30 Richest Celebrities In The World 2020
Who are the richest celebrities in the world? Madonna, Paul McCartney, Oprah… now maybe Kanye West ??? !!! You will certainly recognize all the names on this list of incredibly wealthy celebrities, but their real fortune will raise a few eyebrows.
The minimum net worth required to be one of the richest celebrities on the planet this year was $ 600 million. Believe it or not, there are 12 famous billionaires in the world today.
Before we dive into this list of the 30 richest celebrities, a quick clarification/point of consideration –
We recently released a list of richest athletes in the world. With a net worth of $ 2.2 billion, Michael Jordan won the crown. Should Michael Jordan also be considered a “celebrity”? We ended up deciding YES. He and another athlete are on this list for two reasons: 1) They both earned the vast majority of their fortune outside of their respective sports, and 2) They are arguably both more famous in the last decade for their nonathletic achievements.
So let’s get down to business. Show business. Here is our list of …
The 30 richest celebrities in the world 2020:
# 30: Simon Cowell’s fortune: $ 600 million
Become famous in the United States thanks to American Idol (which made its debut in 2002), Simon Cowell then created a television empire which includes The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. The problem with American Idol was that he did not own the show. He was just a very well paid judge and producer. Today it
# 29: Matt Groening’s net worth: $ 600 million
Matt Groening is a writer, designer and producer with a net worth of around $ 600. He is mainly known as the creator of the animated television comedies “The Simpsons” and “Futurama”. Both shows have been critical and commercial successes while “The Simpsons” continues to benefit from a huge fan base as one of the oldest shows in television history. More recently, Groening created a show for Netflix called Disenchantment.
# 28: Julio Iglesias’ fortune: $ 600 million
Julio Iglesias is a Spanish singer and songwriter with an estimated net worth of around $ 600 million. With record sales of over 300 million, Iglesias has been named the best-selling Latin artist of all time by Sony Music Entertainment. First popular in his native Spain, he broadened his audience in Europe and Latin America before finally becoming a name known in the United States in the early 1980s. In addition to his immense popularity as a singer, Iglesias has also a large real estate portfolio worth more than $ 300 million.
# 27: Jimmy Buffett’s net worth: $ 600 million
Jimmy Buffett is a musician, author and entrepreneur with an estimated value of $ 600 million. Although he didn’t spend a lot of time at the top of the music charts, Buffett managed to cultivate a dedicated fan base – known as “Parrotheads” – who flocked to his shows and bought his many products related to Margaritaville. It was this expansion into so many other sources of income, including restaurants, hotels and frozen meals, that led to his wealth.
# 26: Dolly Parton’s net worth: $ 600 million
Dolly Parton is a singer, actress and entrepreneur with a net worth of around $ 600 million. One of the most recognizable voices in country music. With many hits and hit albums, Parton also succeeded as a television presenter, even winning his own show in the late 1970s. Parton’s acting career took off soon after. Much of Parton’s wealth comes from both his own record sales and money earned by other artists using his songs, the most famous of which is Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You “for the movie” The Bodyguard “.
# 25: Howard Stern’s net worth: $ 650 million
Howard Stern is a writer, actor and radio and television personality with an estimated fortune of $ 650 million. Although most of his wealth comes from his radio talk shows, Stern has also had great success in a number of other media. His autobiography, “Private Parts” was Simon & Schuster’s best-selling book when it was released and was later made into a film with Stern himself. Stern has also been a judge on America’s Got Talent for four seasons. He is currently the highest paid radio personality in America.
# 24: Matt Stone’s net worth: $ 700 million
Matt Stone is a writer, voice writer and producer with a net worth of $ 700 million. Known mainly as the co-creator of “South Park” alongside Trey Parker, the duo also tried cinema and musical theater. Their hit musical, Book of Morman, continues to generate huge revenues from ticket sales around the world. However, most of Stone’s wealth is due to a very clever contract negotiation in its early days at Comedy Central, which allowed Stone and Parker to retain 50% of the revenues from digital broadcasting rights. The reason you don’t see his co-creator Trey Parker on this list is because he and his long-term wife separated in 2019 and are probably on the right track for a VERY expensive divorce.
