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The Californian-born actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, is well-known for his starring roles in world-renowned movies. At an early age, he loved performing and decided to drop out of high school and work on his acting skills. Cast for many advertisements in his teenage years, he appeared in popular brand commercials for AppleJacks cereal and Matchbox Cars by Mattel. Yet, this was only the start of his very successful career.
His film debut came in 1991 in the low-budget film, Critters 3, and two years later he starred in his first critically acclaimed film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. This earned him an Academy Award nomination which led to his next major role in Romeo & Juliet (1996), where fans today still obsess over his charm. He then went on to star in Titanic (1997), the one of highest-grossing movies of all time. Although his base salary for this role was $2.5 million, he negotiated for a 1.8% share of gross revenue from the film, so when Titanic went on to gross over $2 billion worldwide, his earnings came to around $40 million.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Leonardo DiCaprio has an estimated net worth of $260 million and is known as one of the highest-earning actors in Hollywood. Demanding over $20 million per role, everyone has seen him star in more legendary films such as The Beach (2000), Shutter Island (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), and The Revenant (2015).
Leonardo is also a passionate advocate for environmental justice and fighting climate change, which in the late 90s, inspired him to form the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. This foundation ‘brings together indigenous peoples, local communities, influential leaders, nongovernmental organisations, governments, companies and the public to protect and restore the wild’ and has raised nearly $100 million to fight climate change. He uses his fame for good, and in 2014, he was appointed as the United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change and also sits on the board of several environmental organisations such as the WWF, Oceans 5, and Pristine Seas.
Leonardo has also acquired a real estate portfolio over the years, collecting and selling a Los Angeles home he bought from Madonna in the 1990s, a modern home in Palm Springs, and a $23 million house in Malibu. He currently lives at his two-compound property on Sunset Strip, which has Spanish Colonial-style features, such as romantic balconies and soaring ceilings.
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