Here’s How Much Money Bruce Lee Was Worth When He Died

Here’s How Much Money Bruce Lee Was Worth When He Died


Bruce Lee was a physical force to be reckoned
with, and just as much a spiritual force, merging the two through intense discipline
and training. The result was a man who had total confidence
in his abilities to achieve greatness, and followed through with it by just about every
metric one can be judged by. Fame? Check. Chiseled abs? Check. Fortune? Absolutely. Lee died tragically at age 32 from an allergic
reaction to a painkiller he took for a headache. Even at that relatively young age, though,
he had managed to amount a fortune of around $10 million. What’s crazier is that according to Quartz,
he predicted he would have that amount in a letter he wrote years earlier, along with
many other visions for his future that would soon be realized. In January, 1969, Lee wrote a motivational
letter to himself spelling out his intention to become an international icon. The letter read: “I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid
Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances
and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and
from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner
harmony and happiness.” Lee is truly proof of the power of dedication
and intention. And what proves it even more is the fact that
decades after his death, he’s still pulling in millions. According to Forbes, his estate made $7 million
in 2013 alone. A man who lived at the confluence of dreams
and reality, Lee was every bit as much of a philosopher as he was a fighter. According to his official website, after moving
to the US at age 18, he began earning money as a personal martial arts teacher, while
also working a family friend’s restaurant and performing other odd jobs. Eventually, his success as a teacher and profound
personal drive led him to create the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Seattle, one of the country’s
first martial arts school in the style. “Yep, Lee’s going to teach me all this.” “I cannot teach you, only help you to explore
yourself, nothing more.” “Alright, alright.” Lee’s positioning as the foremost gung fu
authority in the United States quickly garnered him attention, and eventually led to his role
in the Green Hornet television series, followed by feature-length films, all of which broke
box-office records. But he would be the first to tell you that
his wealth was merely a by-product of following the passion and energy which coursed through
him. As reported in Business Insider, he was always
focused on the bigger picture, viewing money simply as a tool for achieving deeper goals. Lee believed that rewards would naturally
come to him if he stuck to his philosophical guns and chose work that he was passionate
about. He spelled out this philosophy in another
letter he wrote when he was just 21 years old. “My policy is that money is an indirect matter. The direct matter is your ability or what
you are going to do that counts. If that comes, the indirect things will follow.” He elaborated, “When you drop a pebble into a pool of water,
the pebble starts a series of ripples that expand until they encompass the whole pool. This is exactly what will happen when I give
my ideas a definite plan of action.” Time and time again, Lee’s philosophy of passion-first
was proved correct. Today, there are hundreds of Lee-inspired
martial arts schools all over North America, inspired by the style of fighting he created,
Jeet Kune Do. “What is this thing you do?” “In Cantonese, Jeet Kune Do, the way of the
intercepting fist.” He also met his wife Linda after she began
taking lessons at his school, and caught the attention of Hollywood during a martial arts
exhibition. While building his acting career, he supported
his family through private lessons with celebrities and sportsmen like Steve McQueen and Kareem
Adbul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, who credits Lee’s training with much of his
success. Adbul-Jabbar wrote in an essay for The Hollywood
Reporter, “He taught me the discipline and spirituality
of martial arts, which was greatly responsible for me being able to play competitively in
the NBA for 20 years with very few injuries.” Lee’s most successful film, Enter the Dragon,
debuted shortly after his tragic death, catapulting his status to mythical heights. Though he isn’t around to see it, the ripple
effect of Bruce Lee’s legacy is as strong as ever, proving the power of selfless determination. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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