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Here's how Johnny Depp blows through $2 million a month

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When Johnny Depp has a good year, he makes a fortune. In 2016, he raked in $48 million.

But an ongoing legal battle between Depp and his management company, The Management Group (TMG), reveals the star also spends a bundle on an extravagant lifestyle — as much as $2 million a month, according to a recent episode of CNBC's The Filthy Rich Guide, which explores the issue.

In a January 2017 filing, Depp alleged TMG mismanaged his finances, costing him millions. TMG counterclaimed that Depp dug himself into a financial hole, despite warnings from advisors.

Here are a few things that constitute Depp's monthly bills, according to the lawsuit:

- $30,000 on wine

- $300,000 on staff, including 40 full-time employees

- $150,000 on security for himself and his family

- $200,000 for a private jet

But the actor has also been know to splurge big.

According to TMG, Depp spent more than $75 million to buy and furnish 14 residences, including an entire village in France. Depp is now trying to unload the town, which features a church, a restaurant and several houses, for $63 million. 

Depp also purchased an entire chain of islands in the Bahamas for $3.6 million in 2004. Three years later, he closed on five separate penthouses in the same Los Angeles building for a collective $7.2 million. He put those properties back on the market in 2016 for $12.78 million.

However, one of Depp's craziest purchases proves even more impractical than a French village. To fulfill a final wish of his late friend, writer and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who died in 2005, Depp spent $3 million to blast Thompson's ashes from a custom-built canon. The affair also included fireworks, live music and a host of celebrity guests.

Excessive? Maybe. But when you're filthy rich, it's a way of life.

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