What is Nicolas Cage's net worth? How Netflix's 'History of Swear Words' host went on wild spending spree

The 56-year-old is estimated to be worth $25 million. It would have been more if not for the wildly extravagant spending since he was earning over $150 million from acting alone

                            What is Nicolas Cage's net worth? How Netflix's 'History of Swear Words' host went on wild spending spree
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Nicolas Cage has an extensive acting credit in his IMDb list as long as his arm and the veteran will now be seen next in Netflix's 'History of Swear Words' — a six-episode series that looks into the origins of some the world's most used swear words and their usage in modern culture. We're talking about f**k, s**t, b***h, a*****e, p***y... you know the ones you use. Cage will host the show and interview a slew of historians and entertainers who share their views.

Leading us right back to Cage and his famed acting career. Surely, a man of his experience in Hollywood, skill and talent will have raked in the moolah. With hits such as 'The Rock', 'Face/Off', 'Con Air', 'City of Angels', 'National Treasure', 'Lord of War', 'Ghost Rider' and 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets' to name a few, the focus naturally shifts on how much the 56-year-old is actually worth. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be roughly 25 million.

That he's not the three-figure million mark shouldn't come as surprise considering he made more than $150 million from just acting. But as he accumulated more money, his spending levels spiked considerably since he spent millions on luxury yachts, exotic cars, and a 67 million-year-old dinosaur skull. Clearly, that's a national treasure right there.

The site also adds that the IRS filed a federal tax lien against the actor's property in New Orleans stating he had failed to pay over $6.2 million in federal income taxes. Fortune clearly didn't favor Cage as his spending spree saw him own 15 residences across the world at one point. Add to that a nine-foot-tall burial tomb, an octopus, shrunken pygmy heads, a $150,000 Superman comic, Cage practically reduced his net worth with his insane spending. 

According to CNBC, Cage was not really perturbed by most of his spending. "You have good investments and bad investments," he said. “The good investments came from personal interest and my honest enjoyment of history.” He compared his buying to building a library: "You read a book, and in it, there’s a reference to another book, and then you buy that book, and then you attach the references. For me, it was all about where was the grail? Was it here? Was it there?"

Despite his financial ruin, Cage doesn’t regret all of his purchases. 'History of Swear Words has a string of distinguished guest stars— Joel Kim Booster, DeRay Davis, Open Mike Eagle, Nikki Glaser, Patti Harrison, London Hughes, Jim Jefferies, Zainab Johnson, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Baron Vaughn and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Produced by Funny or Die and B17 Entertainment, the show is executive produced by Bellamie Blackstone who also serves as the showrunner. Other EPs include Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, Beth Belew, Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner.

'History of Swear Words' airs on January 5 on Netflix.

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