Celebrities are just like us: their lives have ups and downs, they have families, and they worry about their health just like we do. But there’s one thing that definitely sets celebrities apart from everyone else: money. It’s easy to forget, but every time you see a celebrity on your TV screen, or at the movie theater, that’s a big paycheck for them. Maybe we know that our favorite stars are richer that us “little people,” but it can still be surprising to find out just how much they’re worth.
Some stars that we’ve completely forgotten about are still raking in piles of cash, while today’s big names sometimes make less than you’d expect.
Chris Hemsworth – $60 million
This Aussie hunk has graced the screen in big-budget superhero movies including Thor and The Avengers, so it’s no surprise that he’s making big bucks. With more Marvel films on the way, expect Chris to be worth twice this amount in just a few years. Meanwhile, Chris’s little brother Liam – who’s dating Miley Cyrus – is only worth $16 million.
Milo Ventimiglia – $10 million
While This is Us is one of the biggest shows on TV right now, Ventimiglia already had a successful career before the show started. Fans of Gilmore Girls will remember him as Jess, and he also starred in Heroes. Ventimiglia has already caught up to co-star Mandy Moore, who had a huge music career when he was still filming guest spots on TV.
Ronda Rousey – $12 million
While this MMA fighter who burst onto the scene in 2012 is no longer the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, her career has benefited from small roles in movies like Entourage and Furious 7.
Rousey earns millions just to show up to her fights (in 2015 she earned $14 million) so if her career lasts any longer she could be worth a fortune.
Dog the Bounty Hunter – $6 million
After 8 seasons of his hit reality show, Dog called it quits before making a comeback in Dog and Beth on the Hunt. Today he’s retired completely from TV, but still running his bail bonds business, writing books and traveling across America to lobby for bounty hunters like himself.
Rebel Wilson – $16 million
This Australian comedian and actress was totally unknown just a few years ago, but roles in movies like Bridesmaids and her hilarious appearances on Ellen have won her fans around the world – as well as some huge paydays. Wilson was in 3 movies last year, so it looks like her career is still going up, up, up.
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Chris Pratt – $30 million
The star, who puts his family and his love for God first in everything he does, has headlined some HUGE movies including Jurassic World and the Guardians of the Galaxy series. Plus, he was on Parks and Recreation for 7 seasons, so it’s no wonder he’s absolutely loaded. Plus, his wife Anna Faris is worth $20 million herself.
Megyn Kelly – $15 million
This news anchor, who got her start on Fox but has since moved to NBC, signed a deal that’s believed to be between $15-20 million, meaning on the list of top-paid TV hosts she only trails behind Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, and another star on this list. And that’s before you add in her book deal!
Melissa McCarthy – $50 million
The Gilmore Girls star took her career to new heights with roles in comedies like Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters. She also works on TV, starring in Mike and Molly and as “Sean Spicer” on SNL. Anyone that busy – and funny – deserves to make as much as she does!
Dr. Phil – $400 million
Oprah’s favorite self-help guru made $88 million a year at the peak of his success just to film his show, where he doles out advice to people who have lost their way in life. The Dr. also has a series of best-selling books and is always in-demand for comments when a celebrity has a public meltdown.
Ellen DeGeneres – $400 million
Since starting her daytime talk show in 2003, DeGeneres’s success has grown and grown, making her the reigning queen of daytime TV. Before her talk show, DeGeneres was a stand up comic with her own sitcom. Every day, 4 million viewers tune in to watch her show, which is a gold mine for advertisers.
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