Top 10 Richest Hollywood Directors in The World

The word Cinema creates a sense of dream like vision in a person’s mind. After the hard day’s work a movie is a good break. Even for those who are not into any kind of daily work, watching a film sort of takes one away from the daily mundane life and elevates him or her to a different plane. However, these 2 to 3 hours visuals on the screen need a lot of meticulous planning and creativity. The creator of such depictions on screen, the behind the screen maestro, i.e. the director is the one on whom most, if not all the success of the film depends.

As in many of the spheres, America is the dream destination of the movie lovers. Hollywood, the home to the American film industry has given us many directors whose work enchant and enthrall all flick enthusiasts all over the world. For the work that they have been doing over the years, they have been paid handsomely and it’s our turn to learn who the highest paid Hollywood directors are at present.

Here’s a list of the top ten richest Hollywood Directors in 2017:

10. Barry Levinson:

Barry Levinson Richest Hollywood Directors 2016

The American film maker Barry Levinson was born on 6th of April, 1942. He was awarded the best director Academy award for his film Rain Man. He is known for his drama and comedy films and at the same time he also published his semi-autobiographical novel. His net earnings are about $150 million.

9. Christopher Nolan:

Christopher Nolan Richest Hollywood Directors 2017

Christopher Edward Nolan, born on 30th of July 1970 happens to be an English-American film director, and screenwriter. He is one of the highly paid and most successful directors. He has won several awards. He rose to draw attention from his second movie (Memento in 2000) onwards and earned critical appreciation for several of his later ones like Inception, Interstellar and so on. His films have a philosophical touch to them. He earns around $150 million.

8. The Wachowskis:

The Wachowskis Richest Hollywood Directors 2018

Lana Wachowski (formerly Laurence Wachowski, born on 21st of June, 1965) and Lilly Wachowski (formerly Andrew Paul Wachowski, born on 29th of December, 1967) are siblings. Earlier they were known as the Wachowski Brothers and after they came out openly as transgender women, they are called The Wachowskis. These two American film directors made their directorial debut in 1996 with Bound and earned fame with their second film The Matrix (1999) which had two sequels. The Matrix series earned them their wealth which is gauged to be around $250 million.

7. Francis Ford Coppola:

Francis Ford Coppola Richest Hollywood Directors 2018

The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola was born on 7th of April, 1939. He earned accolades both from the people and the critics as well as three Oscars for this movie. Godfather II, the sequel also got him the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscars. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that his later directorial ventures are but only shades compared to the Godfather series. His net worth is about $150 million.

6. Peter Jackson:

Peter Jackson Richest Hollywood Directors 2016

Sir Peter Robert Jackson was born on 31st of October 1961. This trilogy master is a weaver of fantasy. He is from New Zealand. He made his fortune with The lord of the rings trilogy. He is also famed for his next trilogy The Hobbit trilogy. He owns about $400 million.

5. Michael Bay:

Michael Bay Richest Hollywood Directors 2018

Born on 17th of February, 1965 in America, Michael Benjamin Bay is famous for special effects filled action films. He directed the blockbuster film Pearl Harbor and made his fortune which is worth around $430 million. His critics are however not disposed favorably to him.

4. Tyler Perry:

Tyler Perry Richest Hollywood Directors 2017

Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Junior on 13th of September, 1969 in America. He specializes in the gospel genre and was named the highest paid entertainer  in 2011 by Forbes. He has a net worth of $450 million.

3. James Cameron:

James Cameron Richest Hollywood Directors 2017

The very popular James Francis Cameron who is a Canadian was born on 16th of August, 1954. He has churned out hits after hits starting from The Terminator to the science fiction Avatar. He has given the world the all-time hit Titanic in 1997. His net worth is approximately, $700 million.

2. Steven Spielberg:

Steven Spielberg Richest Hollywood Directors 2017

The pioneering American director Steven Allan Spielberg was born on 18th of December 1946. He is one of the most popular directors in the world. He is considered to be a versatile genius working on movies of a variety of genres such as Schindler’s List, Artificial Intelligence, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, E.T. and Jurassic Park. His net worth is estimated to be more than $3.6 billion.

1. George Lucas:

George Lucas Richest Hollywood Directors 2016

The creator of the hits like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, George Walton Lucas Junior came into this world on 14th of May, 1944. He tops of the list of the highest-grossing Hollywood movies maker with $4.3 billion to his worth.

Also Read: Top 10 Richest Bollywood Directors 

The above directors have made it big by their creative bents and have given the world unforgettable movies for all times to come. We look forward to many more creative ventures from them.


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  1. Nolan is my favorite director. He has given some classy movies like memento, inception, interstellar, one cannot just resist from watching those over and over. He is a splendid movie waiting for his next movie on world War.

    • Yes. His the following, the prestige were also very well made. His interstellar is a greatest sci-fi that is very very educative as well. The picturisation of the movies are greatly taken care by the legendary director. He is skilled in crafting the screenplay that holds the audience along the movie. He has been great in every movie of his career.

  2. How many praises for Steven Spielberg?
    He is a outstanding film maker. He gets a good theme, good screenplay and everything will be at its best in his movies.
    He has shown some fantasy world so realistically. He is the best director and has made a lot of money with his successfull movies.

  3. James Cameron, according to me, is the best director. He is a genius in film making and has proved that in Avatar, Terminator series, the most acclaimed titanic etc. He is up with sequels for Avatar soon.

  4. Some greats like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher should have had a place in the list. Maybe they didn’t make much money. All of them have delivered some classy, masterpieces in Hollywood. A massive respect for all of them.

  5. Steven Spielberg is magical movie maker. He took us to a dreamy world of dinosaurus with his movies. And the other remarkable ones where really good. His movies have looted the box office and as a result he is the second richest.

  6. George Lucas might have earned a lot of the money from the most loved series world wide – Star Wars. He is an awesome creator and narrates it very well. Star wars is just a brilliance of his intellectual.

    • Lucas’s Star Wars franchise and Indian Jones franchise are just exceptional. No critics about. It was great before. It is great now. And he is a legendary filmmaker. They are like out of the world.

  7. Some of the greatest masterpieces in Hollywood were delivered by these directors. Steven Spielberg,Nolan,James Cameron have given some blockbusters of the industry, which have made them the richest.

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