We all know that Hollywood stars earn a lot of money. But do you know just how much they are cashing in at the bank? We looked at the net worths of some of the wealthiest celebrities. The list includes celebrity directors, talk show hosts, comedians, and actresses.
Some of these stars are career celebrities with decades of fame and fortune. They aren’t all “old” people. Or perhaps they just don’t have that much money in the bank. So, without further ado, check out some of the richest celebrities, according to Celebrity Net Worth. You can also see how they compare to the net worths of America’s top business tycoons.
30. Dakota Johnson – $14 Million
Fans know her from the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, but her career began long before her breakout role. Johnson is not just an American actress, but a model as well. She was involved in various projects over the years and has also showcased her extensive acting range to everyone in Hollywood.
Her career began in modeling when she was 12 years old. Johnson felt like she had an interest in this career and pursued it. She also appeared in Teen Vogue at one point during her career. You might also remember her from minor roles in films like The Social Network, Beastly, The Five-Year Engagement, and 21 Jump Street.
29. Olivia Munn – $25 million
Munn is a fantastic female actress who has earned a substantial net worth through her years of work. Her most notable role is probably in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” where she played Sloan Sabbith. However, she has also been in several films and television shows during her time in Hollywood.
Aside from that, she’s been smart with her money and how she’s invested it. She was an early investor in Uber and invested in Wag, the dog walking app. She has also invested in Blue Bottle Coffee, which Nestle acquired, so she’s making her money work for her.
28. Margot Robbie – $26 million
Robbie is an Australian actress who has made a name for herself in the world of Hollywood. She’s become a trendy choice for films and is slowly but surely becoming one of the industry’s highest-paid actresses. Margot Robbie has starred in quite a few blockbusters and has even received a few Academy Award nominations.
Robbie has showcased her incredible acting range, which has made her a popular choice for productions. This “Harley Quinn actress” can play everything from historical figures to superheroes. She’s also collaborated with her producer husband to make a production company called LuckyChap Entertainment. She will be rising in the ranks of net worths over the years to come.
27. Melanie Griffith – $40 Million
Griffith began her fantastic acting career back in the ’70s and became a massive star during the ’80s. She has many notable film performances and has scooped up quite a few awards throughout her Hollywood career. She took home a Golden Globe for the role she played in the film “Working Girl.”
Since then, she has continued with her acting career in films until the late ’90s. After that, she seemed to favor television work more. Griffith is now also a very accomplished producer. Apart from her work on the screen, she’s been the topic of hot gossip and tabloids thanks to her relationships with other famous actors like Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas. She is also Dakota Johnson’s mother.
26. Kate Hudson – $80 million
Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn, is an actress as well and an entrepreneur, thanks to her Fabletics brand. She founded this company with two other partners, and the subscription athleisure company has been doing well since its launch in July 2013. They work in an e-commerce space but have also opened a few retail stores.
Hudson owns about 20% of the company, and it earns a pretty penny. Apart from that, she got her big break in Hollywood in the 2001 film “Almost Famous.” Since then, she has been a big hit in romantic comedy films such as “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” with Matthew McConaughey.
25. Ellen Pompeo – $85 million
The favorite TV doctor from Gray Sloan Memorial hospital, Pompeo has become the highest-paid actress on TV and one of the highest-paid actresses. This talented actress is the ultimate female powerhouse in her role as Meredith Grey. A new season has just begun airing, and many fans hope the show will continue forever.
She earns around $20 million a year from that role alone. You can imagine how much she makes per episode. Pompeo has also transitioned from just being an actress on the show to be one of the program’s top producers. If someone ever paid us $85 million, we might call a doctor immediately for some resuscitation.
24. Charlize Theron – $130 million
Hailing from South Africa, Theron has made the American dream come true. She’s become an actress, model, and producer with an incredibly impressive net worth of $130 million. Not only does this beautiful woman blow us away on the big screen, but Theron also works for companies as a brand ambassador. She has worked with Raymond Weil and Christian Dior.
When you combine all the amounts paid from her various jobs, she snaps up a spot as one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. Her annual income is around $40 million, so her net worth will grow and grow. From Monster to multimillionaire, Theron has made it big.
