Alfonso Cuarón: How Much Is the Oscar-Winning ‘Roma’ Director Worth?

Alfonso Cuarón and actress Yalitza Aparicio talk to journalists at the L.A. premiere of ‘Roma’ on December 10, 2018. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

In a 2018 New York Times profile of Alfonso Cuarón, we learned that a wave of self-doubt could wash over the Mexican director from “just seeing the front pages of The Hollywood Reporter or Variety” in a Los Angeles hotel.

For those who know Cuarón as the man who won two Oscars for 2013’s Gravity, that might sound hard to believe. Since the film’s release, Gravity has grossed over $720 million.

Meanwhile, Hollywood insiders (and Vegas oddsmakers) expect more nominations for Cuarón and his film Roma, which is streaming on Netflix. In fact, those inclined to bet believe he’ll win his second Oscar for Best Director (third overall) for his latest work.

With the nominations and awards rolling in from critics around the world, it’s a good time to check in on Cuarón’s net worth.

‘Bigger pictures with bigger budgets, bigger everything’

Cuarón told the Times he basically punched his ticket in Hollywood with the success of Gravity. Afterward, he said, he got offers for “bigger pictures with bigger budgets, bigger everything.” That’s not surprising, given the monumental success of the film that starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

In addition to the Oscar for his direction, Cuarón also received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. (He shared the honor with Mark Sanger.) His display of multiple talents in the filmmaking business continued with Roma, which Cuarón wrote. Already, he’s received a Golden Globe nomination for that script in addition to directing.

These indicators point to the potential for multiple Oscar nominations in 2019. Likewise, for a film Cuarón made for $15 million, another financial windfall may be in the offing for the successful auteur.

Cuarón’s net worth estimated at more than $40 million.

Alfonso Cuarón speaking at the L.A. premiere of ‘Roma’ at the Egyptian Theatre on December 10, 2018. | Robyn Beck/ AFP/Getty Images

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cuarón had a fortune of $40 million several years ago. Between his 23 producer credits (which include Gravity) and 16 writing credits, Cuarón can make money in multiple roles on a production. Once the receipts for Roma come in, Cuarón’s wealth should surpass $45 million. (He also produced, photographed, and edited the film.)

Of course, we’re not taking into consideration the potential bump in salary he should get following award season. He’s already won awards for best direction, best cinematography, best editing, best foreign film, and best film overall. The list includes the Golden Lion award for best picture from Venice and Best Film from the New York Film Critics.

Looking ahead, the 57-year-old will produce and direct a film starring Casey Affleck. (He also wrote the script.) Esperanto films announced plans to produce a script written by him and his brother Jonas.

Until February, you will likely find Cuarón on the circuit promoting his highly regarded film, which is one of the rare pictures to get nearly unanimous (96%) praise on Rotten TomatoesRoma is playing in theaters and on Netflix as 2018 comes to a close.

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