Celebrities become famous for a reason. It is partially due to their hard work, their dedication, their thick skin, and their passion for self-improvement. But the truth is, they are simply talented. Whether it be Coldplay who can make music that appeals to almost every generation or Beyoncé Knowles who can sing, dance, act, and simple radiates talent.
Celebrities don’t just wake up talented though. They work at it, fighting tooth and nail to become better than they ever were before. Take Matthew McConaughey for example who only ate an egg white, a piece of chicken and Diet Coke a day in order to lose weight for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club. He kept out of the sun for months to maintain a pale complexion and he even started losing his eyesight from the diet. Now that is dedication. These actors, singers, writers, and athletes do the unthinkable in order to become the best. So obviously, they should be paid handsomely for it too.
These celebrities leave their families for months on end to shoot films in far away countries. They spend endless nights at the studio making sure their song is better than perfect. They diet, run, work out, memorize lines, and do everything in their power all to entertain us who are their viewers and their listeners. If it was easy, everyone would be a celebrity. But it is clearly anything but. They have the best voices, the prettiest hair, and they will do anything to make their viewers smile, laugh, and enjoy. That is exactly why they are the highest paid profession. Becuase they are dedicated to making people enjoy. When you come home from work to relax, you put on the television, you go out to a movie with a friend, or even listen to music with a significant other. These celebrities make our favorite past times oh so good and allow us to kick back, relax, and truly enjoy.
That is why we have made a list of the most successful celebrities on the planet. These are the hardest workers. The ones who are truly dedicated to their profession. The ones who stay up late practicing their lines or work for months on just one song so we can bounce our heads up and down to the beat on our way to work. These are the top celebrities, in order, leading up to the celebrity with the highest net worth of them all. Find out what your favorite celebrities are worth and how much are they making for making us happy.
John Heard – $3.5 million
John Heard made his millions primarily by acting. He reprised famous roles in dozens of movies, including Big and playing the role of the father in Home Alone. He is also very well known for his work in television, playing roles in shows such as Miami Vice, The Sopranos, Law and Order, CSI: Miami, and many others. Sadly, John passed away in 2017, being found by a maid in his hotel room.
Stacy Keibler – $4.5m
The gorgeous former professional wrestler has many reasons to smile over. She’s not only one of the most famous and successful WWE female wrestlers, bus she’s also in the acting business as well as does some modeling. Since her retirement, she’s appeared on the show Samurai Girl as well as on the second season of Dancing with the Stars. She’s probably mostly famous for publicly dating one of Hollywood’s finest men, George Clooney for a few years.
Torrie Wilson – $5m
The stunning former WWE professional wrestler has a whopping $5 million that she earned not only from the time that she was a participant in the wrestling world, but also from her days as a model and an actress. She was also very much into fitness contests and she even won the 1998 Miss Galaxy competition. Before she turned to the WWE, she was part of the World Championship Wrestling where she went by the name, Samantha. From the ring she also turned appear on Playboy magazine where she was featured on several issue covers.
Pamela Anderson – $5m
Pam is famous for her role in Baywatch. She has gone through a lot in her career and her personal life, to say the least. Today, Pamela is much more tame than she was in her youth and is focused on her philanthropic side. Anderson is an activist for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Her most recent project is reviving her 90s Baywatch character of C.J. Parker in the new Baywatch film.
Amanda Bynes – $5m
Amanda has hit some rough times in the last few years, having her mental health come into question. But before the dramatic turn for the questionable, Amanda was a force to be reckoned with in the teen genre of Hollywood. Bynes started in a comedic role in All That, and The Amanda Show, and later moved to more age appropriate (for her) films like, What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man, Hairspray, and Easy A. Her comedic timing is always impeccable, and we hope she makes a swift return to the screen so we can all enjoy her again.
Milo Ventimiglia – $5m
Milo’s breakout role was playing Jess Mariano on the super successful series, Gilmore Girls. He’s been on a multitude of other shows as a guest star, and most recently been cast as one of the male leads on NBC’s, This Is Us, and reprised his role as Jess, on the Gilmore Girls revival season. Without a doubt, Milo’s acting skills have only gotten better over the years (as did his looks), we can only imagine where this guy can go.
Dog the Bounty Hunter – $6m
Best known for his TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog has been tracking down wanted fugitives for years and has been documenting his methods on his long running show. Interestingly, he was a bail bondsmen when he was in his friend’s car and his friend shot and killed a drug dealer. Dog was served 18 months of a five year long sentence, but it was in jail that he learned about the art of bounty hunting.
Alexis Bledel – $8m
Just like Milo, Alexis got her big break on Gilmore Girls. The blue-eyed beauty played the leading role of Rory Gilmore, the young book worm with the young and fast-paced mom. After Gilmore Girls, Alexis continued her acting career with films like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Sin City, Tuck Everlasting, and Post Grad. She also reprised her role as Rory in 2016 with the Gilmore Girls revival season.
Nadya Suleman (Octomom) – $1 million
Once the spotlight went dark for Nadya Suleman, it’s thought that her net worth took a bit of a tumble. In fact, it was reported that Octomom actually filed for bankruptcy back in 2012, leaving her with a net worth of minus a million! However, the star (who now wants to be known as Natalie Suleman) said that once she had killed off the Octomom image, offers for interviews and publicity started to fall back into her lap.
Macaulay Culkin – $15m
The early successes that Culkin enjoyed as a child did much more than just make him a household name. With success comes money, and Culkin has his fair share of it. In fact, Culkin is worth an incredible $15 million! You might think these riches came from what he’s best known for; the original Home Alone film, but you would be wrong. He was actually only paid $100,000 for his first role as Kevin McCallister, but this was upped to $4.5 million for Home Alone 2.
Robin Williams – $130m
Before Robin Williams passed away, it was estimated that he had a net worth of approximately $130 million. Although Williams had a long and his films grossed over $5 billion collectively, he had a relatively low net worth due to the fact that he had to settle two high profile divorces. The actor was on the verge of bankruptcy when he died, however, he did set up a trust fund of $130 million for his 3 children. Each child reportedly got one third of the sum when they turned 21.
Rachael Ray – $60m
Rachael Ray is a Jill of all trades; she is a cook, an author, a businesswoman, a philanthropist, and a television personality. She created the concept of ’30-Minute Meals’, and taught courses where she created meals meant to be quick and easy to make, aiming to give guidance to people who have little time to cook. These courses became award-winning television shows, which led to the publication of several cookbooks. She currently hosts a couple of television shows, and even dabbles in acting.
Amber Heard – $9m
Before her recent drama with her now ex-husband, Johnny Depp, Amber was known more for her acting chops and long blonde hair than anything else. Amber made her film intro in the film, Friday Night Lights, alongside Billy Bob Thorton, and continued her creds with Never Back Down, Pineapple Express, Drive Angry, and 3 Days to Kill. Now that things have calmed down for her on the personal end, we’ll probably see her more.
