Top 10 Shockingly Rich Celebrities & Their Net Worth

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7. Magic Johnson

Estimated Net Worth: $600 Million

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.  After winning a championship in high school and college, Johnson was selected as the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers.  Magic retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in 1992 and for 32 games in 1996.  Earvin Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, five championships, and twelve All-Star games.  Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

Earvin Johnson currently runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company that has a net worth of $700 million.  He has built a real estate empire that includes partnerships with AMC Theatres, Starbucks, T.G.I. Fridays, and 24 Hour Fitness.  In October of 2010, Magic sold his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers.  Johnson averaged 11.2 assists per game and had an astounding 138 triple-doubles in his NBA career.  He is also one of the tallest point guards in the history of the NBA.

Some other athletes that rival the wealth of Magic Johnson include Tiger Woods ($500 million), Michael Jordan ($500 million), Alex Rodriguez ($300), Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($300 million), Shaquille O’Neal ($250 million), Kobe Bryant ($200 million), David Beckham ($175 million), Phil Mickelson ($150 million), Roger Federer ($140 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($130 million), Kimi Raikkonen ($130 million), and Peyton Manning ($115 million).

Interesting Fact

In 1981 Magic Johnson signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for 25 years and $25 million dollars.  It became the longest player contract in the history of sports.  In 1996, Michael Jordan signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls worth $30 million for one year.

6. Jerry Seinfeld

Estimated Net Worth: $870 Million

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Jerry Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and television producer, known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the situation comedy Seinfeld (1989–1998).  Jerry co-created and co-wrote the show with Larry David.  The sitcom was a massive success and a large portion of Jerry Seinfeld’s income has come from the show and its years of syndication.  Jerry has also made millions of dollars as a bestselling author, comedian, and public speaker.  His has a collection of endorsement deals.  Notably, he was paid $10 million to make a handful of ads for Microsoft in 2008.  Between June 2008 and June 2009, Jerry Seinfeld earned $85 million, making him the highest-paid comedian during that 12-month period.

According to Forbes magazine, Jerry Seinfeld’s annual earnings in 1998 were $267 million, making him the highest-paid celebrity that year.  The show Seinfeld still generates more revenue than most current shows through syndication and DVD sales.  In 1998, Jerry reportedly turned down $5 million per episode, for 22 episodes, to continue the show for a tenth season.  Co-creator Larry David is also extremely wealthy and has an estimated net worth of $800 million.

In comparison to other movie stars, Jerry Seinfeld’s net worth stands out.  The estimated net worth of some A-list stars include Tom Hanks ($390 million), Johnny Depp ($200 million), Tyler Perry ($400 million), Harrison Ford ($230 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($245 million), Will Smith ($250 million), John Travolta ($170 million), Brad Pitt ($240 million), Julia Roberts ($140 million), Ben Stiller ($200 million), Denzel Washington ($140 million), Jeff Foxworthy ($100 million), and Will Ferrell ($100 million).

Interesting Fact

Jerry Seinfeld is rumored to own one of the largest Porsche collections in the world.  A current tally has Seinfeld owning 46 Porsches.  Paul Bannister reported that Seinfeld’s collection includes Porsche 911s from various years, 10 Porsche Boxsters each painted a different color, and the famous 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, the same model and pearl-grey color that actor James Dean was driving when he crashed and died.  The centerpiece is a $700,000 Porsche 959, one of only 337 ever built.

5. Bono

Estimated Net Worth: $900 Million

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Bono is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2.  To date, U2 has released 12 studio albums and are among the best-selling groups in popular music history, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.  U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards, which is more than any other band.  In 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The groups 360° Tour (2009-2011) is currently the best selling concert tour of all time with gross revenue of $736,137,344.  The tour included 110 shows across the world and amassed an attendance of 7,268,430 people.

The success has given Bono an estimated net worth of over $900 million.  He is well on his way to becoming a billionaire.  In comparison to other music legends, Bono’s massive fortune stands out.  The Edge, who is the guitarist for U2, is also extremely rich and holds an estimated net worth of $200 million.  Some other wealthy music legends, some deceased, include John Lennon ($800 million), Paul McCartney ($780 million), Michael Jackson ($600 million), Madonna ($500 million), George Harrison ($400 million), Mick Jagger ($305 million), Elvis ($300 million), Cher ($300 million), Gene Simmons ($300 million), Celine Dion ($260 million), Jennifer Lopez ($250 million), Eric Clapton ($115 million), and Courtney Love ($100 million).

