Top 10 Richest Directors in the World Today in 2017

By | July 25, 2016

Following are updated list of richest directors in the world today in 2017.  Movies have always fascinated us and have kept us captivated for hours. The pure source of entertainment is a huge profession taken up by extremely creative and hard-working people who had created magic on screen through meticulous direction. Let us explore the top ten richest and highly talented directors of all time!

Richest Directors in the World Today as on 2016


Rank Name Net Worth Age Country
1 George Lucas $5.1 Billion 72 Modesto, California, United States
2 Steven Spielberg $3.6 Billion 69 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
3 James Cameron $2.8 Billion 61 Kapuskasing, Canada
4 Michael Bay $600 Million 51 Los Angeles, California, United States
5 Peter Jackson $450 Miliion 54 Pukerua Bay, New Zealand
6 Tyler Perry $400 Million 46 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
7 Christopher Nolan $150 Million 45 London, United Kingdom
8 Ridley Scott $140 Million 78 South Shields, United Kingdom
9 Roland Emmerich $110 Million 60 Stuttgart, Germany
10 Gore Verbinski $110 Million 52 Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

  1. George Lucas:

George Lucas

This 72 year old gentleman has not only made award winning movies, but also has bagged the title of being one of the most successful and richest directors. He started his career with a studio named American Zeotrope co-owned by Cappola and directed THX 1138 which was a flop. He moved on to finding his own company named ‘Lucasfilm Ltd’ and successfully directed the film, American Graffiti (1973). Pixar Studios, Lucas Arts for games and THX Ltd. all fall under his banner. Most popular movies include Indiana Jones, Return of Jedi, American Graffiti, Willow and Star Wars Trilogy, which became the highest grossing film till E.T. was released. His company’s total net worth has dropped from 5.1 billion dollars to 4.5 billion.

  1. Steven Spielberg:

Steven Spielberg

The name recalls of the two most famous movies- E.T. and Jurassic Park! Being an excellent screen writer and director, Spielberg has a total net value of about 3.6 billion dollars and has been gross estimated for his movies worldwide to be 9 billion dollars!

  1. James Cameron:

James Cameron

The films Titanic and Avatar shot James Cameron to success and fame. His net worth is estimated to be currently 1.79 billion dollars. His film Titanic in 1997 and Avatar in 2009 secured a 2.2 million dollars and 2.8 billion dollars at the box office collection respectively. His upcoming films focus on the sequel of Avatar.

  1. Michael Bay:

Michael Bay

American film director and producer, Michael Bay, is well known for special effects and big budget movies. His total net worth is around 600 million dollars. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 2011, has earned him about 1.1 billion dollars worldwide.

  1. Peter Jackson:

Peter jackson.

Sir Peter Robert Jackson is famous for the Lord of The Rings Triology, Brain Dead, Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit. He owns the production company named Wingnut Films and has a net value of NZ 600$! His film The Hobbit had a total box office earning of 1.2 million dollars.

  1. Tyler Perry:

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is an all rounder and is famous for his directing, acting and playwriting talent. He noted to be the richest directors in 2010-2011 who earned 130 million dollars in a span of one year. He directed a series of TV serials and creator of a tough black woman named Madea, which gained a lot of popularity. House of Payes and Haves and Have Nots are very popular serials directed by Perry. His total net worth is about 400 million dollars.

  1. Christopher Nolan:

Christopher Nolan

This English film maker has won several accolades for his work and considered as one of the most successful film-directors. His debut, Following, won his immense recognition which allowed him to move further with other blockbusters like Insomnia, Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Momento, Prestige and Interstellar. His nine films earned him around 4.2 billion dollars worldwide and his net asset is estimated to be around 150 million dollars.

  1. Ridley Scott:

Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is a famous English mixed genre director and producer. He started his career with commercial ad films and made his debut with sci-fi film Alien in 1979. He explored all the genres and was quite successful as well. The Martians in 2017 earned him around 6.3 million dollars from box office collection worldwide. His total asset is worth about 140 million dollars.

  1. Roland Emmerich:

Roland Emmerich

The well known films like Independence Day, Day After Tomorrow, Anonymous, 2012, Godzilla, The Patriot all were directed by German screenwriter, producer and director Roland Emmerich who proudly announces himself to be a gay. His movies has brought around 3 billion dollars from box office collection worldwide, his total asset being estimated to be 110 million dollars.

  1. Gore Verbinski :

Gore Verbinski

This 52 year old American film director has brought chills down your spine by The Ring series. He is also well-known for two other movies, Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango. His collective gross is about 3.7 billion dollars and his net value is 110 million dollars.

The directors had their ups and downs and the perseverance has let them where they now. They continue creating astounding and meaningful movies of all time!

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