Some of the richest celebrities on the planet have been perfecting their craft for decades. These household names have cemented their place at the top of their respective industries — and they have the fortune to prove it. Take a look at some of the richest stars who have hit the 70-year milestone.
Mike Ditka Net Worth: $30 Million
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mike Ditka played tight end in the NFL from 1961 to 1972. As the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1982 to 1992, he led the team to its only Super Bowl victory.
The 79-year-old has served as a sports broadcaster and analyst and lent his name to the popular steakhouse chain Ditka’s.
Kathy Bates Net Worth: $32 Million
Actress Kathy Bates has over 120 acting credits to her name. Some of her most notable films include “Dolores Clairborne,” “Titanic,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Misery,” for which she won an Oscar. The 71-year-old continues to act, most recently starring in “The Highwaymen.” Up next, she’ll appear in “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” and “Home.”
Alice Cooper Net Worth: $40 Million
The frontman of the eponymous rock group, Alice Cooper had hits throughout the ’70s with songs like “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out.” The band was known for its theatrical stage shows and is credited with inspiring the glam rock, hard rock and metal bands that followed in its footsteps. Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
The 71-year-old and his bandmates continue to tour.
Bernadette Peters Net Worth: $40 Million
Actress Bernadette Peters is a star of both the stage and the screen. She has starred in the movies “The Jerk,” “Pennies From Heaven” and “Annie,” and on stage, she has played the lead role in the Broadway shows “On the Town,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and more. Peters has won four Tony Awards, including the 2012 Isabelle Stevenson Award.
The 71-year-old hasn’t stopped acting — she’s set to be the voice of Rita on the upcoming “Animaniacs” TV series, an updated version of the original show.
Billy Crystal Net Worth: $45 Million
Comedian, actor, writer and producer Billy Crystal got his big break with the 1970s sitcom “Soap” and went on to star in a number of hit films in the ’80s and ’90s including “City Slickers,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “Analyze This.” He has won five Emmy Awards as well as a Tony Award for his Broadway show “700 Sundays.”
The 71-year-old continues to act, and will voice a character in the upcoming TV series “Monsters at Work.”
Tom Selleck Net Worth: $45 Million
Tom Selleck has starred on the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods” since 2010. Perhaps best known for his iconic role in “Magnum, P.I.,” the 74-year-old won a Golden Globe for his work on the television series in 1985. Also a movie star, some of his most popular films include “Mr. Baseball” and the “Three Men and a Baby” franchise.
He’s set to reprise the role of Jesse Stone in an upcoming TV movie.
James Brolin Net Worth: $50 Million
His net worth can’t compete with wife Barbra Streisand’s, but actor James Brolin is still among the richest celebrities over 70. The 79-year-old has enjoyed an impressive career that includes two Golden Globe wins for his work on the television series “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He most recently played a lead role on the CBS sitcom “Life in Pieces,” which debuted in 2015 and was canceled in May 2019 after four seasons, TVLine reported.
Ina Garten Net Worth: $50 Million
Celebrity chef Ina Garten has published 11 cookbooks and has been a Food Network star for nearly two decades. The 71-year-old continues to star on the channel’s “Barefoot Contessa” series, which takes you into her Hamptons home as she cooks up her favorite recipes.
Diane Keaton Net Worth: $50 Million
One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, actress Diane Keaton has a slew of hit films on her resume, including “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Father of the Bride.” The talented 73-year-old won an Oscar for her work on “Annie Hall” in 1977.
Next up, Keaton will voice Michellee for the upcoming TV series “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Shirley MacLaine Net Worth: $50 Million
Actress Shirley MacLaine isn’t quite as rich as her younger brother Warren Beatty, but the 85-year-old is certainly one of the wealthiest celebrities over 70.
She won an Oscar for her work on “Terms of Endearment” in 1983 and has starred in several other hits, including “Steel Magnolias.” Next, she’s set to star in the films “Noelle,” “People Not Places” and “Men of Granite.”
Rhea Perlman Net Worth: $50 Million
Golden Globe nominee Rhea Perlman starred on the classic TV shows “Taxi” and “Cheers,” and was also in the movies “Matilda,” “Canadian Bacon” and “Sing.” Perlman, who is 71 years old, most recently starred in the movie “Poms” alongside Diane Keaton.
Alex Trebek Net Worth: $50 Million
Longtime “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek has been the face of the popular game show since it debuted in 1984. In 2018, the 79-year-old renewed his contract through the 2022-23 season. While the terms weren’t made public, a previous contract paid $10 million per year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Phylicia Rashad Net Worth: $55 Million
Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad is probably best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which she starred in from 1984 to 1992. Rashad has also displayed her talents on stage and won a Tony Award for her performance in “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2004.
