Showbiz
De Niro’s acting career took off in 1973 when he received widespread critical acclaim and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Johnny Boy in Mean Streets directed by Martin Scorsese. This marked the beginning of his highly successful collaboration with Scorsese.
De Niro went on to star in some of the most iconic films of the 1970s including The Godfather Part II in 1974 for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, playing the young Vito Corleone.
His portayal of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver in 1976 earned him another Best Actor nomination. But it was his role as Jake LaMotta in Scorsese’s Raging Bull in 1980 that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor and cemented his status as one of the greatest method actors ever.
At the peak of his illustrious career, De Niro was able to command multi-million dollar salaries, earning $5 million for Casino in 1995 and a whopping $20 million for Meet the Parents in 2000. Now in his late 70s, he continues to act consistently, appearing in around three films per year.
In addition to his highly successful acting career, De Niro ventured into entrepreneurship by co-founding the popular Nobu restaurant empire in 1994 along with celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa and producer Meir Teper.
The idea was conceived after De Niro frequented Matsuhisa’s restaurant in Los Angeles. There are currently over 40 Nobu locations around the world, with restaurants in prime locations and luxury hotels bearing the brand name.
Nobu is a global sensation generating around $1 billion in annual revenue through a strategic partnership with Caesar’s Palace. As co-founder, De Niro maintains ownership stakes in the various Nobu restaurants and hotels, contributing steadily to his net worth.
Investments and Assets
Robert De Niro has made shrewd investments, especially in luxury real estate and entertainment ventures. He owns lavish properties in New York, London, and Los Angeles worth over $100 million. This includes his sprawling estate in Gardiner, New York and a penthouse in Manhattan.
De Niro also has ownership stakes in several high-profile restaurants and hotels including The Greenwich Hotel, Locanda Verde, and the James Hotel in New York. He co-founded the TriBeCa film studio and TriBeCa Film Festival, which have become New York institutions. De Niro also set up his own production company in 2003 called Tribeca Productions.
After the devastating 9/11 attacks, De Niro was at the forefront of the efforts to revive lower Manhattan neighborhoods by co-founding the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2002. The festival brought in over 150,000 attendees annually and attracted new restaurants, residents, and businesses to the TriBeCa area.
He also invested around $100 million of his personal wealth into TriBeCa Properties, developing restaurants, hotels, and luxury residential properties in lower Manhattan. This helped spur the revitalization of the region. De Niro continues to be actively involved with the festival as a sponsor.
With his phenomenally successful career as one of the greatest actors of all time, ownership of an empire of restaurants generating billions in revenue, astute investments in real estate and business ventures, and philanthropic spirit, Robert De Niro has accumulated an estimated personal fortune of $500 million. His contributions have reshaped the film industry and the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York.