His grandfather was a professional wrestler, and his father was a professional wrestler, but Dwayne Johnson had a different athletic path in mind while he was growing up. Johnson was a highly talented football player in high school, and was recruited to play for the University of Miami team, one of the best in the nation. Johnson won a national title while in college, and it appeared he was bound for an NFL career before injuries hindered him.
Johnson wound up in the Canadian Football League, but was cut from the Calgary Stampeders in 1995 after just two months. Johnson then turned his attention to wrestling like many in his family did, being called up to the WWE in 1996. Johnson quickly made his way up the ladder of the industry’s biggest promoter, and was soon a main event player.
While he was at the top, Johnson developed a charismatic persona simply known as “The Rock” and he proclaimed himself to be “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.” Johnson was massively popular (or hated, which is a good thing) by the crowd, making him a huge draw. As people were buying merchandise with Johnson’s face on it and pay per views that featured him in the main event, he started earning a lot of money.
Although the contract details with his first run with the WWE weren’t made public like his most recent returns, it’s still estimated that they were upward of $5 million per year with merchandise sales and travel accommodations added on top. These days, it’s estimated that Johnson is worth between $170 million and $210 million to make him the second richest person in wrestling history behind WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
In the early 2000’s, Johnson started to stray away from professional wrestling as Hollywood came calling, and he earned $5.5 million to play a role in “The Scorpion King”. Since the salary and work schedule was much easier, Johnson decided to make acting his full time job. Johnson’s next starring role was in “The Rundown”, which earned him another $12.5 million.
More roles came afterward, and he earned $15 million from “Walking Tall” the next year. Johnson would continue to earn millions from starring in films, including a huge $32.6 million payday for “Fast Five”. Recent years have been massive for Johnson, as he made a total of $36 million in 2012 with another “Fast and Furious” film, but he still wasn’t done there.
In 2013, Johnson earned a whopping $44 million, including $5 million from the WWE for a part time return where he became the WWE Champion. Endorsements are estimated to be adding a couple of million dollars each year for Johnson, including Under Armour and (for some reason), CoverGirl cosmetics. Johnson has also been smart with his stock investments, and has opened several restaurants in the United States.
Johnson has a perfume out called With Love from Dwayne as part of the Dwayne Johnson Seduction line, putting another $1 million in his pocket. In 2014, Johnson had another year that was even bigger, making $52 million from earnings, with a massive chunk of it coming from his role in “Hercules”.
It is estimated that in 2015, Johnson has earned another $31.5 million due to a busy schedule from films like “Furious 7”, “San Andreas” and “Ballers”, his HBO show that he is also a producer for. Johnson isn’t close to done, as he still has two “Journey” sequels, another “Fast and Furious” sequel, “Central Intelligence”, “Shazam!” and even more films scheduled to come out over the next few years.
There is also a chance that Johnson could make another return to the WWE, which would net him another $5 million at least, even in a part time role. In terms of assets, Johnson has an impressive car collection that includes a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante and a new Ford F150. Johnson also owns a mansion in Beverly Hills in a private neighborhood that is estimated to be worth $5 million.
Most wrestlers don’t have much to do when their careers in the ring or over, but that’s definitely not the case for Johnson. Even at 43 years old, he’s as big of a draw as he ever was, and the movie roles, endorsements and calls from Vince McMahon will probably never stop coming. Expect Dwayne Johnson’s net worth to continue to grow in the future.