Everyone wishes he or she has an expendable amount of money to buy a new car or go on expensive vacations, like their favorite celebs. These celebs have the net worth to do everything you dream of and more!
Christina El Moussa – $4m
The world was shocked to hear the recent split of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” power couple, Christina and Tarek El Moussa. However, the couple had a very successful career together. The pair was known for buying houses at a low price and flipping them for profit. They both also had a background in real estate, so they were almost always able to sell the houses the renovated. The couple told ET they will continue to work together professionally.
Felicity Jones – $6m
Felicity Jones has been in the Hollywood scene since the mid-90s. However, she recently was introduced to many, in 2016, as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” However, some may recognize her from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” or “The Theory of Everything,” Her roles as Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” received an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. We can only expect this 33-year-old actress will continue to grow her $6 million net worth.
Natalie Portman – $60m
Natalie Portman’s fortune is mostly in thanks to her successful acting career. She is widely known for starring as Padme in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. She also won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in “Black Swan.” In 2016, she played the title role in “Jackie,” which received high reviews. Landing roles in feature films since she was 13 years old, Natalie has grown her net worth to $60 million.
Emma Watson – $70m
Emma became a worldwide sensation, at 9-years-old, when she landed the role of Hermoine Granger, in the “Harry Potter” films. She continued to artists all 8 “Harry Potter” films. Aside from acting, Emma has done modeling from companies like Burberry and a multitude of fashion magazines. However, Watson is also extremely involved in advocating for women’s rights and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador. This former Gryffindor wizard has an estate of $70 million.
Jennifer Lawerence – $110m
Although Jennifer had some small roles in the early 2000s, in 2012, she landed what is arguably her biggest and most famous role to date as the heroine Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. She quickly became Hollywood’s most wanted, landing roles in “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and 2016’s “Passengers.” Her net worth is already $130 million and growing.
Charlize Theron – $120m
Charlize Theron became an international success, in 2003, when she was cast in the film “Monster.” For her portrayal of Aileen, she won an Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and SAG Award. She has continued to appear in movies and has various endorsement deals, including becoming the spokeswoman for the Christian Dior perfume “J’Adore.” Through endorsements and movies, Charlize is worth $120 million.
Hugh Hefner – $50m
Hugh Hefner was the man who revolutionized the publishing industry with his publication of a new men’s magazine in 1953. He used the magazine as his foundation into several other ventures such as producing music festivals, hosting TV shows, co-authoring books, and creating a chain of nightclubs and resorts. Sadly, Hefner passed away at the age of 91, in September 2017, of natural causes. At the time of his death, his estimated net worth was $50 million. However, many of these estimates don’t include the sale of his famed mansion, in 2016, which earned Hef $100 million.
Jimmy Kimmel – $35m
After starting his career on the radio, Jimmy Kimmel got his big break as the comedic counterpart of Ben Stein on the TV game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” In 1999, he began hosting “The Man Show” on Comedy Central. Finally, in 2003, he was given his own late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The show is one of the most popular in its genre and Kimmel reportedly receives a $10 million salary for the position.
Gordon Ramsay – $140m
This chef, restaurateur, and reality television star is leading the way in the culinary industry. Ramsay owns several high-end restaurants worldwide, and has starred and produced in several reality TV shows including “Master Chef,” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. He also served as an executive producer for the 2015 movie “Burnt,” starring Bradley Cooper. Ramsay is certainly not done cooking up ideas and intends to grow his wealth of $140 million.
Angelina Jolie – $160m
Angelina Jolie has proven her acting talents by portraying diverse roles throughout the years. From a troubled teen in “Girl, Interrupted,” to a classic Disney Villain in “Maleficent,” to the hardcore fighting adventurer in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” She also is heavily involved in humanitarian efforts. Considered one of the most beautiful actresses currently in Hollywood, Jolie’s has a net worth of $160 million.
John Travolta – $170m
John Travolta became a huge star, in the 1970s, for his performances in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease.” Shortly after, there was a gap in his acting career. However, his career was revived, when he landed the role of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” His portrayal of Vincent Vega was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. His fame continued as he starred in movies like “Get Shorty,” “Ladder 49,” and “Hairspray.” This disco dancing actor has earned himself $170 million.
Denzel Washington – $190m
Denzel is known for playing iconic, powerful roles, including the title role of Malcolm X, Coach Herman Boone in “Remember the Titans,” and Detective Alonzo Harris in “Training Day.” In 2002, he made the jump to director for the film “Antwone Fisher.” He continues to act, direct, and produce various movies helping his net worth grow to $190 million.
Sandra Bullock – $200m
Sandra Bullock became a household name in the 1990s, when she landed roles in multiple movies including “Speed,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “A Time to Kill,” and “Practical Magic.” She continued to land lead roles in films, including her Oscar-winning performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in “The Blind Side.” She also owns a production company called Fortis Films, which has produced films such as “Two weeks Notice” and “All About Steve.” This silver screen beauty is worth $200 million.
Robert De Niro – $200m
Robert De Niro has starred in some of the most iconic films ever created like “The Godfather III,” “Goodfellas,” and “Taxi Driver.” De Niro also has a strong investment in the Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. He co-founded the film studio TriBeCa Productions, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the restaurants Nobu and Tribeca Grill. He has continued to show his diversity as an actor in films today, allowing him to amass a fortune of $200 million.
Harrison Ford – $230m
Harrison Ford is the highest grossing actor in Hollywood history, thanks in most part to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” According to Box Office Mojo, Ford’s catalog of movies has grossed a total of $4.7 billion, with “The Force Awakens” accounting for $770 million of that. He is also known for starring in other films including the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “What Lies Beneath,” “The Fugitive,” and “Air Force One.” The force is strong with Ford, landing him a net with of $230 million.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $245m
Leonardo has been a heartthrob in Hollywood since a young age. He stole the hearts of millions of girls in his portrayal of Romeo in “Romeo + Juliet,” and well as, Jack in “Titanic.” After multiple nominations, Leonardo was finally awarded the Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, in 2016, for his performance in “The Revenant.”. We can only expect his $245 million net worth to grow.
George Clooney – $250m
George Clooney started his Hollywood career landing roles on various TV shows like “The Facts of Life,” and “The Golden Girls.” However, he got his big break when he portrayed Doug Ross on the NBC drama “ER.” In 2009, he was included in “Time’s” annual Time 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” Today, George is one of the most sought-after actors working in Hollywood. He has built up around $250 million in assets over the course of his career.
Will Smith – $260m
Will Smith first gained recognition as a rapper in the late 1980s, winning the first Grammy ever won for the newly created Rap category. He made his acting debut on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He jumped into movies and quickly became a star. He landed roles in “Independence Day,” “Bad Boys,” and “Men in Black.” Will Smith continues to land major roles, giving him a net worth of $260 million.
Cher – $320m
Cher has a come a long way since her duet days as “Sonny and Cher.” She has released multiple solo albums and created hit songs like “Believe” and “Strong Enough.” She has also proven herself on the silver screen. She has played roles in “Mask,” “Moonstruck,” and “The Witches of Eastwick.” She is scheduled to have a residency show, “Classic Cher,” that will take place in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Cher is certainly strong enough to build her net worth of $320 million.
Susan Boyle – $33m
The Scottish singer, Susan Boyle, came into the spotlight after performing on “Britain’s Got Talent,” in 2009. Her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” is one of the UK’s best-selling debut albums of all time. Her 7th studio album “A Wonderful World,” was released in November 2016. It became her lowest-charting album so far. However, Simon Cowell gave her a new multi-album contract that same month. Therefore you should expect her net worth of $33 million to grow very soon.
Floyd Mayweather – $340m
Floyd May weather is no stranger to big wins, winning multiple titles and matches in the boxing ring. In 2007, he opened Mayweather promotions, which allowed him to cut out the middleman and keep both the promotion and boxing fees for himself. In May 2015, he got his biggest payday to date, when he fought Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather went home with a win and $240 million. Mayweather retired from boxing in September 2015. However, rumors have begun to stir that he may return to the sport.
