Last Updated: March 1, 2024
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Net Worth:
$200 Million
Nov 10, 1955 (68 years old)
Film director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer
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What is Roland Emmerich's net worth?

Roland Emmerich is a German director, film producer and screenwriter who has a net worth of $200 million. Roland Emmerich best known for his work on blockbuster disaster movies such as "Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow," and "2012." He was also the writer and executive producer of "Independence Day." Over the course of his career, Emmerich has become one of the most successful and influential directors in Hollywood. To date his films have grossed over $3 billion at the box office worldwide. He has been nominated for several awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for his films "Independence Day" and "Godzilla."

Early Life and Education

Roland Emmerich was born on November 10, 1955, in Stuttgart, West Germany. He spent his childhood in Sindelfingin. His father, Hans was quite wealthy and this enabled Roland to spend much time traveling to Europe and North America. His father was the founder of a garden machinery production company. Emmerich wanted to study production design, so in 1977 he enrolled in the University of Television and Film Munich, and as his final thesis, he wrote and directed, "The Noah's Ark Principle." In 1984, it became the opening film of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival. Roland is not related to Toby and Noah Emmerich, the American screenwriter and actor.


After completing his education, Roland Emmerich began his career working on several low-budget films in Germany. His breakthrough came in 1992 with the release of his film "Universal Soldier," which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.

Emmerich's next film, "Stargate," was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $200 million worldwide. The film helped to establish Emmerich as a leading director in Hollywood and paved the way for his future success.

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Blockbuster Successes

Over the course of the next decade, Roland Emmerich directed several blockbuster films, including "Independence Day," "Godzilla," and "The Day After Tomorrow." These films were known for their high-budget special effects and action-packed storylines, and helped to establish Emmerich as one of the most successful and influential directors in Hollywood.

Emmerich's biggest commercial success came in 2009 with the release of "2012," a disaster movie that depicted the end of the world. The film grossed over $700 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of that year.

Box Office Gross

Here are Roland Emmerich's 10 biggest films by worldwide box office gross:

  1. "Independence Day" (1996) – $817.4 million
  2. "2012" (2009) – $791.1 million
  3. "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004) – $544.3 million
  4. "Godzilla" (1998) – $379 million
  5. "White House Down" (2013) – $205.4 million
  6. "Universal Soldier" (1992) – $102 million
  7. "Stargate" (1994) – $196.6 million
  8. "Anonymous" (2011) – $15 million
  9. "The Patriot" (2000) – $215.3 million
  10. "Midway" (2019) – $127.3 million

2012 Payday

Throughout his career, Roland has earned hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to backend participation points on his movies. For example, in 2009 alone, Roland Emmerich earned over $70 million off his back end interest in the movie "2012."

Roland Emmerich


Real Estate

Roland Emmerich has many homes, located all over the world. He is known for decorating these homes in the extreme, with portraits of communist leaders and dictators, as well as, murals and Hollywood memorabilia.

Personal Life

Roland Emmerich is openly gay and has donated millions of dollars to several charitable causes, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth.

He also supports the idea of presenting Academy Awards to movie stuntmen for their performances in films. He is also involved in raising money for women's rights in the developing world, through the producing of The 1 Second Film.

Roland Emmerich Career Earnings

  • 2012
    $70 Million
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