It isn’t a secret that actors are some of the highest paid celebrities in the world. Be it in Hollywood or Bollywood,actors are known for their flashy lifestyles and eccentric shopping sprees. The following list focuses on the world’s biggest movie earners. The big boys who pull in mammoth crowds into cinemas year after year. Read on and find out whether your favorite A-list celebrity makes this exclusive club of living legends.
10.Adam Sandler – $350 million
Love him or hate him Hollywood’s go to funny man knows how to bring in the big bucks. After making an impression as an early cast member of Saturday Night Live Sandler has become a box office legend. Known for comedies such as ‘ Water Boy’, ’50 first dates’, ‘Grown ups’, the Brooklyn native has also made a splash in the animation genre with ‘Hotel Transylvania’. He owns his own production company and usually demands $20 million per film inclusive of a percentage of the gross profit. He is the only actor on the list to have received a razzie which is considered an Oscar for horrible movie performance. The 48 year old and his Happy Madison production company don’t seem to be slowing down soon.
9.Clint Eastwood – $370 million
Born in the 1930’s Clint Eastwood is a living icon. He has received wide acclaim as a director, actor and producer. His highest grossing film. Grand Torino, recouped $253 million at the box office and we all know that Clint banked a huge portion. Remember that he starred, produced and directed the film. Despite living a lavish lifestyle the Hollywood hard-man is also a well known philanthropists. Some of his popular movies include ‘Dollars’ trilogy, ‘Dirty Harry’ ,’Unforgiven’ and the heavily Oscar feted ‘Million Dollar Baby’
8.Bill Cosby-$380 millionDespite his recent legal battles, Mr Cosby is still one of the greatest African American Comedians to ever grace our televisions. He starred and produced The Cosby show which ultimately led him to making ‘Fat Albert and Cosby Kids’, ‘The Cosby mysteries and ‘The Electric Company’ all of which are financially and critically successful. He is also a prominent activist and educationist.
7.Tom Hanks – $390 million
His films have grossed over $8 billion at the box office world wide making him the most consistent money making star in the world. He is best known for ‘The Da Vinci Code, ‘Philadelphia’ Saving Private Ryan’. ‘Forest Gump’ among other big screen blockbusters. He is the second actor in history to win the academy award for best actor back to back. The 58 year old is a high school drop out and has been married twice having four kids in the process. One of his sons is a rapper known as Chet Haze.
6.Jack Nicholson – $400 million
Another living legend on the list Jack Nicholson has appeared on 64 films and is the most Oscar nominated actor in the world. He has used his star power to negotiate lucrative contracts such as in the 1989 Batman film which he earned $60 million. His other mega successful films include ‘The Shining’.’A few Good Men’ , ‘Terms of Endearment’ and the critically acclaimed ‘On Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. At 78 years old he isn’t expected to add to his enviable catalog of psychopathic characters but will continue to produce Hollywood blockbusters.
5.Johnny Depp – $450 million
Whether you know for his role as Edward scissor hands or Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp continues to one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors. His films have grossed more than $7 billion worldwide. He continues to demand bigger salaries and is expected to surpass the $100 a year mark in the near future. Lets hope he can keep up with his legendary performances in his upcoming films such as Mordecai, Black Mass and the fifth installment of the ultra successful Pirates of The Caribbean franchise.
4.Tyler Perry – $475 million
Who knew you could make hundreds of millions pretending to be an eccentric old lady? After staring out in hosting christian comedy plays, Tyler Perry has earned his place on this list using his popular Madea’character. Despite not achieving as much box office success as his peers, his films have sold over 500 million DVDs earning him a tidy fortune in the process. The 45 year old’s net worth is set to grow significantly following his multi-year deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network. Considering how successful he has been independently we expect him to continue taking home over $100 million like he did in 2011.
3.Tom Cruise – $480 million
Mr Mission Impossible’ can easily demand 420 million per film due to his previous box office success. The bankable superstar suffers from inconsistency in the critical acclaim department but he will put people in those seats. In his three decade career the American’s films have collectively grossed $7.9 billion worldwide. He had a very public relationship with actress Katie Holmes and they have a daughter named Suri who is a trendsetter in her own right. At 52 years of age the action star doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon as he recently earned an impressive $20 million salary from the sci fi film �Oblivion’
2.Shah Rukh Khan – $600 million
‘The King of Bollywood’ continues to prove that Indian cinema is a force to reckon with. At 61 years of age SRK as he is popularly known,continues to gross over $50 million a year from acting and $10 million from endorsements a year. Born poor Shah struggled in school until he joined an electronics class in high school. He is heavily involved in philanthropic activities and puts emphasis on education and climate change.After a string of Indian film blockbusters Khan ventured into TV where he is still a prominent presenter and producer.
1.Jerry Seinfeld – $830 million
After 15 years toiling on the stand up circuit Jerry finally made the big bucks on television. His show which he co-produced and starred in continues to be syndicated making it the most successful television show in history. He gained popularity as appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show and frequently wrote with the host David Letterman. He has also mastered the art of getting and sustaining lucrative endorsements such as the set of Microsoft Ads which he earned a tidy $10 million. The comedian has one of the largest Porsche collections in the world. As of 2009 he has 46 and reportedly paid $700,000 for a Porsche 959. He is currently enjoying online success with his highly acclaimed web series ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’