One prestige of being an actor is fame and money. The success of any actor could be measured by how famous he is through his film appearances but then it is impractical to measure fame but money is. Although not all actors do not show off their wealth to showcase where they stand in the money tree, their net worth is public knowledge.
Merv Griffin got the biggest net worth of $1 billion, and Mel Gibson is $200 million short from taking the first spot. Read on below, the top ten richest actors in the world.
10- Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer who has a net worth of $300 million. Best known for his comedic roles he has starred in many Hollywood feature films that have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.
His most recent film, Grown Ups grossed to $271 million at the box office making it his highest-grossing movie to date. A few of his famous films included Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002).
In 1999 he founded a film and television production company called Happy Madison Productions. Since its foundation, it already produced numerous films and developed the 2007 television series Rules of Engagement.
9- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder who has a net worth of $300 million. He gained recognition after he won the Mr. Universe title at age 20.
He was also a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia contest. He is famed as one of the Hollywood action film icons. His breakthrough film the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982 was a box-office hit. He is known for his signature role in a science fiction thriller film The Terminator.
His most successful films included Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), and Red Heat (1988). He has also served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.
8- Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer, and director who has a net worth of $350million. His 2012 films grossed more than $4.2 billion at the United States box office alone, and more than $8.5 billion worldwide which made him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history.
He is best known for his roles in Big, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, and Captain Phillips, as well as the animated films The Polar Express and the Toy Story series.
7- Johnny Depp
John Depp is an American actor, film producer, and musician who has a net worth of $350 million . He became famous on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street which made him a teen idol. His films have grossed over $3.1 billion at the United States box office and over $7.6 billion worldwide.
Few of his commercially successful included the series Pirates of the Caribbean which grossed US$ 3,727 million, Alice in Wonderland which grossed US$ 1,024 million, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which grossed US$ 474 million and The Tourist which grossed US$ 278 million worldwide.
6- Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson is s an American actor, film director, producer, and writer who has a net worth of $400 million. He has won twice Academy Award for Best Actor, for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and for As Good as It Gets.
His 1983 film, Terms of Endearment has also won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is likewise popular for playing villainous roles, such as Frank Costello in The Departed, Jack Torrance in The Shining, and the Joker in 1989’s Batman.
His notable films included Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Chinatown, The Passenger, The Shining, Reds, Wolf, A Few Good Men, The Pledge, About Schmidt, and The Departed.
5- Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is an American film actor and producer who have a net worth of $500 million. He is a three-time Golden Globe Awardee. He began with his 1981 film, Endless Love at age 19. He went on and became a full-fledged movie star after starring in Top Gun in 1986.
He is famous for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series between 1996 and 2011. Fourteen of his films grossed over $100 million domestically; twenty have grossed in excess of $200 million worldwide His other Hollywood blockbusters, included Vanilla Sky in 2001, Minority Report in 2002, The Last Samurai in 2003, Collateral in 2004, War of the Worlds in 2005, Valkyrie in 2008, Knight and Day in 2010, Jack Reacher in 2012 and Oblivion in 2013.
4- Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, TV host who has a net worth of $600 million. He has appeared in more than 50 Hindi films in different genres . Thirteen of his films have accumulated gross earnings of over INR1 billion equivalent to US$16 million worldwide.
His being an eighth Filmfare Best Actor Award winner made him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time . Aside from his acting career, Khan currently sits as co-chairman of the motion picture production company, Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries.
3- William Shatner
William Shatner is a Canadian actor, musician, singer, author, film director, spokesman and comedian who has a net worth of $650 million. His portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the Federation starship USS Enterprise, science fiction television series Star Trek and Star Trek feature films helped him gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon.
His other TV appearances included host to a reality-based television series Rescue 911 and television dramas The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
2- Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is an American-Australian actor, film director, producer and screenwriter who has a net worth of $800 million. He was the producer and director and star of Braveheart where he won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1995.
He was also the director and producer of the 2004 controversial film, The Passion of the Christ. He was the founder of the so-called o the studio system,” Icon Entertainment, a Production Company.
1- Merv Griffin
Merv Griffin was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul who has a net worth of $1 billion. He began in radio and went on to become a band member, eventually began his acting career. At his teens, Merv has already earned money for himself. He was a piano prodigy to which he serves as his church organist.
From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show. Additionally, he was the creator of the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, Ruckus, and Merv Griffin’s Crosswords with his own television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises, and Merv Griffin Entertainment. At the age of 82 heed due to prostate cancer.