In comparison to many other countries, the United States of America has been around for a short period of time. Despite its youth, the country has managed to create some of the most impressive and successful empires and corporations. Be it the movie or music industry, the service or technology industry, or anything else under the sun, some of the big guns have their roots in America.
Many of these companies’ creators have passed down the massive amounts of money they made to their offspring and spouses. In some cases, the transition was smooth, in other cases, not so much. The people on this list haven’t all inherited a huge fortune; some of them have earned their own money. Take a look at these incredibly wealthy celebrities and decide for yourself if these numbers make sense.
Paris Hilton – $300 Million
Paris Hilton is the fortunate heiress to the Hilton Hotels Corporation Hilton Hotel fortune. But before you credit her wealth to her father’s fortune, let’s make it clear that she is an actress, a businesswoman and an entrepreneur too. Her perfume brands have collected around $3 billion.
Olivia Wilde – $20 Million
We loved her as Dr. Hadley (AKA “Thirteen”) in House between 2007 and 2012. She is an accomplished actress, an activist, and an heiress to Andrew Cockburn, her father and a well-published journalist. Wilde is currently engaged to actor and comedian Jason Sudeikis.
Kate Hudson – $80 Million
When they say “it runs in the family”, then it certainly rings true with Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson. Kate Hudson started her acting career really young at the age of 11. Since then, Hudson has followed in her mother’s footsteps in the acting world. She has won a Golden Globe award, and she has been nominated for an Oscar.
Dakota Johnson – $14 Million
Born to two successful actors, Dakota Johnson was destined for the big stage. Although she was born in Austin, Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles. Most people will remember her as Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey. We’ve mainly seen her in drama movies, but we all know too well that she has the potential to do a lot more than that.
Balthazar Getty – $200 Million
It’s no secret that there is big wealth in oil. Balthazar Getty has been fortunate enough to inherit a large chunk of the money that has come from Getty Oil. He is a musician, producer, and actor. Getty is also a philanthropist who works with The Lunchbox Fund where he helps needy children in Africa.
Amanda Hearst – $100 Million
Born in New York, Amanda Hearst fell into the lap of luxury. She is an American socialite and an heiress to the Hearst Corporation. She spends her time modeling, involving herself in charities and actively works against the ill-treatment of dogs and puppies. Hearst works as the associate marketing director at Marie Claire.
Brooke Shields – $25 Million
Who doesn’t know Brooke Shields? She became a successful child model, then made herself known on the silver screen in hits like Blue Lagoon and Endless Love. But everyone knows that it was Pretty Baby that got her name out into the film industry. Her father, Frank Shields, left her with a comfortable fortune.
Jake Gyllenhaal – $65 Million
He is the son of the famous Hollywood director, Stephen Gyllenhaal. His mother is Naomi Foner – a screenwriter, and his sister is Maggie Gyllenhaal – a successful actress. Jake Gyllenhaal received critical acclaim in 2006 for his role as a homosexual cowboy in the film Brokeback Mountain. Another big role of his was that of Donnie Darko (2001).
Kyra Sedgwick – $16 Million
53-year-old Kyra Sedgwick has earned herself quite an impressive reputation as an actress, film producer, television producer, and a voice actor. Rumor has it that she earned around $350,000 per episode of The Closer. She has been married to fellow actor Kevin bacon since 1988, and they have two children together.
Jack Nicholson $400m
Jack Nicholson has always been something of an enigma in the entertainment industry. He can have his pick of roles these days. He is that talented and wealthy! To name some of his works, he has starred in Mars Attacks, A Few Good Men, Something’s Gotta Give, The Bucket List, The Departed, Batman, and The Witches of Eastwick.
John Heard – $3.5 million
John Heard earned his millions as an actor. He has appeared in numerous films like Home Alone and Big. You will also see him on the small screen on TV shows like Law and Order, CSI: Miami, The Sopranos, and Miami Vice. Unfortunately, he died in 2017.
Stacy Keibler – $4.5m
Stacy Keibler is a professional WWE female wrestler. Isn’t she gorgeous? She has dabbled in acting and modeling as well. She has since retired from the sport, though you might have seen her on Dancing with the Stars and Samurai Girl. Some people might remember her for dating George Clooney in the past!
Torrie Wilson – $5m
Torrie Wilson is yet another WWE pro wrestler with a sizeable bank account! Like Keibler, she has also worked as an actress and model before. She has participated in fitness contests and even took home the Miss Galaxy crown in 1998. Before WWE, she was known as Samantha in the World Championship Wrestling. She also graced multiple covers of Playboy magazine!
Pamela Anderson – $5m
Pam made a name for herself when she appeared on Baywatch. Since then, a lot of things have happened in both her personal and professional life. She has matured a lot over the years, now spending her time on charity work. She is now a staunch PETA activist, though she has also reprised her role in the Baywatch film fairly recently.
Robin Williams – $130m
Before his death, Robin Williams had an estimated net worth of around $130 million. He has spent a long time in the entertainment industry, but his net worth suffered after two divorce settlements. The actor had been nearing bankruptcy at the time of his death, though he did not forget to first create a trust fund worth $130 million for his kids. The children allegedly received a third of it at the age of 21.
Mike Tyson – $3m
Mike Tyson made a name for himself as a professional boxer. While his career had its ups and downs, it spanned over 20 years in total. He was the undisputed world heavyweight champion, and to this day he holds the record as the youngest boxer to ever win a heavyweight title at 20 years old. Nowadays, the former boxer’s worth is estimated to be $3 million. At the peak of his career, he has a net worth of around $300 million, but he ended up losing most of it.
