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The 20 Richest Actors in the World

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The film and television industry is just getting back into full swing after a long and difficult period of lockdown from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The public is hungry to see our favorite actors back at work and deliver new movies for our entertainment.

A-list actors tend to shift from the richest and best paid to those who are marginally compensated for their efforts. The pay scale for an actor can change from one year to another, and if you don't keep track, you might be surprised by who is making the most money for their work and who has amassed the largest fortune. We've put together an updated list of the 20 richest actors in the world for 2022, based on net worth.

Will Smith

20. Will Smith Net worth - $350 million

The Teal Mango kicks off our list of the twenty richest actors with Will Smith. He got his start as a rapper earlier in his career. He became famous after appearing in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." The popular television series launched a decades-long career in acting that caught fire.

He's also a producer. Will was a millionaire by the time he was 20 years old. He quickly rose to heights of fame, appearing in numerous hit films including "Independence Day" and film films associated with the Men in Black" franchise. Until his recent public outburst of anger and violence, he was at the top of his game. We think Smith will rebound from the occurrence. He's still the 20th richest actor in the world today.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones

19. Michael Douglas Net worth - $350 million

Michael Douglas emerged on the acting scene as the son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas. He forged a name for himself by following his instincts as an actor. He was far from being overshadowed by his famous father, but he inherited his handsome facial features.

Douglas is an actor and producer who enjoyed his heyday in the 1990s with the box-office hit "Romancing the Stone," along with "Wall Street," "The Ghost and the Darkness," "Fatal Attraction," "Falling Down," "China Syndrome," "Basic Instinct," and dozens of hits that put him at the top of the A list.

Douglas is a legendary actor in his own right. He received two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Keanu Reeves

18. Keanu Reeves Net worth - $360 million

Keanu Reeves is the 18th richest actor in the industry for 2022. He's amassed a fortune of an estimated $360 million in USD. He was born in Canada as Keanu Charles Reeves. He had his first big break in the hit comedy "Dumb and Dumber" which was recently reprised.

Some of his blockbuster films include "The Matrix" franchise which catapulted him into super-stardom and helped to heap streams of massive wealth. His "John Wick" films also contributed to his fabulous fortune. Keanu Reeves is a versatile actor who is proficient at drama, thrillers, and comedy, sliding back and forth from one to another with ease.

Other notable films include "A Walk in the Clouds, " "The Whole Truth," "Replicas," "Siberia," "Knock Knock," and "Exposed." Reeves has an impressive portfolio in his acting and producing career that goes on for volumes. There are far too many to list here, but you get the gist.

17. Jackie Chan Net worth - $370 million

Jackie Chan is another of the twenty richest actors for 2022. He is an actor, producer, and director from Hong Kong, who made it big in American film. His proficiency in martial arts enhanced his role as an actor, helping him to create entertaining fights with a slapstick comedy theme.

He's a comedian who launched his career at the tender age of five. He evolved from being a child actor to immense success as an adult. He's best known for his appearances in "Rush Hour," "Shanghai Nights," "The Spy Next Door," "Tuxedo," and many others. He has 150 film credits in his impressive acting, producing, and directing portfolio. He's earned every penny of the $370 million that landed him on our list.

16. Clint Eastwood Net worth - $375 million

Veteran actor Clint Eastwood had an early start in the business, appearing in a series of what was coined "Spaghetti Westerns." They were filmed in Italy and the pay was low, but the benefits for his career were immense. He appeared in numerous iconic films including "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," "High Plains Drifter," "Hang 'em High," "The Pale Rider," and "Unforgiven."

His career soared when he starred in "Magnum Force," "Sudden Impact," and "The Enforcer." His film "Any Which Way But Loose" was also a hit with a lighter comedic note. He has an extensive list of movies to his credit as an actor, producer, and director. He's won his share of awards with three Ceasar Awards, four Golden Globes, and an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

15. Jennifer Lopez Net worth - $400 million

Jennifer Lopez, also known as JLo is an American singer, actress, and businesswoman who has made her mark in the acting industry. She's risen to the status of icon in Hollywood. Some of her most successful films include "Enough," "A Maid in Manhattan," "The Wedding Planner," "Selena," "Hustlers," and many others.

Forbes ranked her as one of the most powerful women in the celebrity world in 2012. Lopez embarked on entrepreneurial endeavors including a production company, as well as her lines of clothing, beauty, and fragrance collections. Her name appears on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She's also the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and the Billboard Icon Award for her musical endeavors.

14. Tom Hanks Net worth - $400 million

Tom Hanks is another iconic film star who joins the $400 million net worth club. He started his career with films such as "Big," and "The Burbs," which were comedic films that captured our hearts. Other successful films include "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan, "Joe Versus the Volcano," and other fun comedies.

He came to prominence after releasing "Forrest Gum," "Da Vinci Code," and "Saving Private Ryan." Hanks is an actor, comedian, and producer who has done a little bit of everything in the industry. 

13. Arnold Schwarzenegger Net worth - $400 million

Arnold Schwarzenegger immigrated to America from Austria to pursue his career as a body-builder. He was just 15 years old and on his way to becoming a professional bodybuilder. He advanced into the film industry where he received a warm welcome.

