Film making is a process that involves a lot of people, among them being the film director. The director basically directs the making of the film. He or she is in control of the dramatic and artistic effects of the film. He or she will visualize the screen and then guide the actors and technical crew in the fulfillment of what he or she would have visualized. There are very many film directors in the world that have made successful films that have earned them millions. The following are some of the richest directors in the world as of 2016.
- 10. Gore Verbinski – Net Worth: $110 million
- 9. Roland Emmerich – Net Worth: $110 million
- 8. Ridley Scott – Net Worth: $140 million
- 7. Christopher Nolan – Net Worth: $150 million
- 6. Tyler Perry – Net Worth: $400 million
- 5. Michael Bay – Net Worth: $410 million
- 4. Peter Jackson – Net Worth: $600 million
- 3. James Cameron – Net Worth: $700 million
- 2. Steven Spielberg – Net Worth: $3.6 billion
- 1. George Lucas – Net Worth: $5.1 billion
10. Gore Verbinski – Net Worth: $110 million
He is not only a film director, but also a producer and sound musician. Among the most successful films that he has directed include The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Rango. He started his directing career by directing videos for music bands. He has a net worth of $110 million.
9. Roland Emmerich – Net Worth: $110 million
He is a German film director, producer and screenwriter. He is also a campaigner for equal rights and global warming awareness. Most of his films are Hollywood productions that are shot in English language. Among the successful movies that he has directed are The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. His net worth is $110 million.
8. Ridley Scott – Net Worth: $140 million
Among the movies that have proved to the best of Ridley Scott’s directing career are Prometheus and Gladiator. His commercial breakthrough came with the science fiction horror film known as Alien that was released in 1979. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and Two Golden Globe Awards. His net worth stands at $140 million.
7. Christopher Nolan – Net Worth: $150 million
He is a British-American film director that is well known for coordinating both British and American films. Besides being a director, he is also a renowned screen writer and producer. Some of the exciting movies that he has worked on include Memento and Inception. His films are mostly rooted in sociological, philosophical and ethical concepts. He has a net worth of $150 million.
6. Tyler Perry – Net Worth: $400 million
Tyler Perry is not only known for his film directing skills, but also creating, acting and playwriting skills. He specializes in the gospel genre. He wrote and produced a lot of plays in the 1990s and 2000s. He was named by Forbes as the highest paid man in the entertainment industry in 2011 having earned $130 million between May of 2010 and 2011. He has been able to create several successful movies and TV shows, including House of Payne and The Haves and Have Nots. His net worth is $400 million.
5. Michael Bay – Net Worth: $410 million
Bay is a famous film director in Hollywood. Among the hit movies that he has directed include The Transformers, Pearl Harbor, The Rock and Armageddon. He directs big budget movies that are characterized by stylistic visuals, fast edits, and extreme use of special effects. He has a net worth of $410 million.
4. Peter Jackson – Net Worth: $600 million
Besides being a world-renowned film director, Peter Jackson is also a dashing cinematographer. He is best known for directing and producing The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and The Hobbit Trilogy. He has received three Academy Awards for his work and nine Academy nominations overall. He is without doubt a multi-talented person. His net worth is $600 million.
3. James Cameron – Net Worth: $700 million
Cameron has received continued success in the film industry due to his prowess in writing movie scripts. Among the super duper films that he has made to date are The Titanic, Avatar and The Terminator. He has won six Academy Awards till now and received nominations for many other awards. His first major success came with The Terminator in 1984. Since then, he has remained a name to reckon with in the film industry. He has a net worth of $700 million.
2. Steven Spielberg – Net Worth: $3.6 billion
He is undoubtedly one of the influential names in the filmmaking industry. Besides directing films, he is also the co-founder of DreamWorks Studios which is well known worldwide. Jurassic Park, Jaws, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial are some of the most successful movies he has directed. He is also a famous screenwriter. His net worth currently stands at $3.6 billion.
1. George Lucas – Net Worth: $5.1 billion
He is best known as the creator of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises. Star Wars has been able to garner six Academy Awards. Not only is he a very successful film director, but also a very good screenwriter and producer. Personally, he has been nominated for four Academy Awards. So far, he has been able to accumulate a net worth of $5.1 billion from his work.