Every state in the U.S. has a touch of star power. Some states are notably starrier than others, but the fortunes of all 50 wealthy actors, actresses, singers, fashion designers and authors profiled from these different states are impressive. Take a look at the richest celebrities from every state and find out how they got started.
Last updated: Dec. 16, 2019
Alabama: Lionel Richie
Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie amassed a $200 million fortune churning out hits like “All Night Long,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Hello.” The singer-songwriter has 11 hit solo albums to his name, including the 10-times platinum “Can’t Slow Down.” He also added to his wealth with his gig as an “American Idol” judge.
Richie was hit with a $1.1 million lien for unpaid income tax for the tax year 2010, but he settled his debt in 2014, according to TMZ.
Alaska: Holly Madison
She now splits her time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but Holly Madison was raised in Craig, Alaska. Once the late Hugh Hefner’s No. 1 girlfriend, she rose to fame through her reality TV roles on “The Girls Next Door” and “Holly’s World.”
After leaving the Playboy Mansion, she starred in “Peepshow” on the Las Vegas Strip and wrote two New York Times bestsellers — “Down the Rabbit Hole” and “The Vegas Diaries” — that bumped her net worth to $16 million.
Arizona: Stevie Nicks
Singer Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and went on to have a legendary musical career as both a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. Her solo hits include the songs “Talk to Me,” “Stand Back” and “Leather and Lace,” all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nicks has also had eight of her solo albums reach platinum or gold status.
Nicks’ success in the music world — which began in 1975 when Fleetwood Mac released their self-titled hit album — has led to her accumulating a net worth of $75 million.
Arkansas: Billy Bob Thornton
More than three decades in show business has made Billy Bob Thornton one of the most well-known Hollywood celebrities, but he was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and he’s one of the celebrities who went from rags to riches. The multitalented Oscar winner is best known for his work on “Sling Blade,” “Bad Santa” and “Friday Night Lights,” all of which have helped him build a net worth of $35 million.
Thornton sold his 11,000-square-foot, Beverly Hills, California, mansion for $8 million in 2013. He opted for a more economical 3,603-square-foot home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, which he purchased for $2.7 million, according to Variety.
California: George Lucas
George Lucas — the man behind the insanely popular “Star Wars” film franchise — grew up on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. Lucas’ films have grossed over $3.4 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. In 2012, he sold his Lucasfilm production company to Disney for $4 billion, helping to build his net worth to a massive $6.4 billion.
Colorado: Trey Parker
Trey Parker is richer than you might think. A Conifer, Colorado, native, Parker sits atop a $600 million fortune, thanks to his status as “South Park” co-creator and co-writer of the hit musical “Book of Mormon.”
Parker has invested his money in several properties. He owns a $3.1 million condo and a $4 million, seven-bedroom apartment in Midtown Manhattan; a $6.2 million home and a $14 million mansion in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood; a riverfront property in Kauai, Hawaii; a condo in Seattle; two homes in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles; and a hilltop compound outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Variety reported.
Connecticut: Seth MacFarlane
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane had humble beginnings in Kent, Connecticut, before amassing his $300 million fortune.
Fox executives paid MacFarlane $50,000 to create the “Family Guy” pilot back in 1998, but his paychecks have increased exponentially since then. Ten years after that initial deal, the writer, actor and host signed a record-breaking $100 million deal with the network. His other projects — which include “American Dad,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Ted” — have also added to his nine-figure wealth.
Delaware: Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe is from New Castle, Delaware. The “Cruel Intentions” actor has a $30 million net worth.
Not much is known about the low-key actor’s spending habits, but he clearly has expensive taste in jewelry. In 2015, he purchased a round, brilliant-cut diamond, Neil Lane engagement ring surrounded by more than 184 smaller diamonds to propose to his then-fiancee Paulina Slagter, according to People. The pair have since split.
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Florida: Ariana Grande
Nickelodeon-star-turned-pop-diva Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida. She first rose to fame on the show “Victorious” and got a starring role on its spin-off show “Sam & Cat.” Grande has since turned her focus to her singing career, which seems to be paying off: She’s had 14 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — including the songs “Problem” and “No Tears Left to Cry” — and she’s had five albums and 18 singles reach platinum or gold status.
