Celebrities Who Are Billionaires

These stars have made a fortune off of their business ventures in various industries, including music, makeup and media

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Tiger Woods

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On June 10, 2022, Forbes anointed golf star Woods the title of billionaire, with his various championship wins and numerous endorsements earning him the status. Forbes estimated Woods, one of the most famous athletes in all of sports, has earned a total of $1.7 billion in salary over his 27-year career.

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LeBron James

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A newer member of the 'club,' James hit the valuation in June 2022, per Forbes, after making $121.2 million in 2021. It makes him the first active NBA player on the list; though Michael Jordan is also a billionaire, he didn't hit the milestone until after retirement.

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Peter Jackson

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The Lord of the Rings director joined the list in April 2022, with Forbes reporting that his billionaire status was cemented the November prior when he sold a skate in his company Weta for $975 million. He is reportedly worth $1.5 billion, Forbes shared.

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Rihanna

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The newest addition to the club was crowned by Forbes in August 2021 thanks to her wildly successful Fenty Beauty line.

According to Forbes, RiRi is worth $1.7 billion, making her "the wealthiest female musician in the world and second only to Oprah Winfrey as the richest female entertainer," the magazine reports. Her Savage x Fenty line also rakes in millions, not to mention the revenues from her many musical hits and tours.

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Kim Kardashian

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The fashion and beauty mogul's net worth has increased to $1.8 billion, which has earned her a continued spot on the 2022 Forbes' World's Billionaire's List.

The outlet estimates that since October 2020, Kardashian's net worth has skyrocketed from $780 million, all thanks to her businesses KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance and SKIMS, her Keeping Up with the Kardashians paycheck, endorsement deals and investments.

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Jeff Bezos

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Say hello to the second-richest man on the planet. Since founding to his hugely successful e-commerce site Amazon in 1994, Bezos is now worth $171 billion, according to Forbes.

Bezos has since purchased The Washington Post and aerospace company Blue Origin. He has also pledged to help stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by donating $100 million to Feeding America.

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MacKenzie Scott

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Bezos' ex-wife became the world's richest woman in 2020 after ironing out the details of the couple's divorce settlement and coming away valued at $68 billion. That December, she shared that she'd given away more than $4 billion to 300-plus charitable organizations in the months prior, and has since given away millions more.

"This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires," Scott wrote in the post.

Scott then promised that she is "far from completing" her pledge to give back, and encouraged others to also donate to any one of the 384 organizations researched by her advisers, including them all in a list at the end of her post.

Forbes values her at $43.6 billion as of April 2022.

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Kanye West

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The music mogul was deemed a billionaire by Forbes in April 2020. The outlet reported his estimated worth is $2 billion, however, West claimed in 2021, "It's $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count."

In March 2021, Forbes updated its figures, saying the rapper is actually worth $6.6 billion, more than half of it thanks to his Yeezy brand.

West also has $122 million in cash and stock and $110 million from his music catalog, alongside $1.7 billion in other assets, including estranged wife Kim Kardashian's SKIMS business.

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Tyler Perry

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The entertainment magnate's net worth is estimated at $1 billion by Forbes. The outlet reported on Sept. 1, 2020, that Perry has earned more than $1.4 billion in pretax income since 2005.

Perry currently owns Tyler Perry Studios, a 330-acre lot in Atlanta valued at $280 million where he films his TV shows and movies, all of which he owns. According to Forbes, the actor, director and producer also has a stake in the streamer BET+, $300 million in cash and investments and $40 million in homes and various possessions. However, Perry doesn't keep all of his fortune to himself.

The Medea creator has become one of the most charitable celebrities, often quietly helping his own community in Atlanta as well as people whose stories draw his attention.

Last year, Perry gifted 1,000 Kroger gift cards to those living in Atlanta with help from police officers at the Atlanta Police Department who went door to door in neighborhoods to hand them out. He also announced he was paying for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, the Atlanta man killed by a police offer, as well as his four kids' college educations.

