It’s no secret that celebrities are typically masters of their craft, and because of that, they earn a lot more than most of us. So you’d think it would be impossible for them to be poor, right?
Whilst a life of fame might appear ideal on the surface, many celebrities actually wind up spending their money ruthlessly or investing it badly and ending up with more debts than their account can handle.
In the list below, we take a look at some of the wealthiest celebrities in the world, from Sir Roger Moore to Lewis Hamilton and Carrie Fisher to Maria Sharapova. Their net worths will definitely surprise you, as some celebs and athletes earn a lot more then you could ever imagine, whilst others might be using pocket change to pay for their next meal.
Jon Stewart – $80 million
Stewart got his big break in 1993 hosting his own shown on MTV called The Jon Stewart Show, not long after hosting You Wrote It, You Watch It. He’s most well-known as the co-host of The Daily Show, which he began in 1999, but Stewart announced his exit from the show during an episode in 2015 so he could focus on his writing – and to enjoy his millions, we’re sure.
Stephen Colbert – $45 million
With a net worth like $45 million, we’re sure Colbert has earned every one of his nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards. After starting as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s news-parody series The Daily Show, Colbert left in 2005 to host a spin-off series called The Colbert Report. The series was a total success, even becoming Comedy Central’s highest-rated series, which earned Colbert an invitation to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006.
Dolly Parton – $500 million
Dolly changed country music for the best, so it might come as no surprise that she’s been inducted into several hall of fames and has many awards under her sparkly belt. Not only did she change the industry for female country singers, but she did it with true style – and her bank account reflects that!
Judy Sheindlin – $47 million
Our favorite cut-throat TV judge has earned herself an impressive net worth of $47 million from playing no games with anyone who steps into her courtroom. The former Manhattan family court judge has brought case after case to our TV screens since 1996, and is still being aired today thanks to becoming the highest-rated daytime television program from its 3rd-5th season.
David Letterman – $400 million
Whilst he may have a lot of money in the bank today, Letterman didn’t have an easy start to his career. After his own NBC morning show failed, he was forced to work up way up from the bottom. He kickstarted his career again in 1982 when he moved to CBS to start his own show Late Night with David Letterman, which didn’t take long to be a complete success. Recently retired, Letterman now owns his own show and production company, which makes millions from reruns of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. If you ever needed inspiration for why you should never give up on your dreams, it should be this man.
Oprah Winfrey – $2.9 billion
Winfrey has been ranked as the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only black multi-billionaire – not bad for a business woman. Her enormous net worth has come from creating OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, which is a hugely popular TV network. Along with being the Queen of TV, Oprah has also co-authored five books and has her own radio channel Oprah Radio.
Tyra Banks – $90 million
Former America’s Next Top Model host, supermodel and businesswoman has accumulated herself an impressive $90 million net worth, but it didn’t come easy. Banks had to stand out in the world of fashion and beauty amongst industry greats such as Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bundchen before eventually landed her own show, The Tyra Banks Show, which aired from 2005-2010.
Kobe Bryant – $360 million
Now retired, former NBA player Kobe Bryant walked away with a net worth of $360 million.
Simone Biles – $2.1 million
The 4’9″ gymnast ranks as the most decorated gymnast in United States history, with a combined total of eighteen Olympic and World Championship medals at just 19-years-old. Her net worth has increased by 1000% in 2016 to $2.1 million.
This 31-year-old Olympic swimmer was born in Towson, Maryland and has won 28 medals throughout his career. His highly decorated career has equated in him having a $55 million net worth.
Queen B is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, and she averages about $100 million from every solo tour that the finishes. Currently, she is worth $450 million.
Lisa Kerney – $14.8 million
As the host and anchor for ESPN, this blonde bombshell has worked hard to earn a hefty $14.8 million net worth.
