The 20 Richest Celebrity of the World
Gaining from endorsement deals, royalty amounts and fat pay packets the net worth of celebrities can shoot up to hundreds of millions dollars. Here is a list of the super-rich 20 wealthiest celebrities from the community of actors, musical artists and professional sportspersons who are still performing. That does not include billionaires such as Oprah or Michael Jordan or people operating mainly from the back, such as directors or producers.
Though nobody in this catalog hit billionaire ranking, the highest two celebrities – pop icon Madonna and skilled golfer Tiger Woods – are near, with 910 million dollars and 900 million dollars in the bank, consecutively. Jerry Seinfeld stood at No.3, carrying a total worth of 860 million dollars, rendering him the richest comedian and star globally.
The following is the list of the 20 richest celebrities even now in the running:
- Gloria Estefan
Net Worth: $380 million
Listeners over the US initially noticed Gloria Estefan during the middle-1980s as the main lead of the pop-salsa band “Miami Sound Machine” that was launched by her husband, Emilio Estefan.
They became affluent through their music professions and different ventures have also contributed to their net value further, such as their multimedia entertainment enterprises Estefan Enteprises, a share in the Miami Dolphins, and proprietorship of hotel chains and restaurants in Florida.
- Tyler Perry
Net Value: $390 million
Playwright-cum-Hollywood-producer Tyler Perry created the famous stage play sequence he later applied for film.
Perry has played the regular title actor, Madea, a candid aged black woman, for almost 2 dozen performances and films from the late 1990s. Till date, sixteen Perry-named films have fetched over $765 million across the box office on allocations as little as 10 million dollars. Perry, stationed in Atlanta, set up Tyler Perry Studios ten years earlier and created 7 TV plays, 4 of which are presently broadcast on Oprah Winfrey Channel, like the popular play “The Haves and the Have Nots” besides the sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor.”
- Mel Gibson
Net Value: $400 million
Mel Gibson made his debut in “Summer City”, and moved on to act in series of Australian plays and films like the “Mad Max” trilogy, before becoming famous in U.S. Gibson, being a gifted actor starred initially in films like “Hamlet” and the series titled “Lethal Weapon” which granted him a paycheck of $30 million on the fourth film. He also became producer cum director and co launched Icon Productions. He received two Academy Awards for “Braveheart” in the best picture and best director category, which he produced, performed and also directed. Gibson’s greatest financial success till date is the 2004 spiritual epic, “The Passion of the Christ”, which was produced plus directed by him. The film cost almost $30 million, but it earned approximately $612 million globally.
- Johnny Depp
Net Value: $440 million
Though as a teenager, Johnny Depp desired to pursue music, but his initial attempts in the 1980’s met with no success, so Depp moved into acting. He got his first noticeable break in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in the year 1984 and starred in the television series “21 Jump Street” in 1987. His career shot up from that role and he became Hollywood’s leading name and assisted directors such as Tim Burton.
In 2003, he got cast into the character of Captain Jack Sparrow featuring for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Black Pearl,” that aggregated $654 million globally and an approval for Oscar.
The franchise of the “Pirates” is Depp’s greatest project that is financially a success and the series also got a second installment titled, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” reaching above $one billion across the world. He presently performs with his group band, Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper, the rocker.
- Tom Hanks
Net Value: $470 million
The actor cum producer, Tom Hanks stands as the fourth highest revenue generating actor of the box office with a career spanning forty years and touching 45 films in lead role. He was widely acclaimed for films, like “Philadelphia”, his film that was the second-highest grossing picture ever made was “Forrest Gump”, “Apollo 13”, and Pixar’s megahit “Toy Story”. In 1998, Hanks launched the production enterprise Playtone, a joint producer of box-office hits “The Polar Express,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and the romantic comedy movie, “Mamma Mia”. The production company also produced numerous Emmy-winning Television sequences in collaboration with HBO, like “Band of Brothers”.
