Fans of film stars are always interested in knowing the net worth of their favorite stars and how they stack up in the rich list. Contrary to popular opinion, top stars may not necessarily be on top of the net worth list.
Often, those actors who have had a longer run with more films are on top of the list as compared to those who may be hugely popular across the world, but for a relatively less period. They are like a flash in the pan. Here is a list of the top twelve wealthiest actors in the world as of 2018.
#12. Clint Eastwood:
Net Worth – $370 Million
One of the most famous of the Hollywood male stars, Clinton Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930. He was known initially for starring in the Western series on television, called Rawhide. He became known worldwide as the topmost western film hero, in 1960’s when he played The Man With No Name in Dollar’s trilogy – a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Clint Eastwood’s most memorable films were the Dirty Harry series. The five films were released from 1970 to 1980 where he plays the upright cop Harry with the unorthodox way of working, which made him an endearing and awesome male icon.
He has also appeared in several films like Where Eagles Dare, Every Which Way But Loose, Unforgiven, Escape From Alcatraz, Firebox, Tightrope and many more, which had been tremendous box-office success stories. He has also produced and directed several movies and won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. He has received multiple Academy Award nominations as an actor. The movie American Sniper released in 2014 was highly acclaimed by critics, and it broke several records at the box office.
#11. Tom Hanks
Net Worth – $390 Million
Tom Hanks is a popular star who is known more for his acting prowess than stardom. He has received several awards in recognition of his acting talents and has raised the bar considerably. His full name is Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, and he was born on July 9, 1956. Some of his well-known films which will be remembered for his dramatic abilities to win critical acclaim are Splash, Turner & Hooch, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, You’ve Got Mail, Cast Away and many more. He has also starred in the movies which were adapted from the best-selling novels of Dan Brown, where he plays Robert Langdon. He has also given his voice to the toy story film series where he has voiced the character, Sheriff Woody.
His films have collected more than $9 billion at the box office. He is the fourth highest grossing stars in Hollywood. He has also helped co-produce five films with Steven Spielberg, namely Saving Private Ryan which was appreciated widely. Other films that came out of this collaboration were Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, and The Post which was released in 2017. Hanks has won two consecutive Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards in 1993 and 1994 for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He has also won Screen Actors Guild award, People’s Choice Awards and Awards from BAFTA; besides a Legion of Honor from France.
#10. Sylvester Stallone
Net Worth – $400 Million
Sylvester Stallone who was the star of Rocky and Rambo films is one of the most well-known faces anywhere in the world. He was born on July 6, 1946. He is not only a successful actor but also a film producer, writer, and director. His seven films in the Rocky based on professional boxing were released from 1976 to 2015, and each of them was a massive box-office success. He also starred as Rambo in the Rambo series of films which were during 1982 and 2008 and the four movies were unprecedented blockbusters. From 2010 to 2014, he starred in three ‘The Expendables’ films which were again big hits.
He is one of the highest grossing ‘action hero’ of Hollywood. It is interesting to know that he wrote most of these films and also directed a few of them. He has earned several accolades for his portrayal of Rocky which includes his statue in Philadelphia and his inclusion in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has received Golden Globe Awards and several Academy Award nominations for his screenplay and acting for the Rocky series of films. He has also been nominated for People’s Choice Awards and the British Academy Film Awards.
Stallone also appeared in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy and 2018 he starred in Escape Plan 2. An offshoot of his Rocky films, Creed was also a successful film and the sequel, Creed 2 is under production which will be released in 2018. Sylvester “Rambo” Stallone has already announced the making of the fifth Rambo film, Rambo V, for which he has also written the script. This movie starring him is likely to be released in 2019.
#9. Mel Gibson
Net worth – $425 Million
Mel Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in America but he grew up in Australia. He graduated from the Australian Film Institute. He is a very popular action hero all over the world but is best known as Max in his Mad Max series of films. The three Mad Max film have all been blockbuster hits across the world. He is also known for portraying the cop in the Lethal Weapon series of films.
