Many of the celebrities in Hollywood are extremely wealthy, but the group that can be called a billionaire is very small. The difference is that they not only excelled in their industry but used their success to create other income. And no, Kylie Jenner does not enter the list, as many may imagine from that cover because since then many things (her fortune) have changed.
From Michael Jordan to Kanye West to Jay-Z, these are the celebrities who are the entertainment billionaires in 2021, according to Celebrity Net Worth’s annual tally.
George Lucas – $ 6.5 billion
The Stars Wars franchise made Lucas the richest man in entertainment. Thanks to the sale of his studio’s production, Lucasfilm, to Disney, which brought him more than $ 4 billion. From there, the universe has been expanded by Disney, with hit shows like The Mandalorian on Disney Plus and many more from the galaxy in production between now and 2023. We have a list of all the movies to come.
Steven Spielberg – $ 3.7 billion
The director is basically the creator of the term “blockbuster”. Since the premiere of Jaws (1975), hits such as ET, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park followed, of which new films are still being produced. But Spielberg’s wealth comes from producing other blockbusters that we see every month in theaters, even before the pandemic.
Oprah Winfrey – $ 3.5 billion
The businesswoman and media pioneer has a network of more than three billion dollars and is the only woman among the 10 billionaires of entertainment. The Oprah Winfrey Show made her one of the most influential women, but with her production company, Harpo, she made her wealth in other areas such as film and publishing. About his story, we recommend you watch his chapter in the Dear series … on Apple TV +.
Kanye West – $ 3.2 billion
Despite his ravings, troubles, and controversies he had in 2020, including his bid to run for president, Kanye’s fortune remains intact. His wealth doesn’t come from music, but from his clothing brand, Yeezy. Since 2019, it generated almost two billion dollars in income, and even with the Covid crisis, it generated the same as the previous year. The key? That West fully owns his sneaker brand, unlike Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan deal with Nike.
Trump – $ 3.1 billion
There was a debate on whether Donald Trump belonged to the “celebrities” list, but they decided to leave him because before he was president, he was a businessman and reality TV celebrity.
Jami Gertz – $ 3 billion
Jami Gertz, 55, is an actress, philanthropist, and owner of a sports team worth around three billion. Most of Gertz’s value was due to her marriage to billionaire Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management. The pair have shared on other teams like the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Michael Jordan – $ 2 billion
Jordan is the richest athlete in the world. But he didn’t earn his fortune from his NBA job, in total, he earned 94 million from NBA salary. Neither with the Air Jordans. Although if he had millionaire contracts with sponsorships such as Nike and Gatorade, it mostly comes from his investment in the Charlotte Hornets, a team he owns and of which he sold shares of up to 1.5 billion dollars each.
Paul McCartney – $ 1.2 billion
Together with John Lennon, he wrote some of the most famous songs in the world. In addition to those royalties, he has the royalties from his solo songs and the world tours he has done.
Jay-Z – $ 1 billion
The rapper has a network valued at a billion dollars. In addition to selling millions of records, Jay-Z founded a record label: Roc-A-Fella Records. With this, he has managed to increase his wealth. Along with Beyoncé, they have a network of 1.4 billion dollars.
David Copperfield – $ 1 billion
The world’s most famous illusionist is also one of the richest celebrities in the world. In addition to the fortune he has made from his illusions on television, Copperfield has memorabilia worth up to $ 500 million.