Paula Wagner Net Worth

Paula Wagner Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Paula Sue Kauffman net worth is
$50 Million

Paula Sue Kauffman Wiki Biography

Paula Sue Kauffman was born on the 12th December 1946, in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, and as Paula Wagner is known as a film producer, probably best recognized for producing such film titles as “Vanilla Sky”, “The Last Samurai” and “Mission: Impossible”, among many others. She is also known for being a talent agent. Her career has been active since 1971.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Paula Wagner is, as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Paula counts the total size of her net worth at the impressive amount of $50 million, accumulated through her successful career in the film industry.

Paula Wagner Net Worth $50 Million

Paula Wagner was raised in her hometown by her father, Edmund Jamison Kauffman, Jr., who was a businessman, and her mother, Sue Anna, who worked as an editor for a news magazine. Upon matriculation, she enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Paula’s professional career began in 1971, when she appeared as an actress in the production “Lenny” in New York, after which she continued to play in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and performed as a member of the Yale Repertory Theatre, which marked the beginning of an increase of her net worth. In no time, she decided to pursue further her career as a talent agent too, so she moved to Los Angeles, California and got a job at Creative Artists Agency. Paula worked there for 15 years, representing such Hollywood actors as Demi Moore, Val Kilmer, Kathryn Bigelow, Liam Neeson, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise.

In 1993, Paula moved her career to the next level, as she established with Tom Cruise their own production company called Cruise/Wagner Productions (C/W). Since then her career has only gone upwards, as well as her net worth. The first film that they produced was “Mission: Impossible” (1996), which earned them the 1997 Nova Award for Most Promising Producers in Theatrical Motion Pictures. They also produced its sequels, “Mission: Impossible II” in 2000, and “Mission: Impossible III” in 2006.

In the new millennium, Paula continued to line up successes, producing such film titles as “Vanilla Sky” (2001), starring Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise, “The Last Samurai” (2003), and “War Of The Worlds” (2005), directed by Steven Spielberg. By the end of the decade, she was also the producer for the film entitled “Ask The Dust” in 2006, as well as the 2008 film “Death Race”. All of these projects added a considerable amount to her net worth. Additionally, during the late 2000s, she became the co-owner of United Artists Pictures, and during her tenure from 2006 to 2008, they released “Lions For Lambs” (2007), starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, and Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie” (2008).

To speak further about her career, Paula founded her own production company – Chestnut Ridge Productions (CRP) – and made a solo debut as an executive producer with the TV film “Five” in 2011. She also produced the “Jack Reacher” film series, and most recently produced the 2017 film “Marshall”. Her net worth is certainly still rising.

Paula is also recognized for serving on the Board of the National Film Preservation Foundation, and she works as a professor at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, etc.

Thanks to her accomplishments in the film industry, Paula has won a number of recognitions, including the Excellence in Producing Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Renaissance Award. She was also one of the presidents of the First-Time Directors Jury at the Venice Film Festival.

When it comes to speak about her personal life, Paula Wagner has been married to Rick Nicita, a producer and agent, since 1984. She was previously married to set designer Robin Wagner.


Full NamePaula Wagner
Net Worth$50 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 12, 1946
Place Of BirthYoungstown, Ohio, USA
ProfessionActress, Film producer
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
SpouseRick Nicita
ChildrenZachary Nicita, Jesse Nicita
ParentsEdmund Jamison Kauffman, Sue Kauffman
SiblingsSally Hale, Susan Brooks
AwardsCostume Designers Guild Award for President's Award, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, PGA Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures
NominationsProducers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
MoviesMission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible II, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Jack Reacher, Without Limits, Death Race, Ask the Dust, Elizabethtown, Narc, The Eye, Suspect Zero, Out of Our Father's House
1Hollywood is an artistic medium, it should be leading the way, but we're not. We're not reflecting culture strongly enough, we're lagging behind. Women aren't going away. I just think we have to understand that it's not female culture and male culture, it's culture - women bring something specific, men bring something specific, and films can incorporate and encompass all of it.
2I had a really strong goal, and one day I changed it completely, but the change is what made me what I am today. It's as important to be flexible as it is to be goal oriented.
3Let's make movies, not deals. Let's write movies, not scripts. -- on the need to streamline the development of movies
4Studios will make a movie out of Tide (laundry soap) if they think it'll work. -- on the major studios' focus on franchises and branded properties
1While an agent at CAA, she represented such top talent as Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore, Liam Neeson, Robert Towne, and Kathryn Bigelow, among others.
2Appeared as a co-star on the first TV mini-series, Loose Change.
3Co-authored the feminist play Out of Our Father's House.
4Began her career as an actress on and off-Broadway, including as a member of the original cast of the Broadway production of Lenny.
5Was a member of the Yale Repertory Company.
6Studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
7Studied Acting at Carnegie Mellon University, and is now a Lifetime Trustee for the University and an adjunct faculty member for the Heinz School in the Masters of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program.
8Announced that she will leave United Artists. [August 2008]
9New chief executive of United Artists. [November 2006]
10Tom Cruise's producing partner at Cruise/Wagner Productions.


Marshall2017producer completed
Caught Stealingexecutive producer announced
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back2016executive producer
Jack Reacher2012producer
Five2011TV Movie executive producer
Death Race 22010Video executive producer
Death Race2008producer
The Eye2008producer
Mission: Impossible III2006producer
Ask the Dust2006producer
War of the Worlds2005executive producer
Suspect Zero2004producer
The Last Samurai2003producer
Shattered Glass2003executive producer
Hitting It Hard2002Video documentary short producer
Narc2002executive producer
Vanilla Sky2001producer
The Others2001executive producer
Mission: Impossible II2000producer
Without Limits1998producer
Mission: Impossible1996producer


Jammin'2008TV Series travel coordinator - 8 episodes
Murder in the First1995project consultant


Loose Change1978TV Mini-SeriesRoxanne
Space Academy1977TV SeriesGina Corey


Great Performances1978TV Series writer - 1 episode


Imbalance2010Short special thanks
The Eye: Becoming Sydney2008TV Movie special thanks
The Eye: An Explosive Finale2008TV Movie special thanks
The Eye: Birth of the Shadowman2008TV Movie special thanks
The Eye: Shadow World - Seeing the Dead2008TV Movie special thanks
Narc: Shooting Up2003Video documentary short special thanks


Et la femme créa Hollywood2016Documentary
The Insiders on TheLipTV2015TV SeriesHerself
JacK Waltzer: On the Craft of Acting2011DocumentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Catering Impossible: M:i:III2006TV MovieHerself
Mission: Explosive Exploits2006Video shortHerself
Mission: Remarkable - 40 Years of Creating the Impossible2006Video documentary shortHerself
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, East Coast - Exile2005Video documentary shortHerself
'War of the Worlds': Revisiting the Invasion2005Video shortHerself
Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson2004Video shortHerself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Narc: Shooting Up2003Video documentary shortHerself - Executive Producer
Women on Top: Hollywood and Power2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Look Inside: The Others2002TV Short documentaryHerself
Behind the Mission: The Making of 'M:I-2'2000Video documentary shortHerself
M:I-2 Mission Incredible2000Video shortHerself

Won Awards

2008President's AwardCostume Designers Guild Awards
2001Icon AwardElle Women in Hollywood Awards
1997Nova AwardPGA AwardsMost Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion PicturesMission: Impossible (1996)

Nominated Awards

2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Last Samurai (2003)

Known for movies

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