NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmaker George Lucas’s “Star Wars” empire – the film franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic authorities – planted him firmly atop Forbes journal’s third annual rating of the wealthiest U.S. celebrities which was launched on Tuesday.
The internet value of the 74-year-old author, director, producer and creator of the enduring area saga was estimated at $5.four billion, main a list that additionally included athletes, musicians and one rich illusionist.
Most of Lucas’s wealth got here from the $four.05 billion sale of the LucasFilm manufacturing firm to Walt Disney Co in 2012, Forbes stated.
The figures on the list are Forbes’ estimates based mostly on the celebrities’ recognized holdings of actual property, artwork and shares of corporations each private and non-private, in addition to different belongings and estimated lifetime earnings. Reuters has not independently confirmed the figures.
Fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who turned 72 on Tuesday, got here in second, with an estimated $three.7 billion internet value. Spielberg’s profession as director, author and producer spans some 50 years with credit that embrace “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
The celebrities on the list had estimated mixed belongings of $18.7 billion, greater than the gross home product of Iceland, Forbes stated.
The richest feminine movie star was Oprah Winfrey, 64, whose appearing and media enterprises have yielded her a internet value of an estimated $2.eight billion, third general.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan boosted his internet value by an estimated $400 million up to now yr, principally off his 34-year-long sneaker cope with Nike Inc and his stake within the Charlotte Hornets. His estimated $1.7 billion internet value ranked him fourth.
New to the Forbes list this yr was Kylie Jenner, whose rising wealth from her Kylie Cosmetics are on monitor to make the 21-year-old the youngest ever self-made billionaire, the journal stated.
Jenner was tied with Rapper Jay-Z at No. 5, every with fortunes estimated at $900 million.
Rounding out the list have been illusionist and entertainer David Copperfield, who amassed his fortune via a grueling tempo of 600 exhibits per yr in Las Vegas, rapper Diddy, golfer Tiger Woods and writer James Patterson.
Reporting by Peter Szekely; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman