America's Richest Celebrities

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In America, the entertainment industry has provided numerous individuals with unprecedented fame and fortunes. These celebrities have leveraged their talent, charisma, and business acumen to amass tremendous wealth and secure their positions as some of the richest individuals in the country.

Among them is George Lucas, the visionary creator of the iconic "Star Wars" franchise.

With a net worth of $4.6 billion, Lucas's wealth primarily stems from the sale of his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for a staggering $4.1 billion. While he has stepped back from filmmaking, his Skywalker Ranch in California stands as a testament to his success.

Another influential figure is Steven Spielberg, renowned for his exceptional directorial skills.

With a net worth of $3.7 billion, Spielberg's primary source of income is DreamWorks, which has produced numerous blockbuster films. Additionally, his involvement with Amblin Partners and collaborations with Alibaba Pictures further contribute to his wealth.

Oprah Winfrey, an influential media mogul, has amassed a net worth of $2.8 billion.

Her primary source of income is Harpo Productions, and her cable network, OWN, has experienced a surge in ratings. Despite fluctuations in the stock market, including her shares in Weight Watchers, Winfrey continues to maintain her financial success.

Michael Jordan, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has achieved a net worth of $1.2 billion.

His brand, Jordan Brand, remains a significant source of income, with Nike projecting substantial revenue growth. Jordan's ownership of the Charlotte Hornets further contributes to his impressive wealth.

The entertainment industry extends beyond film and sports, as illustrated by David Copperfield, the world-renowned illusionist.

With a net worth of $850 million, Copperfield's wealth stems from his successful shows in Las Vegas and his investment in a vast collection of magical artifacts.

Diddy, also known as Sean Combs, has transformed his hip-hop stardom into a diversified empire, accumulating a net worth of $750 million. His partnership with Diageo's Ciroc vodka brand and ownership of Revolt TV solidify his financial success.

Tiger Woods, the legendary golfer, has a net worth of $740 million, primarily derived from his success on the golf course and endorsement deals. Although his earnings have fluctuated, Woods remains a prominent figure in the sports world.

There are countless ways to achieve great fame and wealth by entertaining people, and no one has excelled in this more than the individuals on this list of 20 people. Introducing our first-ever list of the richest celebrities in the United States.

America's Richest Celebrities

In compiling this list, we have guided ourselves by one criterion: considering only those who have become wealthy through their fame, not those who became famous because of their wealth, like the newly elected president.

  1. GEORGE LUCAS Net Worth: $4.6 billion Primary Source of Income: Sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $4.1 billion Future Growth? The creator of "Star Wars" has almost completely stepped away from filmmaking and now has a relatively distant relationship with the franchise. His wealth may decrease due to charitable activities. "Star" Asset: Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, spanning approximately 2,500 acres according to some reports.

  2. STEVEN SPIELBERG Net Worth: $3.7 billion Primary Source of Income: DreamWorks Future Growth? The relaunch of Amblin Partners with a $325 million financing; a joint film production agreement with Jack Ma's Alibaba Pictures. "Star" Asset: Since 1987, a share of the revenues from Universal theme parks.

  3. OPRAH WINFREY Net Worth: $2.8 billion Primary Source of Income: Harpo Productions Future Growth? Ratings for her cable network OWN, owned by the former talk show queen, have finally increased this year, but the stocks of Weight Watchers, where she owns a 10% stake, are under pressure. "Star" Asset: Over 220 acres of land in the mountains of Maui.

  4. MICHAEL JORDAN Net Worth: $1.2 billion Primary Source of Income: Jordan Brand Future Growth? Nike forecasts a 61% increase in the brand's annual revenues to $4.5 billion by 2020. "Star" Asset: Charlotte Hornets basketball team (NBA).

  5. DAVID COPPERFIELD Net Worth: $850 million Primary Source of Income: Earnings accumulated over decades as an illusionist, invested in the world's largest collection of magical artifacts. Future Growth? Continues to earn significant money from shows in Las Vegas; 2016 was the most successful year to date. "Star" Asset: An enclave of 11 private islands in the Bahamas.