# 23: James Cameron’s net worth: $ 700 million
James Cameron is a filmmaker with a value of approximately $ 700 million. As a director, he knows his innovative style and his strong storytelling skills. His film credits include Aliens, Terminator and True Lies. Two of his films have also been at the top of the list of the most profitable films of all time, Titanic and Avatar. Due to some judicious commercial choices regarding the backend profits of the film Titanic, Cameron has recovered hundreds of millions of the film Titanic alone.
# 22: Bono’s net worth: $ 700 million
Bono is an Irish singer, songwriter and philanthropist with a net worth of approximately $ 700 million. As lead singer of the group U2, Bono has helped make the group one of the most successful rock bands of all time. The group has been releasing music regularly since the late 1970s and continues to be a big box office draw worldwide. Bono’s investment group Elevation Partners hit the headlines with a major investment before the IPO on Facebook, which grossed the group more than $ 1.5 billion. However, Bono’s takeout share was only to be between $ 40 million and $ 50 million.
# 21: Tiger Woods net worth: $ 800 million
Like Michael Jordan later in this article, we debated whether to include Tiger Woods on a list of the world’s richest celebrities. In the end, we decided that they both deserved to be included because a) they are celebrities, and b) even if they are athletes, they both earned 90% of their fortune outside of their respective sports. Tiger has made more than a billion dollars in his career thanks to endorsements. And even though he has suffered injuries and setbacks in his personal life in recent years, he continues to swing on the golf course.
At the time of this writing, Tiger Woods’ net worth was $ 800 million.
# 20: Jim Davis’ Worth: $ 800 Million
Creator of one of the most beloved comics of all time, “Garfield”, Jim Davis is a designer with a net worth of approximately $ 800 million. Davis’ “Garfield” comics have been published since 1978 and have become the most widely distributed comic in the world. This led to a number of spinoffs, including a Garfield television series and several films. In addition to creating cartoons, Davis’ charitable efforts include supporting children’s literacy.
# 19: James Patterson’s net worth: $ 800 million
James Patterson is an American novelist with an estimated value of $ 800 million. Few other authors have had as many successful books as Patterson, mainly due to their quick intrigue and a publication schedule that sees the publication of several books each year. Since the release of his first book in 1976, he has published 95 novels, many of which have exceeded a number of bestseller lists. In recent years, Patterson has started to co-write with a number of other authors, which has enabled him to produce more novels and expand his publishing fortune.
# 18: Céline Dion’s fortune: $ 800 million
Céline Dion is a Canadian singer with a net worth of approximately $ 800 million. Dion drew attention at an early age in his native Quebec, releasing nine French-language albums before the age of 18. International success followed throughout the 1990s, culminating in the international hit “My Heart Will Go On”, from the Titanic soundtrack. Residences in Las Vegas followed, which became one of the most sought after tickets in the city and continued to earn millions of dollars through ticket sales.
# 17: Dr. Dre’s net worth: $ 820 million
Dr. Dre is an American rapper, entrepreneur and producer who has accumulated net worth of approximately $ 820 million. Growing in importance at the start of the West Coast hip hop scene, Dr. Dre was an integral part of the influential rap group N.W.A. After separating from the group, he began his own successful solo career and co-founded Death Row Records and later Aftermath Entertainment. However, most of his wealth came from the sale of headphones and the Beats music subscription service to Apple, which earned him about $ 500 million.
# 16: Madonna’s equity: $ 850 million
Madonna is a singer and actress with a net worth of around $ 850 million. Growing in importance in the early 80s, the personality pushing the limits of Madonna kept her at the top of the rankings in the 90s and 2000. With her music, she also had an impact at the box office. Her film roles include “Desperately Seeking Susan”, “A League of Their Own” and “Evita”, the latter earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Madonna continues to release music and is still a winning live band.
# 15: Herb Alpert’s equity: $ 850 million
Herb Alpert is an American musician and entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $ 850 million. He is best known for his incredibly successful recording career with Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, a group that has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. However, much of Alpert’s fortune came from the creation and eventual sale of the A&M Records label. The label featured a list of very popular artists and has spawned many records. The sale generated hundreds of millions of dollars for Alpert and its business partner, Jerry Moss.
# 14: P Diddy’s Net Worth: $ 885 Million
Born, Sean Combs, P Diddy is a rapper, entrepreneur, and designer with a net worth of approximately $ 885 million. After being dismissed from an internship in a New York label, Combs created his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment. One of the label’s first successful artists was The Notorious B.I.G., although they would continue to work with a number of the best artists of the time. With his label, Combs has himself been a popular recording artist, winning a number of hits and selling millions of albums. His commercial interests have also enriched his wealth, notably the creation of the clothing brand “Sean Jean” and the vodka brand Ciroc.
