Forbes announced the list of 2,781 billionaires for 2024. This is a list of the world's wealthiest people, based on individual net worth and updated annually. In the case of celebrities, the news agency uses data from measurement companies such as Nielsen, ComScore, IMDb, and top entertainment industry experts.

1. George Lucas

Net Worth: $5.5 Billion

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George Lucas - The Richest Man in Hollywood, according to Forbes 2024

George Lucas, 79, is the richest celebrity, worth $5.5 billion. According to Forbes, the majority of his money came from the sale of film production company LucasFilm to Disney in 2012. Disney paid him more than $4 billion in cash and stock. George Lucas achieved billionaire status for the first time in 1997.

2. Steven Spielberg

Net Worth: $4.8 Billion

Steven Spielberg, 77, the director of the hit films Jaws (1975), Jurassic Park (1993), and Schindler's List (1993), was ranked second with assets of 4.8 billion USD.

Spielberg told Forbes that he hadn't received a salary in nearly a decade. Instead, he gets a cut of the gross revenue from his films.

In addition, as a result of the success of the Indiana Jones film series, the director receives a commission from Universal Entertainment Company for each ticket sold. Steven Spielberg is the first director to make the billionaires list since 1994.

3. Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $3.2 Billion

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Michael Jordan

The legendary basketball player Michael Jordan breaks through into the business world. In addition to his legendary career, he has amassed a billion-dollar fortune through successful brand partnerships (such as the well-known Air Jordan line) and his ownership of the Charlotte Hornets.

4. Oprah Winfrey

Net Worth: $2.8 Billion

Oprah Winfrey, a 70-year-old host and actress, came in fourth place on the list, with 2.8 billion USD in total assets, trailing only basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Her income comes from building a media empire, running an entertainment company, and owning a real estate business. She is the first black woman to make Forbes' list of billionaires since 2003.

5. Jay-Z

Net Worth: $2.5 Billion

Jay-Z, 54, the husband of singer Beyoncé, ranked fifth. Selling 50% of the champagne brand's shares to "luxury goods giant" LVMH in 2021 yielded a fortune of 2.5 billion USD, with at least 300 million USD profit. In addition, the rapper sold the majority of his shares in other alcohol brands in 2023, for $750 million. The artist is also a shareholder in Uber and Block. According to Forbes, Jay-Z's net worth excludes Beyoncé's half-billion dollar fortune.

6. Kim Kardashian

Net Worth: $1.7 Billion

Kim Kardashian, 43, ranked sixth, with a net worth of $1.7 billion. She became a billionaire through her fashion and cosmetics business. Forbes estimated that her SKIMS shapewear line would be worth $4 billion in a funding round in 2023. Previously, Kim sold 20% of the shares of skin care brand KKW Beauty to Coty Group for $200 million USD in 2020 and then closed the business.

7. Peter Jackson

Net Worth: $1.5 Billion

Seventh place went to Peter Jackson, 62, a New Zealand image director. He is responsible for the success of two commercial blockbusters: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

According to Forbes, the majority of Jackson's $1.5 billion fortune came from selling a portion of his shares in effects company Weta Digital to game developer Unity Software in 2021. That transaction netted him nearly $1 billion in cash and shares.

8. Tyler Perry

Net Worth: $1.4 Billion

Tyler Perry, 54, finished eighth with $1.4 billion. After nearly 30 years in the entertainment industry, he earned more than $1 billion before taxes. He appeared in numerous TV shows, films, and plays.

In 2020, the artist made headlines when he lent Harry-Meghan and his wife $18 million from his Los Angeles villa, when they both gave up their royal titles and relocated to the United States to live temporarily.

9. Rihanna

Net Worth: $1.4 Billion

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Rihanna, 36, a Barbados singer and businesswoman, is ranked ninth on the billionaire celebrity list. Aside from her music career, she founded two billion-dollar cosmetic and fashion brands, Fenty Beauty (co-owned by LVMH) and Savage X Fenty. The singer named the two labels after her real name: Robyn Fenty.

10. Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $1.3 Billion

Tiger Woods is one of the few athletes who has become a billionaire while still competing. One of the main contributing factors to his extraordinary wealth accumulation has been his remarkable golf career, which has been emphasized by lucrative endorsement deals with Nike.

11. LeBron James

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

12. Dick Wolfe

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Film producer Dick Wolf, aged 77, is ranked 13th on the list. He is the successful creator of two popular detective shows: Law & Order (1990) and FBI (2018). Wolf, who has worked in the television industry for over 30 years, made his first appearance on the billionaire list.

13. Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

14. Taylor Swift

Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

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Taylor Swift

The "Anti-Hero" singer became a billionaire in October 2023, following a year of exciting activities, including numerous tours. Forbes estimates that the singer's after-tax earnings from The Eras Tour totaled 190 million USD.

She finished 14th on the list, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Taylor Swift is the first artist to make a billion dollars solely from her music career.

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