All you have to do is take one look at a celebrity’s social media or notice which designer they’re wearing on the red carpet to understand they’re rich. We’re all aware that our favorite celebs make a lot of money but no one really seems to know just how much.
Yes, we know that Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in huge blockbuster films but how much money was he paid for his work? Or rom-com king Richard Gere? And what about Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country? How much money has she taken home from all her recordings? Prepare to be blown away by the crazy net worths of some of the biggest celebrities in the world.
Jon Stewart – $80 Million
Everyone’s favorite controversial political talk show host quietly raking in millions each year. John Stewart didn’t make much at the beginning of his comedy career with stand-up gigs and writing for other comedy shows. It was in 1993 on MTV when he shot to stardom with The Jon Stewart Show.
After his big break, he’s hosted a variety of shows including The Daily Show. Stewart ended his run on the show in 2015 to work on his writing but it looks like he made a pretty penny before that.
Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Simon Cowell is one of those celebrities who might not seem like they did anything themselves, but he has his hands in a lot of money-making deals. The producer and music manager has a long history of signing huge up-and-coming name in the UK like boybands Five and Westlife.
Of course, he also starred as a judge on American Idol and The X Factor. There, he just continued signing huge artists like Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony, and One Direction.
Stephen Colbert – $45 Million
Another surprisingly-wealthy television host is Stephen Colbert. The host has earned nine Emmys, two Grammys, two Peabodys, and $45 million. Not too bad for a career in comedy! Colbert began as a serious actor and even an understudy for none other than Steve Carrel before finding his niche in comedy.
When acting didn’t work out, Colbert decided to become a writer on shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show. He was eventually promoted to appear on The Daily Show and now he’s a familiar face on all our television screens.
Judy Sheindlin – $400 Million
Judge Judy has made a fortune over the years laying down the law. Yes, she is a real judge with a real law degree and she’s capitalized on it. Sheindlin began her legal career in the Manhattan family courts until her TV debut in 1996.
Judge Judy is now one of the highest-rated daytime television programs and has earned Sheindlin a crisp $47 million every year! She can pocket so much money because production costs for the show are low and all 260 episodes are shot in only 50 days.
Bob Barker – $70 Million
Bob Barker has now retired but thanks to his 50-year stint as a game show host, he was raking in daytime television cash. Most of his money came from being the face of game shows like The Family Game, Simon Says, That’s My Line, and of course, The Price Is Right.
For his fantastic hosting work Barker has one 19 Emmy Awards and even earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That $70 million net worth is probably keeping him warm during retirement.
Ellen DeGeneres – $400 Million
Ellen DeGeneres has become a household name thanks to her daytime talk show but she has had a long and successful career beforehand. She got her start as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s and eventually landed a sitcome, Ellen. The show was dubbed the “female Seinfeld.”
But television isn’t the only way she built her $400 million net worth. DeGeneres has also has authored four books, runs a record company, a production company, and a lifestyle brand.
Beyoncé – $355 Million
Beyoncé has been blessing us with her vocals for a long time and has a net worth to show for it. Her solo career combined with her time in Destiny’s Child mean she has a lot of money and Bey certainly isn’t afraid to spend it.
The single has purchased multimillion-dollar mansions, insane beauty treatments, and luxurious vacations. Don’t worry, she doesn’t keep it all to herself. She’s rumored to be a great gift-giver and has gifted her husband Jay-Z a private jet, a car, and even a million-dollar Rolex.
Jerry Springer – $75 Million
Springer has made a career (and net worth) off of drama but many people don’t know he actually started out in politics. Springer worked as a lawyer in New York and was a political advisor for President John F. Kennedy. He went on to have his own political career in Cincinnati.
After politics, Springer became a political commentator which led to him hosting his own news show and eventually found himself hosting, The Jerry Springer Show.
Kylie Jenner – $1 Billion
The public has watched Kylie Jenner grow up in the spotlight and her networth has grown with her. She was just 10 years old when Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired on E! Today, she’s the world’s youngest female billionaire.
Her net worth isn’t thanks to KUWTK though, it’s primarily thanks to Kylie Cosmetics. In 2018 alone, Kylie Cosmetics’ revenue was $360 million. The company is valued at a cool $900 million and Jenner owns all of it.
Jay-Z – $900 Million
Many people are shocked to find out that Jay-Z is richer than his wife Beyoncé but his diverse business ventures are to blame. Jay-Z has investments in entertainment labels, a clothing line, alcohol brands, the music streaming service Tidal, and even owns an upscale sports club. It all contributes to that $900 million net worth and that doesn’t even include his own music revenue.
