Between wages, royalty payments, shows, advertising and many other things, the net worth of a celebrity can be much higher than you think. The Business Insider released a list made by Wealth-X company, working with research on the "super-rich".
For the ranking, they considered only actors, musicians and professional athletes who continue to work. Billionaires like Oprah and Michael Jordan, who are more into managerial roles, were not considered, as well as those who work behind the scenes, for example, film directors.
20. Gloria Estefan
With several hits and 26 Grammy Awards throughout his career, the singer Gloria Estefan accumulate a net worth of US $380 million . If today she lives in a large house in Miami, it was not always so: the artist emigrated from Cuba when the country was led by Fidel Castro and raised in the United States with nothing.
19. Tyler Perry
The actor, producer and screenwriter Tyler Perry has amassed a fortune of US $ 390 million . He is the creator of a popular series of plays that were later adapted for the cinema.
18. Mel Gibson
Known for films like "Braveheart," "The Passion of the Christ," "Lethal Weapon," among others, actor Mel Gibson has a net worth of US $ 400 million . Born in New York in the United States but raised in Australia, Gibson began acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and his first role earned him $ 400 dollars.
After attending the famous "Mad Max" trilogy, he was soon being called to other work, but with a very different salary: $ 30 million. His biggest financial success so far is the controversial "The Passion of the Christ," which he produced and directed in 2004. The cost was about $ 30 million, but the long grossed over $ 600 million worldwide .
17. Johnny Depp
As a teenager, Johnny Depp wanted to be a music star, but just following the path of action. During the 1980s, she got her first big role in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and went on to star in the "Angels of the Law" series. Soon, his career would shoot and the actor became one of the biggest names in Hollywood, with a fortune of US $ 440 million .
However, the actor has not abandoned his teenage dream and, despite continuing acting, also keeps the band "Hollywood Vampires"
16. Tom Hanks
Acting four decades ago, the actor Tom Hanks has been involved in more than 40 successful films, being the fourth highest grossing actor. He started with small roles, but was soon recognized by works such as "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," "Saving Private Ryan", among others, which would yield him a legacy of US $ 470 million.
15. Elton John
With almost 50 - year career, Elton John has a collection of about US $ 470 million . He released his first album, "Empty Sky" in 1969, and has sold over 250 million records worldwide.
Born and raised in Houston, Beyoncé made her big break in the music world with the girl group Destiny's Child. Later, she would launch a solo career, charting hits like "Crazy in Love" and "Single Ladies."
Besides music, the pop diva also accumulated a lot of money with commercials, movies and his clothing line. Its current assets is about US $ 470 million .
13. Mariah Carey
With only 18 years, Mariah Carey has signed a deal with Columbia Records, with which released seven studio albums. In 2001, she left the label and went to Virgin Records. What she did not expect was that, with the failure of her movie "Glitter - The Sunshine of the Star", his contract was broken. Still, the singer has many assets: approximately US $ 520 million.
12. Tom Cruise
Prior to the famous Tom Cruise all know, the actor had to borrow $ 800 dollars from his stepfather to get moving to New York and continue his acting career. In 1981, he starred in the film "Endless Love" and two years later was in "Risky Business," which earned a salary of $ 75,000.
From there, his career took off and he became one of the most successful actors, amassing a net worth of US $ 540 million .
11. Shah Rukh Khan
Maybe you do not know Shah Rukh Khan, but he reigns as the richest actor in India, dominating Bollywood. Throughout his 20 years in drama, he has starred in about 50 films, including the hits "Chennai Express" and "My Name Is Khan". His fortune is closer to US $ 550 million.
10. Jay Z
Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is a rapper-producer who runs a real business empire. It has many investments that include restaurants, sports teams, bars and lounges and even a champagne luxury brand. Their possessions have already reached US $ 570 million.
9. LeBron James
31 years old, LeBron is the youngest of this list and began his career in the NBA when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although he has been one of the highest paid players in the league, his fortune results from endorsements. His wealth is around US $ 600 million .
The Irish band U2, led by singer Bono, became one of the most popular in the world during the 1980s with the album "The Joshua Tree," which had hits like "With or Without You" and "I Still Have not Found What I'm Looking For ".
Despite his successful career in music, much of the singer's fortune comes from his investment firm Elevation Partners. Their assets have surpassed the US $ 610 million.
7. Paul McCartney
The British singer-songwriter Paul McCartney dominated the music scene in the 1960s with the Beatles. Recently, he was named the most successful artist of the UK, with 700 million albums sold. His net worth is US 690 million.
6. Céline Dion
Céline began early career, even at age 12, when she was discovered by businessman and former husband, the late René Angélil. The singer has sold over 50 million albums in the US alone and won five Grammy. His fortune has reached US $ 700 million.
5. Dr. Dre
Known as Dr. Dre, rapper Andre Young began his career in Los Angeles, where he became famous with the group NWA in the late 1980. In 1992, he left for a solo career, releasing the album "The Chronic" that a year later, he won a Grammy.
He also worked in music production and found many successful singers like Snoop Dogg and Eminem. His fortune is US $ 730 million .
4. P. Diddy
With a net worth of US $780 million , P. Diddy founded Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group in 1994 and soon launched his career in hip-hop. He also produced albums and music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Lil 'Kim.
3. Jerry Seinfeld
Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld made his debut in 1976 in Catch a Rising Star, but his career really took off when he joined the "Tonight Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman." In the late 1980s, he created the sitcom "Seinfeld," and, last season, the actor was already earning $ 1 million per episode. His fortune is estimated at US $ 860 million .
2. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods showed affinity with golf since young, at 24, was already the youngest person to win four major titles golf. But despite their victories, less than 10% of their income come really the sport. Just like LeBron James, Tiger Woods made his fortune of US $ 900 million with endorsements.
With assets of US $ 910 million , the Queen of Pop has built a lucrative career in entertainment for more than three decades. Currently, Madonna is the highest grossing in history with ticket sales reaching $ 1.3 billion.
She even sold over 300 million albums and founded Maverick Records in partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which brought a $ 100 million profit in 2004.