Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He began his career in the New Hollywood era and has had a really successful career. He is currently the most commercially successful director in the industry. Spielberg is a recipient of various awards. His numerous awards include three Academy Awards (with two for Best Director), a Kennedy Center honor, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.
Stay on this article as we take you through the biography, personal life, salary, earnings, and net worth of Steven Spielberg in 2022. To wrap it up, we’ll also tell you how Steven Spielberg became so wealthy.
Who is Steven Spielberg and how much of him do you know?
Full Name: Steven Allan Spielberg
Date of Birth: December 18, 1946
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S
Height: 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Kate Capshaw
Occupation: Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Self-made
Source of Wealth: Movies
Education: (BA), California State University, Long Beach
Years Active: 1959–present
Father: Arnold Spielberg (father)
Net Worth: $3.7 billion
Last Updated: January, 2022
Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s most well-known and celebrated figures. He made he fortunes from filmmaking, a career that has spanned over 5 decades. His estimated net worth is $3.7 billion. Steve has produced and directed more than 100 movie throughout his career.
Apart from making fortunes from film making, Steve also own properties real estate in California, New York City, and the Hamptons. Steve is also a recipient of numerous awards and honours.
Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father’s name is Arnold Spielberg and his mother’s name is Leah Arnold Spielberg. While growing up, his father was an electrical engineer while his mother was a restaurateur and concert pianist, Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957.
At age 13, Spielberg made a 40-minute war film, titled Escape to Nowhere, with a cast of school classmates. The film won first prize in a statewide competition. Spielberg made about fifteen to twenty 8 mm “adventure” films in Phoenix throughout his teens. He wrote and directed his first independent film in 1963, a 140-minute science fiction adventure called Firelight.
Steve never had interest in academics; his only aspiration was to be a filmmaker. To pursue his dreams, he applied to the University of Southern California’s film school but was turned down because of his mediocre grades. He then applied and enrolled at California State University, Long Beach. In 1968, Spielberg was given the opportunity to write and direct a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm Amblin’. It turned out to be an award winning movie and Steve was offered a seven-year directing contract. A year later, he dropped out of college to begin directing television productions for Universal. This made him the youngest director to be signed to a long-term plan with a major Hollywood studio. Spielberg returned to Long Beach in 2002 to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronic Media.
Spielberg began his career by directing one of the segments of the 1969 pilot episode of Night Gallery. The movie was written by Rod Serling and starred Joan Crawford. However, his contributions were not well received as he only started his job as an inexperienced newcomer.
In the early 1970s, He turned to writing screenplays with other writers, and then directing television episodes some of which include Marcus Welby, The Name of the Game, and others. In 1974, Spielberg made his debut in a theatrical film, The Sugarland Express. This was the beginning of his global arrival.
The billionaire film maker made his film breakthrough in 1975–1983. He directed Jaws, the movie that went on to win three Academy Awards, in Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound. This movie earned him more than more than $470 million. Spielberg became a household name after this movie in the Hollywood.
Subsequently, His next film was action-comedy 1941, in 1979. Upon release, the film earned him over $92.4 million.
Spielberg collaborated with Star Wars creator George Lucas on an action adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The success of the movie earned Spielberg his second nomination for Best Director, and best Picture. The movie also won five Academy Awards.
In 1982, Spielberg returned to science fiction with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. E.T. grossed $700 million worldwide, and generated a range of merchandise which would eventually earn up to $1 billion. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning Best Sound Effects, Best Special Effects, and Best Music.
In 1984, Spielberg founded production company Amblin Entertainment alongside Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.
In 1985, Spielberg directed The Color Purple, an adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The film also received eleven Academy Award nominations, and Spielberg won Best Director from the Director’s Guild of America.
In 1987 Spielberg shot his first movie, Empire of the Sun in Shangai, China. The film earned nomination for six Academy Awards and was also referred to as the best film of the year..
Steve has directed many movies between 2016 till date. Most of the movies are due to be released by 2023. .
Spielberg met actress Amy Irving in 1976 and married her in November 1985. In 1989, the couple divorced but agreed to live near each other to share custody of their son. Their divorce settlement is one of the most expensive in history.
Spielberg met actress Kate Capshaw when he cast her in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They married on October 12, 1991; Capshaw converted to Judaism before their marriage. Spielberg has 7 children
In 2013, Spielberg purchased the 282-foot (86 m) mega-yacht The Seven Seas for US$182 million. At US$1.2 million per month, it is one of the most expensive charters on the market. He has ordered a new 300-foot (91 m) yacht at a reported US$250 million.
What Legacies does Steven Spielberg have?
Spielberg has been given several recognitions throughout his career. Some of them include:
- Life Magazine nominated Spielberg as the most influential person of his generation in 1996
- Premiere magazine ranked him first in the list of 100 Most Powerful people in movies in 2003.
- Empire magazine ranked him number one on the list of the greatest film directors of all time in 2005
- In 2013, Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 Most Important People of the Century.
- Forbes‘ magazine ranked him first in the list of Most Influential Celebrities of 2014.
- As of 2022, Forbes estimates his net worth at $3.7 billion.
Awards and Recognitions
All together, Steven Spielberg has gotten 313 nominations for different categories of awards. However, he has won a total of about 70 awards. He is a recipient of Best Director Award, Best picture Award, AFI Life Achievement Award, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, among others.
Steven Spielberg Net Worth, Salary and Earnings in 2022
As of January 2022 , Steven Spielberg has an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion. He made he fortunes from filmmaking, a career that has spanned over 5 decades. He also makes money from his real estates.
Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He began his career in the New Hollywood era and has had a really successful career. He is currently the most commercially successful director in the industry with an estmiated net worth of $3.7 billion in 2022. Spielberg is a recipient of various awards. His numerous awards include three Academy Awards (with two for Best Director), a Kennedy Center honor, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.