Thanks to all his hard work, he placed number five on Forbes’ rankings of celebrity net worths.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $245 Million
Leo has finally nabbed the elusive Oscar, but it didn’t even matter in the long run because he already has a net worth of $245 million. DiCaprio has been a staple in the industry since he was a child star on the sitcom Growing Pains. He transition to film with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and then finally, in 1997, he shot to international fame in Titanic.
DiCaprio has steadily produced hit after hit and is one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood. Since he has no wife (or ex-wives) to fund, that net worth is all for himself.
Barbara Walters – $150 Million
Walters was the first female news anchor on the national evening news and has seen the appropriate pay for it. She has taken home massive paychecks from hosting shows like 20/20, ABC News, Today, and The View alongside conducting groundbreaking interviews.
Walters’ net worth isn’t all self-made though. Her father was an entertainment director for the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vega which means she was born into fortune already. Her father did tend to gamble away most of his money which taught Walters the value of cold, hard-earned cash.
Richard Gere – $100 Million
We haven’t seen much of Richard Gere since his rom-com days of the ’90s probably because he’s relaxing with all his money. We first met Gerein the film American Gigolo, which made him a certified Hollywood hunk. In 1999 that was cemented when he was voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Being a hunk and a good actor made Gere the king of 1990s romantic comedies. He starred in Runaway Bride, Pretty Woman, and Dr. T & The Woman all which helped earn him that $100 million net worth.
Oprah Winfrey – $2.5 Billion
The richest woman on our list is none other than Oprah Winfrey. The mogul is truly a rags-to-riches story. Her humble beginnings taught her hard work and perseverance which led her to become the first female black billionaire ever.
Oprah is smart with her money. She uses it to invest in real estate around the globe and donates much of it to charity. Her long-running show might be over but she still makes money with the OWN Network and re-runs of her television shows.
Dolly Parton – $500 Million
When you think of country music you think of Dolly Parton. Her big blonde hair and memorable twang has kept her at the top of the charts for years. Her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, was released in 1967 and was the first of many hits.
Parton doesn’t just make money of her own music. She is also a songwriter behind many huge hits like Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and owns her record label. Parton isn’t slowing down any time soon since $19 million of her $500 million net worth was made in 2016 alone.
Robin Williams – $100 Million
Sadly, Robin Williams is no longer with us but when the comedian was alive he had a remarkable net worth. Williams began his career as a mime busking on the streets but after breaking out as a stand-up comedian, he turned to film and flourished.
His first series, Mork & Mindy, brought him international fame and from there he starred in Mrs. Doubtfire to The Dead Poet’s Society to voicing the genie in Aladdin. Williams left all $100 million of his net worth to his three children following his death.
Michael Phelps – $55 Million
Michael Phelps is a start in the swimming pool and a goldmine for advertisers. The most decorated Olympian of all time has no problems raking in deals with millions. Mike, Speedo, and Kellogg’s are just a few sponsors that have paid him seven figures.
Of course, it wasn’t always like that. Back in 2000 Phelps didn’t even qualify for the Sydney Olympics and in 2009, a video of Phelps smoking marijuana was released which caused him to lose some sponsorships.
Maria Sharapova – $195 Million
The Russian-born tennis player is one of the top-ranked the world has ever seen. Sharapova turned pro in 2001 and immediately became a fixture in the world of sponsorships. Most of her net worth comes from endorsements, not prize winnings. In 2004 alone, she signed contracts with Motorola, Tiffany and Co., Nike, Gatorade, and Tropicana.
In 2016, Sharapova was unable to compete for 15 months after failing a drug test but none of her endorsements seemed to care, because her net worth is still a cool $195 million.
Steve Harvey – $100 Million
Another comedian-turned-television host, Steve Harvey has a substantial net worth. Born in West Virginia, Harvey worked the stand-up circuit until he landed a job as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Since then, he’s hosted other shows like The Steve Harvey Show and Family Feud.
He might have $100 million in the bank but he still makes mistakes. No one will even let him live it down that he messed up naming the winner of the 2016 Miss Universe pageant.
Kobe Bryant – $360 Million
Kobe Bryant is now retired from the NBA but he still has tons of money in the bank. He signed some legendary multi-million dollar contracts as a basketball player but like most athletes, the big money was in endorsements. At his peak, Bryant was signed with Nike, Spalding, and Coca-Cola.
