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How rich is Roman Polanski?

Name: Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański

Born: August 18, 1933

Occupation: Filmmaker

Roman Polanski, fair use
Roman Polanski, fair use

Roman Polanski was born in Paris, France on August 18, 1933. He is the son of Ryszard Polanski, an artist and sculpture manufacturer, and Bula Katz-Przedborska. He has one sister, Annette.

Roman studied at the National Film School in Poland and graduated in 1959.

Roman has been married three times. His first wife was actress Barbara Lass, who he married in 1959 and divorced two years later. His second wife was actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson Family when she was pregnant. In 1989, Roman married actress Emmanuelle Seigner. They have two children together: Morgane and Elvis. The family presently resides in Paris.

Ever since he was a child, Roman had been obsessed with cinema. Every little bit of money he got his hands on would be spent at the movies. This passion for all things film prompted him to enter a filmmaking career.

Throughout the 1950s, Roman directed and starred in a wide array of short films, including “Two Men and a Wardrobe,” “When Angels Fall,” “A Generation,” and “Enhanced Bicycle.” But Roman would reach international recognition for his first feature-length film called “Knife in the Water,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 1963.

After leaving Communist Poland, Roman relocated to France but made three films in England, including the landmark “Repulsion” as well as “Cul-de-sac” and “The Fearless Vampire Killers.” Roman would eventually make his mark in the United States with the movie “Rosemary’s Baby,” which was a critical and commercial success that made him in demand across Hollywood.

In the 1970s, following the death of his wife, Roman would branch out, mixing up his projects with drama, comedy, and tragedy. Some of the films included “Macbeth,” “The Tenant,” and “Chinatown,” which was nominated for 11 Oscars, and was the last movie he would direct in the U.S.

Roman was relatively quiet in the 1980s and 1990s, only directing a handful of pictures, including “Frantic,” “The Ninth Gate,” and “Pirates.” It was in 2002 that Roman would return to his roots with the WWII, Oscar-winning movie “The Pianist.” He would later direct “Oliver Twist,” “The Ghost Writer,” and “Carnage.”

Despite his artistic success, Roman’s past will continue to plague him and tarnish his reputation. In 1977, he was arrested for sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. A year later, he fled the country and returned to France. For years, the U.S. government has attempted to extradite Roman, but it has been unsuccessful. In the wake of the Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, Roman has faced three more sexual assault allegations of minors.

We estimate that Roman Polanski’s net worth is $45 million (2017).

So how much is $45 million really?

$45 million can buy several chalets in Switzerland as well as a couple of homes in Paris. $45 million can also produce a film directed by Roman Polanski.


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