Melissa Rauch – $9m
We all know Melissa from the show, The Big Bang Theory. She plays the squeaky voiced Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. While on the show, she has made appearances in other shows, such as, The Office, and True Blood. Her unique voice also has her very in demand for voice-over roles, like in film, Ice Age: Collision Course.
Sarah Hyland – $9m
Sarah got her impressive net worth from several film roles, but mainly from her insanely funny portrayal of ditzy teen, Haley Dunphy, on Modern Family. Sarah has quite an impressive list of credits to her name, landing roles in films like, Spanglish, Date and Switch, and Struck By Lightning. Her Television roles are the ones that are truly a laundry list long. Her roles in, All My Children, Law and Order: SVU, Lipstick Jungle, and Hot in Cleveland, to name a few.
Amanda Seyfried – $10m
If there ever was a triple threat, it would be Amanda Seyfried. The extremely talented actress is also an astounding singer. Her roles in Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables were enough to mark Amanda for the big leagues. Her earlier roles in shows like, Big Love, and Veronica Mars show that she can go from small screen to big screen in a blink of an eye. She is also really good at playing the dumb blonde, like her character, Karen, in Mean Girls.
Mandy Moore – $10m
Unlike her fellow actors on this list, Mandy got her start in music. She released her debut single in 1999, and a few others thereafter. Her singing career didn’t take off very much, but it was her acting that got her noticed. She played in films like The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, and Because I Said So. She has also done some voice over work, such as voicing Rapunzel, in the animated film, Tangled. These days she is getting a lot of praise for her leading role in NBC’s This Is Us.
Lea Michele – $10m
Lea, yet another beautiful woman who can act and sing. Michele got her breakout role in Glee, in 2009; but it was way before then that she started acting. Lea got her start on the stage, where she played a young Cosette in Les Misérables on Broadway (she was just 8 years old!). Since then though, Lea has starred on Glee and is now on the hit series, Scream Queens.
Chloe Grace Moretz – $12m
Chloe may be young, but she got her start in acting at an even younger age. Her very first appearance on television was in 2004, when Chloe was just 7 years old on the series, The Guardian. The rest, as we say, is history. She didn’t stop acting for a moment since then. The now 19 year old has been in films like, (500) Days of Summer, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie, If I Stay, The 5th Wave, and Clouds of Sils Maria. She went from appearances in things, to full on leading lady. The Sky is the limit for the now-model (add that to her resume!).
Ronda Rousey – $12m
The Californian born is the first judoka to ever win the World Judo Championship. In fact she was the first American woman to win a medal in judo the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She later turned to mixed martial arts and she even has a signature move named ‘armbar’ which helped her in defeating all of her opponents. Besides her professional career, she also does a lot of promotion work and brand endorsements, which give a nice boost to her net worth . No wonder so many people searched her name on Google, as she was the third most searched human on the popular search engine.
Gigi Hadid – $13m
Everywhere you look, you will somehow manage to find an image of Gigi Hadid. The gorgeous blonde is the successful model daughter of former model Yolanda Foster, and Mohamed Hadid. Her millions stem from contracts with high-end fashion designers, like, Guess, Tom Ford, Versace, Chanel, Elie Saab, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Miu Miu, Balmain, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Fenty x Puma, Isabel Marant… shall we go on? Gigi has also been included in the heavenly (pardon the pun) numbers of the Victoria’s Secret Angels.
Ray Rice – $14m
Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens, has a net worth of $14million. Rice was an all-star player who led the Ravens to the Superbowl Championship in 2012 but his football career was cut short in 2014 after he was arrest on third-degree assault charges. A video of the encounter, where Rice violently assaulted his then-fiancee, was released shortly after the media reported the attack. His contract with the Ravens was terminated indefinitely but Rice and his fiancee reconciled. They’re now married with 2 children.
Lauren Graham- $15m
Another Gilmore Girl for the win! Lauren played the (very) young mom, Lorelei, on the hit show. Her films creds include Sweet November, Bad Santa, The Pacifier, Because I Said So, and Evan Almighty. Her television roles have had the same major influence on her career, like her major role in the show, Parenthood. Lauren also reprised her role as Lorelei in the Gilmore Girls revival season.
Megyn Kelly – $15m
Megyn Kelly is a well-known journalist, political commentator and news anchor. She started gaining her fame and wealth in 2004 as she began hosting and commentating on the Fox News Channel. In 2016 her impressive net worth was estimated to be around 15$ million. In the beginning of December 2016, Kelly announced that after more than 12 years, she’s leaving FOX News and joining NBC. Although her NBC contract and salary weren’t officially disclosed, according to several sources the move upgraded her salary, and many believe that in 2017, her new net worth will be much higher.
Amy Schumer – $16m
Funny woman Amy Schumer is just getting warmed up in Hollywood. Her no filter, sassy and down right dirty comedy are something that many people relate to, which is why she is so popular. Her net worth is peanuts in comparison to the rest of the list, but we’re sure this is just the beginning for Amy, who has already branched out into film with her breakout role in Trainwreck, and the literature scene with her book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.
Rosario Dawson – $16m
Rosario Dawson, who has a net worth of $16 million, is known for starring films in hit film projects like Kids, Men in Black II, Clerks ll, Rent, Sin City, Death Proof, Seven Pounds, Top Five, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. For her role in Rent, Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Actress and she took home the prestigious honor a second time for her performance in Top Five. Currently, the seasoned actress plays Night Nurse in 5 shows based in the Marvel Universe.
Lucy Liu – $16m
First recognized for her role as Ling Woo on Ally McBeal, Lucy Liu has managed to bridge the gap between tv stardom and film fame. Today, the actress’ net worth if $16 million, no a doubt a product of her impressive filmography that includes Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, Chicago, and the Kung-Fu Panda franchise. She’s been nominated for a Primetime Emmy, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award. Liu currently stars as Joan Watson in the Sherlock-Holmes inspired series, Elementary.
Rebel Wilson – $16m
Rebel hit Hollywood like the hilarious tornado that she is. The Australian native was introduced to the American public with her role in the comedy, Bridesmaids. She continued her winning streak with films like, This Means War, Struck by Lightning, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, both hilarious Pitch Perfect films (soon to be a third), and her latest, How To Be Single. Rebel is a funny girl with an attitude that everyone loves.
Liam Hemsworth – $16m
Liam comes from an acting family, and a beautiful one at that (his brother is the equally impressive looking, Chris Hemsworth). The Australian heartthrob got his US breakout role in the film, The Last Song, alongside fiancé Miley Cyrus. He went on to impress us with his acting skills in films like, The Hunger Games franchise, Love and Honor, The Dressmaker, Independence Day: Resurgence, and The Duel.
Kristen Bell – $16m
Kristen got noticed as the nosey, yet brilliant, Veronica Mars. She did some more television gigs (like her stint on the short-lived hit, Heroes) before shifting her focus to film. She’s been in films like, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, When In Rome, You Again, and The Boss. She also did the voice work for Princess Anna on the über successful animated film, Frozen. Kristen has proven that her $16 million net worth was very much earned.