Jessica Alba – $350m
This Hollywood beauty got her big break on the primetime TV series “Dark Angel.” After playing the genetically engineered super soldier, Alba was easily able to make the jump to film. Alba’s notable film performances have included “Honey,” “Sin City,” “Fantastic Four,” and “Good Luck Chuck.” Outside of acting, Alba is also the co-found of the Honest Company (manufacturer of eco-friendly baby and cleaning products).Through her acting and her company, Alba’s net worth is $350 million.
Mick Jagger – $360m
Jagger has been the lead vocalist for his group, The Rolling Stones, since they were formed, in the early 1960s. Jagger has been described as one of the most influential frontmen in the history of Rock & Roll. He also released a few solo albums and appeared in multiple films. This member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has played his way to a net worth of $360 million.
Clint Eastwood- $375m
Once the acting hero of the wild west, Clint Eastwood is one of the most iconic actors and directors in Hollywood history. He won Best Picture & Director Oscars for the movies “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby,” as well as nominated for Best Actor. Less known is Clint’s love for music. He composed the film scores of “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “J. Edgar” and many others. For his supreme talents in the industry, he has a net worth of $375 million.
Dr. Phil – $400m
Some may be surprised by the high net worth of Oprah’s protege Dr. Phil. Dr. Phil founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI), an organization that advised people on how to achieve court settlements. Oprah hired CSI, which led to appearances on her show, and other shows. He eventually received his own self-titled show and has also written four books. Lesser known is Dr. Phil launches the “Doctors on Demand” app, which connects users to psychologists and he is also an executive producer on “The Doctors.”
Johnny Depp – $400m
Many might know Johnny Depp for playing his strange and eccentric character in Tim Burton films like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He was also noticed by famous producer Jerry Bruckheimer and cast as the drunk pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Depp continues to show his talents in various roles with many new projects to release in the coming years. Depp has a net worth of $400 million.
Jack Nicholson – $400m
Nicholson has appeared in over 60 films and been nominated for 12 Academy Awards. He is well-known for being able to portray a wide range of characters from a lover to a psychopath. Nicholson is also only one of two actors to receive Oscar nominations in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. Although he has not acted in a feature film since 2008, Nicholson is still influential on the Hollywood culture, which is confirmation of his $400 million estate.
Michael Buffer – $400m
You may not recognize his face, but you certainly know his voice and the famous tagline “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!” In 1992, Buffer trademark the phrase and profits every time it is used. Buffer also gets paid $5 million per match he announces and receives $1 million for guest appearances. He has had multiple appearances in movies, as well to utter those famous words. His fame from his legendary tagline has earned him a net worth of $400 million.
Mel Gibson – $425m
Actor and director, Mel Gibson, is perhaps best known for leading roles in action movies including “the original “Mad Max” series, “Lethal Weapon,” and “Braveheart.” For “Braveheart,” Gibson also received two Academy Awards, Best Director and Best Picture. He most recently directed the 2016 movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” which has received positive reviews. Along with acting, Gibson is also a property investor, with multiple properties worldwide. Through good acting and smart investing, Gibson’s net worth is currently $425 million.
Peter Jackson – $450m
Peter Jackson is most widely recognized for his multi-award winning film adaption of “The Lord of the Rings,” and “The Hobbit” trilogy. “The Lord of the Rings” series is considered one of the best franchises ever created. He also directed the 2005 remake of “King Kong,” and the film adaptation of “The Lovely Bones.” He co-owns the production company WingNut films. That’s perhaps the reason for Peter Jackson’s $450 million net worth.
Victoria Beckham – $450m
Victoria Beckham became a pop star in the early 1990s, with girl band the “Spice Girls.” However, Victoria, along with famous soccer player husband David Beckham, has moved on from her girl-power days and has created a branding empire behind the Beckham name. She’s created a perfume, fashion line, and written two books. Beckham has also participated in five official documentaries and reality shows about her. Formerly Posh Spice, this pop star is valued at $450 million.
Beyoncé Knowles – $450m
As one-third of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’s career was only just beginning. She became a superstar as a solo singer and flourished on screen. Her most recent platinum-selling album “Lemonade,” made her the first female artist in history to chart 12 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. In 2016, she co-founded Ivy Park, an activewear clothing line for women. Beyonce’s net worth is $450 million.
James Patterson – $470m
James Patterson is best known for his fictional novels based on psychologist Alex Cross. He has written 147 novels since 1976, and his books have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Many of his books have been adapted to TV and film including “Along Came a Spider,” “Women’s Murder Club,” and “Zoo.” In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes’s list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, earning $95 million. Being one of the best-selling authors in the world lands his net worth at $470 million.
Tom Cruise – $500m
Tom Cruise has starred in dozens of major blockbuster movies including “Mission: Impossible,” “A Few Good Men,” “War of the Worlds,” and “Jerry Maguire.” For over a decade, the superstar was a guaranteed $100 million box office gross. He has also produced several films including the “Mission: Impossible” films and “Jack Reacher.” The acting legend has built up career net worth of around $500 million, a fair deal of which has gone to the Church of Scientology.
Elton John – $500m
Born Reginald Dwight in Middlesex, England, Elton John started playing the piano at a young age. He has been releasing extremely successful albums since the late 1960s. John continues to tour, compose, and release best-selling albums. He owns the Rocket Music Entertainment Group, an artist management company for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Empire of the Sun. His career continues to flourish into his 70’s, and his fortune is close to $500 million.
Bono – $600m
The Irish singer-songwriter is best known for being the lead vocalist in the band U2. However, he has also many other investments outside of music. In 1992, he bought and refurbished the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Bono is also on the board of the Elevation Partners private-equity firm, through which he has invested in Forbes Media LLC. Although he is heavily involved Philanthropy, his net worth is still $600 million.
James Cameron – $700m
James Cameron is a directing phenomenon. He is the creative mind behind films like “Terminator,” “True Lies,” and “Aliens.” He is also the man behind two of the highest grossing movies of all time “Titanic” and “Avatar.” Cameron is hoping to continue the success of the “Avatar” franchise in future years. Being one of the most successful directors ever lends to Cameron’s $700 million net worth.
Dr. Dre – $710m
In the late 1980s, Dr. Dre caused chaos, in the music scene, with NWA due to their violent and profane lyrics. However, their first album “Straight Outta Compton” went double platinum and is still called one of the most groundbreaking albums to this day. In 1996, Dr. Dre founded Aftermath Entertainment, where he signed artists like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. He also founded Beats Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of Apple Inc. that produces audio products. Dr. Dre is a business and musical expert; a good reason for Dre’s personal wealth of $710m.
P. Diddy – $750m
He has been known by multiple names like Puff Daddy or Sean Combs, but no matter the name, P. Diddy has risen to the top of the hip-hop empire. He has released his own solo albums and owns a record company, Bad Boy Records, with clients such as Craig Mack and Faith Evans. The record producer also designs a fashion line called “Sean John.” He recently placed first on the 2016 Forbes Five, a ranking of the world’s wealthiest hip-hop artists, with a net worth of $750 million.
Madonna – $800m
This “Material Girl” has been called one of the most influential musical artists ever. She began her singing career in 1983 when she released her first album “Madonna.” By the early 90s “The Queen of Pop” was showing off her talents on the silver screen. She landed roles alongside Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own,” and the title role in “Evita,” co-starring Antonio Banderas. A cultural icon, she’s now has a net worth around $800 million.
Larry David – $800m
Actor, writer, comedian, and producer – David has earned the majority of his wealth for being the creator, head writer and executive producer of the popular sitcom, “Seinfeld.” David has gained further recognition for the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which he also created, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself. In 2015, he also played the role Norman Drexel in the Broadway production of “Fish in the Dark.” This funny guy has a fortune of $800 million.
Jerry Bruckheimer – $850m
Jerry Bruckheimer is arguably one of the most successful TV and film producers. Bruckheimer’s credits include “Top Gun,” “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Pearl Harbor,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. He has also had strong success in television production with the CSI franchise and “The Amazing Race,” and “Without a Trace.” He has won 10 Primetime Emmys and been nominated for a multitude of other awards. His many successes have led to net worth estimated around $850 million.
Daniel Craig – $95m
Daniel Craig is the best known for replacing Pierce Brosnan, in 2005, as James Bond. He has currently portrayed the handsome spy in 4 Bond movies, with rumored to perform in at least one more. To grow the Bond brand, Craig also was a voice actor in the James Bond Video games. However, he has also appeared in other blockbuster hits like “Layer Cake,” “Munich,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” This secret service agent has a fortune of $95 million.
