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Penn Badgley Net Worth and How He Built His Fortune

In this article we’ll talk about Penn Badgley net worth, how he built his fortune, and key lessons from his career and path to success.

Who Is Penn Badgley

Penn Dayton Badgley is an American actor, producer, and musician.

He was born on November 1, 1986 in Baltimore. His father was the Green Party candidate for governor of Washington in 2008 and had previously worked as a newspaper reporter before becoming a carpenter and home builder.

As an only child, Badgley first attended Woolridge Elementary (where his mother was the PTA president) before transferring to St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia. He went to Tacoma, Washington’s Charles Wright Academy.

He is well-known for playing Dan Humphrey in the teen drama Gossip Girl on The CW from 2007 to 2012 and Joe Goldberg in the thriller You on Netflix (2018–present).

He’s been nominated for six Teen Choice Awards for Gossip Girl, and he also won Saturn Award and MTV Movie & TV Award nominations for You.

After receiving a nomination for a Young Artist Award for his portrayal of Phillip Chancellor IV on The Young and the Restless from 2000 to 2001, Badgley went on to star in the comedies John Tucker Must Die (2006) and Drive-Thru (2007).

After that, Badgley went on to star in a variety of movies, including The Stepfather (2009), Easy A (2010), Margin Call (2011), Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012), and The Paper Store (an independent drama) (2016). He received an Independent Spirit Award for Margin Call.

He married the singer Domino Kirke in 2017, and the two of them have a child.

Penn Badgley Net Worth

Penn Badgley net worth is approximately $8 million. He amassed his fortune mainly in the acting business and also in the music world.

In addition to his role in Forever Strong, Penn also played in the thriller The Stepfather and co-starred in Easy A with Emma Stone.

He co-starred in the thriller Margin Call with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

In the 2012 movie “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” he played the late musician Jeff Buckley. In addition to appearing in the 2014 drama “Parts per Billion,” Badgley had guest appearances on two episodes of “The Slap” and as Posthumus in the 2015 movie “Cymbeline.”

He acted as the Prince of Monaco in “Adam Green’s Aladdin” and participated in the 2016 movie “The Paper Store.”

Badgley has a background in music in addition to acting. He was the lead singer for the Brooklyn-based indie band MOTHXR, whose debut studio album, Centerfold, was released in 2016. 

In October 2021, Penn and Domino purchased a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Brooklyn for $1.825 million.

They previously had a loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district, which they rented out for $8,500 per month and then sold for $2,195,000 in 2019.

The property and the income from the sale of the loft largely contributed to Penn Badgley net worth.

Penn Badgley on Social Media

On Instagram, Penn has 4.2 Million followers and he mainly posts pictures of himself with his family and friends.

On Twitter, Penn has 555.8 K followers and he mainly post videos of podcast appearances and videos of himself with family and friends.

Penn Badgley Quotes

  • “Money is… I’m very conscious of it because I have it. It’s powerful, man. It can change you ever so slightly, ever so slowly, and all of a sudden you’re addicted to a million-dollar lifestyle and you’ve got no choice but to make a bad movie.”
  • “For a while I didn’t believe in marriage. But I think I do believe in having a love. I’m not saying only one love ever, but in having a good, solid relationship. I think that’s possible.”
  • “I guess I never really had a high school experience. I went for about a month, and on the first day one of my friends got punched in the eye. It was Southern California Public High School. Needless to say, I wasn’t there for long.”

Source: Brainy Quote

Key Takeaways from Penn Badgley Career

Stay consistent

Penn had the opportunity to start working in voiceover in Los Angeles. Then he had his first big chance in portraying Phillip Chancellor IV in The Young and The Restless.

What this teaches us is to never quit until you get your big shot. Penn moved to LA in order to become an actor. But the opportunity to do what he loved came after being consistent with other jobs.

Keep it real

Penn once quoted that he is very mindful with money, since it can change for the worse.

Be grateful once you realize you have achieved what you were pursuing, but keep what Penn said in mind. Money changes people, if we are ever in that position, let it change us but for the better.

Don’t limit your talent

Penn, as we all know, is very well known as an actor, having appeared in several films and series, but he is also the lead singer of an Indie music band.

This demonstrates that, despite the success we may have in a certain area, we should not limit our talent to just one area.

Let’s instead pursue our other passions and dreams.

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