The company has discovered that people are interested in learning about the world’s richest celebrities. The curiosity has spawned a large collection of websites that are dedicated to documenting celebrity net worth. For example, former boxing champion Mike Tyson holds an estimated net worth of $1 million, while boxing promoter Don King is worth $150 million.
This article will examine ten international celebrities that are shockingly rich. I have attempted to select individuals from many different fields, including musicians, designers, actors, producers, radio personalities, authors, comedians, sports figures, models, and directors.
10. Bryan Williams (Birdman)
Estimated Net Worth: $100 Million
Bryan Williams is the co-founder of Cash Money Records. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has gone multi-platinum as both an artist and a producer. His label has helped craft albums for many artists including Lil Wayne and Juvenile. In 2000 Birdman was nominated for two Grammies for his song #1 Stunna, which he released with Mannie Fresh as part of the rap duo Big Tymers. To date, Cash Money Records is the most commercially successful label in the history of hip hop music with 50 million records sold and annual revenues in excess of $100 million. By the time Birdman was 22-years-old he had already amassed a net worth of $40 million. He owns a $30 million condo in Miami.
Birdman claims that every 6 months he buys 100 new cars and gives away all the “old” ones. At any given time he is wearing millions of dollars worth of jewelry including a 15 carat black diamond ring, matching earrings, and a $500,000 grill on his teeth.
9. Gisele Bündchen
Estimated Net Worth: $250 Million
Gisele Bündchen is a Brazilian fashion model. In the late 1990s, Bündchen became one of the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find success. She initially intended on making a career as a professional volleyball player, but her plans changed after being discovered by a modeling agency at the age of thirteen.As a model, Bündchen pioneered the “horse walk,” which is a stomping movement created when a model picks up her knees and kicks her feet out in front. Since 2004, Gisele has been the highest-paid model in the world.
8. Howard Stern
Howard Stern’s Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million
Howard Stern is an American radio personality best known for his radio show, which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. Stern gained wide recognition in the 1990s when he was labeled a “shock jock” for his outspoken and sometimes controversial style. In 2006, Stern signed a radio deal with Sirius XM Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service.
7. Magic Johnson
Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. After winning a championship in high school and college, Johnson was selected as the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. Magic retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in 1992 and for 32 games in 1996. Earvin Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, five championships, and twelve All-Star games. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.
6. Jerry Seinfeld
Estimated Net Worth: $800 Million
Jerry Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and television producer, known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the situation comedy Seinfeld (1989–1998). Jerry co-created and co-wrote the show with Larry David. The sitcom was a massive success and a large portion of Jerry Seinfeld’s income has come from the show and its years of syndication. Jerry has also made millions of dollars as a bestselling author, comedian, and public speaker.
According to Forbes magazine, Jerry Seinfeld’s annual earnings in 1998 were $267 million, making him the highest-paid celebrity that year.
Estimated Net Worth: $900 Million
Bono is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. To date, U2 has released 12 studio albums and are among the best-selling groups in popular music history, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards, which is more than any other band. In 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The groups 360° Tour (2009-2011) is currently the best selling concert tour of all time with gross revenue of $736,137,344. The tour included 110 shows across the world and amassed an attendance of 7,268,430 people.
The success has given Bono an estimated net worth of over $900 million. He is well on his way to becoming a billionaire.
4. J.K. Rowling
Estimated Net Worth: $1 Billion
J. K. Rowling is a British author who wrote the Harry Potter fantasy series. She was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, and studied French and Classics at the University of Exeter before becoming a researcher and English teacher in Portugal. Rowling conceived the idea for Harry Potter in 1990 during a delayed train ride and finished the book in 1995. Over the last 15 years, the Harry Potter series has gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. Harry Potter has spawned a series of popular films, in which Rowling has had the overall approval on all scripts.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Estimated Net Worth: $2.9 Billion
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress and comedian widely known for her sitcom roles in Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Louis-Dreyfus rose to prominence as one of the regular cast members of Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had a successful and lucrative acting career, but many people don’t know that her father is a multi-billionaire named Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. In 1851, a man named Leopold Louis-Dreyfus founded the Louis Dreyfus Group, which is one of the world’s largest commodities trading and merchandising firms. Louis Dreyfus Group is a diversified French private company that is involved in agriculture and energy commodities.
2. George Lucas
Estimated Net Worth: $3.25 Billion
George Lucas Jr. is an American film producer, screenwriter, and director. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive of Lucasfilm. George Lucas is best known as the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry’s most financially successful directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.25 billion as of 2011. To date, Lucas has directed 6 movies and produced 23 others. His biggest box-office hit is the epic Star Wars franchise, which has earned well over $5 billion in worldwide revenue from all six films.
1. Giorgio Armani
Estimated Net Worth: $7 Billion
As you would expect, no celebrities can compete with the wealth of the world’s richest fashion designers. Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known for his clean, tailored lines. Giorgio formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer to come out of Italy, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal fortune of $7 billion by 2011. As of 2009, Armani has a retail network of 60 Giorgio Armani boutiques, 11 Collezioni, 122 Emporio Armani, 94 A/X Armani exchange, 13 Armani Junior, and 1 Giorgio Armani Accessori spread over 37 different countries.
Armani was the first designer to ban models with a body mass index (BMI) below 18. This was done after model Ana Carolina Reston starved herself to death due to anorexia nervosa.
Estimated Net Worth: $6.6 Billion
Wu Yajun is the richest self-made woman in the world. She is a former journalist who graduated from Northwestern Polytechnic University (China) in 1984 with a degree in engineering. Wu Yajun then used her business skills to develop Longfor Properties, which is one of the largest real estate companies in the world. Longfor Properties is a commercial and B-residential property developer headquartered in Beijing.
Wu Yajun has an estimated net worth of $6.6 billion and is a member of the National People’s Congress. In 2010, shares in Wu’s Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Longfor Properties rose by a quarter from a year earlier. Contract sales for 2010 soared 81% to $5 billion.