Bryant was destined to be rich and famous since his father, Joe Bryant, was also an NBA player and practically groomed him for greatness. That hard work definitely paid off!
David Letterman – $400 Million
David Letterman is one of the most iconic television hosts of the past 70 years. His impressive career began in 1982 with his shows, Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show. In total, he hosted 6,080 episodes which are more than even Johnny Carson!
Letterman retired from television in 2015 but don’t worry, his net worth didn’t take a hit. He now hosts My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix and brings in royalties for the reruns of his shows.
Tyra Banks – $90 Million
Supermodel-turned-media mogul Tyra Banks proves that good looks can come with a business-savvy brain. Banks began as a model struggling to find her place in the fashion industry alongside industry giants like Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bundchen. After breaking through, she didn’t stop.
Banks turned to acting in 2003 and launched her own series America’s Next Top Model and a daytime television talk show. Today, she is considered as one of Time magazine’s most influential people.
John Madden – $200 Million
John Madden might be retired but he still brings in a hefty sum each year. How? It’s all things to being the name, voice, and personality behind the Madden NFL video game. Each time the game is released, he brings in a ton of cash.
Of course, being the face of a brand only works if you had a career to back it up. During his football career, Madden won a Super Bowl and as a coach for the Oakland Raiders. He then turned to be a sports broadcaster and color commentator.
Shania Twain – $350 Million
Not a lot impresses Shania Twain but her net worth might! She’s a Canadian girl but has racked up a ton of US dollars with her music over the years. Twain has been in the industry since she was a teen and it was her second studio album that shot her to stardom.
You might recognize the songs that have made her a lot of money like “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” and “Honey I’m Home.” Twain is still touring and releasing new music which just keeps increasing her net worth.
Simone Biles – $2.4 Million
The pint-sized gymnast is only in her twenties but she’s already stolen our hearts and amassed a huge net worth. How did a gymnast end up with a $2.4 million fortune? Once again, it’s all endorsements. And thankfully, being the most decorated gymnast in United States history makes it easy.
In 2016, Biles has received 18 Olympic medals and landed sponsorships with Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, United Airlines, Hershey, and Beats By Dre. If she’s done all that before the age of 30, just imagine what else she will do!
George Strait – $300 Million
We know how much the queen of country music is worth but what about the king? George Strait is credited with bringing country music back to its roots with his first single “Unwound. Since the released in 1981, he has numerous chart-topping albums. His touring profit alone brought it $99 million in only three years.
All of this has made Strait the 12th best-selling artist in the United States overall. He doesn’t make much music anymore but still brings in a salary thanks to a tequila brand endorsement and other business ventures.
Garth Brooks – $280 Million
This country music legend brought in $70 million in 2015 alone and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Garth Brooks is one of the top-earning country music singers and isn’t afraid of launching a comeback to increase his net worth.
From 2014-2017 alone he made millions on his worldwide comeback tour. That wasn’t enough though and he went home, recorded a new single, and set out on yet another stadium tour. We’re sure that $280 million is going to go up and up.
Phil McGraw – $400 Million
For all the psychology majors out there, Phil McGraw is living proof that you can turn a degree into a million-dollar career. All you have to do is have one fateful meeting with Oprah Winfrey. After McGraw met Oprah, The Dr. Phil Show premiered in September 2002
McGraw’s show has faced a lot of criticism over the year but it doesn’t phase him since he has a $400 million net worth. In 2017 alone he was able to take home $79 million!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $400 Million
Earnhardt Jr. comes from a famous racing family so he’s never struggled with money, but he’s made his fair share of his own. Over his two-decade career in racing, Earnhardt Jt. has taken home millions in cash prizes. Of course, racing is all about the advertisers and who can get their name on his car.
If you want to buy a top spot on Earnhardt Jr.’s car for a big race it can cost more than $1 million! Add his merchandise sales to that which outsells other drivers’ merch by 25% and $400 million makes a lot of sense.
Derek Jeter – $185 Million
Over a 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter has made enough money to buy his own baseball team. Thanks to salary and sponsorship deals Jeter pulled in $265 million. Jeter has worked with Nike’s Jordan brand, Gatorade, Rawling, Steiner Sports, Movado, and Avon.
With his cold, hard-earned cash Jeter decided to reinvest. In 2017 he partnered with Jeb Bush to buy the Miami Marlins franchise. Not many people can say they are rich enough to own a baseball club!