- Elton John
Net value: $470 million
Elton John’s musical career has spanned over fifty year and till date, he has brought out 27 platinum albums that was a sell-out that reached 250 million records across the world. He presently gives his performance in Las Vegas and his event called “Million Dollar Piano” began in 2011 and gave him earnings of $11.4 million for his tours in 2015. He also co-launched Rocket Music Entertainment Group, a firm that dealt with artist management and Rocket Pictures, a movie production firm. He had won the Grammy Awards five times and an Academy Award for “Lion King”.
- Beyonce Knowles
Net Value: $470
Beyonce Knowles had her break as one of the all-female pop unit Destiny’s Child. She went all alone from there and topped the 2000 and 2010 charts with popular numbers like “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies”.
In the course, Beyonce also clinched a number of endorsement bargains for L’Oreal brands, acted in many movies like “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Hudson, launched her apparel line House of Dereon and tied the knot with rapper Jay Z and the economic worth of the couple is more than $1 billion. She had collected 20 Grammy’s in her musical career featuring successful albums like “Drunk in Love and “***Flawless”. Beyonce launched a visual album, “Lemonade,” on HBO, that turned out to be her 6th album that sold one million copies and stood at No.1 on the Billboard.
- Mariah Carey
Net Value: $520 million
The pop artist, Mariah Carey, praised for her famous vocal range that reached five-octave, made her earnings mainly from profitable record deals. At 18, Carey was signed by Columbia Records, and released with them 7 studio albums, that feature her self-titled launching album of 1990 and one of the highest selling Christmas albums ever. She broke off with Columbia in 2001, for a contract of five-albums with Virgin Records at a whopping $80 million. But after the failure of her film, “Glitter”, and its given soundtrack, Virgin terminated its contract within less than a year and a payout of $28 million, in addition to the reported $21 million received after signing.
Immediately after, Island Def Jam Records bagged the Grammy winner with a deal of $20 million. She released her best-selling five albums at Island Def Jam that included her record, “The Emancipation of Mimi”. She also earned an amount of $18 million by being a judge for one-season on “American Idol”.
- Tom Cruise
Net Value: $540 million
Tom Cruise’s first film in 1981 was “Endless Love”, and the big break came with “Risky Business” in 1983 which grossed above $63 million and the paycheck received by Cruise was $75,000. His career really took off from this film and he gave hits such as “Top Gun” and “Rain Man” before he reached the highest in his most profitable franchise for the film: “Mission: Impossible.” The first installment from producing this film brought Cruise $70 million. Similarly, Cruise also pocketed payouts for the other five-film franchise that had piled up $2.7 billion across the world at the box office.
- Shah Rukh Khan
Net Value: $550 million
Shah Rukh Khan is India’s richest acting star, who has dominated Bollywood for over 20 years. His more than 50 titles includes hit movies like “Chennai Express” and “My Name is Khan”. Actually, Khan’s wealth rose mainly from his many endorsements that at any particular time is more than 20 engagements and includes automobiles, face cream and house paints. He transacted with leading firms like Pepsi and Nokia. Besides, he is the owner of a production firm, Red Chillies Entertainment and also a cricket team known as the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League.
- Jay Z
Net Value: $570 million
This 21time winner of Grammy Jay Z, the husband of Beyonce is music industry’s first couple who figure in the billion-dollar couple. He is a rapper and producer who operates an extensive business empire that started when he became the president of Def Ham Records in 2004 and the firm purchased his brand, Roc-A-Fella, at a stated amount of $10million after signing a renewal contract of $20 million with him. Jay Z sold his clothing brand, Rocawear in 2007 for $204million to the Iconix Brand Group. He initiated Roc Nation, with a $150 million contract with Live Nation Entertainment for ten years. He has also cashed on adverstiments with Reebok and Duracell Powermat and is the owner of a Champagne label, Armand de Brignac and a group of sports bars plus lounges.
- LeBron James
Net Value: $600 million
This athlete who was thrice NBA champion had stacked up $170 million from NBA earnings. His main fortune comes from advertisements. In 2006, James established LRMR Marketing and transacted endorsement deals with firms like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and also Dunkin Donuts. His greatest profitable collaboration is with Nike that gave him a deal of $1billion worth.