Milo Ventimiglia – $5m
Milo Ventimiglia first came into public view as Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls. The former teen heartthrob has since guest starred on other shows. When it comes to more recent projects, he portrayed a male lead on This Is Us and reprised his Gilmore Girls character. If you ask us, he has aged like fine wine!
Dog the Bounty Hunter – $6m
Dog the Bounty Hunter takes his job of tracking down criminals on the run very seriously. His long-running TV program is nothing short of fascinating. He served 18 months in jail when he became a bail bondsman after his friend killed a drug dealer. Can you believe it was there that he learned about bounty hunting?
Alexis Bledel – $8m
Alexis Bledel also earned her breakthrough on Gilmore Girls. As you already know, she played the lead role of Rory Gilmore, the beautiful bookworm we all adored. When the show came to an end, she went on to star in Sin City, Post Grad, Tuck Everlasting, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In 2016, she reprised her unforgettable role in the reboot of Gilmore Girls.
Nadya Suleman (Octomom) – $1 million
When the media attention finally toned down, Nadya Suleman found herself in a financial crisis. In 2012, Octomom filed for bankruptcy and had a net worth amounting to a negative million. When she put a stop to her terrible public image, publicity and offers began to fall into her lap once again.
Rachael Ray – $60m
It seems like Rachael Ray can do it all! She is a businesswoman, an author, a cook, a TV personality, and a philanthropist. She made the ’30-Minute Meals’ concept and taught courses about it. This was how she ended up with television show offers and eventually published cookbooks of her own. Did you know that she has also dipped her toes into acting?
Amber Heard – $9m
She has recently made headlines with the divorce drama between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp. Don’t forget that this blonde bombshell is a talented actress as well. She has appeared in Friday Night Lights, Pineapple Express, Never Back Down, 3 Days to Kill, and Drive Angry. You will definitely see more of her in the future so keep your eyes peeled!
Amanda Bynes – $5m
Amanda has experienced a rough couple of years. Once upon a time, she was a Hollywood teen queen. You probably remember her from her work in The Amanda Show, All That, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Easy A, and What a Girl Wants. We hope that she is doing better now.
Melissa Rauch – $9m
Melissa Rauch is best known for portraying Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory. Aside from that, you might have seen her on TV shows like True Blood and The Office. Did you know that she has also lent her voice to projects like Ice Age: Collision Course?
Sarah Hyland – $9m
Sarah earned her sizeable net worth after working on several films, though nothing will beat her work on the TV show Modern Family. She has also appeared on Spanglish, Struck by Lightning, Date and Switch, All My Children, Hot in Cleveland, Lipstick Jungle, and Law and Order: SVU.
Kid Rock – $80m
Kid Rock is a famous multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and actor who has accumulated his net worth of $80m. Despite the fact that he’s now a household name in the modern rock music industry, he has one of the unlikeliest success stories. His career began slowly, but eventually took off after his sixth album “Devil Without a Cause” back in 1998. It became an international hit, and ever since, he’s been gaining more and more attention. The album eventually sold more than 13 million albums worldwide.
Elisabeth Shue – $12.5m
Elisabeth Shue is a known American actress who now has a net worth of $12.5 million. At the start of her career, she attempted to do the impossible. She played on all boys’ sports teams growing up, then enrolled at Harvard University while working on starting her acting career. Since then, she’s played in many movies such as The Karate Kid, Back to the Future Parts II and III and Leaving Las Vegas.
Tiger Woods – $740m
Whoa, who would have thought that there would be so much money in golf? Tiger Woods happens to be one of the best-paid athletes ever. Of course, a huge chunk of his net worth comes from endorsements and event appearances. He used to be married to Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model, but his cheating scandal marked the end of their marriage.
Bolo Yeung – $1.5 Million
Chinese-born martial artist and movie actor Bolo Yeung is well-known for his many roles in action movies throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Despite playing the bad guy in many movies, like in Bloodsport alongside the famous Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yeung’s net worth sits at $1.5 million.
Brett Favre – $100m
Brett Favre has a lot of NFL records under his belt. He was active in the NFL for 19 years, after all. Every American knows his face and name. We sure hope he is having a blast now that he has retired!
Amanda Seyfried – $10m
Amanda Seyfried is definitely one talented lady. Not only can she act very well, but she also has the voice of an angel. Just watch her performances in Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! She got her start in teen films and shows like Mean Girls and Veronica Mars. We love her!
Megyn Kelly – $15m
Megyn Kelly is a famous news anchor, political commentator, and journalist. In 2004, she started working for the Fox News Channel and the rest is history. By 2016, she had a net worth of $15 million! In December of that year, she announced she would be leaving FOX News for NBC. Many believe that she got a pay raise after changing networks so her net worth has probably increased.
Mandy Moore – $10m
Did you know that Mandy Moore started out in the music industry? In 1999, she came out with a debut single, though she never made much of a mark. Acting was a different story, however. She appeared in iconic projects like A Walk to Remember, Because I Said So, and The Princess Diaries. She also lent her voice to Rapunzel for Tangled! One of her latest works happen to be the NBC show, This Is US.
Lea Michele – $10m
Up next, we have another beautiful lady who can sing and act well! Lea Michele became a household name when she portrayed Rachael in Glee. However, she has been acting on stage for a long time before this. You will also find her on Scream Queens.
