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Chris and Liam Hemsworth have both managed to cement a presence in Hollywood, yet for starkly different roles. Chris Hemsworth is best known for his work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe; he portrays the God of Thunder and has been the face behind the pivotal Avengers since Kenneth Branagh’s Shakesperean depiction in 2011

Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth
Actors Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures ‘Vacation’ | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

By the time Chris Hemsworth is done playing the character, he will have come to carry the hammer for over a decade. On the other hand, Liam Hemsworth has appeared in an assortment of movies and one of the most popular Young Adult franchises — The Hunger Games. So, who is more successful? Who has proven more impressive? Since it depends on how you measure success, let’s break down the major factors. Whose portfolio is more diverse? Who currently boasts the higher net worth? Who has proven their chops in the industry? 

Chris Hemsworth has a higher net worth than his baby brother, Liam  

It should come as no surprise that Chris Hemsworth has a higher net worth, as he has been a part of one of the biggest franchises in modern cinema for several years, taking home millions with each movie. Chris Hemsworth has a net worth of $130 million, while Liam Hemsworth has a net worth of $26 million. With over $100 more million dollars to his name, this category goes to the elder brother. 

Since Chris Hemsworth has also had more time on this planet to accumulate wealth, we must take the age difference into account as an uncontrollable advantage. Chris Hemsworth is 36 years old, while his baby brother is only 30. 

Who boasts the more diverse acting portfolio? 

When it comes to the art of acting, versatility is a major indicator of success and potential. No actor wants to become typecast — always playing the same guy with a different name. When it comes to portfolio diversification, Liam Hemsworth takes the gold.

Chris Hemsworth has played the same action hero for a decade — picking up roles in Men in Black, Snow White, and Star Trek along the way. He has virtually been siphoned into the action, sci-fi/fantasy department. And, he is set to play Hulk Hogan for Netflix — another role that may test his workout ability over his acting competence. This is not to say that Chris Hemsworth is a weak actor, The Hunger Games star has simply jumped around a bit more. 

From the action fantasy saga The Hunger Games and the dramatic thriller The Dressmaker, in which he starred across from Kate Winslet, to the romantic drama The Last Song and hysterical rom-com Isn’t It Romantic, the young Hemsworth has dabbled in multiple film genres with varying budgets. On the other hand, Chris Hemsworth has grown largely accustomed to the big-budget, costume-oriented, CGI-involved spectacle. 

In short, Liam Hemsworth has proven his acting chops to a greater extent than his older brother. Yet, due to his presence in such large enterprises, Chris Hemsworth has solidified a more significant public presence. One could argue that, within the arts, Liam Hemsworth has achieved more substantial success, but as a career man — with the goal of financial gain and lasting significance — the God of Thunder is currently in the lead.