Top 10 Richest Celebrities in the World 2021 Forbes List
The 10 Richest Celebrities In The World 2021
Which celebrities are today the most wealthy? You will soon see that $900 million is the minimum net worth to be among 10 of the most wealthy celebrities in the world. Diddy was the richest celebrity with a net worth of $500 million when we first published our ranking of celebrity wealth in 2010. The richest celebrity in the world in 2010 would not break the top 20 in 2021.
10: Diddy Net Worth $900 Million
Since 2009, Diddy has been the only celebrity to rank in the top 20 highest-earning celebrities each year. Diddy’s business empire has helped him earn over $1 billion in the 20 years that have passed between 2000 and 2020. His major investments today include stakes in Revolt TV and DeLeon Tequila, Aquahydrate, Ciroc vodka, and Aquahydrate. Diddy also has the master records of several major artists, including “The Notorious B.I.G.” “.
9: Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth $950 Million
Why is Jerry Seinfeld so wealthy? Jerry Seinfeld has reached billionaire status due to Larry David and him owning 7.5% of “Seinfeld”‘s back-end equity points. As of the writing of this article, “Seinfeld’ has earned several billion dollars in syndication revenue. Larry and Jerry continue to be rewarded with huge cash sums by the streaming revolution. Netflix paid $500 million in November 2019 to become the exclusive streaming destination for the series, starting in 2022. Larry and Jerry will search for a new deal when the current one expires. They continue to promote the show in syndication worldwide with new deals constantly being offered. “Seinfeld”, one of the very few shows, has seen its per-episode fee increase over the years. That’s only one part of Jerry’s Jerry’s empire. He makes millions every year from comedy ticket sales. In 2020, Netflix paid him $20 Million for the exclusive rights to “23 Hours to Kill”.
8: J.K. Rowling’s Net Worth: $1 Billion
J.K. Rowling was the first celebrity billionaire. He is most well-known for his creation of the Harry Potter empire, which has sold over 500 million copies worldwide and earned billions at the international box office. Rowling is the UK’s wealthiest private citizen and the first author to reach $1 billion in net worth. J.K. is very private about her finances and has denied that she is a billionaire. It is possible that she has secretly donated large amounts of her wealth to charities. It is well-known that she has given at least $150 million to charity. As a single, unemployed mother on welfare, she wrote her first book.
7: David Copperfield’s Net Worth: $1 Billion
David is by far the most successful magician on the planet. His 500+ shows at the MGM Grand Las Vegas each year earn him $40-60 million annually. David continued to pay all salaries even though Las Vegas was shut down in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. David has the largest collection of magic memorabilia in the world. It contains over 150,000 items. The most valuable relics are from Harry Houdini, Georges Melies and Robert Houdin, the father of modern magic. It is located in a warehouse measuring 40,000 square feet, just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Experts have estimated that the collection is worth as much as $500 million. David’s real-estate portfolio is worth $200-300 million. His crown jewel is an 11-island resort located in the Bahamas. It costs $50-100,00 per night and has a minimum of four nights. In 2006, he bought his first Bahamanian Island for $55million. He owns an $18 million home in Las Vegas. He owns a four-floor apartment in New York City that is worth at most $60 million.
6: Paul McCartney Net Worth $1.2 Billion
It is no secret that Sir Paul McCartney has been one of the most successful and influential musicians in history. The Beatles are the most-sold music group of all time. They have sold over 600 million records worldwide as of the time this article was written. Paul is no fool as a solo artist. He still performs sold-out tours all over the globe. He makes between $50 and 70 million a year from his empire, with a large part of that income coming from royalties from his songs and copyrights to thousands of more songs by other artists.
Most people are aware that John Lennon and Paul sold the publishing rights for most of their songs many decades ago. This was a grave mistake. The catalogue was purchased by Michael Jackson in 1985 for $47.5million. Jackson bought the catalogue in 1985 for $47.5 million. A decade later, he merged all of his songs with Sony Music to create a new company, Sony/ATV Music Publishing. To become the sole owners of Jackson’s 50%, Sony paid $750million in 2016. McCartney sued Sony shortly after the transaction for reclaiming any songs written before 1978 (which would have been the majority). McCartney cited the US copyright law, which allows authors to reclaim US rights to their work after 56 years. Sony and Paul reached a confidential, but likely very expensive, settlement.
