Marilyn Monroe Net Worth (2022 Update): The Hollywood’s Brightest Star

Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe has overcome a tragic childhood to become one of the world’s most recognizable faces. With her blonde hair, red lips, and a $10 million net worth, she is, without a doubt, the most photographed woman of the twentieth century.

Marilyn Monroe Net Worth
But How Did She Make Her Money?

The one thing that’s well-known about ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWs) – the folks worth at least $30 million USD – is that virtually ALL of them have some part of their fortune in real estate.

Many of the more famous rich people and “celebrity entrepreneurs” actually got their start in real estate. And that’s great for them! Not so much for us…

See, more millionaires are created during recessions than any other part of the economic cycle. Which is cool, except the last real recession was 2008, when real estate prices were in the tank and you could buy a whole neighborhood with $100,000.

Now, though, real estate prices are through the roof, and interest rates are skyrocketing too. So how does the everyday person start building a massive net worth in an economy like this one?

Have you considered Digital Real Estate?

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You invest a little money (maybe around $100) to either purchase or build a piece of “land” on the internet.

You specifically place this “land” in a high-traffic area, where lots of people pass through (just like traditional real estate, it’s all about Location, Location, Location).

The folks who pass through your “land” all happen to be looking for a specific product or service, so you “rent” your land to a business owner who happens to offer that product or service.

The business owner pays you $500 to $2,000 a month to “rent” your Digital Real Estate, because it helps them connect with their ideal customers.

Think of it like buying a strip mall, or an office space, just on the internet, for WAAAAYYY less money and headache.

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But for now, let’s dig in a little more about Marilyn Monroe…

Net Worth:

$10 million




June 1, 1926

Country of Origin:


Source of Wealth

Actress, And Model

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Marilyn Monroe was a blonde bombshell who appeared in more than 30 movies, such as “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953), “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), “Bus Stop” (1956), and “Some Like It Hot” (1959).

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Marilyn Monroe had a net worth of $800,000 when she died in 1962. Considering inflation, that’s the same as about $10 million in dollars today.

In the middle of the 1950s, Marilyn and photographer Milton Greene started their own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions.

Marilyn Monroe was #6 on the list of the 50 greatest female American screen legends made by the American Film Institute. She was also on the Smithsonian Institution’s list of the “100 Most Important Americans of All Time.”

Marilyn Monroe married James Dougherty when she was 16 in 1942 and split up in 1946. She then married retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio in January 1954. Marilyn Monroe filed for divorce just nine months after the wedding.

In June 1956, she married playwright Arthur Miller and split up in 1961.

Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates. Even though her death was ruled a suicide, many people think she was killed because of strange things that happened around the time she died.

According to her will, she left $10,000 to both her half-sister. She will also put $5,000 into a college fund for the child of her assistant, and her mother got a $100,000 trust fund.

She left her property to her acting coach Lee Strasberg. Lee and his first wife, Paula, raised Marilyn Monroe as if she were their own. Lee Strasberg also got 75% of her intellectual property rights. The last 25 percent went to Dr. Marianne Kris, Monroe’s therapist.

When Lee died in 1982, 75 percent of Marilyn Monroe’s estate went to his wife, Anna Mizrahi.

early Life

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and later became Norma Jeane Baker in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, had two kids before leaving her abusive husband, who later took the kids away.

Marilyn Monroe didn’t know she had a half-sister until she was 12 years old, and her half-brother died in 1933. Gladys married Martin Edward Mortensen in 1924, but they broke up a few months later.

After her mother had a mental breakdown, the state took care of her. Marilyn Monroe spent her life in foster homes for the next few years, where she was sexually abused. This made her shy and gave her a stutter.

She later lived at the Los Angeles Orphans Home. In 1936, Grace Goddard, a friend of her mother’s, became her legal guardian. After Goddard’s husband, Doc, molested Marilyn, she moved in with different relatives and friends.

She moved in with Grace’s aunt Ana Lower in 1938 and started going to Emerson Junior High School, where she wrote for the school paper. She moved back in with the Goddards in 1941 and went to Van Nuys High School.


Marilyn Monroe Career Highlights

Marilyn Monroe quit her job at the Radioplane Company and met photographer David Conover to focus on modeling. She started modeling for Conover and some of his friends, and in 1945, she was signed by the Blue Book Model Agency.

She started showing up in ads and men’s magazines and dyed her hair blonde. By 1946, she had been on the cover of more than 30 magazines.

In June 1946, she signed with an acting agency; in 1946, Darryl F. Zanuck, the head of 20th Century-Fox, gave her a six-month contract. She started going by the name Marilyn Monroe on stage and began taking acting, dancing, and singing lessons.

Her first movie was “Dangerous Years,” which came out in 1947. In 1948, she starred in “Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!” At this time, the studio asked her to take classes at the Actors’ Laboratory Theatre.

Marilyn Monroe signed with Columbia Pictures in March 1948. She was in the movie “Ladies of the Chorus” in 1948, but her contract wasn’t renewed.

She soon started dating the vice president of the William Morris Agency, Johnny Hyde. Hyde helped her get parts in the 1950 movies “All About Eve” and “The Asphalt Jungle” and got her a seven-year deal with 20th Century-Fox.

She also appeared in the movies “Let’s Make It Legal,” “As Young as You Feel,” “Home Town Story” in 1951, and “Clash by Night,” “Don’t Bother to Knock,” and “Monkey Business” in 1952.

In 1952, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association called her the “best young box office personality.” In 1953, the thriller “Niagara” made her one of Hollywood’s most famous sex symbols.

In the same year, Marilyn was in the musical comedy “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” where she gave a memorable performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

She was also on the cover and centerfold of the first issue of “Playboy” magazine. A naked photo from 1949 was used as the centerfold, and a photo from the Miss America Pageant parade in 1952 was used as the cover.

She moved to Manhattan, and in 1955 she started taking private acting lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg. She took 18 months to focus on her marriage to Arthur Miller.

She was in “Some Like It Hot” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in 1959. She was in “Let’s Make Love” in 1960 and “The Misfits” in 1961 directed by John Huston. In 1962, she made a memorable appearance on CBS’s “President Kennedy’s Birthday Salute.”

She then did a fashion editorial for “Vogue” and a series of naked photos, which were published after her death under the title “The Last Sitting.”

How Does She Do It?

Marilyn Monroes Net Worth

American actress Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Marilyn Monroe Success Clues

One: fear is stupid — so are regrets.
Two: you’ll never go anywhere if you go by the rules.
Three: don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.

Featured Marilyn Monroe's Best Quotes Of All Time Quotes

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
"I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it."
"I’m selfish, impatient, and insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and at times, hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best."


Even after Marilyn Monroe’s death, her images still bring in millions of dollars in royalties and license fees every year.

Marilyn Monroe’s net worth of $10 million makes her one of the highest-paid dead celebrities, just ahead of Whitney Houston and behind John Lennon, with Elvis and Michael Jackson holding the top two spots.

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