Chloe Grace Moretz – $12m
Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the younger people on this list! She has actually been acting since she was little. She made her onscreen debut with The Guardian at the age of 7. This young woman has been busy since then, which you can tell by her extensive filmography. We are glad that she continues to act!
Macaulay Culkin – $15m
Macaulay Culkin shot the stardom at a very young age. He became a household name when he was just a child! Did you know that he only received $100,000 when he played Kevin McCallister in the first Home Alone film? We are glad to hear that this increased exponentially when they did Home Alone 2.
Cher – $305m
Cher has been in the entertainment industry since the mid ’60s! She actually started out with Sonny Bono, though she achieved more success after the divorce. She now has a whopping $305 million net worth. She definitely deserves this after pouring her heart into her films and albums. Good job, Cher!
Monica Lewinsky – $500 thousand
Unlike the other people on the list, Monica Lewinsky did not make a name for herself as an entertainer. Nonetheless, she has earned household name status after the fiasco with former POTUS Bill Clinton. Her net worth grew after receiving a book deal, endorsements, and TV appearances. She has also designed and sold handbags in the past!
Ronda Rousey – $12m
Ronda Rousey is the first judoka to win the World Judo Championship. She was also the first American female athlete to take home a judo medal during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She later went into MMA and coined her signature move called ‘armbar’. Her net worth has grown so big thanks to her brand endorsements and promotion work as well.
Gigi Hadid – $13m
You will find a picture of Gigi Hadid just about anywhere you look! This blonde beauty has worked with luxury fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Versace, Elie Saab, Chanel, Fendi, Anna Sui, Miu Miu, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Fenty X Puma, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Whew! That’s quite the list, but that doesn’t even cover everything yet.
Ray Rice – $14m
Ray Rice was once the Baltimore Ravens running back. He accumulated $14 million during his time on the field. Unfortunately, his successful football career came to a halt after he was charged with third-degree assault back in 2014. When this came out, they immediately terminated him.
Lauren Graham- $15m
Lauren Graham is the other lead star of Gilmore Girls! She played Lorelei on the hit show, of course. She has also appeared in The Pacifier, Evan Almighty, Because I Said So, Bad Santa, and Sweet November. You will also see her on Parenthood and the new season of Gilmore Girls.
Amy Schumer – $16m
We will have you know that Amy Schumer is only getting started! This sassy funny woman has been called relatable by many people. She made her film debut in Trainwreck and published a book called The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. We’re sure she will go on to do more things in the future!
Rosario Dawson – $16m
Rosario Dawson is best known for her work on Men in Black II, Clerks II, Sin City, Kids, Rent, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and Top Five. Did you know that she took home the Satellite Award for Best Actress for her work on Rent and Top Five? Marvel fans might know her better as Night Nurse, however.
Lucy Liu – $16m
Lucy Liu first attained stardom when she played Ling Woo on Ally McBeal. Now worth $16 million, she has appeared in iconic projects such as Chicago, Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, and Kung-Fu Panda. She has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards as well! These days, she plays Joan Watson in Elementary.
Rebel Wilson – $16m
Rebel Wilson is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood! The Australian actress first made waves when she appeared in Bridesmaids. She has also appeared in This Means War, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Pitch Perfect, How To Be Single, and Struck by Lightning. We love her acting chops, comedic timing, and feisty personality!
Liam Hemsworth – $16m
Liam hails from a beautiful family of actors. He made his US debut when he starred in The Last Song with his now-wife Miley Cyrus. He never failed to impress us when he starred in The Hunger Games, Love and Honor, The Duel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and The Dressmaker.
Kristen Bell – $16m
Kristen Bell made it big when she starred as the brilliant Veronica Mars. She has dabbled in film as well. Perhaps you remember her from When In Rome, The Boss, You Again, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Not many people are aware of the fact that she voiced Princess Anna in Frozen! These days, we adore watching her on the NBC show, The Good Place.
Zac Efron – $18m
Zac Efron will forever be known as Toy Bolton of the hit musical film, High School Musical. To this day, we mourn the breakup that tore apart Zanessa. He continues to work on films like New Year’s Eve and 17 Again. We will never tire of seeing his beautiful face!
Kate Upton – $20m
Kate Upton is probably best known for her 2011 Sports Illustrated cover. She graced the magazine’s cover yet again in 2012 and 2013. Since then, she has dabbled in acting. If you want to see her acting chops, watch The Other Woman and Tower Heist!
Christian Slater – $20m
You might not know this, but Christian Slater made his film debut in The Legend of Billie ean back in the ’80s. There is a better chance that you remember him from the Name of the Rose and Heathers. Although he has earned a bit of a bad rep, he was one of the most popular hunks during the ’90s!
Chrissy Metz – $300,000
Chrissy Metz is yet another This Is Us star on the list! She played Kate in the TV show, though her road to success was not an easy one. We are glad that she remains grounded and humble. Like her character on the moving show, she continues to advocate for body positivity.
Carrie Fisher – $25m
Our hearts were broken when we heard about the death of Princess Leia from Star Wars. Carrie Fisher had a $25 million net worth at the time of her death. She made her wealth for her films and books. She left most of her estate to her daughter, Billie Lourd. The talented actress was only 60 years old when she died of cardiac arrest. We miss her every single day!
Hilary Duff – $25m
Hilary Duff will forever be known as Lizzy McGuire in the teen sitcom of the same name. She dipped her toes into singing in the past, though it seems like acting is her one true passion.
