Contrary to what some gossip magazines would have us think, celebrities are definitely not “just like us.” They rake in millions of dollars a year in salaries and endorsement deals, and they spend just as much to maintain their lavish lifestyles.
Former celebrity power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina are no exception. The pair met in 2003 on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and were first photographed together as a couple in 2005 in Kenya with Jolie’s son Maddox. After over a decade and five more children, the pair split in 2016, and that’s when tongues started wagging about how the duo would split up their sizable fortune, which also included real estate. Through court proceedings, the public got a glimpse into the Jolie-Pitt family’s finances, and how they lived as a family of eight.
So what does it really cost to raise the Brangelina clan? Their six children — Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12 — enjoy the finest that life has to offer, including trips on private jets, tutors and nannies, and the occasional shopping spree. We’ve dug deep into the eye-popping costs of one of the world’s most famous families. Keep reading to take a look at what it really costs to raise Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s family.
Brangelina’s Net Worth
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May 28, 2014 – Axelle/Bauer-GriffinAt the time of their split in 2016, Forbes estimated that Brad Pitt had earned $315.5 million since the pair met in 2004, while Angelina Jolie had earned $239 million. More recent estimates put Jolie’s current net worth between $100 to $160 million dollars and Brad’s at about $300 million. So clearly, the former couple isn’t hurting for cash. But let’s take a peek at how the Jolie-Pitt family spends their wealth.
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According to the CEO of The Nanny League, Lindsey Thomason, a high-end full-time nanny can cost a minimum of $140,000 a year. Some sources even say celebrity nannies can make a cool $185,000 per year.
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April 24, 2012 – FameFlynet PicturesAnd with six children, you can bet that the Jolie-Pitt kiddos have multiple caregivers. Some stars, like Zoe Saldana, are rumored to have one nanny for each child when their children are very young. In 2011, a source revealed that the family spent about $900,000 a year to hire nannies for each child. Now that the Brangelina children are a bit older, we’re guessing the family gets by with between two and three nannies.
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March 2, 2016 – FameFlynet PicturesBack when they were still married, Brad and Angie always traveled in private jets with their family. According to Bankrate, renting an entire jet for a weekend can cost $100,000 or more.
Since the big family hops all around the world to film movies, walk red carpets, and go on humanitarian missions, the Jolie-Pitts spend quite a lot on airfare. In 2018, Bonnie Fuller, the creator of Hollywood Life, estimated the family spends $5 million a year on private jets. And that’s not including first class tickets.
L.A.-based tax attorney Bruce Givner told People that chartering a jet costs three times more than a first class ticket. “London to L.A. is first class, $12,000,” Givner estimated. “Private plane, it’s minimum doubling or tripling it.” And that’s per person.
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Courtesy of Hilton and HylandWhen you have six kids and a massive staff, you need a house that is big enough to hold everyone comfortably. When they were together, Jolie and Pitt acquired a few homes across the world, and none of them had a frugal price tag. Their famous Chateau Miraval in France had 35 bedrooms and was bought for $35 million; their Valpolicella, Italy mansion had 15 rooms and a vineyard and cost $41 million; and their Cecil B. Demille mansion that Jolie bought in in 2017 was $24.5 million.
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March 17, 2017 – FameFlynet PicturesWhen either Pitt or Jolie sign up for a new project, their children often accompany them to the site’s location. That means that new mansions need to be rented, new furniture needs to be bought, and the kids need some goodies to keep themselves entertained while their parents run lines. In 2019 Jolie had to relocate her six children to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was filming Those Who Wish Me Dead. They moved into a rental home, and Jolie did plenty of Target runs to try and make the space feel homey.
“They have taken multiple Target runs and love shopping and going out to eat,” a source told E!. “Angelina spoils them with carts full of toys and sporting goods. She loves to indulge them with new things as much as she can. She has had to work a lot so she wanted them to have fun and stay busy. When they arrived, they set up their house with all kinds of new pets, stuff for their rooms and toys.”
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October 19, 2017 – Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North AmericaAngelina Jolie homeschools her children, which requires multiple tutors. “They have tutors for all kinds of subjects, including different languages and instruments,” a source tole People in late 2017. Tutors through The Nanny League generally start at $100,000 a year, so multiple tutors covering different subjects are… not cheap.
