These are ten individuals whose imagination knows no end. Ten individuals whose films have managed to make their mark worldwide, and still find affection in the hearts of movie lovers even to this day. These are ten individuals whose films collectively have grossed millions…billions even!
Read on to find out the ten richest film makers.
10. James Cameron
Net worth: $670 million
Cameron has been at the forefront of some of the biggest blockbusters in living memory, having directed the first two Terminator movies (the only good ones!) Titanic and Avatar, with the latter two films being two of the highest grossing films of all time.
He’s currently working on sequels (yes, plural) to Avatar…not a waste of a great directing talent at all, right?
9. Steve Tisch
Net worth: $720 million
Tisch has been the producer of some hugely successful films including, Snatch (a cult Guy Ritchie movie), Forrest Gump (run, Forrest, r…well, you probably know that one) and American History X.
Tisch is not just known for his film making abilities – he is also co-owner of American Football team New York Giants.
8. Jerry Bruckheimer
Net worth: $850 million
It might seem like a near impossible feat to have not one, but two blockbusters being the two highest grossing films in a single weekend, but try telling that to Bruckheimer who managed to achieve this feat with the films Bad Boys II and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Other big films he’s produced include Beverly Hill Cops, Top Gun, Con Air, Pearl Harbor and many more. Clearly he’s a fan of the subtle, smaller scale movies…
7. Thomas Tull
Net worth: $870 million
Tull is best known for being head honcho at Legendary Entertainment, which has spawned recent hits such as the Dark Knight trilogy, the Hangover trilogy and the Superman films.
With films such as Straight Outta Compton and Steve Jobs set to be released later in 2015, we anticipate that Tull will rise further up this list.
6. Jeffrey Katzenberg
Net worth: $910 million
I think it’s fair to say that whatever Katzenberg touches turns to gold.
This is especially true when you consider the fact that he is the CEO of Dreamworks, and once had a stint as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios in the 80’s.
During his time at both companies, Katzenberg has overseen several hugely successful films, such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Madagascar and Shrek, just to name a few!
5. Ryan Kavanaugh
Net worth: $1 billion
Nicknamed the ‘Billion Dollar Producer’, Kavanaugh’s unique approach to film making through his company Relatively Media has seen his company earn more than $17 billion in revenue, as well as earn over 60 Oscar nominations.
Films Kavanaugh has produced include Immortals, Mamma Mia! and Limitless.
4. Austin Hearst
A member of the famous Hearst family, Austin has managed to carve out success on his own terms, producing films such as The Vow (admittedly awful, but a big deal nonetheless), and heading up media giant Hearst Corporation.
3. Steven Spielberg
Net worth: $3.3 billion
One of the most recognisable names on this list, we would be here forever if we spoke about what Spielberg has achieved in film.
From co-founding Dreamworks Studios to producing era-defining films such as Jaws and Jurassic Park, Spielberg is clearly blessed with the film making talent to inspire all walks of life.
2. Arnon Milchan
Net worth: $5.2 billion
Having produced well over 130 films including cult classics such as Pretty Woman, Fight Club and 12 Years a Slave, Milchan is easily one of the most popular film makers in Hollywood, with his films grossing billions as well as earning a string of awards.
1. George Lucas
Net worth: $5.4 billion
Lucas is the brains behind two of the biggest franchises in history: Star Wars and Indiana Jones, as well as producing the film American Graffiti through his company Lucasfilm.
In 2012 The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion, which means more Star Wars films!
Lucas’ reputation as a director may have taken a bit of a battering after three poorly received Star Wars prequels and his constant, and wholly unnecessary, tinkering of the originals, but he’s worth $5.4 billion…so who’s really laughing?
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