James Cameron Net Worth: Income, Biography, Top Movies, Awards

James Cameron is a well-known face in the Hollywood cinema who has given masterpieces in the form of movies like Titanic and Avatar. His own journey to become a world-renowned director after working as a truck driver and a janitor has some cinematic effects of its own. Cameron’s journey in the industry began when he was in his 20s only and from his talent and hard work, he become one of the only few directors whose movies have grossed in billions on box office. Not only commercial but his movies are often critically successful as well. The success has brought him both international fame and loads of money. With his new Avatar movie, The Way of Water, Cameron is set to make and break yet many records.

James Cameron Net Worth as in 2024

NameJames Cameron
ProfessionFilm director
James Cameron Net worth in 2024$700 million (est.)
James Cameron Annual income$60 million (est.)
James Cameron Monthly income$5 million (est.)

James Cameron Personal Biography

James Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Ontario, Canada to Shirley & Philip Cameron. His father was an electrical engineer while his mother was an artist and nurse. Cameron was the eldest of his five siblings and has two brothers and two sisters. He has been married five times. 

Cameron’s first wife was Sharon Williams with whom he was married from 1978 to 1984. after his divorce, Cameron married film producer Gale Anne Hurd but again got divorced in 1989. He then met the director Kathryn Bigelow whom he wed in 1989 and divorced in 1991. Cameron next dated Terminator actress Linda Hamilton and had a daughter together in 1993. The couple got married in 1997 and divorced after two years. James then married  actress Suzy Amis in 2000 and they have one son and two daughters together.

Full nameJames Francis Cameron
ProfessionFilm director, producer, screenwriter, editor
Years active1978 – present
James Cameron Age68
Date of birthAugust 16, 1954
Marital statusMarried
James Cameron WifeSuzy Amis (2000 – present)Linda Hamilton (1997 – 1999)Kathryn Bigelow (1989 – 1991)Gale Anne Hurd (1985 – 1989)Sharon Williams (1978 – 1984)
No. of children4
James Cameron Height1.87 m
James Cameron ParentsShirley Cameron (mother)Philip Cameron (father)

How James Cameron earned his millions?

Every one knows James Cameron is one of the richest directors in the world. But did you know that other than movie direction and writing, Cameron is also a pioneer in sustainable farming and real estate business.

Writing & Directing

Cameron is considered among the most prolific directors of film industry and his films have grossed millions and billions of dollars on box office. In terms of figure, his movies have grossed $6.3 billion out of which $1.9 million came from domestic box office sales while rest from worldwide.

Sustainable Farming

Cameron also generates income from sustainable farming and in fact put quite some emphasis on his agricultural ventures. Not only this but the business also works to combat environmental issues just like in his Avatar films.

Real Estate

Other than movie direction and plant-based investments, Cameron has had some expertise in the real estate business as well. It is both his source of creating and spending money.

How James Cameron spends his millions?

Now that you know how Cameron makes his millions dollars, let us check out how he likes to spend them.

Real estate

Cameron has reportedly spent millions of dollars expanding his New Zealand estate, which he purchased in 2011. His previously owned houses also tells the story of how he likes to spend his fortune on real estate.

Submarines & Vehicles

James co-owns Triton Submarines worth $3 million and a Alucia 2 Yacht woth $20 million. Other than this, his garage also houses motorcycles like Ducati 848 EVO and Harley Davidson.

James Cameron Top Movies

Only five movies in history have crossed $2 billion mark in gross earnings and Cameron is known for making two of them: 1997’s Titanic ($2.2 billion) and 2009’s Avatar ($2.74 billion), which is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time. His highly anticipated Avatar sequel, The Way of Water, can become his third film to join the list. 

Not only a brilliant director, but Cameron has worked on many movies as a co-writer and editor as well. Here have a look at some of the other must-watch movies directed by this talented director who still has to bring so much to the world cinema.

  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1982)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Aliens (1986) 
  • The Abyss (1989)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

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Other than this, his other two Avatar movies are in post-production and filming stage while no update of the final one is available for now.

Awards & Accolades won by James Cameron

There needs to be a dedicated post if one’s to mention all the awards and honors that Cameron has been nominated for and received. But here, we will cast a light on some of the major accolades won by this director in his career spanning for over four decades now.

Academy Awards

  • 1998 Titanic Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

  • 1998 Titanic Best Director
  • 2010 Avatar Best Editing

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1998 Titanic Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director
  • 2010 Avatar Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • 2014 Years of Living Dangerously Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
  • 2021 Secrets of the Whales Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the net worth of James Cameron in 2024?

$700 million

Who is the richest director in the world in 2024?

George Lucas ($7.62 billion)

Which is the highest-grossing movie of James Cameron?

Avatar ($2.91 billion)

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