Acting is a profession, much like any other in which some become fabulously wealthy and others struggle to make ends meet. The fortunate few aspire to multi-million dollar contracts and royalties from high grossing movies. It takes achieving super star status to really make the big bucks in Hollywood. Have you ever wondered how much your favorite actor is worth? We've done the research and we were shocked to discover how much the wealthiest actors are really worth, and it's something that might surprise you too! Here are the 20 richest actors in the world in 2019.
20. Leonardo DiCaprio - $245 Million
Leonardo DiCaprio is the 20th richest actor in the world today. He earned his fortune through his acting career n film and television. The native of Los Angeles California became famous when he played the role of Romeo in the 1990's blockbuster "Romeo + Juliet. He went on to star along with Kate Winslet in "Titanic" while was another tremendous hit. DiCaprio started his career with small roles in television commercials and a few recurring roles in television series including "Growing Pains." He went on to star in a biopic called This Boy's Life, for which her received critical acclaim for his acting. He was also recognized for his acting in the film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" with Johnny Depp, and other hit films including "Catch Me If You Can," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," and "The Departed" which were all high grossing films, propelling him to heights of stardom and riches.
19. Robert Downey Jr. - $250 million
Robert Downey Jr. is the 19th richest actor in the world, with a net worth of an estimated $250 million. Although described as number 20, his net wealth surpasses that of Leonardo DiCaprio, putting him in the lead over the "Titanic" star. Downey consistently makes the Forbes list of the best paid actors because of his super stardom and his success in the film industry. He earned the bulk of his net wealth from his work in high grossing films including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Gothika," Sherlock Holmes" and the "Iron Man" and "The Avengers" films within the Marvel franchise.
18. Brad Pitt - $300 Million
Brad Pitt is one of the richest actors in the world with a net worth of $300 million. In addition to being an actor, he is also a film producer. He's best known for his roles in "A River Runs Through It," "Fight Club," "Oceans Seven," "Oceans Eleven," and "World War Z." He's long been a sex symbol who's face appeared on countless magazine covers. He established the film company called Plan B and produced films including "Inglourious Basterds," a high grossing film at the box office, as well as "Kick-Ass" and "Eat, Pray, Love."
17. Will Smith - $300 million
Coming in at number 17 is Will Smith with an estimated net worth of $300 million. He's best known for his roles in the film franchise "Men in Black," Wild Wild West," "Bad Boys," "I Am Legend" which were all high grossing films at the box office and his television series early in his acting career, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
16. Jessica Alba - $340 million
Jessica Alba is an actor who has made a fortune in the film industry. She is best known for her roles in "Mechanic: Resurrection," "Fantastic Four," and "Sin City," which were all mega hits. Her acting career has certainly contributed to her fantastic wealth but it's not been her only revenue source. She also co-founded a natural line of products which are guaranteed to be non toxic. The company, which she runs with a business partner has contributed to over half of her current net wealth. She is also known for her temperate ways when it comes to shopping and spending money. She knows how to budget well and sh's a careful spender.
15. Keanu Reeves - $360 million
Keanu Reeves ranks $15 on our list of the richest actors in the world. His most successful films include "Johnny Mnemonic," "Point Break," "Constantine," "The Matrix," "The Lake House," and "John Wick." He shot to fame in his comedy adventure "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." From this point on he became famous and the films that he appeared in were big hits at the box office which helped him to build his incredible wealth. Keanu is a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoys riding and building his own line of bikes and he is also big on donating to worth charity causes and living a simple life.
14. Jackie Chan - $370 Million
Jackie Chan is known as the Hollywood martial arts Guru. He gained fame and wealth when he appeared in the hit comedy "Rush Hour," and of the over 100 films that he has appeared in, the most notable have been "Rumble in the Bronx," " Kung Fu Panda" and the "Shanghai Noon" films. He's a prolific actor and comedian but may people don't know that he is also a film director.
13. Clint Eastwood - $375 million
Clint Eastwood made a name for himself in Hollywood as a young actor who first appeared in a series of what were known as "spaghetti westerns" including "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and "A Fistful of Dollars," to name just a few of them. He also appeared in "Million Dollar Baby," and most recently "Gran Torino." Eastwood is best known for his role in "Dirty Harry." The actor has enjoyed a very long and successful career in the film industry as actor and director of multiple films which spans several decades. He's a four time Oscar winner and a legend in Hollywood film making.
12. Arnold Schwarzenegger - $400 million
Arnold is best known for his legendary film roles including "Conan the Brbarian," "The Expendables," "Kindergarten Cop," and dozens of others, but there were few as successful at the box office as the "Terminator" franchised films. He stands as an icon of strength and good looks. He's known for his charisma and later in his career, he took a turn at politics serving as the governor of California for a period of time .