Between her acting, musical successes and her celebrity endorsement deals with brands like MAC, Grande is now worth $100 million.
Georgia: Ryan Seacrest
Atlanta native Ryan Seacrest launched his career as co-host of “American Idol” back when the singing competition show premiered in 2002. He’s since gotten his own radio show and began doing more work behind the cameras as the producer of popular reality shows including “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Shahs of Sunset.” He’s also added to his net worth with his “Live!” co-host spot.
Thanks to over $10 million paychecks from “Live!” and “Idol,” plus additional income from hosting New Year’s Eve, red carpet events and his radio show, Seacrest has earned $71.5 million in the past year alone, Forbes reported. His total net worth is $430 million.
Hawaii: Bette Midler
Born and raised in Honolulu, Bette Midler’s $250 million net worth makes her one of the richest celebrities to hail from the tropical paradise.
Best known for her work on “The First Wives Club,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Beaches,” the three-time Grammy winner’s hit albums have sold more than 30 million copies. To give back, she launched her Stages for Success initiative, which modernizes public school auditoriums.
Idaho: Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” fame hails from Emmett, Idaho. The three-time Emmy winner has a net worth of $16 million. Paul is set to star in the third season of “Westworld,” as well as the new 2019 TV series “Truth Be Told” and a “Breaking Bad” movie.
Illinois: Harrison Ford
From Han Solo to Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford has played some legendary roles over the course of his five-decades-long career. In total, his films have grossed $5.12 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. The Chicago native most recently voiced a character for “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” He is set to appear in “Call of the Wild,” the TV series “The Staircase” and an untitled Indiana Jones project.
Ford’s acting earnings have helped him to net a fortune worth $230 million.
Indiana: David Letterman
Born and raised in Indianapolis, David Letterman is an entertainment industry mogul with a $400 million net worth. Prior to retiring in 2015, he spent 34 years hosting shows like “Late Night With David Letterman,” earning more than $30 million per season at the end of his tenure.
Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company owned the rights to his eponymous talk show and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The car enthusiast is also co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team. Letterman returned to television with a six-episode Netflix series in 2018; a second season ran in 2019.
Iowa: Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has a $200 million net worth, but he had a small-town upbringing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kutcher attended high school in Tiffin, Iowa, before landing his breakout role in “That ’70s Show.”
When he starred in “Two and a Half Men,” Kutcher topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV actors for several years with a salary of $755,000 per episode. He founded the venture capital fund A-Grade Investments with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary, which they launched in 2010 and which was worth $250 million as of 2016.
Kansas: Jeff Probst
Jeff Probst has hosted the long-running CBS hit “Survivor” since it debuted in 2000. Now on season 39, the Wichita, Kansas, native has become a celebrity in his own right with a $40 million fortune. Probst is using his wealth to live large in his nearly 8,000-square-foot Studio City, California, home that once belonged to Gene Autry, which Probst purchased for $5 million in 2011.
Kentucky: George Clooney
One of the actors with the highest net worth in Hollywood, George Clooney has a $500 million fortune. Along with business partner Rande Gerber, the “Ocean’s Eleven” star sold his Casamigos tequila company for around $1 billion in 2017, which could bring the Lexington, Kentucky, native $233 million in personal profit, according to Forbes.
Along with his wife, Amal, the Oscar winner co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
Louisiana: Tyler Perry
He’s amassed a net worth of $600 million, but Tyler Perry was born into poverty in his native New Orleans. He’s since masterminded 17 feature films, 20 stage plays, 11 television shows and a New York Times bestselling book, building up a veritable empire. Perry’s movies alone have racked up over $1.01 billion in box-office earnings, with top earners including “Madea Goes to Jail” and “A Madea Family Funeral.”
Maine: Stephen King
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, and still lives in the Northeast state part time. He published his first novel, “Carrie,” in 1974 and went on to write such famous books as “The Shining” and “Salem’s Lot.” Over his long career, he has written dozens of novels, screenplays, short stories and more. King’s net worth is now $400 million.