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Oprah Winfrey

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With a net worth of $2.6 billion, Winfrey maintained her billionaire status in 2022, according to Forbes. The star's ongoing wealth can be attributed to her hit talk show, which transitioned into a media empire, her OWN cable network, her partnership with Weight Watchers and her 2018 deal with Apple's streaming service, which will allow her to create original content, including a book club, documentaries and TV series.

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JAY-Z

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The entrepreneur is the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire.

Since his retirement from rap, JAY-Z has expanded his empire exponentially by focusing his efforts on building an art collection worth $70 million, purchasing real estate worth $50 million, creating Tidal, a music streaming service worth $100 million, partnering with Bacardi to create D'Ussé, a cognac which is now worth $100 million, founding Roc Nation, a media company that represents the world's top artists and athletes, worth $75 million, and more, according to Forbes. In April 2022, his net worth was listed at $1.4 billion.

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Michael Jordan

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The basketball icon is valued at $1.7 billion, per Forbes, but much of that comes from his endorsements with brands like Nike and Gatorade.

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Elon Musk

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While working to revolutionize the transportation industry, on earth and in space, Musk has amassed a net worth of $219 billion, according to Forbes, putting him at No. 1 on the 2022 billionaires list.

The star is known best for founding Tesla Inc. in 2003 and SpaceX, his rocket company. He recently purchased a stake in Twitter, as well.

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Michael Bloomberg

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Most recently, the three-term mayor of New York City used his fortune toward his campaign to run for president. Since dropping out of the race in early March 2020, he's used his funds to help fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In March 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new $40 million coronavirus global response initiative to help prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries, according to a statement from the organization.

"Millions of lives depend on getting the coronavirus response right – and so does the economic and social health of communities around the world," Bloomberg, 79, said in a statement. "We need to slow transmission of the virus and minimize the impact of the outbreak in all countries."

As of April 2022, his net worth was listed at $82 billion.

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Evan Spiegel

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Spiegel — who's married to Miranda Kerr — became a billionaire at just 25 years old, per Forbes. The Snapchat co-founder and Snap CEO is worth $6.1 billion.

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George Lucas

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In a galaxy right here, Lucas is valued at $6.1 billion thanks in part to the lucrative 2012 sale of his Lucasfilm to Disney.

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Ralph Lauren

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The CCO of the Ralph Lauren fashion empire, the 82-year-old designer is worth $6.9 billion.

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Mark Cuban

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Shark Tank's feisty star and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Cuban has $4.7 billion to his name.

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Bill Gates

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The Microsoft co-founder is the fourth-richest person in the world, per Forbes, with a value of $129 billion. He and ex-wife Melinda together run their namesake foundation, which donates millions annually, including to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mark Zuckerberg

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The oft-controversial Facebook founder dropped from 5 to 15 on the list between 2021 and 2022, with a $67.3 billion net worth.

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Steven Spielberg

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The beloved movie director has his mega-hits to thank for his value of $3.7 billion.

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Donald Trump

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According to Forbes, the former president's net worth stands at about $3 billion.

Trump has more than $256 million in commercial real estate debt, though his properties are still valued in total at about $1.7 billion, according to Bloomberg.

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Sheryl Sandberg

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Facebook's COO, who's also written books and takes on public speaking engagements, is one of a handful of women on the Forbes billionaires list, coming in at $1.6 billion.

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Warren Buffett

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The Berkshire Hathaway CEO, who turned 91 last year, is as known for his wealth ($118 billion) as he is for his generosity, giving away $3 billion in 2020 alone, according to CNBC.

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Kylie Jenner

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Jenner was named the youngest self-made billionaire in the world by Forbes for the second year in a row in 2020. While there have been some online critics who question whether the term "self-made" could apply to a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Forbes explained that, "despite a lot of help from her famous family, she didn't inherit her business — she built it."

As of April 2022, however, she is not named on the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires list.

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