Revealed: Hollywood’s richest and poorest celebrities

Which Hollywood actor would you guess is worth the most money – Brad Pitt? Tom Cruise? Guess again. According to a new report in In Touch magazine, the wealthiest actor in Tinseltown is Will Smith. Smith is now the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning commanding $80 million a picture $80 million last year. But hip-hop producer and artist Jay-Z has Smith beat: he made $83 million last year. His wife, Beyonce, made $80 million, making them the “Richest Power Couple” on the list.

Simon Cowell was named the “Richest Reality Star,” raking in $50 million a year for being a judge on “American Idol,” as well as producing “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.” “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen is the highest paid TV actor, followed closely by Hugh Laurie of “House.” And the richest teen, of course, is Miley Cyrus, who is giving the Olsen twins a run for their money by earning a $25 million salary for her show, “Hannah Montana.” That doesn’t include the percentage she earns on merchandise sales – which total $1 billion world wide- as well as the $17.5 million she took in for her “Best of Both Worlds” tour.

Mel Gibson was named “Richest Land Owner,” thanks to his $30 million estate and a $37 million church he owns in Malibu, a $35 million compound in Connecticut, a $25 million ranch in Costa Rica (where he hosted Britney Spears this summer) and- get this- his very own private island in Fiji. Former model and mini-TV mogul Tyra Banks was named “Biggest Cheapskate,” (ha!), and Katie Couric, believe it or not, is still the “Richest News Anchor,” while actress Cameron Diaz beats both Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston as the “Richest Actress.” Mysteriously enough, Diaz made $50 million last year. And of course, Madonna tops the list of “Female Pop Divas,” making more than $72 million last year.

Of course, none of these actors even comes close to what talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey makes – she pulled in a staggering $260 million last year thanks to her show, her magazine empire and her radio show and TV network. Better get back to work, Will!

Even more fascinating is the magazine’s report on the “poorest” stars. They defined them as working actors/performers (not has-beens like Willie Aames or Gary Coleman), and some of the people on this list might surprise you.

After the spring cancellation of her show Men in Trees, Anne Heche said she could no longer pay the $15,000 a month in child and spousal support awarded to her ex-husband, Coley Laffoon, the father of her 6-year-old son, Homer. “I am continuing to look for work, but no offers are pending,” Anne said in court papers.

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” was the hottest song of the summer – but by the time fall rolled around, she still hasn’t seen a dime from it. On Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show, Perry admitted that “the money is still not coming in yet.”

[Lindsay Lohan] has raked in $15 million as an actress and a product pitchwoman. But Lohan has managed to spend a lot more than that. With expenses like $1 million on beauty treatments, $1 million for stays at the Chateau Marmont, and $10,000 a night on drinks during her pre-rehab days (rehab alone cost more than $310,000), it’s no wonder she is now on a strict budget.

[From In Touch print version, Sept. 29, 2008]

Ok, Lohan being broke doesn’t surprise me – but I was surprised to hear that Katy Perry hasn’t gotten a dime for her monster hit song. I actually feel kind of badly for Anne Heche. I always imagine that these celebs have tons of money and a financial advisor who makes sure it doesn’t run out – who would have thought that actors are living paycheck-to-paycheck just like the rest of us?

Will Smith photo from 9/15/08 at the “Lakeview Terrace” premiere. Lindsay Lohan shown at the VMAs on 9/7/08. Credit: PRPhotos. Beyonce and Jay-Z image is old and from 10/5/05. Credit: Fame.

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  1. Kaiser says:

    No, it isn’t surprising about Lohan… it seems like the whole family is budget.

    But Will Smith makes $80 mill a picture? I’m assuming it’s because of a back-end deal, right? It can’t be $80 mill up front.

  2. CiCi says:

    Kaiser, I was going to say the same thing. Did I miss something because I thought A-listers were still getting like 20M for roles. I mean, when did it jump up to 80M? that’s crazy.

  3. Enonymous says:

    Will Smith gets $80 million a picture? 8O What a waste of money. I know his movies do well at box office but come on that is way too much for an actor, in fact all those celebs get paid way too much.

  4. Kaiser says:

    @CiCi – Probably a back-end percentage of the gross. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt have made deals like that in the past.

  5. Baholicious says:

    I like Will Smith, he seems really down-to-earth and genuinely likeable. As an actor, he doesn’t seem to have much range. He is exactly the same – he’s mostly Will Smith – in every picture.

    Brian Linehan – anyone remember him? :-) – put it well I think when he said there are actors and there are movie stars. Will is a movie star. I’d be interested to see him try something different…I saw The Pursuit of Happyness and I liked it, he was good but I don’t think it did well at the box-office. I’d like to see him explore more dramatic roles where the emphasis is on the writing, not on how many things blow up peppered with quips in-between. Are there films of his like this I’ve missed?

