Love them or hate them, celebrities are known to lead lavish lifestyles and make truckloads of money – and for good reason. Although none of them are nearly as rich as these people, the right actor can mean the difference between a blockbuster movie or a flop, the right band can mean a sold-out stadium or an empty lot. Some celebs party hard and live in the lap of luxury, and usually squander their hard-earned money, while others know how to take care of their money, invest it and watch it grow. Today we’ll be looking into the 10 richest celebrities in Hollywood, and how they got there.
10. Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter, also known as Lil Wayne, started his music career at the age of 9, and today is a well known rapper. His debut album “The Block Is Hot” which went out in 1999 was an instant success and went platinum in just a few months time. Today, his total net income has crossed $90 million.
9. Miley Cyrus
Born in 1992 with the name “Destiny Hope Cyrus”, Miley Cyrus is a talented songwriter and an amazing singer. In addition, she is a charming Hollywood actress with a great fandom. She started her career starring in minor roles on the TV series Doc and later in the film “Big Fish”. At a very young age Cyrus has become a teen idol and as of 2012, she has almost $105 million in her bank account.
8. Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young is a versatile man. He is a producer, a business mogul, an actor and a record executive. Also known as Dr. Dre, Andre owns a record label by the name of Aftermath Entertainment, which has brought to the world a number of well-known singers the most popular of which are “Eminem” and “50 Cent”. With all these remarkable achievements, his net worth is a stunning $120 million.
7. Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga, is not just an awesome singer, she is an impressive songwriter as well. In 2008 she became the center of attention on the world’s music stage with her mesmerizing vocal abilities, sleek dance moves and grungy persona which was perfectly branded to the younger teen crowds, and has so far netted herself around $120 million.
6. Brad Pitt
Born with the name Bradley Pitt in 1963, Brad Pitt reached the heights of stardom as a phenomenal actor who starred in blockbuster movies such as “Interview with the Vampire” and “12 Monkeys”. Together with his real-life wife Angelina Jolie, Pitt has taken the lead role in many successful films, netting him a cool $175 million in total net worth.
5. Will Smith
Having been discovered in the early 90’s in the TV series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Will Smith’s career was set to a great start. He later starred in a number of blockbuster movies including “Independance Day” and “Men in Black”, and even won several Grammy Awards and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, shooting him to instant stardom. Smith is not just a fantastic actor, but a producer and rapper as well. His total net worth is $200 million.
4. Tom Cruise
Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in July 1962, Tom Cruise as he’s more aptly known is a popular actor and film producer. He has starred in a number of blockbuster movies in his career, including the famous “Mission Impossible” films and the acclaimed “Top Gun” which saw his career rising to new heights. His net fortune is astronomical: at around $180 million, he comes in fourth on our list.
3. Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler has performed several candid and humorous roles in his Hollywood career. His career really took off after starring in “Happy Gilmore” as a man-child with anger issues who went on to become a golfing champion. Besides being a flawless actor, he is a screenwriter, musician and recently has stepped up to the plate as a producer. As one of the best-paid actors in Hollywood he has earned a resounding $250 million during his career.
2. Simon Cowell
Simon is a celebrity people love to hate, mainly due to his no-nonsense and sometimes overly critical approach to judging on the famous reality TV show American Idol. His dry British humor, along with his excellent eye for musical talent have made Cowell one of the most sought judges in TV talent shows. Cowell is an entrepreneur, a producer and an executive. To date he has earned around $300 million during his career.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles, popularly known as Beyonce, has a wonderful singing voice. Throughout her career she has sold thousands of copies of her albums that grossed her around $300 million. Though her net worth is equal to Cowell’s, considering her fame and popularity, she truly deserves to be at the number 1 spot on this list.