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The 21 Richest Celebrities In The World 2021

Kylie Jenner: How rich is she? Kim Kardashian, anyone? Does Kanye West’s multi-billion fortune make him the celebrity richest of them all? The 21 richest celebrities in the world right now are listed below!

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Who are the world’s wealthiest celebrities right now? The MINIMUM net worth needed to be one of the top 21 richest celebrities in the world right now is $600 million, as you will soon see. When we published our very first ranking of celebrity wealth back in 2010, Diddy took the top spot with a net worth of $500 million. Therefore, the celebrity who was the wealthiest in the world in 2010 wouldn’t even crack the top 20 in 2021.

Here’s another astounding example: When we first began tracking Kim Kardashian’s net worth back in October 2009, we pegged her personal fortune at $10 million. $ten million. She likely now spends that much in a single month. So how wealthy is Kim now? Has she actually surpassed the billionaire threshold? Kanye West, her soon-to-be ex-husband, perhaps? Undoubtedly a billionaire, but how many? And how did Kylie Jenner, Kim’s half-sister, fare this year? When we initially posted our list of the richest people in the world 2020, Kylie was in the top 3. We had to make a MAJOR downward adjustment a month later.

Just two brief housekeeping items before we begin our list:

First, you can always check out our real-time list of the 50 richest celebrities in the world if you can’t wait a year for this list.

Second, a warning regarding athletics. Athletes and politicians will NOT be included in our list this year. That means you won’t see Donald Trump ($2 billion net worth), Magic Johnson ($600 million), Lionel Messi ($600 million), Tiger Woods ($800 million) or Michael Jordan ($2.2 billion). LeBron James won’t be there either, but his $500 million salary wouldn’t have been sufficient for him to be included this year.

We’ll shortly release a special ranking of the wealthiest athletes.

The 21 Richest Celebrities in the World 2021:

#21 Howard Stern Net Worth: $600 million

The self-proclaimed “King of all Media”, Howard Stern earned hundreds of millions of dollars from his nationally syndicated radio show which ran from 1986 to 2005. He next signed the first of numerous $500 million contracts with Sirius Satellite Radio. Sirius alone has brought in well over $1 billion for him. Howard announced that he had signed a new 5-year, $600 million contract in December 2020. Howard receives a roughly $90 million annual cut after production costs (before taxes and fees). Howard currently makes $333,333 per show after taxes at his current schedule of three new shows each week for 40 weeks each year. Howard is one of many famous people on our list who own personal properties valued more than $100 million. Howard’s real estate portfolio includes a $50 million NYC penthouse, a $30-40 million Hamptons mansion and a Palm Beach mansion that he bought for $52 million in 2013.

#20: Dolly Parton Net Worth: $650 million

#19: Kylie Jenner Net Worth: $700 million

With a net worth of $1.2 billion, Kylie initially landed in the top five when we published our list of the 30 wealthiest celebrities in the world in March 2020. In a piece titled “Inside Kylie Jenner’s Web of Lies – And Why She’s No Longer A Billionaire” that Forbes published two months later, the author claimed to have been deceived by Kylie and Kris Jenner for years. According to Forbes, every single figure Kylie and Kris had given over the previous years was either exaggerated or flat-out wrong. Additionally, they said that the couple utilized “forged tax documents” to demonstrate exaggerated earnings and net wealth. Not to brag, but CelebrityNetWorth had been publicly refuting inflated claims about Kylie’s fortune for approximately two years. Finally, when Forbes endorsed a net worth of $1.2 billion, we consented.

Today we peg Kylie Jenner’s net worth at an extremely-respectable $700 million. On this year’s list, she falls from the top 10 to position 19.

#18: James Cameron Net Worth: $700 million

Avatar, Titanic, and Terminator. Aliens. Genuine Lies James Cameron is a major force in the box office. His films have amassed almost $6.3 billion in worldwide box office as of this writing. Throughout his career, James has experienced a number of enormous windfalls that have sent his riches into the stratosphere. For instance, when the 1996 film “Titanic” ran over budget during shooting, James is renowned for trading his whole $8 million pay for back-end points. James found himself with a $650 million payoff when the movie brought in $2.2 billion. James was able to make over $350 million from the first “Avatar” thanks to a similar profit-sharing arrangement, and there are several more Avatar films planned. James has made almost $1 billion before taxes from just just two films. If James hadn’t been married FIVE times, his net worth would be significantly higher. After only 18 months of marriage, he agreed to a $50 million settlement with his ex-wife and “Terminator” actress Linda Hamilton.

