What was Steve McQueen’s net worth?
Steve McQueen was an American actor and cultural figure from the 1960s and 1970s. At the time of his death, Steve McQueen’s net worth was $ 30 million. That’s the equivalent of $ 100 million in today’s dollars. Steve is known for his roles in films such as “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “The Great Escape” and “The Sand Pebbles”. In the mid-1970s, Steve McQueen was the highest paid actor in the world. His 1974 paycheck of $ 12 million for “The Towering Inferno” is worth $ 66 million today. He also owned a valuable collection of cars, motorcycles, and clocks. Cars, watches, and motorcycles owned by Steve McQueen are extremely valuable today.
Steve McQueen was born on March 24, 1930 and was named Terrence Stephen McQueen. He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana outside of Indianapolis. He grew up in a Roman Catholic family mainly with his maternal grandparents. His father, William, who worked as a stunt pilot, left his mother, Julia Ann, six months after he met her. Julia left the baby with her parents and he spent his early childhood on a farm. At the age of eight, his mother brought him to Indianapolis to live with her and her new husband. However, his new stepfather beat McQueen, which later prompted him to move into the streets where he started committing petty crime.
Over the next few years, McQueen moved from his mother to the streets and back to the farm before his mother sent him to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino. McQueen later reported to the Marines and was arrested after an unauthorized leave of absence. In the following years he devoted himself more to the Marines until he was honorably discharged in 1950.
McQueen used financial support from GI Bill to enroll in acting training at Sanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studio in New York City. During this time he was able to make money by riding Harley and Triumph motorcycle races on weekends. Then he started to get smaller roles in productions like “The Member of the Wedding” and “Peg o’My Heart”.
In 1955, McQueen moved to California to be closer to Hollywood. His first breakout role came when he appeared on the NBC western series “Tales of Wells Fargo”. Then he landed roles on other series like “Wanted: Dead or Alive” and “Trackdown”. These roles helped McQueen become a household name. He made his next break when Frank Sinatra gave him a role in the movie “Never So Few”.
From that time on, McQueen began to get big movie roles. His first big hit was “The Magnificent Seven”, followed by the 1963 film “The Great Escape”. Other films were “Love with the Proper Stranger”, “Nevada Smith”, “The Cincinnati Kid” and “The Sand Pebbles” . For his role in “The Sand Pebbles” he received an Oscar nomination, the only nomination he would receive in his life.
In 1968 he played in “Bullitt” and “The Thomas Crown Affair”. His career rose well into the 1970s, and McQueen became the highest paid actor in the world when the 1972 film “The Getaway” was released. In 1974, however, McQueen essentially disappeared from acting to focus more on racing bikes. It was not until 1978 that he returned to film with the film “Ein Volksfeind”. His last two films were Tom Horn, a western, and The Hunter, both released in 1980.
The highest paid actor in the world
For 1974’s “The Towering Inferno” Steve received a salary of $ 12 million. Adjusted for inflation, that’s an astonishing $ 66 million. That paycheck made Steve the highest paid actor in the world by far. A title that he held for many years after his death in 1980.
McQueen started dating Gia Scala while attending drama school in New York. However, their relationship eventually ended and he began dating actress and dancer Neile Adams. The couple married on November 2, 1956 and had a daughter in 1959 and a son in 1960. They stayed married until they divorced in 1972. Several women have claimed that they had affairs with McQueen during the time he was married to Adams.
In 1973, McQueen married actress Ali MacGraw, his co-star on “The Getaway”. Their relationship divorced in 1978. Two years later, in January 1980, McQueen married model Barbara Minty.
McQueen had an intense daily exercise program that included weight lifting and running, as well as martial arts. He also had several drug and alcohol habits and was known to be a frequent drinker, cocaine user, and marijuana smoker. Throughout his acting career, McQueen had continued to race, both motorcycles and racing cars. He also owned a large collection of classic motorcycles, as well as vintage and exotic cars. He also flew and owned a number of aircraft.
In 1979, Steve and Barbara Minty bought a 15.5-acre ranch in Santa Paula, California, about an hour and a half northeast of Los Angeles. They were married in 1980 on this ranch in the living room of the house. The property has a 4,500-square-foot hangar where Steve housed his collection of cars and motorcycles. Another advantage for Steve was the proximity of the property to the Santa Paula Airport, where he housed his Stearman Model 75 biplane.
Years after his death, Steve’s car and motorcycle collection would prove extremely valuable. He owned about 130 motorcycles and dozens of incredible cars, from Ferraris to Porsches to Jaguars.
In 2006, his 1937 Crocker motorcycle sold for $ 276,000.
In 2007, his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lussa Berlinetta sold for $ 2.3 million.
Steve owned dozens of watches and was a brand ambassador for Heuer during his lifetime. To this day, Tag Heuer pays Steve’s estate to use his image in their advertisements. One of the six Monaco Ref. 1133 watches he wore in the 1970 film “Le Mans” sold for $ 2.208 million.
In 1978, McQueen developed a cough, which led him to quit smoking. The cough continued, however, and he eventually discovered he had pleural mesothelioma, a type of cancer attributed to asbestos exposure for which there is no known cure.
After finding evidence of widespread metastasis, McQueen sought controversial treatments in Mexico that ultimately failed to cure him. He developed a series of tumors in his abdomen and flew to Mexico to have one of his livers removed, despite American doctors telling him they could have an operation. Shortly after the operation, McQueen died of a heart attack in Mexico in November 1980.
McQueen was cremated and his ashes scattered across the Pacific Ocean. McQueen has remained an icon since his death and was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He has also appeared in a number of museum exhibitions, had documentaries made about his life, and has been portrayed in feature films.