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A-List Billionaires and Mega-Millionaires

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By Brian Hurwitz

It's a well known fact that many celebrities live lavish lifestyles. Magnificent homes. Luxury cars. Designer clothes and expensive jewelry. Fame often begets fortune, and with it, these stars can afford all that their hearts' desire. But as is the case with so many things, success is relative. As far as it relates to money, most celebrities are best described as being rich. A few, however, are staggeringly wealthy. Some of them built their fortunes on their singular talent. Others amassed their impressive net worths by proving to be multi-talented.

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Becoming one of the most successful rap artists in the world made Jay-Z a millionaire. But it was his formidable intellect that made him a billionaire. In addition to being a musician, he is also an entrepreneur and media mogul who invested his money in real estate, talent management and art. Beyonce, his wife of nearly twelve years, built her own $500 million fortune as a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She also has her own fashion line, founded a successful entertainment company and, with Jay-Z, is co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal.

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George Clooney is a bona fide megastar who is as well known for his acting career as he is for his political activism. Lesser known is the fact that he has accrued a $500 million net worth. He made a good portion of that from his work in the entertainment industry. But as one of the three founders of Casamigos Tequila, he pocketed a few hundred million when the company was sold in 2017. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld built his $950 million fortune as one of the creators of the sitcom Seinfeld. Considered one of the best sitcoms ever made, the syndication rights alone are worth hundreds of millions .

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Michael Jordan is far more than the greatest basketball player in history. One of the most marketable athletes in history, he has represented such big-name brands as Nike, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and Gatorade. He is also the principal owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and part-owner of MLB's Miami Marlins. It's no wonder his net worth is in excess of $1 billion. His close friend, Tiger Woods, amassed his estimated $750 million fortune by being the world's greatest golfer and branding himself accordingly through endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade, General Motors, General Mills, Titleist and American Express.

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Madonna used her undeniable artistic talent to become a pop music superstar. From there, she built an empire as a businesswoman, record producer, actress, director and author that created her $850 million fortune. Comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres's parlayed her unparalleled wit into a $500 million net worth. And former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham left the music industry behind to become a designer and fashion icon through her eponymous label, Victoria Beckham, as well as a bestselling author.

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