Fame and fortune can go hand in hand—a minimum of for a choose few. Star Wars creator George Lucas leads this 12 months’s rating of America’s richest celebrities with a web value of $5.four billion thanks largely to the fortune he pocketed when his LucasMovie manufacturing firm bought to Disney for $four.05 billion in 2012.
He edges fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg (No. 2; $three.7 billion) and media mogul Oprah (No. three; $2.eight billion). Michael Jordan (No. four; $1.7 billion) climbs up the rating with a $400 million web value enhance derived from his sneaker fortune and a 90% stake within the more and more invaluable Charlotte Hornets, along with his stake estimated at $800 million.
America’s 10 wealthiest celebrities maintain a mixed fortune of $18.7 billion, greater than the GDP of Iceland. Forbes‘ third annual rating of the online worths of the well-known boasted the most important cumulative determine since we started tallying totals, up four% from 2017’s $18 billion.
New to the checklist this 12 months is Kylie Jenner, whose $900 million web value places her on observe to turn out to be the youngest self-made billionaire ever. The 21-year-old runs Kylie Cosmetics, which has shifted greater than $630 million in make-up since its launch two years in the past by focusing on her 168 million-plus social media followers. Jenner owns 100% of the bare-bones enterprise, a stake invaluable sufficient to place her amongst America’s Richest Self-Made Women—and land her a spot on the quilt of Forbes.
“Social media is an amazing platform,” Jenner says of the medium that granted her success. “I have such easy access to my fans and my customers.”
The largest greenback gainer amongst current listees is Jay-Z, who ties with Jenner for the fifth spot. The rapper-turned-mogul’s $900 million web value is derived from more and more invaluable stakes in firms together with Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, plus holdings in his leisure empire Roc Nation and streaming service Tidal.
“That was the greatest trick in music that people ever pulled off, to convince artists that you can’t be an artist and make money,” Jay-Z advised Forbes in 2010, foreshadowing the success of his ancillary companies. “When you’re in the studio, you’re an artist, you make music, and then after you finish, you market it to the world. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. In fact, I know there’s nothing wrong with that.”
He bests fellow rapper Diddy (No. eight; $820 million), who’s the one different musician on a rating that additionally consists of an creator and a magician.
This checklist makes use of web value earnings beforehand printed for the Forbes 400, Billionaires checklist and rating of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. Celebrities not on these lists had been valued via non-public firm stakes and publicly traded property. Real property, artwork and different property had been additionally factored in the place relevant. For entertainers with out such holdings, we primarily based estimates on web lifetime earnings after taxes and spending. Eligibility was restricted to American residents who’ve gotten wealthy off their fame, reasonably than turn out to be well-known for his or her wealth.
America’s Wealthiest Celebrities 2018
1. George Lucas
Net value: $5.four billion
2. Steven Spielberg
four. Michael Jordan
5. (tie) Kylie Jenner
5. (tie) Jay-Z
7. David Copperfield
9. (tie) Tiger Woods
9. (tie) James Patterson
Reported by Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Natalie Robehmed and Kurt Badenhausen. Additional reporting by Madeline Berg.
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