Mikhail Baryshnikov Net Worth, Money and More

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Mikhail Baryshnikov Networth: $45 Million
Profession: Choreographer, Dancer and Actor

“There comes a moment in a Young Artist’s life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to do something out.”- these instigating and cheering lines were said by the great choreographer, actor and dancer, MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV.



The Outset Of Talent: Mikhail Baryshnikov was born in Riga, Latvia, which was then the part of Soviet Union, on 27th January, 1948. He is considered as one of the excellent Ballet dancers to embellish the international stage. Mikhail Baryshnikov began his ballet studies in his native, Riga, Latvia, at Leningrad choreographic school, in 1960. After an anticipating pop in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he deserted to Canada for more opportunities in western dance. He joined the New York city Ballet as a chief dancer in order to get a line of George Balanchine’s styles of movement. Further, he danced with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where he later became artistic director.

Contribution To The World Of Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov, the versatile actor, choreographer and dancer, travelled with Ballet and Modern dance companies around the world for fifteen months. He was recognized as an Artistic Director of the White Oak Dance Project, a touring company he co-founded with Mark Morris, during the year 1990 to 2000. Thereafter, in 2005, he founded the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York. During the 2006 summer, he went on tour with Hell’s Kitchen Dance, which was sponsored by the Baryshnikov Arts Centre. He has been cited as one of the best and most perfect dancer and in the history. His success as a complete dramatic actor and dancer on stage and cinema, has helped him establish himself as a widely acknowledged Ballet Dancer.

Achievements And Awards: He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe as well as Oscar nomination for his work as “Yuri Kopeikine” in the film “The Turning Point”. He was featured in the film “Dancers”, in 1987 and co-starred with Gregory Hines and Isabella Rossellini in the 1985 film, “White Nights”. He also co-starred in “Company Business” with Gene Hackman. In the year, 1989, he co-founded a Modern Dance Company and took on film, theatre and TV roles. Later in 2003, he was honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Professional Domain: “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”- says the most splendid, devoted and passionate dancer of the international stage who has won the National Medal of Honor, The French Legion of Honor and several Emmys. He met Gelsey Kirkland of New York City Ballet, with whom he had a renowned and fabled partnership. Kirkland saw his graceful moves and leaps and thereafter made a discernment that- “He was the greatest male dancer on the Earth.” They worked together as partners and Baryshnikov’s version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker”, was their most well-known work.

Personal Life: Baryshnikov holds a strong but elegant personality with a boyishly cute look. This voguish artist was romantically involved with his fellow ballerina, Natasha Makarova, who was eight years his senior and Gelsey Kirkland, one of the legendary ballerinas. He was also engaged in relationship with Jessica Lange and they have a daughter named Shura Baryshnikov (Aleksandra). He has three children by his girlfriend, Lisa Rinehart, named Peter Andrew, Anna Katerina and Sofia Luisa.

Lifestyle: Mikhail is an extremely private individual and thus, not much is known about his lifestyle. Being the world’s profound dancer, he finds pleasure in photographing dancers. He is an admirer of art and has a grand private painting collection of nearly 100 paintings, which was displayed at New York’s ABA Gallery. He also indulges himself more often in playing golf.

Other Accomplishments: This outstanding dancer, actor, choreographer and director of various ballets, is the owner of a resort home in a tourist hotspot well known for its beaches and balnearios, ‘Punta Cana’ in the Dominican Republic. Also, he has built a clubhouse in the same country. Baryshnikov has heftily invested in his own troupe, White Oak Dance Project and earns tremendously from pursuing a business entrepreneurship by starting his Clothing line and Perfume brand namely, ‘Baryshnikov’ and ‘Misha’ respectively. He spends lavishly and leads a luxurious and liberal life.

Thoughts And Beliefs: Baryshnikov once said in an interview with Larry King that, he did not believe in marriage because the commitment that people make to each other did not have anything to do with their legal marriage. He also stated that standing in front of the altar means nothing to him as he was not relegious.

Controversial Acts: He has joined a chorus of atheletes, celebrities and other public figures in Russia’s “Gay Propoganda Law”. He has complained on the controversial legislation a statement for the No More Fear Foundation, which is an international advocacy organization that is entirely consecrated to helping the gay, lesbian and bisexual community that suffer from maltreatment in their home countries. Baryshnikov firmly said that any kind of discrimination against the gay people was inhuman and untolerable. “Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in the 21st century”- he said and appreciated the No More Fear Foundation actively for stepping forward vigorously to render the essential aid to the sufferers.

Quotable Quotes: The Soviet born Russian performer with a net worth of $45 million, believes that, “Dancers are made, not born”. This excellent dancer, choreographer and actor will always contribute to the glory of history of dance and drama. He quotes “Art when your heart is burning but your mind is cool- that is the best combination. When they are both burning, it goes nowhere”.

Contributor: Tanumita Mishra

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