32+ Famous People Who Have Surprisingly Huge Net Worths

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These Celebrities Have a Huge Bank Balance

Unsurprisingly, being a celebrity usually means having quite a lot of cash. However, some celebs rake in even more than their famous peers. Some of these stars invest their earnings into real estate or branded products. Others receive extremely high salaries because they’re at the top of their field. In some cases, working in the same job for many years means a constantly increasing salary. Take a look at these famous people who have surprisingly huge net worths.

Gordon Ramsey – $200 Million

In normal life, being a chef isn’t a very high-earning job. This is unfortunate considering cooking is a valuable and skillful trade. In the world of TV chefs, salaries go up considerably. For example, Scottish chef Gordon Ramsey is worth an eye-watering $200 million. This is huge in comparison to fellow chefs Guy Fieri (worth $50m) and Alton Brown (worth $13m).

Gordon Ramsey – $200 Million

Gordon Ramsey has been awarded an incredible sixteen Michelin stars in total. Plus, he’s fronted multiple popular TV series.

Adele – $220 Million

English singer Adele also has plenty of acclaim from her own community. The star has a whopping 15 Grammy awards, and an Oscar for Best Original Song. Plus, she broke global attendance records for her third album. For her efforts, Adele has a net worth of $220 million.

Adele – $220 Million

The Guinness record breaker is worth significantly more than some other pop stars. For example, Lady Gaga is worth $150 million, and Halsey is worth $20 million. Adele is also involved in various charitable organizations.

Sacha Baron Cohen – $160 Million

He mightn’t be in the public eye as much as some creatives, but Sacha Baron Cohen is still worth a lot of money. The creator of characters Ali G, Borat, and Brüno is worth $160 million. The English writer and actor has produced and performed in multiple movies.

Sacha Baron Cohen – $160 Million

As well as working on his own vehicles, he has starred in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Madagascar, and Hugo. For many years, Sacha Baron Cohen only gave interviews in character. The star is fiercely private.

David Guetta – $150 Million

As with chefs, being a DJ ordinarily isn’t a very high-paid job. But for those that make it to stardom, the money sure piles up. French DJ and music producer David Guetta is worth an impressive $100 million. Guetta has over 65 million single sales, and more than 10 billion streams.

David Guetta – $150 Million

He also has two Grammys under his belt. As well as making money from creating music, Guetta increased his net worth by selling his musical catalog to Warner Music for $100 million.

Calvin Harris – $300 Million

Another DJ with a surprisingly huge net worth is Scottish star Calvin Harris. The producer, singer, and songwriter is worth $300 million. That makes him the richest DJ in the world. For his third album, Calvin Harris broke the record for the most top 10 songs from one record on the UK singles chart.

Calvin Harris – $300 Million

In doing so, he overtook previous record-holder Michael Jackson. This musical star makes money from his own records, from touring, and from a Las Vegas residency.

Katy Perry – $330 Million

As we’ll see, some celebrity gigs really increase star earning power. For example, being a judge on a talent show is a significant pay boost. For her time on the American Idol judging panel, singer Katy Perry earned $25 million per year.

Katy Perry – $330 Million

This, plus her earnings from her career as a pop star makes Katy Perry worth $330 million. Likewise, a Las Vegas residency is a good way to make a huge salary. Katy Perry sold out multiple shows at Resorts World from 2021 to 2022.

Denzel Washington – $280 Million

It’s perhaps not that surprising that the acclaimed Denzel Washington has a huge net worth. Like many on this list, the star has multiple strings to his bow. As well as being a celebrated actor, the New Yorker is a director and producer.

Denzel Washington – $280 Million

In fact, the multi-Academy Award winner has been named the greatest actor of the 21st century. For 2021 crime thriller The Little Things, Denzel Washington made a handsome $40 million. Combined with his other earnings, that gives the star a net worth of $280 million.

Keanu Reeves – $380 Million

Canadian actor Keanu Reeves is rather private. Unlike some attention-seeking stars, he likes to keep his private life to himself. He has been referred to as “Hollywood’s ultimate introvert” and as “excruciatingly shy.” For this reason, we might forget that Keanu Reeves is worth a massive amount of money.

Keanu Reeves – $380 Million

From his role as Neo in The Matrix franchise alone, Keanu Reeves earned around $200 million. He’s been working since his youth, giving him a net worth of $380 million.

