Stan Lee Net Worth: $50M
With a slew of top-grossing films, countless successful comic books and a popular comic convention, many assume Stan Lee has amassed a large fortune. But that might not necessarily be the case.
Lee’s most lucrative film is 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which grossed over $623 million. But in a 2012 interview with CNN, Lee said he didn’t bask in the profits the movie grossed — even though he was an executive producer.
“I hate to admit this, but I do not share in the movie’s profits,” he said. “I just share in the interviews, in the glamour, in the people saying, ‘Wow, I love that movie, Stan’ — but I’m not a participant in the profits.”
He added that the executive producer role for “The Avengers” was “just an honorary title.”
Lee also told Playboy in 2014 that despite Disney paying more than $4 billion for Marvel in 2009, his fortune is not as high as some might think. In fact, he didn’t get any of the profits from the sale.
“My daughter was looking at the internet the other day and read that Stan Lee has an estimated $250 million,” he said. “I mean, that’s ridiculous! I don’t have $200 million. I don’t have $150 million. I don’t have $100 million or anywhere near that.”
Over his career, Lee has experienced several major financial setbacks, including a lawsuit with Marvel — which he won in 2005 — and a bankruptcy with Stan Lee Media. In April 2018, he filed a lawsuit against his former business manager, alleging fraud, conversion, financial abuse of an elder, and misappropriation of his name and likeness. In May 2018, he filed an additional $1 billion-dollar suit against Pow! Entertainment, the company he helped co-found, alleging that his business partners took advantage of his deteriorating eyesight in order to swindle him.