We all think that celebrities are rich and famous. Take one look at their social media or see them walk a red carpet, and you’ll quickly realize that they’re loaded. But no one seems to really know exactly how much money a celebrity is worth.
Yes, we know that Maria Sharapova has won a bunch of tennis tournaments and has a ton of ad partnerships, but exactly how much money has she made from that? Check out the list below to be blown away by some of the insane net worths of the biggest celebrities in the world.
Dolly Parton – $500 Million
The queen of country music has had a long and successful career that just keeps making her money. Parton burst onto the scene with her debut album Hello, I’m Dolly in 1967. While she topped the charts for years, she’s also been hustling numerous side businesses to up her net worth.
Parton is a songwriter and is the genius behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” On top of that, she actually owns her own label, Dolly Records. Her net worth is $500 million and she made $19 million of that in 2016 alone.
Jon Stewart – $80 Million
Your favorite political talk show host has been quietly accumulating millions over a thirty-year career. Stewart began accumulating his net worth with stand-up gigs and writing for other comedy shows. Then, he shot to stardom in 1993 on MTV with The Jon Stewart Show.
Since that time, Stewart has hosted a variety of talk shows, but is best known for hosting The Daily Show. Stewart shocked us all by announcing his departure from The Daily Show in 2015 to work on his writing. It seems to have worked out in his favor though and his net worth isn’t going to be depleted any time soon.
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Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Simon Cowell may not have ever released his own music, but we know the producer and manager has a knack for picking out the best talent. Some of the early acts he signed as a young manager were the U.K. boybands Five and Westlife.
Then, of course, he moved on to become a judge for American Idol and The X Factor. While he’s been known to be brash as a judge, both shows have launched huge careers for singers and Cowell has been the genius behind it. When you’re managing people like Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony, and One Direction, you’re definitely making a lot of money.
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Stephen Colbert – $45 Million
Another one of our favorite television hosts, Colbert has won numerous awards and has a net worth to back it up. He’s earned nine Emmys, two Grammys, two Peabodys, and $45 million. Colbert actually got his start as a serious actor before transitioning to comedy and talk shows.
He started his career in an acting troupe where he was actually an understudy for none other than Steve Carell. When acting didn’t work out, Colbert then transitioned to becoming a writer on shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show. After serving his time as a writer, he was eventually promoted to appear on The Daily Show and the rest is history.
Judy Sheindlin – $400 Million
Judge Judy runs a tight ship in her courtroom, and by doing so, she’s made a fortune over the years. Yes, she is a real judge with a real law degree. Sheindlin started her career in Manhattan family courts but transitioned to our television sets in 1996. Since 1996, Judge Judy has been one of the highest-rated daytime television programs and has earned Sheindlin a nice $47 million every year!
Even her bailiff is reported to bring in $1 million for every season. How do they make so much money? Production costs are low and they shoot all 260 episodes over the course of about 50 days.
Bob Barker – $70 Million
He might be retired now, but for years, Bob Barker was raking in cash on daytime television. Barker must have been smart with his money over the course of his 50-year career because well into his retirement he’s still worth an impressive amount.
Most of his money came from being the face of game shows like The Family Game, Simon Says, That’s My Line, and of course, The Price Is Right. He’s won 19 Emmy Awards and has a star on the Walk of Fame. We’re sure his legacy and $70 million worth of cold hard cash keep him warm at night in his retirement.
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Ellen DeGeneres – $400 Million
While most people know Ellen DeGeneres from her daytime television show, it’s easy to forget that she was successful long before. After getting her start as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s, DeGeneres landed her own sitcom, Ellen. The show was so successful that many people considered it the “female Seinfeld.”
It was only after the success of her television show that DeGeneres started to make serious money to reach her $400 million net worth. Alongside her shows, she has authored four books, and runs a record company, a production company, and a lifestyle brand. DeGeneres is living proof that being funny, kind, and generous can actually pay off.
Beyoncé – $355 Million
Queen Bey has been in the industry for a long time and she’s got a net worth to reflect it. After years with Destiny’s Child and then a successful solo career, Beyoncé has built enough wealth to last a lifetime. That’s probably why she’s not shy about spending her cash on outrageous items.
Bey is known for indulging in multimillion-dollar mansions, insane beauty treatments, and luxurious vacations. She’s also reportedly a great gift-giver and has dropped cash gifting her husband Jay-Z a private jet, a car, a million dollar Rolex, and much more. Oh, and don’t forget the time she rented out the Louvre.
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Jerry Springer – $75 Million
Springer has had a long and strange career that has paid off. While most people know him for his drama-filled television show, he actually got his start in politics. Springer trained as a lawyer in New York and actually got his start as an advisor for John F. Kennedy. He then started his own political career in Cincinnati.
After his political career fizzled out, Springer turned to be a political reporter and commentator. His natural broadcasting skills eventually led him to host a talk show called The Jerry Springer Show. As we all know, that “talk show” aspect went away and now it’s just the most outrageous drama-filled episodes imaginable.
Kylie Jenner – $1 Billion
Kylie Jenner has spent much of her life in the spotlight. She was just 10 years old when Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired on E! Now at 21, Jenner is still as relevant as ever and just became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.
Her net worth is largely thanks to her wildly popular makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics. In 2018 alone, Kylie Cosmetics’ revenue climbed 9% to around $360 million. The company is valued at a cool $900 million and Jenner owns all of it. Add in the money that Jenner has already earned from the profitable business (and her other business ventures) and she has an estimated fortune of $1 billion.
Jay-Z – $900 Million
Now that we know how rich Beyoncé is, what about her husband Jay-Z? Believe it or not, he’s actually worth more than Queen Bey. His impressive $900 million net worth is thanks to his numerous business ventures. Jay-Z has investments in entertainment labels, a clothing line, alcohol brands, the music streaming service Tidal, and even owns an upscale sports club.
All of that is on top of Jay-Z’s revenue from his own music. The $900 million net worth led him to be named America’s richest musician by Rolling Stone and number five on Forbes’ rankings of celebrity net worths.
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