# 13: Jerry Seinfeld’s net worth: $ 950 million
Jerry Seinfeld is an actor, writer and comedian known for creating one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld began his acting career shortly after college, working tirelessly to build a fan base and continue his career. In 1981, a successful appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonny Show strengthened his image and led to a number of other late-night performances. However, it was Seinfeld’s creation alongside co-creator Larry David that led to Seinfeld’s greatest success. Even after the heyday of the series, she continues to report good results to Seinfeld and David.
# 12: Kylie Jenner’s fortune: $ 1 billion
Kylie Jenner is known as a television personality, entrepreneur and reality TV personality. Although she has had early success as a model and obtained support agreements with a number of companies, much of her fortune comes from her own Cosmetic line, Kylie Cosmetics. The company had been incredibly popular from the start, no doubt supported by its presence on social media. However, it wasn’t until the sale in 2019 of a 51% stake in the business to Coty Inc. that she officially achieved billionaire status.
# 11: JK Rowling’s net worth: $ 1 billion
JK Rowling is an author, screenwriter and philanthropist best known for creating the Harry Potter franchise. Emerging from poverty as a single mother, JK Rowling has since accumulated one of the greatest literary fortunes in history. The Harry Potter book series she created was nothing short of a global phenomenon that sparked theme park attractions, movies and a spin-off franchise. She is known for her charitable donations, known to have given at least $ 150 million to date.
# 10: Jay-Z’s net worth: $ 1 billion
Jay-Z is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and music mogul with an estimated net worth of $ 1 billion. Born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z emerged from his past as a drug dealer to establish himself as one of the greatest rappers of the time, selling more than 100 million records. Jay-Z also co-founded the record label Roc-A-Fella Records, a successful company that was eventually nested under Def Jam Records. Through a series of smart business decisions, Jay-Z has managed to retain the rights to his music, a major factor in his ever-increasing net worth. In 2008, he married singer Beyonce. The couple has a combined estimated net worth of $ 1.4 billion.
# 9: David Copperfield’s net worth: $ 1 billion
Born David Seth Kotkin, David Copperfield has become the greatest American illusionist. Acknowledging glory for tricks such as removing the Statue of Liberty and walking through the Great Wall of China, Copperfield’s TV illusions and stage performances have captivated millions and won numerous awards. Copperfield also has a collection of rare magical souvenirs estimated by some to be $ 500 million.
# 8: Paul McCartney’s net worth: $ 1.2 billion
Author of some of the most famous songs in the world, Paul McCartney has enjoyed success as a founding member of the Beatles and successful solo artist. Half of the duo of composers from Lennon and McCartney, their contributions to the success of the Beatles have given birth to many of their most popular songs. Even after the Beatles split up in 1970, McCartney continued to be at the top of the music charts with hit albums and world tours.
# 7: Michael Jordan’s fortune: $ 2.2 billion
Michael Jordan’s $ 2.2 billion net worth makes him the richest athlete in the world. Although he is the greatest basketball player of all time, he has not really made that much money from NBA wages. In total, he earned about $ 94 million in NBA wages. So how did he make his fortune? Two ways: 1) To date, Michael has earned more than $ 1.6 billion in recommendations, including from Nike and Gatorade. The rest of his net worth came thanks to a savvy investment in the NBA Charlotte Hornets. He is the majority owner, buying for the first time in 2006 at a very low price. In 2019, he sold a 20% stake in the team to a group of investors for a valuation of $ 1.5 billion.
At the time of writing this article, Michael Jordan’s net worth is $ 2.2 billion.
# 6: Jami Gertz’s fortune: $ 3 billion
Jami Gertz is an actress, philanthropist and owner of a sports team that is worth about $ 3 billion. Most of Gertz’s value is due to his marriage to billionaire Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management. Gertz and Ressler have stakes in the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Brewers. Although still an actor, Gertz is also an avid donor for a number of charitable causes, often topping the lists of major celebrity donors.
