Hollywood is one of the biggest film industries in the world, with an average of at least 800 films released per year — and the count is still increasing as the entertainment industry is constantly rising in the world. In every country, the entertainment industry is considered as the most beneficial and growing market for producers and financiers.
But who are the people behind it? Of course, the hard-working film directors who are always behind the achievement of any film, in-fact he is the core person who decides where the film will go. Generally, a film completely relies on the quality of the director, if he is good, then all shall be good.
Now if we examine the world of cinema — then undoubtedly Hollywood is much more superior and far ahead of the industry when it comes to quality and direction — at-least I personally feel that.
So today, I am going to feature the 14 most richest Hollywood directors who have earned huge reputation and money due to the sizzling efforts that they put on their films.
Net worth $5.1 Billion
Standing first in our most richest Hollywood film directors list is George Lucas, who is not only a film director but writer, producer and businessman who was born in Modesto, California.
George has worked in thirty-seven films as director, producer or screenwriter, but all of them were great hits, especially the Star War series. George’s passion was to become a professional car racer — but after a lethal accident in his high school life, Lucas decided to leave his dream and move considerably.
Lucas was attracted towards filmmaking in his college life at Modesto Junior College where he started learning about photography and filmmaking. His new interest led him to met his fellow film-maker Steven Spielberg in his University life.
Both of them worked great as partners and Lucas won many honors during his post-graduate studies including a Warner Brothers student scholarship.
Net Worth $3.5 billion
Steven Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, his net worth is $3.5 billion but also he receives a salary of $150 million. Steven was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on 18th December 1946.
He started his career in the age of 17 when he wrote and directed a 135-minute sci-fi epic, Firelight — but the biggest reason of his popularity is his blockbuster film “Jaws” which received a tremendous reception from the audience.
Net Worth $700 Million
James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer and philanthropist — he gained huge popularity after the release of his science fiction film “The Terminator”, which is one of my most favorite films.
After the success of Terminator, producers were after him to sign him for their films. Eventually, he signed to write and direct Aliens in 1986, three years later he signed for The Abyss as the director of the film. James also has directed Titanic and The Avatar.
Net Worth $600 million
Chuck Lorre is an American television writer, director, composer, producer, and production manager, born on October 18, 1952. He has numerous comedy films and television series on his belt, including Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Mom and The Big Bang Theory.
He also assisted Roseanne and Mike & Molly as an executive producer. For his efforts in film line, he has won many awards including the BMI Television Music Award in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 for Two and a Half Men. On June 2009, The State University of New York awarded an honorary degree to Lorre.
Net Worth $450 million
Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter. His famous film was The Lord of the Rings trilogy in which he worked as a director, writer and he also produced the film.
He continued and made The Hobbit trilogy in 2012-2014, both of these films are based on J.R.R Tolkien novels. He also worked for drama film “Heavenly Creatures”, The mockumentary “Forgotten Silver”,”The Frighteners” (a horror comedy film) and the big monkey film “The King Kong” — I know King Kong was not a monkey, LOL.
Net Worth $450 million
Tyler Perry is an American filmmaker, director, play writer, producer and actor whose net worth is $450 million dollars. Tyler was born on September 14th, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He has emerged as the most financially successful director in the entertainment business. He approximately earns $100-$150 million dollars per year from his empire. Till December 2013, Tyler was the only filmmaker in Hollywood history to have five films open number 1 at the box office for the consecutive five years.
Astonishingly, he has competed and breaks all records of the most famous and renowned directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, and James Cameron.
His most eminent films only cost about $10 million to be created and earned more than $600 million dollars as revenue — because Tyler produces all of his films entirely on his own, he gets the most of the profit from his gigantic films.
Net Worth $430 million
Michael Bay is an American director and film producer with a net worth of $430 million. He has Bad Boys I, Bad Boys II, The Rock, Armageddon, The Island, Transformers trilogy and Pearl Harbor in his most hit films list.
He is famous for directing massive blockbuster movies. He has directed many remakes of classic horror movies like Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Michael has also produced television series No Way Out and Cocaine Cowboys.
Francis Ford Coppola
Net Worth $250 million
Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, screenwriter, producer who was born in Detroit, Michigan on 7th April 1939. He has won many accolades for his services as a director, writer, and producer including multiple Academy Awards for directing and writing.
He has also won Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material for his film The Godfather II. He has many famous films under his belt including “The Godfather” trilogy,”Apocalypse Now”,”Patton” and “The Outsiders”.
Net Worth $180 million
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. He got a high spot in Hollywood from his science-fiction horror film Alien in 1979. “Blade Runner” and crime drama “Thelma & Louise” are also part of his famous work.
The history based film Gladiator won him the Oscar for the Best Picture. He also directed war film “Black Hawk Down” — crime thriller “Hannibal” and “American Gangster” is also his famous films.
Net Worth $150 million
Barry Levinson is an American writer, producer, actor and director with more than $150 million assets. Barry was born in Baltimore, Maryland — he began his professional career as a writer in Hollywood.
Initially, he wrote for programs like “The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine”, “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Tim Conway Show” — then a turnout came in his career when he started writing for high-profile screenplays for films like “Silent Movie”, “Liberty Heights” and “High Anxiety”.
Net Worth $150 million
Christopher Nolan is a British-America film director, screenwriter and producer with having the net worth of $150 million. Nolan has worked with great films and dramas, including the science-fiction heist thriller “Inception”, the neo-noir psychological thriller “Memento” in which a man is suffering from short-term memory loss.
He is also attached to the reworking of the “Batman” franchise — starring Christian Bale. Nolan full name is Christopher Jonathan James Nolan, he was born in London on 30 July 1970. He started his filmmaking career with his first film, Following in 1999. After which Nolan caught so many eyeballs watching him and he succeeded to enjoy a remarkable career with his blockbuster movies.
Net Worth $150 million
Frank Marshall is an American film director and producer, he is often working with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy. He founded Amblin Entertainment in collaboration with his wife and Steven Spielberg.
Later he and his wife Kennedy started The Kennedy/Marshall Company — a film production company which contracted with Dreamworks for better picture quality. Marshall is known to work in collaboration with big name directors like Steven Spielberg, Peter Bogdanovich, and Robert Zemeckis.
Net Worth $150 million
Guy Stuart Ritchie is an English filmmaker, best known for his crime films. He had affection for film industry since his childhood, he left his secondary school and got an entry-level job in the film industry in the 1990s.
Later he graduated to directing commercials, his first film production came in 1995 which was a twenty-minute short film but it managed to convince investors to back Ritchie’s first feature film, the crime comedy “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels“.
Ritchie continued to direct crime films as he directed the crime comedy film “Snatch” in the year 2000 — but his next two films “Swept Away” and the crime drama “Revolver” was not as good as his first film, both of them failed to get any crucial commercial success.
In 2008, he came back with his another crime drama film, “RocknRolla” which received mixed reviews from the audience but managed to make a modest box office return.
Net Worth $70 million
Martin Scorsese is an American director, producer, actor, film historian, and screenwriter. He has passed more than 45 years in the film industry. He is part of New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is considered as the most important and influential filmmaker in the cinema industry.
In 1990, Martin founded The Film Foundation which aim is the preservation and protection of motion picture history. In 2007, he also founded World Cinema Foundation — he is awarded many accolades for his efforts and contributions if cinema world including AFI Life Achievement Award, Academy Award, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion Award, Grammy Award, Golden Gloves, and BAFTAS.