No doubt, the movie industry is a booming industry that has made several individuals wealthy. Yet, there are a good number of actors who surpass their contemporaries in the wealth department. Most of them didn’t start out wealthy but have put in the work and are now the richest actors in the world.
Here are the world’s richest actors and some things you should know about them
Jerry Seinfield -$950 million
Jerry Seinfield began his career as a stand-up comedian after taking an interest in comedy while in college. He went on to perform for various clubs in Newyork and soon found success, appearing in reputable talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Late Night With David Letterman. In 1989, he created Seinfield, a popular sitcom which ran for 9 seasons and is one of the most widely acclaimed shows of all time with a large fanbase. Asides from Seinfield, Louie and 30 Rock ae his most financially successful movies. Jerry Seinfield is still very much immersed in the business of making movies and stand-up comedy.
Shah Rukh Khan – $600 million
Known as “King Khan”, “The Baadshah of Bollywood”, and “The King of Bollywood”, Shah Rukh Khan is the only Bollywood actor to surpass several A-list Hollywood actors in the wealth category. He has starred in more than 80 movies and is known for his remarkable acting talent. Along with being an actor, Khan is also an astute businessman. He has endorsed prominent brands such as Pepsi, runs his own producing company and a successful cricket team in the Indian Premier League.
Tom Cruise – $570 million
Hollywood’s “King of Stunts” and staunch advocate for the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise has enjoyed an acting career spanning almost 4 decades in the industry. His sources of wealth include acting gigs and movie production.
George Clooney – $500 Million
George Clooney made his professional acting debut in the horror comedy-crime thriller From Dusk till Dawn. His most financially successful movies include Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Da Vinci Code, Bridge of Spies, Sully. According to Forbes, he was the world’s highest-paid actor for 2017-2018, earning $239 million within the space of a year.
Mel Gibson – $425 Million
Known for his widely acclaimed film The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson had appeared in over 40 films, directed four films, and produced 11 films. Gibson is also a property investor. He owns several properties in California, Costa Rica and Australia. His most financially successful movies include Mad Max, Brave Heart, What Women Want, and Hacksaw Ridge.
Adam Sandler – $420 million
Adam Sandler has appeared in several Hollywood movies that combined together have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. His big breakthrough came when one of his movies grossed $271 million at the box office. In addition to acting, Sandler has his own film production company, Happy Madison Productions, which earned a four-movie deal with Netflix in 2014.