Ever wondered who the richest actors in the world are? I’m sure you have. So have I. The luxury that film industries around the globe afford cinestars with has been a topic of perennial debate. I sat down to scour the internet, find out who the richest actors in the world are. While every list had different names in it, most seemed to agree on the names that we share with you today!
Obviously, we cannot individually verify the net worth of the actors in the list. Nevertheless, there are surely some names that will leave you surprised!
1. Merv Griffin: Net Worth 2016 – $1 Billion
Widely considered to be the richest actor of all time, Mervyn Edward “Merv” Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, musician, singer, actor, and media mogul.
He kept his wealth an open secret, amassing media outlets, hotels and casinos with a net worth widely estimated at more than a billion dollars. Griffin once popularly stated he did not really know his worth because it “would keep me from sleeping at night”.
2. Jerry Seinfeld: Net Worth 2016 – $820 Million
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for portraying a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998).
Named by Comedy Central as the 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time in 2005, Seinfeld is known to have amassed millions of dollars in syndication deals and stand-up appearances over the years.
3. Shah Rukh Khan: Net Worth 2016 – $600 Million
The “King of Bollywood” being number 3 on this list might surprise many. However, it is certainly no surprise that “King Khan” is the single most successful and decorated actor to come out of the Indian Film Industry.
Not just India, Shah Rukh Khan has a significant following in Asia and among the Indian diaspora worldwide. Named by Newsweek as one of their fifty most powerful people in the world in 2008, Shah Rukh Khan is also co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
4. Tom Cruise: Net Worth 2016 – $480 Million
Who doesn’t know (and love) Tom Cruise? The Hollywood heartthrob has been a giant starting with his success in Top Gun (1986), the Mission Impossible series and more. Controversies regarding his involvement with the Church of Scientology, Cruise even has a national holiday in his honor in Japan.
Who else on this list can boast of such an honor?
5. Mel Gibson: Net Worth 2016 – $425 Million
Mel Gibson may be a bit of a polarizing figure, but there is no questioning his powerful presence in both films and in the media. And while his film career may have taken a turn for the worse, given all the controversies he is embroiled in, he continues to remain financially secure with a large number of real estate investments ranging from California to Costa Rica.
6. Johnny Depp: Net Worth 2016 – $400 Million
If there’s anyone who has succeeded in establishing a cult following among movie buffs, it has to be Johnny Depp. The man of many talents has enjoyed widespread success, with his eccentric, rum-loving roles as Jack Sparrow making Pirates of the Carribean one of the most successful movie franchises of all-time!
7. Bill Cosby: Net Worth 2016 – $400 Million
From children’s shows to educational programs, Bill Cosby was once a mainstay of American family television right through the 80s and the 90s. With tremendous success came fat paychecks as he cemented his place among the greats of Hollywood.
Unfortunately, with accusations of sexual assault by no less than 50 women embroiling the star in controversy, one wonders how long Cosby will be able to maintain his place in this list.
(Featured image: Still from Don 2)