Chelsea Handler – $40 Million
It might not seem like much money compared to people like Oprah but Chelsea Handler has amassed a $40 million net worth is quite a short amount of time. Since she burst onto our television screens in 2007 with her show Chelsea Lately, it seems like she’s everywhere.
Her television series is simply to increase her public persona since a majority of her net worth comes from writing. Handler has released five books and four of them have topped The New York Times bestseller list.
Johnny Depp – $200 Million
Depp rose to fame in the 1980s on 21 Jump Street, and has always used his bad-boy charm in Hollywood. His net worth steadily increased as he starred in more films then skyrocketed after he landed the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
In 2016, his net worth was $400 million but a domestic abuse lawsuit brought forward by ex-wife Amber Heard slashed that in half. Depp might try to make us forget about the lawsuit by taking on new, terrible roles such as Gellert Grindlewald in the Fantastic Beasts trilogy but at least he’s paying for his past actions with his wallet.
Robert De Niro – $300 Million
Most people only know De Niro as an incredible actor but he has spent his time in Hollywood building an empire. Yes, he was Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II and memorable in other films like Taxi Driver and Cape Fear.
But he also is an investor in the Nobu restaurant chain and founded Tribeca Enterprises. Nobu is on track to earn $1 billion by 2023 and the Tribeca Film Festival makes De Niro millions.
Sandra Bullock – $200 Million
Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s top actresses that everyone seems to forget about. Over her 30-year career she has made a huge fortune was even once topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actresses List. This is all thanks to huge films like Speed, Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, Gravity, Oceans 8, and Bird Box.
Bullock is not short of money and she makes sure to give back to causes she believes in. After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.
Carrie Underwood – $85 Million
We first met Carrie Underwood in 2005 after she auditioned for American Idol. Since winning her season, Underwood has been an unstoppable force in the music industry putting out hit after hit on both the pop and country charts.
Carrie Underwood has sold more than 65 million records since her time in show business and is a staple at award shows. She has brought home 12 Country Music Awards, 7 Grammys, and was even inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Dr. Dre – $830 Million
Dr. Dre is the only music mogul who can come close to challenging Jay-Z’s net worth and status. Dre began as a producer and performer with N.W.A. until he decided to go solo. He founded Aftermath Entertainment which has excelled in signing big rap names like 50 Cent and Eminem.
Of course, you might recognize his name from the iconic headphones Beats By Dre. He sold his technology for Apple for $3.4 billion but still makes 25% of the profit for every pair sold.
Matt Groening – $500 Million
If you recognize the name but can’t figure out where you know Matt Groening from, it’s because you’ve seen his name at the end of every episode of The Simpsons and Futurama. Understandably, Groening can credit most of his net worth to the success of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
The Simpsons is the longest-running primetime tv series in history and have allowed Groening to take home 13 Emmy awards. Maybe a career in art doesn’t sound so bad!
Mariah Carey – $520 Million
She has some of the most powerful pipes in the music industry and Mariah Carey has made a fortune off of them. The singer signed her first deal way bak in 1991 and her debut album sold a whopping 15 million copies.
Carey has continued to release hit songs but her biggest, the 1994 track “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has brought in $60 million alone! Carey hasn’t released much new music but still brings in cash with a Las Vegas residency and even being a judge on American Idol.
Jimmy Buffett – $550 Million
No, Jimmy Buffet isn’t throwing away all his money drinking margaritas on a beach somewhere. Well…maybe he is, but he’s still bringing in a ton of cash with his business ventures. The singer made a lot of money in music but his massive net worth is thanks to his Margaritaville Cafe and Cheeseburger in Paradise chains.
Buffet didn’t stop as restaurants though. He also has his own beer, a casino, written a Broadway musical, and built a $1 billion retirement village.
Bono – $700 Million
The Irishman and lead singer of U2 has amassed a huge net worth thanks to years in the music industry. He began with U2 in 1976 and has continued releasing albums and touring. The U2 tours are particularly effective and a single show can gross more than $2 million!
His fortune is also thanks to a timely investment in a little social media website called Facebook. Have you heard of it? Well, Bono owns 2.3 percent of the company which translates to over $1 billion in shares.
Jerry Seinfeld – $950 Million
You don’t become one of the biggest comedians in the world without making a lot of money. Jerry Seinfeld started on the stand-up comedy strip but after creating Seinfeld with Larry David, he has made a fortune. Not only did he make millions while the show was own, but he and David also make money every time a re-run airs.
The rest of Seinfeld’s fortune comes from being an author, public speaker, and new partnerships with Netflix. How does he spend all that money? He gets coffee in cars with comedians, duh.