Everyone wants to be rich and famous - or at least rich. Sure, money doesn’t solve all of your problems, but it certainly helps.
We’re a bit obsessed with celebrity lifestyles in this country, with entire TV stations dedicated to covering such news. The net worth of celebrities is particularly interesting since it’s a realm where most of us never dream of reaching.
In this piece, we’ll take a look at the net worth of some of the most famous and wealthy people on this planet. Maybe one day someone reading this will have enough to make it onto a list like this one. We can only dream!
Net Worth Estimations
It’s very difficult for third parties to estimate the net worth of celebrities accurately. Forbes comes out with their “Highest-Paid” rankings, which gives a snapshot of celebrity earnings for a single year.
Still, this information doesn’t tell the whole story of the net worth of celebrities. Sources that produce these figures don’t take other factors such as savings, investments, and ongoing contracts.
For that reason, you’ll see the net worth of celebrities vary depending on the source - which is normal. In this piece, we’ll provide you with some of the estimations we’ve found, as well as a bit of a backstory on how these celebrities got to their current financial situation.
Dave Chappelle: $75 Million
Everyone Thought Dave Chappelle was nuts when he walked away from the extremely popular Chappelle’s Show in 2005. There were even rumors circulating that the comedy great retreated to Africa to treat a crack addiction. After all, why would someone walk away from such a successful show at the height of its popularity?
Chappelle didn’t stop working when he left his show. He kept practicing stand up, and would even show up at random comedy clubs to provide a set. A few years later, those appearances turned into tours, where venues would pay him a hefty fee for a set.
The “leave them wanting more” mentality finally materialized in 2017 when Netflix paid Chappelle $20 million each to record three comedy specials for the streaming service. That’s a whole lot more than the reported $55 million Chappelle walked away from in 2005. Even better, the comedy great got to make this money on his own terms.
While Forbes reported Chappelle’s 2018 earnings as $35 million, other sources estimate that the comedian’s net worth is around $75 million total. After all, the $60 million Netflix show would put him well over the $40 million mark on its own.
Cristiano Ronaldo: $400 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes ever to pick up a sport and might be the richest to be still playing today.
Soccer might not be too popular here in the United States, but it’s the world’s game. Stars like Ronaldo and Messi have national name recognition and receive payment according to their stature.
In fact, many consider Ronaldo to be the best soccer player in history. There’s a heated rivalry between Messi fans and Ronaldo fans on this topic.
Although Ronaldo receives the bulk of his fortune through his insanely high salary, he also gets a hefty sum through business ventures and promotional deals. When he retires, Ronaldo will undoubtedly rival other sports stars like Michael Jordan as one of the richest athletes in history.
LeBron James: $400 Million
If you thought international soccer players were the only ones receiving massive checks, you’d be wrong. Here in the states, LeBron James receives one of the highest salaries in all of sports.
In many ways, LeBron James has changed the way the NBA pays its superstars. His career has been one of short contracts that favor his ability to move around the league instead of being forced to stay in one place for years at a time.
Like Ronaldo, there is a group of fans who faithfully believe LeBron is the best player to ever step foot on the court. He’s started businesses, appeared in movies, and his new move to LA shows that he’s not slowing down after he retires from basketball.
Many experts believe that this move is setting him up for retirement. After James cashes his last NBA check, he’ll likely receive hundreds of millions more for movie appearances, business ventures, and promotions.
George Clooney: $500 Million
It’s no surprise that one of the most recognizable actors makes the list as one of the richest celebrities in the game. While he had a hefty amount of money from acting roles, promotions, and investments, Clooney nearly doubled his net worth by selling his tequila company, Casamigos last year.
Reports came out that the company sold for close to $1 billion, of which Clooney took home a sizeable sum.
The actor hasn’t stopped working either, and will likely have close to $1 billion of personal funds when it’s all said and done. Clooney doesn’t hang onto his money either. He’s famous for making sizeable donations to multiple causes as they arise.
Jerry Seinfeld: $920 Million
The net worth of celebrities is always difficult to accurately predict, but it’s clear that some entertainers make an ungodly amount of money. Jerry Seinfeld remains one of (if not the) the wealthiest comedians ever to pick up a microphone, and his net worth is only growing 20 years after the last episode of Seinfeld aired.
The Seinfeld reruns are one of the leading reasons Jerry Seinfeld is so wealthy. These reruns still cost a small fortune for networks to purchase, since it remains the most popular sitcom series ever to hit television.
Seinfeld didn’t stop earning when Seinfeld ended, though. He charges a high price for appearance and comedy fees, and his deal with Netflix vaulted him to almost $1 billion.
We might not know exactly how much money Jerry Seinfeld has to his name, but we know he’s one of the highest paid comedians in history. His Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Seinfeld reruns are keeping his name at the front of everyone’s lips decades after he came onto the scene.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.: $700 Million - $1 Billion
Many consider Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the best pound-for-pound boxer to ever step foot in the ring. His fans bought every pay-per-view that had his name in the title, and his haters tuned-in to see if this was finally the match that would end his undefeated streak.
There are some valid criticisms about how Floyd Mayweather Jr. ducked certain opponents who he feared would put a mark on his record, but that doesn’t matter very much when your estimated net worth approaches $1 billion.
Two of Mayweather’s last three fights contribute to the bulk of his net worth. The Mayweather/Pacquiao brought in around $600 million in pay-per-view sales, of which Mayweather brought home around $300 million.
Mayweather got another payday when he faced McGregor in 2017. Again, he brought in an estimated $300 million for that fight. It’s clear that Mayweather puts butts in seats, and he’s received a hefty sum of money for doing so.
Kylie Jenner: $900 Million
Kylie Jenner made waves this year by claiming the number-three spot on Forbes’ top 100 highest-paid entertainers list for 2018. The reality star and young mogul brought in a reported $166.5 million this year alone, which padded her fortune tremendously.
Many outlets but Jenner on pace to be the youngest self-made billionaire in history. Although the internet took exception to the “self-made” tag these publications put on Jenner, there’s no doubt that most of her success has come through blazing her own path.
It’s not as if Jenner has accrued around $900 million in wealth by being a reality star. Kim Kardashian West - who is wealthy in her own right - has less than half the net worth of Jenner.
Jenner made the bulk of her fortune through her company: Kylie Cosmetics. The company is worth somewhere in the ballpark of $800 million.
While we can attribute a lot of Kylie Jenner’s success to her name recognition and popularity, it’s clear that she is capitalizing on her time in the spotlight. She’s leveraging her fame into a business that will last her a lifetime, and there’s something to be said for that.
Jay-Z and Beyonce: $1.25 Billion
Jay-Z and Beyonce are the entertainment power couple of our generation. Jay-Z recently overtook Diddy as the richest rapper ever, and Beyonce’s wealth is nothing to sneeze at either.
Jay-Z’s net worth comprises the bulk of the couple’s fortune. It’s estimated that the rapper has $900 million, with Beyonce bringing another $355 million to the relationship.
Rappers are notorious for squandering their money on valuable items, but Jay-Z put the majority of his earnings into investments. He started a clothing line, record label, and streaming service with the money he earned from his rap career.
The couple’s ability to capitalize on Jay-Z’s reported infidelity is one of the key examples of what makes these two so powerful. The duo made millions off of a private matter from record sales and streams alone.