How The Rock makes and spends his millions

The wrestler-turned-superstar has a fine taste in custom cars and suits — and he also has a philanthropic streak

Ian Phillips,Jacob Shamsian
Monday 24 July 2017 13:27

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. According to Forbes, the former WWE star made $65 million per year, beating out the likes of Robert Downey Jr and his Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel.

One of the hardest working people in show business, Johnson stars in movies like Moana and San Andreas and TV shows like HBO's Ballers, returning for season three on Sunday. He also runs his own production company and does product endorsements.

With custom cars and extensive charity work, the actor knows how to enjoy himself and spend his hard-earned cash. Here's how The Rock spends his millions.

Forbes named Johnson one of the world's highest-paid actor for 2017 with a whopping $65 million last year.

The movie star made a name for himself on TV with HBO's Ballers, which is starting its third season.

Johnson is a box-office juggernaut who commands huge pay days for films.

A few recent hits include:

The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion

(Warner Brothers)

Moana (2016): $643 million

San Andreas (2015): $474 million

His most recent film, Baywatch, was a rare blunder. It grossed only $166 million.

Dwayne Johnson poses for photographers during a photocall to promote the Europe premiere of 'Baywatch'

But before that, The Fate of the Furious made more than $1.2 billion — and counting.

In early 2016, The Rock teamed up with Under Armour for a global sponsorship, which also allows him to help create a line of footwear and other apparel.

Johnson has been running Seven Bucks Productions with his ex-wife Dany Garcia since 2012. Through it, they've produced Ballers and Johnson's upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle movie.​

He named his production company Seven Bucks for a reason. After flying from Canada to Miami after his football career ended, he emptied his pockets and found just $7.

​His path to success is inspiring.

The Rock is deciding whether to play hero or anti-hero

Johnson also gives back. In 2006, he founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity which works with terminally ill children.

The 44-year-old has a very particular and demanding diet. Sometimes he has massive “carb up” nights.

He especially loves pancakes.

He also famously loves cod.

In 2015, he revealed his diet to Muscle & Fitness and FiveThirtyEight counted it all up and found that Johnson consumes 821 pounds of cod in a year. Given that cod goes for about $1.75 per pound, that means he was spending about $1,400 per year on fish.

But in early 2016, Johnson told Business Insider's Dave Mosher that he cut cod out of his diet.

To stay in tip top shape, Johnson works with several personal trainers. One of them is Aaron Williamson, who has also worked with J.K. Simmons and Jai Courtney. His programs range from $100 to $250 per month.

He can almost always be spotted in the gym, even on a rare day off.


When he's not in the gym, the man loves to wear a suit. He's got a wide collection that comes in an array of colors. In January, he wore a crushed-velvet suit to the Golden Globes.​

He showed up to the premiere of Ballers in a Pagani Huayra. This car is custom made, so the price can vary, but the regular Pagani clocks in at around $1 million.

The same type of car can also be spotted in his HBO show.

Johnson also sports a lot of ink. His chest and arm tattoos represent different parts of his heritage. He's gotten some of his tattoos done by a famed Tahitian tattoo artist named Po’oino Yrondi.​


Johnson is almost always on the go and working. During his travels he stays in luxury, like in this posh place on Central Park West in New York City while doing press for Central Intelligence.

He gets from place to place in a fancy Gulfstream G650. He can often be seen bringing his family along for rides. It's unclear whether Johnson owns or rents it, but one of these planes can cost up to $65 million.

He calls it “the fastest private jet in the world.”

As a kid, Johnson always dreamed of owning a Rolex. The first one he ever bought, while still a wrestler, cost $35,000.​

The Rock is also into the real-estate game. He's had a few million-dollar mansions, and, according to Zillow, he has sold about 10 homes in the past decade in Florida alone.

Among those homes is this 5-bedroom, 7-bath mansion in Southwest Ranches, Florida he bought in 2012 for $3.4 million. He sold it a year later for $3 million.

He has also sold a 6-bedroom home in Hidden Hills, California for $4.9 million in 2012.

Dwayne Johnson at the 89th Academy Awards

More recently, Johnson moved into a $5.5 million home in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

Johnson also owns a farm just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.

And like most movie stars, he also has a home somewhere in Los Angeles.

He bought his dad a bunch of trucks.

Johnson wrote an Instagram post late last year talking about his father's difficult life, and how he never asked for much.

“Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive - which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else,” Johnson wrote. “Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask.”

With high-profile movies on the horizon like a Jumanji reboot, a Big Trouble in Little China remake, and San Andreas 2, it looks like The Rock will have plenty of more spending money for years to come.

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