Zac Efron – $18m
The young actor rose to fame and stepped into the young Hollywood scene when he got the role of Troy Bolton, the high school hunk on the musical movie, High School Musical. The movie was an instant hit and Efron became an idol for millions of girls around the country and around the world. For a while he was dating his co-star and a star for herself – Vanessa Hudgens. Efron continued to appear on the big screen where he played in movies like 17 Again and New Year’s Eve.
Kate Upton – $20m
Drool-worthy model, Kate Upton, got noticed when she did the cover of Sports Illustrated back in 2011. She went on to be the cover girl for the magazine in 2012 and 2013 as well. She has made a slight transition into acting, playing in films like, Tower Heist, and The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. Kate won herself Model of the Year in 2013 and People Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2014; not too shabby.
Christian Slater – $20m
Many may not remember this, but the actor made his big film debut in the 80’s when he played on the film The Legend of Billie Jean. He later starred alongside Sean Connery in In the Name of the Rose and later in the 90’s he basically landed a romantic role one after the other making him a true idol. He also has an impressive career on the small screen, which is exactly why he deserves every penny of his $20 million net worth. Despite his somewhat bad reputation, Slater will always be remembered as a 90’s hunk.
Carrie Fisher – $25m
The Star Wars actress who passed away Tuesday, December 27, gained her fame when she played the role of the legendary Princess Leia on the hit movie series. Fisher, who was always very private with her assets, has a net worth of $25 million which she gained from the salaries she received for her legendary role as well as from her successful autobiographical novels that she released throughout her life. The primary beneficiary in her will is most likely her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, as Fisher was never married to Lourd’s father, Bryan. The beloved actress died when she was only 60 years old after she suffered from cardiac arrest.
Hilary Duff – $25m
Hilary Duff will probably always be recognized for her role as Lizzy McGuire which started as a teen sitcom and continued to a series of movies. The Disney star is worth a whooping $25 million, which should make her happy despite the sweet actress stigma that she now has ever since the Lizzy McGuire sensation broke through. Duff tried to pursue a singing career as well but then she returned to her true passion which is acting.
Stephanie McMahon – $25m
There’s no wonder where the young McMahon got her love for the stage, after all, she is the daughter of the Vince McMahon, the Chief Executive Officer of the WWE. Her neat net worth of $25 million comes from her former wrestling days as well as her current job as the Creative Vice President of the WWE. She is married to professional wrestler, Triple H, whom she has three children with.
Colin Kaepernick – $25m
Colin Kaepernick was originally supposed to play baseball on a baseball scholarship, but ended up changing his mind, deciding to play football for the University of Nevada. Despite this, he was still offered a position on the Chicago Cubs! This Wisconsin native stuck with football however, and became quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He is currently worth approximately $25 million dollars. Not bad for a guy who switched sports like he switched majors!
The top Jersey Shore stars – $26m
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Jennifer ‘JWoww’ Farley, and Paul DelVecchio (also known as Pauly D or DJ Pauly D) shot to fame on the reality television show Jersey Shore. Snooki is worth $6 million, JWoww is worth $5 million and Pauly D is worth $15 million (mostly thanks to his successful career as a DJ). The girls are often seen on red carpets and events together but are also very focused on being mothers to their young children.
Vanessa Williams – $28m
Vanessa Williams became the first African-African Miss America in 1984, choosing to resign a few weeks before the end of her reign after Penthouse magazine chose to publish unauthorized images of the singer. Following her time spent as Miss America, Williams released a string of hit albums and entered the world of acting. She’s starred in projects that include Soul Food, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives.
Emma Stone – $28m
The incomparable Emma Stone can be both funny and serious. Her acting method is so interchangeable that she uses her chameleon style to morph into any role. She has played in films like, The Amazing Spider-Man, Easy A, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Help, Birdman, and La La Land. Her net worth may only stand at $28 million right now, but Emma is considered one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, so expect that number to go way up.
Mila Kunis – $30m
That 70’s Show actress and the Black Swan beauty probably never imagined that she would ever marry her 70’s Show co-star – Ashton Kutcher, who by the way was her first kiss as well! Besides being married to one of the most successful stars in the world and the mother of their two children, Kunis is a successful actress and gained her fame due to some amazing roles. Her latest appearance was in the comedy film, Bad Moms alongside Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate. When combining their bank accounts, we’re pretty sure the actor couple can stay relaxed.
Chris Pratt – $30m
The 37-year-old actor who is looking very sharp and amazing, worked very hard to get to his look these days after he dropped 60 pounds in six months. Being a bit of a curvy guy never stopped him from landing the roles that he is known for, such as the role of Bright Abbott on the TV show, Everwood and on Parks and Recreation. Pratt married Anna Faris in 2009. The two actors met while filming Take Me Home Tonight two years earlier.
Chester Bennington – $30 million
Chester Bennington was the lead singer of possibly the most important rock group of the early 2000s, Linkin Park. He was also the songwriter for all of his band’s music. He burst out onto the music scene with his band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, an album which soon went diamond. In fact, Linkin Park sold some of the most records of any band in history. Bennington suffered from long term depression and took his own life in 2017.
Demi Lovato – $30m
Lovato started her acting career way before her singing one just like many famous singers do when she played as a child in Barney & Friends and later on the Disney Channel on the film, Camp Rock. Soon the young actress signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records which set the stage for her future success. Lovato’s net worth of $30 million is quite impressive considering she hasn’t even turned 25. She continued in the music arena when she was one of the X Factor mentors where she earned $2 million per year.
Ryan Gosling – $30m
Who can forget his epic role on the Drama hit film, and probably the most romantic film of all time, The Notebook. He won over Rachel McAdams’ heart when the two co-starred in the movie, and he won over every girl’s heart in America. Gosling, who dated his co-star from the Notebook for a while, is engaged to actress Eva Mendes who is considerably older than the good looking actor, and the two have two daughters. He continues to melt our hearts with his romantic roles.
Chelsea Clinton – $30m
Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are worth a surprising $30 million. He’s in hedge funding and all that jazz. It’s a bit surprising how much they are actually worth, considering they usually fly under the radar.
Louis C.K. – $31m
Although if you see Louis C.K. on the street, you might think he’s just an average Joe, living the simple life – he’s actually a multi millionaire and an extremely talented comedian. He made his fortune from his iconic stand up performances and incredibly melancholic TV shows. Nowadays his net worth is estimated at $25m to $31m, but it’s probably going to be much higher very soon.
Ellen Pompeo – $35m
When you have an entire show that runs for thirteen seasons already based primarily on your character, there’s no wonder your net worth is an amazing $35 million. When Pompeo first started acting on Grey’s Anatomy she earned $300,000 per episode, so you can only imagine her fat paycheck today. The popular show which follows the lives of the good looking and very talented doctors, has changed the way people perceive medicine and definitely changed Pompeo’s life forever.
