When you’re a celebrity, you often get typecast after reaching a certain age. This is especially true for women, since Hollywood can sometimes behave as though women magically lose all their sex appeal after the age of 40 or so. Older male actors, on the other hand, tend to get roles that are especially mature, but still have an alluring quality to them.
Fortunately, there are a number of actresses who are changing the way that womanhood is viewed in Hollywood, and society at large. Many of these talented women have been in the business for quite some time, and are known for speaking out about gender inequality while creating timeless work. Of course, older men in the industry have also started to band with women to demand equal treatment (and pay) in the workplace, which only makes these guys even more attractive.
Just as most professionals would expect a significant raise in pay after working in their fields for a number of years, celebrities expect the same type of treatment. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. After taking a glance at this list, you’d probably agree that many of these celebs deserve to be paid what they’re worth. Here are 12 of the highest paid celebrities over the age of 60.
12. Helen Mirren – $15 Million
The lovely Helen Mirren is a talented actress who doesn’t mind showing her alluring side in films, even at the age of 70. Mirren has recently stated that she will no longer appear topless in movies, because she thinks it’s time that she reserve her “love pillows” for her husband, and we can respect that. Helen Mirren is known for her work in movies from the 1960s such as Age of Consent, as well as modern projects like Elizabeth I, The Queen and Love Ranch. She’s got a net worth of around $15 million and has been known to be especially delightful during interviews, so there’s a very good chance that Helen Mirren has an even longer career ahead of her.
11. Judy Sheindlin – $285 Million
Judith Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is a small-statured lady with lots of opinions. She doesn’t tolerate nonsense in her courtroom, and viewers have been tuning in for years to watch Judge Judy make a fair ruling on a case while delivering a few entertaining one-liners. Judge Judy, who is 73, has been on the air for 19 seasons, and Sheindlin is the winner of 15 Daytime Emmys. Sheindlin spent a little time working in corporate American before landing her television show in 1996. She was certainly smart to take her big personality to the big screen, since she’s worth $285 million.
10. Dr. Phil – $335 Million
It’s no surprise that veteran talk show host Dr. Phil, is worth about $335 million. The 65-year-old host also published his 13th book in 2015, and has made a name for himself helping people with their family, money and self-worth issues for over a decade. You may remember a time when Dr. Phil was Oprah’s protege, and this just proves that Oprah is a pretty talented businesswoman. Dr. Phil also recently released an app called Doctor on Demand, which allows people to get real-time assistance from a doctor online, which is much more convenient than a doctor’s appointment. Dr. Phil has also appeared in a few movies and television shows, which indicates that he also has a light side.
9. Jackie Chan – $350 Million
Jackie Chan is 61, and currently has a net worth of around $350 million. Chan is easily considered the biggest movie star in China, and is known for his work in Dragon Blade, a movie that he starred in with John Cusack and Adrien Brody. The film made $120 million in china alone. Jackie Chan also has a line of merchandise and businesses that bear his name, including a chain of movie theaters and a Segway dealership. Chan is also know for his work with Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour movie franchise, and voiced a character in the animated movie Kung Fu Panda 3.
8. Rush Limbaugh – $410 Million
Rush Limbaugh is 64 years old, and still hosts one of the most beloved talk shows among conservative Americans. Limbaugh is known for making some pretty offensive (and let’s face it, ignorant) comments about many of the things that occur in society. He has even gone as far as threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. However, he must be doing something right when it comes to money, since he’s worth around $410 million. Part of his fortune comes from creating a children’s book where the main character is a guy named Rush Revere, who has a horse named Liberty that takes him on magical adventures. How original.
7. Amitabh Bachchan – $425 Million
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s net worth is approximately $425 million. He’s been acting for about five decades (he’s 73) and has starred in more than 150 Bollywood movies. Needless to say, Bachchan is one of the most sought-after actors in his field, and can demand to be paid a lot of money for his work. His most recent projects include Bhoothnath Returns, which was released in 2014. While it’s true that movies produced in India don’t gross as much money as those that are made in the United States, the satellite rights to the movies are sold to television channels, which is part of the reason Amitabh Bachchan can afford to have such a lucrative career. He’s also the long-standing host of India’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
6. David Letterman – $425 Million
David Letterman has enjoyed decades of success as a late night talk show host. He even has the distinction of having the longest running late night talk show, which was on even longer than the legendary Johnny Carson’s 30-year career. After being a fixture in nighttime television for 33 years, Letterman decided that the time was right for him to step away from the spotlight a bit and spend some time with his family. May of 2015 marked the last time Letterman fans would be able to tune in to a live episode of his show. Even though he’s not on TV anymore, David Letterman is still one of the most successful celebs over the age of 60. The 68-year-old veteran host has a net worth of about $425 million.
5. Jimmy Buffet – $430 Million
Jimmy Buffet will likely always be associated with Margaritaville, a hit song of his that he actually turned into a location. The 68-year-old musician has made Margaritaville his brand, and now has more than 24 locations. It’s not surprising that his business ventures make him more money than touring and creating music, but Buffet still loves to belt out a tune every now and then. With a net worth of $430 million, Jimmy Buffet joins the ranks of moguls who were initially known for their music, such as Dr. Dre and Sean Combs.
4. Elton John – $480 Million
The 68-year-old singer and pianist is a fixture in music, and will be for years to come. Elton John is 68 years old, and will always be known for his one-of-a-kind stage presence, zany outfits and colorful glasses. Elton John usually makes a pretty penny when he goes on tour, and he’s still enjoying royalties from being a composer and solo artist for hit theatrical shows like The Lion King. Elton John, who is known as a godfather figure to celebs like Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne, also made the news recently when he married his long-term partner David Furnish, in December of 2014. Elton has a net worth of about $480 million.
3. James Patterson – $490 Million
James Patterson is a 68-year-old author who currently earns more than any other author in the publishing world. Patterson is also pretty busy, and with the help of co-authors, has penned 16 books in a year’s time. James Patterson is perhaps best known for his Alex Cross and Michael Bennett book series, and has sold more than 300 million books since he came onto the literary scene in 1976. Even though many of Patterson’s works are in the crime and thriller genres, he has also written more New York Times bestsellers for children than any other living author. James Patterson currently has a net worth of around $490 million.
2. Howard Stern – $620 Million
Howard Stern is easily one of the most risque radio hosts on the airwaves right now. Some celebrities love to be guests on his show because the conversations are sure to be hilarious. Other famous people tend to steer clear of The Howard Stern Show, because they have no idea which questions he will ask. Stern is 61 and currently worth around $620 million, but his dispute with Sirius XM radio means that his future on the radio is uncertain. He took a short break from radio in 2012 to be a judge on America’s Got Talent, and rumor has it that he’s pretty soft-hearted as well. So, if he doesn’t get back on the radio, he can always continue helping his model wife Beth, with finding homes for abandoned animals.
1. Paul McCartney – $730 Million
Paul McCartney is 73, and can certainly boast a long and successful career in music. McCartney rose to fame as one of The Beatles, and he will always be known for his work in the legendary band. However, he has still chosen to tour and share some of his newer music, so it looks like Paul McCartney won’t be slowing down any time soon. He even collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West for the hit “FourFiveSeconds.” Paul McCartney, whose net worth is $730 million, was also recently honored with The Art of McCartney, a tribute album composed of 42 songs.