Jennifer Garner’s Net Worth
Jennifer Garner is an American actress and film producer with a net worth of 80 million dollars. Jennifer is also a highly-paid product endorser for Capital One and Neutrogena brands.
Jennifer Garner was born in Houston, Texas, on April 17, 1972. Her father, William, was a chemical engineer, and her mother was a homemaker turned college English teacher.
Garner moved with her parents and two sisters to Charleston, West Virginia, when she was three. She grew up in a conservative household, attending a local Methodist Church every Sunday and Vacation Bible School.
The teenagers were not allowed to wear makeup, paint their nails, pierce their ears, or dye their hair.
Garner enrolled at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, after graduating from George Washington High School in 1990.
After three years, she changed her major from chemistry to theater and spent the fall semester of 1993 studying at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater in 1994 and moved to New York City to pursue acting.
Garner enrolled at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, after graduating from George Washington High School in 1990. After three years, she changed her major from chemistry to theater and spent the fall semester of 1993 studying at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater in 1994 and moved to New York City to pursue acting.
After landing minor roles in various miniseries post-graduation, Garner moved to Los Angles in 1997. She nabbed her first leading role in the TV movie “Rose Hill” and made her first feature film appearance in the period drama “Washington Square.”
She was involved in the Woody Allen film “Deconstructing Harry,” but most of her performance was cut from the film’s final edit. Garner was cast in J.J. Abram’s popular college drama “Felicity” in 1998, which was her most significant role yet.
She played minor roles in big-name movies like “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 and 2001’s war epic “Pearl Harbor.”
2001 was a turning point in Garner’s career when she starred as Sydney Bristow in ABC’s “Alias.” J.J. Abrams, the show’s creator, had written the part with her in mind. “Alias” aired for five seasons, with Garner’s salary rising slowly until it was $150,000 per episode by the end of the series.
The show was successful among audiences and critics alike, and Garner received many award nominations and wins for her performance.
While she was working on “Alias,” she continued to work intermittently in film. After being wowed by her performance in “Alias,” Steven Spielberg called personally to offer her a small role in 2002’s “Catch Me if You Can.” Her first co-starring film role was opposite Ben Affleck in “Daredevil” in 2003.
She scored her first leading role in the widely-praised romantic comedy “13 Going on 30” in 2004. The movie grossed $96 million worldwide, and Garner was praised for her effortlessly charming portrayal of the main character Jenna.
After a one-year break when “Alias” ended, she returned to work in 2007 with the major hit “Juno,” a film by Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. Her work as Vanessa, a woman desperate to adopt a child, was utterly effective and critically acclaimed.
Garner returned to the stage in late 2007 and early 2008, playing Roxanne and starring with Kevin Kline in “Cyrano de Bergerac” on Broadway, to which she met glowing reviews of her performance. Shortly after, she became a spokesperson for the skincare line Neutrogena.
Garner continued on with romantic comedies, including 2009’s “The Invention of Lying,” where she played opposite Ricky Gervais in his directorial debut, again scoring praise for her flawless comedic timing.
In the 2012 drama “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” Garner played a mother for the first time starring opposite Joel Edgerton. The film saw modest monetary success and was met with mixed reviews.
Garner worked with Matthew McConaughey in 2013’s drama Dallas Buyer’s Club, where she portrayed the role of a doctor treating Texas AIDS patients during the ’80s. She once again was praised critically by reviewers and fans alike for her sensitive and poignant performance.
Garner has continued to hone her acting craft and appeared in major roles on and off throughout the 2010s. She is often praised for her ability to connect with audiences on emotional and humorous levels.
In August 2018, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2019, it was announced that she would star in Yes Day, a Netflix comedy directed by Miguel Arteta.
For early seasons she earned $45,000 per episode, which worked out to around $1 million for the full 22-episode season. By the end of the show’s run, Garner’s peak salary was $150,000 per episode, roughly $3.3 million for a season.
Jennifer’s salary for 2004’s “13 Going on 30” was $3 million.
For 2007’s “The Kingdom,” Garner was paid $7 million. That same year she appeared in “Juno,” for which she accepted a nominal upfront salary in exchange for a percent of the movie’s backend gross.
Instead, she will sign a long-term contract covering a set number of commercials annually. Based on comparable actors’ known endorsement contracts, Garner is likely operating under a 5-year $15-20 million deal to work with Mercedes.
That’s $3-4 million annually, if you want to think of it that way. But the money is likely paid upfront.
Garner is a strong advocate for early childhood education. She is an ambassador and serves on the board of trustees for Save the Children, which promotes national literacy and early education efforts.
She frequently visits families involved in the Early Steps to School Success program, which helps families get assistance with early childhood education.
While Jennifer has stated she is not an overly political person, she has donated to various Democratic politicians, including Wendy Davis. Garner also hosted two fundraisers for Barack Obama in 2008 and a fundraiser supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Garner is vocally supportive of laws that protect children of celebrities from paparazzi. She testified alongside Halle Berry in August 2013 to support a bill to protect kids from photographer harassment, which passed and is now a California law.
Jennifer Garner was married to actor Scott Foley from 2000 – 2004. They met on the set of Felicity in 1998. She was then married to actor/product/director Ben Affleck, whom she met on the set of Pearl Harbor, from 2005 – 2015. Garner and Affleck, who have three children together, announced their split on June 30, 2015.
Their divorce was finalized in October 2018. It was reported that there was no prenuptial agreement.
In 2002 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Alias. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2005 for the same role.
Garner has won several other awards and been nominated for more than 50, including three other Golden Globes and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2009, Jen and Ben spent $17.55 million for a home in LA’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The seller was super-producer Brian Grazer. Jennifer continued living in this house until late 2018.
After she and the kids moved out, Ben and Jen sold this mansion to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine for $32 million in December 2018.
In early 2019, Jennifer spent $8 million on a new home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood Park neighborhood. In April 2018, Ben bought himself a $19 million mansion in the Pacific Palisades.