8 Popular Celebrities and How Rich They Are

8 Popular Celebrities and How Rich They Are

With all those royalty payments, endorsement deals, fat pay checks and other side engagements, the wealth that celebrities possess can skyrocket to millions of dollars. Here is a list of some of the most popular celebrities across the globe. Get to know how rich these people are. Remember this list is not exhaustive, and there are many more indeed!

1. Tyler Perry

Hollywood producer and former playwright Tyler Perry has a net worth of $390 million. A well-known stage play series to his credit, he is popular for playing the role of the elderly black woman Madea, in several films and plays from the 1990s onwards. 16 of his films, each produced with a low budget of around $10 million, have taken the box office by storm, earning collections over $765 million.


2. Shaquille O’ Neal

Popularly known as Shaq, this man is a retired basketball player who later turned into a businessman having $350 million net worth. This NBA sensation made headlines in 1996, when he signed the $120 million contract for seven years with the Lakers, the largest ever in NBA history. Apart from basketball, Shaq has also involved himself in acting, endorsements and more.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger

The youngest man ever to bag the title of Mr. Universe, Arnold Schwarzenegger bagged this title not only once, but four times. He was also seven times Mr. Olympia. But his actual fame came with the roles he played in the Hollywood movies “The Terminator” and “Conan the Barbarian”, with which this man became a household name overnight. The net worth of this successful actor, bodybuilder, celebrity and politician is $300 million.


4. Leonardo DiCaprio

This American film producer and actor’s net worth is $220 million. A rewarding career that began with television advertisements, found its way through television serials like “Santa Barbara” and “Growing Pains”, and finally landed onto the movie platform with the debut “This Boy’s Life”. He played leading characters in a number of movies prior to gaining international recognition as Jack in James Cameron’s “Titanic”.

5. John Deacon

John Deacon’s net worth of $115 million can be credited to album sales, concerts and tours. Recognized primarily as the bassist and the youngest member of the rock band Queen, Deacon wrote many hit singles for Queen, including “Spread Your Wings”, “You’re My Best Friend”, and “Back Chat”, amongst others. His retirement came with the last Queen composition “No One But You”, for which he played the bass guitar.


6. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, former captain of the Ivory Coast national team and a continual top-scorer, is a professional footballer with a net worth of $90 million. He is mostly recognized for his career with Chelsea, for whom he has played more number of goals compared to any other foreign player. This greatest Chelsea player, as he was voted in October 2012, retired on 8th August 2014, after an industrious career.

7. Rob Dyrdek

This USA-based professional skateboarder, producer, entrepreneur, celebrity and reality television star has a net worth of $50 million. Recognized for his roles in popular reality shows such as “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”, “Rob and Big” and “Ridiculousness”, Dyrdek also rose to fame as Fox Weekly’s one of the “most powerful skateboarders” ever. Dyrdek has a number of entrepreneurial enterprises to his credit.


8. Chris Carrabba

This American singer and guitarist, whose net worth is $16 million, is the most popular face of the group Dashboard Confessional. Carabba’s initial performances were with bands like The Agency, The Vacant Andys, and the group Further Appeared Eternally. Making guest appearances in other musician’s album and working as the vocalist for an indie rock band, in 2011 Chris released “Covered in the Flood”, a solo album comprising 10 cover versions belonging to hit songs.   

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.


So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.


Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.


You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.


Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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