Brad Pitt – $240m
This award-winning actor, producer has certainly proved his worth to the film industry. He has performed in many critically acclaimed movies including “Oceans Eleven,” “Babel,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” He produced “The Departed” and “12 Years a Slave,” both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Although he has recently been in the limelight for his split from Angelina Jolie, his net worth remains strong at $240 million.
Bruce Springsteen – $350m
Also known as The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, is one of the most successful musicians on the planet. Known for his work with the E Street Band, he has created classic songs like “Born to Run,” and “Born in the U.S.A.” He has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and has won multiple awards including twenty Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, two Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. This New Jersey native continues to shake up the music scene with a net worth of $350 million.
J.K. Rowling – $1bn
J.K. Rowling opened up the imagination of people worldwide when she released the first Harry Potter book in 1997. Harry Potter quickly became a global phenomenon. The book was adapted to film, video game, and an interactive theme park. Released in 2016, Rowling also wrote and produced the Harry Potter film prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” J.K. Rowling became an international icon following the success of Harry Potter, and it has made her a billionaire.
Jami Gertz – $2bn
Jami Gertz is an actress known for her early roles in the films “Sixteen Candles,” “The Lost Boys,” and “Quicksilver,” and “Twister,” as well as for her roles on sitcoms “Still Standing” and “The Neighbors.” However, most of her net worth comes from her marriage to Tony Ressler. Ressler is the co-founder of Ares Management and a former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Jami’s love life helps her gain total assets worth $2 billion.
Oprah Winfrey – $2.9bn
Oprah quickly took the TV world by storm, when her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” debuted in 1984. The now media mogul owns her TV network, “OWN,” and production company “Harpo Productions,” as well as, has published books and magazines. Oprah is a legend and an icon of American television. Oprah revolutionized the TV talk show, and for that, she has amassed a staggering personal wealth of over $3 billion.
Steven Spielberg – $3.6bn
Steven Spielberg’s name is synonymous with the American film industry. The director, screenwriter, and producer has worked on films like “Jaws,” “Close Encounter of the Third Kind,” “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones.” Spielberg has won three Academy Awards, two of them for Best Director and one for Best Picture. He has also served as the executive producer for multiple TV shows on series such as “Under the Dome,” “Extant,” and “Bull.” He’s one of its highest earning directors with a net worth of $3.6 billion!
Celine Dion – $630m
By the mid-1990s. Dion’s fame exploded, and she established herself as one of the most popular musical artists in the world. Her 1997 album “Let’s Talk About Love,” became a huge success due to featuring the “Titanic” theme song “My Heart Will Go On.” She also currently has a residency in Las Vegas performing for sellout shows. Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, also co-own Les Productions Feeling Inc., an artist management company. From the success of her music and her business savvy ideas, it’s no wonder her net worth is $630 million.
Howard Stern – $600m
Best known as America’s #1 bad-mouthed radio-personality, Stern is a jack of all trades. In 1993, his first biographical book, Private Parts, was published. His biography was eventually turned into a movie and grossed over $14 million in the box office opening weekend. He currently is a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” He recently extended his contract with SIRIUS radio and will only continue to grow his $600 million fortune!
George Lucas – $5.4bn
It only fits that the man who tops our list, George Lucas, also created one of the most celebrated and well-known franchises: “Star Wars.” Although he has only directed six feature films, the “Star Wars” franchise earned over $5 billion worldwide. In 2012, Lucas announced that he signed a deal to sell his entire Lucasfilm company to Disney for a staggering $4 billion. His creative mind and business savvy skills set his personal fortune at a little north of $5 billion.
Paul McCartney – $1.2bn
Most famous for his time in The Beatles. His song “Yesterday,” which he wrote while still with the Beatles, more than any other copyrighted song in history. McCartney continued to thrive in the music industry after the band’s break up in 1970. McCartney pursued a solo career, as well as with a career with the band Wings from 1971 to 1981. He has released multiple albums and continues to tour. McCartney can boast a personal wealth of over $1 billion!
Mark Cuban – $3.3bn
Cuban is an American entrepreneur, who today is best known for being a judge on the reality TV series “Shark Tank.” In 1999, he, along with business partner Todd Wagner, sold their company Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7 billion. Today he owns the Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures, and is the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. He has also written e-books and children’s books. Cuban is always looking for the next big deal and to grow his estate of $3.3 billion.
Simon Cowell – $550m
Simon Cowell found a lot of success through reality TV series. He was the creator and judge of “Pop Idol” and a judge on the U.S. version “American Idol.” He later created “The X Factor” and the “Got Talent” shows. Cowell also owns Syco Entertainment which umbrellas Syco Music, Syco Television, and Syco Film. Better known as the mean judge, Cowell has used reality tv to his advantage and has grown his fortune to $550 million.
Mike Tyson – $1m
Considering he is one of the most famous boxers in the world, you may be surprised to see Mike Tyson’s net worth as low as $1 million. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world once had a net worth of $300 million. His fortune started to dwindle after he lost his title to Buster Douglas in 1990. In 1992, he was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in jail. However, he only served 3. He tried to make a comeback after serving in prison. But, when he bit off a chunk of his opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear, his career was over. In 2003, he filed for bankruptcy.
Daniel Radcliffe – $110m
Daniel Radcliffe joined the Hollywood scene when he landed the role of the lead character in the “Harry Potter” movies. Since then, he has only shot into superstardom. He has landed lead roles in movies such as “Young Frankenstein,” “The Woman in Black,” and “Now You See Me 2.” He also caused a media buzz, after he appeared nude for his performance, during the Broadway show “Equus.” The 27-year-old also now owns three properties in New York and a flat in London. Through modest spending and extraordinary acting, Radcliffe has been able to gain a fortune worth $110 million.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson – $600m
Magic Johnson is considered one of the greatest point guards of all-time in the NBA. However, he is also notorious for becoming one of the 1st major professional athletes to come out as HIV positive. The virus is also what cut his career short, leading to his ultimate retirement, in 1996. However, his wealth only grew after basketball. He opened Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE has stakes in Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, Hero Ventures, Vibe Holdings and more. This NBA legend has a net worth of $600 million.
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen – $300m
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen began their acting career at only 9-months old on the TV sitcom “Full House.” Since then, the twins have only been able to grow their empire. In 1993, the twins founded Dualstar Entertainment Group, which produced many successful direct-to-video, and TV movies. They have also licensed various merchandise, and have created their own fashion line, including a couture line sold at Barney’s and other high-end retailers. These twin actress entrepreneurs have a combined net worth of $300 million.
Jerry Seinfeld – $870m
Jerry Seinfeld worked as a stand-up comedian for years, before he landed his big-time break. Jerry reached international stardom once he began co-writing with Larry David and staring in his self-titled TV series. His show lasted for nine seasons. However, he also became an author, public speaker, and landed multiple endorsement deals. In 2007, he wrote and voice-acted in the animated film “Bee Movie.” He and his wife own multiple properties and expensive cars. Through lots of laughs, Seinfeld has earned himself a net worth of $870 million.
Patty Duke – $5m
Patty Duke got her big break when she landed the role of Helen Keller in the Broadway play “The Miracle Worker.” She played the role on stage for two years and was cast to play the same role in the movie adaptation. The film was released in 1962, and she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress. She had a long and successful career. She was a political advocate for Equal rights, AIDS awareness, and nuclear disarmament. Unfortunately, she died in March 2016 of a ruptured intestine. She is survived by her three sons, Sean Astin, Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Pearce, and husband, Michael Pearce.
Billy Joel – $180m
Billy Joel scored his first big Top 20 hit, in 1975, with “Piano Man.” Since then he continued to create chart-topping hits, with record sales over 100 million worldwide. He has received over 20 Grammy nominations and is a member of both the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His fortune of $180 million is a testament to the international love of his music.
Carrie Fisher – $25m
Carrie Fisher is best known for playing the role of Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” franchise. However, she also appeared in other hit movies like “The Blue Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Heartbreakers.” She is also an author of 2 books: “Postcards from the Edge,” and “Wishful Drinking.” Unfortunately, Fisher passed away, from a heart attack at the age of 60, in December 2016. She is remembered by her daughter Billie Lourd.