Stephanie McMahon – $25m
As the daughter of WWE’s Chief Executive Officer, it is easy to see how Stephanie McMahon became passionate about the stage. She no longer goes on the stage, though she does work as WWE’s Creative Vice President. Her husband is none other than fellow wrestler Triple H. The two have three kids together.
Colin Kaepernick – $25m
Colin Kaepernick was initially going to play baseball, though he eventually decided to go to the University of Nevada to play football instead. Nonetheless, he received an offer from the Chicago Cubs! The Wisconsin native did not give football up and joined the San Francisco 49ers.
The top Jersey Shore stars – $26m
JWoww Farley, Snooki Polizzi, and Pauly D all made it big when they appeared on the hit reality program, Jersey Shore. They are worth $5 million, $6 million, and $15 million, respectively. The girls have appeared on the red carpet together, though they are mostly busy raising their children nowadays.
Vanessa Williams – $28m
In 1984, Vanessa Williams ended up being the first African-American woman to win Miss America. However, she resigned before her reign ended when Penthouse published unauthorized images of her. She later entered the music and acting industries. You might recognize her from her work on Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, and Soul Food.
Emma Stone – $28m
Emma Stone can do both serious and funny. She’s basically a chameleon of an actress! We are sure you have not forgotten about her performance in Easy A, The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman, La La Land, and The Help. We sure hope she gets more acting projects in the future!
Mila Kunis – $30m
How amazing is it that Mila Kunis ended up with Ashton Kutcher, her former co-star who had been her first kiss? Life really does come full circle. Anyway, she is a wildly successful actress who deserves all the recognition she has achieved. Recently, she appeared in the comedy flick Bad Moms alongside Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell.
Chris Pratt – $30m
Chris Pratt sure looks different ever since he hit the gym for a superhero role! He actually lost 60 pounds in the course of six months. We have loved him ever since he was on Parks and Recreation as the adorable Andy Dwyer. It was also lovely to see him and Anna Faris fall in love. You can bet we were heartbroken when we heard about their divorce.
Chester Bennington – $30 million
Chester Bennington was the lead singer and songwriter of Linkin Park. He played a formative role in the lives of people who grew up during the early 2000s. After combating long term depression, the musician passed away in 2017.
Demi Lovato – $30m
Demi Lovato got her start as a child star in Barney & Friends. She later starred in the Disney musical film Camp Rock and appeared on the X Factor as a mentor. Nowadays, she is busy with her music career. It was a pleasure seeing her go a long way from the sunny little kid she used to be.
Ryan Gosling – $30m
Ryan Gosling won our hearts when he appeared in The Notebook opposite Rachel McAdams. The two actually went out for quite some time, though he is now engaged to Eva Mendes. They have two beautiful daughters together. He continues to impress us with his acting chops!
Chelsea Clinton – $30m
Did you know that Chelsea Clinton and her spouse Marc Mezvinsky have a net worth of $30 million? He is in hedge funding, which explains their wealth. It’s interesting to find them here, considering how lowkey they are.
Louis C.K. – $31m
Louis C.K. might look like an ordinary guy, but he is actually a famous comedian and multimillionaire! He made his wealth doing stand up comedy and working on his TV shows.
Ellen Pompeo – $35m
When you star in a long-running TV show, it is only a matter of time before your net worth hits $35 million. When she first began working on Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo received $300,000 per episode. Can you imagine how much money there must be in her bank account?!
George Romero – $35m
George Romero is best known as the father of zombie films. His works include Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Night of the Living Dead. Let us not forget about Dark Water and The Ring either! Sadly, he passed away in July 2017 at 77 years old.
Dan Marino – $35m
Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Considering his credentials, it is easy to see why. He now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his spouse and six kids.
Ariana Grande – $35m
Ariana Grande is now one of the most famous musicians in the world. Did you know that she started out on Broadway? Not long after, she began working on the Nickelodeon program, Victorious. She played Cat Valentine for the show’s four-season run.
Joel Osteen – $40m
We bet you did not expect to find a pastor on the list! Nonetheless, here we have it. Osteen is a televangelist and international sensation. His book sales made more than $50 million! Can you believe that he used to be afraid of public speaking?
Susan Boyle – $40m
Susan Boyle is kind of a modern-day Cinderella. She made it big after participating in Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009. The Scottish songstress once worked in a kitchen, though things changed for her when she performed “I Dreamed A Dream” on the show.
Kaley Cuoco – $45m
Kaley Cuoco is another lady who made it big after appearing on The Big Bang Theory. She apparently earns $1 million per episode of the show! Did you know she used to date Johnny Galecki, her onscreen partner? She was briefly married to tennis star Ryan Sweeting as well.
Alyssa Milano – $45m
Alyssa Milano is best remembered for her appearance on Who’s The Boss. She has an unbelievable net worth thanks to her expansive acting credits. She has appeared on TV shows like Melrose Place, Charmed, and Mistresses. Outside of acting, she is the mother of two children.
Selena Gomez – $45m
Selena Gomez, like her friend Demi Lovato, also made her debut on Barney & Friends. Many people recognize her as Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place as well. Back then, she was paid $30,000 per episode! She now has a very successful music career. Her relationship with Justin Bieber had also been highly publicized.
Judge Judy- $47m
Judge Judy is one of the richest reality TV stars ever. By 2010, she was making an annual income of $6M! She has been on the small screen since 1996. Impressively, the show is still going strong.
