They are talented, successful and filthy rich and have had some of the most prosperous careers, but how rich are our favourite celebrities really are and how did they make their astounding pounds? Some of these blokes have redefined the meaning of being wealthy, and we figured it would be brilliant to find out how much these stars are worth.
Ella Purnell – $1 Million
The 20 year old beauty is definitely one to watch. Purnell was born in London but always had a wandering eye to Hollywood. She has appeared in the 2010 film, Never Let Me Go, landed a role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children alongside Samuel L Jackson and it seems like she is gaining some significant Hollywood leverage with upcoming films projects. She is set to be part of a new interpretive film for Tarzan.
Pippa Middleton – $1 Million
When Pippa stepped out in the white body – hugging dress at her famous sister’s wedding with Prince William, it was obvious she was going to gain her own stardom status. The 33 year old socialite and author is reported to have a net worth of $1 million, and that’s besides her family’s $45 million earned from their party decoration and accessories business. Pippa is engaged to millionaire beau, James Matthews and the two are expected to tie the know sometime this year.
Sophie Cookson – $1 Million
After graduating from the Oxford School of Drama, Cookson went on to star as Grace Mohune in the television film, Moonfleet. She also appeared on Rosamunde Pilcher, a television series, however her career breakthrough was in 2015 when landed the role of ‘Roxy’ Morton in the successful box office film, Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth and Taron Egerton and later in the the film’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Daisy Ridley – $2 Million
Ridley has always known since she was a young child that she wanted to be an actress, after all she does come from a family of famous actors as her great uncle is Arnold Ridley. While the stunning actress has had a few television roles, it was her role as Rey, the scavenger on planet Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that won her her big break. After the film Ridley became a household name.
Iwan Rheon – $2 Million
The Game of Thrones star began his acting career when he was still in school at 17 years old. Before the HBO hit where he starred as Ramsay Snow, the Welsh actor starred in the 2006 television series, Caerdydd and from 2009 to 2011 he was in Misfits playing Simon Bellamy. For his role in game of Thrones, Iwan was nominated for the important awards of a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also pursued a music career and his first album was released in 2015.
Rosamund Pike – $2 Million
The 38 year old actress has an estimated net worth of $2 million which stems from her long and rich career in the industry. Her first performance was on stage and her screen debut was in 1997 in the film, A Rather English Marriage. She rose to international fame when she played Miranda Frost, the Bond Girl in the 2002 film, Die Another Day. In 2014 she had a memorable performance when she played the lead role in the psychological thriller, Gone Girl alongside Ben Affleck.
Emilia Clarke – $3 Million
When Emilia Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, she didn’t know this role would change her acting career forever. Clarke has since become a household name and has been part of every season since the beginning. The 30 year old actress has been nominated multiple times for her performance on the show. In 2016, she won our hearts again when she played in the heart wrenching drama, Me Before You alongside Sam Claflin.
Lily Collins – $3 Million
Lily Collins is the daughter of famous singer, Phil Collins and has spent most of her years growing up in Los Angeles. Collins has been in the show business industry for a very long time, in fact when she was only two years old she had her first screen role in BBC’s Growing Pains. Besides acting, Collins has been writing for several beauty magazines and has also done some modeling. In 2016 she won a Golden Globe for playing Marla Mabrey in Rules Don’t Apply.
Dev Patel – $3 Million
The multi award nominee and winner is mostly recognized for his role as Anwar Kharral on the teen drama series, Skins for its first two episodoes and for his outstanding performance in Danny Boyl’s hit movie, Slumdog Millionaire. The rising star has been in many films including The Man Who Knew Infinity and the 2016 movie, Lion, for which he was nominated for BAFTA, SAG Awards, Golden Globe and more. Patel is also known for having a six year relationship with former co star, Freida Pinto, however he is currently single.
