The film industry has some of the biggest millionaires in the world. The art of film making has been advancing through the years, enabling filmmakers to produce quality content and have talented actors who in the end, pull millions of viewers. Cinema is one of the most appreciated forms of art today. Most movies with huge budgets also bring large profits. The entire film industry is a business of its own. That is why it is easy to find the richest actors in the world surviving on film gigs alone.
Acting is a skill that can be perfected through practice. In movies, not every actor gets the same pay. Some actors earn more than others depending on the roles they played, how experienced they are, or how big of a deal they are in the industry.
Some of the highest-paid actors have taken years to get to where they are today. Actors also complement their income by getting involved in other projects like product endorsements, and any other business that will bring them money outside of the cinema.
Richest actors in the world
The following is a list of the highest net worth actors.
1. Jerry Seinfeld - $950 million
Jerry Seinfeld is not only the world’s richest actor but also the highest-paid comedians worldwide. The 66-year-old Brooklyn native began his career in 1976. He is known for observational comedy, surreal humour, black comedy, cringe comedy, deadpan, and satire.
He has done well in films starring in major movies like Top Five (2014), Stand Up confidential (1987), The Ratings Game (1984), and The Thing About My Folks (2005). Most of Jerry Seinfeld’s income comes from his eponymous show and its years of syndication.
2. Shah Rukh Khan - $750 million
Shah Rukh Khan was born on 2nd November 1965 in New Delhi India. The Indian actor, film producer, and television personality has been one of the biggest names in Bollywood for decades now. He is one of the billionaire actors in India.
Some of the popular movies he is known for include Kych Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Om Shanti Om (2007), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1985), and Dilwale (2015). He has received about a dozen accolades in India’s Filmfare Awards, 8 of which are for the best actor.
3. Tom Cruise - $570 million
Tom Cruise started his acting career in the 1980s. His first major appearance was in a minor role in the movie Endless Love (1981). He had his breakthrough in 1983 when he was cast in the coming-of-age comedy Risky Business. The 57-year-old has enjoyed his success in the film industry since then.
Some of the most financially successful movies where Tom cruise acted or produced include the horror and romance film Interview with Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Valkyrie (2008), Jerry Maguire (1996), Vanilla Sky (2001), The Last Samurai (2003), and Mission: Impossible (1996).
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4. Tyler Perry - $600 million
Tyler Perry has entertained many fans through his Madea movies. The entertaining movies have Mabel Madea Earlene Simmons, a tough, elderly African-American woman, whose unforgiving nature is loved and despised at the same time. For many years Tyler Perry has been associated with the movies up until recently when he stopped.
When asked about the continuation of Madea, Tyler Perry said that he left the door open as he did not want fans to feel like the character had come to an end. Tyler Perry who is also a writer, producer, comedian, and director has also had other successful movies like Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), and I Know I’ve Been Changed (2010).
5. Tom Hanks - $470 million
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on 9th July 1956. The actor and filmmaker has starred in about 100 movies and is one of the richest actors in the world. His debut in the film industry dates back to 1977 where he played minor roles. The four-time Academy winner had his first breakthrough in 1984 where he landed a role in the fantasy romantic comedy film Splash.
His other major roles were in Big (1988), and in Philadelphia (1993) where he played the role of a gay lawyer who had contracted AIDS. Tom Hanks stars continued to shine as he got bigger roles in major films. Some of them include Forrest Gump (1994), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Bridge of Spies (2015), Catch Me If You Can (2002), and The Terminal (2004),
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6. Johnny Depp - $440 million
Johnny Depp has been in the film industry since 1984. His first known film is A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The actor is also a producer and musician. Johnny Depp is mostly known for his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
In 2011, the actor alone made $55 million. He has made about $300 million in all the movies. Other financially successful movies Depp has been part of are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Donnie Brasco (1997), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and The Tourist (2010). His most notable roles are The Hatter and Jack Sparrow.
7. Mel Gibson - $425 million
Mel Gibson started his acting gig while in Australia where he featured in the Australian TV show The Sullivans between 1976 and 1983. The actor, singer, director, and producer’s success in Hollywood is evident through the many films he has helped produced and acted in. The Passion of the Christ (2004) is the highest-grossing Mel Gibson movie to date.
The Biblical epic drama which shows the life of Christ on earth during his ministry grossed $370.3 million in America and $611.4 million worldwide. Other successful films under Mel Gibson’s name include the epic adventure Apocalyto (2006), Edge of Darkness (2010), Mad Max (1979), Machete Kills (2013), What Women Want (2000), and The Expendables 3 (2014).
8. Adam Sandler - $420 million
Adam Sandler is not only known for his rom-com films but also his crazy wardrobe when going for red carpet events. The millionaire actor loves his shorts, and you will see him time and again rocking them in high-end events. The 53-year-old comedian, screenwriter, and film producer’s first professional film was Going Overboard (1989).
