Robert Downey Jr

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Robert Downey Jr Net Worth – How He Made $300 Million?

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr
Photo Credits: robertdowneyjr@instagram

Robert Downey Jr has an estimated net worth of $300 million, most of which he earned from his iconic role of Iron Man, aka Tony Stark. He has played some other famous characters like Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes.

Personal Data:

Net Worth$300 Million
Date of Birth4 April 1965 (57 years)
Place of BirthGreenwich, Manhattan (New York)
GenderMale
Height5ft 8 inches (1.74m)
ProfessionActor, Film producer, Singer-songwriter, Comedian
NationalityUnited States of America
FatherRobert Downey Sr. (A writer, actor, and director)
MotherElsie Ann Downey (Actress in her husband’s films)
WifeSusan Downey
Sister (older)Allyson
Children3
DaughterAvri Roel Downey
SonsIndio Falconer Downey and Exton Elias Downey
PartnerSarah Jessica Parker (1984-91)

At 5, He debuted in an absurdist comedy, Pound, playing a sick puppy in 1970.

Robert Downey Jr Net Worth & Earnings (2008-22)

Robert Downey Jr Net Worth & Income
This is what Downey has earned from movies

RDJ is the second richest MCU actor after Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) who has a net worth of $350 million.

Before the Iron Man role, He was paid $50k for Richard 3 movie and $500k for the Danger Zone movie. He used to charge $50 – $500k for a film.

From 2008 to 2022, Robert Downey Jr has appeared in 16 movies. The cameos and appearances are not included. I have yet to include films like The incredible hulk, chef, and the documentary ‘Sr.’

If we combine all these 16 movies, they grossed over $14 billion with a combined budget of $2.88 billion. This is a return of $4.86 for every $1 spent.

If we talk about average, his every film had a budget of $180 million and a box office collection of $877 million. $38 million was the lowest collection for ‘The soloist,’ and $2.79 billion was the highest for the Avenger’s endgame.

9 out of these 16 movies are Marvel films. They grossed over $12.2 billion with a combined budget of $2.23 billion. This is a return of $5.47 on every $1 spent on marvel movies starring RDJ.

If we talk about average, every marvel movie starring him had a budget of $248 million and a whopping box office collection of $1.35 billion. $585 million was the lowest collection for ‘Iron man 1’ and $2.79 billion was the highest for Avenger’s endgame.

RDJ was offered the Iron Man role because of his performance in kiss kiss bang bang 2006 movie.

In the year 2008, He earned $500k or $2.5 million:

Iron Man
Photo Credits: robertdowneyjr@instagram

2008 was a life-changing year for RDJ because that was when he got the iconic role of Iron man in the marvel cinematic universe.

Iron man 1 grossed over $585 million at the box office and was the 8th highest grosser of the year. The movie had a budget of $140 million.

RDJ was only paid a base salary of $500k. Some sources also report that he got a backend deal in the movie’s profits of about 8%, which compensated him a total of $2.5 million.

In the same year, he worked in the Tropic Thunder movie, which was made on a budget of $92 million and earned $196 million at the box office. It also proved a hit.

RDJ’s fee for this movie was unrevealed. But this was the beginning of something big.

Terrence Howard was the highest-paid “Iron Man” actor for his performance as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, with a reported payday of between $3.5 and $4.5 million.

In 2009, He made more than $9 million:

After a successful and remarkable year, he was offered the lead role of Sherlock Holmes in the movie in 2009.

The film had a budget of $90 million and was successful at the box office earning $498 million. Robert Downey Jr got a payday of $9 million, according to thenumbers.com.

He was the co-star in the Soloist film with a budget of $60 million. The movie got mixed reviews and flopped at the box office, earning only $38 million.

In 2010, He was back in the Iron man suit:

He was back as Tony Stark in the 2nd movie of the Iron man franchise. The film was made at a budget of $200 million and grossed over $623 million.

RDJ was paid a fee of $10 million, 20 times more than the last Iron man movie.

