Amber Heard’s career had just taken off when the multi-million dollar legal case between her and Johnny Depp began, now its financial impact could destroy it.
It wouldn’t be too far to say that many people hadn’t seen or heard of Amber Heard until she divorced Johnny Depp.
Some Australians are said to have first heard of the actor and model when she and husband Depp felt the wrath of the Australian Border Force (and Barnaby Joyce) over their infamous dog smuggling saga.
But compared to her ex-husband, she is relatively unknown; and among many others, better recognized for her courtroom appearances than her screen roles.
Nonetheless, the ongoing multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit has drawn public attention to the couple, their careers, marriage and divorce, past relationships, charitable contributions (or lack thereof), and bank balances.
At this point, their reputation is shattered, so what is left to lose but their wealth?
Amber Heard’s net worth
Heard’s exact net worth is the subject of debate. fox business reports that it is US$8 million (just over AU$11.2 million), while Celebrity Net Worth lists Heard’s net worth at US$2.5 million (just over AU$3.5 million).
The libel lawsuit laid bare the couple’s finances and revealed Heard won $10 million in gross revenue between 2013 and 2019.
It’s a staggering contrast to her ex-husband’s reported net worth – a staggering US$150 million (about AU$210 million).
But unlike Depp’s well-established career, Heard had only just had his first big hit when the court battles began.
Her career started as a model in New York, before moving to Los Angeles and starring in music videos and landing minor roles in TV series like jack and bobby, The mountainand CO.
She made her first film appearance in Friday night lights (2004), and began a checkered career that totaled 51 acting credits, according to IMDB.
Her first starring role was in the 2006 slasher film All the boys love Mandy Lane (a flop), but his most notable roles include Seth Rogen’s much younger love interest for Pineapple Expressa brief appearance in zombielandand its supporting role in The rum journalwhere she met Depp.
After a series of small roles in 2015 – notably Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl – Heard scored her biggest role yet: Mera in the 2018 blockbuster Aquaman.
Heard was reportedly paid $5 million for the role and, after the film grossed $1 billion worldwide, $10 million for the 2023 sequel. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Her pursuit of the project attracted millions of people to sign a petition calling for her character to be overhauled.
In addition to movies, Heard has 31 professional modeling creditsincluding campaigns with Guess, a global ambassador with L’Oréal Paris (worth $1.625 million), and collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival and Harper’s Bazaar.
How does she compare to Depp?
Johnny Depp has been acting for about as long as his ex-wife has been alive, and in that time he’s amassed a staggering amount of money, international real estate, businesses, and vintage motor vehicles.
Forbes named him the “most overpaid” actor twice as he charges, on average, more than $20 million per acting contract.
Despite squandering most of his sky-high wealth in 2016, Depp is still worth US$150 million, compared to Heard’s $2.5 million.
What did Heard get in the divorce?
Not a lot.
He certainly didn’t give her half his fortune like he promised to give his partner of 14 years and mother of his children, the French model Vanessa Paradis during their separation.
Although she received a $7 million settlement after her initial abuse allegations from Depp in 2016, she has pledged to donate the funds to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union. It has since been revealed in court that she only donated a small portion of the funds.
But even when their divorce was finalized in 2017, Depp kept all of his international real estate — including the private island where they married — and his collection of vintage vehicles. Heard, meanwhile, left with the two terriers, a horse and two vehicles.
After their divorce, Heard filed for spousal support, asking for $50,000 a month to cover various expenses, including $10,000 for rent, $2,000 for restaurant meals and $10,000 for pet supplies. company and legal fees.
At the time, she said she only earned a small income, including $27,000 in film royalties, and proved her savings were only $25,000 at the time. according to celebrity net worth. She later withdrew her request.
What about Johnny’s other exes?
Even compared to his former exes, Paradis, Kate Moss and original muse Winona Ryder (who is worth a comfortable $18 million), Heard’s finances barely compare.
From 2022, Vanessa Paradis has a net worth of $100 millionafter a long and successful career as a singer, actress and model.
And Kate Moss, the legendary British model of the 1990s, who testified in this latest libel case, is worth an estimate $70 million.
Reminder: Heard is worth around $2.5 million.
As the court drama unfolds, one thing is certain, the final verdict of this trial will have a significant impact on the lives of Depp and Heard; but especially Heard.