|Estimated value:||€275 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
As one of the most successful international actors in the film industry, Brad Pitt has become indispensable. In his now more than 30-year career, he has been the leading actor in numerous films of various genres. He also attracted media attention because of his private life and here above all to the equally successful actress Angelina Jolie. In addition to Angelina Jolie, with whom he has three biological and two adopted children and from whom he has been separated since 2016, Brad Pitt was also regularly featured in the gossip press because of his relationship with Jennifer Aniston. After all, Brad Pitt is also a voice actor and also a successful film producer – his film ’12 Years a Slave’, for example, won several Oscars in 2014.
William Bradly – ‘Brad’ for short – Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA and grew up as the eldest brother with his siblings Doug and Julie in Missouri and here in the city of Springfield. His mother worked as a school counselor and his father was a trucking company manager. Both were strict Baptists, Brad Pitt grew up under a strict religious upbringing. As a child, he sang in the church choir and graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1982. He then began studying advertising and journalism at the University of Missouri. However, he broke off his studies shortly before the end to start his acting career. So he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked, among other things, as a chauffeur for strippers. Thanks to this job, he finally came into contact with the successful drama teacher Roy London. This paved Brad Pitt’s way into the film industry, but first he had to make ends meet with smaller jobs such as for a commercial for the Levis brand or advertising for potato chips.
Brad Pitt’s film career finally took off with the film ‘Hunk’ (1987), in which he made his debut with a minor role. Other smaller roles followed before he played four episodes of the television series ‘Dallas’ for the first time in 1987 and 1988 and became known to a larger audience here with the role of ‘Randy’. In 1988 he finally landed his first starring role in the romance film ‘Dark Side of the Sun’; however, it was only released in 1997 as an American-Yugoslav co-production. After he was able to get a few more supporting roles towards the end of the 1980s, he had his first major breakthrough in 1991. Here Brad Pitt played the role of a young lover opposite Geena Davis in ‘Thelma & Louise’. After ‘A River Runs Through It’ (1992) and other smaller roles, Brad Pitt finally had his international breakthrough in 1994. He owed this to the film ‘Interview with the Vampire’, in which Tom Cruise also played. He then continued his success with ‘Legends of Passion’ (1994), ‘Seven’ and ’12 Monkeys’ (both 1995) and ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ (1997) and strengthened his position in the film industry. Brad Pitt’s winning streak then continued unhindered. He regularly made films for various producers and alongside other famous actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton. The list of his most successful films is therefore long; however, ‘Fight Club’ (1999), ‘Troy’ (2004) and ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009) deserve special mention.
In addition to the large number of box-office hits, in which Brad Pitt often played the leading role, he was also able to win many important awards in his long career. So far he has been nominated for more than 100 prizes and won 50 awards. These include 7 Oscars, 6 Golden Globes, 3 Emmys and 4 British Academy Film Awards.
“I’m not a big defender of happiness. I think that’s very overrated. I think misery is underestimated. There is so much value in that. You can’t have one without the other.”
“I personally like to grow old: with age comes wisdom and I have said it before and I repeat I will embrace the wisdom of youth anytime.”
“In Missouri, where I’m from, we don’t talk about what we do, we just do it. When we talk about it, it looks like boastful.”
“You have to lose everything to gain anything.”
“You become what you are. You are in control of your own destiny.”
Brad Pitt has already been named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by American People magazine twice – in 1995 and 2000. He was also a vegan for a long time and is one of the five most influential Hollywood personalities alongside Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition, Brad Pitt is very interested in architecture and is committed to environmental protection. He owns the ‘Make It Right’ foundation, with which he supported the reconstruction of destroyed residential areas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with a special focus on sustainability and climate neutrality.
|Estimated value:||€275 million|