# 5: Donald Trump’s net worth: $ 3.1 billion
We debated whether or not Donald Trump belongs to a list of the richest celebrities. Before becoming president, he was both a businessman and a celebrity. The two identities were intimately linked. He was famous for being a businessman and he made a very successful business thanks in large part to his fame. Then he became a politician. It was an enigma. But I would always say that even after becoming president, Donald is more associated as a celebrity than anything else.
# 4: Kanye West’s net worth: $ 3.2 billion
Over the course of his career to date, Kanye West has “only” made about $ 400 million over the course of his music career (touring, record sales, merchandise). He officially became a billionaire in 2020 thanks to the explosive success of the clothing brand Yeezy. In 2019, Yeezy generated $ 1.5 billion in revenue, which earned it $ 154 million in royalties. In 2020, even with the Covid crisis, the brand is poised to generate $ 1.7 billion. Between 2020 and 2026, Kanye should personally win $ 2.2 billion in royalties alone off Yeezy. Here is the major difference between Yeezy and the Jordan shoe brand – Imagine if in 2026 Michael Jordan PERSONALLY owned 100% of his shoe brand? This is the deal that Kanye could potentially pursue in the future. He owns 100% of Yeezy.
Since April 2020, Kanye West’s net worth is $ 3.2 billion.
# 3: Oprah Winfrey’s net worth: $ 3.5 billion
Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul, entrepreneur and philanthropist with a net worth of approximately $ 3.5 million. From modest beginnings, Oprah has grown in importance with The Oprah Winfrey Show, making her one of the most successful talk shows in the country and making her one of the most influential women in the world. Through its production company Harpo, Oprah has managed to build its wealth and expand into a number of other areas, including film, publishing and the creation of a television network.
# 2: Steven Spielberg’s net worth: $ 3.7 billion
Steven Spielberg is a director, screenwriter and producer known for having essentially created the concept of the Hollywood blockbuster. Passionate about cinema from an early age, Spielberg became famous with the release of the film Jaws in 1975. Other successes followed, notably the franchise Indiana Jones, E.T., and Jurassic Park. His wealth is a direct product of this success, as well as his roles as producer on a number of other massively popular films, including The Goonies, Gremlins and the Back to the Future franchise.
# 1: George Lucas’ net worth: $ 6.5 billion
Creator of some of the most successful film franchises in history, George Lucas is a director, film producer and writer with a net worth of approximately $ 6.5 billion. He is known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and has produced a number of other blockbuster movies over the years, including Body Heat, Labyrinth and Willow. Although he was already worth a lot due to his previous franchises and some clever business decisions early in his career, Lucas made $ 4.1 billion from selling Star Wars to Disney in 2012, easily cementing his legacy. as the most successful filmmaker of all time.
At the time of writing this article George Lucas net worth is $ 6.5 billion.
So what is the lesson here? I think the biggest point to remember is that we all should have gone to film school to be a director! Congratulations to George Lucas. It’s pretty amazing to think of how much money he made with this one movie franchise. And I bet he doesn’t even like Star Wars much anymore. Do you think he saw new movies and shows? Probably not.
Another important point to remember after looking at the 12 wealthiest celebrities (all of whom happen to be billionaires) – Obviously, it pays to own something. To earn a huge fortune, you cannot just be a very well-paid employee. You have to build something you own yourself, so one day you can sell that thing for billions of dollars.
What are you going to build to earn your billion dollar fortune ???
With a net worth of $ 6.5 billion, George Lucas is the richest celebrity in the world in 2020. His good friend Steven Spielberg ranks second with a net worth of $ 3.7 billion. Oprah completes the top three with $ 3.5 billion.
Kanye West climbs to 4th place with a net worth of $ 3.2 billion, having not yet reached the top 30. That’s the power of Yeezy!
Here’s a quick list of the top 10 richest celebrities in the world right now:
- # 1) George Lucas with a net worth of $ 6.5 billion
- # 2) Steven Spielberg with a net worth of $ 3.7 billion
- # 3) Oprah Winfrey: $ 3.5 billion
- # 4) Kanye West is worth $ 3.2 billion
- # 5) Donald Trump with a net worth of $ 3.1 billion
- # 6) Jami Gertz with a net worth of $ 3 billion
- # 7) Michael Jordan is worth $ 2.2 billion
- # 8) Paul McCartney with a net worth of $ 1.2 billion
- # 9) David Copperfield with a net worth of $ 1 billion
- # 10) Jay-Z with a net worth of $ 1 billion