This film opened many doors for him and even saw him get to be part of Saturday Night Live in 1990. He featured in the show until 1995 and continued to kill in his blockbuster roles. The most popular and financially successful Sandler movies include Happy Gilmore (1996), Billy Madison (1995), and Just Go With It (2011).
9. Jack Nicholson - $400 million
John Joseph Nicholson is known for movies like The Shinning (1980), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), As Good as It Gets (1997), Batman (1989), and The Departed (2006). The retired actor and producer is one of the finest in his is generation. With a career spanning six decades, Jack Nicholson bagged 3 Oscars and was nominated in several others.
The 3-time Oscar winner is known for rocking his signature dark red glasses. When interviewed, Jack Nicholson said that he wears the glasses to look cool and also because of glaucoma, an eye condition that makes one sensitive to light.
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10. Bill Cosby - $400 million
Bill Cosby’s name has been marred with controversy and sexual allegations the past few years. The American stand-up comedian, however, had a successful career before the allegations. He is popularly known for The Cosby show that ran between 1984 and 1992 though that is not the only show that brought him the riches.
Cosby has also starred in movies that include Ghost Dad (1990), Fat Albert (2004), Let’s Do It Again (1974), and Seeing Allred (2018). His other popular shows were Little Bill (1999-2004), Cosby (1996-2000), The Bill Cosby Show (1969-1971), and The Electric Company (1971-1977).
11. Jackie Chan - $400 million
Jackie Chan’s name never fails to appear whenever iconic martial artists are mentioned. Born Chan Kong-sang, the Hong Kong-born martial artist, actor, stuntman, film director, producer, and singer has made a name for himself through the many diverse films and martial arts projects he is involved in. Jackie Chan has acted in more than 100 movies, most of which have brought him financial prosperity.
They include Drunken Master (1978), Rumble in the Bronx (1995), Police Story (1985), Rush Hour (1998), and Kung Fu Panda (2008). Jackie Chan has never won an Oscar, but he received an Honorary Oscar in 2016 for his astounding achievements in the Film Industry.
12. Amitabh Bachchan - $400 million
Amitabh Bachchan was born on 11th October 1942 in Prayagraj, India. The Indian film actor, film producer, television host, and singer has been in the film industry since the 1970s. The veteran actor was first known in the limelight after being cast in the movies Zanjeer (1973), Deewaar (1975), and Sholay (1975).
Amitabh Bachchan did exceptionally well on his on-screen roles to the point that made fans stick with his character. He was widely known as the Angry Young Man for a long time due to his exemplary performance. The Bollywood star has starred in more than 150 films during his 5-decade career.
13. Sylvester Stallone - $400 million
Sylvester Stallone debuted his acting career in New York in 1969. Known for movies like Rocky (1976), First Blood (1982), Rambo (2008), and The Expendables (2010), the 73-year-old actor has had one of the most successful careers in Hollywood.
Rambo movies are some of the most recognized works of Sylvester Stallone. Sylvester Stallone has been part of two of the biggest movies of all time that generated nearly $4 billion. He is also a director, screenwriter, producer, and artist.
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14. Keanu Reeves - $360 million
Keanu Reeves was born on 2nd September 1964 in Beirut Lebanon. The Hollywood actor has killed in his roles with every blockbuster film he is featured in. He has been in the film industry for close to 3 years, having his first major film being One Step Away in 1985. He later landed a role in River’s Edge (1986), and then Babes in Toyland (1986) and his career has been rising ever since.
His most recent John Wick movies (2014, 2017, 2019) have not only added his riches but also expanded his fan base. Some other notable financially successful movies Reeves has been part of include Point Break (1991), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), The Matrix (1999), Constantine (2005), and The Lake House (2006).
15. Jessica Alba - $340 million
Jessica Alba started acting while still a teenager. The Dark Angel star first appeared on TV at the age of 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Alba’s breakthrough came when she was 19 after getting a leading role in the TV show, Dark Angel.
She is now one of the actors with the highest net worth. Alba has appeared in other major movies and TV shows that include Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), Good Luck Chuck (2007), and Machete (2010). Other than being a success story on TV and in film, Alba is an established entrepreneur. She runs The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that deals with household products.
Most of the richest actors in the world credit their breakthrough to Hollywood’s friendly and welcoming stakeholders. Bollywood and other film industries in the world also have bigwigs who can be matched against Hollywood stars. The amount an actor makes per film or TV show depends on a variety of factors. The movie budgets and costs highly influence the actor’s pay. Other things include ticket price revenue, foreign sales, television rights, streaming, and video-on-demand.
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