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When it comes to A-list celebrities, you know they are paid more than most people will ever see in their lifetime. For some, more than TWO lifetimes. It’s just the name of the game when it comes to Hollywood. If you think about it, some celebrities are paid millions simply for appearing in a movie for a few minutes. For example, Julia Roberts was paid an eye-popping $3 million for shooting only four days on Gary Marshall’s film Mother’s Day. That’s $750,000 per day! Talk about a nice piece of change.

And that’s just the tip of the celebrity salary iceberg. Last year, the cast of the hit TV show, The Big Bang Theory, renegotiated their contracts so they would make $1.5 million per episode. That’s $36 million for a 24-episode season that shoots only six months out of the year! Who wouldn’t want that gig? And while yes, it’s easy to criticize celebrities for how much money they earn. We also have to say it’s important to realize they work hard. Acting is a talent and while some people are better at it than others, it can be a grueling job day in and day out.

We decided to do a little research and find out the net worth of some of the biggest names in Hollywood and you better believe they will leave you green with envy and absolutely speechless. For example, Madonna is worth $550 million! Honestly, we can see why all of her boyfriends are straight out of high school! Here are 30 celebrities and their current net worth. Read if you must, but we promise by the time you reach number one you’ll be rethinking your career path.

30. Barbra Streisand

($340 million)

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Image: New York Daily News

Known for her roles in Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! it should come as no surprise that Barbra Streisand is rolling in the dough. With a net worth of $340 million, she really doesn’t have to work all that much, although she tours every now and then, while starring in the random movie.

29. Phil Mickelson

($375 million)

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Image: TopNews.com

Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer who has won over 42 PGA tours and five championships. A father of three, Phil is worth over $375 million thanks to his many different endorsement deals. It definitely pays to play when it comes to golf, right?

28. Rush Limbaugh

($350 million)

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Image: Salon.com

Outspoken conservative Rush Limbaugh has been on TV for over two decades and in doing so has had quite the lucrative career. In fact, he’s worth over $350 million thanks to his radio show and television program. He was an avid supporter of Trump during the presidential election and now we can see why, he wants that 50% tax cut!

27. Jon Bon Jovi

($300 million)

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Image: Ultimate Classic Rock

Jon Bon Jovi is best known for his rock band Bon Jovi that was established in 1983. A rocker way before his time, he’s sold over 130 million albums over the course of his career. This has made him one of the best-selling artists of our time. He’s also racked up quite the honors over the years and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. His singing and writing definitely has paid off as well, since he’s worth a whopping $300 million.

26. Howard Stern ($95 million)

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Image: ABC News

Talk radio personality Howard Stern has had a very lucrative career throughout the years, starring in films and being one of the more interesting radio hosts on the air. He’s interviewed the likes of Kirstie Alley during her huge feud with Leah Remini, while taking home a nice paycheck in the process. $95 million certainly isn’t too shabby, right?

25. Bruce Springsteen

($345 million)

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When it comes to singer Bruce Springsteen, who hasn’t listened to the album Born to Run? Released in 1975, this record put him on the map and led to sales of 120 million records worldwide. He’s earned quite a few awards throughout the years, including 20 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award as well. We promise we aren’t jealous.

24. Jimmy Buffett ($400 million)

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Image: Hollywood Casino

Just thinking about the hit song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” makes us hungry. And you have singer, writer and businessman Jimmy Buffett to thank for that. A man who can best be described as a “jack of all trades,” Buffett is known for the Margaritaville restaurant chain and clothing line. He also famously made audiences laugh across the globe when he refused to relinquish his margaritas during a dinosaur attack during Jurassic World.

23. Madonna ($550 million)

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Image: Hollywood Reporter

Oh, Madge. You certainly have had quite the life. From hit films to hit songs and dating men 30 years younger than her, Madonna sure knows how to enjoy life to the fullest. And it’s paid off too, Queen Madge is worth over $550 million. Talk about being a “Material Girl” literally and figuratively.

