At the age of 73, Amitabh Bachchan has done it all. He has acted in over one hundred movies, run successful businesses, been a member of parliament, made it big in the music industry and become the richest Hollywood actor with a net worth of $400 million dollars.
Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth - $400 Million
Birth Name - Amitabh Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Date of birth - October 11, 1942
Zodiac Sign - Libra
Birth Place - Allahabad, United Provinces, British India
Nationality - Indian
Height - 6' 1"
Profession - Actor, producer, singer, television presenter;
This long and lucrative career began in 1969 when he landed a role as a voice Narrator in the Hit film Bhuvan Shome, which won a national Award. He would later land an acting role in Saat Hindustani. Amitabh stood out because of his great looks, height and distinctive deep voice. He made a name for himself in not time as the “Angry Young Man of Hindi movies”. He exuded such charm and appeal which attracted thousands of people to see his movies which made the filmmakers and himself rich. Casting him in the movies seemed like a sure way to succeed.
For his first job Amitabh got paid just 1000 rupees (usd15) but with his success and fame he has since risen in the ranks with a price tag of 7 crores (about $1.08M) per movie. He made a lot of his money in the 70s as a new actor bringing something Bollywood had not seen before.
Amitabh Bachchan created an image for himself when he was cast in the leading role in the movie Zanjeer, a 1973 hit movie where he played the part of Inspector Vijay Khanna, this movie is considered by some as the best performance by Amitabh and it earned him the title of “The Angry Young Man” this performance earned him a nomination for Best Actor. He went on to star in so many other movies that were a success at the box office raking in millions of dollars.
With his success came endorsement deals. Amitabh has made a lot of money by appearing in advertisements for different companies including Parker Pens, Pepsi, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Dabur Honey and the like.
Also with a strong voice like his, many producers have booked him to provide narrations for different movies and documentaries. Notable among them is the French Documentary “March of the Penguins” which won an Oscar in 2005. He has also been a radio presenter as well as playback singer and these have added to his Net Worth.
Like most actors, Bachchan ventured into the TV industry. In 2000, he was the host of a new TV series which compares to the British Who wants to be a Millionaire. The Game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” received a huge following and run for 3 seasons until Bachchan fell ill. In 2009, he returned to host the third season of “The Big Boss” and then in 2010 He hosted the fourth season of the game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” which was a big success and gained recognition winning major awards. His most recent TV role was in 2014 Sony Entertainment Series “Yudh.”
Another huge contributor to Amitabh Bachchan’s Net worth is his investment in different companies. He recently invested in Indian Telecom company Just Dial and the profits are beyond 10 crores (over $1 million). He has shares in Ziddu.com which is a cloud-based content distribution platform, he generally invests in a number of start-up companies that seem to be doing quite well. During a time when his acting career was at a slump, in an attempt to revive it, he invested in the movie industry, setting up Amitabh Bachchan Corporation which is a production company.
In the 1980s, Bachchan made a short stint in politics, contesting for a seat in parliament which he won by over 60 percent but after only 3 years he had had enough of it and retired defining politics as a cesspool.
Houses and Cars
With a net worth of 400 million dollars, it is no surprise that he lives a life of luxury with a number of houses across India and other countries. The most notable is his house Pratiksha which is said to be the most famous building in the area valued at over 75 cores (over $11 million) and another bungalow with a staggering price of 160 crores ( $24 million).
Bachchan is also known to have a love for luxury cars and has a collection of them which include a Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Porsche Cayman, Jeep, Lamborghini and many more all with a price tag over 1 million dollars.