Fame and fortune go hand in hand. When actors reach celebrity status, fabulous wealth comes right along with the glamour. Here is a look at the 20 actors and actresses who have gotten paid the most for their recent work on the big — and small — screen.
Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth: $180 million
Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth of $180 million doesn’t make him the richest actor in Hollywood, but his recent financial run has been unrivaled. As Iron Man, Downey has been the single biggest key to the success of four recent Marvel blockbusters, including “The Avengers,” which is the third-highest grossing movie of all time.
Disney — which owns the notoriously stingy Marvel Studios — has taken notice of Downey’s draw and paid him what he’s was worth, and then some. Downey earned roughly $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, most of which came from “Iron Man 3,” which earned $1.2 billion at the box office.
Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth: $330 Million
Ellen DeGeneres is branching out from her role as one of the hottest daytime personalities on television. Her $330 million net worth now has several more streams of income, including her Very Good Productions company, which has five shows on the air.
DeGeneres also had one of the best-selling paid apps of 2014 and developed video website Ellentube. That, along with her new clothing line, ED by Ellen, earned the TV personality $75 million in 2015 alone.
Jennifer Lawrence Net Worth: $60 Million
Jennifer Lawrence’s role as Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” trilogy has made her the highest paid actress in Hollywood. The actress is reportedly teaming up once more with Bradley Cooper — her “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star — for the comedic drama “Joy.” Jennifer Lawrence’s net worth is estimated at $60 million, $52 million of which she’s earned in the last year.
Dwayne Johnson Net Worth: $140 Million
The Rock has moved from wrestling superstar to actor to bona fide movie star — and his $140 million net worth is proof. In 2015 alone, Dwayne Johnson has worked on big films like “Hercules” and “San Andreas.”
Johnson also recently took a stab at reality TV with “The Hero” before moving into the upper echelon of premium subscription television with HBO’s “Ballers.” The actor reportedly earned $52 million in the year leading up to the summer of 2014.
Jackie Chan Net Worth: $190 Million
The biggest movie star in China — and arguably the most famous martial arts action star in the world — Jackie Chan has a net worth of $190 million. He recently starred alongside John Cusack and Adrien Brody in “Dragon Blade,” which grossed $120 million in China alone.
The actor has already signed on for “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Skiptrace” with Johnny Knoxville. That, along with his brand empire, has earned Chan $50 million in 2015.
Vin Diesel Net Worth: $125 Million
Vin Diesel earned roughly $47 million of his $125 million net worth in 2015, much of it coming from the back end of the blockbuster hit “Furious 7,” which earned $1.5 billion worldwide. Diesel is truly a global superstar — two-thirds of the money “Furious 7” made came from overseas, including $400 million from China.
Judy Sheindlin Net Worth: $250 Million
Daytime TV superstar “Judge Judy” Sheindlin has amassed a net worth of $250 million. 10 million people tune in every day to watch her courtroom reality program, which has been on the air for 19 seasons. Sheindlin has been nominated for 15 Emmys, and her small screen success reportedly earned her $47 million in 2015.
Bradley Cooper Net Worth: $80 Million
By 2015, Bradley Cooper had already amassed much of his $80 million net worth with hits like “The Hangover” trilogy, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” He also performed voice-over work for the smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
In 2015, he found even more critical and commercial success with “American Sniper.” His take home pay for 2015 was $41.5 million.
Adam Sandler Net Worth: $340 Million
Adam Sandler has spent more than two decades amassing his $340 million net worth as one of Hollywood’s biggest comedic superstars. Sandler raked in $41 million in 2015 alone, thanks to the big-budget movie “Pixels,” as well as four exclusive movies he has contracted to make with Netflix. Adam Sandler’s net worth is estimated at $340 million.
Tom Cruise Net Worth: $470 Million
Tom Cruise, one of the biggest global movie stars for more than three decades, has a net worth of $470 million. His success in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has reinvigorated his career and put him back near the top of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.
“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” earned nearly $700 million worldwide, and Cruise is making big money off upfront fees for 2015’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” His take-home pay for 2015 thus far has been $40 million.
Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth: $800 Million
One of the richest celebrities in show business, Jerry Seinfeld, has a net worth of $800 million. Hulu bought the rights to his namesake sitcom for an astounding $160 million. Between that, his stand-up and the critically and commercially successful “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” has netted Seinfeld $36 million in 2015 alone.
David Letterman Net Worth: $400 Million
After more than 30 years as one of the most prominent personalities in show business, David Letterman has amassed a net worth of $400 million. In 2015, Letterman ended his 33-year run on CBS as the longest-running late-night host ever, surpassing Johnny Carson’s 30-year stint. Letterman earned $35 million in 2015.
Mark Wahlberg Net Worth: $215 Million
Mark Wahlberg has made $32 million in 2015 already, supporting his $215 million net worth. This year, Wahlberg made bank on “Ted 2,” the sequel to the 2012 smash hit comedy “Ted.” He also had a role in “The Gambler,” which bombed, and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which did not.
Johnny Depp Net Worth: $400 Million
Johnny Depp’s $400 million fortune can be attributed to the fact that the leading man commands $20 million per movie on films that have grossed a total of $7.6 billion worldwide. The biggest success of Depp’s long career has been his recurring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, the fifth installment of which is forthcoming.
He is also starring as real life Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.” Depp reportedly has earned $30 million in 2015 alone.
Leonardo DiCaprio Net Worth: $235 Million
Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the highest-earning stars in Hollywood since his lead role in “Titanic,” but he has been a working actor since he scored a part in the final season of “Growing Pains.” DiCaprio has a net worth of $235 million, and has earned $29 million in 2015 on such projects as the forthcoming “The Revenant.”
Jim Parsons Net Worth: $70 Million
Television actor Jim Parsons has won four Emmys for his role in “The Big Bang Theory.” That success has helped him leverage a $1 million-per-episode contract. Jim Parsons has earned $29 million in 2015, and has a net worth of $70 million.
Channing Tatum Net Worth: $50 Million
Channing Tatum is as hot as any actor in Hollywood, and he has the $50 million net worth to prove it. The $29 million Tatum earned in 2015 can be attributed to the fact that he is the producer and star of “Magic Mike XXL,” the sequel to the 2012 smash hit “Magic Mike.” He is also involved in upcoming projects with Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.
Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth: $400 Million
With a career dating back to the 1970s, Amitabh Bachchan has a net worth of $400 million. With more than 150 movies under his belt, the Bollywood superstar dominates cinema in India. He has already raked in $33.5 million this year.
Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $85 Million
The American reality star has her roots as a former assistant and stylist to stars like Paris Hilton. Since her infamous sex tape, Kim Kardashian’s net worth has reached $85 million. Her fortune is in part owed to her numerous cosmetic lines, weight loss products, television salary and product endorsements. Kim Kardashian’s earnings nearly doubled this year — from $28 million to $53 million — thanks to her iPhone and tablet game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Ryan Seacrest Net Worth: $330 Million
Ryan Seacrest’s $330 million net worth has been built from his long career as a television host for shows like “American Idol” and “NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.” The star is also a popular radio host and producer. In fact, Seacrest has produced reality shows like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” He earned an estimated $60 million in 2015.