|Famous For: Friends, Horrible Bosses, Just Go with It||Currently Known For: Actress, Producer and Businesswoman|
Currently Known For Actress, Producer and Businesswoman
"So no one told you life was going to be this way…Your job’s a joke, your broke, your love life’s DOA…!" One of the most recognizable actresses in Hollywood and undeniably everyone’s favorite “friend,” Jennifer Aniston’s tremendous success didn’t come as a surprise to anyone especially since she was born into a family of actors. Although her parents actively discouraged her from acting and even prohibited her from watching television as a child, Aniston found ways around it and lived a fairly average childhood playing and fighting with her half-brothers while attending public school.
By the time she was 11 years old, Aniston knew she was destined for the stage and, from then on, began honing her craft. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan where she was an active member of the drama society. After high school, she focused on her career in acting and worked in multiple Off Broadway productions while supporting herself through odd, part-time jobs as a waitress, telemarketer and bike messenger in the Big Apple.
Eventually chasing her dreams back to Los Angeles, it wasn’t long before Aniston was cast in her first television role in 1990 on the short-lived sitcom Molloy. Although the series was canceled after seven episodes, Aniston was no longer a “showbiz nobody” and, in the years following, landed a few similar roles in series like The Edge, Ferris Bueller and Muddling Through. However, with each series failing after only a handful of episodes, Aniston started to question her Hollywood dreams.
Luckily, Aniston refused to give up and, by 1993, her hard work and dedication finally paid off when she caught her first major break after being cast as Rachel Green on Friends. With the show an instant hit, she quickly became a household name in Hollywood and spent the next decade enjoying coffee at the Central Perk where she was famously known for her sense of style, sex appeal and even her haircut. Along the way, she graced dozens of magazine covers, topped countless “sexiest women” lists and snagged a slew of awards including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Since Friends wrapped in 2003, Aniston hasn’t slowed down one bit and has established herself as an even bigger Hollywood A-lister with countless blockbusters like Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, Horrible Bosses and Just Go With It that have grossed over $200 million at the box office. But, that’s not all! In addition to her silver screen success, Aniston took home $1 million per Friends episode toward the end of the series which, in turn, helped California’s beloved “girl next door” amass a net worth of $150 million and counting.
Securing a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Aniston might not be as busy on the silver screen lately but you certainly wouldn’t know it from her paycheck. According to Forbes, she brought home approximately $16 million last year from numerous business ventures including several fragrance lines and endorsements. In 2011, she was the face of the “Smart Water” campaign and, in 2015, she was the celebrity spokeswoman for Emirates Airline. Add in the fact that she’s worked with many other brands over the years and it’s no surprise why she’s rolling in the dough!
Obviously with plenty of money to spend, Aniston doesn’t think twice about splurging to live lavishly and, for starters, owns at least three properties—a $21 million mansion in Bel Air, a $9 million apartment in New York City and, of course, her stunning $38 million mansion in Beverly Hills. And, while each home is absolutely exquisite, the Along Came Polly star’s Los Angeles home definitely tops the list at 10,000 square feet with five oversized bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a chef’s kitchen. Nestled in the heart of the city, the home boasts several amenities including a large swimming pool, game room and spa as well as a koi pond, massive wine cellar, several dressing rooms and a jewelry cabinet fit for Hollywood royalty.
With plenty of money to spend on outfitting her garage even after blowing nearly $40 million on the house, Aniston’s car collection is far from impressive as she owns a Range Rover but is mostly spotted cruising around in a Toyota Prius. So, if she doesn’t splurge on cars, what does she enjoy spending her fortune on?
Aside from indulging in a new designer handbag, outfit or an exotic vacation with her husband, screenwriter Justin Theroux, Aniston doesn’t usually spend too much money on herself. In fact, the 47-year-old is a known philanthropist who supports dozens of charities including Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, Stand Up to Cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and dozens of others. Proving she’s much more than a pretty face in Hollywood, you can’t deny this friend is definitely trying to leave the world a better place.