Melissa McCarthy – $50m
We simply cannot get enough of Melissa McCarthy! The comedic actress played Sookie on Gilmore Girls, but she has since expanded her acting career. You probably remember her from Bridesmaids, Spy, and Tammy. We were also impressed by her significant weight loss!
Hugh Hefner – $50m
Hugh Hefner once had a net worth of $200 million. However, it has gone done a considerable amount since Playboy started losing money. Nonetheless, he died with $50 million to his name.
Johnny Galecki – $50m
Johnny Galecki is on this list as well, of course. The Big Bang Theory lead star earned $1 million per episode, so you can bet he saved a lot of money. He has also appeared on I Know What You Did Last Summer, Vanilla Sky, and some Broadway plays. Can you believe he is not actually very geeky?
Jeremy Clarkson – $55m
This opinionated journalist and writer became popular when he began hosting Top Gear. He has numerous assets to his name such as a million-dollar Oxfordshire home, eight luxury cars, and even a lighthouse! It seems like he made the perfect join when he entered the automotive industry.
Natalie Portman – $60m
Natalie Portman has been acting since she was 13 years old. She made her debut with Leon: The Professional, of course. She is now a lot older than that, though she has taken on all sorts of roles for all sorts of movies. In 2012, she got married to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she has two kids.
Adam Levine – $60m
The edgy and dapper singer has dated around until he met the one. He is now married to the Namibian model Behati Prinsloo, the mother of his daughter. Aside from being the front man of Maroon 5, he also appeared on The Voice as a mentor.
Britney Spears – $63m
Britney Spears got her start in the Mickey Mouse Club alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling. However, she is much more popular for her beautiful voice and iconic pop songs. She has gone through a lot of ups and downs in her personal and professional life. We are glad that she has come out of it stronger than ever.
Jennifer Garner – $65m
Jennifer Garner has been acting for over 20 years! Her first onscreen role was in the TV movie Zoya. She has come a long way since then, but she has yet to show any signs of stopping.
Emma Watson – $70m
We are not at all surprised to find Emma Watson on the list! After playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, she has kept acting in other impressive titles. She was even cast as Belle in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast! She is an outspoken feminist and we love her for it.
Kim Cattrall – $75m
Kim Cattrall made her way to public consciousness when she played Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. She even received a Golden Globe for the role. The actress is thrice-married. Like her character, she published a book that detailed her private life!
Kelly Ripa – $75m
All My Children served as the onscreen debut of Kelly Ripa, though it was Live with Regis and Kathie that truly made her a star. After Regis retired, they changed the name of the show to Live with Kelly. She has an annual salary of $20M! Wow.
Larry the Cable Guy – $80m
Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, is a very successful comedic actor and country singer. Over the years, he has come out with seven albums and starred in films like Delta Force, Witless Protection, and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. In 2005, he married Cara Whitney, with whom he has two kids.
Tim Allen – $80m
Tim Allen began acting when he was cast in the ABC show called Home Improvement. The show ran for 8 seasons in the ’90s and Allen was considered the best known ‘handyman’ in America back then. He continued to act when the show wrapped up. He is also the person behind the voice of Buzz Lightyear! He has been playing Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing since 2011.
Bill O’Reilly – $85m
Bill O’Reilly is a host, journalist, and political commentator who made a name for himself after hosting The O’Reilly Factor. The rather conservative journalist started working in the 80s and even worked at WNEP-TV before! He has written fifteen books since then, which contributed to his net worth.
Reba McEntire – $95m
Reba McEntire is a country singer-songwriter who first signed with Mercury Records back in 1975. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Country’, she has sold more than 80 million records! In 1990, she made her film debut with Tremors. Fun fact: this award-winning performer is also the stepmother of Kelly Clarkson’s husband!
Howard Stern – $95m
Howard Stern earned his fame with The Howard Stern Show. He has always wanted to be a radio star since he was little and now it is his reality! At the height of his career, 20 million people were tuning in to his morning show. Aside from radio, he has also hosted and produced talk shows. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Jeff Foxworthy – $100m
Jeff Foxworthy is known as part of the comedy company Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He attended Georgia Tech, though he never graduated. It took him a while before he discovered his inner comedian. He actually worked at IBM for some time, though he changed careers after receiving encouragement from his colleagues. The Jeff Foxworthy Show, his very own sitcom, ran during the mid-nineties as well.
Caitlyn Jenner – $100m
The former Olympian athlete is doing very well for herself! We are sure her athletic career played a part in her impressive net worth, though she also received a lot of publicity after her gender change. Her children seem to be following in her footsteps and making their own marks on the world. She is actually richer than her ex-wife Kris Jenner by $20 million!
Bradley Cooper – $100m
Bradley Cooper seems to have it all, doesn’t he? He is handsome, funny, talented, and very wealthy. The Hangover star made the bulk of his fortune from endorsement deals and acting gigs.
Jesse James – $100m
Jesse James is a reality TV personality who built a bike empire over the course of a decade. He has also ventured into the fashion, publication, restaurant, and entertainment industries. His show Monster Garage ended up becoming one of the best-paid shows on Discovery Channel.
Bill & Hillary Clinton – $110m
Hillary and Bill Clinton have $110M between them. You can break it down to $30 million for Hillary and $80 million for Bill. Their wealth grew when they became household names back in the ’90s. They have profited after doing speaking events, consulting efforts, and writing gigs. It seems like they earned financial assets after receiving both good and bad press!
