Wealth and celebrity status go together like peanut butter and jelly — or least, most of the time they do. George Clooney’s $500 million net worth is staggering, but it’s also kind of expected — when a low-key celeb or a name that hasn’t crossed your mind in a decade racks up that kind of dough, however, things start to get interesting.
Check out 10 under-the-radar celebrities who have made huge fortunes. These stars aren’t the richest celebrities on the planet, but relative to their famous contemporaries, their fortunes might just be the most surprising.
1. Bob Saget
Net worth: $100 million
Not counting the terribly reviewed Netflix-exclusive “Fuller House” — a sequel to the show that put Bob Saget on the map in the early ’90s — the last time this stand-up comic made a pop-culture splash was as the narrator of “How I Met Your Mother.” Saget’s combo of stand-up and sitcom work, in addition to his hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” netted him an estimated value of $100 million.
2. Jessica Alba
Net worth: $350 million
You expect Jessica Alba to be rich, but not this rich. Although Alba hasn’t had a major box office smash since the 2000s, she has been consistently working in film and TV since she was 13 years old. In addition to steady movie paychecks, Alba cofounded The Honest Company, maker of green household products, which was valued at $1.7 billion in 2015.
3. Peter Stormare
Net worth: $215 million
Aside from massive success, the movies “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” “John Wick: Chapter 2” and “Jurassic Park,” share at least one other thing in common: Swedish character actor Peter Stormare. Although character actors don’t often make the list of the richest actors around, Stormare is an exception. Leading man or not, Peter has appeared — or is set to appear — in 175 films and TV shows since 1978, which averages out to nearly five major entertainment projects per year.
Net worth: $20 million
Impressive as it is, $20 million is not a remarkable net worth in the celebrity world. What’s surprising about Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s fame and fortune, however, is the way he made it.
PewDiePie is among the first of the new guard of celebrity — he’s the highest paid YouTube star on earth. And although a handful of arduously trained pro gamers make bank at competitions, PewDiePie makes all his money by streaming and commentating on games. His fame has recently brought attention to his habit of making racist and anti-Semitic comments, so that good fortune might not last much longer.
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5. Rowan Atkinson
Net worth: $130 million
Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean and Johnny English characters were a quirky oddity in America, but they were pop-culture staples across the pond. So was “Blackadder,” a sitcom he appeared in from 1983 to 1989. He’s not at that peak of fame anymore, but Atkinson’s work continues and his net worth has more than doubled since then.
6. Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Net worth: $500 million each
The creative duo behind the show “South Park” — and the voices of the show’s characters Cartman and Kyle — Trey and Matt are worth $1 billion combined. The ever-relevant humor — and media empire — of “South Park” is their bread and butter, but Parker and Stone also co-created the Broadway hit “Book of Mormon,” which pulled down more than $500 million worldwide.
7. Judge Judy
Net worth: $350 million
Judy Sheindlin’s show “Judge Judy,” doesn’t need high production values to be a hit — it’s already on its 22nd season. Sheindlin’s not only an actual former judge, she’s a smart, shrewd and ruthless negotiator — as of 2016, she was the highest-paid personality on TV, taking home $47 million per year.
Sheindlin described her annual paycheck “negotiations” with CBS bosses in a transcript The Hollywood Reported obtained. She hands them an envelope containing her salary demands and other requests for her crew and production — if CBS doesn’t accept her terms, she walks and produces the show herself. So far, her strategy has worked out pretty well.
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8. Larry David
Net worth: $400 million
Larry David hasn’t appeared regularly on TV since “Curb Your Enthusiasm” last season in 2011; before then, his name was known only to hard-core sitcom fans as one of the creators and writers — and real-life inspiration for George Costanza — on “Seinfeld.” It’s the latter pop-culture phenomenon that accounts for David’s insane wealth — nine years after the show ended, PR Newswire estimated that an unprecedented syndication deal earned the “Seinfeld” alum $3.1 billion. At that time, the same source projected the Larry David’s net worth at $900 million.
Two things are certain: Larry David is filthy rich, and wealth hasn’t changed him much. “[Money] gave me something that I didn’t have, but […] it’s not a total transformation. I still, to this day, couldn’t walk up to a woman at a bar and say hello,” he told Charlie Rose in a 2015 “60 Minutes” interview. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns in October 2017 for a ninth season, so David's net worth will continue to grow — even if his self-confidence doesn't.
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9. Jimmy Buffett
Net worth: $600 million
You might think of Jimmy Buffett as the guy with a Hawaiian shirt whose records your dad always plays during barbecues, but you should also think of him as one of the richest celebrities in America.
Once a busker in New Orleans, Buffett now has nearly 30 records and about 40 live tours under his belt — and he’s a smart investor. In partnership with OSI Restaurant Partners, the book author, casino owner and hotel magnate owns the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville restaurant chains.
10. David Copperfield
Net worth: $930 million
David Copperfield is the most commercially successful magician in history, according to Forbes, but how rich can a magician be? The answer is enormously, insanely, ridiculously rich.
At a downright shocking net worth of $930 million — up from about $800 million in 2016 — Copperfield is well on his way to joining the elusive billionaires’ club. Copperfield made $64 million before taxes in 2016 — after a jam-packed year that included 638 shows at the MGM Grand Hotel, numerous tours and corporate gigs, according to Forbes.