Alfonso Cuaron Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Alfonso Cuaron Net Worth 

Alfonso Cuaron has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is the mind behind award-winning films including ‘Y tu mamá también,’ ‘Gravity’ and ‘Roma.’ He earns most of his income from his movies. 

Alfonso Cuarón, born in Mexico City in 1961, learned the ropes in Mexico’s TV and film industries after being expelled from film school. Sólo con tu pareja (1991), his first full-length film, led to opportunities to direct Hollywood features, but it was a return to his Spanish-language roots with Y tu mamá también (2001) that brought him international fame. Cuarón went on to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Children of Men (2006) before winning Academy Awards for best director for the space epic Gravity (2013) and the autobiographical Roma (2018).

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Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Alfonso Cuaron
Net Worth: $50 Million
Monthly Salary: $200 Thousand
Annual Income: $3 Million
Source of Wealth: Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Film Editor, Cinematographer, Television Director, Actor

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Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born in Mexico City on November 28, 1961. Cuarón was the fourth of four children born to Alfredo Cuarón, a doctor, and Cristina Orozco, a pharmaceutical biochemist. He was especially close to his nanny, Liboria Rodrguez, and had a comfortable middle-class upbringing until his parents divorced in the early 1970s.

Cuarón had already decided on a career path with the movie camera he carried around with him at the age of 12. Carlos, his younger brother and collaborator, recalled to Vulture, “He was a huge pain in the ass, shooting everything.” “My sister and I became his props, stunts, and whatever else he needed. It was excruciating. He would say over and over that he wanted to be a film director.”

Cuarón’s interest in film led him to the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, where he met another future collaborator, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. Their rebellious attitude, however, irritated instructors, and both were expelled before completing their studies.

Early Career

Following a stint at the National Museum of Art, Cuarón threw himself into the Mexican film and television industry, taking on any job that allowed him to hone his technical skills. “I tried to connect with whoever knew a little bit more than me, as an assistant or whatever, editing an infomercial, anything,” he explained to the Directors Guild of America.

Cuarón had established a reputation as a dependable assistant director for foreign productions filming in Mexico by the late 1980s. He also found steady work with “La hora marcada,” a sci-fi/horror anthology series that gave promising young talents like Cuarón, Lubezki, and Guillermo del Toro the opportunity to write, shoot, and direct several episodes.

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Films and TV Shows

‘Sólo con tu pareja,’ ‘Fallen Angels’

Following a decade of hands-on experience, Cuarón enlisted his brother Carlos to co-write and Lubezki to direct Sólo con tu pareja, his first feature film. Cuarón had a falling out with the backers of his state-funded project, which contributed to the film’s delayed domestic release. Nonetheless, the comedy, about a womanizer who is duped into believing he has AIDS, received a valuable showcase when it was selected for the 1991 Toronto Film Festival.

Sólo con tu pareja piqued the interest of powerful director and producer Sydney Pollock, who lobbied for Cuarón’s inclusion among the directors chosen to direct episodes of Showtime’s neo-noir series “Fallen Angels.” Feeling out of his depth—other “Fallen Angels” directors included Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Steven Soderbergh—Cuarón had a disastrous start until he received a pep talk from star Alan Rickman. The new kid on the block quickly rose to prominence, and his September 1993 episode, “Murder, Obliquely,” earned him a CableACE Award for directing.

‘A Little Princess,’ ‘Great Expectations’

When the script for A Little Princess (1995) came his way, Cuarón convinced producer Mark Johnson that he was the right man for the adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1905 novel and made the risky decision to pull out of another project he’d agreed to direct. Cuarón proved adept at managing the cast of child actors en route to earning positive reviews for the 1995 film, so the gamble paid off for everyone involved.

The success landed the rising director a role in his biggest and most ambitious Hollywood film to date, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Despite the presence of stars Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert DeNiro, as well as the stunning shots captured by his trusted cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, Great Expectations (1998) received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office. Cuarón later admitted that he took the job despite his reservations about the script, resulting in a “completely failed film.”

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‘Y tu mamá también’

Cuarón asked Carlos to revive one of their earlier ideas and enlisted Lubezki to “do the film we would have done before going to film school.” The result was Y tu mamá también, a coming-of-age drama about two teenagers who travel across the Mexican outback with an older woman. Y tu mamá, which was shot with handheld cameras to give it a documentary feel, captivated audiences with its steamy sex scenes and honest portrayal of adolescent longings and class inequalities. The Cuarón brothers were nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for their work on the film.

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Cuarón agreed to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban after listening to the profanity-laced advice of his friend del Toro. Following the success of the first two installments, Cuarón sought to stamp his mark on the Potterverse by giving it a slightly darker tone and dressing his young lead actors “in jeans and hoodies to ground the story and make them look like kids.” While Prisoner of Azkaban grossed slightly less than its predecessors, the well-received film was praised for assisting the franchise in transitioning to the more mature elements that emerged as Harry, Hermione, and the gang grew into teenagers.

‘Children of Men’

Cuarón’s success with Prisoner of Azkaban allowed him to make the film he’d been planning since the 9/11 terror attacks, an adaptation of P.D. James’ 1992 sci-fi novel The Children of Men. The Children of Men (2006), set in a not-too-distant dystopian future in which humans are infertile and a refugee crisis has turned the United Kingdom into a police state, showcases the trademark long-tracking sequences Cuarón and Lubezki began developing with Y tu mamá también. While the film’s stunning visual imagery and strong performances by stars Clive Owen and Julianne Moore weren’t enough to entice audiences to the theaters, it did earn three Academy Award nominations.


Cuarón co-wrote what he thought would be a simple film about an astronaut stranded in space with his older son, Jonás, only to face the challenges of accurately depicting a microgravity environment. The solution was to shoot Gravity (2013) with carefully programmed robot cameras, as well as to build a nine-foot cube lined with 1.8 million individually controllable LED bulbs to capture Sandra Bullock’s movements. After four and a half years, the production finally came together, making Cuarón the first Latino to win the Oscar for best director.

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After overcoming the daunting challenges of Gravity, Cuarón took on a new challenge by returning to Mexico City for the production of the autobiographical Roma (2018). Roma was written and shot entirely by Cuarón (Lubezki had to attend to a family matter), and it recreated both private and public moments from Cuarón’s childhood through the eyes of the family’s nanny. Despite the fact that the cast was mostly made up of non-actors, Cuarón’s meticulous attention to detail and emotionally charged story won him Academy Awards for best director, cinematography, and foreign language film.

Production Company and Producer

In 2004, Cuarón established the production company Esperanto Filmoj. It takes its name from the “universal language” of Esperanto, which was invented in the late 1800s by Polish oculist Ludovic Zamenhof.

Esperanto Filmoj has produced films such as Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Carlos Cuarón’s Rudo y Cursi (2008), and Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto (2015), as well as the science fiction television series “Believe” (2014). Cuarón also served as executive producer of the Marathi-language film The Disciple (2020), which he met through the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative.

Marriages and Children

From 1980 to 1993, Cuarón was married to Mexican actress Mariana Elizondo, with whom he had Jonás. From 2001 to 2008, he was married to Italian actress and journalist Annalisa Bugliani, with whom he had two children: Tess Bu Cuarón (born in 2003) and Olmo Teodoro Cuarón (b. 2005).

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