Roger Moore – $110 million
Roger Moore was the third person to play James Bond. He has made seven 007 films from 1973 to 1985. He starred in Boat World, Spice World, and My Riviera as well. The actor had a philanthropic streak, which showed in his extensive efforts with UNICEF and PETA. Tragically, he succumbed to cancer in 2017.
Angelina Jolie – $160m
Angelina Jolie has been acting for quite some time now! Here’s something you might not know: she lent her voice to Tigress in Kung Fu Panda! Apparently, she was already financially made when she played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Nowadays, she makes sure to give back. She’s a UN Goodwill Ambassador who does not hesitate about going to developing countries.
Gordon Ramsay- $160m
Gordon Ramsay is a world-famous chef who is well-known for his feisty personality, five-star restaurants, and reality TV shows. You probably watched Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares before!
John Travolta – $170m
John Travolta must be used to the spotlight by now. After all, he does have a track record of more than 40 years in the industry! The Face Off and Grease star is a flying enthusiast. He has spent a lot of money on his private plane. Don’t you wish you had a hobby like that? Wow.
Julia Roberts – $170m
Julia Roberts first became famous for her beautiful smile. She has definitely made a name for herself in Hollywood. She must get a lot of offers, though she makes sure to read the script and choose carefully. She can afford to be choosy with the amount of money she has accumulated over the years!
Christopher Nolan – $180m
As the director of many hit films, it comes no surprise to hear how wealthy Chris Nolan is. His reputation as a talented filmmaker precedes him. His reiteration of Batman has certainly changed the direction of superhero movies!
Denzel Washington – $200m
Denzel Washington has two Academy Awards to his name. We love him for his acting chops and that million-dollar smile! We are sure you know him from Malcolm X, Training Day, American Gangster, and Remember The Titans. If you want us to enumerate all of his acting credits, we will be here the whole night!
Wayne Gretzky – $200m
Wayne Gretzky spent 20 years in the NHL, so it makes sense that he made it to the list. He is considered one of the best hockey players ever. He has played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and St. Louis Blues over the years. He has since been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame and now works as the vice-chairman and a partner of the entertainment group of the Edmonton Oilers.
Sandra Bullock – $200m
Sandra Bullock is a Hollywood veteran with twenty years under her belt. This Academy Award-winning actress has appeared in Miss Congeniality, While You Were Sleeping, Practical Magic, The Heat, and Two Weeks Notice. She is the rare actress who can stand her ground in both the comedy and drama genre!
Robert De Niro – $200m
Robert De Niro is yet another talented veteran in the entertainment industry. Despite his advanced age, he continues to act in impressive titles. You can watch him in American Hustle, Last Vegas, Dirty Grandpa, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Intern. Does this man ever rest?!
Harrison Ford – $210m
Harrison Ford is incredibly popular, but we expect nothing less from the man who played both Indiana Jones and Han Solo. He is still going strong and the new Star Wars movie must have boosted his net worth some more. You will also find him in Sabrina, Cowboys & Aliens, the Age of Adeline, What Lies Beneath and Ender’s Game.
Robert Downey Jr. – $220m
We doubt Robert Downey Jr. will ever play a character more iconic than Iron Man. He has been in the industry for a long time now and we admire him for his personal development. You can watch his spectacular acting chops in action in projects like Tropic Thunder, Zodiac, Sherlock Holmes, and the Avengers.
Mark Wahlberg – $225m
Mark Wahlberg had his beginnings as a Cavin Klein model and a New Kids on the Block member. However, his fame reached new heights when he went into acting and producing. He has starred in The Departed, The Fighter, Transformers, and Ted. He is married to Rhea Durham and the father to four kids.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $245m
Were you as happy as we were when Leo DiCaprio finally earned an Oscar? He definitely deserved it. Just watch What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Titanic, Blood Diamond, and the Revenant. The actor is very passionate about climate change – he even worked on a documentary called Before The Flood!
Peter Sallis – $245m
This British actor made a name for himself after he lent his voice to Wallace in Wallace & Gromit. Aside from his voiceover work, he played Norman Clegg in the Last of the Summer Wine. He passed away in June 2017. Rest in peace, Mr. Sallis.
George Clooney – $250m
George Clooney started out on ER. He has since become a household name for his good looks, charm, and acting skills. Like his friend Leo DiCaprio, he is also a human rights and environmental activist. He has gone into producing as well. Man, what we would give to have a man like him in our lives!
Will Smith – $260m
Will Smith first became famous as the Fresh Prince, though he has come a long way. It seems like this man does not rest at all! He has appeared in men In black, Ali, Wild Wild West, Bad Boys, Hancock, Hitch, Suicide Squad, and I Am Legend. He also worked as the producer of films such as The Karate Kid, Annie, and The Secret Life of Bees.
Sean Connery – $300m
Did you know that Sean Connery was once a milkman? The Oscar winner, however, is best known for playing James Bond. Aside from that, he has also appeared in The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, First Knight, The Hunt for Red October, and Macbeth. Like many other actors, he has worked as a producer as well. The actor was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, but he has since retired from acting.
Bjorn Ulvaeus – $300m
Bjorn is a co-founder of the legendary band, Abba. Although Abba became successful, we bet no one anticipated how big it was going to be. Aside from the group, he also did some composing. He also co-produced the musical film Mamma Mia!
Jackie Chan – $300m
Jackie Chan is definitely one of the most popular actors and martial artists ever. The Hong Kong native looks amazing for someone his age. In 1988, he made it big in Hollywood as a comedic actor. We are glad to hear that he is still active in the industry!
