For the most part, celebrities have it pretty good. There are many great things about being a celebrity, but at the top of that list would have to be just how much money they make. Celebrities of all kinds are taking home millions and millions of dollars on a yearly basis and are among some of the richest individuals on the planet.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at 15 celebrities who are worth MUCH more than you might have suspected!
15. Peter Stormare – $215 Million
Peter Stormare is one of those actors that everyone knows the face of, but very few people can put a name to. He acts in a ton of movies, but normally has small but memorable roles. Whether he is playing a cop or a criminal, Stormare always manages to put on a memorable role. He has been acting for decades, but still hasn’t managed to turn into a huge star. Despite this, the man is worth a staggering $215 million! He is a true example of how you don’t need to be a big-time leading man in Hollywood to make hundreds of millions of dollars. It is crazy how someone that most people won’t even know, is among the richest men in Hollywood!
14. David Copperfield – $900 Million
While many of the people on this list are actors, being an actor or actress isn’t the only way to achieve massive wealth in Hollywood or the entertainment business. Take David Copperfield, for example. He is a world-famous magician and likely the most recognizable name in magic (except for maybe David Blaine). His shows and performances have dazzled millions of people and he has won an insane 21 Emmy Awards for his shows. He is by far the most commercially successful magician in history and with a net worth of $900 million, it is easy to see why. While people know he is successful and rich, that is a staggering number that few in entertainment have ever gotten to.
13. Rowan Atkinson – $130 Million
Let’s face it, we all know Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. And Mr. Bean doesn’t strike us as someone who would be incredibly rich. Well, he is. Atkinson is worth an amazing $130 million and is doing pretty well for himself. While this number is one of the lower net worths on this list, it is still more than 99.999% of people will see in their entire lives. Pretty good for a guy who many people know as a silly and mute man named Mr. Bean. However, this only goes for us who live in North America. If you are in the UK you likely know more about his work over the last few decades. Even in North America, he has appeared in a few different shows and movies.
12. Master P – $250 Million
To many people, Master P is a moderately successful rapper who had some hits and success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, if that is all you know about him, then get ready to be shocked. Master P has a wide range of business ventures, including an incredibly popular independent music label called No Limit Records. While he was successful, his success as a businessman goes beyond that. His music and business alike has helped him collect a net worth of $250 million, making him among the richest figures in hip-hop. All in all, he is an incredibly respected and influential person for the genre of hip-hop and has one of the best minds for business in all of the music industry.
11. Patrick Wilson – $275 Million
Similar to Peter Stormare, Patrick Wilson has a face you definitely recognize but a name that might escape you. Wilson is perhaps known by many for his various roles in horror movies, but he has done so much more than that. He has appeared on TV many times, won some Tony awards as an actor and has appeared in several full-length feature films. Even still, many of us simply don’t know much about him. Despite the fact he is not widely known by the public, his bank account hasn’t suffered at all. In fact, Wilson is worth a ridiculous $275 million. While we see him in a lot, we never suspected he was worth that kind of coin!
10. Judge Judy – $200 Million
Judges make good money, but $200 million dollars? That’s definitely not typical. Granted, Judge Judy has made most of her money as a TV personality as opposed to a traditional judge. Judge Judy has been on TV for around 20 years and was a lawyer for around 30 years before she ever went on TV. So she, in fact, was successful as a lawyer for years, but that success can’t touch what she’s been doing as a TV personality. Back in 2013, she reportedly made over $100,000 PER DAY and was one of the highest paid TV personalities on the planet. We knew she was rich, but we (and likely you) had no clue she was this rich.
9. Howard Stern – $645 Million
If you think of the radio, your mind likely thinks of Howard Stern. Stern has been a shocking and sometimes offensive radio host for many decades now. His voice was made for radio and he is one of the few great radio hosts still out there today. But since the radio seems to be a dying form of media, you might think that Stern is struggling a bit as well. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Howard Stern is worth $645 million and with tens of thousands of dedicated listeners and fans, he will be successful with whatever he decides to do in life going forward. He has already dabbled in mediums outside of radio such as TV and online videos, and has had a lot of success in them as well.