11. Sylvester Stallone - $400 million
Sly Stallone is an American actor who is best known for playing the lead character Rocky Balboa in the legendary "Rocky" films. This was one of his most successful films at the box office until the "Rambo" series of franchised films took off. He's also appeared in films such as "The Expendables," " Guardians of the Galaxy," and " Judge Dredd." Stallone set the world of boxing on fire and gained astronomical fame and the fortune that followed. He's not only an actor, but also a director.
10. Bill Cosby - $400 million
Until his recent scandal and imprisonment for sexual assault, Bill Cosby was known as the American Dad because of his fantastic comedic performances and appearance as Dr. Huxtable in "The Cosby Show." The show was a long running family sit com series that drew in millions of viewers. Until his disgrace, Bill Cosby was an American actor and director who was held in very high regard. His net worth is still estimated to be at around $400 million, making him the tenth richest Actor in the world.
9. Jack Nicholson - $400 million
Jack Nicholson is the ninth richest actor in the world for 2019. He is best known for his wildly successful films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," which was a huge success, followed by his film with Shelley Duvall, "The Shining," along with " Batman," and " As Good as It Gets". He also appeared with actor Morgan Freeman in "The Bucket List," and delivered a stellar performance as a mob boss in "The Departed" along with Leonardo DiCaprio and an all star cast of characters. Nicholson has 3 Oscars to his credit and is known for his incredible charisma.
8. Amitabh Bachchan - $400 million
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most famous actors in the India Film Industry that is otherwise known as Bollywood. He's the 8th richest actor in the world. He's made his fortune through his acting career adn continues to thrill his fans today.
7. Adam Sandler - $420 million
American actor Adam Sandler is the seventh richest actor on the face of the earth in 2019. Sandler has made dozens of successful films which have done extremely well at the box office. Some of them include "Happy Gilmore," " Billy Madison" "Just Go with It," "Click" and most recently, "Grown Ups." He's an actor and also does quite a bit of film directing as well. Adam Sandler is also known for his amazing comedy, but he's shown us that he's capable of tackling serious roles as well. Some of his latest works have not been such great successes, but he's not doing too bad these days with a net worth of $420 million.
6. Mel Gibson - $425 Million
Mel Gibson is the sixth richest actor in the world. His net worth is estimated at $425 million. He began his film career with the popular breakout film "Anzacs" where he was recognized for his amazing acting abilities. He has appeared in several box office hits including, "We Were Soldiers," "Signs" and "Braveheart." He won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his role in the latter film in 1995.In addition to the many successful films he has to his credit as an actor, he is also a film director and producer, with one of his greatest and most successful works being "The Passion of the Christ." Mel has earned his fabulous wealth in the film industry.
5. George Clooney - $500 Million
George Clooney is the fifth richest actor in the world with a net worth of an amazing $500 million. He is well known for his roles in the films "Ocean’s Eleven," " Three Kings," and" Syriana," which were all high grossing films at the box office, but he's starred in dozens of films through his long and successful career.
4. Tom Cruise - $570 Million
Tom Cruise is the fourth richest actor in the world with a net worth of an estimated $570 million. He's been distinguished as one of the best actors in the world by his fans. Tom Cruise is an international sensation who has thrilled audiences around the world through his action films. He is also a film producer.
3. Tyler Perry - $600 million
Tyler Perry is an American actor who is the third richest actor in the world today. His is both an actor and a director who made his fortune in the film industry. His most profitable films have been "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Daddy’s Little Girls," and " Why Did I Get Married?" These are just a few of the films that were the highst grossing of his career so far. In addition to acting, Tyler is also a script writer and a movie director. He's best known for th lead roles that he has played though.
2. Shah Rukh Khan - $760 Million
Shah Rukh Khan is the second richest actor in the world with a net wealth that is over three quarters of a billion dollars. Khan is an Indian actor who has earned the title in his native home of New Delhi as "The King of Bollywood." He has more than 80 Hindi movies to his credits and has received multiple awards for his acting performances (www.quora.com/Why-Shahrukh-Khans-networth-is-higher-than-Salman-and-Aamir).
1. Jerry Seinfeld - $950 Million
The richest actor in the world today is Jerry Seinfeld. He has an incredible personal wealth of $950 million, which is a mere $50 million away from being a billionaire. Jerry gained immense fame from his successful and long running weekly television sitcom "Seinfeld." He's also recognized for his acting in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "30 Rock" and "Louie." When shooting the final season of "Seinfeld," we learned that the actor earned a hefty $1 million per episode.
*Oprah Winfrey - $2.4 Billion
She's less of an actor as she is a TV host and media mogul but Oprah's as good an actor as anyone out there so we had to give her a spot on this list.
Written by Dana Hanson
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