What is Amber Heard’s Net Worth and Salary?
Amber Heard is an American model and actress with a an estimated net worth of $6 million. In her role as an actor, Amber Heard is known for her roles in films such as “Aquaman,” “The Rum Diary,” “Never Back Down” and “Drive Angry.” Heard has also been featured on many television shows and is well-known for her activist work, specifically regarding LGBTQ rights.
In recent times, Amber has achieved a certain level of notoriety due to her relationship with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Although they split in 2016 Heard and Depp were to spend the next few decades fighting each other in courts and the media.
In 2019 Depp filed an defamation suit of $50 million in the state of Virginia against Heard in Virginia in connection with a Washington Post Op-ed she penned the year before. Heard later filed a counter-defamation lawsuit based on comments made by an attorney for Depp lawyer. More details on the defamation lawsuits on in this piece.
$10 Million Judgment
You may have heard, in June 2022, a jury in Virginia was found Amber guilty of discrediting Johnny Depp related to the Op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. The jury initially granted Johnny $15 million, which was made of $10 million in compensatory damages, and five million dollars in punitive damage. In the end, punitive damages had to be then decreased to $350,000 to comply with Virginia law which limit punitive damages at this amount. The jury also gave Amber two million dollars. The final amount is $8.35 million of damages owed to Amber and Johnny.
Before the verdict, we estimated Amber’s net worth was $2.5 million. According to various sources, Amber’s legal fees before the verdict were mostly paid for by her homeowners insurance. It’s not known if the insurance will also cover total costs. There is also a chance that may reduce the damages upon appeal. If her insurance doesn’t cover the damage We believe Amber is likely to struggle to pay for the damages.
In the beginning of June 2nd, 2022 the day following that decision, Amber’s attorney was asked straight to Savannah Guthrie of “The Today Show” whether Amber could be able to pay for the judgment. Amber’s lawyer replied, ” Oh no. Absolutely not.“
Amber’s next option could be to appeal the decision. But, before filing the appeal process, Amber may be forced to make a bail bond to cover the entire $10.35 million judgment that, according her lawyer will not be possible using her funds.
Another option, if she cannot pay for the debt and it’s not covered by insurance, could be for Amber to declare bankruptcy. But, due to the legal framework, likely, bankruptcy filing won’t impact the compensatory amount of $10 million of the damage.
Salaries and Endorsement Income
Based on the testimony of witnesses in the Depp in the Depp v. Heard mutual defamation lawsuits, Amber Heard earned $10 million in pre-tax earnings in all forms (salaries endorsements, salaries, etc.) from 2013 to the year 2019. The year she earned the most money in that timeframe was 2019 which saw her earn about $3 million.
It has also shown that Amber was a part of a deal for four films for four films with Warner Brothers that paid her $450,000 for the film she starred in on behalf of Warner Brothers. Then she earned 1 million bucks for her role in the debut film Aquaman. She was contractually promised 2 million dollars for sequels, and $3-4 million in the event of any third Aquaman film.
A testimony showed that Amber was paid $200,000 per episode as a guest on the nine-episode show “The Stand,” for the total amount that was $1.8 million.
The testimonies revealed that Amber was a signer of a $1.625 million contract for two years with L’Oreal that provided the beauty brand twenty days of Amber’s time.
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas on April 22, 1986. She was raised in the middle of Texas along with one sibling Heard spent her childhood riding horses or hunting and fishing. Though she went to Catholic High School and competed in beauty contests in her teen years, she soon was disillusioned by religion and the Texan lifestyle that was a part of her. In the end, she quit school at the age of 17 and relocated into New York City. Although she initially worked as model within New York, she shifted her focus to acting and later relocated into Los Angeles.
Amber Heard started her acting career with a string performances in music video. She later appeared on television shows like Jack & Bobby, The Mountain The Mountain, and the O.C. Her first appearance in a movie came in 2004 in the form of the release of Friday Night Lights. The film was extremely successful and helped increase her fame in the film world. The actress then landed parts for Drop Dead Sexy, North Country, Side FX, The Price to Pay, You Are Here and Alpha Dog. Also, she began appearing on TV shows such as Criminal Minds and Californication.
Amber Heard moved on to greater roles in the main role, and was a part in the drama for teens called Hidden Palms. However, the show was not well-reviewed by critics , and was eventually canceled after only eight episodes. Heard was also in the film Remember the Daze that was a different project sucked up by bad reviews.
But, in 2008 Amber Heard was finally starting to make her mark and became one of Hollywood’s most prominent leading ladies. This year she was in the comedy Pineapple Express along side James Franco and Seth Rogen. She also played on the screen in the film Never Rewind Down. Both films had a huge financial success and proved that Amber Heard could lift projects to new levels. But she continued to appear in failed films, such as the Informer sand All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.
As of 2009 Amber Heard followed this model of appearing in successful and unsuccessful films. While Zombie land significantly improved Amber Heard’s career, she completed 2009 with box office disappointments and critically acclaimed failures like The Joneses and The Stepfather. In the following years, Heard focused more heavily on independent films, such as ExTerminators, The River Why, and And Soon the Darkness. She was also a character in The Ward – another film that was a failure on the critical front, and had an unsatisfactory box office result.
In 2011, Amber Heard worked with Johnny Depp for the first time in The Rum Diary. This film was made from a novel written by Hunter S. Thompson, and was subsequently met with mixed reviews but didn’t have much impact in the box office. Similar stories were followed by films such as Driving Angry, Paranoia, Machete Kills,and Syrup.