Mel Gibson is also a producer and director and made the hugely popular Braveheart in which he also starred. This 1995 film won him two Academy awards for the Best Director and Best Picture, besides a Golden Globe award. In 2004 he produced The Passion of the Christ and in 2006, Apocalypto, which was critically acclaimed. His 2016 movie Hacksaw Bridge gave him two Academy awards and nomination in six categories.
#8. Johnny Depp
Net Worth – $450 Million
Johnny Depp is considered as one of the world’s biggest film stars. His films have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide, and his most successful films were the Pirates of Caribbean series. He has worked in films like Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Donnie Brasco, Black Mass, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Tourist, and many more which were a big commercial success.
He was born on June 9, 1963, and became popular as a teen idol in the television series of the 1980’s, 21 Jump Street. He has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards besides getting three nominations for the Academy Awards. He is the only actor to have been inducted as a Disney legend. In 2012, he was listed in the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest paid actor, when he received $75 million for Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl.
#7. Amitabh Bachchan
Net Worth – $450 Million
Amitabh Bachchan is the greatest star of Bollywood or Hindi cinema. He was born on October 11, 1942, and made his acting debut in films in 1969 with Saat Hindustani. There was never any actor in Indian cinema who held so much star power and clout. He is also called the Big B, Senior Bachchan, Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, and many more such epithets.
At the peak of his career, it was said that about four-fifths of the Indian film industry rode on his shoulders. He was called the one-person industry. He is also a top drawing television host and the one who endorses and appears in the largest number of products in India. He was most popular during the 1970’s when he was known as the Angry Young Man and influenced the Indian commercial cinema in a way no one has ever done. During this period he starred in films like Zanjeer, Deewaar, Majboor, Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Kabhi Kabhi, Trishul and many more, which serve as a milestone for Indian cinema.
There is a long list of the films in which he has starred, and his performance in almost all his films have been appreciated, despite how the film has fared commercially. Amitabh Bachchan has won 15 Filmfare Awards and has been nominated 41 times. He has won several other awards including the National Film Awards 4 times. He has also dabbled successfully in playback singing and national politics. He has also acted in the Hollywood movie, The Great Gatsby.
As a TV host, he has created history with the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati which is the Indian version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, the internationally popular TV show. He has been honored by the Government of India with all the top civilian honors like Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan. The Government of France has also honored him with Knight of the Legion of Honour.
#6. Jack Nicholson
Net Worth – $480 Million
Jack Nicholson is an actor who has been performing for the last sixty years. He was born before the Second World War started, that is, in the year 1937. He has played a wide spectrum of characters on screen. His film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest released in 1975 won critical acclaim all over the world. His other well known early films were Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets and many more. He appeared in the horror movie The Shining and a fantasy comedy The Witches of Eastwick.
He played the main villain the Joker in the film Batman in 1989. He also acted in A Few Good Men, Wolf, Mars Attacks!, Anger Management, Something’s Gotta Give and many more. Jack Nicholson has got the Academy Award three times and has been nominated 12 times. He has also won 6 Golden Globe awards. He has also been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute.
#5. George Clooney
Net Worth – $500 Million
George Clooney is one of the most popular actors of Hollywood who is also a director, producer, and screenwriter. He has received two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, and made his acting debut in 1978 on television. During 1994 to 1999, he was very popular for his role as Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama TV series ER and got two Emmy Award nominations. During this time, he starred in the film Batman and Robin which made him a Hollywood star.
He also worked in many acclaimed movies Out of Sight and Three Kings. Clooney became more popular around the world with the release of Ocean’s Eleven in 2001. He has directed a few movies like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men. He received the Academy Award for Best Picture for Argo. He has worked for several humanitarian causes across the world. His wife is a well-known British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
#4. Tom Cruise
Net Worth – $550 Million
Tom Cruise is one of the world’s most recognizable face and one of the most popular actors in the world. Born on July 3, 1962, he began his career with the movie Endless Love; but he was noticed by all in the film Top Gun. He was appreciated in The Rainman which also starred Dustin Hoffman. He has worked in many more successful movies like Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, Minority Report and many more. However, what brought him worldwide fame was his role as a James Bond type spy in the Mission Impossible films series. These films were worldwide successes and broke several box-office records.
