Here's How Much Billie Lourd Is Actually Worth

Billie Lourd is used to life in the public eye, having grown up with "Star Wars" legend Carrie Fisher as her mother, Debbie Reynolds as her grandmother, and Eddie Fisher as her grandfather. Coming from this family, it's not surprising that Lourd pursued acting as a career. And she's had plenty of success since making her silver screen debut in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015.

However, Lourd's life was rocked by tragedy when her mother died on December 27, 2016, days after she suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, per Daily Mail. Sadly, Lourd suffered a double tragedy when her grandmother died the following day. Reynolds was with son Todd Fisher when she suffered a stroke brought on by hypertension. Fisher recalls his mother saying "I want to be with Carrie" moments before she fell ill.

Grieving in the public eye was "brutal," Lourd said on the "New Day" podcast. "I miss my mom every day, and my grandma, but really my mom the most," she shared. "She was my best f**king friend ever." Lourd has continued to find happiness in her life though, including celebrating the birth of her first child, who she said is "the most wonderful thing." According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actor is now worth a cool $20 million, which comprises money she's earning from acting and her inheritance. Keep reading for a complete breakdown of everything that makes up Billie Lourd's net worth.

Billie Lourd is Hollywood royalty

As the daughter and granddaughter of two world famous Hollywood actors — Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — Billie Lourd is basically third generation Hollywood royalty. But this level of family fame meant her childhood was very much in the spotlight. Lourd said everyone tried to shield her from Hollywood life when she was young and that she rarely ever visited acting sets as a kid, but ultimately she was still exposed to it. "People knew more about my life than I wanted them to," she said on the "New Day" podcast.

With her immediate family all associated with the entertainment industry in one way or another, there was a common assumption that Lourd would follow in their footsteps. However, Fisher and Reynolds didn't want such a public life for Lourd and actively discouraged her from pursuing acting. "They were like, 'This is going to be a really s**tty lifestyle, and everyone's going to be scrutinizing you deeply and constantly,'" Lourd revealed to Town and Country.

Initially, she was put off by their warnings, but eventually Lourd realized acting was in her blood. "I went to school planning to throw music festivals, but [I] always had this little sliver of me that wanted to do what my parents pushed me so hard not to do–act," she wrote in an essay for Time. And once she made up her mind, there was no changing it.

The Star Wars world welcomed Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd's decision to pursue acting was quickly made a reality: In 2014, she was offered an audition for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." "My mom called me and told me they wanted me to come in to audition for Star Wars, I pretended it wasn't a big deal — I even laughed at the concept — but inside I couldn't think of anything that would make me happier," she explained in Time. She earned a supporting role in one of the world's biggest movie franchises and her first acting credit in one fell swoop. Lourd played Lieutenant Connix and reprised her role in the two subsequent films.

As if being a part of the "Star Wars" franchise wasn't cool enough, Lourd also got to share the screen with the one and only Princess Leia. According to the young actor, mom Carrie Fisher had a lot to say about Lourd's role, even contributing to her daughter's character's look. She wanted me "to carry on the family hairstyle," Lourd shared in Time. They tried out a few other "space-appropriate hairstyles" but nothing could compete with Leia's iconic look. "We decided to embrace the weird galactic nepotism of it all and went with the mini–Leia buns." Afterward, Lourd recounted, "[Fisher] stood in the mirror behind me and smiled like we had gotten matching tattoos."

Finding acting success on her own

Shortly after appearing in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Billie Lourd bagged a main role in the satirical comedy series "Scream Queens." The experience on set was "a dream," the actor who played Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3 for the duration of the show's run told Behind The Velvet Rope TV.

In the early stages of her career, Lourd was determined to find success in her own right and said she actively tried to distance herself from her mother and grandmother so that she could do it. "I feel like I really tried to avoid doing things in their shadow," she explained on the "New Day" Podcast. "We got offered all these random photo shoots — and all this weird stuff that happens in my life — but I didn't want to do them when they were alive because I wanted to make sure people knew me separately from them."

The popularity of "Scream Queens" certainly proved that Lourd could be a successful actor in her own right, but she now regrets wanting to push away her family. "[Now] I feel like I am kind of trying to do the opposite," she explained on the podcast. "I try to connect myself to them because I miss them."

