Money makes the world go round, and it’s no wonder that some of these celebrities have a ton of it. Whether they’re businesspeople, actors, or politicians, they’ve been able to amass a large amount of wealth. These are the celebrities with the highest net worths in the world.
25. Jerry Moss ($700 Million)
Jerry Moss’ big claim to fame was the foundation of A&M Records, alongside Herb Alpert. Additionally, he’s a horse breeder and owner, currently serving on the California Horse Raising Board. Because of his actions in both fields, he’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
24. James Patterson ($700 Million)
If you don’t know who James Patterson is, then you probably don’t read very much. James Patterson is one of the most prolific writers in the modern era. He generally writes fantasy and science fiction-based stories for all ages. He’s received more criticism from how often he co-authors, his name being treated more like a brand than anything else.
23. Kylie Jenner ($700 Million)
A member of the Kardashian Klan, Kylie Jenner’s become one of the most successful one of her family members outside of reality TV. Her own makeup line has really taken off, making her boatloads of cash.
22. Sean Combs ($740 Million)
You may know this man better as P. Diddy or Puff Daddy. Another rapper and record producer, Combs has had a varied and eventful career. He cultivated artists such as Notorious B.I.G. and Usher and formed the music group Dirty Money. His debut album, No Way Out, was certified seven times platinum. And then there’s his three Grammys and two MTV Music Awards.
21. Dr. Dre ($800 Million)
The second rapper on this list, Dr. Dre has also had a long career as a music producer. He’s overseen the careers of other big musical artists such as Kendrick Lamarr and Snoop Dogg. However, Dre’s also become a controversial figure as of late. Specifically due to his violence against women.
20. David Copperfield ($875 Million)
David Copperfield has come a long way as far as magicians go. He’s even been referred to by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician of all time. He’s grossed over $4,000,000,000 from ticket sales. Just what is it about this magician that people think is so cool?
19. Larry David ($900 Million)
One of the richest comedians alive right now. Larry David’s best known for creating and co-creating Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has made numerous appearances portraying politician Bernie Sanders.
18. J.K. Rowling ($946 Million)
The smartest decision J.K. Rowling ever made was keeping the film rights for the Harry Potter series. The books were a cultural phenomena that made her tons of money. Then the movies were a cultural phenomena that made her even more money. She’s still making new books taking place in the Harry Potter universe, focusing on Newt Scamander in the 40s. Although, these new films haven’t been met with the same critical acclaim as the original series
17. Andrew Lloyd Webber ($947 Million)
Probably one of the most famous and richest musical composers out there right now. Andrew Lloyd Webber is best known for creating the music for theatrical productions like “Any Dream will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Memories” from Cats.
16. The Rolling Stones ($950 Million)
The first band on this list, the Rolling Stones have a collective net worth of $950,000,000. It makes sense, considering a music-based magazine was named after them. The members are older and past their prime, but the impact they had on the music industry is nothing to scoff at.
15. Jerry Seinfeld ($950 Million)
Of course the comedian that created one of the most famous comedy series of all time (and The Bee Movie) is rolling in dough. Seinfeld’s been a successful comedian for decades and is one of the most famous ones to date.
14. Jerry Bruckheimer ($1 Billion)
Jerry Bruckheimer is a producer for film and television. You may know some of his films, such as Black Hawk Down, Top Gun, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He’s actually the first man to have produced the top two highest-grossing films in a single weekend, that being Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Bad Boy II. One more thing, he produced the television series CSI: Crimes Scene Investigation, and its spin-offs.
13. Kim Kardashian ($1.2 Billion)
This businesswoman and social media personality is best known for her reality tv series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. While the series focused on her family as a whole, Kim was really the star of the show. She’s managed to create numerous business ventures and a modeling from her time on the show. She’s currently in the process of divorcing her husband, Kanye West.
11. Paul McCartney ($1.2 Billion)
Being in one of the most famous rock bands of all time, creating your own group, and then having an outstanding solo career is certainly a good way to make a ton of money. The man’s always had talent and he put it to great use.
10. Cameron Macintosh ($1.48 Billion)
Cameron Macintosh is a famous producer of theatrical productions. Some of his most famous shows include Les Misérables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera. He’s certainly had a varied and impressive career, even if he doesn’t take to the stage himself.
9. Jay Z ($1.4 Billion)
Not only is Jay Z a billionaire, not only is he one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time, but he’s married to Beyonce. He’s certainly become an influential figure, and his album sales and business ventures certainly make sure that he keeps raking in the dough.
9. Kanye West ($1.8 Billion)
Kanye West is another incredibly famous and successful rapper. His insane antics and actions also help to keep him in the public eye, like how he recently changed his name to Ye. It’s hard to ignore this man.
8. U2 ($1.8 Billion)
The second full group on this list. The group’s total net worth is $1,800,000,000. It’s kind of easy to forget that they’re actually a very successful rock band, especially after they downloaded their album, Songs of Innocence onto everyone’s phones a few years ago.
7. Ted Turner ($2.3 Billion)
His name may be a little bit more familiar to you than his face. Ted Turner is the man that created the first 24-hour news network in the form of Cable News Network. He’s been a rather successful businessman, especially when it comes to media. Just look at his net worth.
6. Oprah Winfrey ($2.6 Billion)
Oprah’s the quintessential talk show host. All other talk show hosts try to live up to her example. While she’s since retired her original show, Oprah still makes plenty of appearances in film and television, as well as having other philanthropic endeavors.
5. Miuccia Prada ($4.8 Billion)
The chances of you having not heard of Miuccia Prada’s fashion brand is incredibly low. The Italian businesswoman made one of the most recognizable brands of all time. She’s made quite the wad of cash. Just look at her net worth in comparison to everyone else on the list.
4. Steven Spielberg ($5.41 Billion)
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest and most revered directors to ever make a movie. And he’s made some of the biggest films in pop culture. Most notably, he directed the Indiana Jones franchise and E.T. Not to mention, he’s still directing films today, like Ready Player One and the remake of Wayside Story.
3. George Lucas ($7.62 Billion)
You’d never expect a producer and director to be one of the richest people ever when there’s only one movie (or franchise) everyone can associate this guy with. But when that franchise is Star Wars, it all makes sense. Even the worst films in the series made billions of dollars at the box office. Although Lucas isn’t directly involved in Star Wars productions anymore, he made plenty of money from selling Lucasfilms to Disney.
2. Rupert Murdoch ($23.1 Billion)
1. Michael Bloomberg ($59 Billion)
Businessman, politician, author, philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg has done it all. And it’s because of all those ventures that he’s at the top of this list. He’s not particularly popular (his ill-fated presidential campaign proved that), but this list is only interested in how much his net worth is. Which is more than double that of Rupert Murdoch.