George Michael – $200m
George Michael rose to fame in the duo Wham!. Their first album “Fantastic” reached number 1 in the UK. In early 1987, he began his solo career by releasing a duet with Aretha Franklin titled “I Knew You Were Waiting.” He continued to release albums. In 2014, Michael released his album “Symphonica,” which became his 7th solo number 1 album. Unfortunately, at the age of 53, on Christmas Day 2016, George Michael passed away. Michael sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career. His music is considered influential and legendary, which is one of the reasons why he was able to gain a net worth of $200 million.
Elisabeth Shue – $12.5m
Shue rose to fame in the 1980s. She played opposite Ralph Macchio in “The Karate Kid” and had the lead role in “Adventures in Babysitting.” Since the 80s, she has landed multiple roles in various films including “Hollow Man,” “Hide and Seek,” and “Chasing Mavericks.” For her role in the 1995 film “Leaving Las Vegas,” she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also had a recurring role on the hit TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” from 2012-2015. From her multiple acting gigs, Shue’s net worth is $12.5 million.
Lola Falana – $10m
Lola Falana, born Loletha Elayne Falana, had her rise to fame, in the late 1960s, overseas, as an Italian film star. Simultaneously, she was working and touring with Sammy Davis, Jr. In 1970, Falana made her American film debut in “The Liberation of L.B. Jones.” In the late 70s, she took her talents to Vegas, and by the end of the decade she was considered the “Queen of Las Vegas.” Unfortunately, Lola has not done an on-camera acting gig since 1989, which may be due to her 1987 diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. She has earned herself a fortune of $10 million.
Angie Harmon – $20m
Angie Harmon began her career as a child model. After winning “Seventeen’s” magazine modeling contest in 1987, her modeling career took off. She walked runways for designers such as Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. After meeting David Hasselhoff on an airplane, she began her acting career by landing the role of Ryan McBride on “Baywatch Nights.” In 1998, she began playing A.D.A Abbie Carmichael on “Law & Order.” In 2010, Harmon landed the role of one of the title characters, in the TNT series, “Rizzoli & Isles.” Her salary per episode on Rizzoli & Isles was $185,000. This beautiful actress has earned herself a fortune of $20 million.
Monica Lewinsky – $500k
The 22-year-old was unknown to most of the world until 1998. The Former White House intern became infamous for her “inappropriate relationship” with President Bill Clinton between 1995-1997. Although Clinton tried to deny the allegations at first, it was found to be true by a grand jury. In 2014, Lewinsky reemerged in the public eye to write an essay for magazine “Vanity Fair” where she discussed her life and the scandal. In October of that year, she began rallying against cyberbullying. This former political intern has a net worth of $500,000.
Ivanka Trump – $150m
Ivanka Trump is Donald’s Trump’s daughter, from his first marriage to Ivana Trump. She currently works for the Trump Organization as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. Before joining the Trump Organization, she briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises and collaborated with diamond vendor, Dynamic Diamond Corp., to create Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. She also has her own fashion line with products ranging from clothes to handbags. The daughter of President Trump has collected a net worth of $150 million.
O.J. Simpson – $250k
O.J. Simpson is a former professional football player, and in his prime, he had a net worth of $18 million (adjusted for inflation). However, in 1994, he was charged with the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. His was proclaimed not guilty. However, the story was high publicized by the media, and many still label him as a murderer. After his conviction, he never was able to bounce back to the fortune he once had, leaving him with a net worth today of only $250,000.
Bernie Sanders – $500k
Bernie Sanders has been involved with U.S. politics for many years. However, he came to international attention when he began campaigning for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President. Unfortunately, he lost that race to Hillary Clinton. He considers himself a democratic socialist, and he is the longest-serving independent in the history of U.S. Congress. Unlike many politicians, he lives his socialist ideals and only has a net worth of $500,000.
Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) – $800k
Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, became famous after appearing on the reality TV series, “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Her outrageous personality landed her and her family their own spin-off reality series called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” It has been reported that the Thompson family was paid $50,000 per episode. Each time the family was paid, Alana’s mother, Mama June, would set aside money for Alana, and her sisters, in a trust fund. Therefore, even though Alana has a net worth of $800,000, a lot of that she can not touch until she is 21-years-old.
Emma Stone – $18m
You may be surprised by how “little” Emma Stone’s net worth is. Yes, this is a lot of money. However, Emma Stone is arguably the hottest actress in Hollywood currently. This is mainly due to her performance in the Oscar-nominated movie “La La Land.” However, she was an up and coming actress for many years and played small roles in movies such as “Superbad” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” However, she has also received a number of endorsement deals such as Cover Girl, that helped boost her net worth of $18 million.
Taylor Swift – $250m
Born in rural Pennsylvania, in the late 80s, Taylor Swift has truly come a long way in her career. After pursuing her dream and moving to Nashville at age 14, she was determined to become a music star. Since 2006, she has released five studio albums; all have which have been certified platinum numerous times. She has had numerous endorsement deals and created her own line of perfume. Her most recent world tour was completely sold out! She is currently considered one of the most successful artists in the world with a net worth of $250 million.
Lady Gaga – $275m
When Lady Gaga first hit the music scene, she became known for her outrageous fashion choices and dramatic performances. Since her first album release “The Fame,” in 2008, she has released four more. Gaga once again proved her creative talents, when she made the transition to acting. She has appeared on the TV show “American Horror Story,” and ”The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Lady Gaga also recently performed during the Super Bowl Halftime show. However, she did not receive any money for this performance and there for her net worth stays at around $275 million.
Malia Obama – $24m
Barack and Michelle Obama have a combined net worth of $24 million. The recent first couple will one day pass this inheritance onto their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Malia is expected to attend Harvard University beginning in Fall 2017. In the summer of 2016, she interned for the U.S. Embassy in Spain. Due to her family résumé and her own accomplishments we can only expect that Malia will help grow the Obama fortune.
Alan Thicke – $40m
The late Alan Thicke’s net worth of 40 million dollars reflects his long and successful career. After dying from a heart attack at age 69, Alan has left a legacy everyone is sure to remember. Many people fell in love with Thicke as the dad, Jason Sever, on “Growing Pains,” from 1985 to 1992. However, he also played recurring roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Recently, he also appeared on an episode of the Netflix reboot “Fuller House.” Alan is survived by wife, Tanya Callau, and his sons, Robin, Brennan, and Carter.
Gisele Bündchen – $360m
The Brazilian Supermodel, got her first big break in 1997 after she was selected to walk in an Alexander McQueen fashion show in London.Her success only continued, and by 2000 she was selected to be a Victoria Secret Angel.She has since landed multiple modeling campaigns and has been the face of Versace, Givenchy, and Chanel. She is now married to Super Bowl Winning Quarterback, Tom Brady. However, she currently doubles his net worth with $360 million. Brady only has a net worth of $180 million.
Erin Murphy is best remembered for her portrayal of Tabitha on Bewitched. She was only two when she joined the cast, along with her fraternal twin sister Diane. Due to child labor laws, the producers needed to cast twins. Erin shined among the two and was used for all the close-up scenes, while Diane was used for long-shots. Murphy worked on the show for six seasons, from 1964 to 1972. She has since done a few acting and hosting gigs, with her most recent in a TV movie, in 2015.
David Bowie – $100m
The late, great David Bowie needs no introduction. The singer, songwriter, and actor is one of the most influential pop icons in the past 50 years. Throughout his time as a musician, he released 25 studio albums, nine live albums, 49 compilation albums, eight extended plays (EPs), 121 singles. David Bowie’s $100 million estate was divided up between his wife, Iman, and two children, Duncan and Alexandria. Bowie’s legend continues to live on as he was just awarded 4 Grammy awards for his album Blackstar.
Tori Spelling – $500K
Tori Spelling got her big acting break when she landed the role of Donna Martin, on Beverly Hills, 90210. The show was co-produced by her father, Aaron Spelling. After Beverly Hills, 90210, Spelling went on to land roles in various TV shows and films. She has also published six books since 2008. Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, recently came under scrutiny when it was published that the couple may be broke. Although they do not have millions, McDermott claims they are doing just fine.