Billie Lourd was Carrie Fisher's sole beneficiary

As the only child of Carrie Fisher and Bryan Lourd, who were married from 1991 to 1994, Billie Lourd was the sole beneficiary of her mother's estate. At the time of her death, Fisher was worth $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Most of the "When Harry Met Sally" alum's assets had been transferred into a living trust, according to People. Lourd inherited the entirety of the trust, which included several bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, Fisher's Hollywood Hills mansion and other personal belongings. Lourd also inherited Fisher's long list of intellectual property rights as well as personality rights.

While the fortune is nothing to sneeze at, it's not money that Lourd wants to thank her mother for. "The most amazing thing my mom did was provide me with the greatest sense of humour," said Lourd. "We laughed every single day, and she made my life so much fun."

Taking on the Star Wars legacy

Carrie Fisher's name has been synonymous with that of her character Princess Leia since 1977, something that her daughter Billie Lourd struggled with as a child. "Princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom — technically family, but deep down I didn't really like her," she wrote in Time. Eventually Lourd grew to love Leia, noting that she "is more than just a character." Because Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher "go hand in hand," as she said, it made inheriting her mom's "Star Wars" legacy even more overwhelming. "Suddenly I was in charge of what would come of her ... I was now the keeper of Leia," Lourd explained.

At the time of her death, Fisher had portrayed the iconic character in five out of eight "Star Wars" films, with "The Last Jedi" released posthumously in 2017. Sadly, she died before production had begun on the franchise's final installment "The Rise of Skywalker" — a film which was meant to be "Leia's movie" according to Lourd. Now the keeper of Leia, it was her duty to honor this. Lourd and the "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams agreed to use a combination of previously unseen footage and CGI to keep Leia alive in the film, with Lourd stepping into her mother's shoes and portraying her younger self in a flashback. Lourd told "GMA" the experience was "surreal," but ultimately, she wrote in Time that "it was like she had left us a gift that would allow Leia's story to be completed."

Debbie Reynolds left an inheritance

Billie Lourd had a close relationship with her grandmother Debbie Reynolds, who she affectionately called her "Abadaba." The "Scream Queens" star often joked that Reynolds would get jealous when she was referred to as Carrie Fisher's daughter. "She wants people to call me Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter. It's very offensive to her. She does not like to be cut out — not at all," she shared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Given their close relationship, it makes sense that Reynolds would leave part of her estate to her granddaughter. At the time of her death, Reynolds was worth $85 million at the time of her death, according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, Lourd actually received around half of it because Reynolds left "a significant portion of her estate" to her daughter Carrie Fisher, which then fell to Lourd as her beneficiary, according to Morgan Legal Group. However, Lourd's inheritance, which included many of her grandmother's personal items and her Spanish-style villa in Coldwater Canyon, doesn't seem to be reflected in her "official" net worth. The rest of Reynolds' estate was left to son Todd Fisher.

Debbie Reynolds inspired a passion for charity

Off the screen, Debbie Reynolds spent a large portion of her life doing good for others. The actor and singer served intermittently as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Hollywood mental health charity The Thalians. Reynolds wanted her charity work to be part of her legacy and asked that many of her personal items be auctioned for good causes. Billie Lourd and her uncle, Todd Fisher, honored that request after she died. The pair also included some of Carrie Fisher's personal memorabilia in the auction.

"My mother and sister were magnificent collectors, they amassed an amazing and diverse collection in their lifetimes," Todd Fisher said in a statement (via People). "The size and scope of their collection rivals most museums. So in keeping with my mother's wishes, we have decided to share part of their magnificent collection with all their friends and fans." The auction grossed over $2 million dollars with items like Fisher's hand annotated script for "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" selling for $51,000, per Broadway World. All proceeds were split between The Thalians and The Jed Foundation, an organization Lourd chose because of its dedication to suicide prevention.

Reynolds' passion for charity clearly rubbed off on her granddaughter, who regularly donates to nonprofits such as No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting childhood hunger. Lourd often shares links and information about charities close to her heart on social media to encourage her fans to donate, too.

