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John Travolta: from heart throb to icon to mega wealth

The all-American actor, singer, heartthrob, and producer John Travolta first hit entertainment success in the 70s when he appeared on popular TV series Welcome Back. But what really launched him into the big league was his starring in massive hits such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

He is recorded to have a net worth of $165 million.

After a quiet spell in his career during the 80s, Travolta had a revival of sorts in the 90s when he starred in popular cult classic Pulp Fiction — which then landed him roles in several other films, bringing him back from the brink of obscurity. Face/Off was a classic 90s film that anyone who truly grew up in the 90s will know about.

His role as heartthrob Danny Zuko in 1978 Grease saw his bank balance rise considerably. It was one of the most commercially successful films of the decade and it sustained its popularity well into the next millennium. But nothing was handed on a plate to the actor, the working-class lad earned every penny. He was the youngest of six children raised in a New York suburb.

“I’m from a working-class family. We didn’t have a lot, but we had the arts. You’re talking to a guy who is making a living at doing what he loves doing – acting, singing and dancing.” Said the acting legend.

As well as acting in Grease, the slick-back tight-t-shirt wearing dude also sang for a few of the film’s soundtrack. Talented. Talented. Talented. And rich. The former has been recognised with awards.

He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Get Shorty, and just two years ago (2014) he won a IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema. They got that right. When he was just 24-years-old he became one of the youngest ever performers nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.

But not all had been so smooth for the smooth mo fo. Despite being raised a Roman Catholic he converted to Scientology in 1975. And it’s fair to say that despite having shed loads of money, Travolta has had more than his share of personal trauma. His girlfriend died in 1977, and then he lost a son in 2009. There’s plenty that money can’t buy. And there’s plenty it can.

Travolta has is a keen cars and private jets enthusiast, and holds a pilots licence and at the star’s pad in Florida — which was previously owned by Frank Sinatra — is set up also as an airport for his private jets (yes, plural), and has sixteen garages to host his myriad cars. That is some colossal wealth right there. No doubt assets that won’t lose much value, too.

Whatever your thoughts of this film icon are, there’s no doubting that he is just that: an icon. And during his illustrious career, he’s built himself a bank balance and lifestyle afforded usually by those only gifted with true talent. 

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