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If there's one thing in this world I know to be true, it's that Jennifer Aniston is a cultural icon. With a career in show business that spans four decades, she's become a household name (and heartthrob) for millions of people. Of course, the 54-year-old isn't resting on her laurels. She's still out there crushing it in Hollywood and at home, with a hit TV show, a haircare line, and a partnership with buzzy fitness brand Pvolve.
Speaking of work, The Morning Show is coming back for a third season on September 13—and Jennifer is once again starring as morning show host Alex Levy. So, it’s only natural to have questions about the actress's massive bank account, and where it stands now after forty years in showbiz.
So, what is Jennifer Aniston's net worth and how’d she rake it all in? Here’s a look back.
She moved to LA in 1989 to start acting.
Jennifer was born in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, but her family relocated to NYC when she was a child, according to IMDB. She told Allure last year that she moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to try and jump-start her acting career.
Jennifer even shared a little bit of what it was like trying to find her spotlight in Hollywood. “I walked into a party in Laurel Canyon. This girl says, ‘Come with us. We’re doing a circle.’ I was like, ‘What’s a circle?’ It was all women and they saged you before you went in,” Jennifer said.
“Then a talking stick, I’m sure with feathers on it. The women call in the four directions, and I’m like, ‘What the fuck is going on? Am I in a cult?’ Hours later, woman after woman, just speaking, sharing thoughts and fears, worries. How incredible women are for each other. That’s how I got into that world, which I guess would be called Woo Woo. It was very Woo Woo.”
How much did Jennifer Aniston get paid for Friends?
Jennifer’s big break came in 1994 when she landed the role of Rachel Green in Friends. The show took off, and the cast members later made headlines when they banded together to demand higher salaries.
“I’m aware that I have had a pretty easy time in terms of my experience in the business,” she on The Radio Times, per The Evening Standard. “But even back on Friends, it wasn’t so much about women being paid the same as men—some of the women were being paid more.”
Jennifer said that the negotiations were more about the fact that, “'We’re doing equal work and we all deserve to be compensated in the same way.’ I wouldn’t feel good going to work knowing someone was getting x amount and I was getting something greater.”
During the 2003 and 2004 seasons of Friends, Jennifer Aniston and her co-stars earned $1 million each per episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She also reportedly gets a 2 percent cut of the share of $1 billion royalties Friends earns each year.
She’s been in a ton of super successful films.
After Friends, Jennifer moved on to movies—and that was a smart move because she’s been in a ton of box office hits. Here’s a brief list, per IMDB:
The Break-Up Watch Now
The Good Girl Watch Now
We’re the Millers Watch Now
Horrible Bosses Watch Now
Just Go with It Watch Now
Marley and Me Watch Now
The Switch Watch Now
Murder Mystery Watch Now
Apparently, Jen took home $5 million for her role in We're the Millers, and $8 million for Marley and Me, according to The Hollywood Reporter and E!. And while it's not totally clear what her paychecks looked like for her other film roles, securing a big name like Jennifer Aniston probably cost production companies quite a bit of money.
She’s currently starring in The Morning Show.
The Morning Show, which co-stars Reese Witherspoon, is an award-winning show that debuted in 2019. Jennifer was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award in 2020 for her role playing anchor Alex Levy. The series is on its third season, and she now makes $2 million an episode (yes, per episode!), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Massive paycheck aside, it looks like Jen and Reese have the *best* time on set together, which is honestly priceless.
She does a lot of product endorsement deals.
Jennifer also has her hand in a bunch of products and brands, including:
In fact, Jen is such a Pvolve fan that she frequently posts on Instagram about her workouts.
She owns several luxe properties.
Jennifer’s gotta do something with all that cash. Her real estate portfolio includes a home in Montecito, California, where she lives near Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; a Beverly Hills mansion; and a Bel Air mansion, according to Architectural Digest.
Her Montecito manse is apparently a "Mediterranean-style" home that used to be owned by Oprah Winfrey. But it's hardly the first fabulous property Jennifer has owned. When she and Brad Pitt got married in 2001, they lived in a $13.1 million Beverly Hills home, where they added a tennis court and guest house, per AD. They sold it for $28 million in the divorce, and Jen moved into a $13.5 million mansion (still in Beverly Hills) in 2006. Eventually, she sold that one too, for $38 million, the outlet reported.
In 2011, Jennifer spent $7.01 million on two West Village condos in Manhattan that included a penthouse with a wraparound terrace, AD said. She sold it a short time later for $6.5 million in 2012.
TBH, Jennifer seems to just interior design. “If I wasn’t an actress, I’d want to be a designer,” she AD during a tour of one of her homes.. “I love the process. There’s something about picking out fabrics and finishes that feeds my soul.”
So, what's her total net worth?
Thanks to her early success in Friends and her hustle in Hollywood, Jennifer is now worth a cool $320 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. While she's not as wealthy as Jennifer Lopez or her ex-hubby Brad Pitt (who are both worth $400 million), she is definitely killing it in the money department. And since Jennifer is still raking in Friends royalties, you best bet she will be living comfortably for a loooooong time.
While that all sinks in, you can find me catching up on The Morning Show's second season before the new one drops tomorrow.
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