When we watch a great movie or show, we certainly give credits to the actors, but often miss out on the people behind the camera, who have worked equally hard to ensure a phenomenal production. More than anyone it is the director who has a major responsibility in giving the proper shape and look to the final outcome.
A film is often about the thought process, intelligence and creativity of the director, which is why it is always the best ones who are able to grab majority of the awards and make loads of money.
Hollywood being the leading film industry of the world, has given some global hits, and is also home to most of the world’s best directors. Given below is a list of the most successful and well paid directors of the worlds, all of whom are from Hollywood, and have given some massive hits during their career in the industry.
Here are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Directors in The World in 2018
10. Tim Burton –
Hollywood happens to be a place where there is often a mix between directors and producers – a lot of those who are directors, are also producers, and vice – versa. Tim Burton is one of those many directors who are also a producer and that to a very popular and successful one. A few of his most famous works include ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Batman’, and ‘Dark Shadows’. Along with being a director and producer, he is also a writer and animator. Tim has gained recognition for his work time and again, in the form of award nominations. His net worth is estimated to be around $3.6 billion, and he is one of most well paid directors of the world.
9. Gore Verbinski –
He is one of those directors who started off with directing commercials, and then slowly ventured into film direction, with films like ‘Monster Magnet’, ‘Vicious Rumors’ and more. He then directed some of the famous commercials like Nike, Coca – cola, etc, and then went on to direct a few of the blockbuster films like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The Ring’, ‘Rango’, ‘Weather Man’, etc. He studied in the UCLA School of Film, Theatre and Television, his net worth today is $3.7 billion. His talent is not only limited to direction, as he is a producer and a musician as well.
8. Chris Columbus –
The American director and producer is not only popular for directing a few of the greatest Hollywood Films like ‘Home Alone’, and the first two films from ‘Harry Potter’ series, but also has amazing writing skills. He is known to have written films like ‘Goonies and Gremlins’, along with a few others. His contribution extends in the area of production as well. The hit film ‘The Help’ was produced by none other than Chris himself. He is the winner of awards like ‘Best Comedy Film’, ‘Best British Comedy film’, and an ‘Academy’ nomination. He has a net worth of $3.8 million
7. Robert Zemeckis –
Apart from being a pioneer in visual effects, he is also an ace director and filmmaker, who has been credited with films like ‘Back to the Future’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Racing the Stone’ and more. One of his most successful and iconic movies include the film ‘Forrest Gump’, for which he received an ‘Academy Award’ for the Best Directed movie as well. His net worth today is $4 billion.
6. David Yates –
Moving ahead of the American film directors, we now have a British filmmaker in the list. David is popular mainly for directing short films and a few feature films along with television productions. He gained recognition when he directed four of the ‘Harry Potter’ films. He has worked closely with Warner Bros. by essaying the role of a director and producer. His achievements include awards like ‘Golden Gate’ for Best Short Film, Best Drama in British Series. For the last two Harry Potter films, he also won the ‘Saturn Award’. His net worth is $4.1 billion.
5. Christopher Nolan –
He is most certainly one of the greatest and the most successful directors of the world. He is another Britisher in the list of top 10 most successful directors of the world. With films like ‘Intersteller’, ‘Inception’, ‘The Dark knight’ series, and ‘Memento’ to his credit, he is also considered as one of the highest grossing directors of the world. Throughout his career, he has received 26 Oscar nominations, and won multiple of them. He studied English Literature in the university college of London. His net worth today is pegged at $4.2 billion. He is also one of the best looking directors of the industry.
4. Michael Bay –
The American is known for producing as well as directing a few of the big budget movies, which are action packed, and thus have high amounts of graphics and visual appeal. A few of his most popular and hit films include, ‘Pearl Harbour’, ‘Transformers’, etc. He has to his credit films with a few of the best special effects and sci fi elements. He has also directed a few horror films, including ‘Amityville Horror’ and ‘Texas Chainsaw’. His current net worth is expected to be around $4.5 billion.
3. James Cameron –
Another multi-talented person in the list, who is not a native of America. The Canadian director, producer, screenwriter has directed a few of the greatest blockbusters of Hollywood, including films like ‘Terminator’, ‘Aliens’, ‘Avatar’ and more. Avatar has been one of its greatest films; he not only made use of the best possible cameras, and effects, but also created a pure marvel that had never been seen before. Avatar was the film that broke his own records of another epic that was created by him long time ago; ‘Titanic’. It was a one of its kind films that won 11 out of the 24 Oscars it was nominated for. The current net worth of the actor is estimated to be $6.1 billion.
2. Peter Jackson –
This is the man who is not an American, but from New Zealand, and is known for creating films with an over the top story and making all its larger than life elements seem realistic. He has to his credit blockbusters like the ‘Lord of the rings’ series, which he not only directed but also wrote and produced. ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy is also what he has to his credit, and other wonderful films like ‘King Kong’, and ‘District 9’, which not only have amazing action but also great visual appeal, are all directed by him. He has a net worth of $6.5 billion
1. Steven Spielberg –
He is an American, and also one of the most popular and respected directors across the world. One his most popular and successful films include ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Minority Report’, ‘Jaws’, and lots more. And like all the popular, and successful directors in the list, he too is not just into direction but script writing and production as well. His net worth is pegged at $9 billion!
The above mentioned list includes the most successful or the highest paid directors of the world. Apart from a few exceptions, most of the directors in the list are Americans. All the directors in the list had to come down to Hollywood to make a mark for themselves, and give wings to their dreams.