It takes serious savvy to reach the billionaire status in the entertainment industry. But even if they haven’t hit the 10-figure mark, these ultra-rich celebrities still have staggering fortunes exceeding $500 million.
Let’s take a look at 15 of the wealthiest stars, moguls and icons worth over half a billion dollars:
1. Oprah Winfrey
The queen of media built a multibillion dollar empire. Between her TV shows, production company and other investments, Oprah’s net worth is an estimated $2.7 billion.
2. Kylie Jenner
Jenner has made a fortune from her makeup empire and social media fame. Just in her early 20s, her estimated net worth is already $700 million.
3. Jami Gertz
Actress Jami Gertz may not be a household name, but she has an estimated net worth around $3 billion thanks to her savvy investment skills and marriage to a billionaire sports team owner.
4. Shahrukh Khan
Known as “The King of Bollywood,” Shahrukh Khan has an estimated net worth of $600 million from his hugely successful film career. He runs one of India’s largest production houses.
5. Dr. Dre
From selling music to selling Beats Electronics to Apple, Dr. Dre has amassed a vast $820 million net worth and is hip hop’s first billionaire.
6. Sean Combs
Rapper and producer Sean Combs, known as Diddy, has an estimated net worth around $885 million. His varied business ventures include music, marketing, media and fashion.
7. James Patterson
Best-selling author James Patterson has sold over 300 million books. His massive success has earned him an estimated $800 million net worth.
8. Celine Dion
With a powerhouse voice and chart-topping sales, Celine Dion has built a $800 million net worth. She also has lucrative branding and Las Vegas performance deals.
9. Beyoncé Knowles
Music legend Beyoncé is worth a whopping $500 million thanks to her record sales, tours and other business deals. She’s one of the world’s best-selling artists.
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen rakes in money from her hit talk show, real estate investments and endorsement deals, accumulating an $500 million net worth.
11. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s net worth stands at a cool $570 million. She continues to make major money from album sales, tours and product endorsements.
12. George Clooney
Veteran actor George Clooney has amassed a half billion dollar fortune through big box office paydays and a lucrative tequila company ownership stake sale.
13. Robert De Niro
With iconic roles and shrewd investments in property and restaurants, Robert De Niro is worth an estimated $500 million.
14. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has headlined some of the highest-grossing blockbusters, earning an $570 million fortune. Even in his 50s, he remains one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.
15. Tyler Perry
Actor, writer and director Tyler Perry has an estimated $600 million net worth from his massively successful “Madea” films, TV/streaming projects and studio facility.
Fortunes Built From Massive Success
These mega-rich celebrities prove that reaching the $500 million mark and beyond is possible in the entertainment industry. Their talent, business acumen and loyal fanbases have allowed them to amass tremendous wealth.