  6. Celebitchy says:

    Will Smith made $80 million last year, not $80 million per picture. I read the InTouch article and MSat got that detail wrong. Thanks for pointing it out and it’s fixed!

  7. Kaiser says:

    @CB – Thanks for the clarification. Still, I bet Big Will gets a back-end deal.

  8. geronimo says:

    “..Mysteriously enough, Diaz made $50 million last year.”

    Didn’t she have two Shreks in 2007? Shrek The Third and the one for TV. That would begin to explain her high earnings in that period. Cos nothing else she’s done would justify her being on any ‘best’ list. :roll:

  9. anony says:

    Will DOES do well with the more low key/dramatic roles. Pursuit was a great movie and the message was fantastic- and it was a true story. He never makes the mistake of overacting and that movie was perfect for him. He was great in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ as well.

    How can anyone spend $10,o00 on ‘drinks’ a night? Even with hangers on thrown into the mix. How? Are we including the drugs too?

    And why would anyone feel bad for Anne Heche? She’s a grown woman and had a lot of money. Instead of investing in wisely she was a profligate spender.

  10. pissoff says:

    “who would have thought that actors are living paycheck-to-paycheck just like the rest of us?”

    They’re not “just like the rest of us”, genius. They’re pissing away money and being irresponsible with their finances – unlike most americans who fight just to make ends meet with the essentials.

  11. TC says:

    JayZ has freaking huge nostrils…

  12. Dingles says:

    …aaaannnd I’m in college and making $9.65/hr at my part-time job.

    I think I’m gonna go cry now.

  13. Anne says:

    Diaz made that Las Vegas movie last year and it for some reason was very successful at the box office.

    Brian Linehan was so fabulous, died way too young. He was right, Will Smith is a one trick pony.

  14. vdantev says:

    ‘Poor’ being a relative term at best here.

  15. Jaclyn says:

    I can’t believe Katy Perry is broke! That is messed up. Well, once she releases her CD, she’ll be raking it all in.

  16. KERRI says:

    I’m thinking Anne Heche saw that photo-spread in People and cried “Why did I stop pretending to be gay”?? “That could have been me living in a mansion without a worry about money”.

    Because, you dumped Ellen for a MAN, married him, then dumped your husband to have a torrid affair with your co-star — show was cancelled, no movie offers coming in…..

  17. jess says:

    im so glad you mentioned all that kerri.

    i would NEVER feel sorry for that woman. she has caused so many people so much pain because of her selfish impulses.

  18. Lauri says:

    I don’t get why Diaz is the highest paid actress. She just is not that good, and she does not have much charisma. It makes no sense to me.

  19. Nouvel says:

    Jay Z is sooooooooo not attractive. I bet Beyonce spends about 1 millions dollars a year on her horse hair in her head. She wears about 10 pounds of it at all times.. HILARIOUS… I wonder what she would look like with her OWN hair like Rhianna

  20. Moore says:

    I think the reason these people make so much is because (and correct me if I’m wrong) they get paid a large amount regardless of how the movie/album/show does. I think its ridiculous how much money these people make.

  21. Amy says:

    80 million a year and Beyonce still lets her mother dress her? For that kind of money, she should look flawless every time she leaves the house!! 8O

  22. YesYes says:

    I believe Rihanna is broke also.

  23. Caramel says:

    I love all these comments. Jay-Z is not attractive in the face but he does have swagger, you have to admit. Beyonce either looks a mess or looks like her mother all the time. I am not sure how she makes so much and is called a fashionista. Will Smith does have a range from comedic (Fresh Prince of Belair) to dramatic (The Pursuit of Happiness). All of them are overpaid. But, we pay for mindless entertainment every weekend at the box office and every tuesday when CDs drop.

  24. Phaballa says:

    Katy Perry’s CD has dropped, I believe in JUNE. So if she hasn’t made any money on it, maybe it’s because it didn’t sell, or because artists who pay for Max Martin to write and produce their albums are going to go in already owing their labels LOTS of money. Martin has written and produced some of the biggest pop songs in the last 15 years, so I’m sure he gets paid quite well for it even if he doesn’t brag like Timbaland. The guy wrote “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, “I Want It That Way,” “Bye Bye Bye,” AND “It’s Gonna Be Me.” I’m surprised he even bothers to work anymore. It’s gotta take at least a million to get him out of bed.

  25. Leandra says:

    Will Smith gets $80 Million a year, not per picture. He’s very likeable and popular. People want to see his movies.

  26. Alecto says:

    uhhhh….If people like lohan spend around 1 million a year on beauty treatments what kinda troll would she look like without it? I don’t know about the rest of you but I get by pretty decently on crap from wal-mart. The most I spend on “beauty treatments” that last me for a few months is about $100 bucks. Wonder what the rest of us would look like if we had a million bucks to spend to be pretty. Not to mention the wardrobe account.

