What Was Kelly Preston’s Net Worth At the Time of Her Death?

The world was both shocked and saddened to learn of the death of actor Kelly Preston, wife to her spouse of 28 years, actor John Travolta. The Jerry Maguire star died at the age of 57 from breast cancer.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta, 66, posted on Instagram. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

Kelly Preston with her husband, John Travolta in 2018
Kelly Preston with her husband, John Travolta in 2018 | Jim Spellman/WireImage

How Preston and Travolta met and fell in love

The two actors met at a screen test for the film, The Experts. At the time, Preston was married to another actor, Kevin Gage.

Preston had married Gage, her SpaceCamp costar, in 1985. After their 1987 divorce, she lived for a time with George Clooney until their breakup in 1989. She was also engaged to actor Charlie Sheen until 1990.

In 2018, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen asked Preston if it was love at first sight upon her first meeting Travolta.

“Kinda,” she said. “Well, I was not that happily married, let’s put it that way. I was really with the wrong person.”

Preston and Travolta married in 1991.

The death of their son and the birth of their ‘miracle’ baby

The couple had three children: their son, Jett, daughter Ella, 18, and Benjamin, 8.

Tragically, Jett died in 2009 after suffering a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. Travolta, speaking in a 2014 BBC interview onstage at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London, described his son’s passing as “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life.”

“The truth is,” he admitted, “I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.”

In 2011, the family welcomed baby Benjamin, who the couple called their “miracle.”

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Preston’s courageous battle against cancer

Preston had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and had been receiving treatments since then. She chose to not go public with her illness and instead drew strength from her closest friends and family.

Her husband announced her death on Instagram, thanking her doctors and support staff as well in his statement.

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” he said. “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while.  But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”

Kelly Preston (via Instagram)
Kelly Preston (via Instagram)

Kelly Preston’s net worth

Preston’s final film role was in 2018’s Gotti, starring alongside her husband as Victoria Gotti. Her notable films, in addition to Jerry Maguire, are For Love of the Game, in which she starred in 1999 with Kevin Costner, and 2010’s The Last Song, as Miley Cyrus’ mother.

She also appeared in the 2004 Maroon 5 music video “She Will Be Loved.” 

Preston’s net worth at the time of her death, combined with her husband, John Travolta’s, was $180 million.

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