The top ten celebrities had combined assets of $18.7 billion, which exceeds the gross domestic product of Cyprus, Malta, Brunei, or Iceland.
With an estimated $5.4 billion net worth, Filmmaker George Lucas came in at No. 1 on Forbes Magazine’s 2019 lists of America’s richest celebrities. Coming in second place is fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg with an estimated $3.7 billion net worth. The top female on the list is television mogul Oprah Winfrey in third with $2.8 billion.
Here are the ten most-rich and famous people, based on Forbes‘ methodology that factors in net worth earnings, private company stakes, publicly-traded assets, art, and real estate assets.
1. George Lucas, $7.5 billion
The Star Wars creator continues to benefit nicely from the film franchise. Selling LucasFilm to Disney helped: the deal earned Lucas $5.7 billion in 2012.
2. Steven Spielberg, $5.1 billion
Ready Player One was among the legendary film director’s most profitable projects. The acquisition of his DreamWorks Animation also helped.
3. Oprah Winfrey, $3.9 billion
The talk show host has a variety of business endeavors from a TV channel to a book club. This year, her investment in Weight Watchers only increased her fortune.
4. Michael Jordan, $2.3 billion
The retired basketballer’s fortune comes from his sneakers and a 90 percent stake in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, valued at an estimated $1.15 billion.
5. Kylie Jenner, $1.25 billion (tie)
The 21-year-old member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is new to the list. Her Kylie Cosmetics brand has made more than $878 million since its launch two years ago.
6. Jay-Z, $1.25 billion (tie)
The rapper and husband to Beyonce embarked on a worldwide tour with his equally famous wife. But it was staked in companies including Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac that helped add $125 million from his 2017 figure.
7. David Copperfield, $1.2 billion
The millionaire magician continues to perform in Las Vegas after he was not found financially responsible for a tourist’s injuries.
8. Diddy, $1.15 billion
The rapper formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy makes most of his money from sources other than his music. There is his sold Sean John clothing line, Ciroc vodka, and stakes in companies including Revolt TV and the lucrative DeLeón tequila.
9. Tiger Woods, $1.11 billion
The golfer won his first major victory in five years this September. That didn’t hurt his bottom line.
10. James Patterson, $1.11 billion
The prolific author of books like Women’s Murder Club and Alex Cross, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels, had sold more than 300 million books.