It’s no secret that Hollywood Stars have a lot of money. However, we’ve all heard the horror stories about actors and other celebrities that despite their constant work and millions of dollars of cash flow, seem to end up with no money.
This is probably do to terrible money management habits that lead to them either declaring bankruptcy, or selling off all of their assets, as was the case for Mickey Rooney, Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
Nicolas Cage might be one of the most famous of actors who ludicrously spent their money and danced a very fine line with bankruptcy. He actually bought a pyramid before he was charged with not paying $6 million dollars worth of taxes in one fiscal year.
While there are many celebrities who spend their money like water flowing over Niagara Falls, there are some celebrities that are currently doing very well for themselves. Here are examples of some of the Hollywood stars with the highest net worth.
What a surprise that the man with the highest net worth in the world just happens to be the man responsible for Star Wars. Lucas is said to be worth $5.1 billion dollars. In college, he befriended Steven Spielberg, and embarked on the journey that would become his life.
In all, Lucas only directed 6 films, which was the Star Wars franchise, but has worked on many other projects in different capacities. Lucas just sold his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for $4 billion dollars. Since Lucas owned 100% of the company, all the money went straight into his bank account. Hopefully Lucas can make his money last, as it currently stands, he’s doing pretty well.
Second on the highest net worth charts is Dina Merrill, at $5 billion dollars. Dina Merrill may not be as well known today, but she is an heiress, philanthropist and actress. Merrill appeared in 22 films in her career, and will be 93 on December 23rd. Most of her fortune was inherited. Her mother Marjorie Merriweather Post was once the richest woman in America.
It’s quite impressive that the fortune has stayed in the family for so long. Hopefully whoever inherits the money once Merrill dies will be able to keep it. In all fairness, it takes a lot of effort to spend $5 billion.
The two mentioned above only scratch the surface of celebrities with crazy net worth! Others on the the top of the list include Stephen Spielberg at $3.5 billion, Oprah Winfrey at $3.1 billion, and Paul McCartney at $1.2 billion, which comes as no surprise.
It doesn’t seem likely that these people will spend away their fortunes, but you really never know what people are capable of. Hopefully they’re being economically wise and putting their money in other assets like gold and silver, because you never know what could happen.
All the money in the bank could disappear overnight due to some crazy stock market crash, or something…not like that’s happened before.