For years, actors have been around making visual entertainment a very pleasant and often expensive experience. From the beginning, many actors started out very small and coming from tough backgrounds, or a lifestyle that kept them in the low light until they were finally discovered. However, many different stars finally found their way to the spotlight and found themselves in a great place, financially.
Of course, there exists a great line between those of us who have little to no money and those, such as actors, who are living quite well on the money they make from the films they perform in. A few examples exist, such as Brad Pitt, who came from a rough background and was often considered overweight in his younger years. He proved he could overcome his weight obstacles and became what he is today. And as with all who become rich come the luxuries and lavish lifestyle, which they become so accustomed to, and these customs allow them the knowledge to make even more money in the long run. If you were curious about the richest actors in America, here is a list of ten of the richest actors of 2016.
10 Tom Hanks
This famous actor's net worth runs in at a whopping $350 million. While that may not seem like a lot compared to some other big Hollywood names, this is quite a bit of money. Hanks worked really hard for the net worth he built, completing great titles and winning many rewards for movies like Apollo 13, Angels and Demons and even The Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks has proved, today, that with hard work and determination, anything is possible and the sky is definitely not the limit. By earning a place among the big boys, he's proven he can run with the crowd and be a star for all of his fans.
9 Clint Eastwood
With a net worth of $375 million, Clint Eastwood is regarded as one of the most popular actors in the history of cinema. One of the richest actors in the world, he is considered a true Hollywood legend. Born in May of 1930, Clint Eastwood started work with different odd jobs as he grew up and actually started quite low on the totem pole of popularity. His rise in fame didn't come until quite later when he starred in the running series Rawhide. This show kicked Eastwood off in his Hollywood career and it would only rise from that point on. Regarding his personal life, Clint Eastwood has managed to keep everything quite private with only a few details escaping into the public. It is known that he has eight children all together and owns multiple properties across the US.
8 Jack Nicholson
$390 million is Jack Nicholson's net worth. Jack Nicholson was born in April of 1937. Growing up, Nicholson believed his own grandmother to be his mother and his actual mother to be his older sister. The lie was believed by Nicholson until he later found out the truth, in which he didn't take too lightly. However, Nicholson grew up to learn that acting was rather difficult and finding that chance of being discovered was harder than anticipated. With certain B-rated films, Nicholson made his way into the film industry, and eventually, with time, hard work and being discovered, Jack Nicholson has become one of the richest men and actors that one could ever meet.
7 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby is a very popular actor with a net worth of $400 million. Cosby has been a well known comedian for quite some time and it seems like, to many, he has been around forever. Bill Cosby was born in July of 1937. Throughout his high school years, he went to school until the 10th grade, when he decided to join the Navy and finish his school through a certain program while attending the Navy. After that, an attempt at stand up comedy led him to being discovered and from then on, his fame rose to the status it did today. Although, Bill Cosby has recently faced opposition from accusations of sexual claims, which have begun to tarnish his reputation.
6 Amitabh Bachchan
In what is known as Bollywood, Bachchan has managed to chalk up his net worth to a huge $400 million. This has allowed him to become one of the most popular and rich individuals in his area. Although, Bachchan's start didn't begin so smoothly. When he decided on the pursuit of filmmaking and acting, Bachchan began to pursue his dreams, but with little hope. Bachchan couldn't fill the position, as he did not fit the description of what they were looking for at the time. They were looking for people of a different tone and something with a little background, but Bachchan's voice was something they wanted to use. He ended up narrating and storytelling in various gigs and found a place in this. From there on, he finally found his way into the popular cinematic experience, and started making money over the years.
5 Johnny Depp
So many great things can be said about the famous actor Johnny Depp. His net worth reigns in at $400 million and it is surely deserving. Depp has made so many different appearances in various films and is probably known best for his role as Jack Sparrow in the famous Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Born in June of 1963, Depp has been doing films for quite some time. Raised in Florida, he remained in school until he was 15 years old. He would later become a salesman who decided to move to Los Angeles and met Nicolas Cage. While in Los Angeles, Cage recommended that Depp take his try at acting and so a few months later, he landed a role in the famous movie A Nightmare On Elm Street. The rest, as they say, is history.
4 Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry holds a net worth of $400 million, but his climb to fame is somewhat of an inspiration for many. While his pre-fame life was somewhat of a struggle, he managed to come out on top as one of the most successful actors in quite a long time. Growing up, Tyler Perry had a very pressured and abusive relationship with his father, which eventually led him to large bouts of depression. One day, while watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, he saw an idea that stayed with him. He learned the art of writing out his feelings and eventually came up with a play. He wanted to show the world his work and tried to, only to fail, sadly, and ended up sleeping in his car for quite some time. However, he was given another amazing chance to preview his play to the world, and this time, Perry didn't waste any time in making sure he would succeed. The show sold out and after that night, Perry's hard work started to pay off. Now, Tyler Perry has produced so many amazing movies that have spiraled into success and they are loved by fans all over the world.
3 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise's net worth is $480 million. That's a very large amount for an actor and, to say the least, Tom Cruise has truly earned it. With so many of his movies becoming such a success, he continues to star in various movies as the years go by, prolonging the utmost in cinematic success. Tom Cruise was born in July of 1962, and his original ambitions actually revolved around becoming a priest. It wasn't until he was fifteen that Cruise decided to throw away his ideas of becoming a priest and turned to the wonders of acting. He became enthralled with it and decided to pursue it relentlessly. He was able to make himself known in Hollywood after a time, then, after that, everything is truly cinematic history. Tom Cruise continues to this day, to create films with many different producers as one of the richest and most famous actors in history.
2 Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan rose to fame rather quickly with his net worth remaining at an amazing $600 million. Growing up he was considered an absolutely amazing student who did very well in a wide variety of things. He was the captain of his football, cricket and hockey teams. However, after an injury in football, Shah Rukh decided to look into acting as a career choice. After finally being discovered, Shah Rukh skyrocketed into his career as an actor and became possibly the most popular actor of Bollywood. He is known to have acted in at least 72 films and continues to act to this day. His life definitely does not lack interest and he is known by so many around the world. It's this fame that has gained him so much interest and his character that has allowed him to continue his craft as an amazing actor.
1 Jerry Seinfeld
With an astonishing net worth of $820 million, Jerry Seinfeld has made it as number one on this list of the richest actors. Seinfeld is very intelligent and has been involved in many different series and films over the years. Seinfeld was born in April of 1954. Growing up, he tried to make it big by playing in clubs and various joints as a comedy act all throughout New York and anywhere he could book a gig. After a while, Seinfeld landed a spot on a show which made him skyrocket in fame after that point. He has been well known as the creator of the famous show Seinfeld, and acting as a semi fictional character of himself on the show. He is a very famous actor, writer, producer and human being who has made such an amazing impact on cinema history. Truly, the best of the best when it comes to showing the audience how to laugh.