The Breathtaking Net Worth of Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves, a name synonymous with iconic movie roles and genuine kindness, has not only left an indelible mark on the silver screen but has also navigated a path through the complexities of Hollywood with grace.
Beyond his film contributions, his financial journey has been a subject of intrigue, prompting us to delve into the captivating realm of his whopping $380 million net worth.
A Dream in Canada
Reeves was born on Sept. 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon, to an English mother and an American father.
His father abandoned the family when the actor was quite young, and his parents eventually divorced. After living in various places, his mother settled in Toronto, Canada, where Keanu spent most of his childhood. (He is still a Canadian citizen.)
It was in Canada that the acting bug bit Reeves, and he started taking roles in commercials, plays and local TV. After dropping out of school at 17, he got a green card and moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1986.
Becoming a Successful Young Actor
It wasn't long before Reeves started getting acting jobs. He made his motion picture debut in the 1986 film "Youngblood," in which he played a goalie. He was then seen in the teen dramas "River's Edge," "The Prince of Pennsylvania," "Permanent Record" and the Oscar-winning period drama "Dangerous Liaisons."
However, it's when he starred as Ted "Theodore" Logan in the cult classic "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" in 1989 that he became a household name.
He Treats Film Crews Well
Reeves is known for his generosity, particularly to those working on his films. When " "The Matrix Resurrections" was about to be released in late 2021, he paid for the entire crew's travel and accommodations to San Francisco, California, for the premiere.
He gave the "Matrix Reloaded" stunt team their own Harleys and bought the "John Wick: Chapter 4" crew Rolex Submariner watches as a thank you.
He Often Takes Pay Cuts to Get Movies Made
In fact, Reeves is not very focused on money, even though he has a lot of it. He, instead, prefers to focus on his craft and will take a pay cut to get a movie made (he can make anywhere from $1 million to over $15 million per film, depending on the project).
For example, to get "The Matrix" made, he gave a chunk of his salary to the visual effects crew, and he took a reduced salary for "The Devil’s Advocate" so that the studio could hire Al Pacino.
His Motorcycle Company
Reeves has always loved motorcycles, so it was only natural that he should co-own a motorcycle company. Arch Motorcycle Company specializes in custom-built bikes and produces 50 to 100 units a year. One of the company's motorcycles costs about $130,000.
Of course, Reeves has a massive motorcycle collection, which includes a Kawasaki 600 Enduro, a 1973 Norton Commando 850 MK2A, a Moto Guzzi, a Suzuki GS1100E, a Suzuki GSX-R750, a 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900 and a 1984 Harley Shovelhead, among others.
Reeves Created a Comic Book
A massive comic book and graphic novel fan, Reeves has created his own series in "BRZRKR," which follows Berzerker, an immortal warrior, as he traverses the centuries.
He said of his vision of Berzerker: “I had an impression of a guy in a Viking kind of battle who could punch people’s chests and their backs and rip people’s arms off.”
His intention behind writing it? To hopefully play the character one day.
His Band Reunited
Reeves' band, Dogstar, formed in Los Angeles in the 1990s. While the group didn't achieve the same level of commercial success as some other bands, it garnered a following and generated interest, in large part due to the famous actor's involvement.
They put out one full-length album and two EPs before disbanding in 2002, but they have reunited and started playing to soldout clubs and festivals. (Coming soon to a town near you!)
Reeves Has a Publishing Company
In 2017, Reeves and his girlfriend, visual artist Alexandra Grant, started X Artist's Books with graphic designer Jessica Fleischmann.
The small independent press publishes "aggressively esoteric titles of the kind that wouldn't fly at larger imprints."
His Car Collection
Not only is Reeves a motorcycle enthusiast, but he also loves cars and has a fleet of them worth millions. Some of his vehicles include a Porsche 911 Carrera, Mercedes GLE, Ferrari California T, Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari.
He's also been known to attend and participate in races, such as the British Grand Prix.
His Films Have Earned $4 Billion
Reeves' net worth of $380 million may seem like a lot (and it is to us normal folk), but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what his films have earned.
Most actors are lucky if they get one successful franchise. He's been in three, and since he's not yet retired, who knows how many more he'll have when all is said and done.
The "John Wick" franchise has made $1 billion, while the "Matrix" franchise has generated nearly $3 billion worldwide.
John Wick May Not Be Done
The hugely successful John Wick franchise was alleged to have ended with the death of the main character. Or did it? (Many fans and critics believe he's not really dead.)
Either way, the “John Wick” franchise will continue whether or not Keanu is involved — Ana de Armas will star in the spinoff “Ballerina," and "The Continental: From the World of John Wick" is a prequel series set to air on Peacock in late 2023.
Despite His Net Worth, He's Extremely Down to Earth
Of all the celebrities in Hollywood, few have the reputation that Reeves does. He's kind to everyone, from those he works with to fans. In the past, he's been seen giving up his seat on the subway and going out of his way to give fans autographs.
Once, when a flight he was on made an emergency landing, he took a road trip with some of the other passengers to get to his destination. They piled in a van and drove for hours while he regaled the passengers with stories of California and even played music for them on his phone.
He Supports Several Charities
Another thing to love about Reeves: He doesn't boast about the charities he supports. Instead, he simply puts his money where his mouth is. In fact, he has a foundation that he does not publicly attach his name to that "helps aid a couple of children's hospitals and cancer research."
Other charities he's donated to include City of Hope, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, among others.
He Endorsed Several Brands
Throughout his career, Reeves has earned money as a brand ambassador for a variety of companies, which has only added to his bank account. They include Coca-Cola, Kellogg's and Yves Saint Laurent.
He's also been a long-time ambassador for Japanese whisky maker Suntory, which is celebrating its centennial.
He's Also a Successful Voiceover Artist
Reeves told the audience they were "breathtaking" at the 2019 E3 Xbox Conference. There, it was announced he would voice a character in Cyberpunk 2077, released in 2020.
He's also done voice work in games such as Bill and Ted’s Adventures, The John Wick Chronicles, Fortnite, PayDay 2, The Matrix: The Path Of Neo, John Wick: Hex, Constantine and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.