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How Cameron Diaz Achieved a Net Worth of $140 Million

Cameron Diaz is an American actress who became popular in 1994 when she starred in her breakout role along with actor Jim Carrey in the popular comedy film "The Mask." The 46-year-old actress has since gone on to star in a multitude of hit movies including "There's Something About Mary" in 1998, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" in 2003, "Bad Teacher" in 2011 and several others. Although she has retired from the profession, she built a fortune of $140 million. Some are wondering if she made all of her money in the film industry or if she had some other side investments going. We looked into her illustrious past and here is what we discovered.

Her early years

She was born on August 30, 1972. Her birth name is Cameron Michelle Diaz, and she didn't opt for a stage name when she entered the acting profession. Cameron's dad is of Cuban ancestry and her family had originated in Spain, then moved to Cuba, then to the United States. Cameron was born in San Diego, California and has always been a United States citizen. She has one sibling who is an older sister named Chimene. Her mother Billie worked as an import/export agent and her dad, Emilio worked of rUnocal, which is an oil company in California. Cameron went to school in the Long Beach area where she grew up and was in school with Snoop Dogg.

Her acting career started in her teens

Cameron Diaz was only 19 years old when she began her acting career. The first film she appeared in was an adult movie with the title "She's No Angel." Her next film was "The Mask" and this was the role that opened more doors for Diaz. She did such a great job that she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for outstanding performance. The next film was in 1997 titled "My Best Freind's Wedding" alongside Rupert Everett, Dermot Mulroney, and Julia Roberts. For this film, Cameron gave an award-winning performance. She appeared in several other films the following year including a big award winner for her titled "There's Something About Mary.

How did she become so incredibly wealthy?

Cameron Diaz has starred in a lot of popular films including "The Mask" which brought in a gross of $343.9 million at the worldwide box-office, "My Best Friend's Wedding" brought in $299 million, "There's Something About Mary returned $369 million in revenue and it snagged her a Golden Globe nomination. With a long list of award-winning and high grossing films, it's no wonder that Cameron was able to squirrel so much money away. She also provided the voice for the animated Shrek franchise and the second Shrek film grossed $919 million which is just short of a billion dollars.

She was also a model

In addition to being an actress, Cameron Diaz was also a model. She began modeling when she was just 16-years old. She was signed under contract with the Elite Model Management modeling agency and she worked for a few years with the companies modeling for Levi's, Calvin Klein and other designer brands. She was the featured model on teh cover of Seventeen Magazine in July of 1990, when Cameron herself was just 17. While this added to her current net wealth, it was her film career that gave her the biggest financial boost.

Where she's at now

The last appearance that Cameron Diaz made in the film was in 2014. It's been five years since she's acted professionally, and this was a decision that she made on her own. She is married to her husband Benji Madden and is living happily and comfortably with plenty of time to spare to do whatever she wants to. Cameron had told her colleague in the business and friend that she's "done" with acting and that she's not considering a return. While this has left fans feeling a bit empty, Cameron has made plenty of films and she's ready to move on to a new phase of her life. Although this isn't what her loyal followers wanted to hear, she's leaving in a very good spot and at an excellent time in her life. She's still youthful and beautiful and this gives her more time to pursue things that she truly enjoys

Where did her fortune come from?

Cameron Diaz has made millions in the film industry. She started out in the fashion industry as an elegant model when she was just 16 years old. She's always had a special stylishness about her and when she tried her hand at acting, she was a natural. Once Cameron broke into the business with 'The Mask," her fate in Hollywood was sealed. She made such a tremendous impact on the public that she became an actress who was in high demand, and the work flowed in to satisfy the public demand. Cameron could pick and choose between the roles that suited her best, and she did well in making her choices. She earned a lot of money in the process, but she also made a lot of filmmakers and producers very rich.

Final thoughts

Cameron's fortune was made in the film industry. She has a net worth of $140 million which was all earned through her very successful acting career. We'll all miss her and although it's sad that we won't have any more new films from her to look forward to, at least she's happy, healthy and doing the things that she most wants to do in her life. We wish Cameron the best in this new chapter of her life, and we close by saying thank for you keeping us entertained so well.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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