Leonardo DiCaprio Net Worth is $220 million
Quick facts about Leonardo DiCaprio
Date of birth: November 11, 1974
Place of birth: Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation: actor, film producer
While it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know Leonardo DiCaprio or doesn’t instantly recognize his face, not many people know that this classy looking gentleman grew up in a troubled neighborhood on a wrong side of Los Angeles. Growing up he witnessed what he describes as hookers and drug dealers and even some blood. Despite his looks, Leonardo has always been a tough guy, which probably has contributed to his success.
While he did grow up in bad neighborhood that doesn’t mean he had careless parents. His father is of a half German and half Italian descent and his mother is of half German and half Russian descent. This explains why Leonardo looks increasingly Russian as he ages. He was named after Leonardo da Vinci, because he first kicked when his pregnant mother was looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s painting while visiting a museum in Italy. Although his parents divorced when he was still a toddler, little Leonardo had contact with both of his parents and received much love and support. He also spent a part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents. So here is what we’ve got: American actor with Slavic looks, Italian name and fluent German.
Early on, Leonardo appeared in several commercials and educational films as a child. Eventually he earned several awards. The real film career began in early 1990s when he went from being perceived as an average superficial kid with blond hair to a mainstream success. His first big role was the role of Romeo in Romeo + Juliet.
The role in Romeo + Juliet lead him to be picked for the main role in James Cameron’s Titanic, which was quite amazing because Titanic was such a huge and enormously expensive project that originally only solid A-listers were considered. At that time Leonardo just turned 21 and had the look Cameron wanted. Ironically, playing one romantic role after another frightened young DiCaprio and he actually had to be talked into accepting the role in Titanic. With 14 Academic awards and more than $600 million in initial domestic release Titanic became a worldwide smash hit, making Leonardo DiCaprio a world-known celebrity. In addition, People’s magazine included him in the list of 50 most beautiful people in 1997 and 1998.
In addition to his acting career, Leonardo DiCaprio is also a committed environmentalist. He drives environment friendly cars such as Tesla Roadster, Fisker Karma and Toyota Prius and has solar panels installed on his house.
In 2007 he presented American leg of Live Earth and was appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change in 2014. At the moment of this writing, his official site is all about protecting elephants and donating for oceans — not what you would normally expect from a celebrity actor.
In 2001 he donated $1 million to relief works in Haiti after the earthquake. In 2010 he donated another million to the Wildlife Conservation Society at Russia’s tiger summit. Last but not the least, he earned the title of “muzhik”, a Russian slang word usually used for “strong man”, from Russian president Vladimir Putin. Needless to say, his role in Romeo + Juliet or Titanic wouldn’t earn him such title. What did? His persistence to reach the tiger summit despite two airplane delays!