Bruce Springsteen – $300m
There is no doubt that Bruce Springsteen, AKA The Boss, is a great musician. He has achieved plenty of success in his career. He started performing in the 60s, though his breakthrough only happened when the 70s rolled in. He has numerous Grammy awards and nominations under his belt. On top of that, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song.
Keanu Reeves – $350m
Is there anything Keanu Reeves cannot do? He has appeared in action films and romantic comedies alike! His onscreen debut was for One Step Away (1985). Since then, he has appeared in hit movies such as Speed, The Matrix, Constantine, The Neon Demon, The Whole Truth, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Lake House. Did you know that he is a big motorcycling enthusiast? He even founded a custom motorcycle shop called Arch Motorcycle Company!
Jessica Alba – $350m
Jessica Alba earned the majority of her fortune from acting. Can you believe that she has been in the industry since she was 13 years old? It’s no wonder this beautiful and talented woman earned so much money!
Taylor Swift – $360m
Surely, you know who Taylor Swift is? There is no way her hits like Love Story, Tim McGraw, Bad Blood, Our Song, and Shake It Off have missed your attention! The musician has also dabbled a little in acting. She played minor roles in films like Valentine’s Day and The Giver.
Clint Eastwood – $375m
Clint Eastwood started his career as an actor, though he later decided to focus on working as a director and producer instead. His films have earned him numerous awards over the years. There is no way you have not heard of Letters from Iwo Jima, American Sniper, Million Dollar Baby, and Unforgiven!
Sylvester Stallone – $400m
Sylvester Stallone is a talented actor who is best known for his work on films like Rambo and Rocky. Did you know that the action star actually became a boxing promoter back in the 80’s? He has been married thrice, though he is now the husband of Jennifer Flavin. He is the father of five children.
Johnny Depp – $400m
Johnny Depp has been in Hollywood for a long time as well. However, he only started earning a fortune in the past decade. He is known for playing off-kilter characters in movies like Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, and Nightmare on Elm Street.
Mel Gibson – $425m
Mel Gibson might not be the most well-loved actor in the industry, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has lots of money to his name. He actually funded Passion of the Christ all on his own! This controversial figure is best known for starring in Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, What Women Want, and The Patriot.
Peter Jackson – $450m
Peter Jackson is the person we have to thank for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His adaptation of the Hobbit has been successful as well. Aside from that, he has three Oscars, a Golden Globe, and four BAFTAs to his name. Did you know that he is passionate about historical preservation as well? Cool.
Victoria Beckham – $450m
Originally a Spice Girl, Victoria is definitely a talented and beautiful lady. However, she has made her fortune as a businesswoman and fashion designer.
Beyoncé Knowles – $450m
Beyonce once made up a third of the group called Destiny’s Child. However, she reached new heights when she went solo. Queen Bey is married to another talented musician, Jay Z. When you are as talented as her, it makes sense you will have $450 million in your bank account.
James Patterson – $470m
James Patterson is the bestselling author of many, many books. The author has been compensated well for his writing skills, especially for the books that received onscreen adaptations. His popular works include Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, 1st to Die, Sunday at Tiffany’s, Cross, Zoo, and Women’s Murder Club.
Rush Limbaugh – $470m
Rush Limbaugh is a political commentator and radio host. His popular and controversial radio show is called The Rush Limbaugh Show. He has always been outspoken about his conservative opinions.
Coldplay – $475m
Coldplay is a British rock band that has reached a level of fame few music groups have. They boast of seven albums and plenty of tours. Initially formed in 1996, the band consists of Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Guy Berryman, and Chris Martin. Did you know they used to be called Pectoralz and Starfish?
Tom Cruise – $500m
Tom Cruise was making such a huge impact on the industry that he was called Mr. Reliable. Any movie with him was a guaranteed hit! This was what it was like for the following projects: Top Gun, Eyes Wide Shut, Mission Impossible, Jerry McGuire, Minority Report, Jack Reacher, and The Last Samurai.
Elton John – $500m
Sir Elton John might have peaked in the ’70s, but he is still relevant to this day. The musician has been performing for about five decades now! Among other things, he has also taken home five Brit Awards, five Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and a Tony. He is passionate about raising HIV/AIDS awareness – so much that he even started the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Mariah Carey – $520m
Mariah Carey is another musician who has made an impressive amount of money. She has put in more effort than anyone else in the biz. This diva definitely deserves the fruit of her labor!
Shah Rukh Khan – $600m
Shah Rukh Khan is a Bollywood actor who is considered the highest grossing Indian actor ever. The King of Bollywood has 80 films and numerous awards to his name. He is the husband of Gauri and the father to three kids. Interestingly, he follows the Islamic faith, whereas she is Hindu.
Chuck Lorre – $600m
Chuck Lorre is a composer, producer, and writer for the small screen. He is best known for creating Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. According to Lorre, it has not always been easy. He once said, “I am wired on some deep level to seek out something to be worried and obsess about.”
Celine Dion – $630m
Celine Dion has earned her fortune with album sales and a contract with MGM Grand Vegas. This talented musician will forever be relevant. Her work on the Titanic soundtrack will be forever relevant. We also adore her albums One Heart, Miracle, A New Day Has Come, Let’s Talk About Love, and Taking Chances.
