The 10 wealthiest celebrities held a combined fortune of $18.7 billion more than the GDP of Iceland.This yers’s ranking boasted the biggest cumulative figure since Forbes began tallying totals, up 4% from 2017’s $18 billion.
Leading the pack is Star Wars creator George Lucas with a net worth of $5.4 billion thanks to selling his Lucasfilm production company to Disney for a whooping $4.1 billion.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg took second place pocketing $3.7 billion from his films.Media mogul Oprah took third place taking home $2.8 billion from her TV network OWN.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan with a $400 million net worth snagged fourth place with $1.7 billion thanks to his sneaker fortune.21-year-old Kylie Jenner was the youngest billionaire on the list thanks to Kylie Cosmetics which has accumulated more than $630 million in makeup since its launch two years ago.
Music Mogul Jay-Z tied with Kylie Jenner in fifth place ($900 million).His net worth is up $90 million from 2017’s figure thanks to lucrative stakes in companies including Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, plus holdings in his entertainment empire Roc Nation and streaming service Tidal.
He beat fellow rapper Diddy who took eighth place with a whooping $820 million.The rapper dropped from fourth place last year and the richest rapper in 2017.Golfer Tiger Woods took ninth place with $800 million after a tough couple of years in the press and a back injury that saw him fall from grace but the golfer seems to have made a comeback.
America’s Wealthiest Celebrities 2018
1. George Lucas
Net worth: $5.4 billion
2. Steven Spielberg
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Michael Jordan
5. (tie) Kylie Jenner
5. (tie) Jay-Z
7. David Copperfield
9. (tie) Tiger Woods
9. (tie) James Patterson
Celebrities not on those lists were valued through private company stakes and publicly traded assets. Real estate, art and other assets were also factored in where applicable. For entertainers without such holdings, we based estimates on net lifetime earnings after taxes and spending. Eligibility was limited to American citizens who’ve gotten rich off their fame, rather than become famous for their wealth.