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Top 10 richest actors 2011

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-05-28
Any list of highest paid actors will see some fluctuations, since actor popularity goes up and down with the wind. Those who are currently at the top may not be at the top anymore next week. To make this particular top ten list, actors need to have some established reputation and some proof that they have durability. They are going to consistently be top earners year after year. There is a difference between how much they earn yearly and their net worth. This list comprises the richest actors, not necessarily those who are earning the highest wages. You can also see top 10 richest actresses on the site as well. So, who are these incredibly wealthy people who have made a fortune pretending to be someone else?

10 Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson was pronounced the Guinness World's Richest Actor in 2011, with a staggering $7.4 billion earned over his career. Since his first onscreen appearance in Jungle Fever in 1981, he has appeared in an average of three to four movies each year, with a total of more than 100 over a span of 20 years. He has worked in films such as Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, and the Star Wars prequels. Jackson is estimated to have a current net worth of $150 million. IMDB Profile

9 Brad Pitt

Pitt's net worth is estimated at $150 million, but as part of the Angelina Jolie powerhouse marriage, his family net worth tops $270 million. Paying for his kids' education won't be a problem, no matter how many more come along. Pitt earned much of his fame and his $20 million yearly wage through movies like A River Runs Through it, Oceans Eleven, Babel, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. He has also branched out into directing. Pitt doesn't keep all his money, though. He's involved in a number of humanitarian causes, including the global Jolie-Pitt Foundation. IMDB Profile

8 John Travolta

Actor, singer, dancer, Travolta has an estimated net worth of between $160 million and $200 million. He began his career on stage, notably in the Broadway traveling cast of Grease. His first role of significance was in the television series Welcome Back, Kotter, and his career took a huge boost with Pulp Fiction in 1994. Travolta may find his net worth experiencing a significant drop due to some recent bad behavior and a rumored upcoming divorce from actress Kelly Preston. Official Site

7 Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio began his career at a young age, appearing in a number of commercials and television roles before landing a spot on Growing Pains. With What's Eating Gilbert Grape, his career took off, and he continued to receive favorable reviews for his work. Some of his best known movies include The Aviator, Titanic, and Romeo and Juliet. His earnings average at least $50 million yearly, with a total net worth of $200 million. Official Site

6 Adam Sandler

Making funny movies has put Sandler in the $300 million net worth bracket, with yearly earnings ranging from $40 million to $55 million. He is a highly marketable star, so he can command more than $25 million per movie. From his beginnings with Saturday Night Live, Sandler has made a number of top-grossing movies, including The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, Billy Madison, and Jack and Jill. You can see his top 10 films here. Facebook page

5 Will Smith

Actor, producer, rapper, Will Smith had his start as part of the rap group DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, leading to his acting debut in 1990 in the award-winning sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He has appeared in Men in Black and Independence Day, both extremely high-grossing movies. His net worth is estimated at $215 million, with some $80 million in yearly earnings. Facebook page

4 Tom Cruise

Cruise is on the list with a net worth of $250 million, accumulated through a long series of blockbuster hits. Top Gun (1986) was first, followed by Rain Man (1989), then movies like Mission: Impossible, The Last Samurai, and Magnolia, for which he earned a Golden Globe Award. Cruise is also known for his high-profile membership in Scientology and for his marriage to actress Katie Holmes. Twitter page

3 Tom Hanks

With a net worth of $350 million and an annual salary of $74 million, Tom Hanks is in the stratosphere when it comes to riches. One of his earliest hits was Big in 1988, and he has gone on to star in many blockbusters, including Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, and Forrest Gump. He is considered the number one box office star around the world and has moved into directing and producing, as well. Twitter Page

2Johnny Depp

His net worth is estimated at $350 million, with annual income ranging from $92 million to $100 million. Depp's film career began in the 1980s, including an appearance in Nightmare on Elm Street. His role in Edward Scissorhands (1990) initiated a successful collaboration with Tim Burton. By 2003, with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Depp's fortune was in the making. It is estimated that he grossed $300 million from the Pirates franchise alone. IMDB Profile

1 Tyler Perry

In his short 10-year career, Perry has managed to accumulate a net worth of $350 million, largely due to earnings that sometimes reach $130 million a year. His net worth even topped $640 million in 2008. He has done this by writing, directing, and starring in his own shows. He owns two successful television sitcoms, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, and negotiates a cut of his movie earnings. Perry also earns a large part of his wealth from merchandise sales. Twitter Page

Honorable mention should go to someone who is not technically an actor, but who has appeared on screen in countless music videos. U2's Bono has become a very recent billionaire through his ownership of Facebook stock, bringing his net worth from some $300 million to an astounding $1.5 billion.

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