Barkhad Abdi was born on 10 April 1985, in Mugadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. He is a director and actor, best known for his film debut in “Captain Phillips”. He has received numerous award nominations for his roles including an “Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role”, and “Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”. He has also won a BAFTA Award, and all his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Barkhad Abdi? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $100,000, mostly earned through his career in acting. Aside from films, he’s also started to appear in television series, and recently started in directing, so far a film and several music videos. It is still relatively early in his film career and as he continues with it, his wealth is expected to increase.
Barkhad Abdi Net Worth $100,000
Due to the Somali Civil War, Abdi’s family moved to Yemen when he was six years old. Then in 1999, they migrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota USA where the family had found a Somali community. He attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then worked at his brother’s shop selling mobile phones. He also worked as a DJ and a limousine driver before finding a career in acting.
In 2013, Barkhad made his film debut in “Captain Phillips” opposite Tom Hanks. Prior to being cast for the film, he had to audition with 700 other participants in a 2011 casting call. He and three other actors were selected by the casting director, and he would get the role of the pirate leader Abduwali Muse. It’s known that some of the most memorable lines he delivered in “Captain Phillips” were improvised, and the film would become very successful, and his performance would bring him to the spotlight – he won a BAFTA Award for his performance, aside from six other awards, and also received several other nominations. He was paid $65,000 for the job, which boosted his net worth significantly. After the film, he returned to work at his brother’s store once more.
Barkhad received more opportunities,including scripts for various television shows. Abdi moved to Los Angeles in hopes of continuing his acting career, and since then he has made a guest appearance in “Hawaii Five-0” as the former warlord Roko Makoni. He also became a part of the film “Trainwreck” although he did not appear in the finished version. In 2015, he played Jama Farah in the movie “Eye in the Sky” which stars Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren, and then became involved in directing work with the film “Ciyaalka Xaafada”.
Aside from his career, Abdi is known for philanthropic work. He became an Ambassador for Adeso, an environmental NGO.
For his personal life, he keeps any relationship private. It is known that Barkhad still resides in Los Angeles. In one interview, he mentioned that he witnessed the start of the Somali Civil War, and was unable to attend primary school because of it.
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