There is a very common saying that art does not give you money. You can do anything else and become rich. But being an artist and thinking of becoming rich doesn’t sound good. But there are some richest actors in the world who have proved this saying wrong.
But how can an actor be so rich? Nowadays, it’s possible. Movies and series are now on the verge of replacing books. Those who love exploring content but aren’t willing to spend hours reading books.
Netflix series and some specific movies are their saviors in this case. Movies or series, inspired by famous novels like Harry Potter, Fifty shades of Grey, Twilight, and many more have enabled the audience to see the novel this time.
The reason we are saying all these is because an actor’s success is not only depends on his performance but also on his movie and series.
Yes, suppose an actor gave a spectacular performance in a movie, but the direction wasn’t that good. It will ultimately dim his performance and will lead to the failure of the project. In the world of entertainment, it’s all about balance.
How They Have Become Rich
Now the question arises, how have they been able to do it? It is nothing but continuous hard work despite how many times they have suffered failures. They never shut the door to opportunities and knowledge.
Any successful or rich actor has a backstory that is not that glamorous. This is what we are doing today! So, let’s begin!
1. Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is of the top of richest actors in the world list. His net worth is around $1 billion. But it is not as easy as you might perceive it to be. He had his own fair share of sleepless nights, failure, and self-doubt before he became one of the top-performing stand-up comedians.
Jerry was born on 29th April 1954. From his childhood. He liked making people laugh and were aware of the power of humor. How? It is impossible to have such a sense at a younger age, right?
Not for Jerry. His father served in world war II and used to tell him jokes that he heard there. But his journey wasn’t as happy as he thought.
Jerry started his career in a TV series but was thrown out of it, and humiliated. He started doubting his ability. But he didn’t stop there and tried even harder and made it to the bigger screen.
With a net worth of $800 million, Tyler Perry is not only one of the richest actors in the world but one of the toughest personalities in the industry. Why? As we have said previously that all the most successful actors have been through tough times, but Tyler’s childhood was tough on a different level.
He has been a victim of childhood trauma and sexual assault as a child. Yes, his father used to beat him a lot. Moreover, he spent most of his childhood being afraid of his father.
Later, he changed his name to Tyler Perry because he didn’t want to be connected to his father anymore. In addition, he was assaulted by the mother of his friend and two other men.
Despite all of these, he stood strong and made it to greater heights. Born on 13th September 1969, Tyler first started with singing and music production.
In the later stages of his career, he started his acting career. His movies are “Alex Cross,” “Gone Girl,” and “Don’t Look Up,” and many more. He was also honored with an Emmy Award for his spectacular work.
3. Tom Cruise
You can ask any girl about their favorite actor, and most of them will give one answer, and that is Tom Cruise. His good looks, superhit movies, and humble nature have made him the owner of $770 million.
He recently became famous for his amazing chivalrous act toward Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Growing up, Tom wanted to become a priest. Sounds surprising, right? But this is the truth. But later stages of his life helped him recognize his niche. With the help of his stepfather and mother, Tom came to New York and started his struggle as a newcomer.
A few years later, you have your Tom Cruise, rocking at the age of 60, holder of several awards like Golden Globe, Oscar, and many more. Some of his movies are “Risky Business,” “Top Gun,” and “The Color of Money.”
4. Shah Rukh Khan
No matter how much we talk about him, it will always be less. With a net worth of $600 million, The romance king of India, Shah Rukh Khan is ruling the hearts of millions through his so effortless looking acting.
He is considered one of the most influential people in India. He was born on 2nd November 1965 in a Delhi household.
He is someone who dreamed of becoming an actor and never stopped until he actually made it true.
Shah Rukh used to do minor roles in TV series like “Dil Dariya.” His roles were so insignificant that only a few people remember him as a struggling actor.
Next, we have in our list of richest actors in the world the superstar of our childhood,Jackie Chan (7th April 1954). Some of you might belong to the era where martial arts meant Jackie Chan.
He is the one who brought martial arts to our notice and made the outer world become aware of exceptional human capabilities. Jackie is an actor, producer, and martial artist. Throughout his career, he has been very humble.
