Jon Favreau Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$100 Million|
|Salary:||$12 Million Per Year|
|Real Name:||Jonathan Kolia Favreau|
|Date of Birth:||19th October 1966|
|Age:||56 years old|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Voice Actor|
|Updated:||27th January 2023|
Jon Favreau has a career span in the show business one-year shy of three decades. Favreau is best known for his filmmaking role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (CMU)—he was the director and executive producer of Iron 1 and Iron Man 2, as well as the installments of the CMU’S Avengers movies—the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. These mega-box office action-packed films received huge critical and commercial acclaim, and were all highly-grossed films worldwide. Jon Favreau played a major role in bringing back the popularity of superhero movies; he also played a major role in helping Robert Downey Jr. in resurrecting his acting career and boosting his fame to international celebrity status through his films. Before filming Iron Man 1, Marvel Studios refused at point blank to have Robert Downey Jr. as the main cast due to his bad boy past, but Favreau was persistent and refused to accept no for an answer—that’s how Robert Downey Jr. became synonymous with Iron Man many fans come to know today.
Jon Favreau first met Vince Vaughn during his debuted film Rudy (1993), the two hit it off and went on to become lifelong friends and collaborators in films ever since. His first career breakthrough was when he starred with Vaughn in the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers, which he also screen-wrote.
During Favreau’s career, he appeared in many films and TV shows, as well as produced and directed several big-budgeted movies which turned out to be mega-hits among cinema-goers such as The Jungle Books, and The Lion King–the two films grossed over $2.5 billion at the box office. And of course, the CMU movies.
What is Jon Favreau’s Net Worth?
Jon Favreau’s main source of net worth comes from directing and producing films and TV series, and acting performances. He also owns two production companies: Fairview Entertainment and Golem Creations—in which his companies had their hands in Iron 1 and 2, The Jungle Book 1 and 2, The Lion King, and The Chef Show just to name a few. As of August 2022, Jon Favreau’s net worth is estimated to be US$100 million.
Favreau’s time will be very occupied for the next several years as he has several films and TV series lined up to produce and direct—the sequel to The Jungle Book and The Lion King, the Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, and the fantasy-comedy film Magic Kingdom.
Who is Jon Favreau?
Jon Favreau full name is Jonathan Kolia Favreau. Favreau is an actor, comedian, film director & producer, voice actor, and TV producer. Jon Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York City on October 19, 1966. His mother, Madeleine was an elementary school teacher, she is of Russian Jewish descent—she passed away from leukemia when Jon was 13 in 1979. His father, Charles Favreau, was a special education teacher who is of Italian and French-Canadian ancestry. His family is very religious in their faith, they worked to ensure Jon had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, the initiation ceremony of a Jewish boy when he reached the age of 13.
Jon attended a public specialized high school at The Bronx High School of Science. After he graduated in 1984, he attended Queens College for three years from 1984 to 1987 before dropping out. For a short period, he worked for a New York-based global investment bank, Bear Stearns on Wall Street. Before returning to Queens College, he considered becoming a New York City fireman. Jon only studied for one semester at school upon his return in 1988, he was only a few credits short of his degree completion—unfortunately, he dropped out again. He then moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy, he performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters including Improv Institute and ImprovOlympic as a stepping stone for his career path.
Early Career in the Show Business
Jon Favreau landed a small role in his debuted film in the 1993 biographical sports film Rudy where he first met Vince Vaughn. The two remain friends ever since, and later collaborated in several future films. In 1994, Favreau appeared in an episode on the sitcom Seinfeld as Eric the Clown.
After being in many rudimentary roles such as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), and Notes from Underground (1995); Favreau made a move to Los Angeles where the rolled the dice and co-produced and screen-wrote the film Swingers in which both Favreau and Vince Vaughn starred in. The release of the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers was a career breakthrough for both Favreau and Vaughn—the story was about the lives of single, unemployed actors living on the east side of Hollywood in the 1990s. The film was well-received by both critics and the audience, and won MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.
In 1997, Favreau appeared in several episodes of the NBC’s sitcom Friends playing the humdrum millionaire as Monica Geller’s (Courteney Cox’s character) boyfriend. During those two years, Favreau appeared in minor roles in several more movies and TV such as Deep Impact (1998), and Very Bad Things (1998), and starred in MGM’S TV film Rocky Marciano.
In 2001, Favreau made his directorial debut in Made, again he teamed with Vaughn in which they both starred. Though it wasn’t commercially successful, the reviews were mainly positive. In 2001, Jon Favreau directed and acted in the TV program Dinner for Five. The program aired on the Independent Film Channel, ICF from 2001 to 2005. In 2003, he played Ben Affleck’s lawyer in the Marvel Comics superhero film Daredevil—Jon Favreau was the first person to appear in a Marvel Comics film adaptation. In that same year, Favreau starred in the comedy film The Big Empty.
