30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

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10. Celine Dion- $650m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

The Canadian singer recently lost both her husband and brother in the space of two days, which proves that not even wealth and fortune can stop moments of tragedy. Nonetheless, the singer, whose popular ballads include, “My Heart Will Go On” and ” The Power Of Love”, has made some outrageous sums of money over the years, but not in the ways you’d imagine.

Granted, the singer has successful album sales, but nothing like others on this list, so how has Dion managed to accumulate such a high fortune? Well, the answer lies in a lucrative long-term deal with Las Vegas’s Ceaser Palace Hotel, who first paid Dion $100m in 2002 for a residency deal, and after multiple contract extensions, the singer’s net worth has grown to $650m.

9. Tyler Perry- $600m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

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One of the highest-paid directors in Hollywood history, as well as an actor and esteemed comedian, five of Perry’s movies, have gone straight to number 1 at the box office, with the majority of his wealth thought to be tied up in lucrative backend payments from the success of his movies.
Most of Perry’s success in directing has come in America, but Lions Gate Entertainment recently announced plans to distribute his films, which often concern working-class black people, to the United Kingdom.
8. JK Rowling & Neil Murray- $650m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

The most famous living author became the first writer to accumulate wealth beyond a billion dollars when her seven Harry Potter novels were turned into films. However, Rowling struggled to get published when she completed the first draft of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and when a publishing house finally accepted her at the 12th time of asking, the Scottish writer was told that there was little money in children’s books.

Years later, Rowling’s last four books in the series became the fastest-selling novels of all time and gave the writer sales of well over 500m. Most recently, Rowling also broke another record when the script of the sold-out stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ became the fastest selling script of all time. In the US and Canada alone, the play sold over 2m copies on its first day of release.

While Rowling’s career earnings have surpassed a billion dollars, her generous charitable donations and willingness to pay her taxes in the U.K. rather than relocate abroad means her wealth hovers around the $650m mark.

7. Bono- $700m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

Fronting the Irish rock band U2, Bono has earned more than $700 million touring the world with the Edge and co. An ardent philanthropist and humanitarian, Bono has also given away a lot of his vast wealth to charity, so his actual net worth would likely be approaching to $1bn mark had it not been for his generosity.

Still, with a net worth of Bono’s, which far exceeds that of other legendary rockers such as Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bono can sleep well knowing he’ll never have to work a proper job in his life.

6. James Cameron- $700m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

Another celebrated and very wealthy auteur on our list is the Canadian James Cameron, who launched the acting careers of the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio (Titanic) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic cannon of work.

Responsible for directing and creating one of the cinema’s most profitable movies, Avatar, Cameron’s net worth stands at $700m, an astonishing level of wealth that few in Hollywood can come close to.

5. Dr Dre & Nicole Young- $830m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

Known as one of the early pioneers of the hip-hop genre, Dr. Dre lifted himself from the urban dwellings of downtown Los Angeles after his group N.W.A. caught the attention of record executives. However, it was Dre’s role as an entrepreneur that gave him the monetary success he could only have dreamed of as a child.

This was down to the creation of Beats, a headphone company set up by the music mogul with a small group of investors including the producer Jimmy Iovine. Years later, Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, would sell the business to the software giant Apple, in a deal rumored to be in the region of $3 billion.

Due to tax collections and issuing large shares of the company to investors in the early stages of its conception, Young isn’t a billionaire, despite claiming he was following the high-profile deal between Beats and Apple.

4. Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld- $920m

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

The mastermind behind one of TV’s most successful series is none other than the comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who penned the hilarious show with Jewish funnyman Larry David.

Watched across the world, the show has since been syndicated and now brings in millions each year for Seinfeld, who has regularly topped the Forbes Celebrity List. Now focused more on his stand-up career, Jerry and his wife’s net worth currently stands at $920m.

3. Sir Paul McCartney- $1.2bn

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

The first billionaire on our list is none other than the legendary Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. Famed for his legendary pop ballads such as Dear Jude and Yellow Submarine, Paul, along with fellow Liverpudlians John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, would write lyrics, compose music and perform in front of sell-out crowds across the world at a time when pop was only just beginning to take off as the genre we now know it.

Despite an infamous divorce from ex-wife Stella McCartney, Paul has kept most of his wealth, which currently stands at a whopping $1.2bn.

2. Oprah Winfrey- $3bn

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

Born into a single parent household in rural Mississippi, Winfrey was initially raised by her teenage mother and was regularly molested by male relatives whenever she was away. But after her father Vernon Winfrey took her into his Nashville home, Oprah’s life began to look up. By her admissions, her father was a strict disciplinarian, but from his guidance, his daughter developed a love for learning, which would lead to Tennesse University offering her a scholarship.

Years later, and after doing the rounds as a local news anchor, Oprah hit the big time when AM Chicago gave the-then 28-year-old her first talk show. Today, and with her very own network following the mega-success of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 61-year old is now worth $3 billion.

1. George Lucas- $5.5bn

30 Celebrities With Some Of The Highest Recorded Net Worths

Despite only directing 8 films, The Star Wars creator has amassed a staggering $5.5bn fortune, a figure that would put most oil barons and Saudi princes to shame. The majority of Lucas’s vast wealth comes from the sale of LucasFilm to Disney in 2012 for a reported $4.1 billion in both cash and lucrative stock options.

But Lucas isn’t only making money. He has also been at the forefront of a charitable foundation responsible for giving away more than $1 billion.

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