They are our hero’s, our villains and our idols. They make millions of dollars just for one job! Who are they? They are the richest actors in the world. They grace our screens with performances that can make us laugh and cry.
Some of them have made amazing movies and some of them have made amazingly bad movies but regardless of box office success they are always guaranteed a hefty paycheck.
Number Ten on the list is
10 – Adam Sandler
Its the water boy! With estimated earnings of over $30 million per year. He has come a long way from staring as Smitty in the 1980′s sitcom the Cosby Show. In the mid to late 90′s he starred in films such as Happy Gilmore, The wedding singer and The waterboy. His career has went from strength to strength. According to Forbes, for each dollar Adam Sandler earns, his movies average $9 of gross income.
9 – Will Ferrell
Will rakes in about $33 million a year. The Anchorman star is a hit at the box office with other notable titles including Elf and the 2003 classic, Old School.
8 – Nicolas Cage
Cage is estimated to earn about $38 million per year. Since winning an Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) his careers has progressed very nicely indeed. He has went on to have success with Gone in Sixty Seconds and National Treasure. Cage owns homes in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco and New York City. He has also splashed the cash abroad buying Midford Castle in England for about about $10 million.
7 - Ben Stiller
Benn Stiller earns about $40 million a year. Perhaps his first really big role was in the movie, Theres Something About Mary. He went on to star in the amazingly funny, Meet the Parents with the sequel, Meet the Fockers. With the 3rd installment of the Fockers movies being released in December 2010, its a fair bet to say that Ben Stiller will be having a prosperous Christmas. Just in case you didn‘t know, Ben is the Son of Jerry Stiller who played Frank Costanza in Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner in King of Queens. This has no real relevance but hes one funny guy!
6 – Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was discovered while he was working as a waiter in New York. While working behind the bar one night, a casting director who liked his personality decided to give him a small movie roll as he needed a bartender in the film. The Die Hard star currently earns a yearly average of about $44 million. Theres inspiration for you! If it wasn’t for that one night behind the bar we might have been saying… Bruce who?
5 – Leonardo Dicaprio
Coming in fifth with $49 m illion dollars. With movies such as Catch Me If You Can and Gangs Of New York, theres no doubt that the Titanic star is a box office magnet and can demand a hefty paycheck.
4 – Mike Myers
Myres used to work as an office supervisor for an insurance company. He currently earns approximately $55 Million a year.
3 – Eddie Murphy
Eddie earns about 65 Million dollars per year. When he was 15, Murphy worked as a stand-up comic in New York, impressing audiences with impressions of celebrities and his outlook on life. Murphy made his feature film debut in 1982 in a film called 48 Hrs. The 80′s offered classics such as Beverly Hills cop, The Golden Child and Coming to America. While more recent offerings such as Norbit have been major disappointments, Murphy still makes a load of cash. Perhaps this is partly down to the fact that he often plays multiple characters in one movie.
2 – Johnny Depp
Its a tough life isn’t it? It must be really hard being handsome and rich! Captain Jack (as we have come to know him) makes around $85 million dollars a year. Depp shot to stardom in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the TV series 21 Jump Street (1987). In 1990, after many shallow teen flicks, he teamed up with director Tim Burton and starred in Edward Scissorhands (1990). With the recent release of Alice in Wonderland and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides due in 2011, Depps salary is sure to increase even further.
1 – Will Smith
The Fresh Prince had eight movies in a row make more than $100 million at the box office. Will makes an estimated $90 million dollars a year. After staring in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air from 1990-1996 his stock rose and he went on to star in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. More recently he has starred in more serious roles such as The Pursuit of Happiness and Seven Pounds. Smith was a millionaire before the age of 20 and currently has a net worth of over $400 million.