It is no secret that the acting profession is highly lucrative. Our favourite actors are rewarded handsomely for lighting up our screens with their talent. All over the world, the top acting talents are paid well. In this post, we take a look at the richest actor in the world. Which one of our favourite actors leads the pack & holds the title of the richest actor in the world? Can you guess?
Top 10 Richest Actors in the World
From Europe to Africa, to Asia, to America, we journey around the world to find out the actor with the most wealth. The richest actor in the world currently & by a mile is American actress, Jami Gertz. She tops this list of top 10 richest actors in the world 2021.
- Jami Gertz
Net Worth: $3 billion
Jami Beth Gertz was born on the 28th of October, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Glenview. Her father, Walter Gertz was a builder & contractor. Her mother is Sharyn Gertz. She has two brothers named Michael & Scott. Jami Gertz graduated from Maine East High School.
Today, Jami Gertz is famous as an actress, producer, investor, & philanthropist. She made her film debut in 1981 when she featured in Endless Love, a romance film. Her career has spanned several decades & is best remembered for starring in Sixteen Candles (1984), The Lost Boys (1987), Twister (1996) & Still Standing (2002-2006).
Gertz is married with 3 children. Her husband is Anthony Ressler, an LA-based billionaire executive. The couple got married in 1989. Gertz & her husband acquired the Atlanta Hawks NBA team. They are also minority stakeholders in Milwaukee Brewers. While acting does contribute to Gertz’s wealth, the bulk of her wealth was made outside of acting.
- Shah Rukh Khan
Net Worth: $600 million
The second richest actor in the world is the famous Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan (SRK). This makes him the richest male actor in the world. SRK is often dubbed “King of Bollywood”. He was born on the 2nd of November, 1965 in New Delhi, India. He grew up in the Rajendra Nagar area of India.
SRK graduated from Hansraj College before he started acting. He started his acting career in the late 1980s, appearing in several TV series. He didn’t make his Bollywood debut until 1992. The first film he appeared in is titled Deewana. He has so far featured in about 80 films & is highly revered especially in his home country.
He has received several awards & recognitions for his acting & is one of Bollywood’s most decorated actors. His current net worth stands at about $600 million which makes the Indian movie star the richest male actor in the world.
- Tom Cruise
Net Worth: $570 million
Tom Cruise is an American actor & producer. His full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. He was born on the 3rd of July, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. His father, Thomas Cruise Mapother III worked as an electrical engineer. His mother, Mary Lee was a special education teacher.
Tom Cruise has 3 sisters, Lee Anne, Marian & Cass. He spent some part of his childhood in Canada. Tom attended the Robert Hopkins Public School for his 4th & 5th-grade education. It was in 4th grade that he first became involved in drama.
When he was 18, Tom moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He worked for some time as a busboy in New York before moving to Los Angeles to try out for TV roles. He signed with CAA after which he started acting in films. His first film appearance was in Endless Love (1981) but he only played a bit-part role. He landed a major supporting role in Taps later in the same year.
Tom Cruise is a distinguished actor and has appeared in several blockbuster films including the Mission Impossible franchise. He has won several awards in recognition of his acting prowess. Tom has been married & divorced 3 times. He has 3 children. His net worth is estimated to be $570 million.
- George Clooney
Net Worth: $500 million
George Timothy Clooney is a top American actor & film director. He is also a producer, screenwriter & philanthropist. He was born on the 6th of May, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. His father is Nick Clooney and was an anchorman & TV host. His mother, Nina Bruce was a beauty queen & also former city councilwoman.
George Clooney has an elder sister named Adelia. Clooney attended both Northern Kentucky University & University of Cincinnati at different times but did not graduate from either. His first film role was as an extra in a TV mini-series, Centennial (1978). His first major film role was in a short-lived sitcom E/R (1984). He has starred in several movies including ER (1994-2009) & Three Kings (1999).
Clooney is a recipient of 3 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Academy Awards, & the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He is 4th on this list of top 10 richest actors in the world with his $500 million net worth.
- Robert De Niro
Net Worth: $500 million
Robert Anthony De Niro is an American-Italian actor, producer, & director. He was born on the 17th of August, 1943 in New York City, USA. De Niro’s parents separated when he was only 2 years old. He was raised by his mother in Greenwich Village & Little Italy neighbourhoods of Manhattan.
