Here is a list of the top ten richest actors in the world. They are famous in varying degrees — but all have made huge fortunes in their careers. Some have been paid huge amounts for individual movies, while many have gone into directing and producing to supplement their incomes.
Some have also gone into other areas of business, or made good investments during the lifetimes. Many have gone from rags to riches. Let’s look at the top ten richest actors in the world, counting down to number one.
1) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Net Worth: $300million
Native Country: Austria/USA
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s resume is pretty impressive — from world champion body builder, to Hollywood action star, to Governor of California. But he hasn’t always led a charmed life. Arnie was born in 1947 in Austria to an alcoholic police chief father who was a member of the Nazi Party and favored his brother, who was bigger and stronger than the then gangly Arnold.
He says his father beat and intimidated him and never supported his desire to become a body builder. As an escape, Arnie would turn to the movies, which fueled his desire to go to America. His chance came following his involvement in body building. He won the Mr Universe title at age 20, and later won the Mr Olympia competition seven times.
Due to his impressive physical appearance, Arnie was chosen for a few small parts in action films in the early 70s. A hugely successful career in the movies then followed, spanning five decades and several blockbuster hits including the Terminator series.
Arnie found a love of politics later in his career and in 2003 ran for and won the governorship of California. He resumed his movie career after his second term as Governor. Arnold’s annual salary as Governor was $175,000, while many of his films grossed him $25million per picture, including $30million for his role in Terminator 3.