2015 was an even more prosperous year for Heard in that she was on screen in Magic Mike XXL, The Danish Girl, The Adderall Diaries, and One More Time. The majority of each of these films were critically or commercially successful. But she also appeared in the disastrous disaster that was London Fields. The film of 2015 was plagued by allegations of fraud, with the director and actors protesting against the final cut before it was shown to audiences. The film received a poor evaluations, and Heard was in court for $10 million for making unapproved changes to the script, and for not completing voice-over work. She countersued which led to a deal being agreed upon.
Heard was able to spend the next couple of years in independent films, but she also became famous for her role as the role of Atlantean Queen Mera as part of The DC Extended Universe. She played Mera as a character in Justice League and reprised the role for the 2018 film Aquaman and the sequel in 2013.
Johnny Depp Divorce
In 2016 Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp. She also sought restraining order against her former husband , alleging that she was victimized by domestic violence in their relationship. Depp quickly denied the allegations amid the media frenzies. After a court appearance and presenting evidence to support her claims, Amber Heard received a $7 million settlement from Depp when the divorce was completed. Amber promised to give the settlement to charity, specifically the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the ACLU.
Then, in January of 2021 Johnny declared that Amber was lying about giving the money to charities. Depp’s lawyers reportedly spoke at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the ACLU to discover the amount they got from Heard. As per The Daily Mail, the ACLU did not release the numbers , however they did reveal that the Children’s Hospital reported to have only received $100,000. This is about $3.4 million short of her supposed donation. The hospital even approached Heard to inquire “if the pledge will not be fulfilled”.
In April 2022 , during court testimony witnesses from the ACLU claimed that the ACLU was able to receive $1.3 million out of Amber’s pledged $3.5 million. However, it was also established that Amber planned to distribute the donation for 10 years. In the same way it was revealed in the testimony that out of $1.3 million, Amber herself contributed only $350,000 in cash. In comparison, $100,000 came from Depp and $500 000 was a gift directly from Elon Musk, one of Amber’s former romantic friends. Another thing that came out of this trial was that, when the ACLU was contacted about the remaining portion of her pledged contribution, Heard told them that she was experiencing financial issues.
In 2018 Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against News Group Newspapers, the publisher of The Sun, which referred to Johnny Depp as an “wife beater” in an April 2018 newspaper article. The case went to trial in the year 2020. Each of Heard and Depp were present for several days. In November 2020 , a judge decided that twelve of 14 instances of violence Heard reported to have suffered occurred “substantially true.” Depp had to appeal the decision at the end of March in 2021.
In 2019 Johnny filed a lawsuit against Amber Heard for defamation in Virginia. He requested an agreement of $50 million in immediate response to an article Amber Heard had written for The Washington Post in December 2018, which detailed the allegations of abuse she endured. Even though Heard did not mention Depp in any way He believed that she was implying Depp was responsible for various violent acts even though earlier joint statements by the couple stated that “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm” from either one of the partners.
Additionally, Depp claimed that the actor was an innocent victim of domestic violence because of Heard’s conduct, which included kicking, punching throw objects, and even defecating. The legal team of Depp released the evidence of his claims, and Heard’s efforts to dismiss the matter were rejected.
Heard to be counter-sued in August in 2020. The trial in the defamation lawsuit began the 11th of April, 2022, in Fairfax County, Virginia.
On June 1, 2022, The jury of the Virginia case ruled in for Depp. The verdict required Amber to give Johnny fifteen million damages for defamation, five million dollars in punitive compensation, and 10 million compensatory damages. The punitive damages of $5 million was reduced immediately to $350,000 under the punitive damage cap in Virginia.
Incredibly, Amber was awarded $2 million as a partial liability.
Based on Eriq Gardner of Puck News, Amber’s legal expenses – which almost certain cost millions of dollars to date – have been insured by her insurance company thanks to an umbrella insurance policy for homeowners. It’s not clear if her insurance policy is also in the position to pay for total damage, whether partially or in full:
It’s a significant sum of money that could inspire an appeal or settlement. (Remember that insurance companies are currently paying the legal fees of Heard.
In 2016 Amber Heard filed for spousal support following her split with Johnny Depp. In court papers in the defamation lawsuit filed in 2022 in May 2016, Amber’s lawyers suggested that they “keep this matter out of the spotlight” if Johnny agreed to allow her to drive the Range Rover as well as to remain in his three Los Angeles penthouse apartments and to receive $125,000 to cover accounting and legal costs.
Next Amber reportedly sought the sum of $50,000 per month Depp to pay for various expenses. The court documents showed that, according to Heard the monthly expenses included expenses like $10,000 to rent, $2,000 per month for eating out and $10,000 for pet-related supplies as well as legal expenses. She justified her claims by saying she earned only a small amount, including royalty payments of $27,000 from various films.
The documents also showed that while she earned $250,000 through her many ventures throughout 2014, the company incurred nearly $210,000, making her net income of just $40,000 in the year. Amber Heard also submitted documents that showed her savings was just $25,000 when she was in the middle of it.
In the end, Amber Heard withdrew her request for support for her spouse.
In 2016 when she was divorced from Johnny Depp, Amber began with billionaire Elon Musk. The two were spotted in 2013 while he was on the film set on the film “Machete Kills.” They announced their romance in April in 2017. They broke up later in the year, but it appears they renewed their romance in the beginning of 2018.
In January this year, Amber paid $570,000 for an apartment in Yucca Valley in California near Joshua Tree. The home was sold at the end of July in 2022. $1.05 million.