|Famous For: The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, There's Something About MaryCurrently Known For: Actress and Former Model|
Currently Known For Actress and Former Model
“He’s got you on a pedestal and me in his arms.” Easily one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and also among the wealthiest with a net worth of $120 million, Cameron Diaz has come quite a long way since making her modeling debut at 16 years old for brands like Calvin Klein and Levis. Landing the cover of Seventeen magazine by the age of 17, the San Diego native continued to turn heads with her incredible beauty and, by the age of 21, had the confidence to try something entirely different when she auditioned for The Mask without any previous acting experience. As luck would have it, Diaz snagged the part opposite the legendary Jim Carrey.
With The Mask becoming one of the top highest grossing films in 1994, Diaz became an overnight sensation and spent the next few years dabbling in independent flicks like She’s the One and The Last Supper before returning to mainstream with My Best Friend’s Wedding. In 1998, she earned her first Golden Globe nomination for There’s Something About Mary, which sealed her fate as an A-lister on the silver screen. Since then, she’s lent her voice to Princess Fiona in the Shrek franchise and has given critically acclaimed performances in hits like Being John Malkovich, Gangs of New York, Vanilla Sky and The Other Woman.
Along the way, the 44-year-old superstar has continued to set records as the highest grossing box office actress in the United States with over $3 billion in sales and $7 billion worldwide, a feat that definitely reflects her $120 million net worth. How so? Over the years, Diaz’s popularity has undoubtedly waned but, early on in her career, she proved to be financially savvy when she secured a percentage of box office earnings rather than ask for pay in advance. With hits like Annie, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, In Her Shoes and Sex Tape, her strategy has definitely paid off!
Despite her last film appearance coming in 2014, Diaz has continued to earn big in Hollywood and even cashed in on nearly $10 million in 2015 alone. So how did she do it without a film in theaters? Aside from acting, Diaz has a number of business interests that continue to pad her millionaire status. Most recently, she coauthored a book on longevity that topped the New York Times Best Seller list. She also earns a hefty paycheck from being the face of numerous fashion labels with her most lucrative deal coming from Pour La Victoire where she works as the Artistic Director.
Now that we’ve established the Charlie’s Angels star is definitely set for life, we couldn’t help but wonder how she chooses to spend her fortune especially since she can buy anything she wants from chartering private jets and taking exotic vacations to dining at the finest restaurants and driving the most expensive cars. While the options are endless, Diaz definitely puts a lot of thought into spending her hard earned cash and, believe it or not, lives a fairly modest lifestyle that allows her to splurge on her true passion—finding prime real estate around the world.
Spending the majority of her time in Beverly Hills where she shares a street with fellow celebrities Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson and Penelope Cruz, Diaz’s 90210 estate sits on over three acres of land and offers over 5,000 square feet of living space with an open floorplan. Initially purchased in 2010 for $10 million, Diaz spent tens of thousands of dollars in renovations to make the space her own with upgrades like a chef’s kitchen and an open dining room with seating for 20 guests as well as a spacious living room lined with built-in bookshelves. Moving outside, the property also includes a detached three-bedroom guesthouse, a regulation tennis court, outdoor spa, hot tub and a beautiful swimming pool.
Leaving Diaz’s Beverly Hills home and traveling to the Big Apple, Diaz sold two of her three properties—including a stunning 1,400 square-foot Manhattan penthouse—after she tied the knot with rocker Benji Madden in 2015. Now, aside from her Los Angeles mansion, she owns a three-bedroom apartment in the illustrious Walker Tower on West 18th in New York City. Certainly not disappointing, the $9 million apartment boasts 18-foot ceilings with massive windows and gorgeous cityscape views with 3,000 square feet of modern living space enhanced with herringbone floors, state-of-the-art appliances, marble countertops and more.
With her homes embodying complete luxury from sunny Los Angeles to the heart of New York City, Diaz continues to prove she’s financially savvy when it comes to contract negotiations and real estate investments. And, while she may not be gracing the silver screen as often these days, she’s still earning top dollar while living it up as the highest paid actress over 40 years old in Hollywood.