Maisie Williams – $3 Million
The young actress is only 19 and has already been awarded multiple times for her role as Arya Stark on the successful HBO series, Game of Thrones. Although most of her net worth has come from her career on the famous show, Williams’ net wroth also stems from other projects she has part of including her recurring role in Doctor Who, and in the television film, Cyberbully. She also played alongside American actress, Jessica Biel, in The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Mischa Barton – $3 Million
Although she is mostly famous for playing the Californian troubled teenage, Marissa Cooper in The O.C., Barton started her acting days when she was nine years old. Her first role was in an Off-Broadway production called, Slavs! which she got critical acclaim for. She later took on some small roles. including one in the 1999 hit film, Notting Hill. In 2003, with the airing of The O.C’s first episode, Barton became an overnight sensation and even won several ‘Teen Choice Awards.’ Barton competed on the 22nd season of Dancing With the Stars, but she finished at number 11.
Dermot O’Leary – $3.3 Million
If you’ve watched British television at any point in the last decade, you’ll have seen Dermot O’Leary somewhere. You could consider him one of the most prolific presenters on TV right now, but his true big break came as the presenter of The X Factor for a full eight years. Oddly enough, O’Leary left the show to pursue other projects but returned after a gap year. Rumors were rife about why he left, including murmurs of contract negotiations gone awry.
Eamonn Holmes – $3.7 Million
By comparison to others on this list he’s hardly making mega money, but by your standards and mine, he’s certainly got it made. As a broadcaster and a journalist, Holmes thought his career had peaked during his 12-year stint presenting ITV’s breakfast program. This clearly wasn’t the case, as affable Holmes was poached by broadcaster Sky for their own breakfast show, which he hosted for a further 11 years. So what’s next for Holmes? Only time will tell, but he’s already had a sterling career in broadcasting.
Amanda Holden – $3.7 Million
Holden made a very successful transition from actress to presenter that has arguably sent her career in far more lucrative directions, but who can she thank for that? Simon Cowell is the one Holden will be sending “Thank You” cards to, as since she started presenting Britain’s Got Talent her earnings skyrocketed. That’s not all, though. Holden has since gone on to start in ad campaigns for supermarket giant Tesco for a rumored six figures. That’s not bad for a couple of adverts.
Davina McCall – $3.7 Million
Although McCall had nearly a decade of presenting experience before her big break on Big Brother, it’s clear that the reality television phenomenon was what launched her career into the stratosphere. For ten years McCall was synonymous with Big Brother and was there for its rise, and its fall. The decline of the show wasn’t enough to stop her, however. With a fine repertoire of presenting behind her, McCall is arguably still a household name amongst the avid television watchers amongst us.
Jack Dee – $6.4 Million
The dour, deadpan comedian may not smile much on television, but he’s certainly got plenty to be happy about when it comes to his finances. While not the biggest comedian the United Kingdom has ever produced, his successful sitcom Lead Balloon and regular hosting on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue have kept him in the public eye. Smartly, Dee formed a company that helps produce comedy shows for television and DVD release, which should sustain him even if he takes a break from everything else.
Russell Howard – $7.5 Million
Yes, the boy-faced comedian has definitely come a long way since his days on Mock the Week. He’s had his own show and has had several sell-out tours. To the surprise of nobody, Howard has made quite a lot of money out of his dedicated audience. What’s even more surprisingly is that he’s nearly 40. His youthful looks are partly why he’s so endearing to a teenage and early 20s audience, who as we know have plenty of disposable income to spend on Howard’s DVDs, books, and live tours.
James Corden – $10 Million
Love him or hate him, you can’t argue that James Corden has made a real success out of himself. Co-writing sitcom Gavin & Stacey is what gave him his big break, but having left for the United States to become a talk show host, he’s mostly transcended many other showbiz contemporaries despite not being richer than them. For many entertainers in the UK, breaking America is the one true dream. While Corden may be slightly abrasive to some because of his large personality, the Americans apparently love him for it!
Matt Lucas – $10 Million
Bald-headed funnyman Matt Lucas has been a fixture on British screens for over a decade thanks to the massive success of his comedy creations in the UK. Little Britain, in particular, was a smash mainstream hit and raised his profile immeasurably. Although Little Britain is long gone, Lucas has transitioned more towards acting and will occasionally pop up in Hollywood-produced films. That’s a better career trajectory than most other comedians can even dream of. It’s practically enviable.