Robert De Niro studied acting at HB Studio, Stella Adler Conservatory & Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio. He made his first major onscreen appearance in Greetings (1968). Today he is widely recognized as one of the greats of the acting profession. De Niro is popular for roles in movies such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) & Cape Fear (1991).
He has received lots of accolades including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award & several others. His net worth is estimated to be around $500 million which makes him the 5th richest actor in the world today.
- Mel Gibson
Net worth: $425 million
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on the 3rd of January, 1956. He is an American actor, film director, producer & screenwriter. Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York but relocated to Sydney, Australia with his parents when he was 12. He studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Kensington, New South Wales, Australia.
Mel Gibson made his Hollywood debut in the movie The River (1984). He is popular for his role in Braveheart (1995), We Were Soldiers (2002), The Passion of the Christ (2004) & Hacksaw Ridge (2016). He won two Oscars & a Golden Globe in 1996 for directing Braveheart. He was also nominated for the same awards in 2017 for directing Hacksaw Ridge. His net worth of $425 million makes him the 6th richest actor in the world.
- Adam Sandler
Net worth: $420 million
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian & filmmaker. He was born on the 9th of September, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. He has featured in over 30 movies. At the early stage of his career, he played Smithy in The Cosby Show. He made his film debut in Going Overboard (1989).
Some of the movies he has appeared in include; Coneheads (1993), Billy Madison (1995), Bulletproof (1996). More recent ones include Uncut Gems (2019), Blended (2014, That’s My Boy (2012) Just Go With It (2011). Adam Sandler current has a net worth of $420 Million made throughout his career so far.
- Amitabh Bachchan
Net worth: $400 million
Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian actor, producer, TV host & ex-politician. He was born Inquilaab Srivastava on the 11th of October, 1942. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest actors to emerge from India’s movie industry.
His acting career began in 1969 as a voice narrator in Bhuvan Shome. He gained popularity in the early 1970s after featuring in movies such as Deewar, Sholay & Zanjeer. Amitabh Bachchan has earned several accolades for his acting. He is a recipient of three National Film Awards, 11 Film-fare Awards & India’s highest civilian honours. His net worth currently stands at $400 million
- Jack Nicholson
Net worth: $400 million
John Joseph Nicholson is an American actor & filmmaker. He was born on the 22nd of April, 1937. His career has spanned over 60 years. Nicholson was born in Neptune City, New Jersey. He first came to Hollywood in 1954 at the age of 17 to visit his sister.
He was offered a job as an entry-level animator at MGM cartoon studio at that time but declined. He instead accepted to be an office worker. His reason for declining the opportunity to become an animator was that he wanted to become an actor.
Nicholson trained to become an actor with the group Players Ring Theatre. He recalled that his first day working as an actor was 5th May 1955. Nicholson made his movie debut in The Cry Baby Killer (1958). Some of the popular movies he featured in include; Easy Rider (1969), Terms of Endearment (1983), As Good as it Gets (1997). Apart from acting, he has directed three movies.
Jack Nicholson’s net worth currently stands at $400 million. He is the 9th richest actor in the world as of now.
- Sylvester Stallone
Net worth: $400 million
Sylvester Enzio Stallone was born on the 6th of July, 1946. He is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, & director. He was born in Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan. He attended Notre Dame Academy & Lincoln High School both in Philadelphia. Stallone was also at Charlotte Hall Military Academy before attending Miami Dade College.
Later, he attended the American College of Switzerland for 2 years before returning to the U.S. Back in the U.S, he studied at the University of Miami for 2 years & majored in drama. After he left the University of Miami, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career & later to Hollywood. He struggled for several years before he finally gained recognition for his role as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush (1974).
So far, he has appeared in over 40 movies including Rocky, Rambo & The Expendables. He has received several awards & recognition for his acting. This includes nominations for Best Original Screenplay & Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 1977. He has also received three Oscar nominations. Stallone has a Golden Globe award, The Cesar Award & many more.
Conclusion (Richest Actor in the World)
The actors discussed here are some of the best the profession has ever seen. They light up our screens, bringing joy & laughter to many homes. For their great talents, they earn great rewards which earn them recognition also as the richest actors in the world.