STAR WARS Creator George Lucas Tops The Forbes List Of The Richest Entertainers In The World

STAR WARS Creator George Lucas Tops The Forbes List Of The Richest Entertainers In The World STAR WARS Creator George Lucas Tops The Forbes List Of The Richest Entertainers In The World

George Lucas, the inventor and director of the first Star Wars film and prequel trilogy, is by far the richest entertainer on this list, which includes Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, and Michael Jordan.

By MarkJulian - Apr 03, 2024 08:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

According to a recent Forbes list, Star Wars inventor and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas has an estimated net worth of $5.5 billion, making him the richest celebrity in 2024.

On October 30, 2012, Disney paid $4.05 billion in cash and shares for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise and Lucas' place at the top of the list appears to be due to the stock options he gained from the transaction.

After selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, George Lucas has mostly withdrawn from the film industry, with the exception of a few minor indie film projects here and there.

Lucas also continues to get union-regulated residuals from all films and television shows released prior to Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars franchise.

On the decision to sell his company and partially retire, Lucas previously stated, "In 2012 I was 69. So the question was am I going to keep doing this for the rest of my life? Do I want to go through this again? Finally, I decided I’d rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while… I’m one of those micromanager guys, and I can’t help it. So I figured I would forgo that, enjoy what I had, and I was looking forward to raising my daughter."

While Lucas is certainly obscenely wealthy, given all the billion-dollar box office films, television shows, toys, and theme park expansions Disney has made with the IP since 2012, do you think the $4 billion purchase price was a steal?

However, to put Forbes' list in further context, he only ranks #309 on Bloomberg's billionaire index (where Forbes' rival estimates that Lucas' net worth is actually just a little north of $8 billion). 

LVMH founder and CEO Bernard Arnault tops that list at $228 billion, followed by Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg.

1. George Lucas ($5.5B)

2. Steven Spielberg ($4.8B)

3. Michael Jordan ($3.2B)

4. Oprah Winfrey ($2.8B)

5. Jay-Z ($2.5B)

6. Kim Kardashian ($1.7B)

7. Peter Jackson ($1.5B)

8. Rihanna and Tyler Perry ($1.4B)

9. Tiger Woods ($1.3B)

10. LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Dick Wolf ($1.2B)

11. Taylor Swift ($1.1B)

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SuperCat - 4/3/2024, 8:08 PM
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Evansly - 4/3/2024, 9:13 PM
@SuperCat - Horrific
SuperCat - 4/3/2024, 8:10 PM
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OriginalGusto1 - 4/3/2024, 8:15 PM
@SuperCat - Spielberg directed your favorite rom com...Schindler's List!
SuperCat - 4/3/2024, 8:20 PM
@OriginalGusto1 - LMAO! Stop!
OriginalGusto1 - 4/3/2024, 8:27 PM
@SuperCat - That's not in the cards, buddy.
ObserverIO - 4/4/2024, 11:50 AM
@OriginalGusto1 - This has been a running joke for over a decade at least. No stopping it now.
Toonstrack - 4/3/2024, 8:15 PM
And yall wonder why he sold lol.

He ain't coming back. He don't have too. His grandkids are never gonna read all your SW whinin on the internet but they are sure as heck gonna be rich af with generational wealth.
dracula - 4/3/2024, 8:15 PM
Is he really an entertainer anymore

Directed two movies in the 70’s (American Graffiti and Star Wars)

Directed 3 very divisive movies 22 years later

Has had barely any involvement in his creation since he sold it
Feralwookiee - 4/3/2024, 8:42 PM
@dracula - He directed THX 1138 in the 70's as well, which I really liked, but otherwise you're right.
LSHF - 4/4/2024, 1:00 AM
@dracula - I was surprised to see his name on this list, as I feel the same way.
dragon316 - 4/3/2024, 8:26 PM
Glad see Taylor swift bottom of list
r0njeremy - 4/3/2024, 10:59 PM
@dragon316 - she still has over a billion dollars you fool ,,,,,top or bottom of list but i be happy with over a billion dollars ,
Toonstrack - 4/3/2024, 11:40 PM
@dragon316 - self made billionsire who doesn't know you exist shouldn't get you this upset.
OriginalGusto1 - 4/3/2024, 8:29 PM
Took me like 12 years to pay off my student loans. Good to see Kim Kardashian is that rich.
CoHost - 4/3/2024, 8:31 PM
Rich people are the scum of the earth.
OriginalGusto1 - 4/3/2024, 8:54 PM
@CoHost - Also, Chiefs fans.
r1g0r - 4/3/2024, 9:07 PM
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Suck it, George.
You're small fish.
SirDuckAlot - 4/3/2024, 10:07 PM
He should take that money and revitalize mid budget films. That would be great.
McMurdo - 4/3/2024, 10:19 PM
We love George. Selling to Disney was a mistake least for the fandom.
Toonstrack - 4/3/2024, 11:40 PM
@McMurdo - he doesn't give a rats ass about the fandom, and he shouldn't.
McMurdo - 4/4/2024, 12:25 AM
@Toonstrack - I think he does care or the prequels wouldn't have hurt him as much. But I think it ultimately played into him selling. But he def didn't expect Kennedy to choke his IP
Toonstrack - 4/4/2024, 1:26 PM
@McMurdo - yeah he did, he is the reason she's there. He's worked with her for 40 years. Unless you think he's just an idiot, he knew exactly what he was signing up for.
McMurdo - 4/4/2024, 1:48 PM
@Toonstrack - the very fact he trusted her and worked with her for so many years is precisely why he didn't expect her to botch his IP
McMurdo - 4/4/2024, 1:50 PM
@Toonstrack - he's made it painfully obvious, even in the recent book quote above, he expected his stories to be used. He didn't put in a legal clause for to mandate because he trusted her. You're just wrong but whats new that's kinda your thing here.
Toonstrack - 4/4/2024, 9:29 PM
@McMurdo - she didn't. She used it to generate 12 billion dollars profit in ten years lmao.