22. Jay Z ($610 million)

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Image: Billboard.com

R&B artist Jay Z is a world renowned singer, songwriter and record producer. He’s also known as “Beyonce’s husband.” Besides his family life, Jay Z has won 21 Grammy Awards and was ranked by MTV as one of the greatest MC’s of all time. Currently, his net worth is over $610 million. That’s no chump change!

21. Jerry Seinfeld ($820 million)

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Image: www.tvguide.com

It should come as no surprise that Jerry Seinfeld is filthy rich. His hit show Seinfeld was one of the most popular sitcoms of all-time. However, what comes as surprising is that he’s worth more than Barbra Streisand and Madonna combined. Say what? We’re guessing making people laugh is much more lucrative than singing on the stage.

20. Dr. Dre ($700 million)

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Image: digitalmusictimes.com

Dr. Dre “Andre Romelle Young” is one of the most popular rappers of all time and has produced albums for some of the best in the industry. From Snoop Dogg to Eminem, Dre is considered one of the king’s of the industry. This can definitely be proven true with his net worth, which is currently sitting at just over $700 million.

19. James Patterson ($700 million)

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Image: famousauthors.org

Author James Patterson is best known for his crime thrillers that have hit the New York Time’s bestseller list year after year. He’s been on Forbe’s highest paid author list for three consecutive years and is currently worth over $700 million. Patterson recently received the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation. He’s also a big supporter of independent bookstores.

18. Julia Roberts ($145 million)

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Image: pkbaseline.com

Julia Roberts is considered one of Hollywood’s “darlings” although she works much less than she did in the 90’s since she is raising three kids. Therefore, beyond being very selective for her acting gigs, she also expects a big payday. For example, when she starred in Gary Marshall’s Mother’s Day, she received $3 million for only four days of work. Where can we get that gig?

17. Tiger Woods ($740 million)

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Image: Forbes.com

Tiger Woods is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of this generation. He went professional at the young age of 20 and has worked tirelessly since then to perfect his game. Woods’ career took a nosedive when his infidelity came to light in 2009. After losing multiple endorsements, he took a hiatus from golf to focus on his family, however his marriage ended. He return to golf in 2011, and struggled to regain his previous fame.

16. Diddy ($750 million)

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Image: Addicted2Success.com

Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and now simply “Diddy” is best known for being a rapper, singer and most of all a producer. His hit reality show, Making the Band 2/3 saw the creation of girl group Danity Kane, which topped the charts and also turned up the drama. Nowadays, Diddy is not only running a movie production company, but he owns two restaurants as well. No wonder he’s worth $750 million.

15. David Copperfield ($800 million)

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Image: TheInquisitr.com

David Copperfield (no we aren’t talking about the novel) is a professional illusionist who has wowed audiences across the globe. He’s considered to be the most commercially successful illusionist in the history of magicians by Forbes and is worth over $800 million.

14. Michael Jordan ($1.24 billion)

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Image: Wild Child Sports

Michael Jordan is considered to be one of the best basketball players of all time and although he’s retired, his legacy will definitely live on forever. Now a businessman and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan continues to bring in the cash, which is why he is now worth over $1.24 billion. We have to say, we envy his wife just a little.

13. Oprah Winfrey ($2.9 billion)

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Image: Daily Mail

Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women in the world. Not only does she have a net worth just shy of $3 billion, but she’s one of the most beloved celebrities of our time. From her hit talk show to many scene stealing movie roles, Oprah is a businesswoman with an eye for the lucrative. She currently owns a percentage of Weight Watchers and sits on their Board of Directors.

12. Steven Spielberg ($3.7 billion)

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Image: Hollywood Reporter.com

Steven Spielberg has brought some of the best movies of the past four decades to the screen. From the infamous Jaws that made everyone afraid to go in the water in 1975 to E.T. which gave kids inspiration to dream big, Spielberg knows how to pull at the heart strings and provide hours of amazing entertainment.

