If you’re looking to become one of the wealthiest people in the world, it’s simple: just create one of the most lucrative and famous franchises of all time and then sell it to one of the biggest companies in existence. Piece of cake, right? That’s exactly what George Lucas did and it has paid off and then some.
According to the latest Forbes list of the richest celebrities, Lucas is the wealthiest celebrity in America with an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion. Forbes attributes his massive net worth to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012 for $4.1 billion.
Since making the big sale, Lucas hasn’t been heavily involved in the Star Wars world, which has been branching out exponentially since the purchase. In addition to the current main trilogy, which became the first since Lucas helmed the Star Wars prequels between 1999 and 2005, there have already been multiple stand-alone films (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story). There are plenty more projects in the works, including multiple live-action television series from the upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Lucas’ name is attached to most of these projects with a writing credit for creating the characters, but otherwise, he’s not expected to be involved.
Right behind Lucas is fellow director Steven Spielberg, who has an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion.
Oprah ($2.8 billion) and Michael Jordan ($1.7 billion) are the last billionaires on the list, with Jay Z and Kylie Jenner tying for fifth with an estimated net worth of $900 million.