First of all, I want to go on record saying I don’t think #14 should be allowed. If you need proof as to why there is NO WAY that dude should have THAT much money from acting, there is a movie still in some theaters written and directed by Eli Roth, by all accounts a great director, and it’s impossible not to walk out scratching your head in total bewilderment how this person could have amassed SUCH a fortune with such GOD AWFUL acting skills… but enough of that…
It’s amazing to think back to some of the first movies or television shows these folks were in first, and to recall the interviews of them back then… back when they were sane. There have been times in my life where I’ve made enough money to be close to the 1%, and there have been times in my life I’ve had nothing. Having money was more fun for sure, but if the choice is money, or long term sanity, I’m taking the sanity. Most of these celebutards listed below have become increasing short on sandwiches for a picnic with the more money they’ve amassed…. and for some of them… wow… that’s a whole LOT of money and a WHOLE LITTLE sandwiches.
Celebrities always seem to live the life of lavish luxury, but it may surprise you to learn what the richest actors are really worth. Some of them may surprise you, but others are really no surprise at all. For some of these actors, their wealth came entirely from their acting careers, and some had other sources. Take a look and see if you can guess who the richest actors are.
1. Jerry Seinfeld – $850 million
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most iconic and widely recognized comedians ever . Seinfeld was a worldwide phenomenon, and the money keeps pouring in from reruns. Today Jerry is considered the wealthiest actor in the world (at least in until Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes into her inheritance). With money still rolling in, Jerry seems to have taken a step back from the camera and is enjoying his life out of the spotlight.
2. Shah Rukh Khan – $600 million
So you probably do not know who this is unless you are into Bollywood movies. He has a massive 75 films to his name and has become known as the “King of Bollywood.” He is extraordinarily wealthy, but he is also a very generous man who has his money going to help a number of organizations like UNESCO. He does enjoy his wealth, too, and has a number of homes and luxury cars to his name.
3. Tom Cruise – $480 million
Tom Cruise has been around Hollywood for decades, and his star power has only gotten stronger. In 2012, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood, and 16 of his films have grossed over $100 million domestically. Tom Cruise has his own production company and has been slated at one of the few producers in Hollywood with the ability to guarantee a billion-dollar franchise. He is considered one of the most powerful and successful men in Hollywood.
4. Tyler Perry – $450 million
Tyler Perry is the only person to have five films debut at No. 1 in the box office over the past five years. He is known as a Hollywood moneymaker because 13 of his films made over $600 million at the box office, while only costing $10 million to make. Those odds have made him rich. In addition, his production studio has created and produced five very successful television shows.
5. Mel Gibson – $425 million
Mel Gibson has been an action star since his Mad Max days. He was considered one of the sexiest men alive and was a huge box office draw. He later started directing, which earned him Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for Braveheart. More recent endeavors included The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. His 2009 divorce settlement set Hollywood records, and came in at an unheard of $425 million.
6. Jack Nicholson – $400 million
While Jack Nicholson may not be the first name people think when they think of big name actors, he really should be. He has won three Academy Awards for acting, and has been nominated for an Academy award every decade since the 1960s. He has been in over 60 films and has been nominated for more Academy Awards than anyone in history. He is without a doubt one of the best actors of his time.
7. Johnny Depp – $400 million
There’s no denying that Johnny Depp has talent: The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has netted billions, with much of its success owed to Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow. It is rumored that he was paid as much as $300 million for the movies, and his usual salary per film is $20 million. There is no doubt that Johnny Depp will continue to be a major success and influence in Hollywood.
8. Bill Cosby – $400 million
Bill Cosby was once the golden goose. His endorsement of Jell-o Pudding Pops led to $100 million in sales. The Cosby Show used to pay as much as $4 million an episode in syndication, and the series is one of the most popular of all time. Cosby had deals for new shows, specials, and comedy tours, but all of that has fallen through now. While his net worth is currently estimated at $400 million, that is expected to drop soon.
