Richard Gere’s net worth is estimated to be $120 million.
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Richard Gere is a wealthy American actor who is worth $120 million. Richard Gere began his career in the 1970s and is probably best known for roles in films such as “Pretty Woman,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and “Chicago.” He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among other acting accolades, and he is also an advocate for Tibet’s human rights.
Richard Gere is a versatile actor who has long been considered one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men. Richard Tiffany Gere was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1949. Doris Ann Gere was a housewife, and his father, Homer George Gere, worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an insurance agent. Gere earned his high school diploma in 1967 from North Syracuse Central High School, where he excelled in trumpet, music, and gymnastics. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship and majored in philosophy, but dropped out after two years and never graduated.
Career in Acting
In his early years, Richard established himself as a rising star in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. He began his professional career in 1969 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod. In 1973, he made his Broadway debut in the original West End production of Grease in London. Gere was one of the first Hollywood actors to portray a homosexual character in 1979 Broadway production Bent, in which he starred as a gay Holocaust survivor. He won his first Theater World Award for his performance.
Gere made his Hollywood film debut in the mid-to-late 1970s. He was cast in the lead role of 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush but was replaced following a fight with his would-be co-star, Sylvester Stallone. He quickly gained prominence for his roles in independent films such as the drama Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1980). (1978). Gere first came to prominence in 1980 with his role in American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and sex symbol. He cemented his reputation as a leading man by starring in several successful films, including 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman opposite Debra Winger. Gere’s performances in both of these films catapulted him to stardom when they grossed $130 million and earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast.
Gere resurfaced in 1990 with the release of Internal Affairs, following a quiet decade in the 1980s. Gere starred opposite Julie Roberts in the ground-breaking Pretty Woman that same year. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning Richard his second Golden Globe nomination. Gere’s success continued into the 1990s with Sommersby, Primal Fear in 1996, and Runaway Bride in 1999. Gere was later named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1999. He began the new decade by starring in the blockbuster film The Mothman Prophecies and co-starring in Unfaithful alongside Diane Lane (both 2002 releases). Gere won his first Golden Globe Award later that year for his performance in the musical film adaptation Chicago. Gere’s ballroom dancing abilities were put to the test in 2004’s drama Shall We Dance? The film grossed an estimated $170 million worldwide. His next major success came in 2007’s semi-autobiographical film I’m Not There, in which he was one of six actors cast as a young Bob Dylan. Gere reunited with Diane Lane for the second time in 2008’s romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe, which was a commercial success (grossing $84 million worldwide) but received widespread criticism from critics.
Gere’s most recent feature film, Nights in Rodanthe, was produced by a major studio. Gere has been rumored to have been exiled from Hollywood due to his views on China, which is a significant financial source for major studios. He has since appeared in a number of independent films. He was nominated for his fourth Golden Globe for the independent film Arbitrage in 2012. He also strayed significantly from his usual type of character when he starred in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer in 2016. RogerEbert.com praised his portrayal of Norman Oppenheimer as “consistently, completely fascinating.”
Richard Gere has maintained a consistent film presence over a four-decade career, frequently surprising audiences with new surges of craft and charm. Gere is an accomplished musician in addition to being a multitalented and well-rounded performer. He wrote and performed the piano theme for Pretty Woman, as well as a guitar solo for Runaway Bride. Additionally, he studied tap dance for his role in Chicago and extensive karate for An Officer and a Gentleman.
Gere has also garnered attention away from the cameras for his high-profile but brief marriage to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995, his spiritual commitment to Buddhism, and his political support for Tibet. From 1971 to 1978, he was in a relationship with Penelope Milford. In the mid-1980s, he had brief relationships with Priscilla Presley and Kim Basinger. Gere married model and actress Cary Lowell in November 2002. Homer James Jigme Gere, born in February 2000, is their son. They divorced in 2013, following a lengthy court battle in New York County Supreme Court. In October 2016, the case was settled.
Gere married Alejandra Silva, a Spanish activist, in early April 2018 and the couple welcomed a son in February 2019.
Gere, as previously stated, is an advocate for Tibet’s human rights. He co-founded Tibet House in the United States, founded the Gere Foundation, and serves as Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet’s Board of Directors. As a result of his support for the Tibetan Independence Movement, he is permanently barred from entering the People’s Republic of China.
Gere is a supporter of Survival International, an organization dedicated to the protection of tribal peoples’ lands and rights worldwide. He wrote a book, We Are One: A Tribal Peoples Celebration, in 2009, and all royalties and sales proceeds benefit Survival International. Gere also campaigns for environmental causes and HIV awareness. He aided in the establishment of AIDS Care Home, an Indian residential facility for women and children living with HIV. In 1999, Richard established the Gere Foundation India Trust.
Gere campaigned for and supported Hilary Clinton for President in 2016, contributing $2,700 to her campaign.
Residential Real Estate
Richard paid $6.9 million for Strongheart Manor in Sag Harbor, New York (in the Southamptons) in 2005. The six-acre property features a 300-foot bay frontage and expansive lawns. He then extensively renovated the property over the next few years, focusing on the 14,000-square-foot main house. Richard listed the property for sale at $70 million in 2013. He initially offered $47.5 million, but eventually accepted $36.5 million. The purchaser was television host Matt Lauer.
Richard’s primary residence is a magnificent fifty-plus-acre compound estate in Pound Ridge, New York. Richard listed this estate for sale for $28 million in January 2022.
He also co-owns the Bedford Post Inn, which is located near this residence.
Richard and his wife Silva spent $10.5 million in two transactions (one was $9.8 million) in 2020 to build a new 35-acre estate in the New York town of North Salem.
Additionally, he owns a residence in New York City.