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14 Celebrities Join Elite Ranks Of Billionaires On Forbes List 2024


14 Celebrities Join Elite Ranks Of Billionaires On Forbes List 2024


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It should come as no surprise that a number of celebrities have climbed the respected Forbes Billionaires List since wealth is often linked to celebrity nowadays. From entertainment moguls to sports icons and entrepreneurial powerhouses, these individuals have leveraged their talents and business acumen to amass extraordinary wealth.

In this article, we delve into these 14 celebrities who have not only conquered their respective industries but have also secured a coveted spot among the world’s wealthiest individuals according to Forbes.

1. George Lucas

George Lucas, aged 79, stands as a towering figure in the entertainment industry, boasting a staggering net worth of USD5.5 billion. Widely acclaimed as the visionary director behind the iconic Star Wars franchise, Lucas catapulted to the upper echelons of wealth and fame with his unparalleled creativity and cinematic prowess.

His ascent to billionaire status traces back to 1997, a milestone marked by his indelible mark on the film industry. A pivotal moment in his financial journey occurred in 2012 when he orchestrated the sale of his production company, Lucasfilm, to entertainment giant Disney. This historic transaction, valued at over USD4 billion in cash and stock, solidified Lucas’s status as the richest celebrity globally, cementing his enduring legacy as a master storyteller and cultural icon.

2. Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg, 77, commands an impressive net worth of USD4.8 billion, firmly establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s most influential and affluent figures. Bursting onto the Forbes Billionaires List in 1994, Spielberg made history as the first director to achieve such esteemed financial status, propelled by a series of blockbuster hits including “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Schindler’s List.”

Renowned for his entrepreneurial spirit, Spielberg eschewed conventional salary structures, opting instead to negotiate lucrative deals entitling him to a percentage of gross sales for his cinematic endeavors. Additionally, his strategic foresight secured him ongoing revenue streams, with Spielberg still benefiting from a share of ticket sales at Universal theme parks, courtesy of the enduring popularity of his iconic “Indiana Jones” franchise.

3. Michael Jordan

At 61, Michael Jordan stands tall with a net worth of USD3.2 billion, thanks to his enduring legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time. While Jordan’s illustrious basketball career and famed gambling exploits are legendary, it was his shrewd business acumen that catapulted him to billionaire status in 2015.

Leveraging his iconic brand, particularly through partnerships with Nike’s Jordan brand, Jordan amassed a staggering USD1.8 billion. Moreover, his keen investment instincts came to the fore in 2010 when he acquired the Charlotte Hornets NBA team for a modest USD175 million. A decade later, Jordan’s savvy investment paid off handsomely when he sold the franchise in August 2023 for a staggering USD3 billion, cementing his status as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in sports history.

4. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, aged 70, boasts a net worth of USD2.8 billion. She achieved a significant milestone in 2003 by becoming the first black female billionaire. Over the years, she has expanded her influence, establishing herself as a media mogul with investments in various sectors, including real estate and her own production company. Recently, Winfrey, a longtime board member and major shareholder of WeightWatchers, announced her intention to step down following her disclosure of starting a weight-loss drug regimen.

5. Jay-Z

Jay-Z, aged 54, has a net worth of USD2.5 billion. As hip-hop’s pioneer billionaire, he made strategic moves such as selling a 50% share of his champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 2021 for a minimum of USD300 million. Additionally, he divested a majority interest in his cognac label D’Usse to Bacardi in 2023 for an estimated USD750 million. Jay-Z also holds investments in companies like Uber and Block. Notably, his net worth does not encompass his wife Beyonce’s own substantial fortune.

6. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, aged 43, holds a net worth of USD1.7 billion. Leveraging her reality star status, Kardashian capitalized on her beauty and fashion ventures, achieving billionaire status. Notably, her shapewear line Skims garnered a valuation of USD4 billion during a 2023 funding round. Additionally, she divested a 20% stake in her makeup company, KKW Beauty, to Coty in 2020 for USD200 million before discontinuing the brand.

7. Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson, aged 62 and a New Zealand citizen, possesses a net worth of USD1.5 billion. Renowned for directing the iconic Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, Jackson amassed his wealth primarily through his visual effects firm, Weta Digital. In 2021, a strategic move saw Weta Digital sell a segment of its assets to gaming company Unity Software, resulting in Jackson acquiring nearly USD1 billion in cash and stock from the transaction.

8. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry, aged 54, boasts a net worth of USD1.4 billion. Throughout his three-decade-long career, Perry has amassed well over USD1 billion in pretax earnings through his work in television shows, films, and stage productions. Notably, Perry offered one of his Los Angeles residences to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they transitioned from senior members of the British royal family.

9. Rihanna

At 36, Rihanna has a net worth of USD1.4 billion. The pop icon holds stakes in two billion-dollar brands: Fenty Beauty, a cosmetics company owned in partnership with luxury goods giant LVMH, and Savage X Fenty, a lingerie business. Both enterprises bear the name of the Barbados-born singer, known formally as Robyn Fenty.

10. Tiger Woods

At 48, Tiger Woods commands a net worth of USD1.3 billion. He stands alongside LeBron James as one of the few athletes to achieve billionaire status while still active in their sport. Primarily fueled by his celebrity, Woods has amassed over USD1.7 billion throughout his career, largely from lucrative endorsements. Notably, his enduring partnership with Nike, spanning nearly three decades, concluded in January. Subsequently, Woods unveiled his own clothing line, Sun Day Red.

11. LeBron James

At 39, LeBron James boasts a net worth of USD1.2 billion. Throughout his two-decade career, the basketball icon has accumulated over $1 billion in earnings both on and off the court. James has strategically invested in various ventures, including real estate, stakes in businesses such as Blaze Pizza, and his own production and entertainment company, SpringHill. Notably, he holds a stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns the MLB’s Boston Red Sox, soccer club Liverpool, and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

12. Magic Johnson

At 64, Magic Johnson boasts a net worth of USD1.2 billion. While he initially gained fame in basketball, his wealth was primarily amassed through astute business ventures and partnerships with other billionaires. Johnson holds interests in various sports teams, including the NFL’s Washington Commanders (with Justin Harris), the MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers (with Todd Boehly), the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and MLS’ LAFC. A significant portion of his wealth is derived from his stake in Iowa-based life insurance provider EquiTrust.

13. Dick Wolf

This 77-year-old American film producer, Dick Wolf, has a net worth of USD1.2 billion. Renowned as the mastermind behind highly acclaimed crime shows such as Law & Order and FBI, Wolf’s debut on the billionaire’s list is attributed to his impressive earnings of nearly USD2 billion from his illustrious 30-year career in television.

14. Taylor Swift

And the newly added person on the list is none other than the 34-year-old American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who has a net worth of USD1.1 billion. The acclaimed musician, known as Miss Americana, achieved a historic milestone in October by becoming a billionaire, thanks in large part to her remarkable earnings of approximately USD190 million after taxes from her groundbreaking Eras Tour. Swift’s entry into the three-comma club is particularly noteworthy, as she is the first individual to achieve billionaire status primarily through songwriting and performing.