Whether you know Dwayne Johnson from the movies, television, or his stint as a professional wrestler, a lot of fans are unaware of his humble beginnings. When you think of rags-to-riches stories, Dwayne might not come to mind—but he definitely should.
In fact, Dwayne credits a lot of his success to the poverty he experienced growing up. Following a period of homelessness in Dwayne's youth, he pledged to himself that he would work tirelessly to ensure that neither he, nor his family would ever be in that predicament ever again. It was that adversity that helped DJ to develop his personal philosophy for success.
"Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room."
That's the mantra that The Rock used to go from wrestling at flea markets for $50, all the way to being the highest paid actor in the world.
What is Dwayne Johnson’s Net Worth in 2022?
Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is $400 million in 2022.
|Net Worth||$400 Million|
|Birthday||May 2, 1972|
|Profession||Actor, Producer, Investor|
In 2019, Johnson topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors by making $89.4 million. His noteworthy projects for the year included Hobbs & Shaw (a Fast & Furious spin off), an action film Skyscraper, and the HBO comedy Ballers which he made $700,000 per episode for appearing in.
In 2020, Johnson repeated his success by becoming the top-earning actor for the second year in a row by making $87.5 million. His highest-paying role for the year was reportedly the Netflix film Red Notice that earned him $23.5 million. He’s also continued to have success with his Under Armour line.
Here is a summary of Johnson’s earnings and rankings among the highest-paid actors over the past five years:
- 2020 - $87.5 million (1)
- 2019 - $89.4 million (1)
- 2018 - $124 million (2)
- 2017 - $65 million (2)
- 2016 - $64.5 million (1)
With Johnson now earning in excess of $20 million per film, a growing career as a producer, and success as an endorser, Johnson’s net worth seems very likely to continue on its upward trajectory.
How Did Dwayne Johnson Make His Money?
Although he took an unconventional path to superstardom on the big screen, his career and net worth are trending up in a major way. By earning more than $20 million per starring role, working as a producer, and having success with endorsements, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a versatile star who’s still on the rise.
Although most people know that Dwayne Johnson was a wrestler before he became the world’s highest-paid actor, many people don’t realize that he played football prior to his pro wrestling career. Johnson was a member of the University of Miami football team from 1990-1994, including the 1991 national championship team. He played defensive tackle, serving as the backup to Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.
After college, Johnson signed with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders but was cut during his first season, ending his football career and his life-long dream of being a pro football player.
DJ openly admits that the end of his football career brought on a deep depression that he struggled to shake. However, looking back on it now, he recognizes that his football career collapsing may have been the best thing that ever happened to him.
After being released from the Canadian football league, DJ decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia. Both of whom previously worked for professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon as part of the World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE.
Even though Johnson was a 3rd generation legacy, his path to success was rocky (pun intended) at best. Debuting in 1996 as a character by the name of "Rocky Maivia", he was ceremoniously booed by a sell out crowd at Madison Square Garden. It would take over a year before DJ found his footing in pro wrestling by putting more of his own personality into his character. In 1997, he began referring to himself as “The Rock” and he adopted a brash sharp-tongued persona that caught on like wildfire among fans, and caught the eye of mainstream media.
By 1998, he had become the WWF champion and a bona fide superstar. Johnson’s success in the ring continued for several years until his contract with the WWE ended in 2004 and he retired from wrestling to pursue acting.
During his wrestling career, Johnson had a few minor TV appearances, but he landed his first movie role in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, which would then lead to a starring role in a sequel to the Mummy, entitled The Scorpion King.
In 2004, Johnson earned a starring role in Walking Tall, around the same time he was retiring from wrestling. After his wrestling career was over, Johnson's acting career, and his earning power, continued to grow. He’s had roles in movies like Be Cool, Get Smart, Pain & Gain, San Andreas, Baywatch, Jungle Cruise, and as the voice of Maui in Disney’s Moana.
However, his recurring roles in the Fast & Furious and Jumanji series have been his most prominent parts.
A significant piece of Johnson’s wealth is due to the structure of his contracts. Johnson has the business savvy to negotiate backend deals that pay him up to 15% of the box office revenue for his films. Since most of his films are blockbusters, he does quite well for himself.
In 2012, Johnson started a production company Seven Bucks Productions with his ex-wife Dany Garcia. The company’s name is derived from a moment of clarity Johnson had in 1995 when he was still reeling from his football career ending.
He’s held a producer’s role in many of the films he’s starred in, and is beginning to branch out to produce films that he’s not featured in. Additionally, he currently serves as the executive producer of Young Rock, a biographical comedy about his life growing up.
DJ’s legendary commitment to fitness and weightlifting also helped him ink an endorsement deal with Under Armour. The 7 figure deal allowed him to join the ranks of elite athletes like Tom Brady and Steph Curry who are also sponsored by UA.
In his partnership with Under Armour, Johnson produces a line of clothing and accessories called Project Rock. The line includes shoes, shirts, shorts, headphones, and other athletic apparel and accessories that are featured prominently in the actor’s social media posts.
Following in the footsteps of Hollywood A-listers like George Clooney and Ryan Reynolds, in March 2020 Johnson announced his own brand of signature tequila. Teramana Tequila has been wildly popular since its release and set sales records by selling close to 400k cases in its first year.
For comparison, George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila was acquired for close to $1 billion after selling 175,000 cases in a year. All signs point to Teramana being the next billion dollar brand.
How Does Dwayne Johnson Spend His Money?
Johnson is known to spend money in several different ways, including real estate and cars. In 2021, he purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills for 27.8 million. In 2019, he bought a mansion and equestrian estate in Georgia for $9.5 million (this estate was listed for sale a year later for $7.5 million). He also owns a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia where he likes to fish and spend time surrounded by nature.
Since he’s made a considerable amount of money from the Fast & Furious franchise, it’s only fitting that Johnson is a car collector. He owns a Pagani Huayra (worth more than $1 million), a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce, and several other cars.
But Dwayne doesn’t just spend on himself. It has been well documented that DJ spreads the wealth and the love to his closest family and friends, buying cars and homes for both of his parents.
He’s also made significant charitable donations. In 2006, he founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation. The foundation supports children with illnesses and disabilities and works to improve their self esteem, as well as providing physical fitness and nutrition programs for children. He’s also been known to support causes and organizations like the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Beacon Experience, Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and Until There’s a Cure.
A final word on The Rock
Dwayne Johnson’s story is as heartwarming as it is inspiring. His tale serves as a reminder that with hard work and humility, your wildest dreams can come true.
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