There are two things everybody loves: celebrities and money. So when these two things are combined, in the form of rich celebrities, it’s like a dream come true. What could be more worth the time and effort to gawk over than a celebrity who also has loads of money to throw around?
Without further delay, here are the 10 richest celebs from around the world.
1. George Lucas
Of course the guy who gave Yoda life would have a lot of money. Lucas had over $1 billion before he sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, and that little sale earned him an additional $4.1 billion. Let’s all be honest though, we’re quite glad he passed the franchise along. Would any of us have survived another Jar-Jar Binks?
2. Steven Spielberg
Hot on the heels of Lucas is the other big name in Hollywood; Steven Spielberg. It’s not his directing skills that made him rich, though, but rather his dealings behind the scene. After he sold Dreamworks Animation in 2016, his net value rose to an astonishing $3.6 billion.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Being the legendary queen of talk shows has it’s perks, it seems, with Oprah Winfrey having a reported value of about $3.1 billion. Though it isn’t just her world-renowned show that raked in all the money. Her OWN brand, a social media, marketing, and advertising network, is a big earner that continues to churn out dollar bills today.
4. Michael Jordan
They say that athletes have no career once they have past their physical peak, but Michael Jordan proves this wrong. The big man earned around $94 million when he was a basketball star, but raked in a further $1.3 billion from brand deals with Nike, after he retired.
5. David Copperfield
A bit of a surprise at number 5, the legendary illusionist has amassed a fortune of around $875 million. How? By doing 600 Vegas shows a year at the MGM Grand, that’s how. Apparently he rarely performs to a house that isn’t full, which says a lot about what being a household name can do for you. If his wealth is inspiring, you can always try your luck and see if you’ve got the magic touch at a casino – you never know when it might be your lucky day!
Known as a music industry icon, the $820 million to Diddy’s name has nothing to do music at all. The big money came from vodka, tequila, and clothing brand deals. So it just goes to show; music will give you a name, but booze will earn the real money.
A similar story to Diddy, Jay-Z started out as a rapper, but only raked in serious cash beyond creating pleasant tunes. His $810 million fortune came from a champagne brand, and creating a digital music streaming service. The fact that he is married to Beyoncé doesn’t hurt his earning potential either.
8. Tiger Woods
Do you earn $750 million from playing golf? Of course not. Like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods got in touch with Nike, and that’s when the millions started rolling in. He has just got back into golf though, so apparently even multi-millionaires like a bit of exercise from time to time.
9. Dr. Dre
Another rapper turned savvy millionaire, Dr. Dre struck gold with the ‘Beats by Dre’ range of headphones. The brand sold for over $3 billion to Apple, but Dre apparently only got to keep around $740 million.
10. James Patterson
It truly is amazing that an author made the list in this day and age. Patterson is a world-renowned author, but amassed $730 million on deals to turn his books into films. Who says you can’t still become a multi-millionaire from being a writer? J.K Rowling and E.L James are also living proof!