23. Scarlett Johansson – $140 million
Johansson is a favorite superhero in the Avengers and has an astounding net worth to match. Johansson had become even more popular over her career, which started when she was just a child. The star actress went to school at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Professional Children’s School. It helped to kickstart her very successful career in acting.
Johansson has been one of the highest-paid actresses for over a decade now and is also one of the highest-grossing box office stars. She’s also added brand endorser to her resume and makes about $10-20 million from each film and endorsement. Her film debut was back in 1994 in “North.” It’s only upwards for her from here.
22. Reese Witherspoon – $150 million
She stole everyone’s hearts in the feature film “Legally Blonde” and has continued to be on our screens or in the movies since then. Reese Witherspoon has won Golden Globes and has now added producer to her list of talents. She has produced incredible series such as Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere.
Witherspoon balances all of this while being a mom. This actress, producer, and entrepreneur has a net worth of about $150 million. Despite her incredibly significant net worth, she remains a down-to-earth Southern belle. Reese is one of the most popular actresses and has won herself an Academy Award and an Emmy.
21. Sofia Vergara – $180 million
The Columbian-born Vergara made us laugh until we cried for years on Modern Family. Vergara is an actress and model with a jaw-dropping net worth. She has some great endorsement deals under her belt, which is just a bonus with her acting paychecks. She has also become one of the highest-paid actresses of the last few years.
Vergara has taken her success from television to the big screen and landed herself roles in major motion pictures. Her face is so beautiful that many commercials want her in it. She’s also become a judge on America’s Got Talent and earns a large salary each year doing that as well.
20. Jennifer Aniston – $200 million
Our favorite friend, Jennifer Aniston, has made the most of her career in Hollywood with a massive net worth of $200 million. Not only is she one of the highest-paid actresses, but she’s also definitely an overall fan favorite. She does her best work in comedy, and fans love it when they see her on the big screen or when we watch Friends reruns.
She played the role of Rachel Green for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. From that, she turned into a household name and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Since then, people have spotted her on the big screen in romantic comedy hits such as Along Came Polly, The Break-Up, and Bruce Almighty. What’s next on the cards for Jen? We can’t wait to find out.
19. Leonardo DiCaprio – $260 million
Here’s something you might not know about Hollywood heartthrob DiCaprio. He got his start by starting in commercials and television roles when he was a child. His breakthrough happened when he was 14 years old when he starred in a Mattel commercial for Matchbox cars. Look where he is now.
He’s an actor, producer, and philanthropist whose net worth is remarkable. DiCaprio earned just $2.5 million from his iconic role in Titanic. He then earned another $40 million from it, thanks to a 1.8% cut from backend points. Where else has DiCaprio made money? He’s made it from endorsement deals and some real estate investments.
18. Will Smith – $300 million
Mr. West Philadelphia born-and-raised has an incredibly successful career from acting to film producing and also rapping. He earns around $40 million each year from his gigs. This Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star has even earned about $80 million in some more successful years. He made between $20-$30 million for each movie at the peak of his career.
These days he makes money from Netflix movies and is earning $35 million for the sequel of “Bright.” Not only that, but he’s become a star on social media as well. This rapper and actor has millions and millions of followers on Instagram and is building up quite the following on Tik Tok as well.
17. Brad Pitt – $300 million
He really would be the richest man in the world if he had Jennifer Aniston on his arm – the two have sparked romance rumors this year, and fans still holding out hope for that. But, to keep him company, for now, he’s got plenty of dollar signs in his bank account and a net worth of $300 million.
Pitt has become one of the world’s most famous actors and always earns a minimum of $20 million per major motion picture he works on. This actor made a name for himself thanks to the nominations for Academy Awards. Pitt even won in 2014 as a producer for one of the films that won Best Picture.
16. Adam Sandler – $420 million
Sandler has given us hours of laughter over the years, so he’s deserving of his $420 million net worth. What was his big moment? It was when he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live and then transitioned into the world of Hollywood. At some points of his career, he’s been the highest-paid entertainer in movies.
He still can make between $50-$60 million each year from all of his endeavors. Sandler is undoubtedly one of the world’s richest actors at the moment, and we’re hoping he’ll have a new comedy out soon; fans certainly need one after the year we’ve all had.
15. Robert De Niro – $500 million
De Niro has been around for a while, making the most of his time in Hollywood. He’s been a stage actor, an on-screen actor, a director, and a producer to build his net worth of $500 million. He’s been some of the most memorable characters in movies, from Taxi Driver to The Godfather II.
