Jackie Chan is one of the world’s most famous and long-tenured martial arts superstars. Since making his film debut in 1963, the venerable Kung Fu movie innovator has acted steadily for over half a century, now holding over 140 film credits to his name. Aside from starring in a few franchises of his own, he’s also starred in movies with fellow martial artists like Jet Li, as well as a huge number of beloved Western actors.
When he was a young stuntman, Chan even had the honor of working with Bruce Lee himself. Although Chan says he liked Lee, the future Drunken Master decided to do his own stunts on Enter the Dragon because he was annoyed to see Lee using a body double. So yeah, Jackie Chan is the kind of guy who started his movie career by one-upping Bruce Lee.
Combine that go-getter attitude and martial expertise with a significant amount of producing, writing, and directing credits, as well as the fact that Chan has even performed some of the songs on his movies’ soundtracks, and it’s easy to see what a massive multi-talent he is. So with a career as long, diverse, and acrobatic as his, it’s no surprise that Chan has managed to build himself into a massively bankable star.
In fact, Western audiences can’t even fathom how popular he truly is: While his blend of physical comedy and martial arts is popular in the West, he’s practically unstoppable in his native stomping grounds of east Asia. Just look at his earnings. In 2015, he was the second-highest-paid actor in the whole world, with only the Marvel-empowered Robert Downey Jr. inching ahead of him. So knowing all this, it’s probably worth asking: just how much money does Jackie Chan actually have?
Well, lots of money. Like, a seriously huge amount. Turns out, a career that has spanned over six decades has left Jackie Chan with plenty of petty cash, as sites like Celebrity Net Worth and Men’s Health report his net worth at somewhere in the region of $400 million. Of course, that’s probably an estimate at best, since Jackie Chan is still making bundles of money to this day. The man was born in 1954, yet he remains such a huge name and active presence that he could probably put together another $400 million before he gets around to retiring.
After all, according to Forbes, Chan earned an absurd $58 million in 2019 alone. If his vast fortune came just from acting, Chan’s earnings would amount to an average of a little under $3 million per movie. However, he has several other sources of income, too. As one of the world’s biggest superstars, he obviously has plenty of endorsement deals, and he also has his hands on a great many aspects of the film-making industry, including co-owning several production companies and operating his own chain of cinemas.
According to Forbes, a lot of this has to do with the fact that Chan is what they call “the Mickey Mouse of Chinese culture,” with a name that acts a massive brand that makes money wherever he sees fit to stamp it. As one of the few people with massive film industry accolades in both East and West, he’s also in an incredibly powerful position in the current media atmosphere, where China is seen as an increasingly important market. Oh, and he also has a seat in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which gives him no small amount of political clout.
And remember those songs he performs on his soundtracks? Well, they didn’t come out of anywhere. Jackie Chan is both a classically trained Chinese opera singer and a hugely popular pop singer in China. This isn’t just a recent vanity project, either; he released his first pop record, Love Me, in 1984. That means Chan has managed to juggle a dual career of pop stardom and martial arts superstardom all these decades, while also building a giant media empire on the side. Let’s see Jet Li do that.