Daniel Radcliffe became an international superstar thanks to his performances as Harry Potter in all eight films. Audiences got to see him grow up and his legion of fans are still showing up to his movies and plays. In fact, he has two movies coming out this summer. The indie movie Swiss Army Man is out on July 1 and Now You See Me 2 is out on June 10.
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Radcliffe, 26, probably doesn’t have to work as hard as he does now thanks to his time as Harry Potter. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth at $110 million. However, The Daily Mail reports that he was estimated to be worth £57.7 million, or around $83.9 million.
Here’s a look at how he’s earned that money and what he does with it.
1. The ‘Harry Potter’ Films, all Starring Radcliffe as the title Character, Grossed $7.7 Billion Worldwide
Warner Bros.’ decision to split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two movies turned out to be the right one, at least financially. As Box Office Mojo stats show, that last film was the highest-grossing movie in the series, pulling in $1.3 billion worldwide. It was the perfect bookend, since the previous highest-grossing film of the franchise was its first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That film made $974.8 million worldwide.
All eight films made a combined $7.7 billion worldwide. In North America, the final film made $381 million and the franchise made a combined $2.39 billion between 2001 and 2011.
2. Radcliffe’s Parents Created Gilmore Jacobs Ltd., a Company Just to Manage his Finances
In 2001, Radcliffe’s parents knew that he was about to earn billions when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was set to open. So, they created Gilmore Jacobs Ltd. just to manage his finances. By the time he turned 18 in 2007, the company was worth $40 million, The New York Times reported at the time. CompanyCheck.co.uk estimates that the company now has a net worth of £59.4 million or around $86.1 million.
“If somebody asked me, ‘Did you think you deserve that money?’ No, of course I didn’t. ‘But would you have taken it anyway?’ Of course. I happened to have found this industry where people get paid stupid amounts of money,” Radcliffe said in a 2012 Telegraph interview. “That’s the reality. I feel almost guilty for having done so well out of Potter.”
3. Radcliffe Loves Buying New York Apartments & Spent $4.8 Million on his First
When Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in 2008 for the revival of Equus, he needed to buy an apartment in New York. He spared no expense, spending reportedly $4.8 million on his first one.
As the Daily Mail notes though, that was just the start. By 2009, he had three apartments worth a combined $16.5 million.
The apartment that cost him $4.29 million is available for rent through Halstead Property for $19,000 a month. The property covers 1,843 square feet and has two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a gym and swimming pool.
4. Radcliffe Feels a ‘Moral Imperative’ To Help Others & Supports The Trevor Project
In a 2012 interview, Radcliffe said he felt a “moral imperative” to help others. Since 2009, Radcliffe has been supporting The Trevor Project, which aims to help LGBTQ teens in crisis and stopping suicide.
“It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers,” Radcliffe said in a 2009 Attitue Magazine interview. “I deeply hope my support can raise the organisation’s visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of The Trevor Helpline’s highly trained counselors and Trevor’s many other resources.”
Radcliffe also supports Demelza, a U.K. charity that provides hospice care for children and provides support for their parents and families. The group was established in 1998.
5. Radcliffe Once Paid a Two-Year-Old Taxi Cab Fare
Radcliffe really does care about others and doesn’t forget when he owes someone. In 2012, Radcliffe was partying with Irish athletes and couldn’t pay his cab fare. Two years later, one of the athletes tweeted a picture of a note Radcliffe sent him, along with €50. Another athlete also tweeted a photo of Radcliffe joining their party.
In a 2013 Guardian interview, Radcliffe said he didn’t realize how much money he had until he was 19. He said that the “most valuable thing” he does with his money is help out charities.
“It doesn’t matter what you do, no matter what line of work you’re in, you can never really deserve that amount of money,” he said in 2013 of the millions he’s made. “It just so happens I’m in an industry where those sums of money are dealt with. And I’m very lucky to be in a position where I don’t have to do a job just for the money.”