Net Value: $610 million
The frontman of the U2, the Irish rock band, Bono that has been placed as the world’s most favorite bands in the year 1987 with chartbusting album “The Joshua Tree” has received 22 Grammy awards and No.1 albums in succession. Despite his whole time profession with U2, a major share of Bono’s wealth results from his investment firm, Elevation Partners. The group bought a 2.3% hold in Facebook that was valued at $1.4 billion in 2015.
- Paul McCartney
Net Value: $690 million
Paul Mc Cartney, the British singer cum songwriter cut across America in the 1960’s with rock plus rhythm as a performer of the Beatles group. After the sensational Beatles was disbanded, McCartney spent the larger part of his career spanning decades as an individual artist. This talented musician was named as the UK’s highest successful albums performer, with over 700 million completely sold albums, besides 22 No. one British albums. Not to mention of his winning the Grammy Awards 18 times.
- Celine Dion
Net Value: $700 million
Her fortune of $700 million has taken four decades and she has sold more than 52.5 million albums across the United States. As per the Billboard plus Nielsen Soundscan her maximum-selling album, “Falling Into You,” reached 10.8 million copies in the United States. She is also a winner of Grammy for five times and her residencies at Las Vegas have amassed $260 million. She is also a co-owner of the Schwartz Deli restaurant and owner of a firm that conducts artist management named Les Productions Feeling located at Montreal, Quebec.
- Dr. Dre
Net Value: $730 million
Andre Young, popularly recognized as Dr. Dre initially began as a rapper in Los Angeles, where he became famous with the rap group NWA during the later part of 1980’s.
He later left the group and released an individual album in 1993 titled, “The Chronic,” that went for triple platinum and gave him a Grammy. He moved into production and diversified into retail with the launching of Beats by Dre headphone and added streaming facility Beats Music in 2014. Apple purchased this venture at a price of $3 billion which was its biggest acquisition for all times and made Dre earn a large part of his wealth. Besides, the NWA biopic titled,” Straight Outta Compton,” that was jointly produced by Dre was launched in 2015 in the theaters that aggregated more than $200 million globally.
- P. Diddy
Net Value: $780 million
Music legend Sean “Diddy” launced Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group in the year 1994 and launched its flagship record brand, Bad Boy Records, He also holds the position of Chairman of the firm that is at present an unit of Sony’s Epic Records. It has grossed a total of 400 million records and created 38 platinum plus multiplatinum singles since it began. He also produced records that won awards and music videos for performers like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige. His other engagements feature men’s dress brand, Sean John and joint ownership with the creators of Ciroc vodka and Revolt TV and Media.
- Jerry Seinfeld
Net Value: $860 million
Jerry Seinfeld did his first stand-up at the “Catch a Rising Star” mic night in 1976. His profession shot up when he attained a place at the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. His career graph rose in 1989 when he along with Larry David produced the hit sitcom having his namesake, “Seinfeld.” The show continued for nine seasons and its season finale was viewed by 76.3 million watchers. In its final season, Seinfeld himself charged $1 million per episode and it was calculated in 2014 that the show generated $3.1billion after going for syndication in 1995. In 2015, a licensing agreement was signed by Hulu for $160 million for streaming the programme on its portal. He is also the President and proprietor of Columbus 81 Productions.
- Tiger Woods
Net Value: $900 million
Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament at the age of 21 which be debuted when he was a college student of 19 years. Woods’ career caught momentum after that, as at the age of 24 he became the only youngest player to win all the four leading golf titles. As a matter of fact, inspite of his many victories, less than ten percent of his income resulted from his prize money and maximum from endorsements. After becoming professional, Woods signed his initial contract with Nike which was a deal of five years under which he was paid $40 million and he remained with the brand since then. Throughout his career, he has associated with various companies like Buick, Gillette and Gatorade. He is at present the wealthiest living athlete.
Net Value: $910 million
Famous musician and recording performer, Madonna has made a profitable career in entertainment for over 30 years. She is the winner of Grammy for seven times and ended her tenth world tour which was her final one with Live Nation Entertainment for $120 million and a ten-year contract. Madonna is also presently the top-most grossing individual touring artist ever. She has in fact sold albums over 300 million.