Top 10 Shockingly Rich Celebrities & Their Net Worth

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4. J.K. Rowling

Estimated Net Worth: $1 Billion

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J. K. Rowling is a British author who wrote the Harry Potter fantasy series.  She was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, and studied French and Classics at the University of Exeter before becoming a researcher and English teacher in Portugal.  Rowling conceived the idea for Harry Potter in 1990 during a delayed train ride and finished the book in 1995.  Over the last 15 years, the Harry Potter series has gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.  Harry Potter has spawned a series of popular films, in which Rowling has had the overall approval on all scripts.

J.K. Rowling has led a “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on social security to becoming a billionaire.  As of March 2011, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling’s net worth at US$1 billion.  In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named the Most Influential Woman in Britain.  Some other wealthy authors include Danielle Steel ($610 million), Stephen King ($400 million), Tom Clancy ($300 million), James Patterson ($250 million), John Grisham ($200), Barbara Taylor Bradford (approx. $200 million), Nora Roberts ($150 million), Stephenie Meyer ($125 million), and Dan Brown ($100 million).

Interesting Fact

The last two Harry Potter books, Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold nine and eleven million copies, respectively, within twenty-four hours of their releases.  In June 1997, Bloomsbury published Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print-run of 1,000 copies, 500 of which were distributed to libraries.  Today, such copies are valued between £16,000 and £25,000.  The Harry Potter movies have grossed over $7.5 billion.

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Estimated Net Worth: $3.4 Billion

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress and comedian widely known for her sitcom roles in Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine.  Louis-Dreyfus rose to prominence as one of the regular cast members of Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s.  She was later cast as Elaine Benes on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld for which she achieved much critical and commercial success.  Throughout her career Julia Louis-Dreyfus has received two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.  She has a total of twelve Emmy Award nominations, seven for supporting actress in a comedy series for Seinfeld, and five for lead actress in a comedy series for The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had a successful and lucrative acting career, but many people don’t know that her father is a multi-billionaire named Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.  In 1851, a man named Leopold Louis-Dreyfus founded the Louis Dreyfus Group, which is one of the world’s largest commodities trading and merchandising firms.  Louis Dreyfus Group is a diversified French private company that is involved in agriculture and energy commodities.  It owns and manages ocean vessels, develops and operates telecommunications infrastructures, and is involved in real estate (development, management and ownership).  The company was managed by Julia’s father Gérard until 2006 when he retired.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus has two half-sisters, Emma and Phoebe.  The girls stand to inherit a large portion of the family fortune.

Interesting Fact:

Most recently, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played U.S. Vice President Selina Meyers in a HBO satirical comedy pilot entitled Veep, written by Armando Iannucci.  In April 2011, it was confirmed that HBO had picked up Veep as a series.  The show will co-star Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale.  It begins filming in fall of 2011 and is projected to premiere on HBO in March of 2012.

2. George Lucas

Estimated Net Worth: $5.2 Billion

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George Lucas Jr. is an American film producer, screenwriter, and director.  He is the founder, chairman and chief executive of Lucasfilm.  George Lucas is best known as the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Lucas is one of the American film industry’s most financially successful directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.25 billion as of 2011.  To date, Lucas has directed 6 movies and produced 23 others.  His biggest box-office hit is the epic Star Wars franchise, which has earned well over $5 billion in worldwide revenue from all six films.

George Lucas has pledged to give half of his fortune to charity as part of an effort called The Giving Pledge led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to persuade America’s richest individuals to donate their financial wealth to charities.  Some other extremely wealthy film director/producers include Steven Spielberg ($3 billion), James Cameron ($650 million), Mel Gibson ($600 million), Clint Eastwood ($400 million), Peter Jackson ($315 million), Ridley Scott ($180 million), Ron Howard ($140 million), JJ Abrams ($95 million), and Christopher Nolan ($90 million).

Interesting Fact

George Lucas next project is a 2012 movie titled Red Tails.  The story was written by John Ridley and is inspired by true events.  George Lucas serves as the executive producer for the project, which is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American combat pilots during World War II.  The movie is the first Lucasfilm production that is not associated with Indiana Jones or Star Wars since Radioland Murders (1994).

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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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