Bob Barker – $70 million
Despite retiring in 2007, Barker must have been smart with his money throughout his 50-year long career in order to be worth an impressive $70 million. He hosted TV shows such as The Family Game, Simon Says and That’s My Line, plus he’s won 19 Emmy Awards, a GSN Lifetime Achievement Award, and even got himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Steve Harvey – $100 million
If there’s anyone who can bring it back from the 2016 Miss Universe mishap, it’s Steve Harvey. Thankfully he graced our screens again after being trusted with the responsibility again this year, although he could have happily left the pageant with an impressive net worth of $100 million. Before being appointed to host Miss Universe, Harvey hosted the popular game show Family Feud – we wonder if he announced the wrong winner on there too..
Barbara Walters – $150 million
Walters changed the industry for women around the world when she became the first female news anchor on national evening news. Although she was born into a wealthy family, there’s no doubt that she’s made her own fortune from her ability to cover major world news and events. Walters is highly regarded for her interviews with celebrities, politicians and famous world leaders, and you’ve probably seen her on 20/20, ABC News, Today or The View.
Maria Sharapova – $195 million
Professional tennis player Sharapova is one of ten women to hold the career Grand Slam. Her net worth is $195 million.
Anna Kournikova – $50 million
Russian-American Anna Kournikova won over $3,500,000 during her short career. The tennis stars career ended at the young age of 21 due to a series of back and spinal problems. During her time, Kournikova was one of the most sought-after players for endorsement deals in the entire tennis industry. She is also married to pop star Enrique Inglesias.
Ellen DeGeneres – $400 million
This TV personality is living proof that being funny, kind and generous really does pay. The Ellen Show, where Ellen hosts, interviews and plays games on a daily basis, has received an impressive 32 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show has seen some pretty major guests, including former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
John Madden – $200 million
The former American football player and Super Bowl winning head coach has a net worth of $200 million.
Shania Twain – $350 million
During her 25 years in the industry, Shania Twain has sold over 85 million albums, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Canadian country singer-songwriter is the reason women love singing “Man, I feel like a woman!”
George Strait – $300 million
George Strait, or the King of country as many people call him, brought country music back to its roots back in the 80s and was rewarded with a plaque dedicated to him in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He’s considered one of the most influential and popular artists of all time, which is why this cowboy has a net worth of $300 million.
Garth Brooks – $280 million
Considering Brooks made an shocking $70 million in just one year between 2015-2016, it’s no surprise that he’s one of the world’s highest-earning country music singers. Many people with a net worth of $280 million would be happy to retire, but not Garth Brooks. He’s currently on the country legend’s comeback tour which is already in its second year and has earnings in the nine figures, according to Forbes.
Jay Leno – $350 million
Before becoming the host of the critically acclaimed NBC show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1992, Leno was a standup comedian. After more than a decade, NBC gave Leno another slot on primetime television with the talk show The Jay Leno Show, but this was later canceled a year later due to controversy amongst the hosts. Leno went back to just The Tonight Show before retiring in 2014 and being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Dr. Phil – $400 million
McGraw has Oprah Winfrey to thank for his fortune after kickstarting his career from making regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The success led to him releasing a number of books that went on to be bestsellers, and in 2002 he took his career one step further by launching his own talk show, Dr. Phil. In 2008, McGraw began promoting his new spin off show, The Doctors, which was actually produced by his son Jay.
With investments in several businesses, including a talent agency, restaurants, a record label and a fashion line, it’s no surprise that Jay-Z’s net worth is $560 million.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $315 million
Famous NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has a net worth of $315 million.
Greg Norman – $300 million
Norman is not only a professional golfer, but he is also an entrepreneur, leading to a whopping $300 million net worth.
Jenson Button – $105 million
British Formula One driver, Jenson Button, is now worth $105 million.
Peyton Manning- $185 million
Former American football quarterback and five-time league MVP has a net worth of $185 million after playing as astounding 18 seasons in the NFL.
Derek Jeter – $195 million
The former Yankees shortstop played 20 seasons in the MLB and is a five-time World Series champion with a net worth of $195 million.
Tonya Harding – $10,000
Tonya Harding is an American figure skating champion, a two-time Olympian, and a two-time Skate America Champion, however she became famous worldwide when when her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly conspired with Shawn Eckhart and Shane Stant to break the leg of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, during a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.