George Romero – $35m
George Romero was nicknamed the father of the zombie film. He started out directing movies with zombies in them with his Dead series, including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. He also directed The Ring and Dark Water. He sadly passed away from lung cancer in July 2017 at the age of 77. From all of his movies and a comic series he was working on, George Romero accrued a net worth of $35 million.
Dan Marino – $35m
Dan Marino, the former football Miami Dolphins quarterback, is worth $35 million these days. Marino was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame back in 2005 for his contributions to the NFL. Most recently, Marino has become an ambassador for the AARP on all matters man! He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife and six children. In 2013, naughty Marino admitted to fathering a child with a woman that was NOT his wife.
Ariana Grande – $35m
According to the young singer’s net worth, you could think that she has years of experience and a rich music career, but the Ariana Grande’s singing career broke through just a few years ago and she soon became a grand name in every teen household. It took a few years for Grande to turn to music as she started her professional career on Broadway and then on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious when she played the role of Cat Valentine. The show only lasted for four seasons.
Joel Osteen – $40m
Now that’s one amazing combination you don’t see every day: a good looking, rich pastor who has nothing but positive things to say. Osteen, who apart from being a motivational speaker, is a best-selling author and pretty much an international sensation. Just his book sales alone generated over $50 million. Before he became a pastor and later a famous pastor, Osteen had reportedly had a fear of speaking in public. That didn’t stop him, though, and today he is worth a whopping amount of $40 million.
Susan Boyle – $40m
We absolutely love the Cinderella story of Susan Boyle. Before her beautiful voice and charming personality were discovered in “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, this 55-year old Scottish singer, was working in a kitchen for a minimum wage. But after Simon Cowell and the world heard her singing: “I dreamed a dream” everything changed. She released her first album a few months later and instantly became a huge success. Today, her net worth is estimated at $40 million, and she is definitely going to become much richer very soon.
Kaley Cuoco – $45m
Another Big Bang blonde beauty to enter our list is the comedy star, Kaley Cuoco who is keeping us entertained on The Big Bang Theory alongside her fabulous costars. The actress is doing so well on the show that she now earns a whopping $1 million for each funny episode. The 31-year-old had a nice record of dating when she was seeing her co-star, Johnny Galecki for a while. The actress was even shortly married to tennis player, Ryan Sweeting.
Alyssa Milano – $45m
Forever and always Milano will be Tony Danza’s cheeky daughter from Who’s The Boss and she will always be one of our favorite 80’s child stars. The star’s crazy net worth is probably due to her impressive record of appearances both on the small and on the big screen. Her most recent work includes shows like Charmed, Mistresses, and a more nostalgic one the unforgettable scandalous Melrose Place. Milano has two children, a son and a daughter.
Selena Gomez – $45m
There is just something about these people who started their career as young actresses, maybe they figured out the right formula to become filthy rich. Just like her fellow female artist, Demi Lovato, the 24-year-old first became famous when she appeared on Barney & Friends and later on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, for which she earned $30,000 for each episode. The young singer is also very famous for having and on and off relationship with Justin Bieber until the two finally called it quits in 2014.
Judge Judy- $47m
Judge Judy is one of the world’s top 10 richest reality tv stars with a net worth of $47 million. As of 2010, the reality judge is pulling in an annual income of $ $6,396,000 per year; Judy has been running the Daytime Emmy Award winning show since 1996 and is set to continue making an estimated $150,000 per episode. Judge Judy currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving judge in courtroom programming history.
Melissa McCarthy – $50m
We just can’t get enough of the hilarious actress and we couldn’t be more thankful for Hollywood’s latest trend of not being afraid to show a curvy actress as a leading one. The comic star, who had her big footsteps when she played Lauren Graham’s best on-screen friend, Sookie, is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood with movies like Bridesmaids, Tammy and Spy under her sleeve. McCarthy is also looking incredible these days after she lost an astonishing 75 pounds.
Hugh Hefner – $50m
The owner and operator of Playboy Magazine and the Playboy brand in general used to be worth an astonishing $200 million. However, due to sales of Playboy Magazine tanking and losing up to 80 percent of its value, the Hef when he died was worth only $50 million. But Hefner probably did not mind too much. He lived out his last years in happiness and luxury and left behind a printing legacy which will be remembered for generations.
Johnny Galecki – $50m
Just a few spots ahead of his co-star, Kaley Cuoco, we can find the nerdy physician from the hit series, The Big Bang Theory. The leading star, apart from Cuoco of course, also makes a whopping $1 million per episode and that amount is incredible for the 40-year-old actor. The geeky star is nowhere near being geeky in real life, and his big screen roles were in movies such as Vanilla Sky and I Know What You Did Last Summer and some Broadway work.
Jeremy Clarkson – $55m
The opinionated British journalist and renowned writer, who is mostly known for hosting BBC’s Top Gear, has a net worth of $55 million. This whopping amount is due to his annual salary of $4 million as well as receiving a decent percentage of the successful show’s rights and merchandise sales. The famous columnist has quite a few assets including a multi-million dollar home in Oxfordshire and as well as eight luxury cars and a lighthouse. It seems like Clarkson chose wisely when he chose to cover the automotive industry.
Natalie Portman – $60m
The gorgeous Academy Award nominee started her career when she was only 13, and that was the time that she also rose to fame with the movie Leon: The Professional alongside the legendary actor, Jean Reno. The actress is 35 years old and what we love most about her is that she can play numerous roles, from comedy to romantic to drama, making her a dynamic actress. She married choreographer, Benjamin Millepied in 2012 and have two children together.
Adam Levine – $60m
The dapper singer who also has a very edgy side to him is not only enjoying a fabulous $60 million but also leads a pretty wonderful life. The actor and singer and Maroon 5’s lead singer has dated more Victoria Secret models than anyone else until he finally married the one angel who caught his heart, Behati Prinsloo, whom he also just had a daughter with. He is also one of the mentors of the hit musical show, The Voice where the audience can really sense his humorous side as well.
Britney Spears – $63m
From starring as a child on the ultimate Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling and many more, the singer sure does it again and again with some of the most familiar pop songs of all time. The actress did, however, have her fair share of ups and downs, personally and professionally, and that includes her marriage to Kevin Federline whom she has two sons with. The singer does seem to come out of every bump stronger and more beautiful every time.
Jennifer Garner – $65m
The impressive net worth of Jennifer Garner was carefully built for more than 20 years of her acting career starting back in 1995. Her first role was as Sasha in a TV movie called “Zoya”. After that, Garner kept getting roles in many movies and TV shows.
Emma Watson – $70m
We wish we could say we’re surprised by Emma Watson’s $70 million net worth but let’s be honest. After her run as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, Watson was only going to get bigger and make more profit. Now, she’s the Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and keeps herself busy as an active feminist, sponsoring her own HeForShe Campaign. There’s no stopping Emma at this point.
Kim Cattrall – $75m
She pretty much broke into our lives and bedrooms when she played the sexy and very open, to say the least, Samantha Jones, on HBO’s hit series that started in 1998. Samantha Jones made talking about sex an actual normal thing with her Golden Globe winner role. Unlike her on-screen character, Cattrall has been married three times but did manage, however, to take on some of Samantha’s characteristics when she released a book about her and her latest husband’s sexual life.
