Jet Li Net Worth
Jet Li has an estimated net worth of $250 million. Jet Li is a champion martial artist and Chinese film actor. He starred in the ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ film series and in the critically-praised, international hit ‘Hero.’ He earns most of his income from his roles in movies.
Jet Li is an actor and martial artist who was born on April 26, 1963, in Beijing, China. Li won his first national title in wushu when he was 11 years old. When he was 17, Li quit the sport and made his first movie, Shaolin Temple, which made him a star in his home country. Since 1994, he has switched back and forth between Chinese and English-language movies. He starred in Romeo Must Die, Kiss of the Dragon, and The Forbidden Kingdom, all of which were made in Hollywood.
To calculate the net worth of Jet Li, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$250 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$2 Million|
|Annual Income:||$30 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor, Martial Artist, Film Producer|
Early Life and Martial Arts Fame
Jet Li is the youngest of five children. He was born on April 26, 1963, in Beijing, China, to Li Lian Jie. Li lost his father when he was only 2 years old. He started learning wushu, a type of martial arts, when he was 8 years old. Because of his skill, his family sent him to a special school to continue his education. Li later told Muscle & Fitness magazine, “I came from a poor family and we didn’t have enough money for a good school, so sports school was good. It gave me good food and a chance to leave China.”
Li won his first national title when he was 11 years old. So, as part of the Beijing Wushu Team, he went to more than 45 countries. In 1974, Li went to the United States and showed President Richard M. Nixon how to do martial arts. That year, he won the All-Around National Wushu Championship, which he kept for five years.
Li quit the sport when he was 17 years old. Shaolin Temple was his first movie. It was directed by Chang Hsin Yen (1982). The movie made Li a star in his home country and led to a number of follow-ups. Li moved to Hong Kong at the end of the 1980s, where he got involved in the martial arts film scene. In the 1991 movie Once Upon a Time in China, he played the legendary hero Wong Fei-hung, who fights against foreigners. The successful movie had two more parts.
In 1998, Li got his first role in English. He was a bad guy in Lethal Weapon 4, which starred Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and him. For the movie, he moved to Los Angeles and took a lot of Chinese language classes to prepare for his role as a Chinese crime boss. People really liked this action movie, especially the parts with Li.
Li worked with rapper DMX and singer Aaliyah on Romeo Must Die (2000), a take on the classic story of young love, Romeo and Juliet, that mixed hip-hop with martial arts. Li and Aaliyah played lovers from two gangs that were at odds with each other. At the box office, the movie did very well, making about $100 million. Kiss of the Dragon came out in 2001, and Li and Bridget Fonda were both in it. The movie was directed by Luc Besson. He helped come up with the story for the movie, which is about a wronged intelligence officer who works with a prostitute to clear his name (played by Fonda). A reviewer for The New York Times liked some parts of the movie “His action scenes are like an oil fire that spreads from one room to the next, heating and destroying everything inside. Here, Mr. Li and Corey Yuen, who choreographs his fights, have set a new standard for action.”
In the same year, Li was in The One, a hard-to-follow science fiction story. He played the two main characters, a California sheriff who didn’t know what was going on and a murderer who went to parallel worlds to kill the other versions of himself. Critics didn’t like the movie because the plot was hard to follow and the acting was bad. Next, he worked with director Yimou Zhang on the Chinese historical drama Hero, in which Li played a warrior in the 3rd century China. In 2002, the movie came out in China, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Then he worked with DMX again on the 2003 crime thriller Cradle 2 the Grave, which was not well received by critics or audiences.
Jet Li was on vacation the next year in the Maldives when a tsunami hit. Many people said that he had died in the accident. But he only hurt his foot a little bit while helping his 4-year-old daughter get to safety.
Safe and back on the big screen, Li next starred in Unleashed (2005). He played a man who was a captured killing machine for a crime family. The character was trained to become violent after his collar was removed. To prepare for the role, Li worked with an acting coach. “We looked at wild dogs at the shelter to see when they were hungry and when they were angry … I spent a few days on set, at night, with just bread and water, so I could feel it,” Li told Muscle & Fitness magazine. The film did well at the box office, entering at No. 3.
In his next film, Fearless (2006), Li played the role of the famous Chinese martial arts master Huo Yuanjia. The film tells the true story of Yuanjia’s near-death experience, the tragic loss of his family, and his triumphant victory over his foreign opponents in a martial arts competition. Critic Leonard Maltin called it “emotionally charged and visually stunning.” Fans were also enthusiastic, helping the film to # 2 at the box office on its opening weekend.
Li then starred as Rogue, a deadly assassin, in War (2007). In the film, Li plays a character who’s pursued by the partner of a FBI agent he assassinated. The film was panned by critics and grossed only $22 million at the box office. That same year, Li starred in the Chinese film The Warlords, directed by Peter Chan.
In The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), Li had the opportunity to work with another leading martial arts star, Jackie Chan. However, the film proved to be a disappointment. San Francisco Chronicle critic Peter Hartlaub wrote, “The film also provides a good answer to the question of why Chan and Li have yet to make a film together in their 55-year career together. Chan is a much better actor. As far as the fights and the movie go, it’s pretty much a draw.”
The Hollywood action sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was more successful for Li (2008). In the latest movie in The Mummy series, Li played a cruel Chinese emperor who was buried with 10,000 terra cotta soldiers. A young adventurer wakes him up from his eternal sleep (Luke Ford). The adventurer’s parents are played by Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello. They help him fight the evil emperor. Even though critics laughed at the movie, action fans loved it. At the box office, it made more than $100 million.
Li kept switching between movies made in Hollywood and movies made in China, and he was in two more movies. He was in Ocean Paradise, a Chinese story about a father and son. Li also had a small part in The Expendables, a Sylvester Stallone movie from 2010 about mercenaries who work together to get rid of a dictator in South America. Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, wrestler Steven Austin, and ultimate fighter Randy Couture were also in the movie. In 2012 and 2014, he played the lead role in the next movies in the popular series. He was also the emperor in the live-action remake of Mulan that will come out in 2020.
Li is an ambassador for the Red Cross. He does this because he is interested in helping people in need. Together with the Red Cross Society of China, he set up the Jet Li One Foundation. The group works in a number of different areas and helps people in China after disasters.
In 1999, Li got married to Nina. Together, they have two daughters. Li was first married to Qiuyan Huang from 1987 to 1990. From that first marriage, he has two daughters.
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