The 71-year-old continues to act, most recently appearing in the TV show “David Makes a Man.”
James Taylor Net Worth: $60 Million
Singer-songwriter James Taylor had hits throughout the ’70s with songs like “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Fire and Rain” and “Handy Man.” Over his long career, he has won five Grammys of the 18 he has been nominated for.
At 71 years old, Taylor is still living on the road and performing.
Warren Beatty Net Worth: $70 Million
Hollywood icon Warren Beatty is best known for his work as Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde” and the title role in “Dick Tracy.”
Also skilled behind the camera, the 82-year-old won the Oscar for best director in 1981 for the film “Reds” and he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award — an honorary Oscar — in 1999.
Angela Lansbury Net Worth: $70 Million
Renowned actress Angela Lansbury made her Hollywood debut in 1944. Best known for her starring role in the television series “Murder, She Wrote,” the 93-year-old recently starred in the film “Mary Poppins Returns.” The British actress has also starred on Broadway several times, most recently in the play “The Best Man.”
Dan Rather Net Worth: $70 Million
Famed newscaster Dan Rather enjoyed decades of success in front of the camera, which allows him to rank among the richest celebrities. During his 44-year tenure with CBS, the 87-year-old held several high-profile roles, including host of “CBS Evening News” from 1981 to 2005. Also an author, he released his latest book, “What Unites Us,” in 2017.
Stevie Nicks Net Worth: $75 Million
Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks rose to fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, whose 1977 album “Rumours” was one of the bestselling albums of all time. Nicks also had a successful solo career, and her work with the band and as a solo artist has earned her a total of 15 Grammy nominations and two wins. The 71-year-old continues to perform and was recently on tour with Fleetwood Mac.
Betty White Net Worth: $75 Million
Beloved actress Betty White has been charming audiences since 1945. Her resume includes more than 115 acting credits, but the 97-year-old is best known for her long-running role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” The five-time Emmy winner also starred on “Hot in Cleveland” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Most recently, she voiced the character “Bitey White” for the movie “Toy Story 4.”
Bill Clinton Net Worth: $80 Million
The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton served as commander-in-chief from 1992 to 2001.
Since leaving The White House, the 73-year-old has become a popular public speaker, commanding up to $750,000 for a single speech, according to the Los Angeles Times. Along with wife Hillary Clinton, he collected $153 million in paid speech earnings from 2001 until she launched her presidential campaign in 2015, according to CNN.
Martin Scorsese Net Worth: $100 Million
A man of many talents, Martin Scorsese has enjoyed tremendous success in Hollywood as a director, producer and actor.
One of Hollywood’s richest directors, the 76-year-old won the Oscar for best director in 1995 for his work on “The Departed.” He’s behind several films that will hit theaters in 2019, including “The Irishman,” which he directed and produced.
William Shatner Net Worth: $100 Million
Best known as Captain Kirk on “Star Trek,” William Shatner has been acting since the early 1950s. The 88-year-old “Boston Public” actor is still going strong with several projects in the works, including the films “To Your Last Death,” “Senior Moment” and “Devil’s Revenge,” and the TV show “The Elevator.” He also served as the longtime spokesman for discount travel site Priceline.com.
Wayne Newton Net Worth: $120 Million
Nicknamed “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton has graced Sin City stages more than 30,000 times. The 77-year-old singer has enjoyed more than 50 years in show business, which has made him one of the richest celebrities over 70. He’s currently performing his “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Steven Tyler Net Worth: $130 Million
Steven Tyler — born Steven Tallarico — has made his millions as a member of the rock band Aerosmith. He has won four Grammy Awards and had eight top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as a member of the band, and was also briefly an “American Idol” judge.
In September 2019, the 71-year-old rocker will kick off a Las Vegas residency with his bandmates at The Park Theater.
Robert Plant Net Worth: $170 Million
Robert Plant rocked the world as a singer and songwriter for the band Led Zeppelin, whose unique sound captivated audiences throughout the 1970s. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Now 71 years old, Plant continues to tour and hosts the podcast “Digging Deep.”
Robert Redford Net Worth: $170 Million
Robert Redford has starred in films such as “Indecent Proposal,” “Out of Africa” and the upcoming “Old Man and the Gun,” but he’s more than just an actor. The 82-year-old avid environmentalist founded the Sundance Institute — a nonprofit that works to develop new artists and audiences — in 1981. He also owns the Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah.
Redford continues to produce films, and is executive producing the upcoming documentary “Desert of the Real.”
