While we’re struggling with our student loans, paying credit cards and making mortgage payments, these insanely rich celebrities have it all financially. We’ve created a list below with the top 10 richest celebrities in the world right now based on their net worth and you will be, probably, surprised with some of the names on the list.
And even though most of the rich people are famous and can be considered by some as “celebrities” we have only listed here the ones that have something to do with the entertainment industry. So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out the top 10 richest celebrities and their net worth!
10. William Shatner – $650 Million
The man who became an icon for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and films, didn’t get his fortune from his acting gigs. Apparently, he asked to be paid with shares when he became the pitchman for Priceline and now they’re worth close to $600 million. Now that’s a pretty deal for a captain!
9. James Cameron – $700 Million
Looking at the list, it appears that being a movie director and producer is better than playing in movies. James Cameron’s movies earned about $6 Billion worldwide, so he clearly deserves his money. Best known for Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron is a public supporter of the vegan diet.
8. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $700 Million
With all the rappers out there talking about all the money they have, it’s somewhat funny to know that most of the net worth of Sean Combs comes from non-musical ventures, namely his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc. But I am sure he doesn’t really care where the money come from as long as they’re coming, so hats down for him being on this list.
7. Mel Gibson – $800 Million
One of the richest actors in the world and technically the richest actor on this list (since Julia has a different source for her net worth), Mel Gibson was made famous by the Mad Max series that was shortly followed by triple A movies like Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, The Patriot etc. He had also proven to be a great movie director with The Passion of Christ and Apocalypto. He keeps building up his fortune and fortunately his fans still love to watch him act.
6. David Copperfield – $800 Million
It’s a kind of magic to see David Copperfield here, but unlike his magic shows, the money is all real. Always described as a “living legend,” THE Magician has earned 21 Emmys and holds 11 Guiness Word Records. I am sure that none make him feel as good as looking through his bank statements does…
5. Paul McCartney – $820 Million
With 60 gold discs, over 100 million album sales and more than 100 singles sales, the former Beatles member earned his way on the list during the years he’s been active in the entertainment industry and is named by the Guiness Book of World Records as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”. A drop of 2 billion dollars seems huge compared to the next person on the list, but I am sure that most of us could still have a decent living with a net worth of over 800 million…
4. Oprah Winfrey – $2.9 Billion
Apparently, you can’t have a “top celebrities” list nowadays without having to write Oprah’s name somewhere, but she completely deserves it! A self made billionaire and Forbes’ only African-American woman billionaire, Oprah owes most of her net worth to her days as a daytime TV show host, but also to her production company (who deals with Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz amongst others) and more recently to her own television network – one that finally became profitable in 2013.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $3 Billion
An unexpected presence on this top list, Julia Louis Dreyfus, the actress best known for the character Elaine in the Seinfeld series, but also Veep or The New Adventures of Old Christine. Although she did earn a lot from her acting gigs (she’s rumored to have went as high as $275,000 per episode lately), her humongous net worth is actually based on the net worth of her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus in the oil/gas industry.
2. Steven Spielberg – $3.4 Billion
It appears that it pays to be a movie director and producer! He started directing movies at an early age, but it wasn’t until 1982 when he directed E.T The Extra-Terrestrial when he gained notoriety and started to really build on his wealth. He’s also a producer that turns every movie project he touches into gold, and as a fun fact, he’s also been involved with Indiana Jones, the only movie that is linked to two of the richest celebrities in the world on this list!
1. George Lucas – $4.9 Billion
With a net worth closing in to 5 million, George Lucas is best known as the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The CEO of Lucasfilm, he “only” directed 6 movies to date, but produced numerous others, all of them box office hits that made him rich. Rumor has it that George Lucas is planning to donate half his fortune to charity. That would be an example that many should follow!
And there you have them – the top 10 richest celebrities in the world, with some insane net worth values. Are you surprised to see these names here?