Jimmy Carr – $12 Million
Talking about Carr’s finances is something of a touchy subject. You may remember a few years ago when it was revealed he was part of a tax avoidance scheme that saw him criticized by the press and the public. Even then-Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the practice, though ironically part of his own family fortune was a result of his father’s own tax avoidance. Still, it hasn’t harmed Carr’s career as he’s still one of the most popular touring comedians in the whole UK.
Alan Carr – $12 Million
The Chatty Man himself. Carr (no relation to Jimmy) first rose to prominence in The Friday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins (the less said about him, the better). Carr and Collins took over the show in its second series to help salvage it after mixed reviews of its debut. Carr’s combination of innuendo and acerbic wit endeared him to audiences, and soon saw him distinctively becoming one of the “faces” of Channel 4’s comedy output.
Frank Skinner – $12.4 Million
It’s hard to pin down Skinner’s worth thanks to the massive losses he incurred by making an unwise investment decision a few years ago. Still, he’s hardly hurting for money as it is. Frank Skinner has been a fixture on British television for decades at this point. Though commonly associated with writing partner David Baddiel, Skinner has had an incredibly successful solo career in presenting thanks to his warm and friendly approach to comedy.
Holly Willoughby – $12.4 Million
If there’s one golden rule to getting rich and staying rich, it’s about diversifying your income sources. Willoughby started out as a model but didn’t really hit the big time until she became a television presenter. While still occasionally modeling, Willoughby supplements her income with clothing and bedding ranges, endorsing beauty and healthcare products, and even co-authoring children’s books. It’s unlikely that the presenting work will dry up for her anytime soon, but even if they do, she’s at least set for the interim.
James May – $13 Million
Top Gear was the golden goose for James May, although he’s certainly branched out into solo presenting work in the past. Top Gear as we used to know it is no longer with us, but May and co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond netted themselves an incredibly sweet deal from Amazon for a spiritual successor show. The three were already paid pretty handsomely by the generally frugal BBC, so you can only imagine May’s pay packet has been inflated as a result of leaving the public broadcaster.
Harry Hill – $14.9 Million
The oddball comedian has gone from obscurity to success thanks to TV Burp on ITV. It’s even rumored that Hill was offered a considerable pay increase to keep TV Burp going for another series or two when he decided to end it in 2012. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Hill is actually a trained neurosurgeon, who left the profession to pursue comedy. The medical profession’s loss is television’s gain, I suppose. You can regularly hear Hill on home footage compilation show You’ve Been Framed.
Martin Freeman – $15 Million
It seemed like yesterday when we were all watching The Office for the first time and enjoying the cute, blossoming relationship between Freeman’s Tim and Lucy Davis’ Dawn. Freeman has come a long way since then, having well and truly been catapulted into stardom through The Hobbit series, Sherlock, and now joining the Marvel cinematic universe. Considering how prolific he’s been on stage, on television, and in films, you’d expect him to be richer than this, but it sees Freeman who acts for the love of it rather than for the money.
John Bishop – $15 Million
Only in the last few years has John Bishop become a household name. As of right now, he’s actually the best-paid comedian in the whole of the UK. While you could attribute this to his meteoric rise on the comedy circuit, it’s mostly because of an intense touring schedule that spans the length and breadth of the UK. A sell-out tour can net a comedian a pretty good wage, but also allows them to be more selective with future work outside of more tours to top-up their earnings.
Peter Andre – $16 Million
If you ever wanted to see how wild and twisted the career path of a celebrity could get, just take a look at Peter Andre. The Australian started out as a recording artist with a few pop hits, before falling into some level of obscurity. One quick whirlwind of reality television later and Andre was making massive amounts per episode with his former model wife Katie Price (AKA Jordan); though they have since divorced.
Sienna Miller – $18 Million
The stunning actress is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. Some of her most famous films include the 2004 film Alfie, where she co starred alongside ex-husband, Jude Law. In addition, Miller starred alongside Bradley Cooper, playing his objext of affection, in two successful films, American Sniper and Burnt. Before she turned to acting, the blonde beauty worked as a model and has been signed onto many contracts with big brands.