Being an actor was always in his blood as his parents were both artists. His mother was a painter, and his father was a painter and sculptor. Since then, he has continued to bring art to our screens with fantastic acting. Sometimes De Niro is behind the camera to make sure the magic happens for the audience.
14. George Clooney – $500 million
Fans adore watching Clooney on the screen in movies or Nespresso commercials. He’s not only an actor but a screenwriter, director, and activist as well. Through all these endeavors, he has become incredibly wealthy with a net worth of $500 million. It all began with his first significant role in the popular TV series, ER.
He left this role five years later and went on to become a feature film actor. Clooney starred in several popular films like Ocean’s 11, The Perfect Storm, Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. He also made an appearance as a supporting actor in the film Syriana, for which he won an Academy Award. He was also nominated that year for writing and directing the movie Good Night, and Good Luck.
13. Rihanna – $550 million
Rihanna is a Barbados-born singer, songwriter, and actress with a net worth of $550 million. The musician is one of the most popular and commercially successful music artists in the world today. In any given year, Rihanna earns $40– $80 million from her expanding empire. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Rihanna earned $65 million. Between June 2019 and June 2020, she earned $45 million.
A large portion of her net worth is attributable to the value of her Fenty Beauty Line, which is a partnership with luxury goods company LVMH. The brand generates north of $100 million in revenue. She owns 15% of the agreement. Rihanna also co-owns a lingerie brand called Savage X Fenty. She launched a Fenty clothing brand in 2019 as well.
12. Tom Cruise – $600 million
Cruise has a $600 million net worth. He’s been on our screens for the last three decades, and has left his mark. He’s been in many on-screen blockbusters. Did you know how he initially got into the acting scene due to a knee injury!
He could no longer participate on the wrestling team because of the injury, so he joined the drama club instead. After high school, he made the big decision to move to LA to pursue his acting career. Mr. Cruise got his big break in Risky Business, and he even got his first Golden Globe nomination for this role. His other noteworthy films are Top Gun, Rain Man, Mission: Impossible, and A Few Good Men.
11. Dolly Parton – $600 million
Country singer Parton is worth a whole lot at $600 million. This fabulous singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur, and, of course, philanthropist deserves everything she’s worth. She’s been performing for over 50 years and has had a total of 25 number one singles. Working nine to five has paid off for Dolly Parton.
Parton has sold more than 100 million albums, and this doesn’t include the albums on which other artists have sold featuring her songs. She has also used her money to invest in Tennessee by doing philanthropic work as well as spreading her entrepreneurial wings. She created Dollywood, the 24th most-visited theme park in the United States, with about three million visitors each year. This long-running superstar also has a book program that offers free books to children around the country.
10. Kylie Jenner – $700 million
Jenner used to be the little girl who occasionally showed up on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She’s all grown up now, and her net worth is a clear representation of that. Kylie has become a force to be reckoned with as she is a reality television star and, more importantly, a cosmetics entrepreneur. That’s mainly what her net worth is from.
Kylie Cosmetics grew and grew, and from this and some of her other endeavors, she earns about $40-100 million a year. She sold 51% of her company to Coty Inc. in November of 2019 and pulled in $600 million from the deal. They valued the company at $1.2 billion, and she’s still earning an incredible amount with just a 45% stake in the company.
9. Madonna – $850 million
Madonna rocks the stage and is one of America’s best-selling song artists. She has a net worth of $850 million and is one of the most influential artists of our time. She pushes boundaries and is always up to put on a show. Her first two singles quickly became big hits in US clubs – these singles were “Everybody” and “Burning Up.”
From this point, there was no stopping Madonna. Her next album was “Like A Virgin” and it became her first number one album. Not only that, but it was the first album by a female artist in the US that sold over five million copies. Madonna has also become a very successful businesswoman and founded an entertainment company called Maverick.
8. Kim Kardashian West – $900 million
Kardashian-West was the catalyst in the Kardashian family’s fame. All the scandal surrounding her made the perfect premise for a new hit reality TV show. Since then, she has become known for much more than being Paris Hilton’s sidekick and a reality television star. The best way to describe Kim is a mogul.
