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George Clooney is one of the highest paid actors | Source: Hello Magazine

Cinema Stars: The Wealthiest Actors in Hollywood

The popularity of film and television ensures the actors who portray our favourite characters are paid handsomely. And while salaries for performing their craft reach into the millions, with actors like Robert Downey Jr. collecting over A$25 million per movie for playing Iron Man, the wealthiest actors in Hollywood have established their wealth with far more than just paycheques. The top tier take home production credits, make profitable investments and engage in entrepreneurial side hustles that all contribute to nine-figure net worths. Here is a look at some of the wealthiest actors in Hollywood.

Tom Cruise

Estimated net worth: A$832 million

One of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time, Tom Cruise’s movies have grossed over A$14 billion at box offices worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Not only has the American made a fortune as the leading man in blockbuster franchises like Mission Impossible, but Cruise has also received a fair share of production credits via his company Cruise/Wagner Productions. On top of this, he is also a screenwriter, producer and director seeing Cruise take home significant salaries across a range of movies.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout – US Premiere in Washington, 2018 | Source: Tom Cruise Fan

George Clooney

Estimated net worth: A$694 million

The American’s wealth comes from his ventures as not only one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood but also as a director, screenwriter and entrepreneur. While the A-lister routinely commands close to A$30 million salaries from movies as the Oceans franchise and Gravity, a huge chunk of his wealth is generated off screen. In 2017, Clooney made a small fortune as the co-founder of Casamigos Tequila which reportedly sold for over A$1 billion.

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George Clooney at the 2013 Oscars | Source: Steve Granitz

Robert De Niro

Estimated net worth: A$694 million

A true Hollywood stalwart, the double academy award-winner’s extensive career spans over 40 years. His discovery includes hits such as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Heat and nine collaborations with iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Outside the acting world a signifcant amount of De Niro’s wealth comes via his production company TriBeCa Productions as well as being the co-owner of the world-renowned Nobu restaurant chain.

Robert De Niro at British Academy Film Awards
Robert De Niro at British Academy Film Awards | Source: Zimbio

Tom Hanks

Estimated net worth: A$555 million

Likely the most decorated actor on this list, Tom Hanks’ accolades include two Oscars, seven Emmys and four Golden Globes. Starring roles in blockbuster movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Cast Away and the Toy Story franchise have not only lined the actors pockets but also kept him as one of the most highly sought-after actors in the business.

Tom Hanks at the 84th Annual Academy Awards | Source: Kevork Djansezian

Mel Gibson

Estimated net worth: A$589 million

Likely best known for action-packed performances in the Mad Max action series and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon series, the Australian/American actor has long commanded some of the highest salaries in Hollywood. A large portion of his wealth is believed to be from The Passion of Christ that was produced, directed and co-written by Mel Gibson. It went on to gross around A$850 million with Gibson earning in the range of A$550-660 million from profits and merchandise.

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Sylvester Stallone

Estimated net worth: A$555 million

On top of films grossing over A$5.5 billion, two of the most famous film franchises are attributed to the actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, Stallone. As well as playing the eponymous Rocky Balboa, he also wrote the wildly successful Rocky films. The same is said for the Rambo series in which he played the title character John Rambo on top of co-writing the five hit films. He also owns the American film and television production company, Balboa Productions.

Sylvester Stallone at Venice Film Festival award ceremony 2009 | Source: Zimbio

Adam Sandler

Estimated net worth: A$483 million

One of the most famous comedy actors of all time, Sandler is responsible for cult classics Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison as well as more recent blockbuster Uncut Gems. While making a fair share from these movies, a large sum of his net worth comes from his production company Happy Madison that struck a four-movie deal with Netflix, worth around A$345 million.

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Dwayne Johnson

Estimated net worth: A$444 million

The former professional wrestler has come a long way since his days as ‘The Rock’ becoming the highest paid actor in both 2019 and 2020. His films, including blockbuster hits the Fast and the Furious franchise, The Scorpion King, Moana and Baywatch, have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide.

Dwayne Johnson attends the 2019 Time 100 Gala 2019 | Source: The Today Show

If you want to read more about wealthy cinema A-listers, have a look at the top 10 richest actresses in Hollywood.

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