The super glamorous life of the celebrity is filled with cars, sex, drugs, and stylish clothing. Celebs are always being seen around town flashing their millions of dollars and shiny new toys, and their designer spouses. They appear in every magazine and every gossip column holding bags filled with goodies that most of us could never dream of being able to afford. Paparazzi are always snapping photos of the gorgeous A-list celebs, who are always looking perfect because of their army of makeup artists, stylists and personal trainers that cost hundred of thousands of dollars a year. The only people who get to enjoy the perks of being a world class celebrities are those at the top of their game, who pull in millions just for a single movie or a live concert tour. Right?
Not so much! It turns out that you don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to enjoy all of the benefits of being one; there are a surprising amount of B-List and C-List celebrities with absolutely astonishing net worths. How on earth did they get all this dough? Some of these B-List names are worth hundreds of millions of bucks! Check out this top 15 list of the most surprisingly wealthy B-List celebs ever to come out of Hollywood!
15. John Oliver
Who doesn’t love Last Week Tonight? Despite the large following on YouTube, John Oliver has never been considered an A-Lister. He’s won several Emmys for his work on The Daily Show; he’s a hilarious late night comedian with a nose for political hilarity. Before he was big in the U.S., Oliver spent some time trying to build a comedy career in his home country of England. However, his sense of humor was much more suited to audiences over the pond. Once Oliver came to the U.S., he started building a fanbase with his hilarious podcast The Bugle. Although still a B-Lister, funny man John Oliver still rakes in the money, and is worth millions of dollars.
14. Judge Judy Scheindlin
There is something absolutely wonderful about listening to Judge Judy tell everyone who walks into her court what an idiot they are. She is a spunky old lady, and America can’t help but love her. Believe it or not, Judge Judy has been running for twenty years; the first season started in 1996. Her civil court can get less than civil when she hands out rulings with her no-nonsense attitude. Although there is no huge Judge Judy following, the fiery old benchwarmer is wealthy beyond most of our imaginations. The judge was said to have a net worth of nearly $45 million bucks in 2008. Sound impossible doesn’t it!?
13. John Green
Most of the time when anyone brings up John Green’s name, someone inevitably says “Who now?” But everyone should know him; John Green is the famous author of Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and the blockbuster success A Fault in Our Stars (which was made into a very successful movie). Green is known for his emotional, coming-of-age books that break your heart. But he doesn’t stop there. Beloved John and his brother, Hank Green, also run several video blogs on YouTube for their host of fans (fan that are lovingly named Nerd Fighters). They teach science and history, and politics and explain complicated goings on in the world. They also have several charities as well with the goal of lessening “World Suck.” The author is worth millions of dollars and is massively successful.
12. Pauly Shore
When slightly off-his-rocker almost celebrity isn’t asking racist questions on Kocktails with Khloé or having half a breakdown on the podcast Hollywood Handbook, Pauly Shore is still trying hard to be relevant. He’s always wanted to be considered A-List (and he tweets like he thinks he is already), but the aging actor has never hit A-List status. Instead, he plays bit parts on TV shows and hasn’t done anything worth mentioning since 1998. When he started trying to make people think he was dead with the strange movie Pauly Shore is Dead, most of us were pretty disappointed to find out he was still alive. Despite never hitting the big time, Shore has managed to hoard about $15 million bucks or so, giving him a net worth greater than most A-Listed Hollywood newbies.
11. Howie Mandel
Best known for his reality game show, Deal or No Deal, this struggling comedian has been in bits and pieces of tons of different projects. From the Muppet Babies to aa astounding number of made for TV movies, Howie Mandel has dipped his toes in more projects than we can count. But is he really a struggling comedian? Mandel had a spot on America’s Got Talent as a judge for a season or so. He also did all of those commercials with Buy.com in 2009. All of his hard work has paid off too, the B-Lister is worth almost $15 million bucks.
10. Jillian Michaels
If you are a fan of Biggest Loser or if you’ve ever watched daytime TV, you probably already know who Jillian Michaels is. Workout star and fitness expert, this super fit lady has lines of fitness products, workouts, workout gear – if it’s related to fitness or eating right, Michaels will sell it to you. She does inspirational talks and even has a reality show, Just Jillian. She got engaged to her long time girlfriend, Heidi Rhoades, in March 2016 on her show to pretty good ratings, but the fitness buff is still not considered an A-List celeb. She does however have nearly $100 million bucks to her net worth from all that working out.
9. Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney K is the least famous of the Kardashian sisters. She is the oldest of the four Kardashian siblings, too. Even with her appearance on Keeping Up and her own spin off series Kourtney and Khloe Take, she’s still B-List at best compared to her sisters. She was recently named brand ambassador for Manuka Doctor, a honey-based collection of skincare products and ended up in the news for admitting she drinks clarified butter every morning for her health, but Kourtney is still the bottom rung of the “K” ladder. Despite only making a small percentage of what Kim K rakes in, Kourtney is still worth about $25 million dollars, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.