Kaley Cuoco – $100 Million

In Hollywood, not all the money goes to massive movie stars. On the contrary, there are many sitcom stars on this list. While Kaley Cuoco has spent much of her career on the small screen, she has a net worth of $100 million. At one point, Kaley was earning a million dollars per episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Kaley Cuoco – $100 Million

Kaley Cuoco also founded her own TV production company in 2017. She has starred in and executive produced comedy drama The Flight Attendant, and adult animation series Harley Quinn.

Jennifer Lopez – $400 Million

She’s been around since the ’90s, and she’s not going anywhere. Triple threat Jennifer Lopez is worth $400 million. With her first leading role, playing iconic Tejano star Selena Quintanilla, J.Lo became the first Hispanic actress to earn over $1 million for a movie.

Jennifer Lopez – $400 Million

She then went on to become the highest-paid Hispanic actress in Hollywood. After that, Jennifer Lopez turned her eye to music, which went pretty well. She’s also been an American Idol judge, and performed a Las Vegas residency. Ker-ching!

Sofía Vergara – $180 Million

It’s time for another sitcom star. During her time playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family, Sofía Vergara was raking in the big bucks. Between 2013 and 2020, the Colombian star was the highest-paid actress on American television.

Sofía Vergara – $180 Million

Towards the end of the series, she earned at least $500,000 per episode. Of course, Sofía Vergara was acting long before she landed this role. The star co-hosted Spanish language TV shows in the ’90s, and appeared in a range of noughties movies. She’s now worth $180 million.

Billy Joel – $225 Million

Singer and composer Billy Joel started playing the piano at four years old. It worked out pretty well for him. Though he dropped out of high school in 1967, the New Yorker is now worth $225 million.

Billy Joel – $225 Million

Billy Joel has had a successful music career since the 1970s, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. The performer, now in his seventies, still frequently performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He has an indefinite residency there, performing once per month.

Penn and Teller – $400 Million

So far we haven’t had any magicians on our list. We’d guess that’s because magic is usually not a very lucrative profession. However, that hasn’t been an issue for magic entertainers Penn and Teller. Together, they’re worth $400 million.

Penn and Teller – $400 Million

This entertaining duo has been performing together since the 1970s. They are the longest-running headliners to play at the same hotel in Las Vegas history. Penn and Teller have also appeared on numerous TV shows and starred in their own series.

Jerry Seinfeld – $950 Million

He’s not always in the spotlight, but comedian Jerry Seinfeld is the richest comedian in the world. His massive fortune gives him a net worth of $950 million. Of course, the star co-created, wrote, and acted in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld.

Jerry Seinfeld – $950 Million

It was one of the most profitable shows in TV history. Jerry Seinfeld makes money from re-runs of the show, and sold the rights to Netflix for $500 million. He earns $20 million from national tours, and was paid $20 million for rights to his 2020 special.

Gisele Bündchen – $400 Million

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is worth $400 million. Between 2002 and 2017, Gisele was the highest-paid model in the world. The star’s mother enrolled her in a modeling course to teach her confidence. Clearly, that decision paid off.

Gisele Bündchen – $400 Million

Gisele was spotted in a shopping mall, and made her debut at New York Fashion Week. As a high earner, Gisele has supported various charities since the 2000s. She is also involved in multiple environmental projects, many in her native Brazil.

Kim Kardashian – $1.8 Billion

Much like her ex-husband Kanye West, it’s no surprise to anyone that Kim Kardashian is rich. What’s surprising is that she’s a billionaire. What’s more surprising is that she made her fortune from reality TV and social media-based businesses.

Kim Kardashian – $1.8 Billion

Before the Kardashians came along, reality TV was considered trash TV. Now, it’s the basis for an empire. As well as appearing on the family’s reality series, Kim K. is the owner of shapewear brand Skims and her own beauty and skincare lines.

Babyface – $200 Million

While many people mightn’t be familiar with Babyface’s name, they’re certainly familiar with his music. The Indiana-born musician has written and produced 26 number-one hits, and has 12 Grammy awards. The singer, writer, and producer is worth a whopping $200 million.

Babyface – $200 Million

Babyface is also the co-founder of the record label that signed TLC, Usher, and Toni Braxton. Among the hits he’s written and produced are, “End of the Road” by Boys II Men and “Queen of the Night” by Whitney Houston.

