Richest Actors in the World
Cinema is considered to be one of the main forms of art, and it is also a very profitable business. Some movies confuse us not only by plot or acting but also by the number of zeros in their “budget” and “gross” columns. Of course, we believe that every single person should be paid for their hard work, but some actors make a lot more money than others. And all of them make money out of the movie world.
Viralrag invites you to take a look at the list of the richest actors of today. Of course, all the numbers are estimates. Just the people on the list know the exact numbers.
10. Sylvester Stallone — $400 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Rocky, Rambo, The Expendables, Space Keepers, Judge Dredd.
He’s the best boxer in the world, according to film fans, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s all-time rival. Stallone made a fortune as an actor and director. But even here, we can’t resist comparing him to Schwarzenegger: the most precious thing Stallone has are his wonderful daughters.
9. Bill Cosby — $400 million
Most Profitable Movies: I Spy, The Cosby Show, Jack, Cosby.
In the 1960s, Cosby became the first black actor to play a role in a drama series. The role of ‘I Spy’ is possibly his greatest achievement. He built his own production company, which produced TV shows and won him millions of dollars. Cosby has recently been accused of sexual assault by many women, which has, of course, affected his image and financial condition.
8. Jack Nicholson — $400 million
Most Profitable Movies: The Shining, Batman, As Good as It Gets, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Bucket List.
With his immense charm and three Oscars, Nicholson is not the richest guy. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t been to a lot of movies lately. Maybe it’s because he’s always been a fan of buying works of art. One way or another, very few people know how he lives these days because the star doesn’t appear in movies or at parties.
7. Tyler Perry — $400 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Woman’s Diary, Crazy Black, Daddy’s Little Daughters, For Colored Girls, Why did I get married?
Tyler Perry writes scripts, directs films, and also plays leading roles. His distinctive characteristic is that he’s making low-budget movies that almost always make a lot of money. That’s how he made millions of dollars and created his own media empire.
6. Mel Gibson — $400 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Lethal Weapon, Mad Max, Braveheart, What Women Want, Maverick and Hacksaw Ridge.
One of his first films, Mad Max, was a very profitable one ($100 million at the box office with a budget of $350,000). Gibson’s career and earnings have improved since then. The actor enjoys spending money, and he owns an entire island in the Pacific Ocean, which he purchased for $15 million.
5. Johnny Depp — $440 million
Most Profitable Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Tourist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Donnie Brasco and Alice in Wonderland.
Depp began his career at the Elm Street Nightmare (1984). After 25 years, Depp’s profits for his roles as The Hatter and Jack Sparrow are over $100 million. Johnny Depp’s movies have totalled more than $8 billion worldwide.
4. Tom Hanks — $470 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies, Sully and Da Vinci Code.
At the end of the ’90s, it took just 5-6 years for Tom Hanks to play not just good roles but some cult ones. He won two consecutive Oscars and began producing his projects.
3. Tom Cruise — $480 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Jerry Maguire, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Last Samurai, Mission: Impossible, Vanilla Sky and Valkyrie.
“Forever Young” Tom Cruise is always the subject of media attention when it comes to money and actors’ fees. It is assumed that he raises money not only for himself but also for the Church of Scientology. But haters sometimes forget that often Cruise had to work for so little money.
2. Shah Rukh Khan — $550 million
Most Profitable Movies (as an actor and/or director): Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Chennai Express, Main Hoon Na, My Name Is Khan and Veer-Zaara.
For a reason, Shah Rukh Khan is called the “King of Bollywood.” He began his career as an actor at the beginning of the ’90s and has appeared in more than 50 films. However, the film is not the only source of income for the actor: he acts in many advertising and has collaborated with Pepsi and Nokia. Khan has his own production business and a successful cricket team in the Indian Premier League.
1. Jerry Seinfeld — $860 million
Most Profitable Movies: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Louie, 30 Rock.
Seinfeld began his career as a stand-up comic in the clubs of New York in the 1970s. He founded Seinfeld in 1989. The show has been running for 9 seasons, and more than 75 million viewers are watching the final. In the last season, the actor earned $1 million for each episode. Seinfeld’s other projects are also profitable — he makes many movies and performs on stage.