Going way back to the era of the golden age of Hollywood actors and actresses have been revered as heroes to many across the world. There’s no surprise that with such fame and adoration comes staggering wealth. It’s easy to assume that the beautiful celebrities we see on our big and small screens are rich beyond their wildest dreams. Have you ever taken a moment to consider who’s the real creme de la creme are in terms of movie star wealth? The good news is we are here to do all the research for you. So, let’s get straight into the list of the top 10 richest actors in the world.
10: Sylvester Stallone
Kicking off our list of richest actors is a man that has done his fair share of on-screen kicking and punching over the years. Stallone gets the first mention here. As his story is about as rags to riches as it can possibly get. As a young aspiring actor and filmmaker in the 1970s, Sylvester became so poor whilst schlepping his unknown “Rocky” script around town that he even had to sell his beloved dog. Don’t worry there is a happy end to this tale. As once he sold the script and his journey to superstardom began, he bought his dog back for a much higher price that he sold it out we might add. With starring roles in the Rocky and Rambo franchises along with other high-profile roles in the Expendables series Stallone has managed to amass a tidy net worth of around $400 Million.
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9: Johnny Depp
Next on our list of richest actors is an arguably the biggest male lead over the last 25 years, Johnny Depp. With a film career that has consistently allowed him to reinvent himself. Depp has amassed a net worth of around $400 Million. Thanks to performances and savvy business deals related to “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. As well as high profile collaborations with Tim Burton-like “Alice in Wonderland”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Sweeney Todd”.
Depp is said to command a per film salary of more than $20 Million. This is the highest figure for any actor in Hollywood. In 2012, he had a particularly fruitful year and was even listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as being the highest paid actor that year with annual earnings of a whopping $75 Million. Despite being so damn rich he is currently having mad financial problems. The guy’s lifestyle is costing him $2 Million per month and he is spending $30,000 on wine per month alone.
8: Jack Nicholson
Next up in our countdown of richest actors is one of Hollywood’s real living legends, the one and only Jack Nicholson. Probably, one of the first names that come to mind when thinking about real big-name actors. Nicholson also has a net worth in the $400 Million regions. He has 3 academy award wins and more nominations than any other male actor in history. Nicholson has appeared in over 60 movies. His status as one of the very best has been confirmed since the 1960s. He is a great lover of art. Nicholson is said to have a collection that is worth in excess of $100 Million. That features original pieces by master artists including Picasso, Matisse, Warhol and Tamara de Lempicka.
7: Amitabh Bachchan
In our first trip away from Hollywood we visit Amitabh Bachchan. One of the most iconic names in the Indian film industry. Without a doubt one of the richest actors in Bollywood. Bachchan possesses a fortune of around $425 Million. The actor began his career in the 1970s. He became a master of the angry young man movie archetype. His career spanning more than 40 years. He has done comprising of a mammoth 180 plus films, most of which were a smash hit blockbuster. It’s not hard to see how the actor has become so staggeringly wealthy. International movie lovers might recognize him from his 2013 Hollywood debut role in “The Great Gatsby”. Bachchan is proof that it isn’t only the Hollywood stars who can become a wildly wealthy.
6: Mel Gibson
Though certainly a controversial figure in celebrity culture over the years. The figures tell us that Mel Gibson is also one of the richest actors. With an estimated fortune in the region of $425 Million, the actor and director have enjoyed big screen success during his career. With the passion of Christ being one of the largest grossing motion pictures in history and the single highest grossing non-English language film of all time.
Gibson drives a Mercedes CLS 500 valued at over $210,000. He also added $10 Million to his fortune with the sale of his Lavender Hill Farm Malibu Mansion in 2011. In fact, the property has been a great asset for Gibson over the years. He owns a 400-acre ranch in Costa Rica worth $26 Million. In 2007 Gibson sold two properties in Malibu and Connecticut for a combined estimated total of $70 Million. Did you know that despite his famous Australian accent Mel Gibson was actually born in Peekskill New York?