Jackie Chan – $400 Million

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan is not just an actor, but the owner of his own production company and a line of Chinese movie theatres. This puts his net worth at $400 million. The martial artist has been acting since the 1960s.

Jackie Chan – $400 Million

He’s one of the most popular action stars of all time and has appeared in over 150 movies. Less well-known is that Jackie Chan is also a trained musician with several albums. He has sung many of the theme songs for his movies.

Jennifer Aniston – $300 Million

Jennifer Aniston rose to fame with her role as Rachel in the iconic show Friends. The series was so popular that, at one point, Jennifer and her five co-stars were each making $1 million per episode!

Jennifer Aniston – $300 Million

Today, Aniston is a producer and actress on The Morning Show, making $1.25 million per episode. It’s worth noting that the actress isn’t new to money, as her actor father John Aniston had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his passing.

Garth Brooks – $400 Million

We haven’t seen any country stars so far, but there’s plenty of money to be made in the genre. Oklahoma-born country music star Garth Brooks is worth $400 million. When he’s touring, the singer-songwriter earns up to $90 million per year.

Garth Brooks – $400 Million

Incredibly, Garth Brooks is the only artist in history to have nine albums all reaching diamond status in the USA. As with some others on our list, Garth Brooks had a Las Vegas residency for many years.

Dwayne Johnson – $800 Million

Our next famous person with a huge net worth is a pro in two different areas. Firstly, Dwayne Johnson came to prominence as professional wrestler The Rock. Then, he made his way into movies, becoming a high-earning actor. The star is worth a huge $800 million.

Dwayne Johnson – $800 Million

Due to his time in WWE, The Rock is considered one of the most influential professional wrestlers of all time. His movies have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him an extremely bankable star.

LL Cool J – $120 Million

Rapper LL Cool J first gained success in the 1980s, and is the recipient of two Grammy awards. As well as performing, producing, and writing music, the star is a successful actor. He’s appeared in multiple movies and is the host of Lip Sync Battle.

LL Cool J – $120 Million

For his role as Special Agent Sam Hanna in crime drama NCIS, the star makes a cool $350,000 per episode. He mightn’t be the biggest name in rap anymore, but he still has a big bank balance.

Rihanna – $1.4 Billion

When pop star Rihanna first appeared on the scene, nobody knew she would eventually become a billionaire. The Barbadian musician is now the second best-selling female artist of all time, and has nine Grammys. The star has branched out into acting, and started her own businesses.

Rihanna – $1.4 Billion

She’s the wealthiest female musician, with a net worth of $1.4 billion. Rihanna has her own fashion house and beauty brand, which significantly boosted her earnings. Her native country even declared her a National Hero in 2021.

Rowan Atkinson – $150 Million

Though he plays a comic character, Rowan Atkinson’s net worth is no joke. The English actor made his name in the UK on a BBC sketch comedy show in the late ’70s. Then, he charmed audiences as antihero sitcom character Edmund Blackadder in the eighties.

Rowan Atkinson – $150 Million

The following decade, he created iconic children’s character Mr. Bean. He has also starred in various movies. In total, the actor and writer is worth $150 million. These days, the English celeb has a huge car collection and is an enthusiastic racer.

Dolly Parton – $600 Million

We told you country music was a lucrative business. Someone who knows that all too well is iconic singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The Tennessee born musician started off writing for other people. She released her first album in 1967. Now, Dolly has 11 Grammys and a net worth of $600 million.

Dolly Parton – $600 Million

The fabulous star is also a successful actress and entrepreneur. Dolly co-owns The Dollywood Company which includes a theme park, a water park and various dinner theatres. She also established the Dollywood Foundation.

Vin Diesel – $225 Million

The Fast & Furious franchise has been going for over twenty years. Actor Vin Diesel has been in many of these action flicks, including the tenth installment due in 2023. For Fast X, the star was reportedly paid $20 million.

Vin Diesel – $225 Million

His total net worth comes in at $225 million. The American star is one of the world’s highest-grossing actors. He also portrays tree-like humanoid Groot in the MCU. On top of his acting work, Vin Diesel founded his own production company, record label and video game developer.

Tyler Perry – $1 Billion

In 2011, American actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry was the highest-paid man in entertainment. Today, he’s worth an impressive a billion dollars. The star started off in the theatre, and eventually developed several TV series. The Louisiana-born star landed a multi-year partnership with the Oprah Winfrey Network, adding to his income.