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Maryland: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant might have taken a pay cut to sign with the Golden State Warriors for the 2018-19 season, but his new four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets is worth up to $164 million. The Seat Pleasant, Maryland, native definitely isn’t hurting for cash — in addition to his NBA salary, Durant is a savvy investor, co-founding the VC firm The Durant Company, which has made early investments in companies that include Acorns and Postmates. Adding to his net worth — which is now $170 million — are his endorsement deals, which are worth $35 million, Forbes reported.
Massachusetts: Mark Wahlberg
Proud Boston native Mark Wahlberg has successfully made the leap from teen idol to critically acclaimed actor. Wahlberg first rose to fame as a part of the rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, but he’s gone on to star in award-nominated films that include “Boogie Nights” and “The Departed.” Wahlberg has also found success behind the camera, executive producing “Entourage,” “Ballers” and “Boardwalk Empire,” among others. In addition, he’s an extremely successful celebrity entrepreneur, co-founding the Wahlburgers burger chain along with his two brothers. All in all, he’s grown a net worth of $300 million.
The Queen of Pop was born outside of Detroit and burst onto the music scene shortly after relocating to New York, where she once worked at a Dunkin Donuts. She released her first single, “Everybody,” in 1982, and has been churning out hits ever since. Madonna has had 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the songs “Take a Bow,” “Vogue” and “Crazy for You.” She is one of the top-selling artists of all time, with 64.5 million albums sold, according to the RIAA.
Outside of her music career, Madonna has also found success as an actress, with starring roles in “Evita” and “A League of Their Own.” She also has a skin care line called MDNA SKIN. Madonna’s long-spanning career has brought her net worth to $850 million.
Minnesota: Bob Dylan
Raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, Bob Dylan has a net worth of $200 million. The iconic singer-songwriter has almost 40 studio albums to his name, including his 2017 release “Triplicate.”
Still touring, his annual Never Ending Tour brings in $4 million to $12 million per year, Forbes reported in 2016. He also launched Heaven’s Door Spirits in 2018. A charitable star, he donated all proceeds from his 2009 “Christmas in the Heart” album to Feeding America.
Mississippi: Oprah Winfrey
Now a media mogul, Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. The talk show queen and OWN network founder is also a Weight Watchers brand ambassador and actress.
Winfrey’s net worth is $3.5 billion, according to Forbes. She gives much of her fortune back to charitable causes, including her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
He was raised in the Detroit area, but Eminem — Marshall Mathers III — was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. Otherwise known as Slim Shady, he’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, which helped boost his net worth to $230 million.
The “Lose Yourself” rapper is quite charitable. Grants from his Marshall Mathers Foundation are typically given discretely, but to earn extra funds, he publicized a 2015 partnership to benefit Detroit’s Downtown Youth Boxing Gym.
Montana: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson hails from Missoula, Montana. The actor has been on the show since 2009, and has also acted in the films “Ice Age: Collision Course” and “Untraceable.” Ferguson has amassed a net worth of $20 million, much of which comes from his “Modern Family” salary — he earned $500,000 an episode in 2017, Variety reported.
Nebraska: Hilary Swank
“Million Dollar Baby” actress Hilary Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. The two-time Oscar winner has a net worth of $40 million from her work on screen and her luxury leisurewear line, Mission Statement.
The animal lover uses her wealth to help others. Her charity, The Hilaroo Foundation, rescues and rehabilitates abandoned animals with the help of at-risk youth.
Nevada: Andre Agassi
Tennis legend Andre Agassi has won eight Grand Slam titles and spent 101 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. Agassi’s skills on the court have earned him a net worth of $175 million. The Las Vegas native has since retired from the sport and now focuses his attention on his Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which he opened in his hometown in 2001.
New Hampshire: Dan Brown
Born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, “The Da Vinci Code” author, Dan Brown, has a $160 million net worth. More than 200 million copies of the bestselling author’s works are in print worldwide, published in 56 different languages. The New Hampshire native still resides in his home state, living in a stone mansion with a number of secret passageways.
