16 Million Dollars
What is the Net Worth and Salary of Steven Seagal?
American martial artist, action movie star, screenwriter, producer, and musician Steven Seagal has a net worth of $16 million. He amassed his fortune as one of the most popular action film stars of the 1980s and 1990s.
Childhood and Martial Arts
Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, on April 10, 1952. When he was five years old, he moved to Fullerton, California with his parents, Patricia and Samuel. He attended Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California, and from 1970 to 1971 he attended Fullerton College.
As a child, he began his martial arts training with Shito-ryu karate and aikido. At the urging of a Japanese coworker at a Garden Grove dojo, Seagal traveled to Japan for the first time at the age of seventeen. In 1974, he met Miyako Fujitani, the daughter of an aikido master from Osaka who was instructing in Los Angeles. Miyako was also a black belt of the second degree. When she decided to return to Osaka, he moved to Japan with her and taught at the school owned by her family (he is often stated to have been the first non-Asian to open a dojo in Japan).
Before returning to Japan, he returned to Taos, New Mexico, where he opened a dojo with his student Craig Dunn. 1983 marked his second return to the United States, when he and student Haruo Matsuoka opened an aikido dojo in West Hollywood, California. They separated in 1997.
While leaving his partners in charge of the dojos they had opened together, Seagal pursued other endeavors, including action films in Hollywood. Seagal began to make significant Hollywood connections, which assisted him in landing jobs as the martial arts coordinator for “The Challenge” and “Never Say Never Again.” His acting debut was in the 1988 film “Above the Law,” which was directed by Andrew Davis and released by Columbia Pictures. It was a success, and it was followed by the 1990 films “Hard to Kill,” “Marked for Death,” and “Out for Justice” (1991). All of these were successful at the box office, and they helped to solidify his status as an action hero. His breakthrough in the mainstream occurred with the 1992 film “Under Siege,” which was also directed by Andrew Davis. The film ultimately grossed $156.4 million worldwide. In 1994, Seagal debuted as a director with the film “On Deadly Ground.” The film (in which he also co-starred) was a departure for him because it dealt with spiritual and environmental issues in a significant way. It was poorly received by the critics, but Seagal considers it a career-defining moment.
The sequel to his most successful film, “Under Siege,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” was released in 1995. In the late 1990s, he also worked on “Executive Decision” (1996), “The Glimmer Man” (1996), and “Fire Down Below” (1997). With the 1998 film “The Patriot,” which he produced with his own money and shot near his Montana farm, he transitioned to direct-to-video work. Since late 2001, all of his film work has been released direct-to-video (DTV) in North America, with the sole exception of “Machete” (2010). He is also frequently credited as a producer and occasionally a screenwriter on a number of these DTV films, including “Belly of the Beast” (2003), “Out of Reach” (2004), “Black Dawn” (2005), “Submerged” (2005), “Urban Justice” (2007), “Kill Switch” (2008), “Pistol Whipped” (2008), “Against the Dark” (2009), “Driven to Kill” (2009), “A Dangerous Man” (2009), and (2010).
In addition to his film career, Seagal has made television appearances. In 2009, he starred in the A&E reality series “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” and in 2011, he produced and starred in the thirteen-episode series “True Justice.” Seagal, who plays the guitar, has also had a successful music career, with his songs appearing in a number of his films. Two of his albums feature collaborations with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Tony Rebel.
Seagal established Seagal Enterprises. In 2005, the company marketed an energy drink named “Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt,” which has since been discontinued. In addition, he has marketed products such as aftershave and a line of knives. In 2013, he joined the newly-formed Russian firearms manufacturer ORSIS, promoting the company and lobbying for a relaxation of US import restrictions on Russian sporting firearms on their behalf.
Seagal holds Serbian and Russian citizenship in addition to his American citizenship. He owns properties in Louisiana, Colorado, and California, among others. Seagal has seven children from four different relationships in total. With his first wife, Miyako Fujitani, he has two offspring. After Seagal left her in Japan and returned to the United States, they divorced. In 1984, following his divorce from Fujitani, he was briefly married to actress Adrienne La Russa, but the union was dissolved that same year. Early in 1987, actress Kelly LeBrock gave birth to his daughter, and the couple wed later that year. They had two additional children before separating in 1994. Later, he wed the Mongolian dancer Erdenetuya “Elle” Batsukh, and they have one child together.
Early in 2018, Seagal took to social media to inform his followers of a cryptocurrency called “Bitcoiin2Gen.” Unfortunately, he failed to disclose that he had been “promised” $250,000 in cash and another $750,000 worth of Bitcoiin2Gen in exchange for promoting the crypto’s initial public offering, which is a major violation of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules (SEC). Without “admitting or denying” the SEC’s allegations, Seagal agreed to pay $157,000 in disgorgement and another $157,000 in penalties after meeting with regulators. Additionally, he agreed not to promote cryptocurrencies or securities on social media for three years.
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