American actress Jami Gertz is the world’s richest actress, with a net worth of more than $3 billion.
Many people may be unfamiliar with the name, and they may think that names like Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, or the Olsen sisters are more popular. However, Gertz’s profits exceed 5-10 times the net worths of these women.
Despite the fact that she did not have a particularly prosperous acting career. The reason for this is because Gertz amassed a fortune in business. Jami is a co-owner of the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks with her businessman husband Tony Ressler, and she also has various other business interests.
Jami Gertz was born in 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the nearby Glenview suburb. Sharyn and Walter Gertz, a constructor and contractor, are her parents. Scott and Michael are her two brothers. They are all Jewish and were raised in a Conservative Jewish home.
Jami attended Maine East High School before enrolling at NYU for a degree in Theater Arts. She began acting in the early 1980s, and her first television appearance was in the 1981 film On the Right Track.
Film and television career
After being discovered in a nationwide talent competition in the late 1970s, the 57-year-old began her acting career as a child actor. Endless Love was her cinematic debut in 1981, and she went on to star in other films and TV shows over the years, including Twister, Still Standing, and The Neighbours.
Gertz curtailed her cinema appearances after the 1990s, starring in only five films after 1997. During this time, she has appeared in various TV shows, including Ally McBeal, for which she received an Emmy nod in 2001. Her most recent appearance was a cameo in the 2022 film I Want You Back.
In addition to her acting career, Gertz is a wealthy businesswoman who owns multiple businesses. Jami is the founder and owner of JG&A, LLC, a consulting organization that offers start-up companies entrepreneurship advice and support.
She previously co-founded Henry Rose, a lifestyle brand of finely produced home products, lovely accessories, and necessary pharmacy things. She works with a number of high-profile technology firms, including Zinc Health as a Strategic Advisor on Women’s Health Initiatives and Women@Work Ventures as an Advisory Board Member.
Gertz has three children with Tony Ressler, whom she married in 1989. Tony co-founded their private equity business Apollo Global Management a year after their marriage, then Ares Management in 1997. Apollo is projected to manage about $300 billion in assets, whereas Ares is estimated to manage over $136 billion. Ares’ equity is estimated to be 33% owned by the Resslers.
When their net worth reached $1 billion in 2015, the now-billionaire pair made their first appearance on the list of billionaires. Toni and Jami’s combined net worth was estimated to be $1.8 billion in 2017. Their net worth climbed to $3 billion by 2020. Jami Gertz’s net worth is now $3 billion, while Tony Ressler’s net worth is assessed to be $5.7 billion by Forbes.