Julia Stiles – $16m
Julia Stiles got her first on-screen role in 1996’s “I Love You, I Love You Not.” Her big break came only a few years later when she landed a co-starring role in “10 Things I Hate About You.” After that role, she became seen as a leading lady and a force to be reckoned with. In 2001, she portrayed a ballerina turned hip-hop dancer, in “Save the Last Dance.” The role led to a cover shoot of “Rolling Stone” magazine. Her most recent role, in 2017, was starring in the TV mini-series “Riviera.” This Columbia University graduate is also an avid activist and has worked with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International. Stiles has a fortune of $16 million.
Kylie Jenner – $18m
Kylie Jenner may soon have the highest net worth of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan at the rate she is moving. After rising to fame with her family through the reality TV series “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kylie has now made her own empire. Kylie has become an entrepreneur with her hair extension and makeup lines as well as owns multiple real estate properties. Her own reality show “Life of Kylie” is set to premiere in August 2017.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – $18m
Jennifer Love Hewitt began her acting career as a child appearing in TV commercials. However, she got her big break after landing a role on the TV series “Party of Five.” Her fame quickly rose after starring in the thriller “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” in 1997. She made her way back to TV multiple times with starring roles in “The Ghost Whisperer” from 2005-2010 and “The Client List” from 2012-2013. She has also dabbled in music and has released four albums since 1992. But, let’s not forget, she is also a published author and wrote “The Day I Shot Cupid,” a book about her experiences with love and dating. This triple threat has a net worth of $18 million.
Lindsey Vonn – $3m
Lindsey Vonn is one of the most celebrated skiers in the history of the sport. She has won 2 Olympic medals (1 gold) and is 1 of only six women to win World Cup races in all five disciplines of the sport. Through her fame in skiing, as well as the many endorsements that go along with it, Vonn as accumulated a net worth of $3 million.
Chelsea Clinton – $30m
Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky’s net worth is said to be at least $30 million. The couple’s net worth is thanks to Marc’s financial endeavors, including his time working as an investment banker and work at a Hedge Fund, and Chelsea’s time as a Special Correspondent for NBC from 2011-2014. It was also reported by The Washington Post; she charges a $65,000 speaking fee.
Atticus Shaffer- $4m
Atticus Shaffer began his acting career at the age of 9. His earlier appearances include on shows such as “The Class,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Human Giant.” He has also done lots voice acting such as in animated films “Frankenweenie” and “Super Buddy.” However, he is best known for his portrayal of Brick Heck, in the comedy TV series “The Middle.” Schaffer also has a type IV Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic condition that keeps him very small. Today, he is 19-years-old and has been able to amass a net worth of $4 million.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $125m
Dwyane Johnson rose to fame as WWF wrestler “The Rock.” He made his feature film debut in 2001 in “The Mummy Returns.” Since then, he has continued to excel in both industries. Some of his most notable roles include the starring role of Spencer Strasmore in the series “Ballers,” Hobbs in “Fast & Furious 6”, and the voice of Maui in “Moana.” He is expected to appear in several films in 2018.
Carmen Electra- $16m
Carmen Electra is a glamorous model/actress who is mostly recognized for her work for Playboy magazine. You may also recognize her from her television work on films including “Scary Movie” and “Meet The Spartans.” What truly granted Electra her name was her role on the hit series “Baywatch” where she established herself as a well-known symbol. She was shortly married to both basketball star Dennis Rodman and guitarist Dave Navarro. Although her marriages didn’t work out, Electra built a sturdy career for herself and is now entitled to 16 million dollars.
Mandrell Sisters – $16m
Barbara Mandrell is a Texas-born country music singer, who sings side by side her two sisters, Louise and Irlene. Barbara’s recordings hit the top 10 singles of the 70s and 80s. In addition, she is the winner of countless awards. Currently, the Mandrell sisters have an accumulated net worth of 50 million dollars. The Mandrell sisters no longer perform but claim they will “always be country singers at heart.
Dana Perino – $4m
Dana Perino was the 26th White House Press Secretary from 2007-2009, serving under President George W. Bush. She was the second ever female White House Press Secretary. After leaving the White House, she became a political commentator on Fox News and host of the talk show “The Five” on the same network. Perino is also a number 1 New York Times best-selling author with her book “And The Good News Is…”, a story of her life from the white house to a TV reporter. Perino has a net worth of $4 million.
Mara Wilson – $5m
Mara Wilson is a Los Angeles born actress who is best known for her roles as Nattie Hillard in Mrs.Doubtfire and Matilda Wormwood in Matilda. When Mara reached the age of 18, she attended the Tisch School For Arts at New York University. Mara claims that she always wanted to be an actress, and had no doubts about it. Throughout her career, she realized she had a passion for stage acting rather than film. Mara was nominated twice for a Saturn Award For Best Performance By A Younger Actor. Mara Wilson is currently pursuing a career as a journalist and has a net worth 5 million dollars.
Tonya Harding – $30K
Tonya Harding was just known as a good figure skater until the 1994 scandal that was dubbed “The Whack Heard Round the World.” Her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, was on the way to the locker room when she was hit in the leg with a police baton, by Harding’s ex-husband’s friend. Harding ended up pleading guilty to the felony of hindering the prosecution. She left ice skating but went on to do several other things. She created and sold a sex tape, had a short-lived boxing career and set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe. Her net worth is only $30,000.
Kathy Griffin – $20m
Kathy Griffin began her comedy career performing in an improv group. In the 1990s, she decided to move to Los Angeles and began performing stand-up. Her talent was quickly noticed and led to cameo roles on shows such as “Seinfeld” and “Suddenly Susan.” From 2005-2010, she had her own reality show titled “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” Today, she still does stand-up comedy and has had several specials on networks such as HBO.
Danny “The Count” Koker – $10m
Danny “The Count” Koker is the owner of Count’s Kustoms. The shop specializes in the repair and restoration of all types of vehicles. Today, the shop is featured in the reality series “Counting Cars.” Koker has over 50 cars in his personal collection as he has an obsession with classic cars. Koker was first seen on television as one of the experts the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop would call upon for appraisals on the series “Pawn Stars.”
Mike Wolfe – $4m
Mike Wolfe is the creator and is one of the featured stars of the reality TV series “American Pickers.” The show follows Wolfe and his associates as they dig through yard sales and old buildings to find “buried treasure.” Before Wolfe even became famous through his TV show, he had already made a name for himself hunting treasure. With his finds, he was able to open two Antique Archaeology stores in the US.
Kristin Kreuk – $10m
After playing Snow White in the 2001 TV movie “Snow White: The Fairest of Them All,” Kristin was noticed by casting directors and was quickly cast in several “damsel in distress” roles. Some of her most notable roles include Laurel Yeung in “Edgemont” and Lana Lang in “Smallville.” More recently, she has been able to adopt a more fierce persona with the role of Special Agent Catherine Chandler on “Beauty and the Beast.” She has been announced as the lead role for the upcoming 2018 series “Burden of Truth.”
Gal Gadot – $8m
Gal Gadot rose to fame after she won the Miss Israel Pageant in 2004. She got her big break in film in 2009 by playing the role of Gisele in “Fast & Furious.” She reprised her role for the 2011 and 2013 installments. But, today, she is best known as Wonder Woman. She first played the superhero in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” However, it was the title role of 2017 film “Wonder Woman,” that truly made Gadot a household name. She has continued to play the role in several Marvel films and will continue to do so in the near future.
Fabio Lanzoni – $15m
Fabio rose to fame after appearing on multiple covers of romance novels throughout the 80s and 90s. He furthered his fame by endorsing several products and appearing in their commercials. He may be best remembered in his “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” or “Old Spice” advertisements. Today, Fabio does less modeling. However, he recently appeared in the 2017 film “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming”.
Savannah Guthrie, $2m
After receiving her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, Savannah Guthrie acted as the White House Correspondent, from 2008-2011, and the host of “The Daily Rundown,” from 2010-2011. However, she became a household name in 2012, when she replaced Ann Curry on “Today.” She is also the host of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.
