Everything We Know About Joaquin Phoenix’s Net Worth (Including His ‘Joker’ Paycheck)

Success is an understatement

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Joaquin Phoenix blew us away with his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in Joker, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Not only will he reprise his role in the upcoming film Joker: Folie à Deux, but he also recently starred as Napoleon Bonaparte in Napoleon and Beau Wasserman in Beau Is Afraid. All of these contributed to Phoenix's net worth and the latter earned him a 2024 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). 

Phoenix previously revealed that his career was inspired by his brother, River, who passed away in 1993. “We were so removed from kind of the entertainment world,” he told Anderson Cooper (via CBS News). “We didn't watch entertainment shows. We didn’t have the entertainment magazines in our house.” But even without an entertainment-filled childhood, Phoenix has been blessed with a large amount of work in the industry.

Due to his recent success, the 49-year-old actor has accumulated an impressive net worth of $80 million. Keep scrolling for all the details on Joaquin Phoenix’s net worth.

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1. What Is Joaquin Phoenix's Net Worth?

Joaquin Phoenix is an actor, director and producer and, therefore, has various sources of income. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he’s worth an estimated $80 million, which is total retirement goals.

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2. How Did He Earn His Income?

The majority of Phoenix’s income stems from his successful acting career. His official IMDB page reports that his highest-paying films are Joker: Folie à Deux ($20 million), The Village ($5 million), Joker ($4.5 million), Walk the Line ($3.5 million) and Signs ($1 million). He even received $375,000 for a supporting role in the Marquis de Sade biopic Quills.

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3. Does He Do Charity Work?

In addition to acting, Joaquin is a dedicated philanthropist. Not only does he regularly support organizations like Amnesty International and the Peace Alliance, but he’s also on the board of directors for a non-profit called The Lunchbox Fund, which helps feed young students in South Africa.

Phoenix is also a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist. “I think we influence our families and friends with our decisions. Veganism is a lifestyle—it means not using animals in any way,” he told VegNews. “I think it is important to learn about our shoes, purses, and where we get leather from, and just educate ourselves as much as possible.”

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4. How Much Did Joaquin Phoenix Get Paid for Joker?

As we mentioned above, Phoenix raked in a cool $4.5 million for his titular role in Joker. The Todd Phillips-directed film brought in nearly $850 million worldwide after only three weeks in theaters, so yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.

Phoenix previously revealed that he was drawn to the character’s dark qualities. “There were times where I really felt for him,” he said, according to CBS News. “And there were times where I was disappointed and repulsed by his behavior, right? And I liked that.”

5. How Much Did Joaquin Phoenix Get Paid for Joker: Folie à Deux?

According to IMDB, the actor made a whopping $20 million for the upcoming film. Joker: Folie à Deux will premiere on October 4, 2024, and it will feature both new and returning cast members, including Phoenix, Lady Gaga and Zazie Beetz. 

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...