Johnny Depp Is Not The Richest 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Star

Jordan Claes
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in 'The Pirates Of The Caribbean'.
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In today's global cinematic climate, studios aren't interested in making movies — they're in the business of building franchises. And few if any other movie franchises have ever been as beloved as Pirates of the Caribbean.

It goes without saying that this is largely thanks to the incredible performances of Johnny Depp, and he's become a rich man for all his efforts. However, what may surprise you is that Johnny isn't the richest of his Pirates co-stars — not by a longshot.

'The Pirates Of The Caribbean' is one of Hollywood's most iconic franchises.

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Strange Tides'.
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Ever since Johnny Depp first walked on screen as Captain Jack Sparrow, audiences instantly fell in love with the swashbuckling pirate. It's a love affair that persists to this very day.

While Johnny Depp was already a certified movie star prior to this point, 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' is what launched him into superstardom.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
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Curse of the Black Pearl helped net Johnny his first-ever Academy Award Nomination for "Best Actor." In 2011, he became the highest-paid actor on the planet.

Fans won't be shocked to hear that Johnny has amassed a substantial net worth.

Captain Jack Sparrow asking "Why is the rum gone?" in 'Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
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According to, Johnny is currently worth $150 million and rakes in a staggering salary of $20 million per picture. However, he is far from the wealthiest seafarer aboard this pirate ship.

Let's take a look at some of Johnny's previous castmates for comparison.

Will Turner holding a piece of the cursed gold in 'Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
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Arguably Johnny's most memorable castmate was Orlando Bloom, who famously portrayed the franchise's main protagonist, Will Turner. Bloom tarred in both Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as the LOTR franchise and is currently worth $40 million.

Next on the list is Keira Knightley AKA Elizabeth Swan.

Keira Knightley looking at a compass in 'Dead Men Tell no Tales'.
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Unlike Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, Keira only appeared in the franchise's first three films. She's since been nominated for two Academy Awards and commands an impressive net worth of $80 million.

Moving up the ladder we arrive at Penélope Cruz, who's worth a staggering $85 million.

Penélope Cruz by the wheel of a ship in 'On Strange Tides'.
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Penélope had the honor of portraying the franchise's first-ever female pirate. She absolutely stole the show in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides and fans hope that they haven't seen the last of her.

Now, let's take a look at which 'Pirates' co-stars have amassed a greater net worth than Johnny Depp.

Chow Yun-Fat as Sao Feng in 'At World's End'.
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One person who may not immediately jump to mind is Chow Yun-Fat. The Hong Kong actor played Captain Sao Feng in At World's End and is worth an estimated $200 million.

Moving on, we arrive at The Rolling Stones' guitar legend, Keith Richards.

Keith Richards in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End'.
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Keith is considered to be one of the most iconic Rock n' Roll guitarists of all time and is currently worth over $500 million. Depp has credited Richards as his inspiration for Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Speaking of music legends, one cameo that many people may have missed is none other than Paul McCartney.

As one of the co-founders of The Beatles, Paul's reputation for greatness precedes him. Supposedly, he only agreed to appear in the film as a "thank you" to Johnny Depp.

"He's done me a lot of favors in the past," Paul said during an on-set interview.

Paul McCartney in 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'.
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"He's been in some of my music videos, so it's my way of repaying him." At this current moment, Sir Paul McCartney's fortune is worth just over $1.2 billion.

While it seems unlikely that Johnny will ever match Sir Paul's net worth, he may very well become the world's highest-paid actor — again.

Captain jack Sparrow in 'Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
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Alexandra Villa of In-House PR predicts that in the wake of Johnny's defamation hearing with ex-wife Amber Heard, his career is going to skyrocket. Perhaps we haven't seen the last of Captain Jack, after all.