Jet Li Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Biography – Early Life/Education/Personal Life
Jet Li was born as Li Lian Jie as the youngest of his five siblings and was only two when his father passed away.
He was just eight when his family discovered his talent for wushu (a form of martial arts) and sent him to a school where he could learn the art.
Soon, he was a part of the famous wushu team in Beijing, China, called the ‘Beijing Wushu Team’ which participated in the ‘National Games of the People’s Republic of China’ and the age of 11, Li won his first national championship.
As a result, he traveled to nearly 45 countries to demonstrate the sport and in 1974 he exhibited it for the U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. He also bagged the ‘All-Around National Wushu Champion’ title of that year.
Li married actress Huang Qiuyan in 1987 and the couple has two daughters – Si and Taimi. The couple got divorced in 1990.
He married actress Nina Li Chi in 1999 and the couple has two daughters from this wedlock as well.
In 2004, the actor was caught in Tsunami-hit Maldives, and there was a rumor about his death. However, he was perfectly fine save for a minor injury on his foot.
Since January 2006, he has been a “philanthropic ambassador” of the Red Cross Society of China.
In 2007, three years after the tsunami catastrophe, he established his own charitable organization ‘The One Foundation’.
Li renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2009 and became a citizen of Singapore.
He retired from wushu at 17 and made his debut in the Chinese film industry with the 1982 movie ‘Shaolin Temple’. The movie was a success and established him as a promising actor in China.
Towards the end of the eighties, he moved to Hong Kong where he signed up the 1991 movie ‘Once Upon a Time in China’, a martial arts action film.
His Hollywood debut was with the action-thriller movie ‘Lethal Weapon 4’ in 1994, in which he played the bad guy alongside actors Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
In 2000, he collaborated with rapper DMX and singer Aaliyah for the movie ‘Romeo Must Die’, which was a huge commercial success. The following year, he acted in ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ for which he received great critical appreciation.
In ‘Hero’, a 2002 Chinese film, he played the protagonist, a warrior from the 3rd century in China. The movie was a great success winning many prestigious awards.
In 2003 he teamed up with DMX once again for ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’, a crime thriller which sadly did not make much of an impact.
After a break of one year, he made a comeback with the action thriller ‘Unleashed’ in 2005, playing a very serious role. The film was a critical as well as a commercial success.
It was followed by another blockbuster ‘Fearless’ (2006), which was based on the true story of the near-death experience of the martial arts master, Huo Yuanjia.
In 2008, he collaborated with actor Jackie Chan to act in ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ which was an utter failure. However, after playing a ruthless Chinese emperor in ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ Li was able to please his fans once again.
His recent film ‘The Expendables’ was released in 2010. He starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, among other actors.
‘Romeo Must Die’ in which he plays the role of ‘Han Sing’, the protagonist, has been one of his biggest hits to date.
The film amassed a $91,036,760 at the box-office, debuting at No.2 in the U.S. Even the soundtrack of the movie sold more than a million copies by the end of the year.
His next biggest hit was ‘Hero’ which made an impressive $177,394,432 at the box-office. It is also the fourth highest-grossing foreign-language film at the box-office and was nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the 2003 Academy Awards.
Jet Li is has a net worth of $200 million dollars.