Vin Diesel is one of the biggest names in Hollywood thanks to the horsepower of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that wasn’t always the case. After a hot streak in the early 2000s, Diesel cooled off a bit in Hollywood circles, which makes his current level of success all the more impressive.
So how much has the muscle man made in his day?
Vin Diesel’s Net Worth as of 2017: $175 Million
But how did Diesel get here? Let’s take a look.
1990 – 1999
Vin Diesel, born Mark Sinclair Vincent, made his acting debut in 1990’s Awakenings in an uncredited role. Between 1990 and 1997, Diesel earned just three total acting credits in little-known projects, including 1997’s Strays which Diesel wrote, directed and starred in.
However, in 1998 Diesel scored a small role in Steven Speilberg’s Oscar-nominated Saving Private Ryan. This lead to a voice acting role as the titular character in the The Iron Giant in 1999. Though neither role was a traditional lead, they did put Diesel in mainstream projects that performed well both critically and financially.
2000 – 2008
Starting in 2000, Diesel’s career really began to liftoff thanks to a string of hits. The first role of note was as Chris Varick, a morally shifty Wall Street broker in the well-received Boiler Room. That same year, Diesel kicked off his first franchise with the entertaining Pitch Black.
In 2001, Diesel starred as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. Though no one knew it at the time, including Diesel himself, this would become his defining character and one of the most profitable properties in Hollywood.
But Diesel wasn’t done setting up franchises quite yet: In 2002 he starred in the action movie xXx and in 2004 he returned to the Riddick franchise in The Chronicles of Riddick. Unfortunately, this would mark the start of a cooling off period in Diesel’s career. Following his steady stream of action hits, Diesel would fail to find the same critical and commercial success with The Pacifier, Find Me Guilty and Babylon A.D.
2009 – Present
With his position in Hollywood at an unsteady place, Diesel managed to roar back to the top of the A-list by revisiting the street car racing franchise that helped to launch his career in the first place. With two sequels with little to no involvement from Diesel, 2009’s Fast & Furious saw the actor return to the series in its fourth installment. That move proved to be a good one as the film’s $363.1 million at the box office revitalized the franchise.
Since then, Diesel has reprised the role three times, including in 2015’s Furious 7, which earned an astonishing $1.5 billion worldwide, good for sixth-most all time. Another sequel – The Fate of the Furious – is slated to hit theaters on April 14.
During this career renaissance, Diesel also dropped another Riddick sequel, another xXx sequel, and grabbed a cushy voice acting role in the incredibly popular Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as the lovable talking tree Groot.
From 2012-2013, Diesel led all actors with an estimated earning of $96 million. In 2014, he earned an estimated $25 million, in 2015, Diesel cashed roughly $47 million and in 2016, he is believed to have earned $35 million. This year will likely see him received a nice payday as well.