Kelly Ripa – $75m
Kelly Ripa began her career as an actress on the very popular soap opera “All My Children” but her big break, which also made her very rich was in 2001, when she was selected as a replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford, in the popular daytime talk show then called “Live with Regis and Kathie”. After Regis’ retirement the show’s name was changed to “Live with Kelly” and Ripa’s annual salary was estimated at $20m. Her overall net worth is quite impressive and is estimated to be $75m.
Larry the Cable Guy – $80m
Daniel Lawrence Whitney, who is better known for carrying the stage name of Larry the Cable Guy, is a successful comedian, country singer and actor who is part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Larry’s net worth is estimated at $80 million and apart from a very successful career as a funny man, the Cable Guy has also released seven albums and has starred in films related to his comedy club including, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Witless Protection and Delta Force. He has been married to Cara Whitney since 2005 and together they have two children.
Tim Allen – $80m
Tim Allen’s professional acting career started when he was cast as the star on the ABC’s show, Home Improvement back in 1991. The show ran until 1999 and by the time it ended, Allen was America’s most famous ‘handy man’. The funny man and former comedian continued to work in film and he is due to reprise the voice over of Buzz Lightyear sometime next year in Toy Story 4. Since 2011, he plays the role of Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing.
Bill O’Reilly – $85m
The political commentator, host and journalist is mostly famous for hosting his political show on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. The somewhat conservative journalist started his professional career back in the seventies where he worked for different local stations including WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania. O’Reilly’s net worth is estimated at $85 million which stems from his salary from Fox, the fifteen books that he had written, many of which even made it to the New York Times best sellers list.
Reba McEntire – $95m
The country singer and songwriter has come a long way since her high school singing days and since she signed a contract with Mercury Records in 1975. The ‘Queen of Country’ has sold over 80 million records worldwide and is considered one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Her film debut was in 1990 where she starred in Tremors. The multi-award winner is also related to singer Kelly Clarkson, she is Clarkson’s husband’s stepmother.
Howard Stern – $95m
Howard Stern is the man behind the infamous radio show The Howard Stern Show. Since he was a little boy, Stern dreamed of being on the radio and it seems like his dream became a reality when at the peak of his career, he had over 20 million people listen to his morning show. He is also the most fined radio personality due to his controversial content on air. Despite his radio career, Stern was also the host and producer of several talk shows. Till this day, he is one of the highest paid radio hosts of all time and was even inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
Jeff Foxworthy – $100m
Funny man, Jeff Foxworthy, who is also a member of the comedy company, ‘Blue Collar Comedy Tour’. Foxworthy went to Georgia Tech, but he left school before graduating. It took some time for the actor to find his inner comedian. In fact, his first job was as a computer person at IBM, where his colleagues encouraged him to turn to comedy after they realized how funny he was. Jeff had his own sitcom in the mid-nineties , The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and has released several comedy albums. His net worth is estimated at $100 million.
Caitlyn Jenner – $100m
While she is breaking away from her old life as a man, it looks like the former Olympian champion is also breaking away from the Kardashian’s net worth and doing pretty well on her own. Her history as an Olympian without a doubt contributed to her nice net worth, but it’s also the very high publicity she has received in the last two years due to her very open sex change. Some of Caitlyn’s famous kids include Kylie and Kendall Jenner who seem to be following their parents in terms of making it big time. Just to break it down to numbers, Jenner is even richer than ex-wife, Kris Jenner, $20 million richer in fact.
Bradley Cooper – $100m
There is no doubt Bradley Cooper has it all. He is talented, funny, handsome, desired and filthy rich. And when we say “rich” we mean rich(!). The Hangover star has no less than $100 million dollar in his bank account, most of it came from acting and endorsement deals. In case you were wondering, his ex-wife and many would say a mythological ex-wife, actress Jennifer Esposito, has “only” $4 million.
Jesse James – $100m
The reality TV star and host has built his bike empire, West Coast Choppers in just ten years. His business includes a fashion line, a magazine, several shows and fast food restaurants. His show on the Discovery Channel, Monster Garage, is one of the highest paid shows on the channel. Jesse married his fourth wife, billionaire heiress, Alexis DeJoria in 2013 and he famously divorced Academy Award winner, Sandra Bullock.
Bill & Hillary Clinton – $110m
The net worth of Bill and Hillary combined is $110 million; separate, Hillary has a net of $30 million and Bill’s is $80 million. The political power couple has managed to largely profit off their fame, which began in the White House during the 90’s. The Clintons’ net worth is a mutual product of their speaking events, writing publications, and consulting efforts. Being in the public spotlight has paid off for Hillary and Bill, as well as though they’ve had part connections with. Monica Lewinsky, for example, has a current net worth of $500,000.
Roger Moore – $110 million
Roger Moore was the third actor to play the world’s greatest secret agent James Bond. He starred in seven of the movies between 1973 and 1985. He continued performing in movies after he was replaced as James Bond, including in My Riviera, Boat World, and Spice World. He was also a very active philanthropist up until his death in 2017 from cancer, having worked extensively with UNICEF. He also worked with PETA, helping the organization get foie gras off the shelves of British grocery stores.
Angelina Jolie – $160m
Angelina has been in a long list of movies, she’s even been the voice of Tigress in Kung Fu Panda. So it’s no surprise that the mega-star is worth a whopping $160 million. Her role as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies was enough to secure her much of that net worth. These days she uses part of her fortune to help those in need. She is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and has visited many war-torn countries to see for herself the damage done to the people.
Gordon Ramsay- $160m
World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay accrued his wealth through various ventures on top of cooking. He owns a slew of five star restaurants and has starred in a plethora of reality TV shows such as “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and Master Chef. Known for his loud and at times offensive mouth, Ramsay is as much fun to watch on these reality shows as it is to watch him cooking. And let’s be real, his food is absolutely incredible.
John Travolta – $170m
From Grease to Face Off, John Travolta has been in the public eye for over 40 years. And in 40 years, he accumulated a pretty nice nest egg for himself (and his family). Still $170 million is no joke. These days, John is nursing his flying habit and spending much of his fortune on purchasing his own private plane and flying it all around the world. Now that’s what we call an expensive hobby.
Julia Roberts – $170m
Julia Roberts, known as the girl with the million dollar smile, has left her mark on Hollywood. So much so that this pretty woman earned herself a cool $170 million. Color us impressed. She can choose any film role she would like for herself, relying on her opinion of the script rather than the need for money like a lot of young Hollywood. Everyone knows who Julia Roberts is, and that’s a heck of a statement.
Christopher Nolan – $180m
When you’re the director behind such hits as the Batman movies, it’s no surprise you also hit a major payload. Christopher Nolan is worth $180 million, every penny earned. His fortune is peanuts compared to the amount of money his movies made in the box office (hint: over $4.2 billion!). His name precedes him, making those fans of his out there go see any movie he makes, knowing they are going to enjoy the brilliance that is, Christopher Nolan.
