A lot of us who admire celebs, directors, musicians, and athletes love to find out how much they're worth. We know the billionaires, like George Lucas and Oprah Winfrey. Then there are the high million stars we want to know about. We expect George Clooney to be rich, for example, but not $239 million rich. And besides, although we do love him, we haven't seen him in a top box-office hit for a long time. Or take Ashton Kutcher, whose net worth is $200 million. Is that because he was paid a lot to star in Two And A Half Men?
The truth is, high net worth actors do not get the majority of their money from films. Instead, they invest in start-ups, like Kutcher, or start their own company so that they have a side job to fall back on when their acting gigs dry up. We've gathered 12 of the richest celebs in 2018, and trust us, you'll be surprised by how much they make. But we've also included some actors who didn't make the cut as being the richest this year. They will own 2019, though.
Kylie Jenner, for instance, is worth $900 mill, but she will amass even more money in 2019 when she expands her beauty line, which is where the bulk of her net worth comes from. Similarly, Scarlett Johansson is super rich, but she will be even richer in 2019 when she releases three new movies and stars in another Avengers movie. So here are 12 of the richest celebs right now, as well as 12 celebs who will be part of that list in 2019, the year when they will all own it.
Celine Dion became the most famous singer in the world when she sang My Heart Will Go On for the massive, highly profitable film Titanic. The now iconic song was not overlooked during awards season, as she won an Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best original song. Her wealth comes from her Las Vegas residency shows, which started in 2003 and is set to end in 2019. According to Forbes, "Dion has made some $400 million performing 70-odd times a year in Sin City," and her net worth is $430 million.
Every single that Bruno Mars releases ends up topping the charts. He has an estimated net worth between $90 million and $100 million. He will own 2019 if he tours again, as that's where he gets his wealth. According to Money Inc., Mars accumulated his wealth from his records (he's sold over 130 mill records around the world). For example, he earned $1.5 mill for his recent album, and all his tours sell out. We will definitely see him on a Forbes list soon, as he earned a whopping $72.4 mil for one of his tours.
Mariah Carey is one of the world's most popular pop singer in the world. She has sold over 200 million records during her career and is worth between $520 - $535 million. The self-proclaimed diva is also known for her shopping sprees. According to Page Six, Carey spends $100,000 a month on exotic flowers where ever she happens to be and she spends around $45,000 every year on spa treatments for her two pups. When she revealed to the world her shoe closet in her New York penthouse, which she calls her favorite room, it was revealed that she had four shelves dedicated to tall boots, as well as 24 shelves of gold-hued heels.
Ellen DeGeneres is not just a talk-show host. She's also an entrepreneur. She is worth $87.5 million this year according to Forbes, but with her successful daytime show, she will continue to bring in more money and surpass the other high-net-worth actors and singers on this list. How will she own it? Well, just this year, she received $20 mill to star in a Netflix stand-up special. She'll probably renew if Netflix wants to, which means she'll bring in more money. She also got her money from writing four books and founding her own record company and media production firm.
P Diddy (aka Diddy, Sean Combs or Puff Daddy) is one of the world's most famous rappers. His net worth of $700 million comes from his company, Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide, where he reigns as a successful business mogul. Under the Bad Boy music label, he has nurtured clients like The Notorious B.I.G and Craig Mack, Carl Thomas, Father M.C., and Faith Evans. His company also includes multiple men's fashion lines (Sean John, Sean by Sean Combs, and 3 AM) and a movie production company.
Taylor Swift's estimated net worth is $320 mill. Her wealth, in part, comes from the successful release of her albums. Her 2014 album, 1989, grossed $5 mill. Her recent album, Reputation, sold 2 mill copies worldwide just in its opening week. Swift certainly owns it in 2018, but in 2019 she will make even more money. That's because she's currently on a global stadium tour that started in May and she will continue to outsell tickets all over the world until the Reputation tour ends in November. The payout will carry over to 2019, and will raise her net worth. We know that for sure because Swift earned $150.2 million in ticket sales from 2013 and 2014’s “Red Tour.”
Madonna is the reigning queen of pop, up there with Michael Jackson. Every album, from her very first, was a success and, according to CNN Money, she has "sold 300 million records and counting, and has amassed a net worth of $800 million." She is not just a musician. She is also a successful businesswoman who has her own clothes and perfume lines and children's books. She makes most of her money by touring. Her 2016 Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million.
Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. She has an estimated net worth of $120 million. Last year, according to Forbes, she earned $46 mill. Her wealth comes from the X-Men and the Hunger Games franchise, as well as more artistic movies like American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. She is an A-list star because she can go from box office smashes in big-budget movies to award-winning films like Joy. She's going to own it in 2019 because her endorsement deal with Dior was just extended for $15 mil over three years.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is famous for his very popular and lucrative TV show, Seinfeld, which dominated ratings from 1989 to 1998. We haven't seen him around a lot since the show ended, although he does occasionally do standup. That's because his net worth is $860 million and he doesn't have to do a thing. He can drive around the Hamptons in his Porsche, as he's often seen doing, without a care in the world. So how did Seinfeld amass his wealth? Well, from Seinfeld reruns and syndication deals that are still paying him to this day. (Source: Capitalism)
Robert Downey Jr. is one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood. His net worth is $260 mill, and that's due to playing Tony Stark in several Marvel Comics Universe movies. He earned $50 million for The Avengers in 2012 and $75 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. It was rumored that he made $200 mill for Infinity War. We're convinced Downey, Jr. will earn more in 2019, and own the year. The next Avengers movie, which is yet untitled, will open in 2019, and Downey will probably make more than the $200 mill. To get a sense of his star power, he appeared in Spider-Man for eight minutes and made an estimated $15 mill. (Source: Verdict)
According to Forbes, Jay Z’s net worth in 2018 is $900 million. The year before, it was $810 million. Known as a hip-hop artist with chart-topping hits, Forbes named him the richest hip-hop artist in the world in 2018. But Jay-Z's rise in wealth over the years is also due to him being a shrewd businessman. The mogul has interests in "Armand de Brignac champagne and D'Ussé cognac, on top of nine-figure ownership stakes in his Roc Nation empire and Tidal streaming service."
Kylie Jenner is only in her 20s, and she's already worth $900 million, according to Forbes. Her wealth comes from her family's reality show and endorsing products like Puma and PacSun. But it's her red-hot beauty line, Kylie Cosmetics, where she's getting her wealth. Her company was an instant success because of her $29 lip liner and lipstick "lip kits." She's going to rule 2019 because she will undoubtedly expand her company and introduce more products. As of now, Kylie's company has sold more than $630 mill worth of cosmetic products, and she is the sole owner of her company. She is the youngest person on the fourth annual ranking of America's Richest Self-Made Women.
Mayweather is not new to being listed as one of the world's richest celebs. He used to rank as #1 with a net worth of nearly $300 million. Mayweather is also a savvy businessman, and his company Mayweather Promotions raked in at least $200 million in 2015 from his fight against Manny Pacquiao, which broke all previous records and grossed nearly $600 million. More recently the boxer's fight versus Conor McGregor made more than $550 million, and his take-home pay was $275 million. (Source: Investopedia)
Scarlett Johansson's net worth is $140 million. She's able to move from big-budget action movies to smaller fare. Her wealth comes from starring as Black Widow in such MCU movies like The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Infinity War. With those movies, she proved that she can be a bankable action hero. She proved her worth again with the release of Lucy, her first solo action movie which grossed $458 mill on a shoe-string budget of $40 mill. She will definitely own 2019 because she's going to get hefty paychecks for three new movies as well as another Avengers film. (Source: CelebrityNetWorth)
J.K. Rowling emerged from poverty to become the world's first billionaire author of all time. She is the writer behind the Harry Potter series, which she wrote while a single mother living on welfare. Her first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers. Ever since the series was adapted to the big screen, Rowling's net worth has increased each year due to the Harry Potter movies, merchandise and the Universal Studios amusement park. She ranked third on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list last year due to earnings from the first Harry Potter play and the movie Fantastic Beasts. (Source: GoBankingRates)
Kim Kardashian West launched KKW Beauty in 2017 by selling $48 creme contour kits. The makeup is designed to make women's faces more defined. This is West's most successful business and she made an estimated $100 million in revenue so far. The bulk of her net wealth, $350 million, according to Forbes, is derived from KKW because rather than receiving royalties, she owns the company, which means she gets to keep all the profits. She will own 2019 because we're sure she'll expand her line, and of course, it will do well.
Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, is one of the highest grossing musicians in history, having sold over 100 million singles during his lifetime. According to Quartz, which picked up the story from The Sunday Times, the specifics of Sir McCartney's 1.9 billion wealth comes from "royalties on The Beatles’ back catalog to revenue from albums on streaming services such as Spotify and earnings from live performances. McCartney has been part of the Sunday Times’ Rich List since the paper inaugurated the index in 1989."
Ryan Seacrest is a TV host and producer. He is worth $380 million, which is derived from his hosting duties, as well as his own business, Ryan Seacrest Productions. He will own 2019 because his wealth will skyrocket due to many reasons. He receives eight figures for American Idol. He just signed a multi-year deal to create scripted content for ABC. And most of all, Seacrest will be able to add $15 mill each year for being the executive producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Since the show has been picked up for five more seasons, Seacrest can count on that amount in the years to come to make him even richer. (Source: Fortune)
She needs no introduction. She has a net worth of $2.9 billion. She transitioned from ruling her talk show to create an empire in the media and film industry. She launched her own cable channel, OWN, she picks a book she likes from her book club and the book becomes a gigantic bestseller and she has a successful magazine, among many other accomplishments. She is considered the richest African American of the 20th century, the world's only African American woman billionaire, and the greatest Black philanthropist in American history. (Source: Forbes)
Victoria Beckham's net worth is $450 million. She is famous for being a former member of the pop group Spice Girls, where she was known as Posh Spice, as well as her husband David Beckham. In 2004, Beckham made a move into the world of fashion. In 2008 she launched her own business, selling distinct handbags, jeans, and fragrances. Her wealth comes from her company, but she's going to amass more money in 2019 as she extends her brand and reveals her Spring 2019 collection at the London Fashion Week this September. At this time, she will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her brand. Yep, she'll definitely own it.
Steven Spielberg is the highest earning person in the industry and has a net worth of $3.7 billion. That may seem a lot, but remember that he's been making blockbuster movies before blockbuster movies existed, in 1975. That was the year Jaws was released, and he followed that smash hit with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. and the Jurassic Park series. He co-founded the DreamWorks animation studio, and is the most critically successful filmmakers, working as director, producer and many other roles. (Source: Forbes)
In 2018, Ashton Kutcher's net worth is around $200 million, which makes him one of the richest actors in the world. He has amassed his wealth from a TV show as well as being a savvy investor. For Two And A Half Men, he made $800,000 per episode from 2011 through 2015, making him the highest paid actor on TV at the time. After the show ended, he made $90 mill. But the bulk of his net worth comes from his venture-capital firm, A-Grade Investments, which invests in tech and luxury startups like Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Shazam, and Soundcloud. For example, he invested only $500,000 to Uber in 2011 and his return on investment has been at least "100 times his initial cash layout." He will definitely own it in 2019 as he finds new start-ups to invest. (Source: MoneyInc)
George Lucas is not only a director, but also a writer, producer, and businessman. His net worth of $5.6 billion makes him one of the richest men in the industry. He is most famous for the Star Wars franchise, which cemented his status in Hollywood as the most celebrated director of all time. Early on in his career, each Star Wars movie he made ended up raking in the billions. Much later, Lucas returned to directing the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and, as expected, each film saw profits in the billions. (Source: BoxOfficeMojo)
George Clooney has a net worth of $239 million. He made his money from films, but like Ashton Kutcher, after he started his own business, that's where the bulk of his money came from. With entrepreneurs Rande Gerber (Mr. Cindy Crawford) and Michael Meldman, a real estate tycoon, the three founded Casamigos Tequila in 2013, a no-nonsense tequila that you don't have to mix and which you can sip all day long without getting a hangover the next day. In 2017, the three founders sold Casamigos to the big-brand alcohol maker Diageo for $1 billion. They received $700 million in cash plus $300 million in bonuses that will be paid out based on future performance goals. After taxes, Clooney will take in around $150 million. Factor in that the three will stay with the company after the acquisition, and Clooney will make even more money in 2019. (Source: CelebrityNetWorth)