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January 2, 2017 – FameFlynet PicturesWhen Brad and Angelina were together, the family loved to take lavish vacations. In 2015 they took a trip to Thailand, where they stayed at the Amanpuri Beach Resort in Phuket, which charges an astounding $18,000 per night. In early 2018, Angelina also took her kids to Jordan and France in the same month! Accordingly, the family is probably spending at least $200,000 on vacations per year. Some years that number is definitely bigger…
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September 9, 2017 – Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North AmericaAccording to reports, the family once spent $500,000 for a stay at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. It has also been reported that the family once rented out the entire floor of the Hilton hotel during a trip to Malta.
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May 12, 2014 – FameFlynet PicturesAccording to Job Monkey, “the average bodyguard makes $55,000 per year while some sign contracts for $700 per day or $180,000 per year. Location, experience, training, job description, and danger are the major factors in determining pay.” The Hollywood Reporter has also reported that “the annual cost to protect a celebrity family like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s could approach $2 million,” according to Aaron Cohen, director of IMS Security in Hollywood.
How Many Bodyguards?
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February 16, 2013 – FameFlynet PicturesThe family has multiple bodyguards, both at their homes and when the children are out and about. L.A.-based tax attorney Bruce Givner says, “If you have a house, you don’t have one bodyguard. You’ve got three at least: One at the gate when you come in the front door [and] at least two others at various points across the property. But you don’t really have three, you have nine because there’s 24 hours a day and they can only work eight-hour shifts.” That has to get expensive, fast.
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March 11, 2012 – FameFlynet PicturesWhen you’re a celebrity kid, there is no such thing as a low-key birthday party. Brad and Angelina once spent $7,000 to charter a boat for Pax’s 7th birthday and $500,000 to stay at the Waldorf-Astoria afterwards. The family also celebrated Shiloh’s 11th birthday at Disneyland, which is a bit more normal. Either way, six birthday parties a year definitely add up.
Paying For Friends To Attend These Parties
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Gregg DeGuire / StringerIt’s not enough to just invite the family to these birthday parties — Jolie and Pitt also have to pay for their kids’ friends to attend, and that sometimes includes airfare. In 2017 Jolie flew in Shiloh’s friends from Cambodia to attend her 11th birthday in Disneyland.
“All [Shiloh] wanted for her birthday was to see her friends from Cambodia,” a source told People. “She wants to show them America.” So mom and dad flew them in to the States to share their child’s big day.
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Getty ImagesIn additional to all the usual subjects that the kids learn from tutors, they also participate in various extracurricular activities. “The kids are also very physically active,” a source told People. “They like soccer and love skateboarding, and also take self-defense classes.” About 20% of typical American families spend more than $2,000 a year (per child) on extracurricular activities. The Jolie-Pitt family is anything but typical, so we’re guessing each child’s extracurricular activities probably costs between $10,000 to $15,000 a year. Especially considering that Knox, their youngest son, has been taking private lessons for flying planes since 2018.
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December 14, 2014 – Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North AmericaStars don’t stay super slim by eating like us regular folks. They generally employ full-time private chefs, who earn an annual salary of about $150,000 (plus benefits).
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July 19, 2015 – FameFlynet PicturesThere’s also the grocery budget, which must be astronomical with six children and no limit on how much can be spent. This breakdown says a family of seven spends $2,132 on groceries a month, but again, we’re guessing what the Jolie-Pitt family spends is much, much higher.
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December 7, 2011 – PacificCoastNews.comThe Jolie-Pitt kids aren’t calling Lyfts when they want to go out, obviously. A full-time chauffeur in New York City has an average salary of between $50-60K, according to reports. If you include the cost of the car, maintenance, and other benefits for the driver, that figure probably jumps to around $100-$150K per driver. If we’re being conservative, Angelina and Brad probably have two or three chauffeurs working for them.https://mabelandmoxie.assistpub.com/display.html?_otarOg=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mabelandmoxie.com&_cpub=AAXTRKO2C&_csvr=061611_381&_cgdpr=0&_cgdprconsent=1&_cusp_status=0&_ccoppa=0
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June 21, 2016 – FameFlynet PicturesSince the family has varied humanitarian interests, they invest considerable time and money to pursue those passions. In 2017 Jolie adopted three Cheetahs in Namibia, and bought over 120,000 acres in Cambodia which the family turned it into an animal conservatory.
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March 27, 2015 – Kevin Winter/Getty Images North AmericaAccording to USA Today, the cost for a typical family of four insured by a common employer-provided health plan is $28,166 per year (via the annual Milliman Medical Index). The Jolie-Pitts are likely on a more generous health insurance plan and have six kids, so it’s safe to say they spend at least $60,000 on healthcare costs per year.