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5: Tyler Perry – Net Worth $450 Million
Taking the middle spot on our list of richest actors is the effortlessly multi-talented Tyler Perry, using Oprah as his inspiration. Perry has become an actor, director, playwright, producer and screenwriter, who over the decades has specialized in creating high quality and innovative content for the African American audience. His iconic character Medea has captured the hearts and funny bones of people all over the world. His collection of movies has earned him more than $260 Million. Perry also earns big on the small screen with shows like “Meet the Browns” and “House of Pain” were huge successes. One of Perry’s biggest individual paydays happened in 2007 when he received a whopping $200 Million for a 100 episode deal for “House of Pain” with TBS. Perry’s 8 stage plays have also been a big earner with $75 Million in the bank through live tickets and DVD sales of the performances.
4: George Clooney – Net Worth $500 Million
Coming in at number 4 on the list of richest actors is one of the most recognizable faces in the world of entertainment, George Clooney. With an estimated fortune of a cool half a billion dollars, Mr Clooney has proven himself to not only be a great actor but an intelligent businessman. He is best known internationally for his television career on ER and his starring role in the Oceans Movies. He’s garnered both Golden Globes and Oscars for his wide range of performances over the years. Some of Clooney’s stand out salaries have been $25 Million for Tomorrowland in 2015. $20 Million for Money Monster in 2016. $20 Million for Ocean’s 11 in 2001 and $20 Million for Gravity in 2013, with an added bonus of a percentage of the total revenue of the film.
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3: Tom Cruise
There’s no denying that Tom Cruise is one of the first names on anyone’s list when it comes to huge Hollywood name stars. He certainly has the wealth to support that claim. In a long and fruitful career that has seen him become both a bonafide action star and dramatic performer. Cruise has made hit after hit from Top Gun to Mission Impossible to Rain Man to Cocktail to Jack Reacher. Of course, when your level of celebrity reaches as high as Tom Cruise’s, the salaries you can command get bigger and bigger.
Some of Cruise’s biggest paydays have been $25 Million for 2015’s Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. $20 Million for 2008’s Valkyrie, $25 Million for 2003’s The Last Samurai and a staggering total check for $75 Million each for Mission Impossible 2 and 3, thanks to clever percentage deals. All in all, Tom Cruise is estimated to be worth $550 Million.
2: Shah Rukh Khan
Just missing out on the top spot of our list of richest actors is another Indian film actor, the undisputed king of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan. With a career list of over 80 Hindi films and several other successful business ventures, Khan has amassed an amazing fortune of approximately $600 Million. What’s so extraordinary about Khan’s fortune is that he didn’t make his Hindi film debut until 1992. Which means that he has made considerably more than half a billion in 25 short years. As well as being extraordinarily wealthy Khan is also an incredibly generous philanthropist. He donates to a number of organizations including UNESCO. Fear not however as Khan still has his fair share of luxury cars and homes to celebrate his limitless fortune.
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1: Jerry Seinfeld
One of the richest actors in the world is without a doubt Jerry Seinfeld. He has a staggering net worth of $860 Million. Jerry is one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable faces in the entertainment industry. His hit Sitcom Seinfeld has made him one of the wealthiest celebrities in the world.
According to Forbes, Seinfeld was earning $267 Million per year at the peak of the show’s success. As well as syndication deals for $100 Million and stand-up comedy performances worth $60 Million throughout the 2000s. Despite the Sitcom having finished two years ago, Seinfeld is still one of show business’ highest earners. Forbes cited him as the highest paid comedian in 2015. How does Jerry like to spend his fortune you ask? Our answer is on luxury cars, a keen fan of Porsche. It’s estimated that Seinfeld collection is worth in excess of $22 Million. For a man who is worth nearly $1 Billion that seems like just a drop in the ocean.
Bonus Fact – Richest Actors
Although Bruce Willis didn’t quite make it on to our list of richest actors. He holds the record for highest total income from a single film with 1999s “The Sixth Sense”. Cleverly negotiating percentage deals Willis’ initial $14 Million salaries quickly turned into a cool $100 Million when the movie became a runaway success.
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So, there you have it the top 10 richest actors in the world right now. Are you a particular fan of any of the performers mentioned? If you had their wealth, what would be the first purchase on your list? Let us know down in the comments. Thank you for spending some time with us.