Thats not batching. Thats doing a better job with the reigns than he ever did.
Toonstrack - 4/4/2024, 9:32 PM
@McMurdo - lol he trusted her to make the right decision which means he was entirely aware it was possible they wouldn't use his story outline. If he wanted it done he could he stipulated that.

He has continued to defend and side with Disney even ten years later. This conflict is manufactured and you lot are the only ones still believing in it.
McMurdo - 4/6/2024, 8:54 PM
@Toonstrack - it's a 100 percent botching the Last Jedi caused Solo to tank. The IP hasn't been the same since. They rely on OT and Mando content to weather the storm 🤡 when Rey drops you can continue to fool yourself and we will call you on it per usual. Just do better dude.
McMurdo - 4/6/2024, 8:55 PM
@Toonstrack - no no no he was led to believe they WOULD use his storyline and has articulated as much since the acquisition. For someone who whines about revisionism as much as certainly waddle in a lot of it.
Toonstrack - 4/6/2024, 10:54 PM
@McMurdo - he hasn't said that though. He's said he's upset they didn't use it but again, George Lucas isn't an idiot and could have made that a mandate. He didn't.

Hes allowed to be upset they didn't use it, but he knows just as well as you and I do that if it ain't in the contract t didn't happen and there's no obligation towards it. Hes not new to this.

McMurdo - 4/7/2024, 4:50 AM
@Toonstrack - he didn't make it a mandate because Kennedy is someone he trusted. That's the entire point brother. Giga dense on this.
Toonstrack - 4/10/2024, 2:13 PM
@McMurdo - and what he trusted her to do was exactly what she did.

George knew what he was doing. He defends Disney to this day.

You're in denial.
McMurdo - 4/10/2024, 6:11 PM
@Toonstrack - He wanted her to sign off on botching the characterization of Luke Skywalker by having him spy on his sister and best friend's son, his nephew, whilst he slept and ignite his saber to assassinate him for what amounts to thought crime??? He wanted her to sign off on remaking A New Hope??? with another empire, another vader, another emperor, another sand planet jedi protagonist, another tattooine, another droid who fleas to sand planet with the info the empire needs?????

you're a clown. do better.
Toonstrack - 4/13/2024, 6:38 PM
@McMurdo - he wanted her to lead the direction of the script, and the brand and the company yes.

You're in denial. I'm going better, and so is star wars after Disney bought it. Lucas even thinks so too.

And you know what's the crazy part? Shed still be running star wars if Lucas never sold it. He was gonna retire, and she was gonna take over.

Kathleen was always gonna be there dude.
McMurdo - 4/14/2024, 1:19 PM
@Toonstrack - you're a 🤡
Toonstrack - 4/14/2024, 1:51 PM
@McMurdo - denial is more than just a river in Egypt. Did you serially neve realize this? Kathleen was coming regardless of if Disney sold. She was inevitable.
McMurdo - 4/15/2024, 1:29 AM
@Toonstrack - you just need to do better and stop shilling for Kennedy bro. This ISNT the Way.
Toonstrack - 4/17/2024, 7:43 PM
@McMurdo - lmfoaoooo you didn't read the article.

That's JUST talking about BO revenue, not the games, merch, or literally anything else in the franchise.

That article says that the movies alone, meaning the sequels + rogue 1 and solo have made a total profit of 1.8 billion dollars. So that's confirmation the sequels didn't flop.

Thats the films ALONE. Now try and factor in games like jedi fallen otder, battlefront; and the merchandise(group alone generated over 100 million on revenue in the first half a year from his debut) and its pretty clear this franchise is still immensely lucrative and successful. The movies jsut didn't cover the full purchase price and was never intended to lol

Next time read your articles.
McMurdo - 4/18/2024, 10:10 PM
@Toonstrack -are you intentionally or unintentionally retarded? Honest question so take no offense. Literally discussing profits vs revenue. You know what else the article doesn't include? Production costs. You're a 🤡. Of course when you factor in merchandising they've made money. Thank favreau and filoni for that, but the article you claim to have read quite literally mentions that. The films haven't covered the purchase price and we are how many pictures in this thing now? Disney bought Lucasfilm to make Star Wars films kiddo 😂

Next time get the point. That trilogy is Kennedy's darling... Do better.
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