Often lauded as one of the sexiest women alive, Jenifer Aniston is also one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Her path to fame and fortune started with the role of Rachel Green in a cult TV show Friends.
Jennifer Joanna Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1969. Both her parents, John Aniston and Nancy Dow were actors and fully supported her in her choice of career. She also had help from her godfather, actor Telly Savalas, who was one of her father’s best and closest friends.
As a child, Jennifer moved to New York with her family because of her father’s work and enrolled at Waldorf School at the age of six. When she was nine, her parents split up. She started acting in school when she was 11 and because of that, she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, with Anthony Abeson as her drama teacher.
Her career started in Off-Broadway plays like For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker’s Grave. She was also doing several side jobs to support herself. Unsatisfied with how her career was progressing, Jennifer returned to California in 1990. She appeared in several unsuccessful TV shows, which all got canceled.
Her life changed in 1994 when she was cast as Rachel Green in the NBC’s upcoming sitcom Friends. She had help from Warren Littlefield, who was the head of NBC entertainment at the time. The show went on to become one of the most popular television shows in history and Jennifer stayed with the cast until the end in 2004. Together with her co-stars, she earned a place in Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid TV actress in history, receiving $1 million per episode in the last season of the show. Apart from the money, she also got numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Award for the lead actress and a Golden Globe award for the best actress.
Even while she was still active on Friends, Jennifer sought to expand her career into movies. In 2003, she starred next to Jim Carey in Bruce Almighty. Her movie career really kicked off after Friends ended. In 2003, she appeared on Derailed and Rumor Has It. Next year, she starred in The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn. The movie didn’t fare well with the critics but was a commercial success. Marley & Me, where she starred with Owen Wilson held a record for the largest Christmas Day box sales, earning almost $15 million. The romantic comedy He’s Just Not That into You she did with Ben Affleck was another commercial success, plus she got great reviews for her performance.
Jennifer’s love life was marked by her relationship with Brad Pitt, who left her for Angelina Jolie. The rumor has it that she is over it and that she and Brad are great friends, especially since his divorce with Angelina became final.
Jennifer appeared in several highly successful advertising campaigns that brought her a lot of money. She advertised Windows 95, L’Oreal hair products, Heineken beer, and Aveeno Skincare. She tried her hand in the perfume business, creating four fragrances, one of which was named after her.
The Emirates airline campaign in 2015 brought her $5 million. The campaign was so successful that the company hired her for 2016 as well.
Jennifer Anniston also dabbled in real estate. She bought a Beverly Hills property in 2006 for $13.5 million and sold it for $42 million in 2011. She owns two apartments in New York, paid $7.7 million, which she combined into one. In 2012 she bought a luxurious 8,500 square feet mansion in Bel Air for $21 million. The house has four bedrooms and six bathrooms and a wine cellar.
Aniston was never a big fan of cars, but she owns a Bentley Continental GT, along with Mercedes S-Class, a Range Rover, and the unavoidable Toyota Prius.
Jennifer Aniston Net Worth
Jennifer Aniston net worth is estimated at $150 million. She has been a constant feature on Forbes Top-Earning Actresses list for the last 15 years, reaching fifth place in 2015 and climbing to fourth in 2016. Even back in 2007, she was among the 20 richest women in entertainment. With royalty money from Friends still trickling in and hopefully some new roles, she is bound to increase her worth even more un the upcoming years.