Denzel Washington – $200m
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor, Denzel Washington is one of the top African-American actors of all time. His mega-watt smile and brilliant acting chops earned him $200 million. Remember Training Day or Malcolm X? How about Remember The Titans or American Gangster? Denzel has made so many award-winning films that it’s hard to keep track. His name in any film will give it more credibility in Hollywood.
Wayne Gretzky – $200m
After a successful, 20-year career playing in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky is sitting on a more than comfortable net worth of $200 million. From 1989 until 1999, Gretzky became one of the greatest hockey players of all time, playing with the New York Rangers, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, and the St. Louis Blues. Today, the Hockey Hall of Fame inductee works as a partner and vice-chairman of the Edmonton Oilers’s entertainment group.
Sandra Bullock – $200m
Sandra has been in Hollywood for a little over twenty years. She nabbed herself an Oscar along the way, proving to herself, and the world, that she is worth her fortune of $200 million. Sandra has been in films like While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality, Practical Magic, Two Weeks Notice, and The Heat. She manages to hold her own both in drama and in comedy, making her a versatile actress, with undeniable talent.
Robert De Niro – $200m
De Niro has been in the public eye for decades. Robert made his fortune years ago, amassing a $200 million net worth. His most recent films are as good as ever. You can find him in films like Last Vegas, Dirty Grandpa, The Intern, Joy, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook, to name a few of the much longer list of films. The man really doesn’t rest. His spans the gamut of comedy, drama, and action films.
Harrison Ford – $210m
Between being Indiana Jones and Han Solo in the Star Wars films, it’s no wonder the super loved Harrison Ford is sitting pretty at $210 million net worth. That number is only going to go up with his recent appearance in the new Star Wars movie. He also finds the time to act in films like, The Age of Adeline, Ender’s Game, What Lies Beneath, Sabrina, and Cowboys & Aliens. Harrison will always be known as Indi and Han but his reach goes far beyond.
Robert Downey Jr. – $220m
Marvel’s favorite strong guy, Iron Man! Robert Downey Jr. has been in the spotlight much longer than he’s been Tony Stark, but his major financial influencer is indeed Iron Man and The Avenger films. In his defense, he has survived many things in Hollywood, even his own troubles with the law and what they almost did to his career. He persevered though, landing roles like, Zodiac, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, and all of the many (and there are many) Marvel film spin offs where he plays Tony Stark.
Mark Wahlberg – $225m
Mark Wahlberg started his career as a member of New Kids on the Block and a Calvin Klein model (swoon!). He went on to a hugely successful acting and producing career. Hence the $225 million fortune. His acting credits include, The Departed, Ted (and Ted 2), The Fighter, and the Transformers films. He is also happily married to long-time love, Rhea Durham. The former bad boy model is not only successful in acting, but is a model father to his four adorable children.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $245m
Finally an Oscar winner, Leo DiCaprio has been in more films than we can count in our heads. His acting career, from Whats Eating Gilbert Grape and Titanic, to Blood Diamond and The Revenant; it’s no secret why he’s worth $245 million. These days, Leo is putting his money where his mouth is on the subject of climate change. He is a very vocal environmental activist. recently releasing a documentary, which he helped produce and appear in, called Before The Flood.
Peter Sallis – $245m
The British actor will always be remembered for his unforgettable work as the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-nominee animated series and films Wallace & Gromit. Apart from his voice over work, he was also famous for playing the role of Norman Clegg, the British sitcom, a role he played from the very beginning on 1973 until its final episode in 2010. Sallis peacefully passed away earlier this week when he was 96 years old surrounded by his family at his nursing home in London.
George Clooney – $250m
Starting out of television, as the adorable doctor on ER, George Clooney has since become a household name. Considered one of the sexiest men alive, Clooney is also one of the wealthiest too, with a net worth of $250 million. He, like Leo DiCaprio, who happens to be a friend of his too, is an environmental and human rights activist. He is also big on producing, like his Academy Award winning production of Argo in 2013. Talk about a man stocked with talent and good deeds.
Will Smith – $260m
Starting out on TV, Will Smith is no longer the young Fresh Prince that we were first introduced to. He has not rested since his early days in acting. He’s been in films like, Ali, Men In Black, Wild Wild West, Bad Boys, Hitch, Hancock, I Am Legend, and Suicide Squad. He is also a well-respected producer of films like, The Secret Life of Bees, The Karate Kid, and Annie. Rightfully earning himself $260 million.
Sean Connery – $300m
The former milkman, yes, milkman, from Edinburgh, Scotland, is the beloved Oscar winner, James Bond playing, Sean Connery. His acting chops are nothing to scoff at, while his $300 million net worth is astonishing. His credits include such powerful films like, Macbeth, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, and First Knight. Other than acting, Connery is a talented producer. He is now retired from all things film and was knighted by the Queen of England herself in July 2000.
Bjorn Ulvaeus – $300m
Bjorn, one of the founders of the epic band, Abba, surprised us with his fortune. As successful as Abba was, we never imagined him being worth $300 million today! But we forgot to take into consideration that after his stint in Abba, Bjorn went into songwriting and composing. The film, Mamma Mia! was even co-produced by Bjorn. Bjorn is now 71 years old and is married with four adult children.
Jackie Chan – $300m
Born and raised in Hong Kong, China, Jackie Chan is the resident martial arts enthusiast and actor. Chan’s many movies have earned him a staggering $300 million. The star is unbelievably 62 years old, although he doesn’t look like he’s aged much since his first movie. He made his Hollywood breakout in 1988 as a comedic actor and has continued to do so since, making it plausible that he would have a fortune of $300 million.
Bruce Springsteen – $300m
Bruce Springsteen, also know as The Boss, is one of the top musicians in the world. His success knows no bounds, as he continues to tour and earn, currently worth $300 million. The rock legend started his musical career in the 60s, only to be finally noticed in the 70s. He has one an incredible 20 Grammy Awards and has been nominated for them a total of 49 times! He is also an Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, and a two time Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song.
Cher – $305m
Cher has been a part of music, television and film since the mid-1960s. She started out with Sonny Bono but went her own way after their divorce. Today, Cher is worth $305 million thanks to a long list of hit albums, films and awards for her efforts. Her most recent project is a Broadway musical about her that is being produced, which only goes to show how successful Cher really is – they don’t do musicals about just anyone.
Keanu Reeves – $350m
This jack of all trades played in both romantic comedies and action films like, The Matrix; odd combination but somehow he made himself work in both. His skills earned him $350 million! His first film role was in the 1985 film, One Step Away. He has since made hits like, Speed, Something’s Gotta Give, Constantine, The Lake House, The Neon Demon, and The Whole Truth. Little known fact about Keanu – he is an avid motorcyclist and founded Arch Motorcycle Company that sells custom made motorcycles.
