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How much are some of the world's biggest stars worth? It might surprise you

May. 15, 2013by:

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Each year there are a handful of lists released of which stars have made the most money, which actor is overpaid/underpaid, etc. and usually the lists are pretty interesting. CelebrityNetWorth.com keeps track of how much celebrities are worth and the Huffington Post has compiled a list of actors, musicians, directors and media types whose massive amount of wealth is just shocking.

While some of the names on the list aren't surprising at all (J.K. Rowling, Oprah, U2's Bono), who would have thought Larry David is worth $800 million? Or that his Seinfeld buddy Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth $3 billion? The author of the article for the Huffington Post is quick to point out that a lot of Louis-Dreyfus wealth is due to her family's money and not just royalty checks from Seinfeld but that's still an ass load of cash. Tyler Perry writes, directs and stars in almost everything he creates, which means he writes a lot of checks out to to himself and is worth a mind numbing $400 million. And would you believe that Keanu Reeves ($350 million) is actually worth more than Will Smith ($200 million)?  Take a look at the list from the Huffington Post of the 24 celebrities and how much they are worth below. (Note: the list was compiled by the Huffington Post of certain names they found interesting and is not the complete list of richest celebrities in order. For the complete list click here.)

CELEBRITY OCCUPATION ESTIMATED NET WORTH
George Lucas Producer, Director $7.3 billion
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Actress $3 billion
Oprah Media Mogul $2.8 billion
J.K. Rowling Author $1 billion
Larry David Comedian $800 million
Madonna Musician $650 million
Bono Musician $600 million
P. Diddy Rap Mogul $580 million
Howard Stern Radio Host $500 million
Gloria Estefan Musician $500 million
Dolly Parton Musician $450 million
Mel Gibson Actor $425 million
Tyler Perry Producer, Director $400 million
Celine Dion Musician $400 million
Clint Eastwood Director, Actor $375 million
Dr. Dre Rap Mogul $360 million
Bill Cosby Comedian $350 million
Keanu Reeves Actor $350 million
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Actress, Fashionistas $300 million
Will Smith Actor $200 million
Ryan Seacrest Media Mogul $200 million
Bruce Springsteen Musician $200 million
Ozzy Osbourne Musician $140 million
Ellen DeGeneres Comedian $105 million
Extra Tidbit: What surprises you the most about this list?

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9:25PM on 05/16/2013

Dolly parton is worth that much

those are some might expensive titties then. if i suck on her tit, will liquid gold come out?
those are some might expensive titties then. if i suck on her tit, will liquid gold come out?
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7:46PM on 05/15/2013
There all worth more than me.
There all worth more than me.
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4:13PM on 05/15/2013
I was wondering why Spielberg's name wasn't on this list
I was wondering why Spielberg's name wasn't on this list
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12:33PM on 05/15/2013
Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes from money, this is not money she made from acting, google it
Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes from money, this is not money she made from acting, google it
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5:09PM on 05/15/2013
.........it says that in the article.
.........it says that in the article.
12:04AM on 05/16/2013
Indeed it does
Indeed it does
10:41AM on 05/15/2013
Have George Lucas direct all of them in a movie together. It can be like a modern-day Great Gatsby.

I love how the link says Steven Spielberg's name "is sinuous with film". Beneath that bearded, bespectacled exterior, it's all muscle.
Have George Lucas direct all of them in a movie together. It can be like a modern-day Great Gatsby.

I love how the link says Steven Spielberg's name "is sinuous with film". Beneath that bearded, bespectacled exterior, it's all muscle.
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10:36AM on 05/15/2013
Steven Spielberg - $3 Billion
James Cameron - $700 Million
Jay-Z - $500 Million
Tom Cruise - $250 Million

If you actually click the link, you can find all these and more.
Steven Spielberg - $3 Billion
James Cameron - $700 Million
Jay-Z - $500 Million
Tom Cruise - $250 Million

