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
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
8 Rush Limbaugh - $410 Million
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
5 Jimmy Buffet - $430 Million
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
2 Howard Stern - $620 Million
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.