New Jersey: David Copperfield
David Copperfield is one celebrity who is richer than you think. Born in Metuchen, New Jersey, he gained popularity through his televised grand-scale illusions, which have included flying across the Grand Canyon, walking through the Great Wall of China and making the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish. He currently headlines a long-running show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and grosses up to $60 million annually. His performances, world tours, TV appearances, memorabilia and expansive real estate portfolio have brought Copperfield’s net worth to $1 billion.
New Mexico: Demi Moore
A member of the famed Brat Pack, Demi Moore was born in Roswell, New Mexico. Once the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, her net worth is $150 million.
The “Indecent Proposal” star sold her New York penthouse for $45 million in 2017, but she still owns homes in Los Angeles and Idaho. With ex-husband Ashton Kutcher, she co-founded Thorn, a foundation that creates software to fight human trafficking.
New York: Donald Trump
President Donald Trump has transitioned from businessman to reality TV star to president of the United States — and he’s had an impressive net worth the whole way through. Trump is the son of a wealthy apartment-building developer in New York, and he’s established a real estate development business of his own, building a net worth of $3.1 billion. Trump is currently one of the richest world leaders.
North Carolina: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a third-generation NASCAR driver who was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, and still resides in the state. Over the course of his career, he has amassed 26 victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s. Since retiring from the sport in 2017, Earnhardt Jr. joined NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage team. The former racer’s net worth is $300 million.
North Dakota: Wiz Khalifa
Pittsburgh-raised rapper Wiz Khalifa — aka Cameron Jibril Thomaz — was actually born in Minot, North Dakota. He has a net worth of $60 million thanks to No. 1 hits like “Black and Yellow” and his packed tour schedule. He purchased a home in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, for $900,000 in 2012, and in January 2019, he bought a $3.4 million house in California’s San Fernando Valley.
Ohio: Steven Spielberg
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has produced over 170 movies, many of which have become iconic, including “Schindler’s List,” “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The Cincinnati native’s films have grossed over $8.18 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. Spielberg’s cinematic genius has earned him a net worth of $3.7 billion.
Oklahoma: Brad Pitt
He’s one of the richest celebrities in Hollywood, but Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Starring in hits like “Inglorious Bastards” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has bolstered the A-lister’s net worth to $300 million.
Pitt is known to fly private and he lives in a Los Feliz, California, home but he’s also charitable. He founded Make It Right in 2007, an organization that constructs homes, buildings and communities for those in need.
Oregon: Matt Groening
Creating “The Simpsons” — which became the longest-running prime-time scripted TV show on the air in April 2018 — has earned Matt Groening a $600 million fortune. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he revealed in 2012 that the show’s fictitious Springfield setting was named after Oregon’s own Springfield.
Since 2011, Groening has resided in an $11.7 million Santa Monica, California, home, which he recently expanded by purchasing the mansion next door for $11.9 million in May 2019.
But Groening is charitable with his funds too. In 2012, he donated $500,000 to establish the Matt Groening Chair in Animation at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Pennsylvania: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and her family moved to the Nashville, Tennessee, area when she was 13, but the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer grew up in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Her net worth is $400 million, credited to numerous successful tours and albums, including her latest, “Lover,” which reached nearly 1 million copies in presales before it was even released, Variety reported.
Endorsements from companies like Apple and Keds have also contributed to the fortune that enables Swift to own two private jets and eight homes across the U.S. Swift is known for her frequent charitable giving, and she donated $1 million to Louisiana flood relief in 2016.
Rhode Island: Meredith Vieira
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, journalist and talk show host Meredith Vieira generated a net worth of $40 million hosting and co-hosting television programs like “The Meredith Vieira Show,” “Today,” “The View” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Vieira purchased an $8.6 million New York penthouse in 2014. She also owns a 2-acre estate in upstate New York and a $1.15 million home in the Hollywood Hills in California, Variety reported.
South Carolina: Chris Rock
He lives in Alpine, New Jersey, now, but Chris Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina. The comedian’s net worth is $100 million, due to the success of tours, the TV series “Everybody Hates Chris” and films like “Grown Ups.” He’s also making a fortune overseas.
