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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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