The sixth and the latest, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, will be released this year. He will also reprise one of his most successful Top Gun role in Top Gun: Maverick, which is in the making. Tom Cruise has won the Golden Globe awards thrice and has been nominated thrice for the Academy Awards. He has been voted as the most handsome person in the world. He has been credited as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, and more than 20 of his films have grossed more than $200 million. His films have grossed $9 billion, and he is one of the top-grossing actors in the world.
#3. Tyler Perry
Net Worth – $600 Million
Tyler Perry is an actor, playwright, and filmmaker who was listed by Forbes as the highest paid celebrity in entertainment. This was almost eight years back in 2011 when his annual earning was $130 million. He started earning around US$75 million in 2008. Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969. Perry has written and produced stage plays from the 1990s to 2000s. He has created a tough elderly black woman character called Madea. His films are made from filming the live stage plays. Later many of these were made into full-fledged films.
Perry has developed several television series, including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne that ran for eight seasons till 2012. That year he got an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN. He has also created multiple scripted series for OWN which include the much-celebrated show, The Haves, and the Have Nots. His latest achievement is a deal with Viacom for 90 episodes per year of original drama; which will begin in 2019, once his agreement with Oprah gets over. Like Oprah, he is one of the richest celebrities; and with a net worth of $ 600 million, sits comfortably on the second spot of the richest actors list.
#2. Shah Rukh Khan
Net Worth – $750 Million
Shah Rukh Khan is a super-star from Bollywood, the Indian film industry. He is also known as King Khan, SRK, and Baadshah of Bollywood. Born on November 2, 1965, he began his acting career in television series Fauzi and later appeared in few more television series like Circus and Doosra Keval. In 1992, he got his break in Bollywood with the film Deewana. He acted in a few more films but was recognized for his anti-hero roles in Baazigar, Darr, and Anjaam.
Next, he changed his public image from a bad guy to a romantic hero and starred in starred in several blockbuster movies which were a hit worldwide. In fact, these movies redefined Indian cinema and brought it to a larger audience around the world. His Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge released in 1995 brought back the romantic era in Bollywood. This was followed by hugely successful, Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997 and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998.
Later, he also appeared with the Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. He was appreciated for his acting talents in the role of an alcoholic in Devdas, an Indian scientist in Swades, a sports coach in Chak De India and My Name Is Khan he played an autistic person. Some of his later hit films include Chennai Express and Happy New Year.
He has starred in over 80 films and won many awards including 14 Filmfare Awards. He has been honored with a Padma Shri award by the Government of India and highest civilian honors from the Government of France.
He has his own production company Red Chillies Entertainment and also owns the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. He has endorsed and appeared on ads of several products and companies. He has been ranked among the most influential persons in the world.
#1. Jerry Seinfeld
Net Worth – $870 Million
It might come as a surprise to many that Jerry Seinfeld is ranked at the top of the list of richest actors in the world. Jerome Allen Seinfeld, better known as Jerry Seinfeld, was born on April 29, 1954. He is a famous stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director of television series. He became a household name after his show named after him became one of the most popular shows. He has been ranked as one of the greatest comedians of all time. He started his career in 1976. He has also produced and starred in the film Bee Movie released in 2007. He has also acted in a few more movies like Eddie, Pros & Cons, The Thing About My Folks, and Top Five.
Way back in 2004, Forbes estimated his annual earnings from Seinfeld at $261 million. This show went on for ten seasons. The very same year he earned $100 million several deal and performances. He got $10 million for appearing in Microsoft Windows advertisement in 2008. He has been cited as the world’s highest-paid comedian. In 2017 and earlier too, he has been ranked by Forbes as the highest-paid comedian. Over the years his annual income has been around $100 million.
The wealth of Hollywood and Bollywood stars may not be in proportion to their popularity. Much depends on how long an actor has worked and also the number as well as the success of his movies worldwide. Acting is just one avenue for income; they have multiple income streams like advertisement and endorsement deals, income from film distribution, film production and personal businesses. Some of the entries in this list might surprise you, but it is also true that many stars have floundered from the financial peaks that they have achieved. A lot depends on how astutely they have invested their income and the financial impact of their decisions relating to their film career.