In the world of celebrity, superstar doesn't quite cut it when describing these public figures. Instead, these are 18 of the last legends standing. Sadly, we've lost a lot of legendary icons in just the first half of this decade alone. What constitutes a living legend? A number of things. World renown. Unmatched record breaking, history making achievements. A practically flawless reputation. And most importantly, still breathing. What all of these living legends share in common is that they've all excelled to unimaginable heights of magnificence, with feats so great, generations long after their passing will be influenced.
For diversity sake, this list compiles together all types of legends in their respective fields, from movie stars and film producers, to television personalities, to musicians of different genres, to songwriters who've penned the greatest hits of the past few decades. Their level of excellence is inspiring and hard to accomplish, collecting countless accolades, and acquiring absolutely staggering net worths along the way; all of which combined, amounts to roughly $12 billion. In fact, everyone on this list is so unfathomably wealthy, that 80% of the list dwarfs Sidney Poitier's substantial $25 million net worth, placing him at number 18. Some fairly young, some old; all legendary. Here are 18 of the richest legendary figures still alive today.
18 Sidney Poitier, Actor - $25 million
17 Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor $40 million
16 Meryl Streep, Actress- $45 million
Actress Meryl Streep holds the record for most Academy Award nominations, at an impossible 19; of which the icon has only won 3. Conversely making her the actress with the most Academy Award losses. In addition to her Oscar record, Meryl also holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations, with an astonishing 29 as of this year. During the 1970's, Meryl reportedly received a letter from Hollywood great Bette Davis, expressing her admiration for the young rising star, and her belief that Meryl would one day succeed her as the premier American actress. The Kramer Vs Kramer star is among one of only six women to receive the AFI Lifetime Achievement award. Unlike most women in Hollywood, the legend has very obviously chosen to age gracefully, and has managed to remain a frequently working actress, landing acclaimed lead roles well into her 60's. Meryl has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
15 Diane Warren, Songwriter - $60 million
14 Robert De Niro, Actor - $150 million
13 Samuel L. Jackson, Actor $170 million
12 Denzel Washington, Actor - $190 million
11 Diana Ross, Singer - $250 million
10 Barbra Streisand, Singer, Actress - $340 million
9 Clint Eastwood, Actor - $375 million
8 Mariah Carey, Singer - $535 million
7 Jay Z, Rapper - $550 million
6 Celine Dion, Singer - $630 million
5 Madonna, Singer - $700 million
4 Paul McCartney, Singer - $700 million
3 James Cameron, Film Maker - $700 million
2 Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor $3 billion
1 Steven Spielberg, Film Producer - $3.5 billion
Recognized as the most commercially successful film maker in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg has won a total of 173 prestigious awards, including 3 Academy Awards. With a career that spans over 4 decades, Steven has created many of the most revered films in cinematic history, including Jaws, E.T.: Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and a plethora of others. The film maker continues to be one of the most respected visionaries in the industry. The wealthiest producer in Hollywood, Steven has a staggering net worth of $3.5 billion.
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