March 21, 2024 | Allison Robertson

The Richest Celebrities in America


America's Billionaire Celebs

This is a list of the 10 richest celebrities in America, including their 2023 net worth and their various sources of income.

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How many American celebrities are billionaires?

Although you may see rich celebs dominating the headlines with their $3 million dollar yachts and massive mansions, there are only a handful of Hollywood’s elites who are actually billionaires.

As of 2023, there are 14 celebrities who have hit billionaire status.

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Who ranks them?

Every year since 1987, Forbes has released a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in the world. In 2022, they calculated 2,668 billionaires in the world—and only eight of them were from Hollywood.

Here’s the top 10 American celebs who reached billionaire status in 2023.

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1. Steven Spielberg

Net worth: $8.3 billion
Source of income: Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Entrepreneur

Steven Spielberg ended 2023 as the world’s richest entertainer.

Steven Spielberg during his masterclass at Romain DUBOIS, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Spielberg

The bulk of Spielberg’s assets are in cash.

He has a consulting agreement with Universal Studios theme parks that was valued at $1.1 billion in 2022, he has $300 million worth of personal property, and a $250 million superyacht.

Steven Spielberg's yacht - 2016Jenni Konrad, Flickr

2. George Lucas

Net worth: $6.92 billion
Source of income: Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Director, Actor, Producer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur

The man behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones has a 2023 net worth of nearly $7 billion—which is an increase of $761 million over the previous year.

George Lucas at a football game in 2011Neon Tommy, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Lucas

Most of his wealth comes from entertainment, specifically from selling the rights of his Lucasfilm and special effects business Indistrial Light and Magic to Disney for $4.1 billion in cash and stock in 2012.

He also owns 2,470 hectares of ranches in California.

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3. Michael Jordan

Net worth: $3 billion
Source of income: NBA Basketball Player, Entrepreneur, Spokesperson

Known as the greatest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan played in the league for 15 seasons earning $90 million.

Michael Jordan (R) hold three of the team's four recent Larry O'Brien trophies 18 JuneTIM ZIELENBACH, Getty Images

Jordan

Off the court, Jordan has earned another $2.4 billion from partnerships with brands like Gatorade, Hanes and Nike.

The shoe brand, Air Jordans earned $5.1 billion in 2022, with Jordan taking 5%. He also sold the Charlotte Hornets basketball team for $3 billion.

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4. Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $2.8 billion
Source of income: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Producer, Presenter

Oprah Winfrey is the richest woman on this list for 2023.

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Winfrey

Aside from her talk show, which ran for 25 years, Winfrey also profited from films including Beloved and Selma, through her Harpo Productions company.

Oprah Winfrey FactsBeloved (1998), Touchstone Pictures

5. Jay-Z

Net worth: $2.5 billion
Source of income: Rapper, Record Producer, Actor, Songwriter, Film Producer, Entrepreneur

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, increased his net worth from $1.3 billion to $2.5 billion in only one year.

Jay-Z in Hamburg/Germany 2003Mikamote, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Jay-Z

Aside from his rapping career, Jay-Z makes his money from his beverage business. In 2021, LVMH—a luxury goods business—purchased a 50% stake in Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac brand.

He is also the owner of entertainment company Roc Nation, founded in 2008.

Rapper Jay-Z poses with his Best Rap/Sung Collaboration awardKevin Winter, Getty Images

6. Tom Ford

Net worth: $2.2 billion
Source of income: Fashion Designer, Screenwriter, Director, Producer

Tom Ford quickly gained billionaire status after he sold his eponymous label and a separate fragrance and cosmetics business to Estée Lauder.

Tom Ford attends the premiere of 'Nocturnal Animals' - 2016Andrea Raffin, Shutterstock

Ford

Ford founded his label in 2005 and owned 63.7% of the company. He also owns a film production company, Fade to Black, and has a substantial real estate portfolio.

Designer TOM FORD at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award - 2005Featureflash Photo Agency, Shutterstock

7. Kim Kardashian

Net worth: $1.7 billion
Source of income: Socialite, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, TV Personality

At the young age of 43, Kim Kardashian’s net worth of $1.7 billion is largely thanks to her stake in her clothing brand Skims.

Kim Kardashian West speaks during the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us - 2016Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images

Kardashian

Her Skims company has been valued at $4 billion and is on track to make about $750 million in 2024. She also owns a high-end skincare line, SKKN by Kim, and a private equity firm, SKKY Partners.

Kim Kardashian attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration - 2017Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

8. Peter Jackson

Net worth: $1.5 billion
Source of income: Film Director, Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor

Director Peter Jackson is best known for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

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Jackson

He became a billionaire when he sold his Weta Digital special effects studio to Unity Software for $1.6 billion in cash and stock in 2021.

He also has $150 million in real estate investments.

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9. Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $1.2 billion
Source of income: NBA Basketball Player, Coach, Actor, Entrepreneur, Producer

Former basketball star Magic Johnson earned $40 million over 13 seasons in the NBA.

Magic Johnson smiling - 2009Philipschwalb, Wikimedia Commons

Johnson

Outside basketball, he has investments and partnerships in cinemas, Starbucks franchises, real estate, health care and other companies.

He also owns 60% stake in life insurance company Equitrust, which has $26 billion in assets under management.

Magic Johnson At Sxsw 2022Daniel Benavides, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

10. Taylor Swift

Net worth: $1.1 billion
Source of income: Singer-songwriter, Actress, Record Producer

At only 33 years old, Taylor Swift s one of the world’s richest self-made women. She is also one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires.

Taylor Swift attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly HillsRich Fury, Getty Images

Swift

Swift is a12-time Grammy winner and was also the year’s most streamed artist on Spotify, earning $131 million from 26.1 global streams over the 11 months to November.

She also has more than $182 million in total equivalent album sales over her career.

Taylor Swift, wearing a black Milly dress, in the press room for the Annual Academy of Country Music ACM Awards Las VegasEverett Collection, Shutterstock

Other Celebrities

Other A-Listers who make the billion-dollar list include: Tyler Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West, LeBron James, Jimmy Buffet, and Tiger Woods.

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