Who is Dwayne Johnson? All About his Career, Earnings & Personal Life!
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is a multi-millionaire American actor, former professional wrestler, and entrepreneur. This net worth includes what we believe is The Rock’s 30-40% stake in Teremana Tequila and a current $2 billion conservative estimate of the brand’s valuation. The Rock could make more than $1 billion from the tequila company. That would be more than he has ever made in his entire career in show business. Aside from tequila, The Rock is one of the world’s highest-paid entertainers. He earns at least $100 million per year from his various film and endorsement projects.
Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. Rocky Johnson, Dwayne’s father, is a former professional wrestler. The family briefly lived in New Zealand before relocating to Hamden, Connecticut. When Dwayne was in high school, the family relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by Nashville, Tennessee.
He was a promising high school athlete who received numerous college football offers. He eventually decided on the University of Miami, which offered a full scholarship. He was a member of the Hurricanes’ national championship team in 1991. After several injuries, he lost his starting spot to future NFL star Warren Sapp.
Johnson later played in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders but was released early in his first season. He then decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both of whom were professional wrestlers. Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a heroic character combining his father and grandfather’s ring names. Johnson took on the role of a villain in the ring in 1997, adopting the moniker The Rock, a charismatic character who audiences quickly warmed to. From 1996 to 2004, Johnson made his name as a wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment. He was a WWE world heavyweight champion nine times.
Johnson first hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000, with appearances by fellow wrestlers The Big Show, Triple H, and Mick Foley. The Rock began his acting career in 2001 and switched to full-time acting in 2004. In 2000, Johnson published his autobiography, “The Rock Says.” The book debuted at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, where it remained for several weeks.
Johnson’s first leading role was in The Scorpion King in 2002, and he continued his acting career with roles in Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Be Cool, The Game Plan, Planet 51, Tooth Fairy, and The Other Guys. The Rock has recently wowed audiences with his roles in the Fast and Furious film franchise, San Andreas, Central Intelligence, and the HBO series Ballers.
Who was Dwayne Johnson’s Dad?
Maivia moved from Samoa to New Zealand in the 1960s, where he won “numerous championships in the South Pacific and Hawaii” before arriving in the United States in 1970. During his time with the National Wrestling Alliance and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), he rose to prominence as a fighter and trainer for aspiring wrestlers. Despite Maivia’s objections, one of his trainees, Rocky Johnson, married Maivia’s daughter Ata in 1970. Dwayne, their son, was born two years later.
He switched from boxing to professional wrestling in 1966 and competed all over the world before joining the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s. He won several regional and tag team championships, but never the world title. When he first joined WWE in 1983, he teamed up with “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas and adopted the ring name “Soul Man” Rocky Johnson. Atlas and Johnson, as The Soul Patrol, became the first Black duo to win the World Tag Team Championship.
The Rock Net Worth and Wealth Milestones
The Rock’s net worth of $30 million was added to Celebrity Net Worth in December 2009. His net worth surpassed $50 million for the first time in a year and a half. Celebrity Net Worth named The Rock the richest wrestler in the world in September 2012, with a net worth of $75 million.
His net worth had surpassed $160 million by 2015, thanks to some extremely astute business films. The Rock’s net worth in 2018 was $280 million, thanks largely to his stunning $125 million earnings the previous year. He earned $90 million between June 2018 and June 2019. That increased his net worth to $320 million.
In 2012, he and his now-ex-wife Dany Garcia founded Seven Bucks Productions. Seven Bucks’ digital, creative, and production teams are involved in every decision from script screening to movie marketing whenever he appears in a film. Johnson’s various social media platforms, most notably Instagram and YouTube, are managed by the company. Seven Bucks is planning several film projects starring former WWE stars such as John Cena as well as mainstream actors.
For example, Seven Bucks produced the 2019 comedy Shazam! which featured no appearances by The Rock. Seven Bucks was also a producer on the films Baywatch, Rampage, Skyscraper, and Jumanji.
The name of the company is a reference to a bleak time in his life when he was cut from a Canadian Football team and ended up living back in Florida with seven bucks, a five dollar bill, a one dollar bill and change, to his name.
In 2006, he established the Dwayne Johnson Foundation. The organization helps terminally ill children. He gave $1 million to the University of Miami in 2007 to help fund the renovation of the school’s football stadium. That is the largest donation ever made by a former student to the University of Miami. The team’s locker room is now named after him. He has previously collaborated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.