Li Lianjie ( Jet Li ) is a Chinese actor, producer, author, singer and ex Wushu champion.

His estimated net worth is approximately 55$ million.

Early life

Jet Li was born on April 26, 1963, in the capital city of China – Beijing. He has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Li left without his father at 2 years, when he died.

A few years later, when he was 8 he began to practice martial art – wushu. As the family was very poor, they grab the opportunity thanks to his talent and send them to a special sports school. He mastered several Wushu styles such as Chángquán and Fānziquán.

Li was a part of Beijing Wushu Team coached by the most famous martial artist – Li Junfeng and Wu Bin. First national championship he won at the 11 years. This opens the dor to travel worldwide and make him won fifteen gold medal and one silver in Chinese championship.

He retired from this sport at the age of 17.

Personal Life

Li was married two times and has four daughters.

The first marriage was with his Wushu team member Huang Qiuyan. They divorced in 1990 and have two daughters Si and Taimi.

The second marriage is with the Hong Kong actress Nina Li with who he has two daughters Jane and Jada.

Li is a citizen of USA and practice Tibetan Buddhism. He suffers from excessive production of thyroid hormone – Hyperthyroidism.

Li s favorite hobbies are badminton and ping pong.

Li is an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China and contribute significant funds for the mental health project.

Acting Career

Li made his film debut in Shaolin Temple (1982). This movie opens his actor door in the Chinese cinematography. After relocation in Hong Kong, he filmed several hero movies and series such as Once Upon a Time in China ( he played hero Wong Fei-hung ), Fist of Legend, The Fong Sai Yuk.

His American movie debut was in Lethal Weapon 4 ( 1998 ),  where he played a Chinese crime bos, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The audience reaction on the Li’s part was great.

Romeo Must Die ( 2000 ) had office box success and earned $100 million. In the modern version of a classic story, Li played with DMX rapper, Aaliyah.

Interesting, Li has turned downs some roles such as Chow Yun-fat’s role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Matrix’s role of Seraph.

In 2001 he played in science fiction-martial arts film The One as MVA officer Gabriel “Gabe” Law. His partner was Jason Statham. In the same year, he appeared in the action thriller movie Kiss of the Dragon, which was the box office hit. Li played an intelligence agent Liu Siu-jian.

Another significant role he took in the martial art thriller Unleashed, where he played Denny the Dog. His partners were Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins.

Last wushu epic role he took in the move Fearless ( 2006 ). He played CEO of the Chin Woo Athletic Association – Huo Yuanjia. Although, he played in a few more martial movies, this was his last significant martial artist role. According to his words, he showed everything as a martial artist movie star and would be pointless to play these roles forever.

Finally, he collaborates with another martial artist star Jackie Chan in the movie The Forbidden Kingdom ( 2008 ). Still, movie collects bad critics.

His most recent work are roles in The Expendables 1, 2 and 3.

Producer Career

Li has tried himself as a producer. In a collaboration with Jackie Chan, he produced one action film and also played the main role.

Li also participated in the China/Hong Kong co-production of the war movie The Warlords.


Li has been nominated for numerous awards and won in the four competition.

He received in 1995 Golden Horse Film Festival for the main land person. In 2007 won Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor in the Fearless. Next year won two awards: Shanghai Film Critics Awards for the Best Actor in The Warlords and Hong Kong Film Awards for the Best Actor in The Warlords.

Quick summary:      

Full Name: Li Lianjie

Date of Birth: April 26, 1963

Birth Place: Beijing, China

Age: 53 years

Profession: actor, producer, singer, author, martial artist

Height: 1.68

Weight: 66 kg

Net worth: 55$ million