The 15 Richest Celebrities in the World 2017 Impelreport

The most famous celebrities in the world have bank accounts crammed with millions of dollars, which they earn in their lucrative careers and juicy sponsorship contracts.

Wealth-X, a company that conducts research on the super-rich, developed a list to detect who were the richest celebrities in the world, considering actors, musicians, and athletes who are active today.

That means that billionaires like Oprah and Michael Jordan, who are in more administrative roles, were not included in the ranking. Although no one on this list reaches the status of the billionaire, those who occupy the top positions as Tiger Woods and Madonna are very close to achieving it.

Here you have the 15 celebrities with more money on the planet:

15. Johnny Depp:
Age: 54

Net Equity: $ 440 million (€ 392 million)

Profession: Actor

Country: United States

Johnny Depp

The first big role of Johnny Depp was in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984 and in 1987 he became star of the television series “21 Jump Street”. Since then Depp’s career has shot up to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood and he became friends with director Tim Burton.

In 2003 Depp was transformed into Captain Jack Sparrow for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Black Pearl”, which grossed $ 654 million (€ 582 million) in the world and earned him an Oscar nomination. The saga of the pirates has been the most important project for Depp in the economic part to date. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” raised more than $ 1 billion worldwide.

Recently the actor was in the news for darker reasons. In May Amber Heard, then wife of Depp, accused the actor of domestic abuse and filed for divorce.

14. Beyoncé:
Age: 36

Net Equity: $ 470 million (€ 418 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States


Beyoncé entered the world of entertainment as a member of the female group Destiny’s Child. Then he launched as a soloist and dominated the decades of 2000 and 2010 with hits such as “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies”.

Along the way, Beyoncé made a series of sponsorship agreements with brands such as L’Oreal, starred in several films – including “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Hudson – and married rapper Jay Z. The famous couple’s estate amounts to $ 1,000 millions.

Beyoncé is still at the peak of pop culture. Throughout his career he has accumulated a total of 20 Grammys awards. In April he released the visual album “Lemonade”, which became his sixth album to sell more than 1 million copies and reach number 1 on Billboard 200.

13. Mariah Carey:
Age: 47

Net Equity: $ 520 million (€ 463 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey , the singer praised for her legendary vocal record of five octaves, has made her huge fortune thanks to a series of lucrative contracts.

At age 18 Carey signed a contract with Columbia Records, with whom he released seven albums. An album became one of the best sellers at Christmas time.

In 2001 he signed an unprecedented contract with Virgin Records for $ 80 million (€ 71 million) and five albums. But after his movie “Glitter” and his soundtrack failed, Virgin ended the contract less than a year later, with a payment of $ 28 million (€ 25 million).

Shortly after Island Def Jam Records hired Carey with a deal of $ 20 million (€ 17.8 million). With them he released five albums. In 2012 Carey won $ 18 million (€ 16 million) as judge of “American Idol”.

12. Tom Cruise:

Age: 55

Net Equity: $ 540 million (€ 481 million)

Profession: Actor

Country: United States

Tom Cruise

Before Tom Cruise became one of the best known actors in the world, he had to ask for a loan of $ 800 (€ 712) from his stepfather to follow his dream of an actor in New York.

In 1981 he debuted in the film “Endless Love” and then had a great opportunity when he starred in “Risky Business” in 1983. The film grossed more than $ 63 million (€ 56 million) and Cruise received a check for $ 75,000 (€ 66,700).

From there he became one of the most famous actors in Hollywood. He starred in hits such as “Top Gun” and “Rain Man”, before doing his most important work: “Mission: Impossible”, which has raised $ 2.7 billion (€ 2.4 MM) worldwide.

11. Shah Rukh Khan:
Age: 51

Net Equity: $ 550 million (€ 490 million)

Profession: Actor

Country: India

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan is the richest actor in India. In his 20-year career in Bollywood he has filmed more than 50 films, including hits such as “Chennai Express” and “My Name Is Khan.”

But Khan’s wealth is mainly due to his many sponsorship agreements of different brands, including cars, face creams, etc. He has worked with large companies such as Pepsi and Nokia.

Khan owns his own production company Red Chillies Entertainment, and also the professional cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.

10. Jay Z:

Age: 47

Net Equity: $ 570 million (€ 507 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States

Jay Z

Together with his wife Beyoncé, 21-time Grammy Award winner Jay Z , they are a multi-million dollar couple. The rapper and producer runs a business empire that includes a record label, an entertainment company, as well as a sports marketing firm. In 2007 the artist sold his Rocawear clothing brand to Iconix Brand Group for the huge sum of $ 204 million (€ 182 million).

In his career Jay Z has achieved huge contracts with brands such as Duracell and Reebok, as well as investments in restaurants and sports teams. He is currently the owner of Armand de Brignac, a luxury champagne brand, also of the 40/40 Club Sports Bar and the Tidal streaming music service.

