Jackie Chan is the ultimate American Dream success story.
As a young man growing up in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan absolutely idolized everything that Bruce Lee was able to do – both in the martial arts world as well as in the world of Hollywood – and set out to build his life in the exact same image.
Taking the same kind of path that Bruce Lee did, Jackie landed a number of roles in lower budget kung fu movies before breaking through the mainstream and establishing himself as one of the most popular leading men in all of Hollywood.
Probably most well-known for his role in the “Rush Hour” film franchise (a film franchise that has made close to $845 million around the world), Jackie Chan has also made a tremendous amount of money behind the camera as well.
Working as a choreographer, filmmaker and producer, comedian, martial artist, singer and stunt coordinator, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur, Chan has accumulated a tremendous amount of money – close to $250 million dollars.
Jackie Chan is committed to building his wealth the “old fashioned way”
It’s impossible to describe Jackie Chan as anything but an incredibly hard worker and a dedicated individual.
From his earliest days in the martial arts world (where anecdotal after anecdote describes him working 18 hours a day to perfect martial arts moves that others spent only one or two hours practicing) all the way up until his latest few movies in Hollywood, Jackie Chan is the quintessential “grinder” and believes in the power of real work ethic.
This has allowed him to accumulate the substantial amount of wealth that he has been able to command, but it is also turned him off to those that feel entitled to the hard work that he has put in.
Chan made waves in early 2005 when he told the press that his son wasn’t going to receive a penny of his fortune, simply because he had never done anything to earn it. This was at first seen as both an incredibly controversial thing (a father abandoning his child), but some saw it the same what that Jackie did – that there was a real sense of entitlement about those that inherit, and that to help make sure his son didn’t go through life that way he would force him to push just as hard.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this remains the case when Jackie inevitably passes, but right now that $250 million dollars (and growing) doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere fast.