#17: Bono Net Worth: $700 million

Bono, who is best known as the lead singer of the band U2, has really amassed the majority of his wealth outside of the music industry. He is in charge of a sizable real estate portfolio, with the majority of its holdings in Dublin, his hometown. For instance, Dublin’s Clarence Hotel was purchased by Bono and bandmate The Edge in 1992. They then went ahead and turned it into a five-star, opulent hotel. In Ireland, Bono and The Edge jointly possess property valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, Elevation Partners, an investing company, was founded by Bono. Facebook’s pre-IPO received about $200 million from Elevation. When Elevation made the decision to sell the stake, it was worth $1.5 billion. Oh, and don’t forget about his accomplishments with U2! In addition to selling an estimated 170 million albums worldwide, U2 is consistently one of the highest-grossing bands in the world– when they tour.

#16: Dr. Dre Net Worth: $780 million

In comparison to previous year, when his net worth peaked at $820 million, Dr. Dre drops a few spots. Dr. Dre might not even be among the top 50 richest celebrities by this time next year. Why? Unfortunately, Dre will probably soon pay a HUGE divorce settlement to his soon-to-be ex-wife Nicole. In June 2020, Nicole filed for divorce from her husband of 24 years. No pre-nup, according to reports. Their split was everything but amicable. The divorce stress may have been partially responsible for landing Dr. Dre in front of some actual doctors back in January after he suffered a brain aneurysm. As you are aware, Beats by Dre accounts for the majority of Dre’s riches. When Dr. Dre and his co-founder Jimmy Iovine sold Beats to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion, they each owned 25% of the company. The deal gave them each a pre-tax profit of $750 million. As part of the sale, they each received about 1 million Apple shares. In 2020, Apple’s stock divided 4-1. At today’s closing price, Dr. Dre would be worth $508 million if he still owned all 4 million Apple shares.

#15: Tyler Perry Net Worth: $800 million

Another celebrity where CelebrityNetWorth and Forbes’ reporting diverge is Tyler Perry. According to Forbes, Tyler Perry is a billionaire. We’ve been following Tyler’s net worth for more than ten years, but he hasn’t quite reached the billionaire threshold. Tyler earns between $200 and $250 million year, of which $150 million is the result of a single contract with ViacomCBS. As of this writing he has produced over a dozen “Madea” movies, generating just under $700 million at the global box office. The production budget for each film is less than $10 million. Tyler is entitled to almost $300 million in revenues from this one series because he writes, produces, and directs all of his own films.

When Tyler was persuaded to leave the CW for TBS, he was offered a $200 million guarantee and full ownership of his shows. Tyler then spent about $60 million on content creation and kept the rest $140 million. A production company called Tyler Perry Studios is situated in Atlanta on 330 acres that were once Fort McPherson, a military installation. Building out the studio, which would eventually house films like “Black Panther” and TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” cost Tyler $250 million. Amazon alone spends $100 million year to RENT the studio’s space for its own productions. additional rapid hits Tyler has a personal real estate portfolio valued about $50 million. After all alterations, his private aircraft cost $125 million. After they left the UK, Tyler was kind enough to let Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay for free in his $20 million Beverly Hills property.

#14: Celine Dion Net Worth: $800 million

More than 220 million records have been sold worldwide by the Canadian singer/songwriter, who continues to be in high demand for live performances. All 52 stops on her most recent Courage World Tour in North America were sold out. The COVID-19 epidemic ended the European leg, which had just started and was completely sold out. Celine generates about $50 million in concert earnings in a year of touring. Celine’s 1997 single “My Heart Will Go On” is perhaps remains her most well-known song to American mainstream audiences. The song went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song after being included in James Cameron’s “Titanic”. Celine Dion was the highest-grossing performer globally between 2000 and 2010. Celine’s empire made nearly $720 million during that time when you combine all of the revenue sources, including ticket sales, record sales, retail sales, and other sources. $500 million of that sum was generated by global ticket sales. $350 million of that $500 million came from only her concert in Las Vegas.