She’s currently one of the world’s highest-earning celebrities, and her net worth is $900 million. One of Kim’s most valuable assets is her KKW Beauty Line – it has a gross revenue of $100 million each year. She also has earned a lot of royalties from her mobile game: Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. People have downloaded it about 60 million times.
7. Jay-Z – $1 billion
Jay-Z is much more than a rapper, producer, and businessman. He’s worth a whopping $1 billion. Jay-Z earned most of this money through his music career. However, this New York native also has clothing, cologne, and clubs. His real name is Sean Carter, and he has also added a successful entrepreneur to his already impressive resume.
Carter became a billionaire in June 2019 due to the great empire he created over the decades. That hard work includes his tours, endorsements, and investments with Tidal, D’Usse, and Armand de Brignac champagne. He also makes investments using Marcy Venture Partners, which raised $85 million in 2019 alone.
6. Tyler Perry – $1 billion
Fans love Tyler Perry’s films, but he’s also an actor, director, producer, and playwright! He is now one of the most well-paid directors in the entertainment industry and has so many credits to his name. Mr. Perry has directed more than 30 movies and eight television shows. He earns about $250 million each year from all of his projects.
He also has a production company which earns $150 million each year. It has one deal with ViacomCBS, and this makes a lot of money for him. He’s a self-made billionaire, and it all started from one single play that he wrote and produced. Perry did this all while living in his car. This creative writer also gets 100% of the revenues and profits from his multimedia empire.
5. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
McCartney became famous when The Beatles rose to fame and fortune. He has a net worth of $1.2 billion. Since then, this Beatle has built himself the reputation of being one of the most successful musicians and composers in pop music history. It’s not really a surprise that Mr. McCartney is currently one of the wealthiest musicians in the industry.
When McCartney was still touring, he was earning between $50-$70 million from that. Apart from going on tour, which he no longer does, this former Beatle earns millions from royalties and licensing fees. He has his own publishing company called MPL Communications, and this company owns the copyrights of many hit songs through the ages.
4. Kanye West – $3.2 billion
West has become a controversial figure in Hollywood over the last few years, but he earned his astounding net worth of $3.2 billion. He has gone from rapper to fashion designer as well as being an entrepreneur. His fame initially came from his album, The College Dropout, which was released back in 2004.
Now West is one of the most successful musicians with 21 Grammy wins and 69 nominations. However, his music has taken a backseat over the past few years. Instead, this genius has been focusing on his Yeezy/Adidas partnership and his own clothing line. When you combine his and his wife Kim Kardashian West’s net worth, they have a staggering total of $4.1 billion.
3. Oprah Winfrey – $3.5 billion
Winfrey came from a background of poverty and abuse, but she’s now one of the most influential people of our time. She became the very first black female news anchor at WLAC-TV in Nashville. Furthermore, Oprah was also the station’s youngest anchor. She proved herself to be invaluable at the age of 22 and was co-anchoring the six o’clock news.
She is now known as an American media mogul. Winfrey has been a television host for many years, and we were all sad the day she decided to end the show. However, the TV host/ actress does many things. People know Ms. Winfrey for her books as well as her excellent book club. Not only that, but she owns her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN. This amazing woman earns around $315 million each year, and her media empire grows each year.
2. Steven Spielberg – $3.7 billion
Spielberg created some of the most incredible films and has a net worth of $3.7 billion with an income around $150 million each year. He is also the second richest celebrity globally – only topped by the number one person on our list of America’s top celebrity net worths.
Spielberg created a name for himself with films such as Schindler’s List and Jaws. Not only that, but he’s also directed one of the most famous series in film, the Indiana Jones movies. The list goes on for Steven Spielberg and all the brilliant movies he has made throughout his career. This director knows what works and what doesn’t on the big screen.
1. George Lucas – $5.7 billion
Lucas is the mastermind behind Star Wars, and this idea has made him the wealthiest celebrity in the whole world. Not only that, but he’s also the richest director and person in the entertainment industry.
Lucas filmed Star Wars on a small $11 million budget and it became perhaps the most significant pop-culture sensations ever. When they released it back in 1977, no one knew exactly how big it would grow, but it has continued over the years and brings in new fans each year. Lucas sold the franchise to Disney for a jaw-dropping $4 billion in 2013. The Star Wars universe is expanding like Lucas’ bank account.