While he has come a long way from the early 1990s, where he was introduced to the world as a rapper, Marky Mark, the younger brother of New Kids on the Block member, Donnie Wahlberg, it appears that Mark Wahlberg is still riding the momentum created when Donnie used his connections in the music industry to launch his rapping career. While Mark’s rapping career fizzled out before it ever really got started, it introduced a powerful personality to the world. A personality attached to an individual who was not afraid to take chances to go after what he wanted.
It is hard for some to believe that the youngest of nine children, who was viewed as a troubled youth growing up, is now worth $230 million according to TheRichest.com and other sites that validate the net worth of celebrities. I guess it is safe to say that Mark did not accumulate his net worth as a rapper. I am just saying what everybody else is thinking here. Don’t get me wrong, he is remarkably talented and extremely hardworking, but rapping was not his thing. With that being said, it was probably his love for Hip-Hop that saved him from the streets long enough for his passion and purpose to catch up with him.
If Mark did not amass his wealth as a rapper, how was it done? After taking a swing as a rapper, Mark had a very successful run as an underwear model for the designer, Calvin Klein. Mark discovered that he loved being in front of the camera and that he had a knack for it, but he decided to take it all in a different direction. Mark pursued a career in acting. When typing this about any person I feel that I am not doing just service to the hard work and commitment it takes to do this. A lot of people head to New York and Los Angeles with hopes of becoming the next mega movie star, only to get caught up in the grind. So, the fact that Mark not only became an actor but an extremely successful one, should be celebrated.
With all of this being understood, it is worth noting that Mark did not start out with a huge payday. In fact, his first movie only paid him $60,000. Which is a long way from the moment he starred in the mega-hit, Transformers: Age of Extinction. By this time in his career, Mark was demanding $17 million per film. He was on his way to being a coveted $20 million man — one of the most coveted titles in entertainment.
You would think that experiences this type of success in entertainment and finance would have Mark resting on his laurels; however, people who this successful don’t rest on their laurels. Mark continues his work as an actor and an executive producer. Some of his later films include “Deep Water Horizon” and “Patriots’ Day.” Deep Water Horizon is a movie about the infamous BP explosion and fire that spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Mark has produced a number of televisions shows including, “Ballers” (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), “Entourage,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
In 2009, Mark finally settled down and married his long-time sweetheart, Rhea Durham, with whom he has four gorgeous children.
Although you probably do not associate Mark with being an elite actor, he has produced some great performance, including Boogie Nights, but his most celebrated role to this point was in The Departed. That role earned him a total of six awards between 2006 and 2007. His latest movie, Mile 22, promises to be a great action-packed thriller.
While the entertainment industry has proven to be Mark’s bread and butter, he definitely has his hands a quite a few things that almost ensure that his net worth will continue to climb steadily moving forward. At the age of 47, Mark still has a lot of quality miles left in him, so you can expect to see more in the coming years.
I, for one, am not surprised that Mark has accumulated such wealth because he has the right psychology. Those who have followed me for any stretch of time know that I believe the right psychology trumps a good strategy, while both are important.