Tyler Perry – $1 Billion

Tyler Perry is perhaps most famous for playing Madea, a character who appears in a variety of plays and movies. He also owns his own film studio and has stakes in the BET+ streaming service.

Heidi Klum – $160 Million

As we’ve seen, it pays well to work in several different fields. German American star Heidi Klum was first known as a successful model. She starred in a variety of supporting movie roles, and became a well known face on reality TV. Heidi was the host and judge of Project Runway from 2004-2017.

Heidi Klum – $160 Million

She has also been a judge on reality talent series America’s Got Talent since 2013. In total, that brings her net worth to $160 million. Heidi Klum has also had various clothing and beauty ranges.

Shania Twain – $400 Million

It’s time for another country star with a massive net worth. Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain has sold over 100 million records. That makes her the best-selling female artist in country music history. The star has five Grammy awards, and a net worth of $400 million.

Shania Twain – $400 Million

In recent years, Shania Twain has been residing in Las Vegas. In 2022, she released a Netflix documentary covering her impressive career. She has also appeared on various TV shows, including as a guest judge and mentor on American Idol.

Pharrell – $250 Million

Musician and producer Pharrell Williams has been described as one of the most successful music producers of the 21st century. The star formed duo The Neptunes in the 1990s, led band N.E.R.D., and then branched out on his own. The Virginia-born star has 13 Grammy awards, and a net worth of $250 million.

Pharrell – $250 Million

As well as music, Pharrell is active in the worlds of fashion and moviemaking. The celeb was a coach on talent series The Voice and created several streetwear brands.

Vanna White – $85 Million

We’ll admit that Vanna White doesn’t have the highest net worth on this list. However, her net worth is definitely surprising. The TV personality has been the host of Wheel of Fortune since 1982, giving her a net worth of $85 million.

Vanna White – $85 Million

Reportedly, Vanna makes $10 million per year for revealing letters on the classic game show. Vanna White started out as a model and moved to LA to be an actress. Now, she uses her huge income to invest in apartments and flip houses.

Judge Judy – $440 Million

Judy Sheindlin – better known as Judge Judy – has hosted her legal TV series since 1996. From 2005 the star earned $25 million per year for appearing on the show. From 2008 her salary increased to $45 million. And from 2017 it went up again to $47 million.

Judge Judy – $440 Million

That gives her a net worth of $440 million. While Judge Judy is now off the air, the TV personality now leads spin-off show Judy Justice. Judy Sheindlin is the longest-serving TV arbitrator in courtroom programming history.

Adam Sandler – $420 Million

New York native Adam Sandler first started out as a cast member on SNL in the 90s. Then, he starred in a range of movies that earned over $4 billion at the box office. While the star has received a huge amount of Raspberry award nominations, he’s also been praised for his dramatic roles. The actor and filmmaker is worth $420 million.

Adam Sandler – $420 Million

In 1999, Adam Sandler founded his own production company. He makes most of his own films, usually with a reoccurring group of actors.

Steve Harvey – $200 Million

As we’ve seen with Vanna White, game shows can be big earners. Comedian and TV host Steve Harvey has hosted Family Feud and its celebrity version since 2010. He also hosts his own radio show, the Miss Universe contest, and court comedy series Judge Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey – $200 Million

The star’s net worth is $200 million. As with many of the famous faces on our list, Steve Harvey also has his own production company. He also has a special events business, and his own clothing line.

Jim Parsons – $160 Million

We’ve already mentioned that sitcom star Kaley Cuoco earned a million dollars per episode during the later seasons of The Big Bang Theory. Well, so did her co-star Jim Parsons. The four time Emmy award winner was the highest paid TV actor of 2018.

Jim Parsons – $160 Million

His total net worth comes in at $160 million. In 2015, Jim Parsons co-founded his own production company. It has spawned several series and movies. He also executive produces the spin-off based on his most famous character, Young Sheldon.

Dr. Phil – $460 Million

Phillip Calvin McGraw is more well known to millions of Americans as Dr. Phil. The TV personality first became famous on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later launched his own TV series. The self-named show started in 2002, and features the host giving advice to a range of guests.

Dr. Phil – $460 Million

Reportedly, Dr. Phil earns $80 million per year. This gives him a net worth of $460 million. In 2005, the TV host founded his own production company. Stage 29 Productions has created a number of spin-offs, including Decision House.

