Lenoardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA. åÊHis mother Irmelin was a legal secretary who was born in Germany and moved to the United States in the 1950’s. åÊHis father, George DiCaprio, was an underground comic book artist and distributor who is half Italian and half German. åÊDiCaprio’s parents divorced when he was very young and the actor grew up with his mother living in poor LA neighborhoods that DiCaprio described as “ghettos of hollywood.” åÊDiCaprio visited his grandparents in Germany several times and even speaks a bit of German. åÊHe was named Leonardo when his mother, pregnant with DiCaprio at the time, was looking at a Leonoardo DaVinci painting and felt her son kick for the first time. åÊDiCaprio is passionate about environmental issues and is also good friends with Tobey Maguire, Kate Winslet, Mark Wahlberg, Vincent Gallo, Kevin Connolly, and Lukas Haas. åÊDiCaprio bought Winslet an inscribed gold ring after they finished filming Revolutionary Road. åÊWinslet has refused to divulge the inscription’s message.
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2. Income & Salary
DiCaprio’s parents signed him up to a talent agency when he was a child. åÊHis agent suggested he change his name to Lenny Williams – advice DiCaprio obviously did not take. åÊDiCaprio was featured on the last season of Growing Pains in 1985 and got his first big screen debut on Critters 3. åÊDiCaprio’s major acting breakthrough was his performance as a mentally disabled person inåÊWhat’s Eating Gilbert Grap in 1993. åÊDiCaprio’s major box office break through was 5 years later inåÊThe TitanicåÊin 1997. åÊBetween the two films DiCaprio built up his credibility with solid performances inåÊThe Basketball DiariesåÊandåÊRomeo and Juliet. åÊAfter the success ofåÊTitanicåÊ and Leo-mania, DiCaprio was able to be much more selective with his roles choosing to work nearly exclusively with A-list directors – most notablyåÊMartin Scorsese. åÊMajor credits followingåÊTitanic include Gangs of New York, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can, Django Unchained, and The Great Gatsby. åÊDiCaprio has appeared in seven films that have been nominated for Best Picture Oscar (Titanic, Ganges of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Inception, Django Unchained, and The Wolf of Wall Street). åÊ
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3. Estimated Net Worth
DiCaprio has a net worth of approximately $260 million, åÊForbes places DiCaprio #21 on the Fortune 100 Celebrity list and there is not doubt that everyone would firmly place him in the A-List category of actors. åÊWith his wealth Leo owns a lot of real estate and prefers to invest in eco-friendly real estate projects. åÊHe purchased 104 acre island off the coast of Belize and has plans to develop an eco-friendly resort there. åÊThe resort island Blackador Caye was bought for a reported $1.75 million. åÊDiCaprio also owns åÊor has owned homes in Manhattan, several homes in Malibu, at least 2 properties in the Bird Streets neighborhood of LA’s Hollywood Hills, and a pad on the strip in Las Vegas. åÊHis standard salary is currently $20 million. åÊHe received $75,000 foråÊWhat’s Eating Gilbert Grape,åÊ$2.5 million foråÊTitanic,åÊ$20 millionåÊforåÊThe BeachåÊand pretty much each subsequent movie since then except foråÊInceptionåÊin which he made $59 million off back end profit-sharing, andåÊThe Wolf of Wall Street in which he made a reported $10 million.