Entertainment is a ludicrous industry no matter what branch of it you look at. And in a world full of franchises, reboots, and sequels, you walk in with certain expectations. Big blockbusters are a huge part of our culture, yet they actually don’t yield the highest grossing actors. In fact, Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t even make the list. Blasphemy!
This will be a walk down memory lane for a lot of us. Get ready for old faces, confusion, and a severe lack of Gal Gadot. Here are the top 10 richest actors of 2019.
With the Rocky and Rambo franchises under his belt, Sylvester Stallone’s current net worth is $400 million. HIs full name is Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, which is an awesome name, but a mouthful.
Stallone wrote Rocky in 1975 and had a pretty rocky road to the top. With the intention of playing the lead role, he hopped from studio to studio to make it happen. A compromise and a budget cut later, Rocky was made a subsequently nominated for two Academy Awards. Since then, Stallone’s continued his acclaim with Rambo, The Expendables, and that one Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Probably the most tech-savvy of the older celebrities, Arnold Schwarzenegger has more than franchise residuals going for him. Probably best known as the Terminator himself, Schwarzenegger has some other non-acting entries on his resume. In 1990, he directed an episode of Tales from the Crypt and was the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
He’s currently still working. Upcoming projects include Terminator: Dark Fate, Triplets, and The Legend of Conan. Oh, and he has a TikTok where he does fitness demonstrations and chases a mini-pony on a mountain bike.
The Olsen twins got their start as child stars. Or rather, baby stars. They both played Michelle Tanner on Full House. Starting when they were six years old, they began appearing more together.
The Olsens established Dualstar in 1993 that produced the twins' films and videos. The two became very popular in the tween market until around the mid-2000s. The twins, knowing they needed a long-term plan, began releasing products aimed towards the teen market when they became co-presidents of Dualstar.
The move paid off, with the two moving onto the fashion scene. They've had deals with Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney. In both 2012 and 2014, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were named Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The first Bollywood actor on our list!
The world is actually filled with pockets of highly successful film industries, though the most well-known is Bollywood. Nigeria also has a booming industry called Nollywood, primarily consisting of distribution through DVDs, but those films typically aren’t distributed beyond the country’s borders. But Bollywood is a cinema giant, producing more films per year than Hollywood (Bollywood produces between 1,800 - 2,000 films per year whereas Hollywood averages around 600) and steadily gaining a global following.
Amitabh Bachchan first gained popularity in the 1970s as India's "angry young man." From there, he's appeared in over 190 films and considered the most influential actor in both Indian and world cinema. He's been honored by the Government of India and the Government of France for his contribution to the arts and cinema.
For American audiences, he appeared as Meyer Wolfsheim in the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Anyone remember John Smith or was he overshadowed by that Braveheart speech? Mel Gibson’s first role was on The Sullivans. He made the transition to the big screen playing Max in the first Mad Max film in 1979.
His latest appearance was in Daddy’s Home 2, though he’s been pretty successful on the directing front. In the 2017 Oscar lineup, he was nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge.
It’s the hot guy from ER! George Clooney has been in the business since 1978, starting with TV and later picking up more film gigs. ER was his first major gig in 1984, but left the show in 1999 to pursue film. And from there, it’s history. Also Batman. We vow to never forget Clooney’s Batman.
Some of his most notable acting successes include Ocean’s 11, Argo, and Syriana. In the 2012 Oscar season, he was nominated for Best Writer, Adapted Screenplay for The Ides of March.
Tom Cruise tends to be a blockbuster magnet and his net worth shows it. The Mission Impossible franchise has been going strong since 1996, and is slated for another two movies over the next three years. That’s eight in total.
His other notable films include Minority Report, Top Gun, Edge of Tomorrow, and Rock of Ages. He’s been nominated for 3 Oscars, but has yet to win. It’s like Leonardo DiCaprio all over again. Tom Cruise should be the new Leo meme.
Never underestimate the power of Bollywood. Despite less lucrative projects, Bollywood is a highly successful film industry.
Shah Rukh Khan’s road to success started with small roles in television, transitioning to film in 1992 with Deewana. He became typecast in villainous roles and flourished in them. He’s been cast in over 80 Bollywood films and holds the title “King of Bollywood.” Though he hasn’t been recognized by the Oscars, he has 14 Filmfare Awards under his belt.
Get ready for some fun facts. So Tyler Perry didn't really set out to be an actor, writer, director, etc., it just kind of happened. While he was working an office job in 1991, Perry saw an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show discussing the therapeutic effects of writing. It inspired his creative streak and he wrote out his experiences in a series of letters. Those letters became the play I Know I've Changed, but the play failed to attract an audience despite tackling aspects of domestic abuse. After the failure, he wound up living on the streets and taking various odd jobs. But he learned, he didn't stop, and a second chance 1998 saw him with a sold-out play and valuable experience under his belt.
Perry went on to create the character Madea, with Diary of a Mad Black Woman debuting in 2005. Despite a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film more than made up for its tiny budget and launched a series still going strong today. He bought his own studio, Tyler Perry Studios, in 2006 that produces films, plays, and television. Fun fact: The Walking Dead uses the space to film scenes set in The Kingdom.
We all feel like winners when Oprah’s in the house. This one was unexpected, but when you think about it? Totally makes sense.
Oprah Winfrey’s big acting break was as Sofia in The Color Purple and was nominated for her performance by both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. And she only went up from there. The Oprah Winfrey Show ran from 1986 to 2011, which became one of (if not) the highest rated television talk shows ever. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Reaching godtier levels of influence, she successfully launched her own TV channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and proved herself a powerful political force during President Obama’s 2008 primary. And as we all know, she has a huge philanthropy network.
Her most recent role was as Mrs. Which in Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Yes Oprah, we will be warriors. But we can’t all be warriors worth $3.2 billion. Goals?