Star Wars. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Armageddon. The Mummy. Rush Hour. They have directed some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters ever, and their style of storytelling and public relations savvy make them some of the most well known movie directors in history. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Brett Ratner, Stephen Sommers and Michael Bay make money for movie studies, but what’s their net worth?
The force is with him and so is the profit. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree upon when it comes to the Star Wars films, it’s how much sparkling Jedi jewels they generate. George Lucas earned money from his franchise from novels, comic books, clothing, video games, toys, action figures – the list goes and and on and on. Last year that profit changed hands when Disney bought Star Wars from Lucas. The deal was a sweet one – valued at $4 billion – and it only added to the already wealthy sci-fi honcho. Lucas commands a truly cosmic bank account now, since he has an estimated net worth of $7.3 billion dollars.
Steven Spielberg is good friends with fellow director George Lucas, and though he’s not as rich as his buddy, he’s certainly not poor. Spielberg has brought us classics like Jaws, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park and Raiders Of The Lost Ark – co producing the Indiana Jones movies with Lucas – and all of that Hollywood hoopla has brought great wealth to the popular director. Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment, and his profitable interest in the film studio Dreamworks – which he co-founded – has given him a real financial boost. He has an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion dollars. E.T. phone home? E.T. phone a swiss bank!
He’s the movie maker with disaster on his mind. He’s given us Armageddon – co-starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck – about a huge asteroid hurtling towards the Earth. In “Transformers” – produced by Steven Spielberg – huge robots have come to Earth to cause havoc, and in “Pearl Harbor”, Bay chronicles another violent disaster – this time historically based. All of this chaotic disaster has given audiences an emotional ride and sent Bay on a real wealthy ride. He has an estimated net worth of $400 million dollars.
Who’s your Mummy? While Stephen Sommers has directed other films besides the one revolving around a marauding Egyptian mummy, his 1999 blockbuster, starring Brendan Fraiser, Arnold Vosloo and Rachel Weiz, remains one of his most popular and profitable. Sommers is also responsible for the action thriller, Van Helsing – starring Hugh Jackman – and while that pricey monster mash is considered a box office flop, Sommers continues to helm big movies like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars.
He’s the creative man behind the wildly popular Rush Hours movies starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and if those were the only films he ever made, Ratner would definitely be one of Hollywood’s most profitable film makers. Ratner’s cinema instincts tend to steer towards the action packed and comedic, yet he also can helm a fun caper movie like “Tower Heist” starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. Ratner can be outspoken and he can court controversy, but this hasn’t taken away from his profitable pursuit of film making. He has an estimated net worth of $65 million dollars.