Jessica Alba – $350m
Jessica Alba made her initial fortune from her acting jobs, which also made her a name to be reckoned with. However, It’s her company ‘Honest Company’ that really earned her the big bucks. The two combined have net her $350 million. We remember her first from tv’s Dark Angel, and later from her roles in films like, Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four films, The Eye, Valentine’s Day, Varely Lethal, and The Veil. It’s her company though that she has turned her focus to in recent years.
Taylor Swift – $360m
Taylor Swift’s success and earnings are no surprise. Her music is based on her past relationships, and at the rate she’s going she’ll be worth a lot more than her crazy $360 million today. The 26 year old’s music career has been going from strong to stronger with hit songs like, I Knew You Were Trouble, Love Story, Our Song, Tim McGraw, Shake It Off, and Bad Blood. She has also done some minor acting roles in films like The Giver, and Valentine’s Day.
Clint Eastwood – $375m
Clint started out as a ridiculously beautiful actor, later moving onto his true love – directing and producing. Through his passion for film, both in front and behind the lens, he has made a personal fortune of $375 million. Clint’s films, that he directed that is, won many awards. These are films like, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Letters from Iwo Jima, and most recently, American Sniper, directing leading man, Bradley Cooper.
Sylvester Stallone – $400m
He is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood these days, Stallone is mostly famous for his action roles in box office films such as Rocky and Rambo. It must have been the various action films that he’s been a part of that made him turn to become a boxing promoter in the eighties. The 70 year old actor has been married three times throughout his life, and he has five children, three of which are from his current wife, actress Jennifer Flavin.
Bill Cosby – $400m
Incredibly, actor Bill Cosby is worth $400 million. The former star of The Cosby Show has been involved in some serious allegation charges against him. Cosby is the star of his own trial for assault charges on a number of women throughout his very successful career run. The allegations go back to the 1960s and involve over 60 women coming forward. At this point the trial has yet to make a dent in his net worth, but only time will tell of the impact it will have on Cosby financially.
Johnny Depp – $400m
Putting aside his most recent legal battles, Depp is worth a fortune (literally). He may have started out in Hollywood a long time ago, but it’s the last decade that really counts when it comes to the big bucks. Depp is currently worth a crazy $400 million. He can thank his roles in films like, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolat, ALL of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to name a select few.
Jack Nicholson $400m
If a $400 million net worth says anything, it’s that Jack Nicholson is a force to be dealt with. The Hollywood veteran picks any role he likes these days; with that kind of money set aside we would do the same. An example of his super successful roles would be, The Witches of Eastwick, Batman (Joker, anyone?), A Few Good Men, Mars Attacks, As Good As It Gets, Anger Management, Something’s Gotta Give, The Departed and The Bucket List.. again, to name a few.
Mel Gibson – $425m
Mel Gibson may not be the most loved actor in Hollywood, in fact he is one of the most controversial, but you know he’s got cash when he funds his entire movie (Passion of the Christ)! At $425 million, funding his own film is a drop in the bucket. We did however, get to know Mel from his hit films like, Lethal Weapon, Braveheart (which he directed and produced, as well as won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best directing), The Patriot, and What Women Want.
Peter Jackson – $450m
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of the biggest hits to see theaters. The later Hobbit trilogy was extremely successful as well! Both of these are pretty good explanations for Jackson’s $450 million fortune considering he wrote, directed and produced the films. He is a three time Academy Award winner, has also won one Golden Globe, and four BAFTA Awards. The New Zealand native is very close to his home country, being active in historical preservation and film departments throughout the country.
Victoria Beckham – $450m
Victoria was one of the Spice Girls, we loved her then and love her even more now, but it’s her role as fashion designer and businesswoman that earned her the largest part of her income. It’s her savy business skills that truly made her a part of ‘Brand Beckham’ and worth a mind blowing $450 million.Victoria is well remembered for being one of the Spice Girls. It’s her savvy business skills that truly made her a head for ‘Brand Beckham’ and worth a mind blowing $450 million. Her clothing brand, named after her, is a huge contribution to her fortune.
Beyoncé Knowles – $450m
Beyonce began as one third of Destiny’s Child, but life afterwards is what made her Queen B. Her solo career is hotter than ever, her marriage to equally successful music artist, Jay Z, is only helpful (especially when she creates a whole album dedicated to her past marital crises), and her social influence is astounding – there is a whole brand of lemonade attire and accessories based on her song ‘Lemonade’. So the fact that she’s worth $450 million makes total sense.
James Patterson – $470m
Bestselling author, James Patterson, has seen his books turn to film before his very eyes. In the case of book to television or film, the author is usually compensated very well, and this case is no different. Hence Patterson’s net worth of $470 million. James’ literary work that turned into television or films include, Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, 1st to Die, Women’s Murder Club, Sunday At Tiffany’s, Cross (made into the film Alex Cross), and Zoo.
Rush Limbaugh – $470m
Rush Limbaugh is a very popular American political commentator and a beloved radio host. His radio show – “The Rush Limbaugh Show” – is extremely popular and also super controversial. Limbaugh is a well known for his conservative views and he’s not very shy about it. Due to his popularity and many years of work, his incredible net worth is estimated to be $470m.
Coldplay – $475m
British rock band Coldplay is probably one of today’s best bands in the world. Holding down seven albums and non-stop touring, they’ve earned themselves $475 million. The band got together in 1996, and the members include Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion. The band was actually named Pectoralz and Starfish before changing their name, finally, to Coldplay. The most well-known of the group is their lead singer, Chris, who was previously married to Gwyneth Paltrow.
Tom Cruise – $500m
When your nickname is Mr. Reliable, and you got it because every film of yours was guaranteed to make a killing in the box office, then you’re sure to make some serious money. Cruise is a legend in Hollywood, for better or worse, but it still hasn’t hurt his $500 million bank account. Cruise is known for films like, Top Gun, Jerry McGuire, Eyes Wide Shut, the Mission Impossible films, Minority Report, The Last Samurai, and both Jack Reacher films. We could go on and on about his credits, but we’d be here all day.
Elton John – $500m
Sir Elton John, the 70s music genius, has managed to stay relevant even today. His $500 million fortune makes total sense to us, he’s been knighted by the Queen of England for crying out loud! His longstanding musical career has won him five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Oscar, Golden Globe, and Tony Award. Elton is a very vocal activist for the HIV/AIDS cause, and has started his own foundation, called the Elton John AIDS Foundation, to help combat the international issue.
Mariah Carey – $520m
Glittering her way to the top, Mariah Carey has as much money as we would expect from a diva like her. She’s worked as hard as any other musician in the business to get to where she is today, earning her top marks, rightfully so. Mariah’s net worth is currently standing on $520 million. Most recently she has tapped a reality television show for the E! Network, to show her fans inside her life.
Shah Rukh Khan – $600m
The Bollywood actor is the top grossing Indian actor of all time, even being titled the King of Bollywood. His $600 million fortune is thanks to his more than 80 films and other awards. Since 1991 he has been married to long-time love, Gauri. The two have three children together. He himself follows Islam as his religion, whereas his wife is a Punjabi Hindu. Their children are raised with both religions in mind.