McCartney and Lennon’s heirs do not have publishing rights to most Beatles songs. However, they get paid for their use. Both receive songwriters royalty payments, which average in the United States 33.33% of all revenue. They share 50% of the revenue outside the USA. McCartney has only two Beatles songs, “Love Me Do” & “P.S. “I Love You” and “Love Me Do” are the only two Beatles songs McCartney owns. These two songs were not included in the Michael Jackson sale because they were written under an early publishing agreement.
5: Jay-Z’s Net Worth: $1.3 Billion
Jay-Z is now the seventh-richest celebrity with a net worth of $1.3 billion, a jump of a few positions and $100 million compared to 2020. Jay, like many celebrities on this list earned the vast majority of his wealth outside of his primary entertainment talent (in Jay’s case, rapping). Jay is the head of a very impressive business empire. A business empire that has made some very interesting movies in 2021.
He sold half of Armand de Brignac champagne to luxury conglomerate LVMH for $640 million in February 2021. He signed a deal to buy streaming service Tidal from Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, for $300 Million a week later. Jay also holds equity stakes in SpaceX and Outly, Uber Sweetgreen, Ethos, Sweetgreen, Sweetgreen, and Uber.
The couple has a net worth of around $2 billion when combined with Beyonce’s fortune of $500 million.
Jay-Z and Beyonce own $150 million in global real property and $100 million in art. Their property portfolio’s crown jewel is the Bel Air mansion measuring 30,000 sq. ft. It was purchased for $88 million in 2017. They paid $36 million down and obtained a $52million mortgage.
4: Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $1.4 billion
We differ from Forbes, which recently valued the soon-to-be-former Mrs Kanye West at a flat $1billion. We believe the real amount is a little higher.
Despite our differences, we can all agree that Kim Kardashian is amazing despite her early career as Paris Hilton’s personal assistant. She also recorded a sex tape and was a part of the Paris Hilton sex tape. After her debut in 2007, she turned that early fame into a reality series that ended a 20-year run. Kim turned her reality fame into a social media- and product-based empire.
Kim’s two most important assets today are KKW Beauty, a direct-to-consumer beauty product line, as well as Skims, a company that makes shapewear. KKW Beauty is worth over $100 million annually in revenue. She sold 20% of KKW Beauty to Coty last year, the same company that purchased 51% of Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics business in 2020. KKW Beauty was last valued at $700million. Kim holds 72% of the company. This gives her a pretax 500 million stake.
Skims was founded in 2019. According to a New York Times article, Skims raised $154 million recently at a valuation of $1.6 billion. Kim is believed to hold 50-60% of the brand. This gives her a pretax stake of $800-$960 million.
3: Jami Gertz Net Worth: $3 billion
Jami Gertz is a well-known name among 1980s children thanks to her roles in films like “The Lost Boys” or “Less Than Zero” and on television’s “Square Pegs”. Jami also starred in sitcoms such as “Still Standing”, and “The Neighbors” in recent years. How is Jamie Gertz multi-billionaire? The fifth-richest celebrity on earth. She was very successful in marriage.
Jami was married to Antony Ressler, a young and successful financier in 1989. Tony graduated from Georgetown University and went on to work for Michael Milken’s now-famous investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert. Drexel was a pioneer in raising huge amounts of money for corporate raiders, who would buy companies with little down and a lot of debt. Tony founded Apollo Global Management in 1990 after Drexel’s implosion. Milken spent 22 months in prison. Jami and he were married in the same year. Tony founded Ares Management in 1997. The company currently manages assets worth more than $130 million. Jami and Tony purchased a majority share in the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for $800 million. The Hawks now have a market value of $1.5 billion. They wanted to purchase the Dodgers but were outbid. They have a minority stake of the Milwaukee Brewers and approximately $100 million worth of known real estate. This includes a Beverly Park property that is worth at most $50 million. Their Malibu home is located above Broad Beach, considered to be one of the most desirable areas in the ‘Bu.
