Without a doubt, one of the most popular celebrities of 2022 has been Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and he also made it to our list of top trending celebrities this year, so there must be something special about this man! Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is an American actor, and former professional wrestler, and that’s where he gets the name ‘The Rock’ from. From the second he entered Hollywood, he has had a whole lot of success and has been a part of some of the biggest franchises in the industry.
Most recently, he was also a part of DC’s Black Adam, where he played the lead role of Black Adam himself. Dwayne Johnson has seen a lot of success over the years and continues to be one of the funniest, most charming, and most loved celebrities in Hollywood. Dwayne Johnson is the kind of man who makes his presence known whenever he’s around and we don’t just mean because of how tall and big he is. So, buckle in as we tell you everything you need to know about Dwayne Johnson, from his net worth to his biography and much more:
Dwayne Johnson’s Net Worth
As of 2022, believe it or not, Dwayne Johnson is worth an estimated $800 million! His professional wrestling career began in 1996, and he began acting in 2001, so he has acquired this wealth in just over 25 years. In comparison, back in 2009, his net worth was only $30 million. He was named the richest wrestler in the world in September 2012. As his film career became more and more successful, he was able to increase his net worth to $320 million by 2019. His first starring role was in 2002’s The Scorpion King, for which he was paid $5.5 million, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest paycheck ever paid to a first-time actor in a leading role.
The Rock contractually demands another $4 million to promote his own films, in addition to his salary. Johnson and his ex-wife started a production company called Seven Bucks Productions, which is involved in producing several films, not just his own. Johnson also is endorsed by brands like Under Armour, Apple, and Tom Ford. Last, but certainly not least, The Rock launched his own tequila, Teremana Tequila, in March 2020. Based on its present sales, the brand is believed to be worth around $3 billion, and Johnson owns somewhere around 30-40% of the company.
Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. He briefly lived in Auckland, New Zealand, as a child. He stayed with his mother’s family and played rugby while attending Richmond Road Primary School. His family moved around quite a bit, so he attended schools all over the place, including North Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Tennessee, before finally graduating from Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1990. While at Freedom High School, he played football and was a member of both the wrestling team and the track and field team. He competed as a member of the wrestling team, but he was offered a full athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. While at the University of Miami, Johnson was a member of the Miami Hurricanes football team. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies and a dual major in physiology and criminology.
Johnson began his professional wrestling career in 1996, signing a WWF contract that summer. He made his debut as Rocky Maivia, combining the ring names of both his father and his grandfather. He began referring to himself as The Rock in 1997 and had all of his billing changed to the new name. For quite a while, he was extremely popular among fans, and the size of his fan base led to new merchandising opportunities. In 1999, he appeared on That ‘70s Show as his own father. He hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 2000 and has hosted the show an additional four times.
The Rock made his film debut as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, and the film’s financial success opened the door for Johnson to reprise the role in a spin-off, The Scorpion King. He consistently appeared in several small roles in films such as Be Cool. He starred in Disney’s The Game Plan in 2007, as well.
Johnson’s first real success was in 2011 when he was cast as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, which became the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. He reprised the role in several films to follow. Forbes named him the top-grossing actor of 2013. In 2014, he starred as Hercules. Then in 2016, he co-starred as Maui in Disney’s Moana, about a Polynesian princess who sets out to break a curse set forth ages ago. He starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as Dr. Smolder Bravestone in 2017 and reprised the role Jumanji: The Next Level in 2019.
Johnson starred alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2021. The movie is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name, and Johnson assisted with redesigning the ride for all Disney theme parks, as well. In the same year, he starred in Netflix’s spy thriller/comedy Red Notice with Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Most recently, Johnson was seen in the DC Comics film Black Adam and earned $22.5 million from that film alone. As of November 2021, his Instagram account is the fourth most-followed in the world with over 280 million followers.
Dwayne Johnson Dating History
Johnson’s first wife was Dany Garcia, whom he met while both of them were students at the University of Miami in the early 1990s. Garcia is a producer and businesswoman, as well as a professional bodybuilder under the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation. They married on May 3, 1997, and share a daughter. They separated amicably in 2007, and their divorce was finalized in May 2008.
In 2006, while filming The Game Plan, Johnson met model Lauren Hashian. They began dating in 2007, but they were not married until August 2019. They share two young daughters and split their time amongst residences in Los Angeles, California, Southwest Ranches, Florida, and a farm in Virginia.
Dwayne Johnson Family
Johnson is the only son of Ata, née Maivia, and Rocky Johnson. His mother is Samoan and the adopted daughter of professional wrestler Peter Maivia. Ata’s mother was the first female pro wrestling promoter, managing Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling from her husband’s death in 1982 until 1988. Johnson’s father was Black and Irish and was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2008, Johnson inducted both his father and grandfather into the WWE Hall of Fame. On his mother’s side, The Rock is a non-blood relative to the Anoa’i wrestling family, a family of professional wrestlers with origins in American Samoa.
Johnson has three daughters. He shares his eldest daughter, Simone, with his first wife, Dany Garcia. Simone was born on August 14, 2001, and in February 2020, she began training at the WWE Performance Center. She is the very first fourth-generation WWE wrestler. She recently signed a contract with the WWE, going by the ring name Ava Raine. The Rock has two younger daughters with his second wife, Lauren Hashian. Hashian is the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian. Their daughters are Jasmine, born December 17, 2015, and Tiana, born April 17, 2018.
In 2004, Johnson was given the noble title of Seiuli when he visited American Samoa, acknowledging that he is the descendant of Samoan chiefs. He received a partial Samoan pe’a tattoo on his left side in 2003. The Rock also has Canadian citizenship because of his father’s citizenship there.
Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson continues to be an important part of Hollywood and he’s the kind of celebrity who works for his fans, who are like his family, and that’s something people have admired about him from the very beginning. We can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store for him, because he is set to appear in the upcoming movie, Red One, alongside Chris Evans! Do let us know in the comments which is your favorite role of Dwayne Johnson so far.