Chuck Lorre – $600m
He’s a writer, producer and composer for the television world. Chuck Lorre is the brains behind The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, which would make life meaningless if didn’t exist. He absolutely earned his $600 million fortune. Lorre, being a creative being, has his own struggles, he was quoted as saying, “I am wired on some deep level to seek out something to be worried and obsess about.”
Celine Dion – $630m
Celine’s fortune has come from her MGM Grand Vegas contract, her hit albums, and her ever-present talent at the forefront of fans minds. The world will never forget her tear inducing performance on the Titanic soundtrack. She has made her $630 million fortune with albums like, Let’s Talk About Love, A New Day Has Come, One Heart, Miracle, and Taking Chances. She has three children from late husband, René Angélil.
Dr. Dre – $700m
What does a man need to do to earn $700 million? Be the mastermind behind NWA Records, discover Eminem and create an awesome electronics company like Beats By Dre, which would later be sold to Apple. Dr. Dre did ALL of that to make his money load. Dre had slowly transitioned into the acting world back in 1996 in the film, Set If off, and continued to act. He recently produced the acclaimed biographical film about NWA, Straight Outta Compton.
James Cameron – $700m
James Cameron is without a doubt one of the most talented directors of all time. His epic hits, Titanic and Avatar are one of the top grossing films of all time. Worth his $700 million fortune? We think so! Interesting fact – James met his current wife on the set of Titanic, Suzy Amis played the role of the main protagonist’s granddaughter. The filmmaker is also an avid environmentalist and philanthropist; those interests are what he chooses to help fund with his charitable contributions.
Jay-Z – $700m
Known as the Godfather of rap, Jay-Z has been in the music business for thirty years (hard to believe!). In addition to being married to Beyonce herself, his many accolades prove that he’s a talented music producer and rapper. Oh and don’t forget his $700 million fortune to also prove his worth, but in dollar signs. When we weren’t looking, Jay Z started producing films! He recently produced the latest remake of Annie.
Tiger Woods – $740m
We knew there was money in sports, but we didn’t realize how much money is actually involved. Tiger Woods is one of the highest paid athletes of all time. Apart from his mind blowing earnings from prize money, he also does many endorsements and and takes money for making appearances in different events. Some of his assets include his Jupiter Island 20-acre property. He was married to former Swedish model, Elin Nordegren, until the infamous infidelity scandal broke through which pretty much ended their six year marriage.
P Diddy – $760m
P Diddy, also known as Sean Combs, has been laying low these last few years in terms of his public appearances. Don’t mistake his silence though, he’s in the background of music, alcohol companies and film; his $760 million comes from a lot of hard work on his part. P Diddy is a father to six children, who we could all see on MTV’s show, My Super Sweet Sixteen, where he gave his son a $360,000 Maybach car.
Madonna – $800m
Madonna’s career has stretched out as much as her tight outfits! Considered to be both Princess and Queen of Pop in one, Madge has collected a massive fortune to her name. $800 million is no joke, even in celebrity fortune standards. She has three children, daughter Lourdes, and sons Rocco and David. David was adopted from Malawi after one of her visits to the African nation. Don’t forget the Madonna also has some acting under her belt. Remember, The Next Best Thing?
U2 – $838m
U2 used to be the biggest band in the world. 35 years later, they managed to accrue a whopping fortune of $800 million. Honestly, it seems as though the world would not be the same if we didn’t have U2 in it. The Irish rock band consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. and was formed in Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976. It’s amazing that they stated the band when they were so young and have become such an international sensation.
Jerry Bruckheimer – $850m
Movie producer, Jerry Bruckheimer is Hollywood’s go to. With a net worth of $850 million it’s no surprise why Hollywood execs flock to him for any film-related expertise. His hit films include, Beverly Hills Cop, Flashdance, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Enemy of the State, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He is also an executive producer for a plethora of television shows, like The Amazing Race, Without A Trace, Cold Case, and the CSI series.
J.K. Rowling – $1bn
A lot of people know the story behind J.K. Rowling’s success. The Harry Potter creator was on welfare when she wrote the books, but with their huge success, and their subsequent turn to a film franchise, Rowling’s financial situation went from bleak to mind blowing. The billionaire writer and creator of the fantasy hit, is now involved in another version of the Harry Potter story, in the form of a new book about the life before Harry, as well as a Broadway show.
Paul McCartney – $1.2bn
Paul McCartney is hugely successful in terms of his musical talent and fortune. He doesn’t play all that much anymore, you kind of don’t have to when you’re worth over a billion dollars ($1.2 billion to be exact)! Here’s something not many people know, Paul will be appearing in the 2017 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! In 2016 Paul released a lifetime collection of all of his music for fans.
Andrew Lloyd Webber – $1.2bn
Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the biggest composers of all time. Cats, his musical, is the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history. His other huge success, The Phantom of the Opera, is the longest running Broadway show in history. Well earning him his billionaire status. He has won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his song in Evita, four Grammy Awards, and seven Tony Awards, for his broadway show Cats and Phantom of the Opera. That’s $1.2 billion well earned, if you ask us.
Jami Gertz – $2bn
You’ll recognize Jami from films like, Sixteen Candles, Crossroads, The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, Quicksilver, and Twister; as well as television shows like Still Standing and The Neighbors. She and her husband, Antony Ressler, have a hand in mega sized business ventures and financial stations. Her $2 billion is enough to make anyone stutter. Jami and Antony have three children together and reside in California. Jami is very close to her charitable causes.
Oprah Winfrey – $3.2bn
The legendary Oprah earned her $3.2 billion fortune by plain old fashion hard work and savvy (or perhaps a little lucky) business skills. Her talk show was her ticket in, but after years and years she managed to create her own network, OWN; where the major money was made. She is also an actress, when the right role comes her way. She likes to portray roles that are meaningful and represent a strong African American presence.
Steven Spielberg – $3.6bn
Jaws, ET, Super 8, and many, many more films are the reason Steven Spielberg has the obscene fortune he does today – $3.6 billion, if we’re being specific. His films are a part of the collective human psyche, proudly earning him his billions…and billions. Steven has a very long list of awards to be proud of, and explain his financial situation. He has won every single type of award Hollywood has to offer, and we are not exaggerating a bit here.
George Lucas – $5.4bn
George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars, who later had the brains to sell his creative child to Disney for (take a deep breath) $4 billion. The sale brought George Lucas to his now $5 billion mark. Wow. A close friend of fellow uber rich and awarded director, Steven Spielberg, George and Steven co-wrote and and created the Indiana Jones films. He has been nominated, personally, for four Academy Awards.
Jenna Jameson – $10m
Jenna Jameson is considered today as one of the pioneers in the adult industry during the 1990s. During her career, Jameson appeared in countless movies, directed a few films and even published several books on relationships in the modern world. Although the actress is now retired, she managed to obtain a substainal fortune of $10m from her numerous business over the years.