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How Michelle Pfeiffer Achieved a Net Worth of $250 Million

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress. People revere Michelle for her beauty and for being one of the greatest actresses of the 1980s and 1990s. She has appeared in famous films like Hairspray, Grease 2, Batman Returns, and Scarface. Michelle’s affluence does not come from movies only. She has appeared in commercials and has other business ventures. To understand how she became rich, we will go into detail about her journey. Also, we will focus on what she owns. Without further ado, here is how Michelle Pfeiffer achieved her net worth of $250 million.


The thespian became the face of Lux television commercials in 1979. By this time, she was still a rising star. Before she appeared in Lux commercials, she had been in minor television roles. Interestingly, the commercials did not pay as much as her films. However, according to The Richest, the money from the commercials was enough to pay for her college education.

Married to the Mob (1988)

In this film, she plays the role of Angela, who is married to a gangster. Angela gets infuriated with her husband’s line of work and wants no part in the crime world. Unfortunately, her husband is killed for having an affair with Tony’s (the mob boss) mistress. Angela opts to move to a new town with her son. Unbeknownst to her, Tony sets her sight on her. This film had a budget of $10 million and did well at the Box Office. According to IMDB, it made $21.49 million worldwide. Michelle was paid $750,000 for her role.

Frankie and Johnny (1991)

The film is about a man called Johnny who lands a job as a cook. Previously, he had been released from prison after serving a forgery charge. He soon engages in a fling with a waitress named Cora. However, he soon gets attracted to Cora’s friend and colleague, Frankie (Michelle). Frankie resists Johnny’s advances, but her best friend, Tim, advises her to give him a chance. Critics have lauded this movie as one of the best romantic comedies. The film has an approval rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. Her salary for her role was $3 million.

Batman Returns (1992)

In this film, a villain by the name “The Penguin” teams up with a wicked businessman, Max Shreck. The team aims to defeat Batman once and for all. Shreck’s assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle), soon finds out about her boss’ plan. The boss tries to kill her, but she is soon transformed into Catwoman. She then teams up with the two men to destroy Batman. Critics were divided about whether the film was good or bad. However, most of them seemed to be impressed with Michelle’s performance. She was paid $3 million for her role.

Wolf (1994)

The film is about a book editor, Will Randall. After a wolf bites him, he suddenly develops youthful vigor. Will soon discovers that he has been sacked and replaced. While he fights to get his position back, he meets Laura Alden (Michelle), his former boss’ daughter. He becomes enamored with her and soon develops animal-like behaviors. Will worries that he may be becoming a werewolf. This movie had a budget of $70 million and did well at the Box Office. It managed to make $131 million worldwide. Michelle earned $6 million for her role.

Dangerous Minds (1995)

Michelle plays Louanne Johnson, a former marine who lands a teaching job at a high school. The high school is full of bright but difficult students. As a result, she has a rough time teaching the students. She decides to be tough on her students for her next lessons. Her strictness stems from the time she served in the Marines. Like Batman Returns, this is a film that divided critics. Those who liked the movie praised Michelle for her acting. On the other hand, some found the film emotionally manipulative. Nevertheless, she was paid $6 million for her role.

Perfume Line

Michelle launched her perfume, Henry Rose before the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic hit. She named her fragrance after her two children. To release this perfume, she collaborated with Yves Cassar and Pascal Gaurin. According to Fragrantica, there are ten Henry Rose scents. Henry Rose perfumes are diverse since there are scents for women, men, and the unisex. The notes of Henry Rose perfumes are tuberose, orange flower, vetiver, cedarwood, and neroli.

She Owns a House in British Columbia

The house in British Columbia is a 340-acre coastal estate. This estate is located 100 km north of Powell River, opposite Sonora Island. This property is so remote that it doesn’t have a postal code. To access this house, you must sail. Nonetheless, the house is impressive. It has a fully outfitted guest house that can accommodate thirteen people. Additionally, it has vehicle and bike paths over five km long. Lastly, it has a 1 km-long private lake, which is ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. She reportedly spent at least $35 million to acquire the property. In 2017, she put it up for sale for $28 million.

She Bought Two Houses in San Francisco

Michelle bought the two houses for $20 million. Technically, it is an 8.67-acre estate that comprises two adjacent houses. The main house has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. This property features a hot tub, spa, tennis court, and swimming pool. In 2018, she listed this house for sale for $29 million. The house did not sell as quickly as she had hoped. Finally, in 2020, she unloaded it for $22 million in 2020.

She Also Bought a Home in the Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

She bought this property for $8.15 million in 2016. It is a 10,300-square-foot villa with six bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, a swimming pool, a gym, and a four-car garage. From the outside, the house resembles a French chateau, yet inside it is full of modern designs. An example is its marble-topped wooden cabinets in the kitchen.


Michelle’s wealth is primarily from her films. Despite earning a lot from the films, she decided to venture into other businesses, e.g., her fragrance. Some people in her position would have deemed it pointless to start a business when you are already rich. However, the acting industry is unpredictable. In case her acting career is down, she can focus on her perfume line or other ventures.

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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