Celebrities make more money than we simpletons do -- that isn't entirely new. But learning exactly how much they're worth? Now, that's sometimes hard to believe.
For instance, did you know Keanu Reeves, he of "Matrix" fame, is estimated to be worth more than Bruce Springsteen and Ozzy Osbourne combined?
Below, find 24 celebrities whose immense wealth might just make your jaw drop:
|Celebrity||Occupation||Estimated Net Worth|
|George Lucas||Producer, Director||$7.3 billion *|
|Oprah||Media Mogul||$2.8 billion|
|J.K. Rowling||Author||$1 billion|
|Larry David||Comedian||$800 million|
|Madonna||Musician||$650 million **|
|P. Diddy||Rap Mogul||$580 million|
|Howard Stern||Radio Host||$500 million|
|Gloria Estefan||Musician||$500 million|
|Dolly Parton||Musician||$450 million|
|Mel Gibson||Actor||$425 million|
|Tyler Perry||Producer, Director||$400 million|
|Celine Dion||Musician||$400 million|
|Clint Eastwood||Director, Actor||$375 million|
|Dr. Dre||Rap Mogul||$360 million|
|Bill Cosby||Comedian||$350 million|
|Keanu Reeves||Actor||$350 million|
|Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen||Actresses, Fashionistas||$300 million|
|Will Smith||Actor||$200 million|
|Ryan Seacrest||Media Mogul||$200 million|
|Bruce Springsteen||Musician||$200 million|
|Ozzy Osbourne||Musician||$140 million|
|Ellen DeGeneres||Comedian||$105 million|
* According to Forbes, Lucas is worth $3.9 billion, not $7.3 billion, because although Disney paid $4.05 billion to acquire LucasFilm, Lucas had said he will give most of the money to charity.
** A couple of months ago, it was reported that Madonna is now a billionaire thanks to earnings from her MDNA Tour. Forbes explains why that is inaccurate, due in part to the difference between gross earnings and net earnings.
Editor's Note: This post previously listed Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but we have received conflicting reports about net worth. As a result, we've removed her from the list. All we know for sure is that she can make us laugh, and that's worth a lot!
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