Actor Mark Wahlberg is fleeing the Golden State citing taxes and better opportunities for his kids in Nevada.
Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg announced recently he is leaving the Golden State on “The Talk.”
Wahlberg is joining the California exit train for greener pastures in Nevada. The reason? To give his kids more opportunities, he said.
“I want to be able to work from home,” Wahlberg said. “I moved to California many years ago to pursue acting and I’ve only made a couple of movies in the entire time that I was there. So, to be able to give my kids a better life and follow and pursue their dreams, whether it be my daughter as an equestrian, my son as a basketball player, my younger son as a golfer, this made a lot more sense for us.”
The actor is not alone. Other celebrities have left the state in recent years, too, including: Matt Damon, Elon Musk, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Joe Rogan.
Wahlberg will leave behind his $87.5 million home in California, which was a 12-bedroom, 20-bath estate in Beverly Park that he and his family lived in for the last 10 years.
The actor has already purchased two properties in Nevada, a $14.5 million bungalow and a 2.5 acre parcel of land for $15.6 million that he plans to build on. He also said a benefit of moving to Nevada would be to receive a tax credit for the film studio he is hoping to launch, making it a point that the move was essentially about taxes.
“After this gubernatorial election, hopefully we go to legislation and get a bill passed so we can get tax credits for the state, build a state of the art studio here and make this Hollywood 2.0,” Wahlberg said. He didn’t say which candidate he was voting for.
Wahlberg, who is also a producer, has worked on other projects such as the HBO series Entourage and Daddy’s Home 2, in addition to other documentaries.
“’So we came here to just give ourselves a new look, a fresh start for the kids, and there’s lots of opportunity here, so I’m really excited about the future,” Wahlberg said of Nevada.
In 2017, the star also opened up a restaurant in Las Vegas: “Wahlburgers,” and described Vegas as his “home town” in an August interview.
He also has dreams to build a “shoe factory” as well as a location for one of his sports apparel companies he co-founded in 2019, he said.