Often times, calculating the net worth of a celebrity really doesn’t do justice to their greater body of work. It can be all too easy to allow first impressions to form misconceptions and, from that, misjudge someone entirely.
The Undertaker, of WWE fame, is a perfect example of how calculating a celebrity’s net worth doesn’t always tell the whole story.
First thing’s first, however—how does one go about calculating net worth. Simply put, net worth is most generally and easily calculated by taking into account your assets while accounting for liabilities. Starting with assets, you’ll want to draw a distinction between fixed and liquid assets. The latter is relatively easy to understand—cash, stock, and other financial assets which can be quickly transformed into cash. The former describe various forms of property, such as cars, companies, houses, and so on.
The Undertaker’s Net Worth
Applied to The Undertaker, this comes out to a total net worth of $16 million. That ranks just around the bottom half of the Top 10 in terms of WWE wrestlers, the pros and cons of which are attributable to a number of factors. On the positive side, being currently undefeated in WrestleMania and having won the Royal Rumble in 2007, The Undertaker is one of the genuine “competitive” stars of the WWE world.
The downside to that is that the market for wrestling, while stable and certainly lucrative, isn’t necessarily what it was in past decades. That’s not to say wrestling isn’t still popular, but that it simply isn’t the pop culture presence it was in the late 80s and 90s. Chalk it up to having played the shtick to death, or the changing face of popular taste, or simply that that particular niche is being filled by sports such as UFC these days.
Luckily, The Undertaker (whose real name is Mark William Calaway, by the way) has a good deal else going for him, and a diversified portfolio always helps. He has notable business and real estate assets, and his charity work deserves attention.
He and his ex-wife Sara formed a charity called “The Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals Fund,” which works to help large-breed dogs get the lifesaving treatments they need. All of this makes The Undertaker as a commodity—and Mr. Calaway as an individual—that much easier to root for, from a net worth and human standpoint.