Hoda Kotb, $12m
After working her way up from news assistant, Hoda Kotb got her big break when she was hired to work for NBC’s nationally syndicated shows “NBC News” and “Dateline NBC,” in 1998. In 2007, she was further promoted to host of “Today.” Along with reporting the news, Hoda is a published author and has released three books, since 2010. Her book Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee was a New York Times Bestseller.
Marisa Tomei – $43m
After making her film debut in 1984, Marisa Tomei landed her breakout role as Mona Lisa Vito in 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny.” Her performance won her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She has since gone on to land roles in box office hits such as “What Women Want,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” and “The Big Short.” Her most recent role was as Aunt May in multiple Marvel films.
Paula Deen – $14m
Paula Deen started her cooking career out of her own kitchen, with her business, “The Bag Lady.” Her business boomed, and she opened her first restaurant in 1991. Despite some legal issues, Paula has continued to be extremely successful in the food industry. She owns several restaurants, hosts her own cooking show (for which she has received an Emmy award), and has published multiple cookbooks.
Aaron Kaufman – $6m
Aaron Kaufman may be best known for co-presenting the series “Fast N’ Loud.” However, he will soon reemerge as his own boss on his own show. The show is set to debut in March 2019 and will be called “Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman.” The show will feature Aaron and his hand-picked team as they restore old vehicles in his new shop Arclight Fabrication. Kaufman’s net worth is currently $6 million. However, with this new show, we can expect it to grow soon.
Chumlee – $5m
Austin Lee Russell, better known as Chumlee, is best known for working in the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which is featured on the History Channel series “Pawn Stars.” Chumlee had been working in the shop for five years before the series began filming. He was the given the job as he is best friends with Corey Harrison. Harrison’s grandfather originally opened the shop in 1989. In 2017, Chumlee began his own business venture, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, which is located across the street from Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Rick Harrison – $8m
Rick Harrison is the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which is featured in the series “Pawn Stars.” Rick and his father opened up the pawn show in 1989. By the early 2000s, the store was one of the most profitable pawn shops in America. In 2010, Harrison was awarded National Pawnbrokers Association’s Pawnbroker of the Year and in 2011, he published is autobiography License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver.
Richard “Old Man” Harrison – $5m
Richard Harrison, better known as Old Man, is the patriarch of the of the family featured on “Pawn Stars.” He opened Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, with his son in 1989. The Old Man has since retired from the shop and lets his son, Rick, handle most of the business proceedings. Despite taking a back seat, the Old Man still has a fortune of $5 million.
Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison – $5m
Big Hoss, born Corey Harrison, has been working in the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop since he was 8-years-old. He is featured on the show “Pawn Stars,” along with his father and grandfather. Corey is being groomed to one day take over the shop and currently has a small percentage of ownership. He has been reported as purchasing the most items out of all the staff at Gold & Silver.
Adam Savage – $8m
Adam Savage began his career in the entertainment industry as a child actor. However, by his late teens, he decided acting was not for him as he wanted to create things. He began working in special effects. He worked in the visual effects department on productions such as “The Matrix,” “Star Wars,” and “Space Cowboys.” However, today, he is best known as the TV personality on the show “MythBusters.” In 2017, Savage toured the country with his 2-hour live experience show “Brain Candy Live!”
Jamie Hyneman – $8m
Jamie Hyneman actually received his degree in Russian linguistics. However, as he always had a mind for science, he decided to work in special effects. He broke into the entertainment industry as an uncredited special effects crew member on “Top Gun.” From there he landed jobs on productions such as “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “The Matrix Reloaded.” Since 2003, he has acted as co-host of the TV series “MythBusters.”
Paul Teutul Sr. – $15m
Paul Teutul Sr. originally owned Orange County Ironworks, a fabrication shop. However, after being inspired by the many custom bikes he began seeing, he started building his own. From this hobby, Orange County Choppers was born. The company builds and sells customs bikes and is the focus of the reality series “American Chopper.” The show ran initially ran from 2003-2010. In October 2017, it was announced that the show would return to the Discovery channel soon.
Paul Teutul Jr. – $10m
Paul Teutul Jr. helped his father run Orange County Choppers which is featured on the reality series “American Chopper.” In 2009, he had several disagreements with his father and decided to leave Orange County Choppers as a full-time employee. This led him to open his own business. Affectionately called Junior, Paul Jr. opened Paul Jr. Designs, a motorcycle customizer, and clothing vendor. The company now directly competes with Orange County Choppers.
Hazen Audel – Hundreds Of Thousands
For over 20 years, Hazen Audel has traveled the world studying various cultures and exploring the widely unknown. His work gained national recognition when he began hosting the reality series “Survive the Tribe.” The show follows Audel as he spends one full day with indigenous tribes. He began hosting his second show “Primal Survivor,” in 2016. On “Primal Survivor,” Audel travels to widely unexplored areas, with rough terrains, and navigates his way through it while also talking to locals along the way.
Jason Silva – $10m
After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in film and philosophy, Jason Silva decided to share his ideas with the world. He acted as a presenter on Al Gore’s TV cable network Current TV, from 2005-2011. In 2013, he began presenting the National Geographic Channel series “Brain Games.” In 2017, he hosted the channel’s short series called “Origins.” The show explored the origins of mankind and discovering what innovations happened in order to make humans “modern.”
Chip Hailstone – $100k
Chip Hailstone and his family are featured on the National Geographic Channel series “Life Below Zero.” The show chronicles the life of 6 families as they try to survive the harsh weather in Alaska. Chip and his family, which includes his wife and seven children, live off the land. They move seasonally to follow the best hunt. The whole family helps hunt and gather food to survive.
T.J. Ott – $1m
T.J. Ott has been working in commercial fishing since a young age and became a Captain at 20 years old. His fishing boat, “The Hot Tuna” has been featured in the reality series “Wicked Tuna” since the 3rd season of the show. Ott and his crew are also featured on the spin-off series “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” Through commercial fishing and appearing on the reality series, Ott’s net worth has grown to approximately $1m.
Steve Howey – $2m
In the late 90s and early 2000s, Steve Howey played several guests roles on TV series such as “The Drew Carey Show” and “ER.” He got his big break in 2001 when he began playing the recurring character of Van Montgomery on “Reba.” He played Montgomery until 2011. That same year, he began playing his most notable role of Kevin Ball in “Shameless.”
Jeremy Allen White – $950k
Both of Jeremy Allen Whites’ parents were actors. Therefore, acting was in his blood and he decided at a young age that he was going to pursue acting. In 2006, he played his first professional on-screen role, when he was just a teenager, in the TV series “Conviction.” That same year he made his feature film debut in “Beautiful Ohio.” He continued to grow his resume with roles in “Movie 43” and “Afterschool.” Today, he portrays Lip Gallagher on “Shameless.”
William H. Macy – $25m
In the late 80s and early 90s, William H. Macy appeared in a multitude of TV series and films. However, his career began to really pick up after portraying Jerry Lundegaard in 1996’s “Fargo.” He has since won 2 Emmy awards and an Oscar nomination. Today, William Macy plays the patriarch, Frank Gallagher, on “Shameless” and reportedly receives $125,000 per episode.
Emmy Rossum – $12m
Emmy Rossum was a gifted child and graduated from high school at 15 years old. She made her film debut when she was only 13 years old, in the 2000 film “Songcatcher.” Since 2000, her career has yet to waver. She has played notable roles such as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Katie Markum in “Mystic River.” However, she is arguably most known for her leading role of Fiona Gallagher on the TV series “Shameless.”
Billy Bretherton – $250k
While in the U.S. Air Force, Billy’s entrance tests showed that he had an aptitude for biology and entomology. He began working as an exterminator while still on the air force base. He continued his work once he was discharged from the military. He became known as “Billy the Exterminator” and as an expert in his field. In 2009, he was given his own reality series on A&E, properly titled “Billy the Exterminator.”
Todd Hoffman – $5m
Todd Hoffman is best known as one of the stars of “Gold Rush Alaska.” It has been reported that each star on the show makes approximately $100,000 per episode. Hoffman began mining in 2010 and was inspired by his father’s mining work in the 1980s. Although his father’s company failed, Hoffman was determined to succeed. He has seen some ups and downs in the mining business, however, he is still working his hardest to find the next big haul.
