Our culture is obsessed with celebrities for their appearance, their personal lives, and how exactly they live their lives inside and outside of the limelight. It seems like a perfectly natural thing to be curious about the exorbitant amounts of money celebrities make and how much they’re worth in total. Here are some net worth figures for your favorite celebrities that may shock and surprise you.
Christina El Moussa, $4 million
Along with her ex, Tarek El Moussa, Christina was part of the couple that made Flip or Flop a runaway hit for HGTV. On the show, the couple would buy houses for low prices, do some work on them and then “flip” them for a higher price, earning a tidy profit along the way. Her efforts have helped her build up a very nice net worth.
Felicity Jones, $6 million
Although Felicity Jones has been appearing on TV shows and in films for quite some time, many people have really gotten to know the star over the past few years. Not only did she appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Theory of Everything, but she delivered a career-defining performance as the protagonist, Jyn Erso, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Chris Tucker, -$11.5 million
Yes, that’s a negative number you see up there. Although comedian and actor Chris Tucker once received $25 million for the film Rush Hour 3, he has stated publicly that he is in deep trouble financially and his Florida mansion is being foreclosed upon. The actor has always been able to make audiences laugh but seems to have had a hard time handling his money.
Lamar Odom, $30 million
Former NBA basketball player Lamar Odom was a talented player on the court, but made most of his headlines in his personal life, owing primarily to his marriage to Khloe Kardashian. They were together for seven years, but Lamar battled serious drug issues, which has led to stints in rehab and an overdose that nearly killed him.
Natalie Portman, $60 million
Natalie Portman’s successful acting career goes back to when she was just 13 years old. She has starred opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood and received critical acclaim for her performances, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for Black Swan. She also famously appeared as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Emma Watson, $70 million
At just nine years old, Emma Watson was already starring as Hermoine Granger in the blockbuster Harry Potter films. She would appear in all eight movies, literally growing up in front of film audiences around the world. Since then, Emma has branched out into modeling and continued to act in a variety of projects. She is now worth approximately $70 million.
Jennifer Lawrence, $110 million
Jennifer Lawrence’s early career was defined with well-received performances in films such as Winter’s Bone. Her career really took off when she landed the role of Katniss in the Hunger Games series. She also earned the role of Mystique in the X-Men franchise at the same time. This young starlet is clearly set for the future and already has a nine-digit net worth.
Charlize Theron, $120 million
Charlize Theron was known as a model first and foremost until her amazing performance as a serial killer in Monster. That role began a long tradition of Charlize being willing to change her appearance to fit any role. She reaffirmed her dedication to the craft of acting by doing almost all of her own stunts in Atomic Blonde.
Edd China, $1.5 Million
Edd China is best known as the co-presenter of the Discovery Channel series “Wheeler and Dealers.” The mechanic and motor specialist host the series from 2003-2017. Along with working on “Wheelers and Dealers,” China also acts as the managing director for companies Grease Junkie and Cummfy Banana Ltd. He has made guest appearances on several other series such as “Top Gear,” “Scrapheap Challenge,” and “Fifth Gear.”
Parker Schnabel, $2 Million
Parker Schnabel is best known for his role in Gold Rush Alaska. This show is based on the mining efforts of a few families that run their own companies in Canada. Parker grew up in the mining fields and claims he used to “watch his grandfather” in the mining company. After his first operation, Parker earned a whopping 13 million dollars in gold. To his dismay, much of that money went towards operation costs.
Hugh Hefner, $50 million
Way back in 1953, Hugh Hefner changed the world forever with his publication, Playboy. Over the ensuing decades, the magazine would deliver not only titillation, but also culturally relevant articles, interviews, and other content to eager subscribers. Hefner’s business empire also extended to festivals, TV shows, nightclubs, and more. Remember, the now-deceased businessman’s $50 million net worth doesn’t include his mansion, which he earned $100 million for!
Jimmy Kimmel, $35 million
Jimmy Kimmel began his career performing on the radio, then appeared on TV as a part of the show Win Ben Stein’s Money. He then hosted The Man Show on Comedy Central starting in 1999. In 2003, the show Jimmy Kimmel Live! began, which really boosted his net worth considerably, as Kimmel earns a reported $10 million per year to do the show.
Gordon Ramsay, $140 million
Not only has Gordon Ramsay appeared in reality TV shows Master Chef and Hell’s Kitchen, but he also owns a number of classy restaurants throughout the world. He has been inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame and was also the executive producer of Burnt, a 2015 film featuring Bradley Cooper.