8. Paul Shaffer
Known as the musical director for Late Night with David Lettermen since the 1990s, Paul Shaffer is a B-List celebrity that nearly everyone recognizes. What they might not know is that the talented musician didn’t just work for David Letterman; he’s lent his skill to years of Saturday Night Live and even the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Awards for a long time as well. He’s also an actor, and has appeared on A Very Murray Christmas (he did the music for it as well) as well as lending his voice to Hermes in Disney’s animated Hercules movie, video games and TV shows. So what has all of this B-List work added up to? A net worth of around $30 million dollars.
7. Magic Johnson
Once Magic Johnson’s basketball career ended in 1991, he was downgraded to B-List status. Although he bravely shined light on the HIV epidemic, the former NBA star’s career was dramatically cut short. However, more than 20 years after his diagnosis, Johnson has turned his painful diagnosis into something positive; he is now a motivational speaker and travels to high schools all over the country. But that’s not where most of Magic’s money comes from – Magic got rich off of the coffee bean. Back the 1990s, Magic invested in a tiny, Seattle-based company called Starbucks that looked like it night take off. He’s earned nearly $800 million dollars from his smart investment, making sure this B-Lister will never have to work ever again.
6. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Pretty Jennifer Love Hewitt is famous for being in I Know What You Did Last Summer and Can’t Hardly Wait in the 1990s, but has been less than famous lately. After being a bombshell in the 1990s, it was probably a tough transition to move to mostly B-Star work, lending her voice to cartoons and taking bit parts. However, the starlet landed a nice gig in 2005 as a Ghost Whisperer and a promotional spot with the acne solution Proactive. With her gig as a full-time mom, Hewitt isn’t doing much acting nowadays, but she did show up on Criminal Minds. Despite not working as much as she used to, Hewitt is still worth millions of dollars.
5. Mariska Hargitay
If it weren’t for her name being used as a greeting in the Love Guru with Mike Myers, I daresay most of us still wouldn’t be able to properly pronounce it. Other than being on Law and Order: SVU since the beginning, Mariska Hargitay has been in ER and Prince Street. But don’t disregard her long standing position on the SVU force; Hargitay has managed to accrue a net worth of about $45 million dollars with her long list of Law and Order episodes. Look for that outstanding number to continue to grow as she continues her work on SVU. Hargitay is also gaining popularity after she was also honored in 2016 for her work with the domestic violence charity the Joyful Heart Foundation at the Power of Women Event. Maybe she won’t be on the B-List for very much longer!
4. Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland isn’t just a pretty face. While she isn’t A-Listed like some models, Ireland’s face can be seen on hundred of products all over the world. Kathy has been modeling since 1993, and the entrepreneur has played parts on several TV shows, movies, and has even lent her voice to cartoons. She has her own television show Modern Living with Kathy Ireland and a really big merchandising company. The still gorgeous model is managing to accrue nearly $15 million dollars every single year due to her various successful venture. She doesn’t look like she has any plans to slow down. Get it, girl!
3. Gene Simmons
It’s been a long time since Gene Simmons has been a big deal. The B-Lister is known for his rocking n’ rolling all night with the band KISS and for a reality TV show the former rocker had with his family. Although he just seems like another washed up rocker looking for attention, Simmons is a small businessman with an eye out for anything he can put the KISS logo on to sell to his aging fans. He’s also produced a KISS documentary in 2016 and has been spotted around New Orleans shooting a new thriller movie called Temple (probably due out in 2017). The former rocker is worth about $1 billion dollars as of 2008.
2. Nathan Morris
One of the most popular boy bands of all time, Boyz II Men, hasn’t been in the limelight since the boy band surge of the 1990s, but Nathan Morris is still worth about $60 million dollars. The once-singer star started singing young, and he put Boyz II Men together while still in school. After several big hits, like I’ll Make Love to You in 1994 and One Sweet Day with Mariah Carey in 1995, Nathan Morris didn’t squander his wealth. Boyz II Men is still touring, and the crooners just played a show at the Horseshoe Casino in March 2016.
1. Carrot Top
Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson looks like a trainwreck. From actor to comedian, to body builder, back to comedian again, this B-List celeb has never had the A-List spotlight for himself. He has had a collection of cameos in movies, where he usually stars as himself. He’s also done commercials and even got a paycheck from Jay Leno to use his face as target practice for his pie throwing (not even kidding). He seems to have taken every gig he can get and has reinvented himself so many times, most of us can’t remember what he looked like last. However, over the course of all of this nonsense, the comedian has managed to build a net worth of about $45 million dollars. We are just as shocked as you are.