Scarlett Johansson Just Had a Baby — How Much Is the ‘Black Widow’ Star Worth?

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Scarlett Johansson has a lot on her plate. She’s a mother of two, an entrepreneur and one of the biggest names in Hollywood. And filming on her latest production, the big-budget “Project Artemis,” began last month in Atlanta. The film, which follows the space race of the 1960s, co-stars Channing Tatum, Ray Romano and Jim Rash. Johansson turns 38 on Nov. 22, and it’s hard to believe she’s been on the big screen for nearly 30 years, making her debut in the ensemble film “North” in 1994.

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Johansson’s starring role alongside Robert Redford in “The Horse Whisperer” in 1998 netted her a nomination for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress. But it wasn’t until her turn in the 2001 dark indie film, “Ghost World,” that she really arrived as a talent to watch. Though the film itself was a box office flop, the world had taken note of this bold new actress.

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And her career has been anything but a flop. Since her start as a child actress, she recorded an album in 2008, appeared on Broadway and cemented her status as a Hollywood A-lister as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[x] Her net worth reflects her star power. She’s worth $165 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

A Noteworthy Career

Throughout her career, Scarlett Johansson has worked with some of the biggest-name directors and been nominated twice for an Academy Award – once as Best Actress in a leading role, the other in a supporting role. Her collection of awards includes a British Film Academy Award and a Tony Award, and she’s had too many nominations to list.

Though she has received the most acclaim for artsy movies such as “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” “Black Dahlia” and “A Marriage Story,” 2010 was really her career-making year. This was when she first starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 2” as the anti-heroine Black Widow and became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She continued to star as Black Widow in “The Avengers” (2012), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), among other MCU films, and headlined the standalone “Black Widow” movie released in July 2021. On its opening weekend, it brought in $80.4 million and has nearly $380 million in gross worldwide earnings, according to Box Office Mojo.

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In addition to film acting, she has performed in a number of stage productions, on and off Broadway, and even produced several music albums in 2008 and 2009.

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Scarlett Johansson’s Net Worth

In 2019, Forbes dubbed her the highest-paid actress with earnings of $56 million. Though she only earned a “measly” $400,000 for her role in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” her salaries quickly rose to the millions for the following Marvel movies. She earned $15 million for “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

The website The Numbers estimated that Johansson’s films have taken in more than $13 billion worldwide.

In July 2021, Johansson sued the Walt Disney Co. over her earnings for “Black Widow.” In her filing, Johansson contended Disney’s pandemic-related decision to release the film simultaneously in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming service breached her contract and her earnings, which were tied to box office sales. Two months later, the two sides reached an undisclosed settlement. The Hollywood Reporter said she received $20 million for “Black Widow.”

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Endorsements

While Johansson’s wealth has largely been earned through acting, she also makes bank on endorsements. In addition to her film salaries, she can take in between $10 million and $20 million every year from a variety of endorsements.

Just a few of the big-name companies she’s endorsed through ad and modeling campaigns include L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Mango, Dolce & Gabbana and Moet & Chandon. In the year between August 2017 and August 2018, for example, she made $40 million.

Real Estate Portfolio

Johansson has wisely invested her money in real estate. In 2008 she bought a Manhattan apartment for $2.1 million, which she sold for $1.87 million in March, the New York Post reported. In 2013, she bought 1.5 acres in Amagansett, New York, for $3.5 million. In 2014 she spent $4 million on a home in Los Angeles. And in 2018 she bought a home in upstate New York for $4 million.

She reportedly has been looking for a new property in New York with husband Colin Jost, who the Post said sold his 1,400-square-foot property in the city’s West Village this year. In May, the publication reported they toured a nearly 4,200-square-foot, $23 million penthouse on the Upper East Side which would give them and kids Rose, 8, and Cosmo, 1, plenty of space. Johansson and Jost quietly married in 2020. She was first married to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011, then, after their split, to French journalist Romain Dauriac, who is Rose’s father.[x] They divorced in 2017.

Activist for Women’s Rights

When not acting, Johansson has been a passionate and vocal spokesperson for women’s rights, in and out of the industry. Recently she took a stand against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), citing sexist remarks and attitudes, according to Variety. She also headlined at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

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