After 19 years of marriage, Rock and his wife Malaak finalized their divorce in 2016. Their prenuptial agreement had expired, so it was probably costly for the funnyman.
South Dakota: Tom Brokaw
NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw was born in Webster, South Dakota, and amassed a net worth of $80 million thanks to his decades working as a news anchor and host. Amid sexual assault allegations made against Brokaw, he listed his 56-acre Westchester estate for $6.3 million and his Montana ranch for $17.8 million in June 2018, according to Architectural Digest. Brokaw’s Westchester home reportedly sold for $4.25 million in September 2019.
Tennessee: Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton grew up in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, and got her start performing in her home state. A lot has changed from her humble beginnings — she’s been nominated for an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, and she’s one of the richest country music stars. Parton — who is now worth $600 million — earned $37 million in 2017 alone thanks to tour income and profits from her Dollywood theme park, Forbes reported.
Born in Houston, Beyoncé has an estimated net worth of $500 million — which is a good thing because it costs big money to be her. Previously a member of the group Destiny’s Child, she has released nine solo albums.
Also an actress, the “Dreamgirls” star and husband Jay-Z purchased an $88 million Bel Air, California, estate in 2017 — and took out a $52.8 million mortgage to free up more of their cash, according to Business Insider. The “Sorry” singer’s BeyGOOD team was on the ground in Houston to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Utah: Chrissy Teigen
Model-turned-social-media-superstar Chrissy Teigen was born in Delta, Utah. She’s grown her fortune to $26 million through her “Lip Sync Battle” hosting gig, her cookbooks and collaborations with brands like BECCA Cosmetics.
Teigen and husband John Legend purchased a Beverly Hills mansion in 2016 for $14.1 million, and an NYC penthouse in 2018 for $9 million, according to Variety.
Singer and actress JoJo was born Joanna Levesque in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was only 13 when she rocketed to stardom thanks to her hit “Leave (Get Out),” which is one of four of her songs to break into the Billboard Hot 100 chart. JoJo has also dabbled in acting, with roles in “Aquamarine” and “RV.” Her net worth is $7 million.
Virginia: Sandra Bullock
Born in Arlington, Virginia, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is one of the richest actresses of all time with a $200 million net worth. Also a restaurateur, she owns Walton’s Fancy and Staple in Austin, Texas.
Bullock has an expansive real estate portfolio, including a $22.95 million Beverly Hills, California, mansion that she purchased in 2011. The charitable star donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017.
Macklemore doesn’t have to shop in a thrift store anymore: The Kent, Washington-born rapper has a net worth of $25 million. Macklemore’s album with Ryan Lewis titled “The Heist” was certified platinum by the RIAA and earned the duo three Grammy awards.
In 2017, Macklemore listed his Capitol Hill-area home for $1.65 million.
West Virginia: Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley is one of the richest country music stars with a net worth of $95 million. He had an especially lucrative year in 2012, earning $32 million with the release of his album “This Is Country” and his Virtual Reality Tour, Forbes reported. Over the course of his career, the Glen Dale, West Virginia, native has earned three Grammy awards and 18 nominations.
Wisconsin: Willem Dafoe
Actor Willem Dafoe, whose film titles include “Spider-Man,” “John Wick” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin. The three-time Oscar nominee has a net worth of $40 million.
Dafoe and his wife purchased a $3.9 million New York penthouse in 2014, reported Variety. And he previously owned a local landmark, the rubber house, located in Accord, New York. Dafoe sold the house for $550,000.
Wyoming: Kody Brown
Reality TV star Kody Brown grew up in Lovell, Wyoming. Since 2010, Brown and his multiple wives have starred on TLC’s “Sister Wives,” which chronicles the family’s ups and downs as a polygamous family unit. Brown has amassed a net worth of $800,000.
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Laura Woods contributed to the reporting for this article.
All net worths are sourced from Celebrity Net Worth unless otherwise noted and are accurate as of Dec. 9, 2019.
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