The lives of the rich and famous are ones many aspire to attain at some point in their lives but behold, this is one of those times that can be considered much easier said than done. Some of the world's wealthiest people come from different backgrounds and walks of life, making it a feasible future, but it definitely takes time and a lot of hard work.
From directing some of the most successful films to date, releasing Billboard Hot 100 hit after hit, or creating the most popular daytime talk show across the globe, becoming Oprah rich does not happen overnight.
Oprah is a living example of being self-made, and it appears many others took notes! From the likes of Celine Dion, Stephen Spielberg, Michael Jordan, Diddy and more, here are the 19 celebrities who have managed to make as much coin as Oprah.
19 George Lucas
George Lucas is notably one of the most successful filmmakers to date. Not only is he responsible for smash hit film series such as 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones', but he has definitely made his mark and his coin. According to Business Insider, Lucas has managed to make over $6 billion throughout his career!
18 Stephen Spielberg
Keeping in theme with filmmakers and directors, Stephen Spielberg is definitely the man that comes to mind. With hit films such as "Jaws," "Jurassic Park" and "ET," Spielberg has managed to become the richest film director in the entertainment business. Wondering how successful he is? Well, according to Business Insider, Spielberg has a net worth of nearly $4 billion.
17 Michael Jordan
When it comes to basketball, only a few big names come to mind as changing the game for good, and one of those players is none other than Michael Jordan himself. Not only has Michael made the big bucks playing basketball, but he's made the majority of his money from sponsorships and deals with major brands and companies, including none other than Nike. Jordan is said to be worth over $1.9 billion from his outstanding works as an athlete (Business Insider).
16 Tiger Woods
The world of golf is yet another sport that leads to players racking in some of the highest numbers. Despite his 2009 scandal, Woods has made a successful comeback to the game of golf and remains one of the best players to date. Due to his massive success with the game, and the countless deals he's made over the last two decades, Woods is worth $1.5 billion, says Money.com.
15 Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is hands down one of the most notable figures in the world of rap and music production. Dre has been around for quite a while and has managed to create some of the most iconic songs that are popular to this day. Due to his success in the music industry, Dr. Dre and his numerous brand deals and hits, have made him over $800 million, says Business Insider.
14 Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld may have started his career by making people laugh, it is safe to say that he is laughing all the way to the bank. As a comedian, writer, and actor, Jerry Seinfeld has amassed over $950 million, according to WealthyGorilla. Seinfeld is also known for having one of the most prestigious car collections, owning over 150!
According to Forbes, Diddy, Sean Combs, Puff Daddy are any other versions of his name that you know about, is worth a whopping $750 million! Diddy has been able to gain his notoriety and massive success through his works in the music industry as a rapper, writer and producer. It's no surprise that Diddy likes to spend his hard-earned money, and is known for his very lavish lifestyle and support for countless charities!
12 Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffet is a major contender on this list for his massive success in the music industry. Don't let the last name fool you, Jimmy has no relation to mega-billionaire, Warren Buffet, but made his name selling millions of records. With that being said, Jimmy Buffet has a net worth of over $600, making him one of the wealthiest musicians to date.
11 Celine Dion
Celine Dion is a music legend. The Canadian born singer has become one of the most successful female singers in the world. Not only is she best known for singing the iconic 'Titanic' song, but Celine also has her own fashion and accessories line, and headliner of the longest-running Las Vegas residencies to date that has allowed her to rack in a whopping $850 million, says Wealthy Gorilla.
10 Jay Z
The world of rap would not be the same without the legend himself, Jay Z. Jay got his first-ever Hot 100 hit with his feature on Mariah Carey's song 'Heartbreaker,' and he has skyrocketed ever since. The rapper and owner of Roc Nation have amassed $1 billion says Forbes and is easily one of the most successful rappers in the industry.
9 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is a self-made diva that is hand down the most notable female singer in the music industry. With a whopping 18 Hot 100 hits, 250 million records sold and one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time, Mariah has earned close to $600 million over the course of her career, says Business Insider, and rightfully so!
8 J.K. Rowling
J.K Rowling is the only author on this list, but rightfully so. The author of the mega-hit story series 'Harry Potter', which sold millions and millions of copies worldwide, and created into successful films that have gone on to become some of the highest-grossing movies in history. Due to Rowling's massive success as a writer, she has made $1 billion doing so and is the first-ever author to reach this feat, according to Forbes.
Bono, the lead singer of the massively successful band, U2, has a net worth of over $700 million, says Celebrity Networth. The band has been together since Bono was sixteen years old, and have become political activists in addition to sensational musicians. Due to Bono's lengthy career, he has managed to amass his enormous wealth.
6 David Copperfield
The world of magic often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to entertainment, however, David Copperfield would beg to differ. Copperfield is without a doubt the most well-known magician and illusionist in the world, and with his countless TV and film specials, Las Vegas residency and sold-out shows worldwide, Copperfield has managed to have a net worth of nearly $900 million, according to Forbes.
5 Kylie Jenner
Next up on the list is reality tv star turn makeup mogul, Kylie Jenner. Kylie first began as a star on the hit E! series 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians', however, she has become the most successful out of the Kardashian-Jenner clan with her enormously successful makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics. Due to her success, Kylie has managed to become the youngest billionaire ever, says Forbes, and we imagine only more and more success for the star to come.
A list of Hollywood's wealthiest people wouldn't be the same without the Queen herself, Beyoncé. The former Destiny's Child member went on to have a successful career as a solo artist, so successful that she is now worth over $450 million, says Business Insider. With one of the most vocal fanbases, high grossing tours, acting, writing and singing, Beyoncé has made undoubtedly made a name for herself.
3 Ellen DeGeneres
Oprah Winfrey made her wealth and success mainly through her daytime talk show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', and it appears others have taken notes. Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and actress turn talk show host, is easily on the rise to become yet another smash success. DeGeneres, which has also voiced characters in Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' has gone on to have a net worth of over $450 million, says Wealthy Gorilla.
2 Paul McCartney
When it comes to music, only so many people come to mind when we think of legendary, and The Beatles is definitely one of them. Paul McCartney, the only remaining member of the iconic band, has become one of the most successful and wealthy singers to date. The performer has gained a net worth of $1.2 billion, all due to him and his band members' music that remains as popular today as it did over five decades ago.
Last up on the list is yet another entertainer that has changed the world of music and paved the road for numerous singers today, is none other than Madonna. The singer has gained a net worth of over $590 million, says Forbes. Madonna was known as quite the controversial singer during her prime in the '80s, and it appears to have paid off!