Why Macaulay Culkin Isn’t Concerned About His Net Worth

May 5, 2019 by
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You might not know this, but for the past eight years, Macaulay Culkin, who according to Google, is worth over 15 million dollars, has been an avid lepidopterist. He’s even been credited with the discovery of a new species, Aglais Culkani. But every serious collector will tell you one thing: it’s all about the net you get, baby! You can have all the passion in the world (even if you’re the international star of Home Alone for which, according to the internet, made $100,000 in the role, not including royalties), but if you don’t have a serious net, you aren’t going to get anywhere, buster. So what is Macaulay Culkin’s net worth? As it turns out, there’s a story behind that. 

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Aglais Culkani

Humble Beginnings

One day in 2011, Macaulay “Macaulay Culkin” Culkin happened upon a small Parisian net shop and was instantly smitten. The actor (who earned $8 million playing Richie Rich) picked out a standard 100 cm. bamboo rod with mother of pearl inlay and an ornate obsidian handle surrounded by 1.5 mm full grain leather. You’ve probably seen several just like it before lunch. For this simple net, Macaulay Culkin (whose net is worth millions, if you count in the $4.5 million he was paid for Home Alone 2: Lost In New York) paid roughly $30 USD for it. 

“But what was Macaulay Culkin’s net worth in 2016, or even 2019?” I hear you asking, and that’s a great question. 2016 was the year Macaulay Culkin discovered Aglais Culkani with that very same Parisian net. It takes roughly five years of butterfly catching to break in any net worth its weight. How much is Macaulay Culkin worth, if not something equal to or greater than the value of his beloved net? You can pay any amount that you want for said net, but there are some things you just can’t put a price on. Unlike his performance in Getting Even With Dad, which scored him $8 million at the time. 

But as someone who has once asked themselves “how much money does Macaulay Culkin have?” I think it is safe to say that money can’t define the value of what a person has. However, if you had to give it a number, it would be ultimately meaningless. Especially next to the plethora of good vibes brought on by his perfectly-chosen, soft, and forgiving net. No amount of what the very rich Macaulay Culkin makes a year, or in royalties, can ever amount to that, even if it is millions, upon millions, of dollars.

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Macaulay Culkin’s Net Worth Continues To Grow

Discovering a new species of butterfly absolutely raises the value of any net. So with all of the skill and experience put into it, we can safely estimate the value of Macaulay Culkin’s net as almost completely incalculable. And it has only risen since.

Macaulay Culkin, or “Mack” (with a “k”), as we call him around the office, spent his childhood on the silver screen, but when he wasn’t studying history or playing Toe Jam & Earl, he was frolicking among the veritable bevy butterflies that he had shipped from all over the world. Once he communed with these creatures and started forming a bond with them, he let them all go. They were killed almost instantly by a swarm of bees and he’s never been the same. Since then, he’s only used a “friendly net.” But his net’s value has gone up consistently, on a yearly basis. But that’s not what’s important. What’s important is what that net means to him, because what is value, if not meaning?

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But what is Macaulay Culkin’s net worth now?

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So here’s the thing about Macaulay Culkin’s net. He doesn’t care what it is worth. You could Google “What is Macaulay Culkin’s net worth this year,” but you wouldn’t find the answer you are looking for, because that net is still the same $30 net he purchased in 2011. Experts, and some interviews, have suggested Macaulay Culkin’s net worth is in the tens of millions dollars as of the date of this publishing (especially when you factor in his filmography, which includes, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, My Girl, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, The Good Son, Getting Even with Dad, Ri¢hie Ri¢h, or even his internet appearances in Angry Video Game Nerd, Red Letter Media, and that one sketch).

But What Is It All For?

But everyone knows true net worth can’t be measured in dollars. It’s measured in the joy you get chasing a butterfly, and you can’t put a dollar amount on that. Not even if you’re Macaulay Culkin, former child star, current regular star, and America’s sweetheart, who makes a lot of money per year, but doesn’t let that affect his choice of lepidopterist instruments, regardless of how great his world famous podcast is.

“A man isn’t worth what’s in his pocket. A man makes as much as what’s in his heart. But also, the emotional value of his unstoppable butterfly-catching tool: the net”

– Someone, somewhere, probably

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  1. Hahaha these are all Macaulay Culkin’s real net worth and pay. Gotta get me a new net.

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