Schwarzenegger became another Hollywood icon. He is best known for his appearances in "Conan the Barbarian," "Conan the Destroyer," "Total Recall," " The Terminator," "The Last Action Hero," "Spies Like Us," "The Running Man," "Predator," "Jingle All The Way," "Kindergarten Cop," and dozens of other successful movies.

12. Jack Nicholson Net worth - $400 million

The Second Angle lists Jack Nicholson as the twelfth richest actor for 2022. The aging actor has not been seen around Hollywood for years, but his legacy lives on. He's one of the greatest legends in film. His greatest hits include "Chinatown," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, "The Shining, "Batman," and A Few Good Men."

His appearance in "The Departed," was nothing short of brilliant. He's known for his ability to play villains to perfection. The versatile actor appeared in romances, comedies, thrillers, and more. With a career that spans over sixty years, he will go down in the history books as one of America's most notable and legendary actors. His estimated net worth for 2022 is $400 million.

11. Sylvester Stallone Net worth - $400 million

Sylvester Stallone is another legend in Hollywood, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million. He started as an actor but advanced to directing and producing.

His films were successful that they grossed more than $4 billion. He's also a writer responsible for the many successes in his films. He's best known for his "Rocky" franchise along with the "Rambo" franchise, "Escape," and many other notable hits.

10. Bill Cosby Net worth - $400 million

Bill Cosby is a disgraced American actor who was once known as the Father of America. He was a beloved comedian, actor, and author who promoted family values and clean living. His six-decade career came tumbling down when he was convicted of sex offenses and imprisoned for the crimes.

He was released from prison, but his career has suffered irretrievable damages. He's best known for his role as Dr. Huxtable in his television series "The Cosby Show."It was rated as the number one television show in the United States n the 1980s.

9. Brock Pierce Net worth - $400 million

Brock Pierce began his career as a child actor. He appeared in the 1992 film "The Mighty Ducks," as Gordon. Pierce also appeared in "Problem Child 3: Junior in Love" in 1994, and became the star of "three Wishes" in 1995. He is a former child actor who became a successful entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $400 million.

8. Amitabh Bachchan Net worth - $400 million

Amitabh Bachchan is a veteran Bollywood actor who earned fame and fortune in the 1990s. He went on to become a producer, playback vocalist, and television personality who also spent time as a politician. Bachchan has more than a hundred films on his list of credits.

He is one of the most beloved performers in India, recognized for appearances in "Don," "Wazir," "Pink," "Deewar," "Sholay," "Amar Akbar Anthony," and many others.

7. Adam Sandler Net Worth - $420 million

Adam Sandler is the seventh richest actor for 2022. He got his start as a member of the "Saturday Night Live" cast as a stand-up and skit comedian. He broke into film, earning praise for his roles in "Funny People," "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Grown Ups," "Chuck and Larry," "50 First Dates," and dozens of others. He's a versatile actor who can perform comedy or serious roles, and switch back and forth with the greatest of ease.

6. Mel Gibson Net worth - $425 million

Mel Gibson is an iconic Hollywood actor who came to prominence when he appeared in the film "Anzacs." It opened the doors for some of the biggest roles of his life. He is best known for starring roles in the "Mad Max" franchise along with the "Lethal Weapon" franchise where he played detective Martin Riggs. He produced and directed "the Passion of the Christ," and has won the Best Director and Best Picture awards at the Academy.

Robert De Niro

5. Robert De Niro Net worth - $500 million

Wealthy Gorilla lists veteran actor Robert De Niro as the fifth richest actor for 2022. He is a staple in Hollywood and has been around for many decades. His versatile acting ability has led him to magnificent performances in dark films such as "Taxi Driver," and "Cape Fear." He also appeared in more lighthearted comedic films as the star of the "Meet the Fokkers" franchise with Ben Stiller. Some of his biggest works include "The Godfather Part II," "Casino" "Heat," "Analyze That,": and "Goodfellas."


4. George Clooney Net worth - $500 million

George Clooney is another American actor who is halfway to billionaire status. He's an actor and director from the State of Kentucky who found his way to Hollywood to become one of the biggest A-listers of all time. He's an award-winning actor for performances in "Syriana," "Three Kings," and "Ocean's Eleven." He also appeared in other popular films including "A Perfect Storm," "Men Who Stare at Goats," "The Monuments Men," and "Gravity."

Tom Cruise

3. Tom Cruise Net worth - $570 million

Tom Cruise is another veteran actor with a list of successful film endeavors longer than your arm. He is among the most legendary actors of our age. Some of his most iconic films include "Born on the 4th of July," "Mission Impossible," "Vanilla Sky," "Jack Reacher," and volumes more.

Shah Rukh Khan

2. Shah Rukh Khan Net worth - $600 million

Shah Rukh Khan is the second richest actor in the world today. He is from New Delhi and is the appointed King of Bollywood. He is best known for his 80 Hindi movies and the numerous awards he received for his acting performances.

1. Jamie Gertz Net worth: $3 billion

The richest actor in the world for 2022 is actress Jami Gertz. You may remember her from her roles in "Quicksilver," "Crossroads," "The Lost Boys," "Less than Zero," or "Twister." Jamie's wealth is hard to beat because she had the foresight to make a few wise investments. As part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, she and her husband Tony Ressler have a net worth of $3 billion. Jamie is currently the richest actor in the world.

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Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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