Mekhi Phifer Net Worth - Salary From ER And Had Filed For Bankruptcy In The Past

BY SB Updated on 10 February, 2023

Mekhi Phifer Net Worth
$500 thousand

Mekhi Phifer earned a considerable sum from his acting career. Image Source: Mekhi Phifer Instagram.

Birth Name Mekhi Phifer
Birth place Harlem, Manhattan, US
Profession Actor, Director and Rapper
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Capricon
Hair Color Black

American actor Mekhi Phifer is known for his roles in movies like '8 Mile' and 'Divergent.' Other than acting, he is also known as a rapper, director, and producer. His career as an actor is undoubtedly astounding. Along this journey, he has achieved many things that others can only dream of. His acting is always a treat to watch, and his fun-loving charisma makes it a cherry on top.

In his incredible lifetime, Mekhi has built his career surrounded by movies and film making. He earned quite a fortune from the exponential amount of movies he played. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, he had to lose it all. Mekhi Phifer's net worth is estimated to be $500 thousand, which a huge number. So, without further delay, let's get into how he lost all of his money and to whom he is indebted.

Mekhi Phifer Networth And Earnings

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mekhi Phifer has a net worth of $500 thousand. Mekhi initially filed for bankruptcy in 2014, stating that he had about $1.2 million back taxes owed to IRS, and other debts were from his personal expenses. However, some sources, such as The Richest, cite Mekhi Phifer's net worth to be around $8 million, but it is unclear whether it was his previous net worth before being bankrupt or the current one.

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi started as a rapper but later turned into a full-time actor. He has rapped a few songs with Eminem for the movie '8 Mile' and Beyonce in songs like 'Stop That!, and 'The Last Seduction.' These also helped him add to his fortune. Now let's get into his other sources.

Income from Movies

Mekhi has played in quite a lot of movies in his more than two-decades-long career. And some of these movies were box office big timers. His work includes '8 Mile', 'Divergent,' 'Pandemic,' and 'This Christmas.' His work as Max in the Divergent movies was well-liked by the audience too. But his most iconic performance in the movie '8 Miles' where he co-starred alongside one of the greatest names in the rap industry, Eminem still remains unbroken. He has also produced few films on his own, including the 2013 movie 'The Suspect.' Let's look into some of his movies along with their box-office collection.

Movies Box Office Collection
8 Mile $116.7M
Shaft $70.4M
Honey $30.3M
Dawn of the Dead $58.9M
Divergent $129.6M
Insurgent $114.2M

With this much exposure to the box-office of successful films, it is absurd to think that Mekhi did not make that much fortune. But regardless of the money he got from movies; he still ended up being bankrupt. He did play some commercially successful movies after being bankrupted, but there is no info regarding how much it helped ease his debt.

Earnings From TV Shows

Not only on the silver screen, but Mekhi also found success on the small screen too. He has played a huge number of TV shows over the years. His much recent work includes shows like 'Truth Be Told,' 'Frequency,' and 'House of Lies.' From movies to TV shows, he never fails to impress the crowd with his elegant acting. His most memorable role is from the 1994 show 'ER,' where he played Dr. Gregory Pratt. He made quite a fortune from this role by starring in 135 episodes. 

Some of his other shows include 'Secret City,' 'Love Victor,' and 'The Bobby Brown Story,' which are much recent. This strengthens the fact that Mekhi Phifer's net worth should be commendable, but unfortunately, it does not seem that is the case.

How Mekhi Phifer Lost His Fortune?

As reported in ABC News, while Mekhi filed for bankruptcy, he reported that he had about $1.2 million in back taxes to pay for the IRS and about $50,000 in legal and accounting fees. He also added that his monthly income was about $7,545 from his wife, Reshelet Barnes, working as a creative director with NBC Universal, while his total expenditure was about $11,574.

This clearly shows that he must have a habit of overspending, which may be the ultimate cause of his debacle. Mekhi also had a history of huge donations. Once, the actor donated $100,000 with scholarships, books, and computers to Ibadan, Nigeria, to open the Mekhi Phifer Education Center.

Lifestyle And Assets

The 8 Mile star currently lives with his family in Los Angeles, California. He has two sons from his previous relationship. Omikaye Phifer and Mekhi Thira Phifer Jr. He also has a twin brother named Fernando Phifer Cameroon. He is pretty active on social media, where he frequently posts about his work and previous collaborations. He also loves to spend free time with his family. Looking through his Instagram, we can see that he is living a comfortable life. 

Mekhi Phifer with his Wife.

Currently married to his wife Reshelet Barnes, Mekhi is doing his best by playing in every opportunity he gets to be relieved from bankruptcy. In terms of assets, Mekhi included $67,000 in 2014, which included- three firearms, a leather bed, a 2003 Range Rover, and a 12-year-old Segway. Well, until and unless Mekhi opens up about his fortune, it's still difficult to say how much fortune he has.

Trivia and Facts

  • Mekhi Phifer was born on December 29, 1974, in New York City, New York.
  • He married his long time girlfriend, Reshelet Barnes, on 30 March 2013.
  • His previous wife, Malinda Williams, is also an actress. 
  • Mekhi launched the company, Third Reel Films, back in 2011, aiming to be a platform for new filmmakers. 
  • He is good friends with Eminem. 

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Published on 25 August, 2020

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