Angelina Jolie, $160 million
There are few actresses that have had careers as diverse as Angelina Jolie’s. She has played mental health patients, Disney villains, adventurers, and deadly assassins during her career, earning both box office success and critical acclaim. She has also spread out into producing and directing during the last decade or so.
John Travolta, $170 million
During the late 1970s, John Travolta made a name for himself in films such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease. He continued that success during multiple decades that featured unforgettable films such as Pulp Fiction as well as box office bombs like Battlefield Earth. Along the way, his net worth his climbed up towards $200 million.
Denzel Washington, $190 million
Throughout his acting career, Denzel Washington has morphed from sex symbol to tough guy to hard-nosed authority figure with stops everywhere in between. He has been recognized for the quality of his performances in such films as Training Day and Remember the Titans while amassing an impressive net worth of about $190 million.
Sandra Bullock, $200 million
Sandra Bullock graced film screens in movies such as Speed and Demolition Man, building a name for herself along the way. She would also go on to earn an Academy Award for her performance in The Blind Side. She has also started her own production company, which has allowed her to boost her net income even higher over the years.
Robert De Niro, $200 million
It’s hard to think of an actor that has played in more iconic films than Robert De Niro. From The Godfather series to Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, De Niro has a well-earned reputation as a legend of the film business. He started taking himself less seriously in the late 1990s, often doing comedic roles to diversify himself.
Harrison Ford, $230 million
You may know him as Han Solo from the Star Wars saga, or even Indiana Jones. It’s hard to say what character Ford best represents, as his films have grossed nearly $5 billion during his career. Ford’s take of that has been quite impressive, leading to a net worth of about $230 million. He continues to actively take on new roles to this day.
Leonardo DiCaprio, $245 million
Leonardo DiCaprio was once primarily a teen heartthrob thanks to his performances in Romeo + Juliet and of course, Titanic, but has transitioned into perhaps the most respected actor in the business today. His hard work finally earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2016, which he won for his performance in The Revenant.
George Clooney, $250 million
George Clooney has often been admired for his looks, but his net worth is just as impressive at over $250 million. He began making a name for himself on TV in small roles before joining the cast of ER. Then, he moved into movies, taking parts in blockbusters such as the Ocean’s Eleven series. We won’t mention his ill-fated turn as Batman.
Will Smith, $260 million
It’s hard to believe now that Will Smith started off as a rapper who did comedic songs as part of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. From there, he became a respected comedic actor on the long-running show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and went on to become a bona fide film superstar. He has been in numerous blockbuster films, leading to a net worth near $300 million.
Cher, $320 million
Cher’s career started decades ago as one half of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Although her relationship with Sonny Bono wouldn’t last, her career was just getting started. Not only has she had a number of great acting roles, but she has continued to make hit music over the decades. She now performs in Las Vegas in a lucrative residency show.
Floyd Mayweather, $340 million
It’s hard to pin down Floyd Mayweather’s net worth because every time he steps back in the ring, he earns as much as nine figures to do so. That was certainly the case when Floyd came out of retirement to take on MMA superstar Conor McGregor. He already had a net worth of $340 million before that fight, so who knows how much he is worth now?
Jessica Alba, $350 million
Viewers of the TV show Dark Angel got the first look at a young Jessica Alba, who would go on to act in a number of huge films over the years, including Sin City and Fantastic Four. In addition to her lucrative acting roles, Alba has made a pretty penny with her company, The Honest Company, which makes eco-friendly cleaning and baby products.
Mick Jagger, $360 million
It’s no surprise to see Mick Jagger on this list, as he has long been the frontman of perhaps the most famous rock band ever, The Rolling Stones. Since the 1960s, the Rolling Stones have sold millions of albums and even more concert tickets, earning Jagger a net worth of well over nine figures in the process. Jagger and his bandmates have been set for life for quite some time.
Clint Eastwood, $375 million
Clint Eastwood made a name for himself as a tough guy actor in “Spaghetti Westerns” and films such as Dirty Harry. However, during the last couple of decades, Eastwood’s talent behind the camera has become more and more apparent. He has also composed the scores for many of his films. His many talents have helped him amass a staggering net worth.
Dr. Phil, $400 million
It’s hard to believe that Dr. Phil has racked up a net worth of $400 million while dispensing mostly common sense advice to people that don’t appear likely to take that advice in the first place, but here we are. Dr. Phil’s ties to Oprah Winfrey got him off to a good start, and he’s also earned millions with his books and personal appearances.