Tony Bennett Net Worth: $200 Million
Singer Tony Bennett is one of the richest celebrities, and he deserves it. At 93 years old, the “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer is still touring and continues putting out new albums, including “Love Is Here to Stay” released in 2018. Collaborations with artists such as Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse have made him a cross-generational hit.
Jane Fonda Net Worth: $200 Million
Already one of the richest celebrities over 70, retirement doesn’t seem to be on actress Jane Fonda’s agenda. The 81-year-old has been starring on the Netflix original series “Grace and Frankie” since 2015, and it has been renewed for a sixth season set to debut in 2020, TVLine reported. Also a fitness guru, she’s been starring in workout videos since 1978.
John Madden Net Worth: $200 Million
One of the richest celebrities in the NFL family, John Madden served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders for 10 years. After that, the 83-year-old was an NFL announcer and broadcaster for 30 years before retiring in 2009. The “Madden NFL” video franchise that bears his name has generated more than $4 billion in revenue.
Morgan Freeman Net Worth: $250 Million
An actor with a hugely popular, dominant voice, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has been entertaining audiences for decades.
Some of the 82-year-old star’s most popular films include “Million Dollar Baby,” “Invictus,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Still working hard, catch him in “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” in 2020.
Diana Ross Net Worth: $250 Million
One of the most successful celebrities over 70 — and ever — singer Diana Ross has earned r-e-s-p-e-c-t for her career that just won’t quit.
Still performing at age 75, she rose to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes and went on to enjoy massive success as a solo artist, scoring six No. 1 hits including “Upside Down.”
Cher Net Worth: $360 Million
Cher is a music legend with 26 studio albums to her name. The “Believe” singer has scored four No. 1 hits as a solo artist and another from her iconic duet with ex-husband Sony Bono “I Got You Babe.” The 73-year-old is an actress with credits including “Mermaids,” “Burlesque” and the 2018 film “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”
Despite going on a farewell tour in 2002, Cher hasn’t stopped performing. She will wrap up her Las Vegas residency in early September 2019 and embark on a world tour.
Barbra Streisand Net Worth: $400 Million
A music industry icon, Barbra Streisand earned $46 million on a 14-show tour in 2016, according to Forbes. The “Woman in Love” singer is the only artist in history to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades. Also a talented actress, the 77-year-old has starred in several films, including “Funny Girl,” “The Way We Were” and “Meet the Fockers.”
Robert De Niro Net Worth: $500 Million
Legendary actor Robert De Niro has amassed a fortune starring in more than 100 films, including “The Godfather: Part II,” “Meet the Parents” and “Taxi Driver.”
Also an accomplished businessman, the 76-year-old is making serious dough in the food industry. He co-founded the Nobu Brand of restaurants and hotels and has an ownership stake in several other restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles.
Dolly Parton Net Worth: $500 Million
One of the highest-paid country music stars, Dolly Parton reigns atop the list of richest celebrities of any age. The 73-year-old earned $37 million in 2017 alone, according to Forbes.
The “Islands in the Stream” singer still performs and has had her own theme park Dollywood since 1986. Also an actress, she’s starred in several films, including “Steel Magnolias” and “9 to 5.”
Paul McCartney Net Worth: $1.2 Billion
He’s best known as a member of The Beatles, but Paul McCartney has enjoyed massive success as a solo artist since the band split in 1970. At 77 years old, the “Band on the Run” singer continues to tour and sell out arenas, collecting roughly $4 million per night, according to Forbes.
Diane Von Furstenberg Net Worth: $1.2 Billion
Iconic fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg famously created the wrap dress in 1974. The founder and chairman of her eponymous fashion house has more than 111 DVF stores and the line is sold in over 70 countries. Along with husband Barry Diller, the 72-year-old philanthropist has vowed to give 99% of her fortune to charitable causes.
Sheldon Adelson Net Worth: $35 Billion
Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson owes his billions to savvy business skills and an impressive work ethic. At 86 years old, he’s still holding the top spot at the largest casino company in America. His wealth is a far cry from his childhood, where he grew up in poverty, living in a Boston tenement.
Michael Bloomberg Net Worth: $56 Billion
In 1981, Michael Bloomberg founded financial and information media company Bloomberg LP, and he still owns 88% of the business. The 77-year-old also served three terms as mayor of New York City.
He’s not just one of the richest celebrities; he has committed 99% of his wealth to charity, making him also one of the most generous.
Warren Buffett Net Worth: $82 Billion
Largely considered the greatest investor of all time, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett tops the list of richest celebrities over 70. Also a major philanthropist, the 88-year-old launched The Giving Pledge with Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 and has vowed to give 99% of his wealth to charitable causes.
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Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article.
Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities. All net worth figures are according to Celebrity Net Worth and are accurate as of Aug. 22, 2019.
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