Mary Berry – $18.7 Million
The beloved Bake Off octogenarian may have been one of the most well-paid figures on the BBC, but Berry was a rich, rich woman long before she hit television screens. A wealth of well-selling cookbooks and a condiments company attribute mostly to her wealth, but Berry is apparently also a shrewd investor when it comes to the property market. That’s a pretty incredible side-hustle for someone who should be by all rights retired and kicking back by now.
Richard Hammond – $25 Million
Another Top Gear host who has done incredibly well out of the show, and will continue to do well out of its successor; The Grand Tour. Much like May, Hammond has branched out into other presenting work to establish his television profile as an individual. An avid fan of science, Hammond has been drawn to projects that delve into the scientific realms; namely Brainiac: Science Abuse, and fun science-based game show for younger audiences called Blast Lab.
Graham Norton – $30 Million
Norton became the unlikely chat show king in the UK after the vacuum left by Jonathan Ross’ departure from the BBC. Starting from small beginnings as an occasionally blasphemous standup comic (look up his Mother Theresa impression), Norton eventually moved into acting, radio DJing, and presenting. Norton rose to fame on Channel 4 with his colorful and crass chat show, revealing him to be a natural when it came to creating an interesting dialogue with his guests. Although the BBC iteration is much cleaner, he remains as funny as ever.
Jacqueline Bisset – $30 Million
The famous actress began her acting career on the big screen back in 1965 and it was in 1968 that she rose to fame with her roles in The Detective, The Sweet Ride and Bullitt. The 72 year old still looks as gorgeous as ever and she has definitely come a long way since she played an extra in the film, The Knack…and How to Get It. In 2012, she was honored with the prestigious Légion d’honneur by the former President of France, Nicolass Sarkozy.
David Attenborough – $35 Million
One of the most respected voices on television, and quite rightly too. Attenborough is the voice every Brit thinks of when asked about nature documentaries thanks to his astounding work with the BBC on the Life and Planet Earth series. A committed conservationist, Attenborough doesn’t do what he does for the money, but to document and hopefully preserve our dwindling wildlife while educating audiences about the natural world. He may be richer than you or me, but he does what he does out of passion and love for the planet.
Stephen Merchant – $35 Million
Merchant is pretty much set for life thanks to royalties from both the British and American versions of The Office. Although much less prolific than writing partner Ricky Gervais, Merchant’s star has been rising thanks to appearances in film and on television. One of the great things about a guaranteed income for Merchant is that he gets to work on passion projects no matter how small or large. While not all of them have taken off, his fortune means he can afford to work on them at his leisure.
Jeremy Clarkson – $50 Million
Arguably the biggest star of the Top Gear trio, Clarkson was paid the most out of them, allegedly topping £200,000 per episode. That’s not all, Clarkson supplements his income with the career he trained for, being an automotive journalist and a regular columnist. Given how his columns are collected into well-selling books (Christmas stocking stuffers for middle-aged dads everywhere), Clarkson could probably stop being a television presenter and still live the high life from his royalties alone.
Louis Tomlinson – $50 Million
Tomlinson is one fourth of one of the most successful boy bands in Britain’s history. The 25 year old actually began his professional career as an actor before he turned to a career in music. His first appearance was in Fat Friends where he was an extra, and later he went on to have some more prominent roles. Tomlinson got his big music break on The X Factor where he auditioned as a solo singer, but was soon joined to be part of the famous five-turn-four group. He currently resides in the Hollywood Hills.
Harry Styles – $50 Million
Arguably the most famous member of the group, the One Direction singer made his singing debut when he performed with his former local band White Eskimo. Styles has definitely come a long way since then and there’s no doubt that he has The X Factor to thank for that. Along with the other members of the group, he also came in to audition as a solo artist and left the show as part of a boy band which swept millions of fans around the world off their feet. He is set to feature in the a war drama film, Dunkirk in the summer of 2017.
Liam Payne – $50 Million
Liam Payne rose to fame when he was made to be part of the successful boy band, One Direction. Payne has recently signed with Capitol Records a recording deal that will probably add to his whopping net worth of $50 million. The 23 year old singer has actually auditioned for The X Factor for the first time in 2008, however he was cut by Simon Cowell. Two years later he re-auditioned and the rest is history. Liam has been very much involved with philanthropic and charity work.