Kari Byron – $1.5m
Kari Byron used to constantly show up at Jamie Hyneman’s workshop, M5 Industries. Although it bothered Hyneman at first, her constant bothering led to a job. During seasons 1 through 12, she was a member of the Build Team on “MythBusters.” She, along with a few others, would help the two hosts test their myths, by building whatever was necessary. From 2010-2011, she hosted “Head Rush” on the Science Channel. Most recently, in 2016, she hosted the Netflix production “White Rabbit Project.”
Justin “Big Chief” Shearer – $2m
Justin Shearer, better known as Big Chief, is a TV personality and famed street car racer. He rose to national fame after appearing as the focus of the Discovery Channel series “Street Outlaws,” beginning in 2013. The show films Shearer as he street races as well as builds custom race cars. The show is still currently on the Discovery Channel and has aired 10 seasons.
Colin Kaepernick – $20m
Colin Kaepernick was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFL draft. He remained with the team for several seasons, even leading them to a Super Bowl. However, in 2016, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers. That same year, he made headlines after refusing to stand during the national anthem. Since leaving the league, Kaepernick has continued to speak out about social injustices.
Ben Bailey – $6m
Ben Bailey got his start in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian. He made the jump to TV in 2002. His fame slowly grew within the next few years and by 2005, he was offered the position of host of the new game show series “Cash Cab.” He accepted and acted as the host of the series from 2005-2010. From 2011-2013, he acted as an executive and consulting producer for the series. For his role on the series, he won 3 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Edd China – $1.5m
Edd China is a mechanic and motor specialist best known for co-presenting the Discovery Channel series “Wheelers and Dealers.” He hosted the show from 2003-2017. China also acts as the managing director of 2 companies: Grease Junkie, which sells branded merchandise, and Cummfy Banana Ltd, which sells his whacky motorized creations. China has also made appearances on “Top Gear,” “Scrapheap Challenge,” and “Fifth Gear.”
Danielle Colby – $1.5m
Danielle Colby started her career in the entertainment industry as a burlesque dancer. After performing in a burlesque show in Chicago, she created her own professional Burlesque troupe that toured eastern Iowa and western Illinois. She also opened a burlesque academy called Dannie Diesel’s Bump ‘n’ Grind Academy. During this time she was friends with Mike Wolfe. When Wolfe was signed on to the reality series “American Pickers,” he asked Colby to worked in the office at his antique shop.
Bear Grylls – $200m
Bear Grylls is a world-famous adventurer and survivalist. He is best known for hosting the reality series “Man vs. Wild” from 2006-2011. Since “Man vs. Wild,” he has presented several other series such as “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” and “Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell.” He has written several books about survival tactics as well as owns and operates a survival academy.
Matt Lauer – $60m
Matt Lauer is one of the most successful news anchors in the U.S. He received his first big TV role as a producer for a late night news show in 1979. Only ten years later he was offered a position in New York City. However, his big break came in 1992 when he was offered a position as a substitute reporter for “The Today Show,” and was eventually named anchor for the show in 1997. He was removed from his position in 2017. He has also made appearances in films such as “Entourage” and “Zoolander 2”. Today, his net worth is $60 million.
Meredith Vieira – $40m
Meredith Vieira gained recognition in the TV industry as a reporter for a CBS affiliate in Chicago as well as a correspondent for 60 minutes. She gained national fame when she became the original moderator and co-host of “The View” in 1997. In 2002, she took over the role of host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Today, she is a co-anchor on the “Today Show,” as well as a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC.”
Ann Curry – $10m
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, from the University of Oregon in 1978, Ann Curry began working as an intern at KTVL in Medford, Oregon. She was the first female news reporter ever at this station. She moved to a larger station in Portland where she became a reporter and anchor. However, her big TV break came in 1984 where she moved to Los Angeles to become a reporter on KCBS-TV. She received 2 Emmy awards for her work there. Today, she leads a producing and reporting unit for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” as well as anchors various NBC News primetime specials.
Kelly Ripa – $100m
Kelly Ripa became a household name after landing the role of Haley Vaughn Santos on the soap opera “All My Children.” She played Haley from 1990-2001. She has appeared in several Tv shows as well as did lots of voiceover work since her days on “All My Children.” However, today, she is best known as co-hosting the talk show “Live with Kelly!”. The show was originally hosted by Regis Philbin. But, since Regis left, Kelly has had several co-hosts such as Michael Strahan and now Ryan Seacrest.
Samantha Steele Ponder – $12.2m
Samantha Steele Ponder is an American sportscaster. She gained national recognition after she replaced Erin Andrews on “College GameDay” on ESPN. In addition to her work on “College GameDay,” she is also a sideline reporter for ESPN’s “Thursday Night College Football” as well as is the current host of the “Sunday NFL Countdown” on ESPN. She married NFL quarterback Christian Ponder in 2012.
Cari Champion – $2m
Cari Champion worked at several news stations, around the country, before she found her big break in Palm Beach, Florida. While she was in Florida, she began covering Tennis matches, with a specialization on Venus and Serena Williams. Due to her strong coverage, she was hired to be a broadcaster for the Tennis Channel in 2009. This fame brought her more gigs in new genres such as entertainment reporting for shows such as “The Insider” and “Hollywood 411”. Today, she works as an anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
Jon Stewart – $80m
Jon Stewart began his career performing stand-up comedy at theaters in New York City, which led to multiple cameo appearances on TV shows. However, his big break came in 1993, when MTV gave him his own talk show. The show ran until 1995. But, in 1999, he revolutionized the talk show world with his Comedy Central satirical news show “The Daily Show.” Along with host, he acted as executive producer and writer, for the show. On top of hosting, Stewart has also appeared in several movies such as “Big Daddy,” “The Nanny,” and “Death to Smoochy.”
Judge Judy Sheindlin – $290m
Judith Susan Sheindlin had a rather normal upbringing and decided she wanted to be a lawyer. She passed the New York state bar examination in 1965 and became a prosecutor. She was appointed Judge in 1982. However, she became a national success after she began filming her reality courtroom series “Judge Judy.” She was approached to do the show after “60 Minutes” did a report in her courtroom as well as after she published her book “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining.” Judge Judy is the longest serving judge or arbitrator in courtroom-themed programming history.
Kimora Lee Simmons – $50m
Kimora Lee Simmons got her big break at age 14 when she landed a prestigious modeling contract with Chanel. After closing a runway show for Karl Lagerfeld, her career skyrocketed. She met Russell Simmons at New York Fashion week in 2002. They got married six years later. When Simmons retired as President of the fashion line Baby Phat, Kimora took over. However, she left the company in 2010 and concentrated on her own ventures. She has launched her own high-end fashion line, created five perfumes, and written a self-help book.
Katie Couric – $75m
Katie Couric has had several jobs in the news industry. She had several reporter positions before she was given a spot as a correspondent, in 1989, for NBC. In 1991, she was named co-anchor of “The Today Show,” which led to her becoming a contributing anchor for “Dateline NBC.” However, after working at NBC for 15 years, she left to become the first female anchor for the “CBS Evening News.” She left CBS News in 2011 and hosted her own new talk show, from 2012-2014.
Jaclyn Smith – $75m
Jaclyn Smith is best remembered for her role of Kelly Garrett in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels.” After she left the Angels, in 1981, she went on to appear in productions such as “The Bourne Identity” and “Christine Cromwell.” Smith has also had several business ventures, including her own fashion line. She is considered to be the first celebrity to create her own line rather than partner with or endorsing an existing popular designer. She has also created a home furnishing line and wig products.
Gaining recognition as a stand-up comedian, Ellen was able to book multiple appearances on the Tonight Show. The nationally televised appearances helped her land her own sitcom, in 1994, titled “Ellen.” In 2003, DeGeneres launched a daytime talk show called “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She also voiced the character of the forgetful blue tang fish Dory in “Finding Nemo,” and “Finding Dory.” As one of the most watched daytime TV host’s Ellen brings in a net worth of $345 million.
Tiger Woods – $740m
In 2016, golfer Tiger Woods ranked number 7 on Forbes‘ “America’s Wealthiest Celebrities” list. Woods has earned over $1 billion from prize money, endorsements, appearances, and designing golf courses since becoming a professional in 1999. It is the more money earned than any athlete in the history of sports! He also ranked number 12 among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2016. However, he was previously the highest-paid athlete in the world for 11 straight years. His fortune will eventually be split between his two children, Sam and Charlie.