He also appeared in the Due Date film in the role of Peter Highman, for which he got a whopping fee of $10 million.

At that time, he started getting high compensation outside any franchise like MCU and Sherlock Holmes.

The film was a box office success and grossed over $211 million with a budget of $65 million.

In 2011, He was back in the black wool frock coat and made $15 million:

RDJ as Sherlock Holmes
Photo Credits: robertdowneyjr@instagram

He was back in the black wool frock coat of Sherlock Holmes for the 2nd movie of the franchise ‘Sherlock Holmes: A game of dark shadows.’

The movie had a budget of $125 million and grossed over $543.4 million, and was a box office success.

RDJ got $15 million for this movie with a 66% fee hike compared to the last film of this franchise.

In 2012, He made $50 million thanks to the Avengers:

This was the year when the avengers assembled for the first time. Till then, Robert Downey Jr had become the face of the MCU.

At that time, The Avengers film became the highest grosser of the year and 3rd highest grosser of all time with a box office collection of $1.519 billion.

The film had a budget of $220 million, and RDJ got a payday of $50 million, including backend deals.

RDJ was the Forbes highest-paid actor for 3 years in a row.

In 2013, He topped the Forbes’ highest-paid actors list with $75 million:

All thanks to the Avengers movie that gave me a big paycheck & backend deals that made him top the Forbes highest-paid actors list. 

This was the first time he topped the Forbes highest-paid actors list in his career. From June 2012 to June 2013, Downey made $75 million.

In 2014, he again topped the Forbes’ highest-paid actors list with $75 million:

Rorbert Downey Jr Iron Man 3
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This was the dream run for the RDJ. His third and last Iron man movie was released in 2013 and grossed over $1.215 billion at the box office at a budget of only $200 million.

RDJ was well compensated for the movie by $75 million, including the backend deals in the profit. This was the second time he topped the Forbes highest-paid actors list in his career.

At the time of this movie, Downey wanted to quit this role, but marvel wanted him to stay and gave him a hike in the fee.

RDJ has given 4 $1+ billion and 2 $2+ billion films.

In 2015, He topped the Forbes’ highest-paid actors list for the third time in a row:

Avengers: Age of Ultron was another billion film of RDJ. The film grossed over $1.403 billion at a $365 million budget (the highest budget of any MCU movie).

Downey got a payday of up to $80 million for this movie, including bonuses that made him top the Forbes’ highest-paid actors lost for the third time in a row.

In 2016, He earned $40 – $64 million:

For the Captain America: civil war movie Robert Downey Jr earned $40 million according to variety.com and $64 million according to screenrant.com.

He was paid $40 million as a base salary, not including backend profits, and a $5 million bonus for surpassing the box office collection of the previous Captain America movie.

The movie had a budget of $250 million and grossed over $1.153 billion.

His rank in Forbes’ highest-paid actors list dropped to 11, earning $33 million.

In 2017, He earned $1 million per minute for his role:

Robert Downey Jr Spider Homecoming
Photo Credits: robertdowneyjr@instagram

Robert Downey Jr had an 8-minute role in Spiderman: Homecoming film. He had a 15-minute role, but the other 7 minutes were edited.

For that 15-minute role, he charged $15 million, which was 30 times of lead actor Tom Holland.

The movie had a budget of $175 million and grossed over $880.2 million worldwide. Downey had a short but significant role in the film.

In the Forbes highest paid actors list of 2017, He was at 6th rank with $48 million.

Robert Downey Jr. was paid 30 times more than Tom Holland for Spiderman: Homecoming.

In 2018, He was back at the 3rd rank among the Forbes highest-paid actors with $81 million:

In 2018, He was back at the 3rd rank among the Forbes highest-paid actors with $81 million. All thanks to the 3rd Avengers movie.

For the Avengers: Infinity War, RDJ charged $75 million for playing Tony Stark and wearing Nanotech & highly advanced Iron man suit.

