Steven Seagal has a net worth of $16 million.
Steven Seagal has a net worth of $16 million as an American martial artist, action movie performer, screenwriter, producer, and musician. He amassed his fortune as one of the most famous action movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s.
Childhood and Martial Arts:
Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 10, 1952. He relocated to Fullerton, California, with his parents Patricia and Samuel when he was five years old. He went to Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California, and then to Fullerton College from 1970 to 1971.
He began martial arts training as a child, learning Shito-Ryu karate and aikido. Seagal traveled to Japan for the first time at the age of seventeen, thanks to the encouragement of a nice Japanese employee at a Garden Grove dojo. He met Miyako Fujitani, the daughter of an Osaka aikido master who was teaching aikido in Los Angeles, in 1974. Miyako had a second-degree black belt as well. Seagal returned to Japan with her when she wanted to return to Osaka, where he taught at her family’s school (he is often stated to have been the first non-Asian to open a dojo in Japan).
Before returning to Japan, he first returned to Taos, New Mexico, where he started a dojo alongside his student Craig Dunn. His second visit to the United States was in 1983, when he built an aikido dojo in West Hollywood, California, with pupil Haruo Matsuoka. They split up in 1997.
Career as an Actor:
While he left his partners in charge of the dojos they had founded together, Seagal began to pursue other endeavors, one of which was Hollywood action films. Seagal began building valuable Hollywood connections, which helped him win roles as a martial arts co-coordinator for the films “The Challenge” and “Never Say Never Again.” His debut film role was in “Above the Law,” directed by Andrew Davis and released in 1988. It was a success, and it spawned the films “Hard to Kill” (1990), “Marked for Death” (1990), and “Out for Justice” (1991). (1991). All of these films were box office successes, and they contributed to his reputation as an action hero. His breakthrough came with the 1992 film “Under Siege,” directed by Andrew Davis as well. The film eventually grossed $156.4 million worldwide. With the film “On Deadly Ground,” Seagal made his directorial debut in 1994. The film (in which he also co-starred) was a departure for him because it addressed spiritual and environmental themes. Critics panned it, but Seagal considers it a watershed event in his career.
He continued his cinematic career with “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” a sequel to his most successful picture “Under Siege.” During the late 1990s, he also worked on “Executive Decision” (1996), “The Glimmer Man” (1996), and “Fire Down Below” (1997). With the 1998 film “The Patriot,” which he produced with his own money and shot on and around his Montana farm, he transitioned to direct-to-video work. He has continued to work in the direct-to-video format, and with the exception of “Machete” (2010), all of his cinematic work since late 2001 has been distributed in North America on direct-to-video (DTV). He is also frequently credited as producer and screenwriter on many of these DTV films, including “Belly of the Beast” (2003), “Out of Reach” (2004), “Black Dawn” (2005), “Submerged” (2005), “Urban Justice” (2007), “Kill Switch” (2008), “Pistol Whipped” (2008), “Against the Dark” (2009), “Driven to Kill” (2009), “A Dangerous Man” (2009), “The Keeper” (2010).
Seagal has also appeared on television in addition to his cinematic career. In 2009, he participated in the A&E reality television series “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” and in 2011, he produced and acted in the 13-episode series “True Justice.” Seagal, who plays the guitar, has also had a successful music career, with his songs appearing in several of his films. He has two albums out, both of which feature songs by Stevie Wonder and Tony Rebel.
Seagal Enterprises was founded by Seagal. In 2005, the firm launched an energy drink called “Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt,” which has since been discontinued. He has also promoted items such as aftershave and a knife line. In 2013, he joined the newly created Russian guns manufacturer ORSIS, promoting the company and campaigning on their behalf for a relaxation of US import restrictions on Russian sports firearms.
Seagal is a dual citizen of the United States and Serbia, as well as Russia. He has property in Louisiana, Colorado, and California, among other places. Seagal is the father of seven children from four different marriages. He has two children with his first wife, Miyako Fujitani. They divorced after Seagal abandoned her in Japan and returned to the United States. Following his divorce from Fujitani, he married actress Adrienne La Russa for a short time in 1984, but the marriage was annulled the same year. His daughter was born in early 1987 to actress Kelly LeBrock, and the couple married later that year. Before divorcing in 1994, they had two additional children. Later, he married Mongolian dancer Erdenetuya “Elle” Batsukh, with whom he had one kid.
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Seagal used his social media channels in early 2018 to inform his followers about a cryptocurrency named “Bitcoin2Gen.” Unfortunately, he neglected to mention that he had been “promised” $250,000 in cash and another $750,000 in Bitcoiin2Gen to promote the cryptocurrency’s IPO, which is a major no-no for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Seagal agreed to pay $157,000 in disgorgement and another $157,000 in penalties after meeting with investigators, all without “admitting or disputing” the SEC’s charges. He also committed to refrain from promoting any cryptocurrency or securities on social media for three years.