It’s well known that celebrities make a lot of money, but it’s sometimes shocking to learn which have made the most. The following 13 celebrities have bank accounts that will make your eyes bug out. Not all of them were chosen for sheer monetary value: some are simply surprising because they remain so rich in spite of mitigating circumstances. Is your favorite celebrity on this list?
Mariska Hargitay – Worth: $30 Million
Though not high on everyone’s “well known” list, this respected television actress has made a name for herself on one of the many off-shoots of “Law And Order.” Making nearly half a million dollars per episode, she has earned a hefty personal worth (though she still worries about losing it all the time, due to her poor upbringing as a child).
The original Star Wars movie, which debuted in 1977, has an adjusted worldwide gross of $2,825,000,000 (as of 2014) which gives it the coveted title of the third highest ranking film of all time (Gone with the Wind is no. 1 and Avatar is no. 2). The 7 films in the Star Wars series have all been commercial successes, and can boast of a total combined revenue surpassing $6.46 billion. Well and good – but what of the the beloved characters in the original Star Wars movie? Have they shared the wealth?
Net Worth- $23o million
Let’s begin with Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon captain and smuggler, and eventually one of the greatest leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He was 35 when the original Star Wars film came out in 1977. He would go on to star in the wildly popular Indiana Jones film series, and also turned in stellar performances in Blade Runner (1982), Witness (1985), Apocalypse Now (1979), Patriot Games (1992), and Clear and Present Danger (1994). Ford is married to Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) and is estimated to be worth $230 million.
According to PayScale.com, the average American pastor earns about $46,000 per year. A salary of that size isn’t too surprising considering that only 38% of Americans attend weekly religious services. Despite some churches struggling to keep their doors open, a handful of pastors have entered the ranks of the world’s richest. Meet the top ten mega pastors!
Net worth: $3 million
Chris Okotie, a televangelist and pastor from Nigeria, first rose to fame as a pop musician in the 1980’s. He later founded the Household Church of God, whose 5000 members are mostly local celebrities and musicians. Okotie continued to spread his message when he founded a political party, the Fresh Party. He ran –and lost – in Nigeria’s presidential election.