How Will Smith and Chris Rock's net worths held strong after 2022 Oscars slap

    A nostalgic look back at the infamous Oscars Slapgate incident involving Will Smith and Chris Rock. While the incident shocked Hollywood, both their net worths remain seemingly unaffected a year later.

    <p>Chris Rock and Will Smith (Source: The New York Times)</p>

    Chris Rock and Will Smith (Source: The New York Times)

    It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since the entire world was taken aback by the shocking Slapgate incident at the Oscars. The fateful night when Will Smith confronted Chris Rock on stage, defending the honor of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, remains fresh in our memories. For those who might need a little refresher, Chris Rock made a controversial joke comparing Jada's hairstyle to G.I. Jane, seemingly disregarding her battle with alopecia. The comedian was met with a swift slap from Will, an act that went down in the annals of Academy history.

    Net worths in the aftermath

    Following the notorious slap, the limelight shifted towards the finances of these two Hollywood giants. How did this event affect their respective net worths? Despite being banned from the Oscars for a decade, Will Smith's financial stature remained formidable. In 2023, Will Smith boasts a net worth of around $350 million, earned through a blend of cinematic masterpieces like Men in Black and Bad Boys, brand endorsements, and other ventures. It's noteworthy that this figure remains consistent with his net worth in 2022, suggesting that the slap didn't dent his financial success. Moreover, Smith, ever the versatile artist, has also achieved immense fame as a rapper and film producer.

    Chris Rock and Will Smith (Source: People)

    Chris Rock: Staying steady amidst the storm

    Chris Rock, on the other hand, didn't publicly address the Slapgate event until the release of his Netflix comedy special, Selective Outrage. In the show, he jestingly attributed the slap to a previous tiff with Jada over the Oscars. In terms of finances, Chris Rock's net worth remains a steady $60 million as of 2023. His plethora of achievements includes his narration and writing for the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and his roles in movies like the Madagascar series.

    It's fascinating to note that, while the incident might've been a PR challenge for both stars, their financial standings appear resilient against the storm. In retrospect, the Slapgate episode serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of Hollywood, where scandals come and go, but legends – and their legacies – endure.

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