How Robert De Niro built a business empire worth $1 billion

A package addressed to actor Robert De Niro and delivered to the office of his production company — which shares an address with his Tribeca Grill restaurant — was reported to the NYPD on Thursday, Oct. 25. The envelope appeared to be similar to packages containing suspected pipe bombs that were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, political donor George Soros and others. Upon examining the package, authorities found its contents to be similar to the devices found in the other packages that were sent.

At least 12 packages in total have been identified in recent days as of Oct. 26, all addressed to high-profile Democrats or people who have spoken out against President Donald Trump. De Niro has been a vocal critic of the president, cursing him on live television at the 2018 Tony Awards in June. His high-profile statements have not negatively impacted his acting career or businesses, however. Let’s take a look at the actor’s career, business empire and net worth:  

Birthdate: Aug. 17, 1943 in New York City
Net worth: $300 million
Sources of income: Acting, Nobu Hospitality, Tribeca Grill
Career highlights: Oscar winner for best supporting actor and best actor

Robert De Niro Net Worth: $300 Million

Robert De Niro has amassed a net worth of $300 million over the course of his career, according to Celebrity Net Worth. His wealth stems not just from his acting but also his production and hospitality businesses.

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Earnings: $239 million

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Earnings: $166.5 million

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Earnings: $147 million

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Earnings: $124 million

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Earnings: $111 million

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De Niro’s Nobu Hospitality Set to Hit $1 Billion in 5 Years

In addition to the money he has earned from acting, De Niro co-founded the original Nobu restaurant in 1994. Today, he and co-founders Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Meir Teper own more than three dozen Nobu restaurants and eight luxury hotels.

The story behind their Nobu Hospitality company began when De Niro went into Matsuhisa’s restaurant in Los Angeles. He was so impressed that he told the chef, “If you ever want to open a restaurant in New York, let me know.” De Niro also co-owns the Tribeca Grill in New York.

Nobu Hospitality LLC is expected to earn $1 billion in revenue by 2023, according to Fortune. The projections are based on the company’s plans to expand into building condos and luxury properties in Toronto alongside the existing Nobu restaurant there.

De Niro’s Tribeca Film Empire

De Niro founded Tribeca Enterprises in 2003 with producer Jane Rosenthal and investor Craig Hatkoff. The company consists of a network of businesses, including the:

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival International
  • Tribeca Cinemas
  • Tribeca Film, a distribution initiative

The companies continue to grow, with the Tribeca Film Festival increasing ticket sales by 25 percent from 2016 to 2017, for example, according to Crain’s New York Business.

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Robert De Niro’s Lucrative Acting Career

Robert De Niro was born on Aug. 17, 1943 in New York City. He married Diahnne Abbot in 1976, and they divorced in 1988. They have two children together. He then went on to marry Grace Hightower in 1997; they also have two children.

De Niro’s first film role was in “The Wedding Party,” when he was 20 years old. But his acting career can be traced back to as early as 1953, when he played the part of the Cowardly Lion in a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

De Niro is best known for roles in “The Godfather: Part II,” “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter” and many other films. He also directed “The Good Shepherd” and “A Bronx Tale.”

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Here are some of the major awards De Niro has received during his career:

    • Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor, “The Godfather: Part II” (1974)
    • Academy Award: Best Actor, “Raging Bull” (1980)
    • AFI Lifetime Achievement Award (2003)
    • Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award (2010)

De Niro has made millions during his acting career. Most recently, he is expected to receive $775,000 per episode for an untitled Amazon show still in development, reported Vox.

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