#13: Madonna Net Worth: $850 million

The fact that Madonna is among the most popular musicians of the past 30 years should go without saying. In many non-entertainment endeavors, Madonna is a force to be reckoned with, much like the aforementioned Dolly Parton. The value of Madonna’s art collection is at least $100 million. Possibly $300 million or more in the ideal art market. She owns pieces by artists including Picasso, Damien Hirst, Diego Rivera and Marilyn Minter. We are aware of Madonna’s ownership of approximately $100 million worth of real estate worldwide. She had six homes at one time, only in London. She purchased a 12,000 square foot townhouse in New York City in 2009 for $32 million. She is the owner of a 50-acre Hamptons equestrian estate. She has created four fashion brand collaborations as of this writing. Through her holding company, MG Icon LLC, Madonna has launched a line of skincare, perfume and accessories.

#12: Diddy Net Worth: $900 million

Diddy is the only celebrity in the world who has ranked in the top 20 of highest-earning celebrities every year straight since we first launched the list in 2009. Diddy’s enormous business empire helped him earn over $1 billion in revenue between 2000 and 2020. His current big assets include shares of Ciroq vodka, DeLeon tequila, Revolt TV, and Aquahydrate. Diddy also owns the master recordings for a number of well-known musicians, most notably “The Notorious B.I.G.”

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#11: Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth: $950 million

Why is Jerry Seinfeld so incredibly wealthy? Jerry Seinfeld is touching on billionaire status because both he and Larry David own 7.5% of “Seinfeld’s” back-end equity points. As of the time of this writing, “Seinfeld” has brought in many billion dollars from syndication. The streaming revolution keeps giving Jerry and Larry huge financial windfalls. The most recent instance occurred in November 2019 when Netflix paid $500 million to exclusively stream the show for five years beginning in 2022. Jerry and Larry will discover a new agreement when that one expires. Additionally, they have been renewing partnerships under which they have been selling the show into syndication on a global scale. One of a very small number of programs whose per-episode syndication price continues to GROW with time is “Seinfeld.” And that’s only a portion of his empire at Jerry’s. His annual comedy ticket sales bring in millions of dollars, and in 2020 Netflix paid him $20 million for the exclusive rights to his special “23 Hours to Kill.”

#10: J.K. Rowling Net Worth: $1 billion

J.K. Rowling, the first of ten famous people who have made a fortune, is undoubtedly best known for founding the “Harry Potter” empire, which has sold more than 500 million books worldwide and made billions at international box offices. Rowling is the first author to reach a net worth of $1 billion and one of the wealthiest private people in the United Kingdom. It should be remembered that J.K. has denied being a billionaire and is quite secretive about her personal affairs. If she had covertly given away a significant amount of her wealth to charities, that might be plausible. She has reportedly given at least $150 million to charity thus far, just for the record. As a single mother without a job who was receiving aid, she authored the first book.

#9: David Copperfield Net Worth: $1 billion

The world’s richest magician, David, is BY FAR. He performs more than 500 acts annually at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he earns $40–$60 million annually. David continued to personally pay every paycheck even after Las Vegas shut down in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The largest collection of magic artifacts in the world belongs to David. More than 150,000 objects make up the collection, including particularly priceless artifacts from Robert Houdin, Georges Melies, and Harry Houdini. A 40,000 square foot warehouse many miles from the Las Vegas Strip is where the collection is kept. The collection has a mind-boggling $500 million value according to some analysts. David has a $200–$300 million real estate portfolio. His 11-island resort in the Bahamas, which rents for $50 to $100,000 per night with a four-night minimum, is the gem in his portfolio. For $55 million, he purchased his first island in the Bahamas in 2006. He owns a $18 million house in Vegas. He owns a four-floor condo in New York City that is at least $60 million in value.

#8: Paul McCartney Net Worth: $1.2 billion

Sir Paul McCartney is without a doubt one of the most influential and successful musicians in history. The Beatles are the artist with the most records sold in history. They have sold 600 MILLION records globally as of this writing. Paul is a capable solo performer who frequently headlines sold-out tours all over the world. In a given year he earns $50-70 million from his empire with a large portion of those earnings coming from royalties generated by his own songs and copyrights to thousands of other songs by artists.

As most people know, Paul and John Lennon sold the publishing rights to most of their songs decades ago in what has been proven to be a terrible mistake. For $47.5 million, Michael Jackson purchased the catalog in 1985. A decade later, Jackson combined all songs with Sony Music (aside from his own) to create a new business named Sony/ATV Music Publishing. To become the sole owner, Sony paid $750 million to buy Jackson’s 50% stake in 2016. McCartney sued Sony shortly after the deal to regain any songs that were written before 1978. (which would be the majority). He referred to a US copyright statute that gives authors 56 years to reclaim the US rights to their works. Sony and Paul ultimately came to a private (and probably VERY expensive) settlement.