Niall Horan- $50 Million
Niall Horan auditioned as a solo singer for The X Factor on its seventh season. He soon became a member of the boy band that was formed on the show, and although they didn’t win the contest, One Direction rose to international fame becoming a sensation worldwide. Horan has been an active writer for his band, and some of the songs that he had co-written include ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’, ‘Story of my Life’ and ‘Why Don’t We Go There’. His first single was released in 2016
Kirsty Young – $53.6 Million
You wouldn’t think the Scottish host of Desert Island Disks would be that rich, but there you are. Did her great career in broadcasting bring her these riches? No, even if she is considered one of the most beloved voices on all of BBC Radio. Her personal wealth is actually estimated to be around $3.7 million, but her husband Nick Jones is a very successful businessman which hugely contributes to their combined fortune. Needless to say, the pair have done very well for themselves.
Ricky Gervais – $80 Million
Gervais is as much of a businessman as he is a comedian. His career since The Office has been all about self-promotion, and it has paid off in spades. Being the face of the successful series both in front of and behind the camera led him to massive exposure worldwide. It led to successor project, stand up tours, books, podcasts, films, and most recently hosting the prestigious Golden Globes awards three times in Hollywood. Love him or hate him, he’s definitely richer than any of us.
Gordon Ramsay – $175 Million
The triple Michelin-starred chef turned television personality, and restaurateur is known for his foul mouth and abrasive attitude, but somehow it made him an endearing and endlessly watchable figure for audiences worldwide. While his more pronounced cursing is largely for more sensationalist American television shows, early documentaries show Ramsay is definitely not someone to be trifled with under any circumstances. Still, you could say his intense attitude is out of love for his craft above all else, which is respectable to some degree.
One Direction – $398 Million
The successful boy group that was brilliantly put together on the singing reality show, ‘The X Factor’ have taken the world by storm and there isn’t one fan who wouldn’t dream of meeting Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn in person. Although the band’s total net worth has dropped since Zayn Malik split from his band in 2015, their nearly $400 million in the bank account has definitely turned their lives around for the better. The boys pull a neat number from their worldwide concerts and merchandise.
Jamie Oliver – $400 Million
You’d think with those kinds of finances “The Naked Chef” could afford himself some clothes. Jokes aside, it’s stunning to think how Jamie went from being just another celebrity chef, to basically an industry unto himself. Jamie smartly decided to go into the restaurant business making good, but affordable Italian dining available to the masses. While the cookbooks, television appearances, and endorsements go a long way to lining his pockets, it’s Jamie’s Italian that’s the real money spinner for him.
Coldplay – $475 Million
Love them or hate them, Coldplay is undeniably one of the more popular modern bands. While not all of their music has produced mainstream hits, they’ve had enough of them to keep the band rolling in money for the rest of their lives. Not only that, but Coldplay is a band that enjoys
going on tour. It’s very rare that a year goes by that the band isn’t performing live somewhere, somehow. Regardless, they’re pretty damn rich already.
Elton John – $480 Million
Elton John is possibly one of the most successful solo recording artists the world has ever seen, and his bank balance certainly reflects that. By most accounts, he lives a pretty lavish lifestyle, but when you’re that rich, you can afford to be. Not only is he still pulling down great album sales, but on the occasion when he tours, Elton John brings out enormous crowds around the globe. Not only that, but he makes a killing on royalties thanks to his songs that have been used in film soundtracks.
Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Long known as television’s “Mr. Nasty” thanks to his deadpan and often rude judging on a litany of talent shows, Cowell has smartly worked that gimmick to make him a rich, rich man. He’s gone beyond being a mere music producer and instead has taken a talent show formula and sent it stratospheric with success in the UK and beyond. Cowell could retire today and still make millions per year based on people using his formula.
Bono – $600 Million
While he may not be as wealthy as his band U2 combined (read on for details about that), Bono himself puts up a pretty good fight. His considerable wealth is pretty astonishing for a recording artist who is part of a larger band. Many solo artists don’t have as much money as him, and in theory, they take a bigger share of the earnings. It just goes to show how much Bono makes through album sales, tours, and royalties along with his other business interests.