  6. DIDDY Net Worth: $750 million Primary Source of Income: Transformed 1990s hip-hop stardom into a diversified empire, including a partnership with Diageo's Ciroc vodka brand. Future Growth? The vodka market is mostly stable, but the tequila brand DeLeon, which Diddy co-owns with Diageo, could provide a boost. "Star" Asset: Controlling stake in Revolt TV.

  7. TIGER WOODS Net Worth: $740 million Primary Source of Income: Golf and endorsement deals Future Growth? Unlikely to replicate the earnings of his best years (e.g., $115 million in 2008), but will continue to earn big. "Star" Asset: His $60 million mansion located in Jupiter Island, Florida.

  8. DR. DRE Net Worth: $710 million Primary Source of Income: Sale of Beats to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion Future Growth? The remaining payment for Beats in the form of Apple shares could turn out to be quite promising. "Star" Asset: A list of hip-hop hits, including "Nuthin' but a G Thang."

  9. JAMES PATTERSON Net Worth: $700 million Primary Source of Income: Books Future Growth? His prolific writing has helped him achieve his highest earnings ever in 2016, totaling $95 million; there are no signs of weakening demand for his works. "Star" Asset: A $23 million house in Palm Beach, Florida.

  10. JERRY SEINFELD Net Worth: $670 million Primary Source of Income: Earnings from the eponymous sitcom, plus income from stand-up tours Future Growth? Still earning significant amounts despite declining "Seinfeld" revenues. "Star" Asset: A vast collection of cars.

  11. JAY Z Net Worth: $610 million Primary Source of Income: Roc Nation Future Growth? The startup Tidal has significantly increased in value since Jay Z acquired it for $56 million in 2015. It could either turn out to be a failure or become the next Beats. "Star" Asset: A penthouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan worth $20 million.

  12. MADONNA Net Worth: $560 million Primary Source of Income: Cumulative earnings from tours throughout her career: $1.4 billion Future Growth? As long as she continues touring, her fans will keep buying tickets. "Star" Asset: A house in Manhattan.

  13. JIMMY BUFFETT Net Worth: $550 million Primary Source of Income: Restaurants, hotels, and casinos under the Margaritaville brand Future Growth? As long as people enjoy drinking and beaches, the empire known as Margaritaville will continue to grow. "Star" Asset: A network of bars named after the hit song with Alan Jackson, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

  14. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Net Worth: $460 million Primary Source of Income: Decades of touring Future Growth? Despite approaching his 70s, the musician continues to fill arenas. "Star" Asset: A 200-acre horse farm worth over $10 million in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

  15. HOWARD STERN Net Worth: $450 million Primary Source of Income: Radio Future Growth? Earnings from his sharp-tongued radio hosting have already peaked, but Stern's efforts in the digital field—apps, streaming video—hold prospects. "Star" Asset: A $53 million ranch in Palm Beach, Florida.

  16. JON BON JOVI Net Worth: $410 million Primary Source of Income: Decades of touring Future Growth? The stadium-filling musician is now looking at potentially lucrative investment in the National Football League (NFL) franchise, according to his statements. "Star" Asset: An $8 million home in the Hamptons.

  17. RUSH LIMBAUGH Net Worth: $400 million Primary Source of Income: Radio Future Growth? His eponymous show continues to be the most widely syndicated recorded program on air, although earnings are on a downward trajectory. "Star" Asset: A mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, worth $51 million.

  18. PHIL MICKELSON Net Worth: $375 million Primary Source of Income: Golf and endorsement deals Future Growth? His best days on the course may be behind him, but his wealth may see a slight increase thanks to ongoing eight-figure sponsorships. "Star" Asset: All the awards received for victories in 42 Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) tournaments, including five championships.

  19. BARBRA STREISAND Net Worth: $370 million Primary Source of Income: Music sales Future Growth? Investments may pay off: her Malibu estate, rumored to have been purchased for under $20 million, is now approaching a value of $100 million. "Star" Asset: Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards.

  20. KATHY IRELAND Net Worth: $360 million Primary Source of Income: Licensing empire, Kathy Ireland Worldwide Future Growth? The former supermodel continues to expand her offered range, now including a signature office furniture line and a handbag line. "Star" Asset: A jewelry collection worth around $25 million.

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