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The celebrities at the top of Forbes 2024 billionaires list

From Taylor Swift to Michael Jordan, these are the artists, athletes and entertainment moguls with the highest net worth in 2024.

The celebrities at the top of Forbes 2024 billionaires list

Here are the 14 celebrities, with a collective worth of $31 billion listed in order of net worth, who have turned their fame into enough fortune to make the 2024 World’s Billionaires list.

1. George Lucas

Net worth: $5.5 billion

The Star Wars director, who debuted as a billionaire in 1997, is the richest celebrity thanks in large part to his production company LucasFilm, which he sold to Disney in 2012 for more than $4 billion in cash and stock.

2. Steven Spielberg

Net worth: $4.8 billion

Spielberg joined the list in 1994 – as first-time director – after a string of hits that included Jaws, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. “I’m a player,” he told Forbes that year. The director negotiated for a percentage of the gross sales of his films, and still gets a cut of every ticket sold at Universal theme parks thanks to the Indiana Jones series.

3. Michael Jordan

Net worth: $3.2 billion

Jordan became the first billionaire athlete in 2015, but it wasn’t because of his legendary basketball career. Jordan has raised more than $1.8 billion from brand partnerships, most famously with Nike’s Jordan. The athlete bought the Charlotte Hornets NBA team for $175 million and sold it in August 2023 for $3 billion.

4. Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $2.8 billion

The presenter became the first black female billionaire in 2003. In the years since, she has turned her brand into an empire, including investments in real estate and her own production company. Shortly after Winfrey revealed that she had started taking a weight-loss drug, the television personality disassociated herself from weight-loss company Weight Watchers.

5. Jay-Z

Net worth: $2.5 billion

Hip-hop’s first billionaire sold a 50% stake in his champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, to LVMH in 2021 for $300m, and a majority stake in his cognac brand D’Usse in 2023 for $750m to Bacardi. He also has stakes in Uber and Block. His net worth does not include his wife Beyoncé’s own $1 billion fortune.

6. Kim Kardashian

Net worth: $1.7 billion

No one has lived off her fame more than reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who has become a billionaire with her beauty and fashion brands. SKIMS was valued at $4bn in 2023, and sold 20% of make-up company KKW Beauty to Coty in 2020 for $200m.

7. Peter Jackson

Net worth: $1.5 billion

The visionary director behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, Jackson made most of his fortune from his visual effects company, Weta Digital, which sold a portion of its assets to Unity Software in 2021. That deal netted the New Zealander almost $1 billion in cash and stock.

8. Tyler Perry

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Perry has brought in more than $1 billion in earnings over a three-decade career creating and performing in television shows, films and plays. He lent one of his Los Angeles homes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they stepped down as senior members of the British royal family.

10. Tiger Woods

Net worth: $1.3 billion

Tiger Woods along with Lebron James are the only athletes to become billionaires while still active in their sport. The five-time Masters winner has earned more than $1.7 billion in his career. His most notable branding deal, a nearly three-decade association with Nike, came to an end in January. Woods soon announced his own clothing line, Sun Day Red.

9. Rihanna

Net worth: $1.4 billion

The pop star has stakes in $2 billion worth of brands: cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, which she owns with luxury goods giant LVMH, and lingerie business Savage X Fenty. Both brands are named after the Barbados-born singer, whose real name is Robyn Fenty.

11. LeBron James

Net worth: $1.2 billion

The player has raised more than $1 billion over his two-decade career. He has invested it in real estate, stakes in Blaze Pizza, his own production and entertainment company SpringHill and, of course, sports. James has a stake in Fenway Sports Group, owner of MLB’s Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

12. Magic Johnson

Net worth: $1.2 billion

Johnson made his name in basketball, but his fortune is due to his partnerships with other billionaires. He owns the NFL’s Washington Commanders (with Justin Harris), MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers (with Todd Boehly), the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s LAFC. Most of his wealth comes from his stake in life insurance provider EquiTrust.

13. Dick Wolf

Net worth: $1.2 billion 

The mastermind behind TV’s most-watched crime shows, including Law & Order and the FBI, debuts on the billionaires list thanks to earnings of nearly $2 billion from his 30-year TV career.

14. Taylor Swift

Net worth: $1.1 billion

The pop star cements her place as the first artist to become a multi-millionaire purely through income generated by her music and touring. The Eras Tour, which spanned five continents, set a precedent by surpassing $1 billion in revenue, catapulting Swift, 34, to $190 million from the tour.

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