What is Matt Stone’s net worth? Matt Stone is an American actor, voice actor, producer, animator, writer, and composer. He is popularly known together with his creative college friend, Trey Parker for co-creating the South Park (1997 to the present) and The Book of Mormon (2011). He has always had a fascination in the film and music industry from his childhood. Matt Stone has a net worth of $700 million. His wealth mainly comes from the film industry.
Matt Stone Biography and Early Life
Matt Richard Stone was born on May 26th, 1971, in Houston, Texas. His father Gerald Whitney Stone was an economics professor. His mother Sheila Lois (Balesco) is Jewish while his father is Irish. This gives Matt an Irish-American heritage. Stone, together with his younger sister Rachel, was raised in Littleton, Colorado. Both attended Heritage High School. He later joined the University of Colorado Boulder. His father was against the idea of Matt becoming a musician, so he recommended that his son should major in something more “practical.” For this reason, Stone had to major in both Mathematics and film. In 1993, he graduated with a double-major in Bachelor of Arts.
Career and Rise to Fame
Stone’s career started while still in university. Back then, in 1992, he met with Trey Parker, McHugh, and Ian Hardin. Together they founded a production company called Avenging Conscience. Their first successful product was Jesus vs. Frosty (1992), an animation film. Matt, with his crew, created a three-minute trailer for a fictional film entitled Alfred Packer: The Musical. They later decided to expand it to a full-length film. This film cost them $125,000 that they got from friends and relatives. It was later sold to Troma Entertainment in 1996 then renamed, Cannibal! The Musical! It was a significant success for the duo.
Following their previous success, Matt, Trey, and McHugh moved to Los Angeles in 1995. They created a pilot for a fictional children film Time Warped for Fox Kids. Unfortunately, the Fox Kids Division was disbanded. This was a big blow to the trio. Seagram was another fifteen-minute film they created for David Zucker to aired in a party show. In between the time shooting the pilots for Time Warped, Trey wrote a script for a film titled Orgazmo, which they later produced. They sold this film to October Films for $1 million after screening it at Toronto International Film Festival.
Jesus vs. Santa film go viral, and it was not late before attracting the attention of Comedy Central, which immediately offered Trey and Parker a contract to create a show. The show was named South Park. This show has been on the air for a reasonably long time. It was a great achievement for Comedy Central. The show produced tones of merchandise and a commendable theatrical version of the show. Additionally, Matt played a role in movies like BasketBall. He also co-directed Team America World Police.
Together with Parker alongside writer-composer Robert Lopez they wrote a musical centering on Mormonism and named it The Book of Mormonism. In March 2011, its producer – Scott Rudin, premiered it directly on Broadway after a series of rewrites, rehearsal, and previews. The Book of Mormon has spiked with a gross value of $500 million and is airing up to date. It has received broad critical applause for the perfect plot, score, choreography, directions, and, most of all, for the outstanding actors’ performances. This show has received nine Tony Awards, one of the best Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Currently, Stone still resides in his Venice, California home.
How He Spends His Money
Real Estate: Stone spent $3.5 million in 2005to purchase a 3000 square feet home in Venice, California. He later sold the house for $4.5million in 2020. Nearby is a property that he acquired for $800,000 in 2003. In 2008 Matt bought the entire floor of the New York City building for $5.15 million and later sold it for $6.15 in 2019.
Philanthropies: Matt didn’t leave behind the act of charity. He devotedly supported a foundation called Declare Yourself. It is a national nonpartisan, non-profit campaign initiated in 2004 to energize and empower a new movement of young voters. Stone also played a significant role in the Voter Education cause.