#7: Jay-Z Net Worth: $1.3 billion

Jay-Z now ranks as the seventh-richest celebrity in the world, moving up a few spots and $100 million from 2020, with a net worth of $1.3 billion. Like many of the celebrities on this list, Jay earned the vast majority of his personal fortune outside of his primary entertainment talent (in his case, rapping). Jay is in charge of a very amazing corporate empire. A pretty intriguing empire that has produced some movies in 2021.

He sold LVMH, a luxury corporation, 50% of his champagne company Armand de Brignac in February 2021 for a $640 million valuation. A week later, he reached an agreement to sell Square, Jack Dorsey’s other company, $300 million for the streaming service Tidal. Additionally, Jay holds stock in SpaceX, Outly, Uber, Sweetgreen, and Ethos.

The couple’s net wealth is just shy of $2 billion when combined with Beyonce’s $500 million fortune.

$100 million in works of art and $150 million in properties across the world are owned by Beyonce and Jay-Z. Their 30,000 square foot mansion in Bel Air, which they purchased for $88 million in 2017, is the gem in their real estate portfolio. They took out a $52 million mortgage with a $36 million down payment.

Jay-Z has a $1.3 billion net worth.

#6: Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $1.4 billion

Once again, we differ slightly from Forbes which very recently estimated the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Kanye West as being worth a flat $1 billion. The actual sum may be slightly higher than what we predict.

Despite our disagreements, we can all agree that Kim Kardashian has achieved unbelievable success given that her career began with a sex tape with Ray J and a position as Paris Hilton’s personal secretary. She used that early notoriety into a reality series that, after its 2007 debut, ran for 20 seasons. Kim later turned her reality-show celebrity into an empire in social media and merchandise.

Today, Kim’s two most-valuable assets are KKW Beauty – a direct-to-consumer beauty product line, and Skims – a shapewear company. KKW Beauty brings in more than $100 million annually. Last year she sold a 20% stake in KKW to Coty, the same company that bought 51% of half-sister Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics company in 2020. The most recent estimate for KKW Beauty was $700 million. Kim has a pre-tax interest of $500 million and owns 72% of the business.

#5: Jami Gertz Net Worth: $3 billion

Children of the 1980s know Jami Gertz thanks to roles in movies like “The Lost Boys” and “Less Than Zero”, and the television show “Square Pegs”. Jami has lately co-starred in comedies like “Still Standing” and “The Neighbors.” So how did Jamie Gertz become so wealthy? The world’s literal fifth-richest celebrity? She had a wonderful marriage.

Jami wed Antony Ressler, a young financier, in 1989. Tony began working for Michael Milken’s now-famous investing bank Drexel Burnham Lambert after earning his degree from Georgetown University. Drexel invented the technique for generating a ton of cash for corporate robbers who would then go out and purchase businesses with little or no money down and a lot of debt. Following the collapse of Drexel (Milken ultimately served 22 months in prison), Tony co-founded Apollo Global Management in 1990. The previous year, he and Jami got married. Tony co-founded Ares Management in 1997. The corporation now looks after assets worth more than $130 billion. For an estimated $800 million in 2015, Jami and Tony acquired the majority of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. The Hawks are currently valued $1.5 billion. They wanted to purchase the Dodgers at first, but were outbid. They have a small ownership share in the Milwaukee Brewers and control properties valued around $100 million, including one in the Beverly Park gated enclave that is at least $50 million in value. Their Malibu residence overlooks Broad Beach, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the ‘Bu.

#4: Oprah Winfrey Net Worth: $3.5 billion

The entertainment world was stunned in 1984 when a little-known black news anchor –with an unusual first name– was given a 4-year, $1 million contract to host her own morning talk show in Chicago. After its premiere, the show quickly rose from last to first in the Chicago market. The program gained nationwide syndication in less than two years. But Oprah was dissatisfied. She soon understood that her four-year, $1 million contract was nothing in comparison to the earnings from her profession. Roger Ebert, a media icon from Chicago, provided advice to Oprah. She was instructed by Roger to meet with Jeffrey Jacobs, his agent. Jacobs explained that Siskel and Ebert owned a piece of their show’s back-end equity; That’s how you get rich. You must possess ownership. Oprah went overboard with Jeffrey’s suggestions. She actually took Jeffrey as well.