Jessica Simpson – $200 Million

For a while, it seemed that singer Jessica Simpson would fade away, much like her early reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. However, Jessica Simpson is not a one-trick pony. The star has appeared in several movies, and side-stepped into the country music genre.

Jessica Simpson – $200 Million

On top of her artistic endeavors, Jessica Simpson has a successful fashion brand. Her clothing line, The Jessica Simpson Collection, has earned over $1 billion. The star’s total net worth is an impressive $200 million.

Adam Levine – $160 Million

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has earned his $160 million fortune in a variety of ways. As well as being a Grammy award-winning musician, the star is also a popular TV personality.

Adam Levine – $160 Million

The California native was a coach on The Voice from 2011-2019, and that pays pretty well. To be precise, it pays $14 million per year. Adam Levine also owns a record label and a production company. He has appeared in various movies, and collaborated with Kmart for a menswear collection.

Ed Sheeran – $200 Million

English musician Ed Sheeran started writing songs when he was just 11 years old. Today, his skills have earned him a net worth of $200 million. The singer-songwriter is one of the world’s best selling artists.

Ed Sheeran – $200 Million

Both “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” broke records in multiple countries by debuting at the top of the charts. Of course, Ed Sheeran doesn’t just make money from record sales. Reportedly, the star made $64 million between 2019-2020 from touring.

George Clooney – $500 Million

He’s an incredibly famous movie star, but George Clooney doesn’t just have movie money. The award-winning actor owns a production company, and also founded an extremely popular beverage brand. In total, this gives him a hefty net worth of $500 million.

George Clooney – $500 Million

As with some of the other wealthy celebs on our list, George Clooney is very involved in activism. The star has supported humanitarian work across the world. He is also an advocate of gun control and LGBT rights.

Kenny G – $100 Million

Kenny G isn’t the most famous name on our list, but he does have a surprisingly large net worth. The saxophone player is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records. Plus, the musician made some savvy investments.

Kenny G – $100 Million

He was an early investor of Starbucks, which netted him some serious profit. Starbucks and saxophone money combined gives him a net worth of $100 million. Kenny G is a licensed pilot and owns a seaplane which he flies regularly.

Kanye West – $400 Million

Look, it’s not surprising that Kanye West is rich. However, not too long ago he was much richer, worth approximately $2 Billion. His recent comments saw him lose his whopping deal with Adidas which was reportedly worth $1.5 Billion.

Kanye West – $400 Million

He’s still considered one of the most influential hip-hop musicians of all time. Seriously, the man has 24 Grammys. Beyond music, Kanye has a thriving fashion career, and we’re sure he’ll pick himself back up and rejoin the Billionaire club in the future.

Simon Cowell – $600 Million

It’s one thing to be a judge on a TV talent show. It’s quite another to have created the formats themselves. English TV personality and record executive Simon Cowell created both The X Factor and the Got Talent formats.

Simon Cowell – $600 Million

Both have been sold to countries around the world, netting the businessman a ton of cash. Simon Cowell is also the sole owner of British entertainment company Syco. He has produced acts such as Little Mix, One Director and Susan Boyle.

Samuel L. Jackson – $250 Million

As we’ve seen, it pays well to play a recurring character in a superhero franchise. Samuel L. Jackson was extremely prolific before he started portraying MCU character Nick Fury. The actor earns around five million dollars every time he depicts the S.H.I.E.L.D general.

Samuel L. Jackson – $250 Million

In fact, the character was originally designed to look like the star, long before he played him on screen. Samuel L. Jackson is the highest-grossing actor of all time. Like Jackie Chan, he has appeared in over 150 movies.

Howard Stern – $650 Million

American broadcaster Howard Stern has been on the radio since the 1970s. His self-named show first gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated in 1986. At its peak, the show brought in a huge 20 million listeners. To date, Howard Stern’s net worth is $650 million.

Howard Stern – $650 Million

Asides from radio, Howard Stern has written books and appeared on TV and in film. He was a judge on America’s Got Talent from 2012 to 2015, and starred in biographical comedy movie Private Parts.

Bono – $700 Million

Paul Hewson — better known as Bono — made his name as lead vocalist and songwriter for rock band U2. Outside of music, the star is a keen real estate investor. He was also a managing partner in a private equity firm that invested in a range of companies.

Bono – $700 Million

All in all, Bono is worth a cool $700 million. The star and his wife also co-founded a fashion brand named EDUN in 2005. More recently, Bono joined the board of directors for a drone delivery company.