We all know celebrities make some hefty salaries, but some might be even richer than you think. There are the obvious movers and shakers like Beyoncé and George Clooney, but their expansive wealth is to be expected. At least to some degree, we already know them to be super rich celebrities.
There are, however, some low-key celebrities that may be raking in much more than you think. Here are some of the more surprising celebrities that are rolling in mega dough.
20. Peter Stormare
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Foreign character actors aren’t typically on the top earners lists, but this super rich celebrity is an exception. Swedish actor Peter Stormare isn’t often a leading man, but he’s still amassed a net worth of $215 million. How? Well, perhaps you’ve forgotten where you’ve seen him… The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, Jurassic Park, John Wick: Chapter 2, Fargo, countless TV series including The Blacklist… Need we continue? Because we could be here a long time. Since 1978, he’s appeared in somewhere around 175 films and TV shows.
19. Jimmy Buffet
If you’re craving a margarita right now at the mere mention of his name, perhaps you know why he made the list. Yes, with a net worth of more than half a billion dollars ($600m), Jimmy Buffet is one of America’s most affluent celebrities. He who started as a busker in New Orleans has build quite a brand of himself over the years. Now, not only does he have nearly 30 records and countless tours under his belt, he’s also made wise investments. He’s a book author, hotel magnate, casino owner, and there’s also the Margaritaville chain of restaurants, too.
18. Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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When you think of super rich celebrities, the South Park creators likely aren’t the first people that come to mind. With a net worth of $500 million – each – they’re actually among some of the richest celebrities out there. That’s right, the voices of Cartman and Kyle have a combined worth of a billion dollars. Betcha didn’t see that one coming.
17. Bob Saget
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Yes, Danny Tanner from Full (and Fuller) House has been making the big bucks. With a net worth of $100 million, he’s got way more moolah than one might expect for a sitcom star. Of course, he’s been in the biz for decades. Between his stand-up work, sitcoms, and hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, he’s done well for himself. Plus, you know he also makes royalties from all the reruns.
16. Kathy Ireland
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You may remember her as a popular model in the 1980s. She was maybe not the most popular, but still a bedroom poster favorite of teenage boys everywhere. But how did a 1980s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model end up with a net worth of $500 million nearly 3 decades later? It all started with socks. Yes, in 1993, she launched a line of socks. It was such a huge hit that Kmart quickly gave her a full clothing line. That led to her creating Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which is still incredibly lucrative to this day.
15. Jessica Alba
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While we haven’t seen her in any major big screen roles lately, Jessica Alba isn’t doing poorly at all. With a net worth of $350 million, she doesn’t exactly need to nail down acting jobs anymore. Not only has she been in the industry since she was just 13, she also founded The Honest Company. Her line of green baby care and household products was valued at $1.7 billion back in 2015.
14. Gloria Estefan
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You may remember her from her 1980s and 90s hits and as the frontwoman of the Miami Sound Machine. You may not realize she and her husband Emilio are worth around $500 to $700 million. Yes, joining the list of super rich celebrities is the one, the only, Gloria Estefan. Thanks to her incredible success as a musician and a lucrative career in business and real estate, she’s still reeling in the dough.
13. Reese Witherspoon
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She may be a successful, Academy-award winning actress, but Reese Witherspoon is also a seriously savvy businesswoman. She’s founded multiple companies, including the digital content venture Hello Sunshine and production company Pacific Standard. True to her Southern roots, she also has a lifestyle brand called Draper James. In addition to her stardom, we can likely surmise these ventures are a big part of why she’s worth about $120 million.
12. David Copperfield
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If you’re anything like us, you’re thinking this guy disappeared with the ‘90s – and you’d be wrong. It was all just an illusion. David Copperfield is still very much around and very rich, with a staggering net worth of around $930 million. Yeah, he’s worth more than George Clooney by quite a bit. He’s still performing, and he is still the most commercially successful magician even after all these years. In 2016 alone, he made $64 million before taxes after performing 638 shows at the MGM Grand and touring. That’s about the same annual salary as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, just to put things into perspective.
11. Victoria Beckham
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While the Spice Girls haven’t released an album since 2000, their fame knows no bounds. Of course, regardless of how famous they may have been, that’s not the primary source of Posh Spice’s fortune. Since launching her own eponymous fashion line in 2008, she has quite a successful career in the field. Her net worth is now estimated to be a cool $450 million.