Oprah and Jeffrey co-founded HARPO Productions (she owns 90%, he owns 10%), and they then used their own money to produce “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The show was then sold market by market. Next, Oprah and Jeffrey negotiated a much larger overall deal with ABC that included movie productions, a magazine, books, and, most importantly, the right to launch other TV shows under her production umbrella. Her 3.5-acre HARPO complex would serve as the site for all show production. They hadn’t finished.

Even as far as negotiating a share of ownership in her distributor King World Productions, Oprah and Jeffrey went. Thanks to this deal, Oprah would earn money off every show King World produced, including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Since 2015, Oprah has been on the Weight Watchers board of directors. She received ownership worth $43.5 million when she joined the company. At different moments in recent history, the value of that stake has increased to above $400 million.

Oprah Winfrey has a $3.5 billion net worth. She is one of the richest self-made women in human history and certainly the richest self-made black woman in American history.

As of this writing, Oprah has given more than $400 million to charity, mostly focusing on educational causes. More than 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta have been funded by her.

#3: Kanye West Net Worth: $6.6 billion

1.6 billion, according to Forbes. $6.6 billion, we say. Why the distinction? I frankly don’t know why Forbes is so quick to bestow billionaire status on some celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Tyler Perry) based on extremely loose unconfirmed data, but won’t throw Kanye a bone. The following is what we know, and TWO banks have verified this information:

    Nike’s Jordan brand generates $3-4 billion per year in sales, earning Michael Jordan $100-120 million per year in royalties. The Jordan name is owned by Nike. At a 10x valuation, Jordan would bring $30–40 billion in sales if Nike were to sell it. That sum would be given to Nike. With Yeezy, Kanye has a royalty agreement that is essentially identical. The main distinction is that Kanye is the brand’s owner. Kanye would therefore be the only winner in the event of a sale.

    Kanye West has a $6.6 billion net worth. That makes him the richest black person in America, topping former #1 Vista Equity Partners founder Robert F. Smith.

    #2: Steven Spielberg Net Worth: $7.5 billion

    What separates Steven Spielberg’s $7.5 billion valuation from James Cameron’s $700 million valuation? Well, for starters, Spielberg created more than $14 billion worth of films, compared to $6.3 billion worth of films made by Cameron. Steven has also exchanged income for points on a number of his box office hits, just like James. For example, Spielberg earned $250 million off 1993’s “Jurassic Park”, followed by $150 million from the sequel, and $75 million from the third installment for a total of $475 million from this one franchise.

    But the real difference between being worth $700 million and $7.5 billion can be traced to an extremely lucrative deal with Universal theme parks. In the 1990s, Steven agreed to a deal that gave Universal (the studio behind “Jurassic Park”) the first right to make theme park rides based on his movies. In return, Steven would be granted an annual and indefinite right to 2% of all GROSS ticket sales at Universal theme parks across the world. A number of theme parks around the world were eventually opened by Universal. Mr. Spielberg was due 2% of each park’s total ticket revenue.

    Steven is the owner of a $250 million yacht and real properties worth $200 million.

    #1: George Lucas Net Worth: $10 billion

    #1) All merchandising rights would be his.

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    Thanks to Disney’s $0.88 semi-annual dividend, George makes almost $64 million annually.

    Another famous person with a very valuable real estate holdings is George. He owns an almost priceless 3-acre seaside mansion in Carpinteria, California, which spans two lots and would be valued at least $80 million if it were put up for sale. He is the owner of a $34 million Bel Air house. He has owned Skywalker Ranch up in the Bay Area since 1978. He invested $100 million in the transformation of a portion of the land into a film studio, a production facility, and an employee retreat. The original property included 5,000 acres, but he has now given a local conservation trust around 90% of it.

    Summary

    George Lucas is the wealthiest celebrity in the world as of 2021 with a net worth of $10 billion. Steven Spielberg, a close buddy, is ranked #2 with a net worth of $7.5 billion. Oprah fell to #4 as a result of Kanye West’s leap to #3 thanks to his $6.6 billion fortune.

    The top 10 highest-paid celebrities in the world as of 2021 are listed below:

    Jerry Seinfeld has a $950 million net worth.
    #9: J.K. Rowling Net Worth: $1 billion #8: David Copperfield Net Worth: $1 billion #7: Paul McCartney Net Worth: $1.2 billion
    Jay-net Z’s worth is $1.3 billion, while Jami Gertz’s is $3 billion, respectively.
    #4: Oprah Winfrey Net Worth: $3.5 billion #3: Kanye West Net Worth: $6.6 billion #2: Steven Spielberg Net Worth: $7.5 billion
    #1: George Lucas has a $10 billion net worth.