Billie Lourd's partner is in showbiz too

Billie Lourd is engaged to actor and producer Austen Rydell. Rydell, who began acting when he was a kid, has a net worth of $3 million, according to Popular Net Worth. You may recognize him from the 2006 Nickelodeon series "Unfabulous" or the 2001 television biopic about James Dean. He has since turned his attention to producing, becoming the President of Entertainment at Morning Moon Productions, a company he co-founded in 2017.

According to People, Lourd and Rydell began dating in 2016, but called it quits shortly after. The pair were apart for around a year, during which time Lourd was linked to her "Scream Queens" co-star Taylor Lautner, but by October 2017 Lourd and Rydell had reconciled. The couple like to keep their relationship low-key, but enjoy sharing some of their major milestones, like their engagement, on social media. "She said YES!! (Actually she said "Duhhh") But I guess that's even better than yes?!?" Rydell wrote on Instagram in June 2020.

In September 2020, the couple took to Instagram to announce the arrival of their first child, a son who they named Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell. Lourd has made it clear that she wants her son to grow up with more privacy than she had as a child, though. "You won't be seeing his face on the internet," she said on the "New Day" podcast. "That's one of the things that I will not do to my son is put this pressure on him that I had on me."

She kept her mom's house

Mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher both lived in Hollywood's Coldwater Canyon neighborhood, and as anyone who's watched HBO's "Bright Lights" knows, their homes were right next to each other. After their sudden deaths in December 2016, Lourd put the neighboring properties on the market as one 3.5 acre estate priced at $18 million, per Mansion Global. However, Lourd had a change of heart about selling her childhood home. "I went back and forth on it, but it's so magical. It's such a special place," she said in Town & Country.

Lourd moved into her mom's house shortly after, with Reynolds' home likely remaining vacant. "I'm having a couple of friends move in with me, like an old-style commune," she explained in Town & Country. When the actor got back together with beau Austen Rydell, she decided to renovate the adjacent houses into one big estate for her "growing family" (via Daily Mail). According to the outlet, Lourd extended and updated the properties so they could be combined "seamlessly." It's also thought that Lourd kept a lot of her mother's personal touches, like her bohemian style, her year-round 'Star Wars' memorial Christmas tree, and a stained-glass likeness of Lourd as a saint (which is Lourd's Instagram profile picture).

Moving on from Melrose

The process of combining Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher's estates included some major renovations, which meant Billie Lourd needed to live somewhere else while the construction was going on. So, in 2017, the actor moved into a 3,566-square-foot house near Melrose Boulevard, according to Dirt. As luxe as the five bed property, which was described as a "pristine luxury Cape Cod home," happened to be, it was no match for the dream abode she was renovating. When the construction of her new family home was finished, Lourd no longer had any need for this LA pad, which she offloaded in July 2021. As Dirt noted, the house went for $2.804 million, which was $100,000 more than Lourd originally paid for it.

Before her mother and grandmother died and Lourd moved into Carrie Fisher's house with her friends, she had a small place in Santa Monica. The home, which had a blue exterior, was named one of the world's 100 best houses by Art Book in 2000, per WWD. Although Lourd only owned the property for a short period of time, it's clear the actor has always had an eye for taste.

Billie Lourd stays busy

It's safe to say Billie Lourd has had a lot of ups and downs in her personal life since 2016, but her career has been on a constant upward trajectory. The actor says that the reason she is achieving more success now is, in part, because, as she said on the "New Day" podcast, she was "so busy" looking after her mom when she was alive. "I don't know if I would have been able to do some of the roles and some of the work that I have been able to do because I was also so busy taking care of her, is the truth," Lourd explained. "I wouldn't have had time to say yes to things I wanted to say yes to because my main job when she was alive was taking care of her and making sure she was okay."

Since her mom died, Lourd has focused her energy on acting, regularly working "sixteen-hour days" on sets — and it's been paying off. The actor has appeared in the anthology series "American Horror Story" as well as the award-winning coming-of-age comedy "Booksmart." The "Billionaire Boys Club" star will also appear in "Ticket to Paradise" alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts, per Deadline.

Lourd is also making her debut as a producer with her partner Austen Rydell's company, Morning Moon Productions. As noted by Deadline, she will produce "Wildflower," a documentary starring Jean Smart, Kiernan Shipka, Alexandra Daddario, Dash Mihok, Charlie Plummer, and Samantha Hyde.