Dr. Dre – $700m
Dr. Dre is the brains behind NWA Records. He also discovered Eminem and created the electronics company called Beats By Dre. As you can see, he did not get to $700M without putting in the work. He has also dipped his toes into acting. It all started with Set It Off (1996). Fairly recently, he produced the biographical film, Straight Outta Compton.
James Cameron – $700m
James Cameron is the talented director responsible for Titanic and Avatar. Did you know that he met Suzy Amis, his wife, while shooting Titanic? She played the granddaughter of the protagonist at the time. Cameron is also a philanthropist and environmentalist who makes sizeable contributions to certain causes.
Jay-Z – $700m
Jay-Z is considered the Godfather of Rap. It’s pretty fitting since he has been working in the music biz for three decades now. He is a rapper, music producer, and husband of Queen Beyonce. He has produced films as well. He recently worked on Annie.
P Diddy – $760m
P Diddy, AKA Sean Combs, might be keeping out of the limelight recently, but don’t worry – he still has $760M wealth intact. He remains in the background of the music business as he dabbles in the film and alcohol industry.
Madonna – $800m
Madonna has enjoyed an incredible career over the years. The Princess AND Queen of Pop has earned a huge fortune. She is the mother of three kids: Lourdes, Rocco, and David. She has also dabbled in acting – do you remember The Next Best Thing (2000)?
U2 – $838m
U2 was once the greatest band in the world. It has been nearly four decades and $800 million since then! The Irish band certainly made its mark on history. Bono, Adam Clayton, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. formed U2 in 1976. They have certainly been through a lot together.
Jerry Bruckheimer – $850m
Jerry Bruckheimer is a bigshot Hollywood movie producer. He has $850 million to his name, so this makes perfect sense. Some of his projects include Top Gun, Con Air, Bad Boys, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and Beverly Hills Cop. He has worked on TV shows like Cold Case, CSI, and The Amazing Race as well!
J.K. Rowling – $1bn
J.K. Rowling has been in the limelight ever since the Harry Potter books became a hit. It’s hard to believe she used to be on welfare. This is definitely an inspiring rags-to-riches tale. We are incredibly thankful for the magical world she has introduced us to.
Paul McCartney – $1.2bn
It does not get much better than the success Paul McCartney has attained in the music world. Although he rarely plays nowadays, he doesn’t really have to anymore. Did you know that he appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? If you are a fan of his music, you should also know that he released a collection of his entire discography in 2016.
Andrew Lloyd Webber – $1.2bn
Andrew Lloyd Webber is probably the most successful composer alive. Did you know that Cats is the fourth longest-running Broadway show ever? Of course, let us not forget that The Phantom of the Opera is in the top spot. He is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. He also has multiple Grammys and Tonys under his belt. Whoa.
Jami Gertz – $2bn
You probably remember Jami Gertz from Crossroads, Twister, Quicksilver, The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, and Less Than Zero. She has appeared on the small screen in projects like The Neighbors and Still Standing as well. She is married to Antony Ressler, with whom she has gone into business ventures.
Oprah Winfrey – $3.2bn
Oprah Winfrey earned her humungous fortune with her incredible business skills, hard work, and maybe a tinge of luck. Her talk show paved the path for her, and she has since launched a network of her own. She has also gone into acting, but only when the right role falls into her lap. There is no way she will take on a role that does not represent a strong African-American woman.
Steven Spielberg – $3.6bn
Steven Spielberg has made so much money thanks to his hit films like ET, Super 8, and Jaws. He has such a huge influence on pop culture and the collective human psyche. We are glad that his art has received the recognition it deserves.
George Lucas – $5.4bn
George Lucas created Star Wars, though he later sold it to Disney for a whopping $4 billion. Clearly, it shot it him to the top of this list! Did you know that he also co-created and co-wrote the Indiana Jones films? Man, couldn’t he have spared us some of his talent?
Jenna Jameson – $10m
Jenna Jameson is best known for her work in the adult industry back in the ’90s. Over the course of her career, she has appeared in many movies, directed several, and published a couple of books. She might have gone into retirement, but her legacy will last a lifetime.
Jim Carrey – $150 million
Comedic actor Jim Carrey is known for starring in hilarious movies like Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura, and Bruce Almighty. However, he has also shown us his serious acting chops with The Number 23, The Bad Batch, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. What a legend!
Queen Elizabeth II – $485 million
Are you surprised to find her on the list? That was a rhetorical question, of course. It seems like the Queen has experienced some financial ups and downs on the list, though it has never been an unimpressive amount.
Bill Cosby – $400m
Did you know that Bill Cosby has $400 million to his name? The Cosby Show star recently made headlines after numerous allegations against him. His trial was well-publicized, and the media covered it until his conviction. It was a huge deal since some allegations went all the way back to the ’60s. There were 60 women who stepped forward to accuse him as well.
Stan Lee – $50 – 80 million
There is no other comic book writer more famous and successful than Stan Lee. We owe him for creating the Marvel characters we all admire so much. His net worth is nothing to laugh at, though some feel like it could have been higher. Apparently, he made several poor business decisions in the past. He passed away on November 12, 2018. Rest in peace, hero.
Lady Gaga – $300 million
Lady Gaga is a star whichever way you want to look at it. This must be the reason the talented musician was chosen to star in the critically-acclaimed A Star Is Born. She entered the entertainment industry in 2018 – she has come a long way since then. She has a loyal following (called Little Monsters) thanks to her abundance of charisma and talent. It is not a mystery at all how she attained her $300 million net worth! More power to you, Gaga.