9. Sylvester Stallone – $400 million
Sylvester Stallone is a very rich man who took a very big gamble. He was hard on his luck (he even had to sell his dog) when he started shopping the script for Rocky. As soon as he sold the script, he bought his dog back (for much more than he sold him for). After that, he created two of the most successful movie franchises in history with Rocky and Rambo.
10. Clint Eastwood – $375 million
Clint Eastwood is an icon of Western movies. His first big break came when he was cast in Rawhide. The show ran for six seasons. He is perhaps most widely recognized for his role in Dirty Harry. In his later years, he turned to directing and proved that he was just as good at directing as he was at acting. In fact, his directing has earned him more awards (including two Oscars) than his acting.
11. Adam Sandler – $360 million
Adam Sandler is known for making box office comedy hits. He not only makes $20 million per film, but he also gets gross profits off many of his films. His movies are so successful that for every $1 he has been paid, his movies make $9. He continues to produce and act, which gives him the ability to command some of the biggest paychecks in Hollywood.
12. Tom Hanks – $350 million
Tom Hanks is an actor who everyone loves. He has numerous successful movies to his name and is recognized around the world. He is most known for his roles in Forest Gump and Philadelphia. His movies have grossed $4.2 billion in the U.S. and Canada and $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest grossing actors in history. He is also a successful writer, producer, and director for both film and television.
13. Jackie Chan – $350 million
Jackie Chan is the king of martial arts films, being one of the most widely known and recognized figures in the industry. He has starred in dozens of films and made a name for himself for his incredible martial arts skills. He has branched ou, and now includes producing and directing in his repertoire. It may also come as a surprise to some that he also has a music career with 20 albums to date.
14. Keanu Reeves – $350 million
Keanu Reeves is not often in the spotlight, and therefore he typically gets forgotten in the grand scheme of celebrities. But Keanu had several massive hits to his name that cemented his fortune. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure became a cult classic. Speed gave him a place as an action star and grossed $350 million. But his most lucrative and notable role came with The Matrix trilogy, which grossed over $1.6 billion.
15. Arnold Schwarzenegger – $300 million
Arnold Schwarzenegger was a man desperate to be in Hollywood. He started on the path to becoming a body builder because he heard that some professional body builders got movie deals. He moved to the U.S., got involved with real estate, and eventually his body building awards got him a movie deal. The rest secured his place as the action star of the 80s and 90s. He is best known for his role as The Terminator.
16. Michael Douglas – $300 million
Michael Douglas is an actor, director and producer. He got his big break in acting with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He also produced the film, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Michael Douglas may be best known for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, which earned him an Oscar. He has continued to appear in a number of high profile films over the years, showing his range as an actor.
17. Robert Downey Jr. – $250 million
Robert Downey Jr. has always been an impressive actor, earning his first Oscar nomination at the age of 27. However, he ran into trouble with drugs and derailed his career. When he came back, it was in a very big way, getting roles in film and television. He became a household name once again when he landed the role of Iron Man, and then Sherlock Holmes. He was the highest paid actor in 2015 at $80 million.
18. Will Smith – $250 million
While Will Smith has become a household name, it may be a bit surprising to see him on this list. The reason is that he had some serious money troubles during The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and had to work out a deal with the IRS in terms of future earnings and his back taxes. But today, the former musician and current action star has made a very successful and lucrative career for himself.
19. Mark Wahlberg – $225 million
Mark Wahlberg started his career as rapper Marky Mark, earning a platinum album and a reputation for taking his pants off. That reputation got him a job as Calvin Klein underwear model. He then started to appear in small movies and gradually built a reputation as an actor. Mark is most known for his roles in Planet of the Apes, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Ted. He is also a producer and co-owner of Wahlbergers.
20. Harrison Ford – $210
In some ways it may be surprising to see Harrison Ford so far down on the list. His films have made over $6 billion worldwide. He is not only Han Solo, but he is also Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard. Outside of those major films, he is also known for his roles in Witness, Clear and Present Danger and The Fugitive. His most recent work includes Star Wars Episode 7 and an upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
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