Top 8 Richest Actors in Hollywood
All celebrities live a life of chic, but some of them are just wealthy, while others are extremely wealthy. They make crazy money, even compared to other Hollywood stars. And they are even richer than many business people in the world!
Stick with us to find out all about these loaded celebs and discover which actor is the richest in Hollywood right now!
Robert Downey Jr.
Well, it’s not that simple! Although, we have to admit that he did earn A HELL of a lot from his multiple Marvel movies.
Keepin' it classic. pic.twitter.com/AHQzKpJYf1— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 28, 2019
In Favreau’s first Iron Man, Robert only banked a paltry $500,000, probably because Marvel were wary about taking a risk on what they wrongly assumed to be a washed-up has-been.
Still, you might think that $500,000 isn’t something to turn your nose up at... but that’s only because you haven't seen numbers from the rest of the Tony Stark films...
special bday wishes to my fearless leader, and superbuddy pic.twitter.com/W81LhF4bqR— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) November 6, 2018
And what about the Avengers movies? The first one brought Robert at least $10 million but don’t forget his backend bonus, which weighed in at $40 million! Feels like RDJ was already on course to be richer than Tony Stark himself! And the actor closed out his time as old shellhead with one heck of financial bang in his final Marvel movie, “Avengers: Endgame”.
According to Forbes, Robert Downey Jr’s share of this booty was $75 million. Still… with his talent and hard work, doesn’t it seem a bit peculiar that RDJ comes last on our list of mega-money movie stars?
That’s because while many others on this list had already earned their fortunes many times over, Robert Downey Jr was struggling to make his way out of jail. You've no doubt heard about his infamous decades-long struggle with addiction. That's the main reason why Robert dropped out of high school and it was the reason for several resulting arrests. RDJ was certainly not an easy teenager to work with!
And now, after all those struggles, his net worth is an inspirational $300 million. While that might seem like a staggering sum, we need to move on to stars with even bigger bank accounts!
Next on our list is the kindest man on Earth. At just 22 years old, Keanu Reeves started his career pretty humbly, earning just $3000 for his debut film Youngblood. But it was Speed that dramatically changed Reeves’ fortunes. For that role, Keanu raked in $1.2 million. Box office bank totaling $350 million showed the film’s producers that they definitely needed to make a sequel to Speed.
After being given $10 million upfront for his role in the first of the Wachowski’s epic films, Keanu was also offered a percentage of box-office profits.
Yet, Keanu ended up reinvesting this and much more of his own money into the Matrix sequels to ensure that they had equally stunning special effects that rivaled and even exceeded those of the original.
And that’s not all! Keanu also ended up donating around 70% of his Matrix earnings to Leukemia Research.
Even after giving away so much money, Keanu earns it all back (and more) with yet more iconic roles.
John Wick Chapter 3, for example, has become one of Keanu Reeves' most successful films of ALL TIME. It brought in over $165 million domestically and a further $311 million worldwide. And now Keanu has reached a net worth of $360 million, breaking all the stereotypes about the dog-eat-dog nature of Hollywood and serving as proof that there really is a place for kindness in a rich man’s world.
The Da Vinci Code made an absolute killing with worldwide receipts totaling $758 million, so it’s no wonder that Hanks received his fair share; pulling in $18 million for the religious thriller, plus the added bonus of sharing a percentage of those staggering profits. This is all great and all, but those numbers hardly compete with the highest-earning animated franchise of ALL TIME.
So is Toy Story 4 going to be Hanks' most successful film ever? It sure seems to be going that way! Even without the final earnings from Toy Story 4, Hanks has an estimated net worth of $350 million!
While money may not be an issue for Tom anymore, it does seem like there is something he IS deeply worried about. Years ago, the famous actor ignored serious medical advice and chose to live the lifestyle he was used to. Now he believes that it led to what has become a major health challenge, not just for Hanks.... But for AMERICA.
"I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” the actor to Radio Times.
In a 2013 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Hanks revealed that he was paying the price for sweet indulgences.
