Hollywood is known for making some of the most amazing movies. The land of dreams is blessed with some of the best actors, directors and camera crews in the world. They are known for appreciating and complimenting each other’s work in the movie industry by promoting good content, by honoring them with prestigious awards like Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Oscars.
But there is no special award for honoring these movie producers that can justify their contribution in the movie, without whom, these projects wouldn’t have even started in the first place. So, we are going to take a look at the 10 richest Hollywood producers in 2018.
10. Kathleen Kennedy – $150 Million
Kathleen is amongst the most powerful and influential females in American film Industry. She is producing hit movies with Steven Spielberg ever since 1981, when they both established Amblin Entertainment, with her celebrity husband, Frank Marshall. Later her position as the richest Hollywood producer was solidified when George Lucas declared her as his successor of Lucasfilm’s. She has gained eight Oscar nominations in her career, with zero wins. She has made millions by producing some of the biggest hits in Hollywood like ‘Jurassic Park Trilogy’, ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial’.
9. Harvey Weinstein – $200 Million
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most influential producers of American movie industry, who has brought multiple projects on track by investing in them. He founded Miramax, with his brother Bob. He is also known as The Weinstein Company Chairman. He is one of the finest producers in the country, who holds an amazing record for his credit points as a producer. Weinstein won an Oscar for ‘Shakespeare in Love’. Some of his other popular works include movies like ‘Kill Bill’, ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’, ‘Rambo’, ‘Inglorious Bastards’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘Sin City’, ‘Gangs of New York’, and ‘Pulp Fiction’.
8. Brian Grazer – $200 Million
Brain Grazer is one of the most popular producers in Hollywood. He has produced over 148 movies since 1978. His TV shows and films have been nominated for 131 Emmys and 43 Academy Awards. He himself has gained 4 Oscars and has also won one for ‘A Beautiful Mind’ in 2001. Brain is the co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, which has made films, whose revenues crossed over $13 Billion. Some of his box office hits include ‘American Gangster’, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Frost/Nixon’, ‘Angels and Demons’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in just a short span of 8 years.
7. Joel Silver – $300 Million
Joel Silver has been producing movies for 40 years now. According to IMDb, Joel and Jerry Bruckheimer were responsible for reigniting the old popularity of action genre in the 1980’s films. Some of his 80’s box office hits include ‘Die Hard’, ‘Lethal Weapon’, and ‘Predator’. He continued this success in the 90’s making hits like ‘The Last Boy Scout’, ‘Lethal Weapons’, ‘Predators’, and ‘The Matrix’. He was also responsible for making shows like ‘Tales from the Crypt’. ‘Matrix series’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ are some of the most successful works produced by Joel.
6. Michael Bay – $430 Million
Michael Bay is a blockbuster magnet, who doesn’t get very pleasant reviews from his fellow movie makers and actors. Bay likes investing his money in over the top movies, with huge explosions, expensive cars and a shooting destination that screams money. Despite the low intellectual value in his movies, they always turn out to be major hits, with guaranteed box office collection of $200 to $500 Million. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘Pain and Gain’, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘The Purge’, ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Armageddon’.
5. Peter Jackson – $450 Million
Peter Jackson is considered as one of the best movie director and producer of 21st Century. He has produced and directed the world’s best trilogies like ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’, which has earned him 3 Oscars. The final movie of Lord of the Rings won 11 Oscars, becoming the most successful sci-fi movie of all time. Jackson also produced movies like ‘The Frighteners’, ‘King Kong’ and ‘District 9’. Peter Jackson is known for making some of the best fantasy and sci-fi films in Hollywood.
4. James Cameron – $700 Million
James Cameron is the only potential competition of Kevin Feige. He has only 20 fewer credits than Kevin Feige. James Cameron is the producer of movies like ‘Avatar’ which grossed $2.788 Billion and ‘Titanic’ that made a collection of $2.186 Billion worldwide. He is also a scriptwriter who wrote movies like ‘Aliens’, ‘Rambo’, ‘The Terminator’ in the early 80’s. He is considered as the most influential producers and writers of Hollywood.
3. Jerry Bruckheimer – $850 Million
Jerry Bruckheimer seems to have a record for producing some of the highest grossing films. He has been producing films ever since 1972, and has produced action films like ‘Top Gun’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Bad Company’, ‘Con Air’, ‘Black Hawk Down’, and ‘Pearl Harbor’. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean Series’ are amongst his most successful movie franchise. His popular shows include serials like ‘The Amazing Race’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene’. Jerry has produced over 26 TV shows.
2. Steven Spielberg – $3.5 Billion
Steven is seen as one of the most significant pillars of New Hollywood Era, he is amongst most inspiring and influential filmmakers in Hollywood. He has produced 150 credits, including 53 directors’ credits, making a net worth of $3.5 Billion. He is also a popular director, who has won two Academy Awards for his direction of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Schindler’s List’.
‘ET’, ‘Jaws’, and ‘Jurassic Park’ are amongst his highest grossing movies of all time, whose revenue exceeded $8.5 Billion. His other popular productions include ‘Lincoln’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘War Horse’, ‘Men in Black’, ‘Empire of the Sun’, and ‘Gremlins’.
1. George Lucas – $4.3 Billion
George Lucas is without a doubt the richest producer in Hollywood. He is a 4 time Oscar nominee. He is particularly popular for his sci-fi films like ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise and ‘Star Wars Trilogy’. These two franchises are imprinted on everyone’s heart, which makes them so popular even today. He acts as the executive producer in each of his films and TV shows. ‘Willow’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘The Land Before Time’ etc are some of his most successful films.
These are some of the richest and most influential producers in the world in 2018, whose name can decide the future of any film. They don’t just sit back and act as investors, but they make sure that everything finishes on time, within the given budget efficiently and effectively. All of them have blessed us with some of the most iconic cinematic legacies. If it weren’t for them, these movies would have not been made.