Johnny Depp, $400 million
Johnny Depp is a very respected actor that has certainly shown that he can play any type of role over the years. His credits range from quirky art films to colossal blockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?), but the upshot of everything is that Depp is still one of the most in-demand actors in all of Hollywood.
Jack Nicholson, $400 million
When you’ve been in dozens of films and received 12 Academy Awards nominations, it’s no surprise that you’d be worth about $400 million. Jack Nicholson has received Oscar nominations in each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, which is a rare feat indeed. Nicholson has not appeared on screen since 2010, but with his net worth, there’s no reason he should feel inclined to.
Michael Buffer, $400 million
Yes, the ring announcer from most of the boxing matches you’ve ever seen somehow is worth as much as Jack Nicholson. Before you die of shock, consider the fact that Michael Buffer not only coined the term “Let’s get ready to rumble,” but also had the foresight to trademark it. Those five words have helped make Buffer richer than he’d ever imagined.
Mel Gibson, $425 million
Mel Gibson has staved off controversy to remain relevant in Hollywood as both an actor and director. He’s come a long way since he took on the role of Mad Max, moving on to appear in such classic films as Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, and others. He has also dipped his toes into the world of directing, having helmed the film, Hacksaw Ridge.
Peter Jackson, $450 million
As the director of the hugely successful The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, it seems only right that Peter Jackson would have amassed quite a fortune for all of his hard work. He has also been the director of films such as King Kong and earned money through his production company, WingNut.
Victoria Beckham, $450 million
Back in the 1990s, Victoria Beckham was part of the Spice Girls, a “girl band” that capitalized on the popularity of pop music and gimmicks in the US. Known as Posh Spice, nobody knew that she would eventually marry mega-rich soccer player David Beckham, create her own perfume and fashion lines, and remain a huge star in England long after her groupmates had faded into obscurity.
Beyonce, $450 million
Beyonce was already rolling in the cash before she married fellow mega-rich artist Jay-Z. She was part of a multi-platinum R&B group with Destiny’s Child and went on to solo success beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. She recently made history when her newest album, Lemonade, had 12 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. She also has an activewear clothing line.
James Patterson, $470 million
Author James Patterson started piling up the stacks of cash with his novels based on protagonist Alex Cross. He’s a very prolific author, having written 147 novels in the last 41 years. He has raked in the cash by selling the film rights to his movies and continuing to put out bestsellers. Forbes recently estimated that Patterson makes as much as $95 million per year.
Tom Cruise, $500 million
When you think of a huge star, Tom Cruise’s name is likely to pop up. Since the 1980s, Cruise has been a household name even though he also earned quite a reputation for being a little strange, too. His long list of blockbuster films includes Mission: Impossible, War of the World, and Jerry Maguire.
Elton John, $500 million
Elton John started off as just a kid who liked to play the piano, but when he decided to make a career of music in the 1960s, he found a receptive audience waiting for him. Since then, Elton has contributed countless classic songs and albums to the world and performed in front of leagues of adoring fans, too. He also owns Rocket Music Entertainment Group, which manages Ed Sheeran and other artists.
Bono, $600 million
As the lead singer for U2, Bono has earned a lot of his money through music over the years. He has also been active as a philanthropist and businessman, including his role as a board member of private equity firm Elevation Partners. He also purchased the Clarence Hotel in Ireland, refurbishing it and reigniting its popularity in the process.
James Cameron, $700 million
When you’ve had a number of films as successful as Avatar, Titanic, and Terminator 2, it’s no surprise that your net worth would be up at the $700 million range. After all, Avatar and Titanic alone are among the highest grossing films ever. Cameron approaches his art with the idea of making good films, not just money, which seems to have helped him reach a high level of success.
Dr. Dre, $710 million
Back in the 1980s, Dr. Dre was just Andre Young, a young man hoping to get out of his bad neighborhood by channeling his frustrations through music. He went on to become part of the rap group N.W.A., then found solo success while producing some of the most loved rap albums of all-time. He has discovered artists like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar too, but most of his fortune comes from Beats, his audio products company.
P. Diddy, $750 million
Whatever you call the guy, P. Diddy is stinking rich. Although he only had a couple of albums of his own and his actual rapping ability is pretty suspect, P. Diddy has made a fortune as a record executive and through producing music for other artists. His fashion line was very popular in the early 2000s, which also helped him improve his wealth.
