Celebrities with Dual Citizenship: How Much Would it Cost to Follow in Their Footsteps?
Many high-profile celebrities have dual citizenship for various reasons, such as their heritage, contributions to society, or even their work in a particular country. Here are some of the most famous examples of celebrities with dual citizenship and how much it would cost you to gain citizenship in their second homeland through “citizenship by investment” programs.
Angelina Jolie – Cambodia
Angelina Jolie received Cambodian citizenship in 2005 as recognition for her environmental and conservation work in the country. If you want to become a Cambodian citizen, you can invest $245,000 into the country’s economy, and the process takes around three to four months.
Sandra Bullock and Kirsten Dunst – Germany
Sandra Bullock and Kirsten Dunst are both dual citizens of the United States and Germany. Bullock spent her formative years in Germany, while Dunst’s parents have German heritage. To gain residency in Germany, you must invest at least $395,000. However, only those with an EU passport or with at least one parent from Germany are currently eligible for dual German citizenship.
Tom Hanks – Greece
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson received honorary citizenship in Greece in 2020 for their significant contributions to the country. If you want to follow in their footsteps, you can invest $274,445 into Greece’s economy via the real estate market, which will secure you Greek residency. Tom is a regular on the red carpet and has a net worth of $400m.
Michael Buble – Italy
Michael Buble was born and raised in Canada but became a naturalized citizen of Italy in 2005 due to his grandfather’s Italian heritage. To become an Italian citizen, you can invest $274,445 into the country to become a resident. After five years, you will be able to secure permanent residency with a view to gaining citizenship after ten years.
Ricky Martin – Spain
Ricky Martin, born in Puerto Rico but a US citizen, was granted Spanish citizenship in recognition of his historic roots and artistic abilities. To gain permanent residency in Spain, it will cost you $548,995, with citizenship becoming an option after ten years.
Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Pamela Anderson, Natalie Portman, Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt – United States
These Hollywood stars may not have been born in the United States, but they all have US citizenship. If you want to follow in their footsteps, you can gain US citizenship by investing $900,000 to the national economy via the US EB-5 investor program. This will enable you to secure conditional permanent residency, as well as a green card after 12 to 24 months. Citizenship can then be applied for after a five-year period from the initial date of conditional residency.
In summary, if you want to gain citizenship in your favorite celebrity’s second homeland, you will need to invest a considerable amount of money. However, it is worth noting that there are other requirements and regulations to meet, such as background checks and language proficiency tests, to successfully obtain dual citizenship.
Freelance showbiz writer