Interesting Fact

In 2010 Bono’s investment arm Elevation Partners purchased a 1.5% stake in Facebook for $200 million.  In 2011 that stake was valued at $700 million when Facebook reached $55 billion.

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  1. Okay, I’m confussed. Why is Barbra Streisand always left off the “super-rich” list? I have heard she is worth around 600 million. Her Malibu compound is easily worth over 100 million alone.

    Thank you

  2. But it’s not all that shocking that Babs is worth millions, while I think the rest of the people on the list are surprisingly rich – like I had no idea Howard Stern was worth that much money. There are richer people than the ones on this list (Oprah, hello?) but I think the point is that these people are richer than we thought they were.

        • Jay Arr Henderson on

          McCartney’s worth was once estimated at more than a billion. Alas, divorce is expensive…

        • Yep. Jay Arr Henderson. You are absolutely right. That Heather Mills ex-wife of Sir Paul knew exactly what she was after. I hope that gold-digging, sycophant goes to you know where. And if she does go to heaven, she’ll have to battle with Sir Paul’s deceased first wife Linda. Now she was a great and loving woman. And she being the grand-daughter of George Eastman (The inventor of the Kodak Camera), she wasn’t exactly on skid row herself. God Bless Sir Paul.

        • Linda was not the grand daughter of George Eastman founder of Kodak.
          Her father was Lee Eastman a lawyer from Long Island, New York.

        • Not sure when any of the Beatles were born. But the whole world’s date time is set at 2015. Gee, I wonder what happened December 25, 2015 years ago? Nothing is greater than Jesus!

      • Paul is worth $1billion dollars pre divorce with that leach Heather (long john silver) Mills,he could be alot richer for example he gets inundated with offers to be the face of this and that and always says no his wealth has come from music alone.
        So on that note Paul McCartney/John Lennon have made the most cash from music and if they were to sell out which Yoko does for free Paul would be a multi billionaire,he went mad when Yoko pulled out of a bid to buy The Beatles catalogue at the last minute hence allowing MJ to buy it and start selling the songs to panasonic and cookie companies for adverts that decision alone from Yoko has easily cost Paul another $2 billion he would be the richest musician of alltime had he just went alone and bought the catalogue himself.He owns 4 Beatles songs,Love me do,please please me,she love’s you and 1 more i cant remember.
        I really hope he gets a chance to buy his catalogue back can you imagine having to pay someone else everytime you sung a song you had wrote yourself???

      • Wildfirecd2 on

        Actually, that comment was made my John, not Paul. So John thought that all the commotion made about them when they hit the “Colonies” made it seem the folks thought them as if not more important than Jesus. Not that HE thought so…necessarily.

  3. Julia-Louise Dreyfuss is worth that much??? I’d still marry her if she was only worth 100 million, that’s how much I adore her.
    Are you reading this Julia?

  4. So let’s look at the tale of the tape and about Tom Brady. 1). Tom Brady is the best Quarterback in football (forget about this Peyton guy) on one of the best football teams in the past decade. 2). He practices throwing a ball (which is child’s play). 3). Works every Sunday for only 3 hours at best (he might get hit on a rare occasion only if his offensive line is on target . 4). Win or lose, he will retreat to his mansion and get Monday and Tuesday off (unless he is playing a Monday Night Game, then he will have Sunday off) and when its “beddy-bye” time he gets to share his bed with the most beautiful woman on earth, that being No. 9 on this list. What a rough life Tom Brady must have. And on another note, I was amazed as to how wealthy Julia Louis-Dreyfus is !! Is she single, I wonder ??

    • You really don’t understand the work that goes into football. He probably works like 12-14 hour days everyday including Sundays. Soooooo much work goes into football from daily practices, meetings and intense analysis of film (both of yourself and your opponents). Yes, he has an awesome life where he does what he loves for big bucks and has a hot wife, but he works way, way harder than most people.

    • Ha ha ha. Unbelievable. You think he just works for the three hours of game time? Wow. I’m shocked you would think that. What about all the behind the scenes work. It’s like saying that all it takes to be a professional bodybuilder is a few minutes flexing on stage.

