Taika Waititi Net Worth 2022 (Updated): Biography, Income, Career, And All Latest Info

Taika Waititi Net Worth

It’s estimated that Taika Waititi has a net worth of $13 million. Thor: Ragnarok (2017), which earned $854 million at the box office, was written and directed by Waititi, who also wrote and directed the feature films “Eagle vs Shark” (2007), “Boy” (2010), and “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014).

“What We Do in the Shadows,” actor Taika Waititi has also played Viago, Korg, and Adolf Hitler in films including “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Jojo Rabbit.” Taika also directed four episodes of HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” (featuring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, two of his undergraduate buddies and partners) and three music videos for the band, all of which appeared in those episodes. Waititi was awarded the title of New Zealander of the Year in 2017.

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Early Life

Taika Waititi was born on August 16, 1975, in Raukokore, New Zealand, as Taika David Cohen. He is an actor and director. In his early years, he was raised by his mother Robin Cohen, a schoolteacher, and his father Taika Waititi, an artist and a farmer. Prior to attending Victoria University of Wellington to study theatre, Taika was reared by his mother, Robin.  For his film work, he went as Cohen, while for his visual art endeavors, he went by Waititi.

He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts. “Polynesian Jew” Taika describes himself as “half Jewish and half Maori.” So You’re a Man and The Humourbeasts were the two comic troupes he and Jemaine Clement founded while attending Victoria University in Melbourne. The Humourbeasts toured New Zealand with a stage play titled “The Untold Tales of Maui,” which won them the Billy T Award.

Taika Waititi net worth
Taika Waititi net worth


Waititi made his acting debut in the 1999 New Zealand film “Scarfies” and went on to star in the films “Snakeskin” (2001), “The Tribe” (2002), and “Freaky”(2003). “John and Pogo” Taika’s 2002 short film, was followed by “Two Cars, One Night” “Tama Tū” and “What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires” in 2004 and 2005, respectively. “Eagle vs Shark,” was Waititi’s debut feature-length picture, starring Jemaine Clement and Waititi as Gordon.

At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, “Boy,” his second feature film, opened and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ received multiple honors and generated an American spin-off television series as well as a New Zealand series called ‘Wellington Paranormal.’ Taika also co-wrote, co-directed, and appeared in this.


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In 2016, Waititi wrote, directed, and starred in the film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” After helming the 2016 short films “Team Thor” and “Team Thor: Part 2,” as well as 2017’s ninth-highest grossing film, “Thor: Ragnarok,” he helmed the feature film “Thor: Ragnarok.” Following his work on “The Breaker Upperers,” in 2018, Taika was nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Jojo Rabbit,” which he also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. In addition to writing and directing “The Mandalorian” he also directed an episode of “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Actors Waititi and Rhys Darby, both of whom starred in the Netflix series “Our Flag Means Death,” were both featured as Blackbeard in the HBO series, “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Personal Life

Te Hinekhu and Matewa Kiritapu were born as a result of Taika’s marriage to filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley in 2011. Before their breakup, Waititi and Winstanley worked together on various projects, including “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Jojo Rabbit.” They reportedly split up in 2018. To benefit Partners in Health, Taika narrated a ten-part reading of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” in May 2020.

Nominations and Awards

“Jojo Rabbit” won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2020 Oscars, while Waititi was nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action for “Two Cars, One Night” and Best Motion Picture of the Year for “Jojo Rabbit.” which he directed. In addition to the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for “The Mandalorian” he was nominated for two other Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series for “What We Do in the Shadows.”

In addition to the BAFTA, AACTA, Hollywood Critics, Online Association of Female Film Critics, and Writers Guild of America awards for his screenplay, “Jojo Rabbit” won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and accolades at the Leeds International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen Filmfest, and CinEuphoria Awards for the film’s soundtrack.


A Studio City, Los Angeles, property purchased by Taika and Chelsea for $2.4 million in 2018 included 2,323 square feet of living space. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property was put on the market in early 2021 for $2.75 million. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “UnREAL,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and many other popular television shows were all written, directed, and produced by Marti Noxon, the previous owner.

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