Robert Redford is Hollywood royalty. The celebrated actor, director, producer, prominent environmentalist and philanthropist founded the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country, and the Sundance Film Institute to foster new film talent.
With his tousled blond hair, lanky good looks and soft-spoken voice, Redford became a 1970s sex symbol for films such as “The Way We Were,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Electric Horseman.” Wanting to move away from his leading-man image and act in more serious films, Redford went on to star in some of the most iconic movies of the 1970s, such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” “The Candidate,” “The Great Gatsby” and “All the President’s Men.”
He has won two Oscars: one for directing "Ordinary People" and a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, which he received in 2002.
Redford has been a prominent environmentalist activist since the 1960s, seeing how development changed Los Angeles, where he grew up, and was changing the West, where he settled with his family.
He started the discussion around climate change 25 years ago with his “Greenhouse Glasnost,” bringing together scientists from both the U.S. and the Soviet Union to tackle the issue.
In 2014, Time Magazine named Redford as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
With a large private estate at Sundance in Utah, and a house in Napa Valley wine country that Redford recently sold, Forbes estimates the actor’s net worth at $170 million.