  5. Here are the 3 solutions or answers for becoming “shockingly” rich. 1). Be born into money, 2). Marry into money and 3). Have a job where you make a lot of money. Examples : No.9 and No.3

  6. Check out Judge Judy for a real shocker. Her net worth is $250 million according to Forbes and she makes $45 million a year to be a rude little b#$ch to people. Disgusting.

  7. This is kind of misleading. The numbers that you have here are from a source that lists how much money they’ve made over their career, not how much in liquid assets they have. You’d be surprised at how broke some of these celebrities are. #1 being a great example. This guy is spending over $10 mill on cars a year and just giving them away. Trust me, PR isn’t likely to tell the public what the accountants know.

    • I'm better than you on

      Definitely not true, Birdman is also a major player in the narcotics game, he’s been buying expensive things for the last 10 years, and hasn’t stopped yet. This guy is worth way more than $100 million.

  8. These are a little misleading because if you’re making 45 million a year, how are you only worth $200 million?

    • If you are making 45 million an year, a large portion(40%) of that is taken away as income tax. And a large portion is also spent by the celebrity right? Hence the net worth seems lesser than what the many years of annual earnings would add up to.

  9. Purple Shoes on

    I pay respects to Armani for putting that ban in place that was a very noble thing to do and brought me to tears.

  10. ummmmmm… ever hear of OPRAH WINFREY???? How the HELL was she left off of this??? She is worth 2.7 BILLION!!!! How about Steven Spielberg >> 3 BILLION… Donald TRUMP??? 2.9 Billion

  11. Man I wonder what its like to have so much money in the bank just sitting there? I know you have to deal with fake family, friends and other people trying to get your money or find reasons to take your money but to never have to worry about your bills and at that point literally nothing being out of your reach financially I wish I knew what that was like

  12. all that money,wow. im a 2 time cancer suviver and my god given daily life is worth more ta me than all the money the people just mentioned. good day. ed straubing

  13. Madonna last two tours combined earned over $700 mill. 150+million albums sold Really???W T F this list smellz..

  14. some of these are grossly inflated, what people don’t know is that celebrities are terrible at managing money so even if they have a lot , misuse renders them bankrupt.

    • @jd…how is it that you have this special knowledge of celebrity wealth managing skills and more accurate formulas than Forbes etc. for determining net worth guesstimates. It is interesting when someone says ” what people don’t know”… Maybe you do know something others do not. Odds are you don’t. I think you more likely read gossip columns and poorly vetted on line articles. and have an inflated sense of self worth. “Grossly inflated” Please stop making unfounded generalizations just to make yourself feel important.

    • some of these are grossly inflated, what people don’t know is that celebrities are terrible at managing money so even if they have a lot , misuse renders them bankrupt.

      Really…it sounds as if you ingest a healthy dose of on vetted gossip columns. The only thing grossly inflated is your sense of self worth You make some pretty broad generalizations about celebrities and, their money managing skills. Aside from the few that were mishandled or became involved some overly self destructive behavior most celebrities do very well and are not bankrupt. Bankruptcy is actually quite rare among real celebrities…

  15. V-E-R-A-C-I-T-Y on

    And i’m losing sleep over my bad credit that won’t allow me to receive public housing. HELP ME SOMEBODY PLEASE!!! The mistakes of my youth are haunting me into homeless in my senior years. I could Really use a bailout in order to enjoy my later years in solitude. Just a fresh start to a near end. Clean up my credit, PLEASE!!! So i can go away quietly.

  16. Quite a number of people I didn’t know are super rich: J.K Rowling: 1 billion dollars? WOW! I didn’t know authors could be this rich but Harry-Porter series is one of a kind and really addictive to read and Howard Stern? $500 million? whoa! I should become either a radio presenter or an author.

  17. if,if,IF, there is a paternalistic, loving, judgemental “god” he’s got a whole lot to answer for…..lolol, now i got a nap to take……

  18. john joseph montegrejo on

    Where is celine dion?she is the top earner of the decade………….also madonna,whitney and mariah…..

  19. to everyone saying why wasnt so and so on the list eg beyonce, jay z etc. its called shockingly rich celebrities. as in you wouldnt expect them to be worth that much. everyone already knows beyonce and jay z and whoever else are rich thats why there not here so please shut up

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