Also in 2003, Jon Favreau found his first commercial success as a director in the hit comedy Elf starred Will Farrell. In 2006, Favreau reunited with Vaughn again playing a small role in the romantic-comedy film The Break-Up. In that same year, he appeared as a guest judge representing Sony Corporation in NBC’s reality TV show The Apprentice.
Mainstream Success in Hollywood
In 2006, Favreau signed with Marvel Comics in alliance with Paramount Pictures to direct Iron Man—he also played the main role in the launch of CMU. The release of Iron Man in 2008 was universal acclaim and a huge commercial success—it solidified Favreau as a director as well as a career resurrection for Robert Downey Jr. Favreau played an unrelated CMU character Happy Hogan as Tony Stark’s driver in both Iron Man 1 and 2.
The film raked in $319 million in North America, and $585.8 million in aggregate combined with the box office worldwide tickets sold on a budget of $140 million.
In the 2010 Iron Man 2, Favreau served as the director and executive producer—it was equally impressive, the action-packed superhero film grossed $623.9 million at the box office worldwide. In between Iron Man 1 and 2, Favreau again starred alongside Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in the Christmas comedy film Four Christmases—the film was among one of the audience’s favorite Christmas films.
In 2009, Favreau directed the film Cowboys & Aliens it was a bit of a letdown—although the acting was praised, but it did poorly in other aspects. It had a budget of $163 million but only made $174.8 million at the box office. However, Favreau was determined to turn it around, and in 2014 his effort came to fruition in the comedy-drama Chef, in which he wrote, co-produced, and starred. It was highly praised and commercially successful with a production budget of $11 million, and raked in $45 million at the box office.
In 2016, Favreau directed and produced the remake of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. The film was universal acclaim and a great commercial success raking in a whopping $966.6 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million. In that same year, Favreau directed another Disney classic, The Lion King. Its released in 2019 surpassed the grossed-earning of The Jungle Book, and also making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time as well as the seventh high-grossing film of all time—the film raked in a staggering $1.663 billion at the box office worldwide on an estimated budget of $260 million.
Jon Favreau continued to play part in the success of the CMU movies in which he co-produced and executive-produced the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The combined take in at the box office of the two films was a jaw-dropping $4.8 billion. Favreau also reprised his role as Happy Hogan in the Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In 2018, in an agreement with Walt Disney Studios, Favreau is the executive producer representing his production company Golem Creations of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. It’s premiered in 2019 on Disney+.
In 2019, Favreau was the executive producer and co-starred with Roy Choi in the cooking show The Chef Show for Netflix. As of 2022, he produced the documentary series for Apple TV+ Prehistoric Planet working alongside the BBC.
Jon Favreau first met his now wife, Joya Tillem in 1995 on the set of the TV sitcom Friends, they dated for five years. In November 2000, he tied the knot with the physician in her hometown of Sonoma, California. The couple has a son named Max (2001), and two daughters, Madeleine (2003) and Brighton (2006). His son Max who appeared as a little boy in Iron Man 2 was portrayed as the young Peter Parker of Spiderman.
Jon Favreau is also an amateur poker player who enjoys playing on the World Poker Tour.
In 2020, Jon Favreau purchased a vintage home built in the 1920s for $3.5 million in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. After the purchase, in that same year, he sold his previous home in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles for $2.1 million.
Other Interesting Facts about Jon Favreau
- Jon Favreau co-founded a political media company Crooked Media along with former Obama staffers Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor in 2017.
- In 2016, Favreau received a Hollywood Film Award for The Jungle Book film.
- He used the computer software given to him by his father to write the script for the 1996 film Swingers.
- Jon Favreau is the first person to play two unrelated characters in the CMU—he portrayed himself as Harold “Happy” Hogan.
- In 2019, Favreau was inducted as a Disney Legend.
- Favreau frequently appears in his own films.
- Jon Favreau protested against the Russo brothers on their plan to kill off the iconic Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark dying in the Avengers: Endgame.
Jon Favreau FAQs
What is Jon Favreau Net Worth?
Jon Favreau net worth is currently $100 million USD.
How much money does Jon Favreau earn?
Jon Favreau earns $12 million per year from various sources.
How tall is Jon Favreau?
Jon Favreau is 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)
How old is Jon Favreau?
Jon Favreau is currently 56 years old.
When is Jon Favreau birthday?
Jon Favreau birthday is on 19th October.