In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith transitioned from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films that received broad box office success. In fact, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office as well as being the only actor to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally. Fourteen of the 19 fiction films he has acted in have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million, and 4 of them took in over $500 million in global box office receipts.
Net Worth: $215 million
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $29 MILLION
$20 million: Men in Black III (fee for starring in upcoming franchise resuscitation)
$5.5 million: The Karate Kid (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $358 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Older film revenue