9. LeBron James:

Age: 32

Net Equity: $ 600 million (€ 534 million)

Profession: Athlete

Country: United States

LeBron James

The NBA star is the youngest person on the list. The Ohio native and three-time NBA champion has been one of the highest paid players since entering the league in 2003. Although on the board he has won an estimated $ 170 million (€ 151 million), his true fortune comes from sponsorship contracts.

In 2006, James founded the marketing firm LRMR, which has reached sponsorship agreements with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Dunkin Donuts. His most lucrative deal was signed with Nike, which in 2015 gave him a lifetime deal for, apparently, a scandalous $ 1 billion signing.

Although his career in basketball and his many sponsorship agreements with major brands have helped him to build a net worth of $ 600 million, James is in charge of other companies such as PureBrands, which makes energy bands for athletes, and SpringHill Entertainment , a video production company that signed an agreement with Time Warner last year.

8. Bonus:

Age: 57

Net Equity: $ 610 million (€ 543 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: Ireland


Bono , the leader of the Irish super band U2, has achieved an incredible worldwide fame with songs like “With or Without You” and “I Still Have not Found What I’m Looking For”.

Throughout his career the band has won 22 Grammys and many of their successes have remained in the first place on the most prestigious lists for a long time. In 2009, U2 bought a 2.3% stake in Facebook, the largest social network in the world.

Always transparent regarding his political and social inclinations, Bono has allocated a very important part of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

7. Paul McCartney:

Age: 75

Net Equity: $ 690 million (€ 614 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United Kingdom

Paul McCartney

British singer / songwriter Paul McCartney invaded the world music industry in the 1960s as a member of the Beatles, one of the most famous musical groups of all time. Since the separation of the band, McCartney continued as a soloist and has been very successful.

The prolific musician was recently named as the most successful artist in the United Kingdom with 700 million albums sold. He has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has accumulated 18 Grammys.

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6. Céline Dion:

Age: 49

Net Equity: $ 700 million (€ 623 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: Canada

Céline Dion

Céline Dion has a $ 700 million fortune that she has accumulated in her almost four decades of career. The singer of Canadian origin started her career internationally after achieving an important recognition in the United States. Since then he has sold more than 52.2 million records in the US.

The winner of five Grammys awards, she is also co-owner of the Schwartz’s Deli restaurant and the artist production company Les Productions Feeling, both based in Montreal, Quebec.

5. Dr. Dre:

Age: 52

Net Equity: $ 730 million (€ 650 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States

Dr. Dre

Andre Young, known as Dr. Dre , rose to fame with the rap group NWA. Then he ventured into his solo career with the album “The Chronic”, which earned him a platinum record and a Grammy. After Dr. Dre was dedicated to music production where he discovered leading artists such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

Dre is also an important businessman, and in 2006 he released his Beats by Dre headphones, which Apple would later buy at $ 3 billion (€ 2.7 MM).

4. P. Diddy:

Age: 47

Net Equity: $ 780 million (€ 694 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States

P. Diddy

Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs released his record label Bad Boy Records to later embark on his successful musical career. Diddy serves as president of the Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, which now belongs to Sony.

The company has sold over 400 records and won 38 platinum records. He has also produced award-winning albums and videos of super artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Lil ‘Kim.

3. Jerry Seinfeld:

Age: 63

Net Equity: $ 860 million (€ 765 million)

Profession: Actor

Country: United States

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld’s career soared when he made his stand-up appearances on “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and “Late Night with David Letterman.” But his great opportunity came when he created the comedy series “Seinfeld”, which lasted nine seasons and was one of the most viewed series of all time, with a tune of 76.3 million people.

In the last season Jerry Seinfeld won the incredible $ 1 million per episode. It is believed that the series recorded earnings of $ 3.1 billion (€ 2.7 MM). Seinfeld is also president and owner of Columbus 81 Productions.

2. Tiger Woods:

Age: 41

Net Equity: $ 900 million (€ 800 million)

Profession: Athlete

Country: United States

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ golf career exploded when he was 24 years old. With that age he had already become the youngest player to win the four major golf tournaments in the world.

However, despite their resounding success in the fields, most of Woods’ fortune comes from his sponsorship deals. In 1996 he signed an agreement with Nike for five years and $ 40 million (€ 35.6 million). It has also partnered with Gatorade, Buick and Gillette.

1. Madonna:

Age: 59

Net Equity: $ 910 million (€ 810 million)

Profession: Musician

Country: United States


Madonna has built a lucrative career in the entertainment world for more than three decades. The seven-time Grammy winner made her tenth world tour in March, her last contract tour $ 120 million (€ 107 million) and 10 years she signed with Live Nation Entertainment. Madonna is currently the highest grossing artist in history surpassing $ 1.3 billion (€ 1.2 MM) in sales.

The Queen of Pop has sold more than 300 million records. In 1984 she debuted with her first album “Like Virgin”, which catapulted her to world stardom. In 1992 Madonna founded Maverick Records in association with Warner Bros Entertaiment, which offered her a $ 60 million contract (€ 53 million) and several albums. In 2014 Maverick brought huge profits of $ 100 million (€ 90 million).

Madonna also created the teen fashion line Material Girl and the high-end fitness chain Hard Candy Fitness.


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