How The ‘Fresh Prince’ Is Passing The Lessons That Led To A $350M Empire To His Heirs
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How The ‘Fresh Prince’ Is Passing The Lessons That Led To A $350M Empire To His Heirs

When Will Smith first exploded onto the scene, he had the “persona” of the “Fresh Prince.” He was also $6 million in debt. In order to get out of debt, he decided to pivot from rapping to acting.

“When I moved into acting that was the first time I started applying skill to my talents,” he said. “For me, to be a movie star was the first thing I ever really wanted like that and set my eyes on.”

Today, however, Will Smith has turned the entire ship around. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a total net worth of $350 million. Most of his net worth comes from his highly successful acting career — including the “Bad Boys” franchise of films — as well as the wide diversity of his investments. Between 1993 and 2013, he made $200 million in movie salaries.

He strategically began working with production companies and streaming platforms like Netflix to elevate even further. According to Hollywood Reporter, he boldly and successfully negotiated $27 million upfront when working on the movie “Bright,” $12.5 million for “Gemini Man,” and $20 million for “King Richard.”

Will Smith has also passed his work ethic to his three children. And though the three children have a handsome net worth within their own right, they’re doing their part in carrying their father’s successful legacy. While not all of them are in the entertainment industry, they’re all striving to be a part of the generational wealth that Black families aim to give their children. And, to be frank, that’s a great thing indeed.

Let’s take a look at how “The Fresh Prince’s” three heirs — two princes, and a princess — are doing their part to carry his $350 million legacy. He should be very proud of them — because, without a doubt, we certainly are.

Trey Smith

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Trey Smith (born Willard Carroll Smith III) is Will’s eldest son and the product of his first marriage to Sheree Fletcher. For a time, Will and Trey were estranged — but today, they are in a much better place.

“It has not always been like this between Trey & I. We STRUGGLED FOR YEARS after my divorce from his mother,” Smith said on Instagram. “He felt betrayed & abandoned. It is a wild blessing to recover & restore a loving relationship with my beautiful son!”

 

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Jaden Smith

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jaden Smith — the youngest of Will Smith’s two sons, and the oldest of his two children with his second wife, Jada Pinkett Smith — has a net worth of $8 million. Most of Jaden’s net worth comes from his acting roles in such films as “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Jaden also owns real estate. In 2017, he and Willow Smith, his sister, moved out of their parents’ house and into a $4 million home in the Hollywood Hills.

Willow Smith

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Willow Smith is Will Smith’s only daughter, his youngest child overall, and his youngest child with Jada Pinkett Smith. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Willow Smith has a net worth of $6 million. Although Willow got her start in the music industry, she’s also known for being the co-host of the wildly successful “Red Table Talk,” which she co-hosts alongside her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her grandmother, Adrienne (also known as “Gammy” on the show).