Last Updated: January 11, 2024
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Net Worth:
$25 Million
Nov 16, 1977 (46 years old)
Lower East Side
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
United States of America
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What is Maggie Gyllenhaal's Net Worth and Salary?

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress who has net worth of $25 million. That is a combined net worth with her husband since 2009, fellow actor Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie is best known for roles in movies like "World Trade Center" (2006), "The Dark Knight" (2008) in which she played Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne's love interest. Since then, she has enjoyed a lucrative and critically lauded career as both a blockbuster and character actress, earning an Academy Award nomination for her role in "Crazy Heart" (2009), starring alongside Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in "White House Down" (2013), and headlining David Simon's acclaimed HBO series "The Deuce".

Early Life

Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977 into an acting and filmmaking family – her father being poet and director Stephen Gyllenhaal and mother Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, a director and screenwriter. A native of Los Angeles, she attended Harvard-Westlake prep school, followed by Columbia University in New York and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first step into the entertainment world was appearing in several of her father's films, including "A Dangerous Woman" (1993) and "Homegrown" (1998).


Gyllenhaal won over audiences as Jake Gyllenhaal's wisecracking sister in the psychological thriller "Donnie Darko" (2001) written and directed by Richard Kelly, but she has since truly come into her own with roles in films such as Steven Shainberg's "Secretary" (2002) and Christopher Nolan's billion-dollar blockbuster "The Dark Knight" (2008). She earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Jeff Bridges in Scott Cooper's directorial debut "Crazy Heart" (2009), and has since starred in and produced the critically acclaimed HBO drama series "The Deuce", in which she plays a sex worker opposite a dual role portrayed by James Franco. Gyllenhaal's work on The Deuce has garnered her a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama/Genre series.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Net Worth

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Gyllenhaal has worked her way up from being a supporting actress to leading lady in both major motion pictures and independent film. On average she is reported to make $500,000 a film, which figures as the majority of her creative choices lie with arthouse and independent source material. Occasionally she has branched out into making more commercial fare – such as playing Rachel Dawes in "The Dark Knight" (2008) and a CIA agent in "White House Down" (2013).

Personal Life

Gyllenhaal began dating her now-husband, fellow actor Peter Sarsgaard in 2002. The couple has two daughters together. They were married in Brindisi, Italy, and lived for several years in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Real Estate

In 2006 Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard purchased a townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In 2019 they listed the townhouse for sale for a reported $4.6 million. The townhouse's layout was custom-made by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior designer John Erik Karkula and features a music room, a screening room, and two custom-designed office spaces.

Advocacy and Controversies

Gyllenhaal has aligned herself firmly within the political leftwing sphere, and easily fits into the celebrity subgenre of 'actorvist'. She has spoken out against issues such as war, treatment of whistleblowers, 9/11, and human trafficking. Gyllenhaal stirred controversy with statements she made during the promotion of her 2008 film "The Great New Wonderful". On the subject of the attack on the twin towers, she stated, "It is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict." She has lent her support to charities such as the WITNESS organization, which documents the effects of human rights violations. She has also lent her star power to opportunities that allow her to pay it forward, such as her support of Trickle Up, an initiative to help poverty-stricken demographics gain the tools to start micro-enterprises. She also acted as the host to the indie Los Angeles fashion show 'Fashionably Natural' in 2008.

Fun Facts

Gyllenhaal is descended from royalty. Through her father, poet and director Stephen Gyllenhaal, she is paternally related to the noble Gyllenhaal family that was based out of Sweden.

Gyllenhaal is of Jewish heritage through her mother, screenwriter and director Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal. As a result, she celebrated a bat mitzvah at 13 at the Four Seasons in New York City. In sharp contrast her younger brother, Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, celebrated his bar mitzvah at a homeless shelter in the Bronx.

Maggie was one of several actors involved with Christopher Nolan's blockbuster "The Dark Knight" (2008) to go on record disputing accounts that Heath Ledger was too 'method' or became unhinged by the pressures of playing the Joker. Of the infamous scene between Ledger and Gyllenhaal's characters, she stated she felt safe with Heath as it takes 'enormous restraint' to be in control of one's craft as an actor, and that Heath often would wisecrack and tell jokes between takes.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Career Earnings

  • World Trade Center
    $500 Thousand
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