  27. sj says:

    Beyonce has long hair, why she chooses to wear a weave i will never know, that was her own hair at the grammys this year check out the pictures, it was shorter but not by very much, also look at her pictures when she was about 12 her real hair is very long, i think it is less time consuming to wear a weave.

  28. sj says:

    oh and rhianna cut her hair, she had long hair in the beginning of her career but wanted to set herself apart from everyone else, also rhianna looks hot with short hair, like halle berry did, hair is not everything.

  29. Tracy says:

    It’s ashame that the great working people who save lives such as doctors, nurses, policemen and firemen don’t even make close to what actors make. What talent do they really have to be making all that money? How can they be worth more money than a heart surgeon performing a bypass surgery to keep someone living. Which one do you think is smarter, a heart surgeon or Will Smith. Apparently the world thinks Will Smith is worth more!

  30. Atlstl88 says:

    I’m sorry, not trying to be rude. If it comes off as that, I’ll apologize in advance. But, people it’s called reading. You do realize that we would know if someone is making $80 mill for a movie, right? It said it right there, $80 million LAST YEAR, not a picture(movie). Anywho, I can understand that Lohan’s broke(for what she’s made), due to the fact that she hasn’t done that many movies, and isn’t bringing in a steady income; and also the fact that she spends it on ridiculous amounts of items.

  31. Because I say So says:

    Anyone else disgusted? Here I am wondering if my job is secure and these idiots get paid ridiculous amounts of money to barely entertain us. Or maybe I have the wrong perspective. Maybe I’m just mad that they’re apparently smarter than me and found a way to make millions by doing nothing useful. :cry:

  32. IPaul says:

    I think it is silly for us to judge these people for the amounts of money they make. You cannot get upset if they made choices in life that led to that level of success, financially. Will Smith is goofy, but he is still, by today’s standards very marketable. So stop hatin!! :lol:

  33. mstunde says:

    it says will made $80mill last year not specifically per movie. also most of these actors have production companies who come up with some of the funding for the movies so when the movies grosses say………$100million in theatres, they get a percentage of that as well.

    as for miley cyrus….damn.

  34. mstunde says:

    but even the money these people make isnt entirely theirs. before they can spend anything, 10-15% goes to the agent, 10% to the manager, then theres studio taxation………its still a crap load of cash but it dwindles quickly. these celebrities go to spas and get $1200 diamond ream facials twice a week and then hit up chateau marmont where a soda costs $8 and a shot of patron goes for $16 at the bar. add 10 alcoholic friends to that……..

  35. mstunde says:

    i think producers and directors prolly make a crap load more money than actors, but they are better spenders. just wondering how long til rihanna and those damn hills girls go broke like lohan.

  36. GuessWho says:

    And the fact that I’m practically raising other people’s children for 9.15 an hour makes me sick. These celebrities do nothing while I”m teaching what could be our future president that sticking boogers in the other kids lunch isn’t a nice thing to do…. :evil:

  37. thatbrutha says:

    Aren’t most actors really themselves when they act?

  38. Larissa says:

    at least Will Smith has some talent

    but Miley “Circus”? somebody pls shoot me!

  39. Magic Peachz says:

    They entertain us. We pay huge amounts of money to be entertained. I love Will Smith. I get that he may not be an intellectual giant but I think you have to be fairly brainy to be a good actor. Think about it you have to be a con man in a way. They have moves we common folk don’t see coming. That said I agree with everyone that pointed out how expensive it is to stay afloat in that industry. They are commodities and they are used as such. You have to be pretty sharp to keep the money you make. Lindsay was used by her parents and the industry. Now she is used up and old at 22. My god. I am so glad I’m not famous. It seems like a lot of work.

  40. gg says:

    People are in the dark about how the music industry works. Your label pays an advance to make an album, and just about all of that goes into the first project, not to you. Your hit can be #1 on all the airwaves but you probably won’t see a cent for a couple of years, and that’s if you actually wrote the song. If not, that writer’s making just about all the money, as they generally do. The record label takes their advance money back off the top, the producer gets paid, studio gets paid, etc., etc. Which is why nobody ever makes a ton of money off their first record. Some, not their second or third either.

    When you have a hit tune, it does not automatically make you rich. Not at all.

  41. Jeanne says:

    You have to factor in expenses too like what were Lindsay Lohan’s expenditures for illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, rehab, entertainment, court costs, lawyer’s fees, bad fashion, plastic surgery, etc.

  42. chimezie says:

    lohan is simply an incarnate of brittney cause i simply cant imajine how a human cherrish druggs more tham food .bitch has no name to qualify her in the dictionary.PARIS HILTON,BRITNEY SPEARS,NICHOL REACHIE,LINSAY LOHAN, WERE THE HELL THIS BITCHES COME FROM!GUSH!!!!!!!!! :cry:

  43. sakis says:

    do you know if britney is more wealthy than beyonce