U2 – $838 Million
As a collective, the band U2 are fantastically wealthy thanks to their history of hits. While divisive amongst the music community, they’ve certainly got their fair share of fans. Album sales don’t usually give much of a cut back to the musicians, which is why U2 frequently tours. Their touring schedule is largely attributable to their massive combined wealth. They’re not the only bad to work like this either, The Rolling Stones do frequent tours despite saying they’d be retiring the band for years. What a racket!
J.K Rowling – $1 Billion
It’s been nearly 20 years since the single mother on benefits wrote a book that inspired a whole generation to read, and started a worldwide phenomenon that made her a Billionaire. It goes without saying that Rowling didn’t earn her fortune on book sales alone. The Harry Potter franchise extends to almost all ends of mass media and beyond, and Rowling gets a cut from every sale, in theory. She’s set for life. Arguably her family for tens of generations is set for life too.
Andrew Lloyd Webber – $1.2 Billion
To the surprise of nobody, Andrew Lloyd Webber has made a lot of money off the back of his numerous smash-hit musicals and other business ventures. He’s even part of the British establishment, thanks to being in the House of Lords. Few classic, modern musicals don’t have his name all over them. That’s just a testament to his creative skill and the music that has warmed our hearts.
Slavica Ecclestone – $1.2 Billion
The 6 ‘2 former supermodel was definitely an odd pairing with diminutive Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, which made it less of a surprise when they decided to split up in 2009. The divorce was regarded as friendly, but Slavica certainly wasn’t going to walk away from Bernie without her share of his own expansive bank account. Regarded as the most expensive divorce settlement ever (and likely will ever be for the foreseeable future), Slavica’s Billionaire status is thanks to Bernie.
Paul McCartney – $1.24 Billion
McCartney was always going to make this list. The former Beatle has been one of the most successful recording artists of the past 50 years. Despite numerous disputes and legal battles over the status of the catalog of songs recorded as part of The Beatles, McCartney’s similar success in Wings and as a solo artist have kept him pulling in the album sales and royalties year after year. He’s lucky because he’s definitely had an enviable life. As he once sang; “Baby you’re a rich man, rich man, rich man…”
Paul McCartney – $1.7 Billion
Life is definitely sweet for Lord Alan Sugar, who has an estimated net worth of $1.7 Billion. Sugar is the founder of the successful reality show, The Apprentice, but before he became the mega business magnate that he is, he was selling car and electrical goods. In 2016, the Sunday Times Rich List ranked him in the top 100 riches people in the UK. Sugar’s entrance to the ‘billionaire’s club’ is also due to the fact the he sold Amstrad, his biggest business venture back in 2007.
Richard Desmond – $1.9 Billion
Desmond is more infamous than famous thanks to his background in adult entertainment and slightly concerning links to UKIP, but all the same, he’s the media mogul in possession of Channel 5 and The Daily Express. He’s certainly not on the level of someone like Rupert Murdoch, but he definitely seems to be made of the same mold. Depending on your political stance that can either be a blessing, or a nightmare. All the same, Desmond has made himself a rich, rich man.
Bernie Ecclestone – $2.9 Billion
If you were wondering how Bernie is faring after his divorce from his wife Slavica and their extraordinary settlement (detailed earlier), don’t worry. I think he’s doing just fine. Bernie holds the controlling stake of one of the most opulent and expensive sports mankind has ever seen, he was always going to land on his feet. Bernie’s unique look and prominence in the sport have effectively made him the face of Formula One, whether he likes it or not.
Richard Branson – $5 Billion
Sir Richard Branson probably never imagined that when he dropped out of school at the age of 16, he would become one of Britain’s richest man in history. He founded his multi-billion dollar record retailer, Virgin, when he was only 20 years old, which turned to be a multinational empire. Some of Branson’s assets include two totally private Caribbean islands in the Caribbean. The talented tycoon was actually born into a middle-class family in England, which makes his hard work and achievements even more impressive.