1. Jerry Seinfeld – $850 million
Seinfeld was a worldwide phenomenon, and the money keeps pouring in from reruns. Today, Jerry is considered the wealthiest actor in the world. With money still rolling in, Jerry seems to have taken a step back from the camera and is enjoying his life out of the spotlight.
2. Shah Rukh Khan – $600 million
Unless you are into Bollywood movies, you probably do not know who this is. He has a massive 75 films to his name and has become known as the ‘King of Bollywood’. He is extraordinarily wealthy, but he is also a very generous man who uses his money to help a number of organisations, such as UNESCO.
3. Tom Cruise – $480 million
Tom Cruise’s star power is still very strong. In 2012, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood, and 16 of his films have grossed over $100 million domestically. Tom Cruise has his own production company and has been slated as one of the few producers in Hollywood with the ability to guarantee a billion-dollar franchise.
4. Tyler Perry – $450 million/strong>
Tyler Perry is the only person to have five films debut at number 1 in the box office over the past five years. He is known as a Hollywood money-maker because 13 of his films made over $600 million at the box office, while only costing $10 million to make.
5. Mel Gibson – $425 million
Mel Gibson was once considered one of the sexiest men alive and was a huge box office draw. He later started directing, which earned him Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for Braveheart. More recent endeavours included The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. His 2009 divorce settlement set Hollywood records, and came in at an unheard of $425 million.
6. Jack Nicholson – $400 million
Whilst Jack Nicholson may not be the first name to come to mind when people think of big name actors, he really should be. He has won three Academy Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award every decade since the 1960s. He has been in over 60 films and has been nominated for more Academy Awards than anyone in history.
7. Johnny Depp – $400 million
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has netted billions, with much of its success owed to Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow. It is rumoured that he was paid as much as $300 million for the movies, and his usual salary per film is $20 million.
8. Bill Cosby – $400 million
Bill Cosby was once the golden goose. His endorsement of JELL-O Pudding Pops led to $100 million in sales. The Cosby Show used to pay as much as $4 million an episode in syndication, and the series is one of the most popular of all time – though how much longer he’ll hold onto his millions with his current situation is anyone’s guess.
9. Sylvester Stallone – $400 million
Sylvester Stallone was hard on his luck- he even had to sell his dog-when he started shopping the script for Rocky. As soon as he sold the script, he bought his dog back. After that, he created two of the most successful movie franchises in history with Rocky and Rambo.
10. Clint Eastwood – $375 million
Clint Eastwood is an icon of Western movies. His first big break came when he was cast in Rawhide. The show ran for six seasons. He is perhaps most widely recognised for his role in Dirty Harry. In his later years, he turned to directing and proved that he was just as good at directing as he was at acting. In fact, his directing has earned him more awards (including two Oscars) than his acting.