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Joe Eszterhas Net Worth

Joe Eszterhas Net Worth

Net Worth: $18 Million

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  • Source of Wealth Books
  • Birth Place Csákánydoroszló, Hungary
  • Marital Status Married (Naomi Baka)
  • Full Name József A. Eszterhas
  • Nationality Hungarian-American
  • Date of Birth November 23, 1944
  • Occupation Writer
  • Education Ohio University
  • Children 6
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About Joe Eszterhas

Hungarian-American writer, best known for his work on the pulp erotic films Basic Instinct and Showgirls, József A. “Joe” Eszterhas has an estimated net worth of $18 million.

The Hungarian-born began his journalistic career as a reporter for Rolling Stone.In 1974, Eszterhas authored the popular,award-winning novel Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse.The book was optioned by Hollywood, and though it has not as yet been filmed, it served as the key for Eszterhas’ entree into scriptwriting. He is best known for his vicious, sexy, highly literate crime and mystery scripts: Jagged Edge (1985), Betrayed (1988), and the Sharon Stone starmaker Basic Instinct (1989). At one point Eszterhas was the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, receiving $3 million up-front money for Basic Instinct alone. Never one to shirk from a fracas, Eszterhas has fought publicly with producers, directors, powerful agents and even crime bosses (especially after accepting the responsibility of penning the John Gotti biopic). Given his reputation for censor-baiting, it is surprising to learn that one of Eszterhas’ biggest battles was aimed at convincing director Paul Verhoeven to tone down the sex-and-violence excesses that Verhoeven had added to Basic Instinct. Nonetheless, it was Eszterhas who in 1995 issued a sarcastic response to Senator Bob Dole’s call for Hollywood to clean up its act; kidding on the square, Eszterhas argued that some of the political misdeeds of the Nixon, Reagan and Bush administrations were far more “obscene” than anything found in an R-rated movie.

Joe Eszterhas was born on November 23, 1944 in Csákánydoroszló, Hungary.

Earnings & Financial Data

The below financial data is gathered and compiled by TheRichest analysts team to give you a better understanding of Joe Eszterhas's net worth by breaking down the most relevant financial events such as yearly salaries, contracts, earn outs, endorsements, stock ownership and much more.

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  • Earnings 1997
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Earnings 1997 N/A
Salary 1997

Salary from the film, One Night Stand

$4,000,000
Earnings 1995 N/A
Others 1995

Payment received to exclusive produce the film, Jade

$400,000
Salary 1995

Salary for the film, Showgirls

$2,000,000
Earnings 1993 N/A
Salary 1993

Salary from the film, Sliver

$1,000,000
Earnings 1992 N/A
Salary 1992

Salary from the film, Original Sin (Shinde mo ii)

$1,500,000
Salary 1992

Salary from the film, Basic Instinct

$3,000,000
Earnings 1987 N/A
Salary 1987

Salary from the film, Big Shots

$1,200,000
Earnings 1985 N/A
Salary 1985

Salary from the film, Jagged Edge

$500,000
Earnings 1983 N/A
Salary 1983

Salary from Flashdance

$275,000
Earnings 1978 N/A
Salary 1978

Estimated salary from writing the script of the film, F.I.S.T.

$80,000
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