11. George Lucas ($5.1 billion)

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Image: The Wrap

George Lucas is best known for giving the world Star Wars, which is one of the greatest science fiction/fantasy franchises of all time. Whether or not you like the prequels, Lucas has allowed audiences’ imaginations to soar to new heights and we couldn’t be more grateful. In 2012, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, which has since brought back the franchise with Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We’re sure he’s loving retirement as he counts his $5 billion.

10. Kobe Bryant ($350 million)

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Image: Daily News

Kobe Bryant is another retired basketball player that is enjoying an endless revenue stream thanks to winning five NBA championships and enjoying a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Due to his physical decline, he retired in 2016 and is now working up some new business ventures. While his net worth doesn’t even come close to Michael Jordan’s, it still isn’t anything to scoff at.

9. Ryan Seacrest ($350 million)

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Image: Hollywood Reporter

Radio personality and TV host, Ryan Seacrest, skyrocketed to fame thanks to the hit show American Idol on ABC and since then he’s enjoyed endorsements, and gigs out the wazoo. Personally, we think it’s because he’s so good looking that he keeps bringing in the dough. Those looks sure do cost a lot too, since he’s worth a nice comfortable $350 million.

8. Kim Kardashian ($146 million)

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Image: The Broad Side

If there’s anyone that does not deserve to be on this list it’s Kim Kardashian, but alas she is worth over $146 million. Here Julia Roberts has worked three decades to get her $145 million and all Kim K had to do was leak a sex tape and marry Kanye West. While her reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians is still one of the most popular of all-time, it’s her marriage that has kept people talking. Why? Because Kanye is legit insane.

7. Stephenie Meyer

($150 million)

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Image: IndieWire

Stephenie Meyer is a young adult author who is best known for writing all four books in the Twilight saga, as well as science fiction bestseller, The Host. She’s sold over 155 million copies of her book worldwide and has enjoyed success as a film producer as well.

6. JK Rowling

($1 billion)

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Image: Tiki-Toki

If you don’t know who JK Rowling is you must have been trapped in some form of stasis for the last decade. One of the top-selling young adult authors of all-time, Rowling is known for the Harry Potter books, which she wrote as a way to feed her children while being a single mother. In fact, part of the first novel was written on a napkin in a coffee shop. How awesome is that? Now that napkin shop is worth $1 billion. We need to start drinking more coffee.

5. Meryl Streep

($145 million)

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Image: Wundergroundmusic.com

Meryl Streep is one of the best actresses of all-time. Period. Not only is she known for her roles in Out of Africa and The Devil Wears Prada, but Streep is also a feminist and humanitarian. Beloved by all and nominated for more Academy Awards than you can count, it comes as no surprise that she’s worth $145 million. Personally, we think it should be more.

4. Jennifer Lawrence

($100 million)

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Image: Wallpaper sdsc.com

Jennifer Lawrence bunny hopped over Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts when it came to her success, earning over $100 million in as little as seven years. Thanks to landing the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film franchise, Lawrence is one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. She recently can be seen in the science fiction thriller Passengers co-starring Chris Pratt.

3. Gloria Estefan

($380 million)

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Image: Billboard.com

Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-American singer who launched her career with her hit single “Conga.” She’s won numerous Grammy Awards and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An inspiration and pioneer for female Latin artists, Estefan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to the American music industry.

2. Tyler Perry

($390 million)

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Image: Indie Wire

Tyler Perry is best known for his films and theater work as “Madea” the wise-cracking grandma who doesn’t mess around. He’s also a writer and producer of several television shows, his most successful being Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Perry was last seen in Boo! A Madea Halloween, which has been the series most successful film to date.

1. Mel Gibson

($400 million)

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Image: The Source

Writer, director and Actor, Mel Gibson has had quite the career in Hollywood. Not only has he starred in some of the biggest blockbusters ever made (Braveheart) but he’s also directed some amazing films as well, The Passion of the Christ being his most successful. Currently, Gibson is worth $400 million.