J.J. Abrams, 48, might very well be today’s definition of a science fiction rock star. Not only has he created award-winning TV series such as Lost, Fringe, Alias, Felicity, and Person of Interest, Abrams, the man of the iconic lens flare, has also sat in the director’s chair for two of the biggest blockbuster sci-fi franchises in the world, Star Trek and Star Wars. He also own his own production company, Bad Robot.
With such an impressive CV and so many high profile projects, just how much is the director worth? Abrams’ net worth is an estimated $95 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth and TheRichest. Last year, Forbes reported that Abrams earned $28 million in 2014, making him 71st most powerful celebrity on the site’s yearly list.
Abrams recently purchased a $14.5 million mansion in Los Angeles in 2014. It’s a 8,030-square-foot Connecticut Traditional estate in the posh Pacific Palisades area. He lives with his wife, Katie McGrath, and their three children.
How did Abrams make his millions?
After making his feature directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III, Abrams was tapped to direct the rebooted Star Trek film and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. The latter earned over $467 million worldwide at the box office, making it the highest grossing Star Trek film of all time. And he will remain a producer on the next Star Trek film, which will be directed by Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious).
Only a few months after Star Trek Into Darkness battered records, Abrams was given the director’s chair for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which arrives on Dec. 18.