Madonna, $800 million
Madonna is clearly one of the most popular and influential pop artists of all time, paving the way and setting standards for many female artists to come. In the 1980s, she helped usher in the age of music videos with her outrageous antics and style, and she was able to stay relevant throughout the ensuing decades while also acting in memorable roles in films such as A League of Their Own.
Larry David, $800 million
If you’re surprised to see Larry David with such a high net worth, keep in mind that he didn’t earn all of that money through his critically acclaimed HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. No, he made the lion’s share of it as one of the creators, writers, and producers of the mega-hit sitcom Seinfeld.
Jerry Bruckheimer, $850 million
Producer extraordinaire Jerry Bruckheimer has certainly picked his projects well over the years. Although films such as Pearl Harbor, Top Gun, Con Air, Armageddon, and Pirates of the Caribbean weren’t always critical darlings, they always made tons of money. He has also produced the CSI franchise and several reality shows on the small screen.
Mike Wolfe, $4 million
You know Mike Wolfe better as one half of the duo from the reality TV show American Pickers. On the show, Mike and crew look through storage units, old barns, yard sales, and flea markets in search of great finds. His $4 million net worth represents not only his wealth accumulated from the show, but also from his lucrative flips over the years.
Chip Hailstone, $100,000
Chip Hailstone has been seen by TV audiences on the show Life Below Zero, which is shown on the National Geographic channel. On the show, Chip is part of one of six families working to survive life in a particularly harsh part of Alaska. Chip, his wife, and their seven kids live off the land and move around as needed in order to access food in the wild.
Todd Hoffman, $5 million
As one of the main stars of the reality show Gold Rush: Alaska, Todd Hoffman has reportedly made about $100,000 per episode. Hoffman probably didn’t expect that when he began mining in 2010 as a way of following his father’s footsteps. Although he is now worth quite a bit of money, Hoffman is still always looking for the next mining opportunity.
Danielle Colby, $1.5 million
Danielle Colby is now known as one of the stars of American Pickers, but her career in the entertainment industry began much differently. She was a burlesque dancer who created her own troupe, which would eventually tour the area around eastern Iowa and western Illinois. She also opened Dannie Diesel’s Bump ‘n’ Grind Academy before becoming friends with Mike Wolfe, who added her to the show.
Frank Fritz, $4 million
Frank Fritz is the other half of the hit show American Pickers, along with longtime pal Mike Wolfe. Frank prides himself on finding value in objects that others overlook, but he has a particular passion for motorcycles. Many times, a lot of the show’s funniest moments come from partner Mike trying to keep Frank from going crazy with his spending.
Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, $5 million
Better known as “Big Hoss,” Corey Harrison has earned a pretty penny while appearing on the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars. The show is a family affair, as it also features his father and grandfather, too. Corey has been a part of the family business since age 8, although he probably never figured he’d be a TV star at some point in his future!
Rick Dale, $2.5 million
Beginning in 1983, Rick Dale began traveling the U.S. and finding various items to restore. He slowly built up a clientele and was soon able to open his own antique restoration business, called Rick’s Restorations. Rick was approached by the producers of “Pawn Stars,” and asked if he would like to pawn a gas tank he had restored on the show. Rick turned down the offer, but he said he would love to volunteer as an expert for the show. His appearance on “Pawn Stars” led to the spin-off series “American Restoration.”
Tyler Dale, $500,000
Tyler Dale is the son of “American Restoration” star, Rick Dale. Rick Dale owns an antique restoration shop. Tyler was first introduced to the public eye when he appeared as an expert on the series “Pawn Stars” in 2009. With his unique look, producers continued to have him back on the show. He is an avid fan of antique cars and is considered an expert in restoring them.
Kelly Dale, $2.5
Kelly Dale was the driving force behind the creation of the antique restoration shop, Rick’s Restoration. Kelly teamed up with Rick, as the marketing manager and co-owner, to help launch the business. The shop, of course, has been extremely successful. Its success only continued to grow after the debut of the History channel series “American Retoration,” in 2010.
Robin Williams, $100 million
The late Robin Williams was known as not only a great comedian, but a tremendous actor as well. He earned a reputation for his ability to play both comedic and dramatic roles, even earning Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations during his lengthy career. Sadly, Robin Williams took his own life, having earned a net worth of about $100 million to split among his wife and children.