This Hong kong actor never looked down upon anyone and received love from all over the world, especially from India. He has very good relations with Shah Rukh Khan.
His net worth is $520 million. On a show, Jackie Chan revealed how tough his childhood was. No, there was nothing traumatic. His parents were super strict and raised him with strict discipline.
Not a single grain of rice was allowed to drop on the floor while eating. His father used to wake him up very early in the morning and make him do training. He always advised him to be tough.
Moreover, Jackie always mentions his childhood and the difference between his kids and him in his speeches. His father was right, hard work pays off.
6. George Clooney
George Clooney is one of those actors and comedians who had overcome something more than societal obstacles. You know comedy is something that has a fine line between insulting someone and actually dragging the humor out of it.
Comedians often end up cursing or insulating the person for the sake of humor. There are few who start with themselves. George Clooney is the one who insulted himself first so that people can laugh at him.
Sounds weird, right? But it was actually not. Moreover, there is a great story behind this step.
Born on 6th May 1961, George now holds a net worth of $500 million. It is very encouraging to see a boy with a physical disability can overcome all the obstacles and actually use his disability to fulfill his dreams.
Yes, George was actually diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. He was in high school at that time. This disability dragged numerous negative attention towards him.
He was bullied too. But in the end, he decided to make something out of it. He started making jokes on his paralyzed face. It was the result of his disorder.
He was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
7. Robert De Niro
Another artist, another actor, and his journey of becoming one of the richest actors in the world. Do you know what is common in all these actors? The ability to fight and not surrender to the situation.
This ability comes from confidence. Robert De Niro was born in a family where both his parents are very supportive of him. His father was also in the entertainment industry. Because of this, he had early exposure to all the stuff related to it.
Born on 17th August 1943, Robert used to think of becoming an actor while watching TV. He always used to question himself that if the actors he used to watch on TV could make money and were not that good at their job, then what’s wrong with him?
At least, he would do better than them. This thought is what made him cross all these years and gain fame like nobody else. The character of Travis Bickle that he played in “Taxi Driver” gathered him immense popularity.
His net worth is $500 million.
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor or Governer? Wait! Or bodybuilder? He is all of these. Remember, Terminator? Yes, we are talking about that actor. Arnold has a similarity with another actor Dwanye Johnson. or “The Rock.”
Both celebrities chose bodybuilding before becoming an actor. Arnold had a pretty disturbing childhood. His father used to ignore him. This is the reason that he never mentioned his father.
His mother was there for him, and in return, he invested his entire love and time in taking care of his mother in her last days. His best-performing movies are “The Terminator series,” “Predator,” “True Lies,” and “Iron Mask.”
Currently, his net worth is around $450 million.
Arnold from the very beginning of his career was very hardworking. He loved bodybuilding which made him earn the title of Mr. Universe. Arnold also became one of the most influential people in 2007.
In later years, he served as the governor of California.
9. Amitabh Bachchan
Who doesn’t know him? One of the richest actors in the world is also one of the most influential and loved personalities in India. Amitabh Bachchan is the son of the famous Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
He had very close relationships with the then-ruling political family the Gandhis. He worked other jobs before he finally gave his career a start.
Over the years, he appeared in spectacular movies like “Janjeer,” “Deewar,” etc. But even the biggest superstar suffered in his career. A time came when Amitabh lost his stardom. None of the directors are willing to work with him.
Then, Mohabbatein, the most celebrated romantic movie came. Amitabh played the role of the antagonist college principal and earned huge popularity.
Since then, he never looked back and gave the industry back-to-back hits. His net worth is $430 million.
10. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson (net worth: 425 million) is someone who never doubted his abilities for a single time in his life. He wanted to become an actor, and he did. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to Australia.
Mel finished his education in Sydney and joined acting insulation to learn acting. You will find several other celebrities who went to drama school to learn acting.
You know, for them acting is not only a medium to become famous. It is more than a subject to them that they are the researchers. The biggest example is Benedict Cumberbatch, who rocked the role of Sherlock Holmes in the series “Sherlock.”
No matter how much money an actor makes, his ability will always be judged by his performance. And the calculation is basic. The better you perform, the more you become popular.