Huge mansions, flashy cars, yachts and expensive lifestyles; no one knows how to spend what they earn like movies stars. The richest do this and even more, simply because they have it. So, who tops the list of the richest movie stars in 2017? The following 10 actors have broken the bank thanks to the silver screen.
List of Top 10 Richest Movie Stars in The World in 2017
10. Bill Cosby – Wealth 2017 – $400 Million
Widely regarded as the ‘’king of family friendly television’’ in the 80’s and 90’s, Bill Cosby is a true legendary actor. His witty comedic comments warmed America’s living rooms for close to 3 decades. He featured heavily in kids shows on PBS and was a preferential father figure to his fans. His reputation recently took a dive for being accused of sexually assaulting 50 women. He continues to enjoy syndication paychecks for work he did ages ago. He is also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist alike. Bill is a celebrated author, producer and script writer.
9. Sylvester Stallone – Wealth 2017 – $400 Million
Remember ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’? if you were a fan of action classic movies in the late 80’s and early 90’s then Sylvester Stallone is no stranger to you. Stallone graced the silver screen as the action sucker punch hero every villain is afraid of. Born in 1946 in New York, Stallone struggled to make it in the film industry but his breakthrough finally came six years later when he starred in Rocky (1976). He is a script writer, director and producer. While he owes his fortune to his success on-screen, he is a career actor and director with a net worth of $400 million.
8. Jack Nicholson – Wealth 2017 – $400 Million
The bad boy of classic movies Jack Nicholson clearly knows how to bankroll. Born in 1937, the Academy Award winning actor (3 awards) is a film darling having featured most recently in ‘’The Departed’’ (2006) as Frank Costello. He is ranked number 6 in UK Magazine Empire’s ‘’Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time’’. He is the Joker in Batman (1989) and also holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
7. Tyler Perry – Wealth 2017 – $400 Million
Tyler Perry made a name for himself in Hollywood playing his alter-ego ‘Madea’. Born in New Orleans in 1969, Tyler Perry has been writing plays and films since he was 18. In 2005, he had made 8 plays that grossed $75 million. He owns a 12 acre estate just outside Atlanta. He is close friends with Oprah Winfrey and his shows including ‘’The Haves and the Have Not’s’’ and ‘’For Better or For Worse’’ currently air on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He was ranked number 7 on EW’s list of the smartest people in Hollywood.
6. Johnny Depp – Wealth 2017 – $400 Million
Born June 9 1963, Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s hottest actors having being named sexiest man alive by people magazine in 2003. He made a huge chunk of his fortune playing Jack Sparrow in ‘’Pirates of the Caribbean’’. Upon successful treatment of his daughter for kidney failure at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, he went ahead to donate 2 million dollars to the hospital. He has starred in overwhelmingly successful films, even turning the likes of Hulk and Mr&Mrs Smith due to a heavy work load.
5. Mel Gibson Wealth 2017 – $425 Million
Born January 3rd 1956, Academy Award winning actor with 2 Oscars Mel Gibson is a fan favorite for many reasons. Empire Magazine ranks him number 12 in the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time. the New South Wales University (Australia) graduate, ended up acting by mistake when his sister submitted an application behind his back. He owns a production company Icon International. His fortune is owed primarily to film, and was the first actor from Australia to be paid 1 million dollars for a movie. He is a controversial actor and was once being investigated for domestic violence in his Malibu home in California.
4. Tom Cruise – Wealth 2017 – $480 Million
Born June 3rd 1962, Tom Cruise is a Hollywood heart throb known popularly for the movie franchise Mission Impossible. Sometime in 1996, Tom pulled over to help a hit and run victim and paid her bills. For his role in Mission Impossible ii (2000), Tom earned a reported $75 million, for his acting and producing efforts. How rich is he? Forbes once reported in 2007 that for every dollar each of his films make, his cut is $0.09. He is a philanthropist, does not take alcohol and is also a vegetarian.
3. Shah Rukh Khan Wealth 2017 – $600 Million
Popularly known as ‘’Ruler Khan’’ and arguably the best product Bollywood had to offer Hollywood, Shah Khan is a movie titan in his own respect. The multi award winning star is well known for his part in the TV series Fauji (1989), owes his fortune to his consistency and international influence both in front and behind the cameras. He also has interests in India’s beloved sport Cricket and the entertainment company Red Chilli Entertainment.
2. Jerry Seinfeld Wealth 2017 – $820 Million
You cannot talk about the ‘’Show About Nothing’’ without mentioning Jerry Seinfeld. The comedian and a genuine showman, graced the TV scene with his clever wordplay led to him being granted rights to his own show ‘’Seinfeld’’. The show’s ratings hit the roof and his career took off, of which he still enjoys syndication rights to date. He linked up with Chris Rock to play himself in comic drama Top Five (2014). His underlying foundation as a comedian won the hearts of sitcom lovers the world over.
1. Merv Griffin – Wealth 2017 – $1 Billion
Griffin owes his fortune to the voice radio listeners got acquainted to back then wen radio was radio. From being an artist for San Francisco Sketchbook (1994), he later made his breakthrough in ‘’So This is Love’’ (1953). He became an American darling for his performances as a host and on-screen character. his self-titled TV series ran an impressive 21 seasons, winning 21 Primetime Emmys. The show’s star studded guest appearances including Arnold Schwarzenegger contributed to its popularity. He is an heavy investor and an entrepreneur (well, he is a billionaire, with a B!’’).
There are lifetime actors and seasonal actors. The successful ones have balanced their lives on camera with real life to save their cash before the director can say Action! One common thing with all successful actors is their consistency and hunger for more. From broad way to blockbuster, the top 10 richest movie star of 2017 have only one way to go, up!