Leonardo DiCaprio landed an Oscar nomination this year and has an estimated net worth of $260 million. Here's how he got there.

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio is up for best actor for his role in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."

  • He's already got one Academy Award and a total of seven nominations under his belt.

  • DiCaprio has been acting since he was 14 years old — he started in commercials and TV and moved onto feature films.

  • The "Titanic" actor has an estimated net worth of $260 million. Here's how he built his career, spends his fortune, and advocates for climate health.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is best known for his roles in iconic films like "Titanic," "Wolf of Wall Street," and "The Revenant."

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leonardo dicaprio sag awards 2020

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Source: IMDb

This year, he secured an Oscar nomination for his role in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."

once upon a time in hollywood
once upon a time in hollywood

Andrew Cooper/Columbia Pictures

Source: ABC Oscars

DiCaprio has had a long career in acting, which began when he was a teenager. His first gig was a matchbox car commercial at 14 years old.

matchbox cars
matchbox cars

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Source: The New York Times, People

In his younger years, DiCaprio was mainly an actor on the small screen. He was in a number of TV shows including "The Outsiders," "Roseanne," and "Parenthood."

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LeonardoDicaprio_roseanne

Paramount Television

Source: IMDb

DiCaprio's first film role was in a direct-to-DVD movie titled "Critters 3" in which aliens terrorize a city, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Leonardo DiCaprio critters 3
Leonardo DiCaprio critters 3

New Line Home Video

Source: Entertainment Tonight

DiCaprio had a recurring role on "Growing Pains" from 1991 to 1992. He played the part of Luke Brower, a displaced boy, on the hit show.

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leonardo DiCaprio Growing pains

ABC

Source: IMDb

In early interviews, the young actor would joke around and dub himself a "class clown." He laughed in an interview and said his tag line should read "sarcastic jerk."

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leonardo dicaprio . parenthood

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He also said he used to call people who sent him fan mail. "It's really fun to make them a little happy," DiCaprio said. "I like that."

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leonardo dicaprio

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Robert DeNiro called on DiCaprio to play his stepson in the movie "This Boy's Life." His role as Tobias Wolff is what launched his career on the big screen.

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leonardo dicaprio this boys life

Warner Bros. Pictures

Source: IMDb, People

Then, his role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" catapulted him to movie stardom, according to People.

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Leonardo DiCaprio What s Eating Gilbert Grape

Paramount Pictures

Source: IMDb, People

He went on to star in "Romeo + Juliet" ...

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romeo juliet

20th Century Fox... and then "Titanic," which became an iconic career moment for him as well.

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1999 titanic

Paramount PicturesThroughout his journey to the top, DiCaprio remained a jokester and a young man who took his mother to award shows despite him having an extensive dating history.

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leonardo dicaprio mom

Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesThe first public relationship he had was reportedly in 1994 with supermodel Bridget Hall.

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leonardo dicaprio bridget hall

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Source: Harper's Bazaar

He subsequently dated a number of models, actresses, and socialites through 2000 when he reportedly started dating supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

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leonardo dicaprio and Gisele Bündchen

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Source: Harper's Bazaar, E!

He dated Bündchen through 2005 and then dated model Bar Refaeli on and off from 2005 through 2011.

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leo dicaprio bar refaeli

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Source: Harper's Bazaar

His latest romance has been one with actress Camila Morrone.

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dicaprio and camila morrone

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In 2016, DiCaprio won an Academy Award for his role in "The Revenant."

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Source: IMDb

Before his win, he had been nominated five times. He's now been nominated for seven Oscars, including his 2016 win and his 2020 nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sony Pictures

Source: IMDb

DiCaprio was the highest-paid male Oscar nominee in 2016, according to Forbes. He was paid upfront for "The Revenant" and was still receiving payments from older films, which totaled an estimated $29 million from June 2014 to June 2015.

The revenant movie
The revenant movie

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Source: Forbes

One of those older films is "Titanic." DiCaprio was reportedly paid a base salary of $2.5 million, but he also negotiated for a percentage of its revenue. He made an estimated $40 million total from the one movie.

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titanic

Paramount Pictures

Source: Celebrity Net Worth

Today, the movie star is estimated to have a net worth of $260 million.

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wolf of wall street

Paramount Pictures

Source: Celebrity Net Worth

Leo has a lot more than just award-winning acting on his agenda. He started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 shortly after "Titanic."

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leonardo di caprio foundation gala 2018

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Source: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The foundation funds projects, awards grants, and supports different organizations all in the name of building "long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants."

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leonardo dicaprio foundation

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Source: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The mission includes a dedication to efforts that will build "climate resiliency," support indigenous rights, spur grassroots environmentalism through media and technology, and so much more.

Mark Ruffalo Jane Goodall Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala
Mark Ruffalo Jane Goodall Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala

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Source: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

In 2017, the environmental activist became an investor in plant-based meat company Beyond Meat.

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beyond burger

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Source: Beyond Meat, Fortune

The actor also put his money into real estate. In 1998, he purchased a Malibu home for $1.6 million. In 2017 he put it on the market for $10.95 million but then listed it as a rental.

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LA malibu

Google Maps

Source: Architectural Digest

After a trip to Belize in the mid-2000s, DiCaprio fell in love with the area. He told The New York Times that "it was like heaven on earth."

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belize

Google Maps

Source: The New York Times

He said he purchased an island off the coast for $1.75 million and started work on the eco-resort Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island.

Blackadore Caye Estate DiCaprio
Blackadore Caye Estate DiCaprio

Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd.

Source: Business Insider, The New York Times

Celebrity Net Worth estimates the star's entire real estate portfolio to be worth more than $100 million.

the wolf of wall street
the wolf of wall street

Paramount

Source: Celebrity Net Worth

DiCaprio has many big-name films under his belt, but he's still got many more to come including a Martin Scorsese-directed biopic about President Theodore Roosevelt.

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brad pitt leonardo dicaprio golden globes

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Source: IMDb

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