2: Oprah Winfrey Net Worth $3.5 Billion
1984 saw the entertainment industry stunned when a black news anchor with a unique first name was offered a $1 million 4-year contract to host her morning talk show in Chicago. The show rose from being dead last to number one in Chicago within a matter of months. The show was nationally syndicated within two years. Oprah was not happy. Oprah quickly realized that her $1 million 4-year contracts was nothing compared to the income she was making from her work. Roger Ebert, Chicago media legend, was Oprah’s consultant. Roger advised Oprah to meet Jeffrey Jacobs, his agent. Jacobs explained to her that Siskel, Ebert owned a portion of the show’s back-end equity. That’s how you become rich. To be an owner, you need to own it. Jeffrey’s advice was taken to the extreme by Oprah. She actually took Jeffrey’s advice.
Jeffrey and Oprah co-founded HARPO Productions (she has 90% and he 10%). They then produced “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on their own. The show was then sold market by market. Oprah and Jeffrey then negotiated an even larger deal with ABC, which included movie productions and a magazine. And, of course, the rights to launch other TV shows. Her 3.5-acre HARPO campus would be the location for all production. They were not finished.
Jeffrey and Oprah went to great lengths to get a share in King World Productions, her distributor. Oprah would receive money from every King World production, including Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy.
CBS purchased King World in 1999 for $2.5 billion stock. Oprah held 1% of CBS when the acquisition was completed. Through a deal with ABC in the mid-1990s, Oprah also owned a substantial amount of Disney stock.
Oprah was making around $300 million per annum from her media empire at her peak, when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was on the air.
Since 2015, Oprah is a Weight Watchers board member. Oprah was given equity in the amount of $43.5 million when she joined Weight Watchers. This stake is now worth more than $400million at different points in the company’s history.
Oprah Winfrey’s net worth is $3.5 billion. She is the richest black woman to have been self-made in American history, and one of the most powerful women in the world.
Oprah has donated more than $400 million to charity as of the time this article was written. Most of her donations have been for educational causes. More than 400 scholarships were paid for by Oprah to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
1: Kanye West Net Worth: $6.6 billion
Forbes says $1.6 billion. We believe $6.6 billion. What’s the difference? It’s a strange thing that Forbes seems so quick to give billionaire status to some celebrities (Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner), but it won’t throw Kanye any stones. This is what we know and it has been confirmed by TWO banking institutions:
- Kanye has $100 million worth of real estate
- All sources bring him $100-200 million annually
- His music collection is worth $110 Million
- He is the sole owner of 100% of the Yeezy apparel collection
- Yeezy is worth $1.5 billion in 2020 revenue and a brand worth $3-5 Billion… Kanye is a 100% equity owner
- The partnership between Yeezy and Gap is valued at $1 billion
When asked why Kanye is worth $6.6 million instead of $1.6 billion, my answer is:
Nike’s Jordan brand is worth $3-4 billion annually in sales. Michael Jordan receives $100-120 million in royalties each year. The Jordan brand is owned by Nike. It would be worth $30-40 billion if Nike sold Jordan at a 10x valuation. This money would be paid to Nike. Kanye has almost the exact same royalty deal as Yeezy. Kanye owns the brand. Kanye would be the only beneficiary if there were ever a sale.
Kanye West’s net worth is $6.6 billion. This makes him the richest black American, surpassing Robert F. Smith, founder of Vista Equity Partners.
Here is a quick recap of the Top 10 Richest Celebrities in the World 2021
- Kanye West Net Worth: $6.6 billion
- Oprah Winfrey Net Worth: $3.5 billion
- Jami Gertz Net Worth: $3 billion
- Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $1.4 billion
- Jay-Z Net Worth: $1.3 billion
- Paul McCartney Net Worth: $1.2 billion
- David Copperfield Net Worth: $1 billion
- J.K. Rowling Net Worth: $1 billion
- Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth: $950 million
- Diddy Net Worth: $900 million
Kanye West is the richest celebrity in the world in 2021. With a net worth of $6.6 billion, Nike’s Jordan brand is worth $3-4 billion annually in sales. Michael Jordan receives $100-120 million in royalties each year. The Jordan brand is owned by Nike. Kanye West’s net worth is $6.6 billion. This makes him the richest black American, surpassing Robert F. Smith, founder of Vista Equity Partners.