The actors on this list have amassed a fortune many of us could never comprehend, and they owe it all to talent, fame and, most likely, a little bit of luck. So, without further adieu, here are the 10 highest paid actors of all time.
10. Sean Connery – $300 Million
Sean Connery is, to many, the ultimate James Bond – and his acting talent is reflected in his bank balance. Sean, whose mother was a cleaning lady and father was a factory worker, is now one of the highest paid movies stars in the world.
9. Arnold Schwarznegger – $300 Million
When Arnold Schwarzenegger started out as a body-builder, we doubt he ever believed he would amass a fortune of $300 million for acting. The actor with the nearly unpronounceable surname is now one of the most popular stars on screen, featuring in some of the most loved movies of all time, including ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and, of course, ‘Terminator’.
8. Keanu Reeves – $350 Million
Keanu Reeves is not only one of the highest paid actors of all time, he is also one of the sweetest. Very aware of how blessed he is, Keanu gave away his $75 Million salary for The Matrix to the movie crew, with each person on set taking away $1 million, as he believed they deserved the money more than him.
8. Tom Hanks – $350 Million
Oscar winner Tom Hanks is one of the most popular actors in the movie industry, adored by audiences across the world. Thanks to his superb acting talent in movies such as ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Forest Gump’, he is now worth an incredible $350 million.
7. Bill Cosby – $350 Million
Bill Cosby maybe a controversial figure at the moment, but that doesn’t stop the fact he’s still worth a significant amount of money from his stand-up performances, movies and ‘The Cosby Show’.
6. Clint Eastwood – $375 Million
Clint Eastwood is more than just a talented actor, he is now one of the most respected movie directors in the world, creating Oscar nominated movies such as ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’. Not bad for a college dropout!
5. Johnny Depp – $400 Million
Johnny Depp’s versatility and acting ability has most definitely paid off, allowing him to bag 5th position on this list. Who needs a golden ticket when you have $400 million in the bank?
4. Sylvester Stallone – $400 Million
At the start of his career, Sylvester Stallone struggled to land an acting gig. So what did he do? He created his own opportunity, writing a screenplay that would change his life forever. What was that movie? Only one of the biggest boxing films of all time: Rocky.
3. Jack Nicholson – $400 Million
Jack by name, Jack by nature – as Jack Nicholson really is a Jack of all trades. Not only is he a respected actor, but he is a screenwriter, producer and director. The actor, who has received Academy Award nominations every decade from the 1960s to 2000s, is also one of the richest thespians in Hollywood.
2. Mel Gibson – $425 Million
Mel Gibson would have made number one of this list, if it wasn’t for the fact he lost half of his $850 million fortune to his ex-wife in his 2011 divorce settlement. Still, Mel Gibson’s net worth is not to be sniffed at, as he has secured a whopping $425 million for starring in movies such as ‘Braveheart’, ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘What Women Want’, as well as producing films such as ‘Apocalypto’ and ‘The Passion of the Christ’.
1. Tom Cruise – $450 Million
Tom Cruise never wanted to become an actor. His goal was to become a priest. So, if you’d have told him many years ago that he would one day be the richest actor of all time, he would most likely have laughed in your face – and repented afterwards. He now has a wealth of $450 million thanks to critically acclaimed movies such as ‘Born of the Fourth July’, ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Top Gun’.