Allison Stokke – $100k
Alison Stokke is a track and field athlete who garnered international attention, at 17-years-old, after a picture of her at a track meet went viral on the internet, in 2008. After graduating college, Stokke became a fitness model, a career which she continues today. She also still pole vaults and hopes to one day make the U.S. Olympic team. She is currently dating pro-golfer, Rickie Fowler.
Bam Margera – $50m
Brandon “Bam” Margera rose to prominence as a member of the stunt, reality series “Jackass.” From his popularity, he was given several other reality shows in which he starred, such as “Viva La Bam.” Along with performing crazy stunts, Bam has also been successful in several other ventures. He had a long, successful pro-skating career, has written several films and owned his own record label. In late December 2017, Bam welcomed his first child.
Steve-O – $2.5m
In 1997, Stephen Gilchrist Glover, better known as Steve-O, graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. His studies are most likely what helped him land his famous role as a presenter and stuntman on the reality series “Jackass.” In September 2013, Steve-O launched his own YouTube channel. He has uploaded videos with very similar themes to his previous work on “Jackass.” As of December 2017, the channel has over 3.8 million subscribers.
Johnny Knoxville – $75m
Johnny Knoxville moved to California after graduating high school. As he was never able to break into the industry, he decided to create his own shows. One of those ideas was the famed MTV series “Jackass.” He starred in the series and in several franchise films. Along with starring in “Jackass,” he has appeared in several feature films such as “Men in Black II” and “The Ringer.” He also owns his own production company called “Hello Junior.”
Nadia Comăneci – $10m
Nadia Comăneci revolutionized the sport of gymnastics when she was awarded seven perfect ten scores in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. That same year she also became the youngest gymnast ever to win the all-around competition in the Olympics (a record that can never be broken due to a change in age requirements for the Olympics). She retired from gymnastics in 1984. Today, she is the honorary president of the Romanian Olympic Committee, the sports ambassador of Romania, and is a member of the International Gymnastics Federation Foundation. She also runs a gymnastics academy with her husband, Bart Conner.
Jason De León – $17m
Jason De León is best known as the co-host of the 2011 Discovery channel show “American Treasures.” He, along with co-host, Kirk French, would analyze items which the owners believed may have historical significance. Despite the show only lasting for one season, De León has gone on to have a very successful career in archeology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and he directs the Undocumented Migration Project.
Kirk French – $1m
Kirk French is best known for co-hosting the Discovery Channel series “American Treasures,” alongside Jason De Leon. Kirk is the reason the show came to be. When he was a young professor of anthropology at Penn State, the department received a call from a man who said the Knights Templar treasure in his backyard. French went to go check it out and he filmed the whole ordeal. Although the backyard had nothing but a trash pit, he filmed it and put it on the internet. Soon after, he got a call from a production company.
Mark L. Walberg – $3m
Mark L. Walberg is best known for his role as host on several different TV shows. He began his career as an announcer on the series “Teen Win, Lose or Draw.” He simultaneously worked as an announcer on “Shop Til You Drop,” as well as landed his first hosting gig on “USA Gonzo Games.” Other notable shows which he hosted include “Russian Roulette,” “Antiques Roadshow” and “The Moment of Truth.”
Meghan Markle – $7m
Meghan Markle rose to fame playing Rachel Zane on the TV drama “Suits.” However, she has recently stepped down from that position in order to pursue other ventures, such as being a royal family member. Her recent engagement to Prince Harry caused a media frenzy. The two will be married in Spring 2018. Although Markle’s net worth is a respectable $7 million now, it will certainly skyrocket after her wedding.
Nancy Kerrigan – $8m
Kerrigan is best known, for the 1994 scandal, “The Whack Heard Round the World.” Kerrigan was on her way to the locker room, before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, when fellow competitor Tonya Harding’s ex-husband’s friend, hit her in the leg with a police baton. Just six weeks later, at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan won a silver medal. Kerrigan was a Winter Olympics correspondent in 2010 and 2014 and has continued performing in ice shows. This Olympic medalist certainly deserves her fortune of $8 million.
John Legend – $40m
John Legend is an award-winning singer-songwriter. He started his career when Lauryn Hill hired him to play piano in her band which led to the opportunity to sing with Kanye West. Since then he has released four #1 albums and has sold millions of records. He has also branched out into theatre, film, and television, becoming one of the rare artists to EGOT: winning Emmys, Grammies, Oscars, and Tonys. All this work has earned him an impressive net worth of $40 million.
Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman – $6m
Duane Chapman realized he wanted to be a bounty hunter while serving in jail. After he was released he began hunting down criminals. It was his capture of the Max Factor cosmetics heir that shot him into fame. His new notoriety led to the creation of the reality series “Dog the Bounty,” as well as its several spin-offs. Today, Duane is concentrating on fighting legislation reform that affects bounty hunters in the United States.
Joanna Gaines – $9m
Joanna Gaines is best known as one of the presenters of the reality series “Fixer Upper.” She, along with her husband Chip, help families buy and renovate new homes. The show premiered in 2013. The couple recently announced their retirement from “Fixer Upper” to concentrate on their business and their family. However, fans can fear not as a 15-episode series called “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” will give an inside look at Joanna’s design strategy and secrets. Along with TV, the couple also gets much of their income from their home furnishing and decor business Magnolia Homes.
Beth Chapman – $2m
Beth Chapman met Duane Chapman when she was only 19-years-old. The two decided to become partners in life and in business in the mid-90s. After taking down a notorious fugitive, Duane and Beth were offered their own reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” The show was followed by the spin-off series, “Beth and Dog: On The Hunt.” Beth acted as executive producer for the second series. She also recently held the position of President of the National Bail Bonds Association.
Ronda Rousey – $12m
Ronda Rousey is best known for her work in the fighting ring. She was previously the reigning bantamweight champion in MMA. She was also the first American woman to win a medal in Judo at the Olympics. She won the bronze medal for the sport at the 2008 games in Beijing. Through her fighting, she has landed several other opportunities such as endorsement deals and cameos in films. Through her various endeavors, she has fought her way to a big net worth of $12 million.
Richard Rawlings – $15m
Richard Rawlings is best known as the presenter of the Discovery Channel series “Fast N’ Loud.” The show revolves around Rawlings’ business, Gas Monkey Garage. Viewers watch the garage restore old run down cars. Along with Gas Monkey Garage, Rawlings also owns Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill and the Gas Monkey Live music venues in Texas. Through the TV series as well as his businesses, Rawlings has been able to build a nice net worth of $15 million.
Tim Allen – $80m
Tim Allen became a household name after he began playing Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on the hit sitcom “Home Improvement.” While still working on “Home Improvement,” he played some of his most notable film roles such as Santa Claus in Disney’s “The Santa Claus,” and provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story.” From 2011-2017, he played the lead role in the series “The Last Man Standing.” His most recent role was in the Netflix original “El Camino Christmas.”
Parker Schnabel – $2m
Parker Schnabel is best known as one of the stars of “Gold Rush Alaska” and the spin-off series “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail.” “Gold Rush Alaska” revolves around the mining efforts of several family-run companies in Canada. Parker has been working in mining since he was a child, as his grandfather started the mining company, Big Nugget. Since his first operation, Parker has mined $13 million in gold. Unfortunately, much of that money has to go to operation costs.
Bo Derek – $50m
When Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins) was 16-years-old, she met her future husband, John, who was 30 years her senior. John, who was a filmmaker, helped kick-start Bo’s entertainment career. In 1979, she played her most prominent role to date in the film “10.” Her scene wearing a flesh-colored bathing suit launched her into stardom. She continued to model and she still periodically appears on TV and film.
Frank Fritz – $4m
Frank Fritz claims he has seen the value in many objects since he was a young boy. He calls himself a modern recycler as he can find worth where others do not. Today, he is featured on the reality series “American Pickers.” Fritz has an obsession with old bikes, and his partner on the show, Mike Wolfe often has to intervene to stop him from purchasing more. Along with appearing on the show, Fritz also owns an antique shop.