Who does not like to watch films? Everyone loves to see their favorite actor perform at the best of his ability and entertain them. Of course, they do deserve their millions. However, do the fans realize the amount of hard work put in by these actors? These actors had to struggle a lot in their earlier days. There could have been days where they might not have had proper food to eat. However, their tenacious attitude has seen them persevere with their passion. This has brought them the riches.
One must also admire the sacrifices made by these actors on the personal front to reach this position in life. Let us look at the top ten richest actors in the world. A couple of names can surprise you because they do not belong to Hollywood. One always associates Hollywood with having the richest actors. However, these two actors representing the Bollywood film industry are two of the greatest icons in their industry. Here is the exalted list for you.
10. Clint Eastwood – $375 million
Clint Eastwood, the star of the cowboy movies in Hollywood opens the list at No 10. He has the credit for introducing a different dimension to Hollywood films by making this clan famous. One can always experience a great thrill whenever one sees a Clint Eastwood movie. You can always expect to watch some dramatic horse riding tricks and a deep insight into the Red Indian way of life. This versatile actor had to struggle a lot in his earlier years as well before striking it big. His net worth of $375 million assures him of a Top 10 spot at the No 10 position.
9. Tom Hanks – $390 million
The No 9 spot in the lost goes to this no-nonsense actor from movies like Da Vinci Code and the others. We are referring to Tom Hanks. As it is the book is a controversial one. To act in a movie based on the book requires a great deal of guts. You should have the ability to take risks. This ability can definitely fetch you the riches as well. Tom Hanks is an admirable actor capable of performing a variety of roles. His net worth of $390 million makes him rank at the No 9 spot.
8. Sylvester Stallone – $400 million
The Rambo is the proud owner of the No 8 position. Sylvester Stallone is synonymous with movies like Rambo, Rocky etc, which envisages him display tremendous physical abilities. He is a fitness freak to the core and does not require any stuntmen to fill in for him. One should just look at these films to understand that they require a great effort on his part to enact these scenes. These are the stunts that make Rambo the man to watch out for. Possessing the fittest of bodies among all the actors in this list, Sylvester Stallone has a net worth of $400 million thereby ranking him at No 8.
7. Bill Cosby – $400 million
From action we come to comedy. Can there be a better comedian than Bill Cosby to match swords with the action heroes? Of course, there cannot be. Bill Cosby is one the most versatile comedians every to have graced the Hollywood screens. People still remember the Bill Cosby shows with a great deal of appreciation. He has truly carved out a niche for himself in this field. He is the best example to prove that you not be a leading action or romantic star to earn your millions in this industry. His net worth of $400 million is enough to rank him at No 7 in this list.
6. Amitabh Bachchan – $400 million
Many people in the western world might find this name to be a surprise for the simple reason that they might not had an opportunity to see one of the greatest film actors in action. Amitabh Bachchan is a household name in India. It should be a matter of great pride to him that every Indian has seen at least one of his movies. Of course, there are people on the other side of the spectrum who have seen each of his movies umpteen numbers of times. He is a fantastic film icon in his own right. Given the chance, he would have made a great name for himself in Hollywood as well. Nevertheless, his worth of $400 million makes him wealthier than most of the Hollywood stars. He completes the bottom half of the draw at No 6 in the list.
5. Mel Gibson – $425 million
Here comes another hero to start the top half of the draw at No 5 in the list. He is none other than Mel Gibson who has acted with a great deal of proficiency in action films like Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series. Here is an actor who did not have to struggle much in life because he belonged to a rich family in any case. In addition to his acting skills, he is a much acclaimed director and producer as well. Beginning his career in Australia, he moved on to Hollywood with great success. Some of his notable roles involve the Mad Max series as well. His net worth of $425 million makes him fit to occupy the No 5 spot in the list.
4. Tom Cruise – $500 million
Now, we move to the rarefied territory of net worth of $500 million and above. We invite the star of the Mission Impossible series into this list at No 5 with a net worth of $500 million. One must admire the stunts done by Tom Cruise in these movies. They can keep you spellbound. In addition, his carefree looks with the healthy mop of hair on his head can make the leading ladies swoon on their feet. This charming actor has won three Golden Globe Awards and played stellar roles in many films like Top Gun, Rain Man, etc.
3. Tyler Perry – $600 million
The comedy actors do have a great role to play in films as well. You had seen Bill Cosby at one of the positions above. Here we have Tyler Perry, another comedian par excellence at the No 3 spot in this list. In addition to being an actor of repute, he is also a successful producer and director. He has produced and directed innumerable stage plays in the late 1990s and the early part of this century as well. An active partner of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry has a net worth of $600 million thereby making him rank at No 3 in this list.
2. Shahrukh Khan – $600 million
The Badshah of Bollywood is at the No 2 position in the list. The romantic heartthrob of millions of young Indian girls, Shahrukh Khan has redefined the role of the anti-hero in Indian films. He is one guy who can perform the hero roles as well as the anti-hero ones with equal efficiency. The first major Indian film star who made the transition from the TV screen to the big cinema screen, Shahrukh Khan is an inspiration to many people who have followed suit. He is a trendsetter of sorts in this aspect. He is a very popular star among the Indian diaspora living abroad. His net worth of $600 million is enough to rank him at the No 2 spot in this list.
1. Jerry Seinfeld – $820 million
One of the greatest comedians to set the screens alight in Hollywood, Jerry Seinfeld, is the No 1 actor in this exalted list of the Top 10 richest actors in the world right now. His strength is the stand-cup comedy genre. He can have anyone in splits of laughter with his unique style of performing. He has rightly earned the distinction of being the greatest stand-up comedian of all time. His net worth of $820 million makes him stand tall in this list. He leads the pack by a huge margin. It should take a monumental effort from the rest of the actors in the field to reach his position. His sense of comic timing ensures that he deserves this accolade of being the No 1.
These ten names are household names in the film industry. When you talk about rich actors, certain names like Jack Nicholson should also crop up. However, we have a limitation of including the top 10 in the list alone. One name that should have featured in this list is that of Merv Griffin. He has the distinction of being the richest ever actor in the world with a net worth exceeding $2 billion. Unfortunately he is no more today having expired in 2007. If he had been alive, there is no doubt that he would have topped the list by a great margin.
No one should grudge the earnings of these top actors in the world for the simple reason that they do make a great effort in performing such high-quality roles. This profession is certainly one that can earn good dividends provided you have the talent and the luck.