Who is Michael Bay and what is his net worth 2018? Michael Bay is a filmmaker who has made many big budget films in his career. He has produced and directed movies with special effects stylistic visuals, and explosive depictions. His films including ‘Transformers’ film series, ‘Pearl Harbor’, and ‘Armageddon’ has grossed more than $7.8 billion globally. Bay is the co-owner of the production house ‘Platinum Dunes’. The company has produced many horror movies including ‘The Amityville Horror’, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, and ‘Friday the 13th’. He is also the co-founder of ‘The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness’.
Michael Benjamin Bay was born on February 17, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. He was adopted and raised by Jim, a certified public accountant and Harriet, a child psychiatrist and bookstore owner. He went to the exclusive Crossroads School located in Santa Monica, California. He developed interest in action movies right from his childhood. When he was a child, he used to attach firecrackers in his toy train and used to film it with his mother’s camera.
At the age of 15, Bay started interning with George Lucas. In 1986, he completed his graduation from Wesleyan University majoring in film and English. He attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena for his graduate work.
Michael bay has not married till date. He has been rumored to be dating Jaime Bergman since 1999. He resides in Miami with his three dogs. His dogs are named after his films.
Michael Bay started to work at Propaganda Films and used to direct music videos and commercials. His advertisement of Coca-Cola was picked by Capitol Records. In 1992 and 1993, he directed many commercials including Red Cross and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. He was selected by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to direct the film ‘Bad Boys’.
The film was made on a budget of $19 million and collected $151 million on box office. In 1996, he made the film ‘The Rock’. In 1998, he became the co-producer and director of the action adventure movie ‘Armageddon’. It was made on a budget of $140 million and went on to gross $553 million. He then made the critically acclaimed film ‘Pearl Harbor’ in 2001. The film was produced in collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer.
The same year, he directed the music video “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill. It was then followed by the film ‘Bad Boys II’. In 2005, bay became the director of ‘The Island’. In 2007, he teamed up with Steven Speilberg for the film ‘Transformers’. The film has grossed over $709 million globally.
In 2009, another film ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ was released. Soon ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ and Transformers: Age of Extinction’ were released. In 2001, he co-founded the company Platinum Dunes with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. He also founded ‘The Institute’ with Scott Gardenhour.
In 1999, Michael bay won the Saturn Award at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He has won the Director Guild of America Award in 1995. Bay has also won the Yoga Award and World Stunt Award. In 2009, he was conferred with the ShoWest Convention Vanguard Award. He has also received several other nominations and awards.
Michael Bay Net Worth
Michael Bay became interested in action movies from a young age. He has successful collaborated with Jerry Brukcheimer and released many movies. His films has grossed in billions worldwide. He has also directed a number of music videos. Michael Bay’s net worth is an estimated $450 million.
He inherited this wealth from the success of his movies in box office. Part of this wealth also comes from various other companies like ‘The Institute’, ‘Platinum Dunes’, ‘Digital Domain’, ‘451 Media Group’, and ‘Rogue Initiative’. In 2014, his film Transformers: Age of Extinction’ grossed $1.104 billion worldwide. In 2017, Bay released another Transformer movie called ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’.
Michael bay owns many luxury cars and he also has Gulfstream G550 jet worth $50 million. He has donated his money for animal shelter when he was a child. He has frequently included the English Mastiff dongs in his movies.