ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

If you've ever thought about the worth of $110 million, a few things might come to mind: Pakatoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf, 50 commercial wind turbines, a fully-staffed Airbus A320neo, or... Daniel Radcliffe.

The 26-year-old English actor's net worth is exactly that in dollar terms, but is so much more in our hearts. But chill out Mr. Boy-Who-Lived, we're cutting you off from free hugs at $150 million because it's just not fair. So, how exactly did he earn those big bucks? Surely, it wasn't with the mere flick of his wand...

Daniel Radcliffe In 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2'/Warner Bros,
Daniel Radcliffe In 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2'/Warner Bros,

Daniel Radcliffe had good instincts at the age of five, when he decided his career should be in the entertainment industry. Seeing as how he currently earns about $15 million yearly as a screen actor, this was not your typical childhood dream (only because it came true).

Surely, it all began with his extraordinary success in his first gig as — wait for it — young David in David Copperfield (1999)! No? My bad, it must have as Mark Pendel been alongside Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama (2001). No? [Insert head scratch and imaginary beard stroke] Where did he get his fame from again? Oh, right, that Hairy orphan guy with a gash in his forehead and broken glasses?

That's right, I remember now, I must have been hit in the head with an "Obliviate" spell... Daniel Radcliffe was only the lead in eight movies featuring our generation's most epic franchise, created by the magical genius J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter. Together, the films grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide at the box office. Let's see how much Radcliffe got.

When the production launched the project in 2000 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Radcliffe's fees were still relatively "modest" at $145,000. By the second installment, he had already increased to $3 million for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). This was then doubled to around $6 million in exchange for starring in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) raised him to $11 million. By the fifth film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Radcliffe's contract went up to a hefty $14 million. The final novel of the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (2007), was divided into a two-part movie adaptation released in 2010 and 2011, coming out to around $20 million each for Radcliffe.

Radcliffe had already dipped into theater performance with his first play on the West End. He took on the role of a horse-obsessed stable boy named Alan Strang in Equus (2007), a reboot of the 1973 original. The actor starred in a nude scene, which created a huge buzz, with advance sales topping $3 million. In the process, our nudist helped raise $203,746 for the charity Broadway Cares.

When Radcliffe finished filming the franchise that shaped his childhood (and everyone else's), he decided he wouldn't be Harry Potter for the rest of his life. He was wrong, but we admire his dedication and will embrace any of his projects with open arms.

Not long after showing his fans what he's really made of, he appeared in the Broadway musical revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011), which ran for 473 performances. The show received great feedback and he received multiple awards, but our beloved actor eventually found his way back to the big screen.

He starred in his first movie since the Harry Potter franchise in 2012, in the fantasy-horror film The Woman in Black. He then appeared in Kill Your Darlings (2013), Dating Queen (2015), Victor Frankenstein (2015), and Now You See Me 2 (2016) as well as in eight episodes of the TV series A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012-2013).

You can also find him in an array of other roles, many of which have found considerable success. However, there is no debate that he can attribute the majority of his fame and earnings to the franchise that brought us the Wizarding World of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter In Front Of Hogwarts/Warner Bros.
Harry Potter In Front Of Hogwarts/Warner Bros.

What would you do with $110 million?

Sources: Celebrity Net Worth, Empty Lighthouse, Forbes, This Is Money, Telegraph


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