The movie had a budget of $321 million, grossed over $2.048 billion at the box office, and became the 5th all-time highest-earning movie in the world, making RDJ the 3rd highest paying actor.

In 2019, He lost his rank to 31 with an earning of $66 million:

It was the time of the fourth Avengers movie and 2nd time of ‘Avengers assemble’. Avengers: Endgame was the last movie of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark and Iron man.

He played this role for 12 years, and this movie gave his character the perfect ending. He sacrificed his life but did not sacrifice earnings.

He charged an eye-opening amount of $75 million for his last MCU movie. His base salary was $20 million with a backend deal of 8% profit that translated into $55 million.

The movie had a budget of $356 million, grossed over $2.798 billion at the box office, and became the 2nd highest-grossing movie of all time.

With the help of Endgame’s compensation, he maintained his rank at 31st among the Forbes highest-paid actors with $66 million.

In 2020, RDJ charged $20 million for Dolittle:

Robert Downey Jr Dolittle
Photo Credits: robertdowneyjr@instagram

Doctor Dolittle was his first movie after his iconic character Iron man ended. He was in a different role from a tech genius.

The movie was smaller than his other movies. Still, it performed okay, with a gross box office collection of $251 million and a budget of $175 million.

He charged $20 million for this role, according to yahoo.com. This movie was produced by his production company Team Downey.

In 2021, RDJ did not make any movies or appear in any series or documentaries.

In 2022, he will appear in a Netflix documentary ‘Sr’ on his father’s life. He will play himself (RDJ) in that documentary.

In 2023, He will appear in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie. He has charged only $4 million for this film along with Matt Demon and Emily Blunt.

Robert Downey Jr owns life sized remote control Iron Man suit worth $300k.

How much did Robert Downey Jr make from Marvel?

How Much Did Robert Downey Jr Make From Marvel
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Robert Downey Jr was part of the 9 MCU films. 6 out of these 9 movies crossed the billion-dollar mark. He earned a total of$420 – $445 million, which averages out at $45 – $50 million per movie.

YearMovie NameFee
2008Iron Man 1$500k + $2 million (backend profit)
2010Iron Man 2$10 million
2012The Avengers$50 million
2013Iron Man 3$75 million
2015Avengers: Age of Ultron$80 million
2016Captain America: Civil War$40 – $64 million
2017Spiderman: Homecoming$10 – 15 million
2018Avengers: Infinity War$75 million
2019Avengers: Endgame$75 million
Total9 Movies$415 – $445 million

You must be thinking, if he earned about $415 – $445 million from Marvel, then why is his net worth $300 million? $300 million is the after-tax amount. He also has expenses that do not count in his net worth.

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Brands Endorsements

Robert Downey Jr Brand Endorsement

According to Startuptalky, RDJ has endorsed many brands, including some car companies and mobile manufacturers.

  1. Call of Duty. It is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision
  2. Audi. It is a German automotive manufacturer of luxury vehicles.
  3. Nissan. It is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer.
  4. Kraft foods. It is an American food manufacturing and processing conglomerate.
  5. Nobell foods. It creates cheese and other dairy products from plant-derived dairy proteins.
  6. Ynsect. It provides products and services in agro-food and environmental biotech industries.
  7. One Plus. It is a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer.
  8. HTC. It is a Taiwanese consumer electronics company.

The endorsement fee for the other brands is unrevealed. But HTC signed a two years deal with him for $12 million in 2013. The company renewed the contract and retained him for six years.

Robert Downey Jr. made a fantastic debut as a singer/songwriter/musician with The Futurist in 2004.

Investments

The unknown fact about RDJ is that he is an investor. According to CrunchBase, he has six companies & investments in his portfolio. 

