Liam Hemsworth, 26, is best known as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games movies and also being Miley Cyrus‘ on-again, off-again boyfriend. The Australian actor is also the younger brother of Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel movies. His oldest brother, Luke Hemsworth, is also an experienced television actor in Australia. Hemsworth also got started on television, starring in the series Neighbours.
On June 24, Hemsworth will face the biggest challenge of his career – proving to audiences that he can be a star outside The Hunger Games movies. He stars in Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day.
Hemsworth has an estimated net worth of $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. That certainly is less than Chris Hemsworth’s $60 million estimated net worth, but still nothing to sneeze at.
Here’s a look at how Hemsworth has earned his money and what he does with it.
1. ‘The Hunger Games’ Movies Grossed $2.9 Billion Worldwide
While Hemsworth wasn’t always featured on The Hunger Games posters, he certainly got wealthy by co-starring with Jennifer Lawrence. According to Box Office Mojo, the four Hunger Games movies grossed a combined $2.9 billion worldwide. In North America, the movies grossed a combined $1.45 billion.
After the first film grossed $408 million, the stars naturally asked for a raise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence was paid just $500,000 to star in the first film and was expected to double that by the time the film finished its theatrical run. RadarOnline reported that Lawrence signed for $10 million for Catching Fire, but Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were only offered $2 million. According to that site, they were planning to leave the franchise if they didn’t get more. Both of them stayed on for the rest of the franchise, though.
2. Bought Miley Cyrus a $250,000 Engagement Ring
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus first got engaged in June 2012, a few years after meeting on the set of The Last Song. He spent $250,000 on the ring, reports The New York Daily News. When they broke off the engagement, she kept the ring.
That might have been a good idea because she was seen wearing the ring earlier this year. Although, in May, the Daily Mail published photos of Cyrus without it.
In April 2016, Hemsworth told Australia’s TVWeek that he is not engaged.
3. Hemsworth Is a Spokesman for Brave Beginnings to Help Premature Babies
One of the charitable causes Hemsworth has picked to support is Brave Beginnings, which he joined in April 2016 as a spokesman. The initiative was set up by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and helps hospitals get the equipment they need to help premature babies. He starred in the above PSA for the initiative.
“Liam is a champion for children who inspires families everywhere,” Jim Orr, President of Distribution at Focus Features and Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation President, said in a statement. “He is a dynamic advocate for us, and we are delighted to have him on board to further our mission so that every premature baby born in our country has the opportunity to thrive and live a long and healthy life.”
Hemsworth is also an ambassador for The Australian Childhood Foundation.
“The world is a scary enough place as it is for children,” Hemsworth said. “It is important that home should always be a safe place for them. If they don’t have that, if they grow up unsafe and uncared for, that causes so much harm. I want the best for the next generations, because they are the future.”
4. Hemsworth Spent $6.8 Million on Malibu Mansion
In August 2014, Hemsworth outdid his brother by buying a Malibu estate for $6.8 million just after Chris Hemsworth spent $4.8 million on one. According to Variety, the mansion was owned by singer/songwriter Matthew Wilder.
The property covers 7.5 acres and has three bathrooms and three bedrooms. There’s also a recording studio, a writing studio, a swimming pool and a barn that can also be used as a gallery.
Conveniently, Cyrus also owns an estate in Malibu. Trulia reported in February that the singer bought a $2.5 million, four-bedroom estate in Ramirez Canton. The home is 1,384 square feet and was built in 1958.
5. Hemsworth Starred in Commercials for Diesel Fragrance
In 2015, Diesel picked Hemsworth to be the face of the fragrance Only The Brave. He starred in print ads and commercials for the company. He was the first celebrity endorser for Diesel, the Daily Mail reported.
“The brave one is characterised by his strength, his determination and most of all his ability to live life bravely on his own terms,” Disel creative director Andrea Rosso said. “I think that Liam embodies these qualities, I am happy to have him representing Only The Brave.”