Harding hasn’t enjoyed any real success since the incident and her net worth is reported to be $10,000.
In 1993, Kerrigan won the U.S. national championship. She was also a silver medalist at the 1994 Olympics, and a bronze medalist at the 1992 Olympics. She was the victim of the attack in 1994 but went on to still claim the silver medal. She’s had much more success since the incident and her net worth is valued at $8 million.
Chelsea Handler – $40 million
There isn’t much this woman can’t do – she’s got a hilarious sense of humour, she’s a great TV host and she’s even gone behind the camera to produce. Handler invested her time in the “Chelsea Lately” late-night show on E! between 2007 and 2014, before gaining even more recognition for her Netflix documentary “Chelsea Does“.
Jerry Springer – $75 million
If you love watching drama unfold on TV, then chances are you’ve heard of the Jerry Springer Show. Springer started his career as a lawyer and a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy. He even ran for Congress, but when that didn’t work out he was elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1971. Since 1991, Springer has brought us the latest dramas, and for that he’s work a staggering $75 million.
Diane Sawyer – $80 million
Sawyer went from being one of the staff members throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency to the new anchor of ABC’s “World News“. In 2014, Sawyer had enough money in the bank to resign from the World News position and declare that she will be primarily be focussing on specials and interviews with high-profile people, including Caitlyn Jenner’s first interview as transgender.
The controversial owner of F1 is estimated to be worth an insane $3 Billion! His daughter Petra is reportedly getting divorced from her British billionaire husband James Stunt. Her net worth combined with his is predicting the divorce will involve over $5 billion dollars!
OJ Simpson – $250,000
The American actor and retired football player OJ Simpson has an estimated net worth of $250,000.
Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Simon Cowell has made his many millions by creating and judging on a whole host of talent shows as well as managing some of the biggest acts in the world – making him worth a cool $550 million.
Leonardo Dicaprio – $245 Million
Arguably one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that Leonardo is worth $245 million.
Johnny Depp – $400 Million
Depp has been in the acting business since a young age, however the movies that arguably made him the most money was the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He has a net worth of $400 million.
Robert DeNiro – $200 Million
DeNiro has been around for many years and has had various roles that have added to his $200 million net worth. He also owns a lot of property.
Sandra Bullock – $200 Million
Bullock is one of the highest earning actresses in Hollywood – worth $200 million.
Trisha Yearwood – $40 million
Women everywhere have Trisha Yearwood to thank for creating music that’s fixed broken hearts since 1991. The “She’s In Love With The Boy” singer has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and has won numerous awards, including three Grammys. Yearwood isn’t just well-known in the country scene either. She’s tried her hand at a culinary career and even hosted her own show on the Food Network called Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
Carrie Underwood – $70 million
The American Idol season four winner has gone on to win seven Grammy Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 17 Billboard Music Awards. Her net worth of $70 million is clearly hard earned as Underwood has also been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Florida Georgia Line – $50 million
This popular country group is made up of Tyler Hubbard, who is from Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida. After meeting at a worship group on campus at Belmont University, this pair are a triple threat – rich, talented and religious.
Dr Dre – $830 Million
Rappers are known for having plenty of cash – but Dr Dre is in a whole new league. His music combined with the success of his Beats by Dre has made him worth $830 million.
Usain Bolt – $60 Million
Bolt has worked hard to earn the number 32 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning athletes. The multi-Olympic champion is currently worth $60 million, which is reportedly $32.5 million than any other sprinter in the history of track and field.
Matt Groening – $500 Million
Matt is the mastermind behind The Simpsons and Futurama – the success of these shows got him a net worth of $500 million.
David Spade- $40 million
Comedy actor Spade is known for his roles in Grown-Ups, 8 Simple Rules but most notably for his work on Saturday Night Live in the 90s. He is worth an estimated $40 million and is the brother of Andy Spade, co-owner of the Kate Spade designer brand.
In June 2018, English businessman Peter Stringfellow passed away at the age of 77, he was most known for his chain of nightclubs around the world. It is rumoured that his net worth was about $50 million when he died.