Robert Downey Jr has made six personal investments:

  1. 1Password
  2. Forethought
  3. Kindred Motorworks
  4. Saturn Technologies
  5. Ethos
  6. Pucket. watch

Downey has made seven partner investments:

  1. Motif
  2. Sealed
  3. Covetool
  4. Aspiration
  5. Sealed
  6. Ynsect
  7. Cloud paper

FootPrint Coalition Ventures

RDJ is the founder & invested $10 million in this company. It produces entertaining and informative content about technologies to restore our planet.

Team Downey Production Company

RDJ started a production company back in 2010 with his wife. His company produced 3 films and is working and has worked on 20 projects:

Movie NameBudgetBox office collection
Doctor Dolittle$175 million$251 million
The Judge$50 million$84.4 million
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Dark Shadows$125 million$535.6 million
Total$350 million$871 million
Films produced by Team Downey production company

Real Estate

He owns real estate worth $40 – $50 million.

Robert Downey Jr Real Estate

Malibu Mansion

Robert Downey Jr has a 3400 sq. ft. Malibu mansion worth $3.8 million that he bought back in 2017.

It is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, mid-century modern home. It has panoramic views of the pacific ocean.

Windmill House

He bought a windmill house in the Hamptons, New York, for $10.5 million in 2015. Now, it is worth more than $13.5 million.

The estate has about 8,500 square feet of living space allocated to the primary and guest houses.

Malibu House

He bought the Malibu house in 2009 for $13.4 million. It is 7+ acres of property, including the main house.

Venice House

He bought another house in Venice in 2009, but it is listed as a business, not a private residence. He spent $5.6 million on that and made it to Team Downey’s headquarters.

Robert Downey Jr. has a Greubel forsey GMT tourbillion watch worth $605k. It tells 2 Timezones at a time.

Car Collection

Robert Downey Jr Car Collection
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Car NameStarting FromCan Go Up To
2009 Audi R8$116k$135k
Bentley Continental GT$202k$222k
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible$60k$100k
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302$70k$95k
1974 BMW 3.0 CS$79.5k$92.5k
Acura NSX Concept$169.5k$171k
Ferrari California T$202k$300k
Mercedes – Benz Pagoda$89k$335k
Audi E-Tron GT Concept$99k$139k
Nissan GT-R$113.5k$215k
Fisker Karma$95k$105k
Audi A8$86.5k$117.5k
Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster$137k$178k
Robert Downey Jr has a car collection worth $2 to $4 million

Watch Collection

RDJ shows off his epic watch collection
NameApprox. Price
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT$92k
Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph$3.5k
Bamford Watch Department – Rolex GMT-Master II “Ghost”$17.8k
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner$9k
Baume & MercierPriceless
Bell & Ross BR01-94 Titanium$3k
Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase Steel ref. 3712$33.2k
Breitling—–

Shoe Collection

Robert Downey Jr Shoe Collection
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Once, in an interview at last night’s MTV Movie Awards red carpet, Scarlett Johansson said ‘RDJ has a bigger shoe collection than I do.’ I did my research and I found that she was not wrong. He does have a big shoe collection, like his watch collection.

He is a genius, philanthropist, and a quarter billionaire. Love you, 3000! What’s your score? Let me know in the comments!

Who is the richest Avenger actor?

Robert Downey Jr was the highest-paid Avenger. He earned $280 million for 4 Avengers movies. He did 9 Marvel movies and earned $415 – $445 million. Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) is the richest Marvel actor with a net worth of $350 million.

Is Robert Downey Jr a billionaire?

RDJ is not a billionaire. He has an estimated net worth of $300 million (a quarter billion).

How much did Downey Jr make endgame?

RDJ made a whopping $75 million for the Avengers Endgame. $20 million as a base salary and $55 million from 8% of backend profits.

How much did Robert Downey Jr make from being Iron Man?

RDJ played Iron man in 9 Marvel movies and made about $415 – $445 million.

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I am Parvej Khan. I have always been interested in writing and research and enjoy delving into new and unexplored topics like this one. I am also big soccer, cricket, and MCU superhero fan who loves playing chess and exploring the night sky. I firmly believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

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