8. Bob Saget – $100 Million
Who knew that a TV dad, comedian and host of America’s Funniest Home Videos would be worth about $100 million. Bob Saget has done it all in the entertainment business for decades, but still, it feels weird that he is as rich as he is. Also, you might not know this but Saget was originally a comic with a very dirty routine, which is a far cry from his roles on TV. He is one of the most recognizable faces and names in Hollywood but he hasn’t done a ton in the last few years, which is why we are surprised at just how much money he has in his bank account.
7. Ashton Kutcher – $140 Million
Ashton Kutcher is probably best known for his silly role on That ’70s Show, and a variety of roles in romantic comedies. In addition to that, he has been acting for many years on both TV and film. He has been in the business for years and is pretty recognizable, but I bet you didn’t think he had a net worth of $140 million! Everyone knows who he is and what he’s done so we knew he was fairly rich, but not that rich. While he is known more for his acting roles, he is now dipping his toes in investing. He loves to invest in technology startups and even appeared on Shark Tank. So while a lot of his impressive net worth comes from his acting, he is definitely adding to it with his smart investments.
6. Diddy – $820 Million
When it comes to moguls in hip-hop, few have been doing it for as long or as intelligently as Sean Combs, or Diddy has. He has been in the business for decades and does just about everything from rapping, to producing, to owning his own label to a variety of other business ventures. He owns clothing lines, restaurants, a vodka company and stakes in many others. Even still, few people expected him to have a net worth of $820 million! While he has done some amazing things both in terms of music and business, that is still a very surprising number to see. He also shows no signs of slowing down and at only 48 years old, do not be surprised to see Sean Combs hit that $1 billion number sooner rather than later.
5. Jackie Chan – $395 Million
Jackie Chan was one of the most famous and recognizable actors in the early to mid-2000s and is perhaps known best for his work in the Rush Hour series of films. He has been active as an actor since the 60s and has appeared in well over 150 movies. He is a very recognizable figure and is known for doing his own stunts, as well as his talent to act in both comedy and action films. So while he is a very accomplished and famous actor, he hasn’t been doing a ton in these last few years. Even still, he has managed to amass a net worth of around $395 million. With him still relatively young, don’t be shocked to see that continue to rise as he continues to act.
4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone – Combined $650 Million
These two might have names and faces that you don’t know, but you are definitely aware of their work in the entertainment, TV and film industries. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the masterminds behind South Park, which is one of the most successful animated shows of all time. It has been on for 20 years and has spurned a media franchise including films, toys, comics, video games and more. In addition to South Park, they also created the popular musical The Book of Mormon and other works as well. Combined, the two have a massive net worth of over $650 million and if they continue to churn out great content, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see their net worths hit a combined $1 billion.
3. J.K. Rowling – $1 Billion
J.K. Rowling is best known as the author and screenwriter for the Harry Potter series of books and films. She has gained worldwide popularity and fame, and has millions of people falling in love with her creations. And after she lived in relative poverty for years, she has turned out to be a huge and inspiring story of success. So while she has achieved a ton of fame and success in her life, the true height of her net worth will truly shock you. Over her career, Rowling has grown her net worth to an astonishing $1 billion, making her among the richest people on this entire list. Who knew that a novelist and screenwriter was richer than nearly every single actor and actress in Hollywood.
2. Jessica Alba – $340 Million
For much of the 2000s, Jessica Alba was one of the sexiest actresses in the business. She had several large roles in both TV and film. She has been acting since 1994 and at only 36 years old, has a ton more time in the industry if she wants it. However, in addition to being an actress, Alba is also a successful businesswoman as in 2012, she co-founded The Honest Company. They sell household, personal and baby products. Her acting and business acumen together has garnered her a net worth of $340 million and a large stake in a company with a value of nearly $2 billion. Being that she is only 36 years old, she might be one of the richest and most successful actresses in Hollywood at some point in the future.
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $200 Million
When you think of or see Julia Louis-Dreyfus, your mind likely goes to her role on Seinfeld. That role garnered her a ton of praise, a lot of money and a couple of Emmys as well. In addition to that role, she has acted in various other TV shows and movies throughout her career that has spanned four different decades. In addition to her astonishing success on TV and in movies, Louis-Dreyfus is also the son of Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, a man who had a net worth of over $3 billion. While we will not count that towards her net worth, just know that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is simply one of the richest entertainers on the planet. She has also been named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time.