Ben Kingsley Net Worth and Biography

Ben Kingsley is an English actor who has a net worth of $60 million. Ben Kingsley is probably best known for his roles in the movies Schindler’s List and Gandhi. He has an impressive resume of movies spanning many years in Hollywood.

Net Worth: $60 million
Birth Date:
Dec 31, 1943
United Kingdom
Last Updated:
August 2019
Ben Kingsley Net Worth

With a successful movie career like his, that lasts over 4 decades, it’s no surprise that he is worth over $60 million. He has proven his relevance in small and big movie roles, so it’s only logical he gets paid well.

Chameleon-like British actor Ben Kingsley has proven that he can play just about anyone. From Jewish Holocaust Survivors to Nazi War criminals to a Real-Estate Magnate.

Ben Kingsley Biography

Ben Kingsley, born as Krishna Bhanji (Scarborough, December 31, 1943) is a British actor. He won more than 25 film prizes, including an Oscar for best actor (for Gandhi), multiple BAFTA Awards, a European Film Award and various Golden Globes. For his roles in Bugsy, Sexy Beast and House of Sand and Fog, he also received un-silvered Oscar nominations.

Kingsley grew up in the Pendlebury district of Salford, a Manchester borough. He is the son of Harji Bhanji, an Indian doctor from Kenya, and Anna Lyna Mary, a model and actress. One of his maternal grandparents was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. He later moved to Lancashire. In the 1970s he decided to change his Indian name to his current name.


Kingsley started his acting career when he acted as a drama player at his school, the Manchester Grammar School. He wanted to be a film actor, but in 1977 he still participated in the Volpone play by Ben Jonson.

Fear Is the Key (1972) was the film debut of Kingsley, a few years later he was also seen in the soap Coronation Street. In 1982, Kingsley instantly became world famous when he played Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi, a cinema film about his life. He received an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his title role. The film itself won a total of eight Oscars.

In addition to this, he played in various types of films, including in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993). He also played in various comedy movies like Without a Clue (1988), a parody of the Sherlock Holmes films in which not Sherlock Holmes (played by Michael Caine) but his assistant Dr. Watson (played by Kingsley) has detective gifts, which leads to all kinds of comical complications. In the science fiction genre he gave an appearance in Species (1995). He also worked as a voice actor on the video game Ceremony of Innocence (1997).

Ben Kingsley Movies

Ben Kingsley earns millions of dollars from his role in movies. Ben Kingsley net worth is derived from his movies. Here you will find a list of the 5 highest grossing movies of the career of Ben Kingsley.
  • Iron Man 3 ($1,214.8 million worldwide earnings): Kingsley portrayed the role of Trevor Slattery. Slattery is a washed-up, drug-addicted actor hired by Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pearce) and the think tank Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) to portray the Mandarin, a persona influenced by many modern terrorists and named after a supposed legendary Chinese title.
  • The Jungle Book (2006) ($966.6 million worldwide earnings): Here he plays the role of Bagheera. He is the panther, one of the most feared animals in Jungle Book, but also one of Mowgli’s best friends.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ($363.2 million worldwide earnings): Kingsley plays an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh with the role of Merenkahre.
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ($336.4 million worldwide earnings): as Prince Nizam of Persia, King Sharaman’s brother. The main role of Dastan was played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Schindler’s List ($321.3 million worldwide earnings)As Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern.

Quotes of Ben Kingsley

”One of the greatest things drama can do, at it’s best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer.” – Ben Kingsley, about drama.

”That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.” – Ben Kingsley, about common truths.

”I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy… It’s a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen. ” – Ben Kingsley, about comedy movies.