Out Of Pocket Healthcare Costs
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Karwai Tang / ContributorEven if you have great insurance, you sometimes have to pay out of pocket for certain procedures, unexpected accidents, or prescription refills. With six kids, Jolie and Pitt have probably seen their fair share of accidents and unexpected medical emergencies.
In 2020, 15-year-old Zahara had been “in and out of surgeries” for two months, according to People. At that same time, Shiloh also went in for hip surgery. They had plenty of overnight stays during those two months, as Jolie was often seen in her pajamas in the pediatric ward while staying with her kids. Even with amazing healthcare, there would be some extra costs billed.
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February 24, 2019 – Getty Images North AmericaWhen Jolie and Pitt split in 2016, it was difficult for the whole family. Because of this, they all entered into therapy to help them through that hard time. “It’s been a traumatic situation,” a source told People.
In an interview with Vogue India, Jolie explained how the split affected her children. “I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”
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November 21, 2014 – FameFlynet PicturesFrom book stores to toy stores to department stores, the Jolie-Pitts are no strangers to impromptu shopping sprees. So how much do they spend when they go shopping? It’s hard to know exactly, but it seems like the kids are free to choose whatever they want to purchase. During one single trip to a London book store, the family bought 30 books.
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March 7, 2012 – FameFlynet PicturesIt’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many pets the family has, but they’ve been photographed with at least three different dogs over the years. The average person spends about $1,200 on each of their dogs per year. In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Jolie revealed the family adopted two disabled rabbits during lockdown, and those rabbits are joining their horde of snakes, lizards, and dogs.
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September 10, 2017 – Emma McIntyre/Getty Images North America“None of my kids want to be actors, thank God,” Jolie once said in an interview. The actor also revealed that all of her children have an intense interest in languages. “All the kids are learning different languages. I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language,” Jolie said in a BBC Radio interview. Suffice to say that if the full-time tutors start at $100,000 per year and so many languages are being learned (and presumably taught by more than one tutor), this is one big price tag (even if they’re just hired part-time).
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October 28, 2012 – FameFlynet PicturesWhen you have a ton of kids, it’s important to make holidays as festive as possible to give the kids happy, lasting memories. Because of that, Jolie drops thousands of dollars without blinking in order to buy holiday decor for whatever rental home or estate they’re staying in for that period of time. According to TMZ, in 2017 Jolie dropped $1,000 in one hour on Halloween costumes while in California. And that was just one quick stop at a store.
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November 15, 2013 – Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North AmericaThe Jolie-Pitts aren’t usually photographed in designer clothes, so we’re guessing they actually spend less on clothing than some celebrity families. A 2001 report by Hollywood Life does claim that the family once spent $96,000 on clothes per year, though.
Toys and Gifts
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March 15, 2012 – FameFlynet PicturesAll kids love toys, and the Jolie-Pitts are no exception. The family has been photographed going on toy shopping sprees on numerous occasions. It’s hard to know exactly how much they spend, but they always come out of the stores with bags full of toys.https://mabelandmoxie.assistpub.com/display.html?_otarOg=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mabelandmoxie.com&_cpub=AAXTRKO2C&_csvr=061611_381&_cgdpr=0&_cgdprconsent=1&_cusp_status=0&_ccoppa=0
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Jun Sato / ContributorIn 2019, Maddox went off to college, and as expected Jolie “ugly cried” when she dropped him off. The oldest child in her brood decided to go to Yonsei University in South Korea, and is currently studying biochemistry. But even though Maddox’s parents have the means to pay his tuition, his schooling is shockingly affordable. It costs between $9,000 to $10,000 a year to study abroad at Yonsei.
Exploring The Arts
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September 29, 2019 – Getty Images North AmericaThe Jolie-Pitts are very passionate about culture and art, and are constantly going to museums, buying tickets for musicals, or attending concerts. But when you have anywhere from seven to eight people going at once (and that’s not including buying tickets for their household staff), an evening out can get quite expensive. In 2018 Jolie went to see Wicked in London with all six of her children, and the best seats cost $220 per ticket.
Kids Will Be Kids
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June 1, 2013 – Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images EuropeEven though Brad and Angelina clearly spare no expense in the raising of their children, it’s important to remember that Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox are just kids who happen to have two very famous parents. They have to go through all the same growing pains as normal kids — including enduring their parents’ divorce and custody battle — and they often have to do it with cameras pointed at them. They have definitely had very unique childhoods, but most reports say that the Jolie-Pitt children are worldly and well-mannered. It will be interesting to watch them continue to grow up and see what they eventually decide to do with their wealth and privilege.