If you actually click the link, you can find all these and more.
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10:23AM on 05/15/2013
This list is definitely incomplete and hence possibly incorrect.
Whare's Steven Spielberg? Johnny Depp? Tom Cruise? Brad Pitt? Paul McCartney? Chris Nolan? James Cameron?
You're telling me they're not worth more than a $100 million ? I know that some actors appear to earn more than they really do but definitely not the group that I've mentioned.
Also, Larry David is worth THIS much!?
This list is definitely incomplete and hence possibly incorrect.
Whare's Steven Spielberg? Johnny Depp? Tom Cruise? Brad Pitt? Paul McCartney? Chris Nolan? James Cameron?
You're telling me they're not worth more than a $100 million ? I know that some actors appear to earn more than they really do but definitely not the group that I've mentioned.
Also, Larry David is worth THIS much!?
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11:27AM on 05/15/2013
the article says its intentionally incomplete. this isnt a ranking, just people Huffington thought were interesting. we all know those listed are up in the stratosphere. no one is saying that if they arent listed, they arent that rich. read the last paragraph again.
the article says its intentionally incomplete. this isnt a ranking, just people Huffington thought were interesting. we all know those listed are up in the stratosphere. no one is saying that if they arent listed, they arent that rich. read the last paragraph again.
5:11PM on 05/15/2013
read the fucking article.
read the fucking article.
6:16PM on 05/18/2013
it didn't say it when it was first posted, so relax
it didn't say it when it was first posted, so relax
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10:13AM on 05/15/2013
Many might not like Mel Gibson nowadays but he's doing okay, eh? As for that Keanu Reeves and Will Smith comparison, wasn't Keanu around before Will...so wouldn't he have a head start. Also had Will taken the role of Neo, he'd be ahead I'd imagine.
Many might not like Mel Gibson nowadays but he's doing okay, eh? As for that Keanu Reeves and Will Smith comparison, wasn't Keanu around before Will...so wouldn't he have a head start. Also had Will taken the role of Neo, he'd be ahead I'd imagine.
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10:37AM on 05/15/2013
Even though Keanu may have had a head start I thought with The Fresh Prince and his record sales that Will Smith would be ahead. I'm guessing at least 60% of Keanu's net worth is from The Matrix though.
Even though Keanu may have had a head start I thought with The Fresh Prince and his record sales that Will Smith would be ahead. I'm guessing at least 60% of Keanu's net worth is from The Matrix though.
10:38AM on 05/15/2013
I've also read a lot about Keanu Reeves living a relatively thrifty life for someone of his stature. He doesn't have mega-mansions all over the world, etc. I don't know if that effects what he's worth, though. More of what he has.
I've also read a lot about Keanu Reeves living a relatively thrifty life for someone of his stature. He doesn't have mega-mansions all over the world, etc. I don't know if that effects what he's worth, though. More of what he has.
10:44AM on 05/15/2013
Will Smith also probably dropped quite a bit of cash on those Scientology courses ;)
Will Smith also probably dropped quite a bit of cash on those Scientology courses ;)
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10:10AM on 05/15/2013
Where is James Cameron and Jay-Z? They are both in the $500 million range!
Where is James Cameron and Jay-Z? They are both in the $500 million range!
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10:01AM on 05/15/2013
Not on the list is Tom Cruise, who's around $225 Million.
Not on the list is Tom Cruise, who's around $225 Million.
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9:47AM on 05/15/2013
God damn George Lucas! That's insane.
God damn George Lucas! That's insane.
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9:13AM on 05/15/2013
There are two things that shock me the most about this list:
1) George Lucas is in the #1 spot. I'm not shocked that he's worth $7.3 Billion, I just find it shocking that for all you hear about the power of other celebrities (i.e. Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Madonna, Bono, etc), the relatively quiet Star Wars guy blows them all out of the water by a pretty wide margin.
2) I don't find it odd that Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is worth $3 Billion, she's had a pretty stable career for the most part and
There are two things that shock me the most about this list:
1) George Lucas is in the #1 spot. I'm not shocked that he's worth $7.3 Billion, I just find it shocking that for all you hear about the power of other celebrities (i.e. Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Madonna, Bono, etc), the relatively quiet Star Wars guy blows them all out of the water by a pretty wide margin.
2) I don't find it odd that Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is worth $3 Billion, she's had a pretty stable career for the most part and has become recognizable enough to make some bank for any acting she does. Couple that with the royalties from Seinfeld. On top of that, the cast was making like $1 Million per episode in the last season or two, were they not? At 22 episodes, that's some serious coin. But I find it odd, again a relatively quiet celebrity is worth more than the overly outspoken celebrities like Madonna, Bono, Oprah.
The lesson to be learned here are two things: 1) Oprah is small time compared to Seinfeld and Star Wars, and 2) @ $6 Million Bono needs to shut up about everyone donating to his causes and start shelling out some money himself, hypocrite.
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9:17AM on 05/15/2013
You made a good point about Ms. Dreyfus. She does have a stable Hollywood career - TV, movies, etc. But still, I'm surprised because big names like Oprah WInfrey or Ellen Degeneres aren't even the top five. Heck, Martha Stewart isn't even on the list.
You made a good point about Ms. Dreyfus. She does have a stable Hollywood career - TV, movies, etc. But still, I'm surprised because big names like Oprah WInfrey or Ellen Degeneres aren't even the top five. Heck, Martha Stewart isn't even on the list.
10:20AM on 05/15/2013
Most of that is money from her dad, who is a billionaire. Dude, a stable career in Hollywood does not make you a billionaire unless you do more than act. If every role she was in went blockbuster worldwide, I'd say you have a point. BUT YOU DON'T. Her dad made a fortune and she is rich because of that. If all actors/actresses that maintained healthy, consistent roles, then they'd ALL be billionaires by your logic. REALLY DUDE? 3 billion seems normal to you? Not even Meryl Streep is
Most of that is money from her dad, who is a billionaire. Dude, a stable career in Hollywood does not make you a billionaire unless you do more than act. If every role she was in went blockbuster worldwide, I'd say you have a point. BUT YOU DON'T. Her dad made a fortune and she is rich because of that. If all actors/actresses that maintained healthy, consistent roles, then they'd ALL be billionaires by your logic. REALLY DUDE? 3 billion seems normal to you? Not even Meryl Streep is that rich, come on man.
10:40AM on 05/15/2013
The relatively quiet Star Wars guy up until recently held all the rights to arguably the most popular franchise in history. Toys, novels, video games, bed sheets, cake pans, toothbrushes, R2 shaped garbage cans, all of it. It all belonged to one person. Every time you saw anything that even had the words "Star Wars" on it put money in his pocket.
The relatively quiet Star Wars guy up until recently held all the rights to arguably the most popular franchise in history. Toys, novels, video games, bed sheets, cake pans, toothbrushes, R2 shaped garbage cans, all of it. It all belonged to one person. Every time you saw anything that even had the words "Star Wars" on it put money in his pocket.
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8:48AM on 05/15/2013
Holy Sh*t! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth $3 Billion??? This is what surprises me the most.
Holy Sh*t! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth $3 Billion??? This is what surprises me the most.
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9:10AM on 05/15/2013
Her dad is (was?) was some French billionaire.
Her dad is (was?) was some French billionaire.
9:18AM on 05/15/2013
Really? I never know that. But still, it surprises to see her at No.2 spot.
Really? I never know that. But still, it surprises to see her at No.2 spot.
9:18AM on 05/15/2013
Really? I never know that. But still, it surprises to see her at No.2 spot.
Really? I never know that. But still, it surprises to see her at No.2 spot.
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