Doctors said that the warning sign of high levels of blood sugar that the actor had been living with since he was 36 had developed into Type 2 diabetes. Tom calls himself an idiot for the dietary decisions he made when he was younger and is very particular about his health nowadays.
We’re sure that Hanks will manage to balance both his work schedule and his well-being and wish him the best of luck with both!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Despite all this money, and the girls maturing and becoming independent at an early age - the twins decided to quit acting. "I don't like to be the center of attention anymore," Ashley told Elle UK.
The Olsen twins took control of their production company Dualstar when they turned 18. It was a rough patch for the close-knit sisters and Mary-Kate even checked herself into a rehabilitation center for anorexia.
In addition, the Olsens have become a formidable force in female-fronted marketing. For instance, their enormously popular clothing line for Wal-Mart alone is estimated to generate about $1 billion in retail sales per year. Overall, their newfound status as business moguls brings the Olsen twins a net worth of $400 million!
Right alongside the women in our list sits another classic Hollywood titan of the silver screen. It’s hard to believe that the star is a grand old 82-years young. Just look at him - he's still so charming!
Long gone are the days when Jack Nicholson had to split his time between working in a toy store and moonlighting as a gopher for MGM studios.
Let’s take a short tour of how the actor got into this millionaire lifestyle. Throughout his career, Nicholson has had an incredible list of roles, one of them in a feature that won all five of the big Academy Awards for the first time in 41 years. Already guessed the film?
Obviously, it was the on-screen adaptation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The box office revenue of this twisted, hilarious, bittersweet tale ended up totaling $108 million.
After these and many other masterpieces, it seemed like nothing could stand in the way of Nicholson or his superstardom. In 2013, though, it was reported that Nicholson had persistent memory issues. As a result, his appearances got fewer.
Nevertheless, the star isn’t willing to leave behind his beloved career anytime soon. This year, for example, we got to see him in a new tour de force, with a role in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
And if we were to combine the income earned on all the films with Sandler, it would be over $2 billion, making him a real-life Mr. Deeds.
Sandler kicked off his film career acting in TV series like The Cosby Show and Remote Control and was mostly known as a comedian. Well, perhaps that’s only half true as there are rumblings and rumors in the Hollywood gossip machine that in all his years as a comedian Sandler never wrote his own jokes.
Adams spent a small portion of his megamillions easily affording a $12 million house in Los Angeles. That actually sounds quite humble by comparison to some stars with less filmmaking clout, who earn lower paychecks money and blow it on buying islands. Like Johny Depp, for example.
Depp once had a net worth just as high as Sandler’s but is now worth a “mere” $200 million, probably due to his crazy lifestyle. Depp annually spends $3.6 million on his 40-person staff, with a further monthly bill of $350,000 going towards maintaining his 156-foot yacht.
Perhaps this is why Sandler would rather stick to an unassuming house rather than an entire island… A less extravagant lifestyle is a small price to be in the rarified air of a top-three Hollywood earner.
According to the Japan Memorial Day Association, Tom was awarded his very own day because of his love for, and close association with, all things Japanese.
So it's probably worth mentioning that Cruise’s famous film the Last Samurai grossed $117 million MORE in Japan than it did in the U.S. Imagine that!
But this isn’t anywhere the top role for Tom Cruise... as nothing could even come close to his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The Mission: Impossible franchise has grossed well over $2 billion worldwide throughout the past two decades! And how much of those earnings did Cruise get? A HELL OF A LOT.
The richest actor in Hollywood today is Jerry Seinfeld! It may be hard to imagine but Seinfeld has an estimated net worth of $950 million. All the other Hollywood actors don’t even come close to matching this level of wealth.
Best known for his starring role in the hit television sitcom 'Seinfeld,' Jerry Seinfeld made an unbelievable $267 million from the ninth and final season of his hit show.
"The way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day."
This might possibly make a great comic out of you… but that doesn't mean it'll bring you millions. Still, if you feel like making jokes is your calling... who knows, perhaps Seinfield’s advice will help you become the next Hollywood millionaire?
Worth a shot, isn't it? Better start as soon as possible and. perhaps, one day you will join the ranks of the richest people all Earth. After all, everyone started with something, right?