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Are you on the lookout for the richest directors in the world?

For every good and well-planned movie, there is certainly a good director.

Seeing how important their role are in movie production, it is no surprise as some of them are worth a fortune.

Listed below are the 25 richest directors in the world:

25. Zhang Yimou

Net Worth: $70 Million

Zhang Yimou kicks off the list of the richest directors in the world.

The popular Chinese movie director and producer has released over 20 movies.

As far as the league of Chinese movie producers is concerned, Zhang sits among the highest-paid.
 

24. Oliver Stone

Net Worth: $70 Million

Oliver Stone is an American movie director, writer and producer.

He is retired army personnel who writes movies that are politically and culturally related.

The American also directed a good number of movies about the Vietnam war.

23. Woody Allen

Net Worth: $80 Million

Woody Allen is a popular film director, comedian, singer and actor.

He was into standup comedy at the early stage of his career before starting to write screenplays.

Today, he is an Oscar-winning director and among the richest directors in the world.

22. Jon Turteltaub

Net Worth: $80 Million

Jon Turteltaub is an American movie director and producer.

He is involved with a couple of popular movie stars such as Nicolas Cage and Morgan Freeman.

21. Chris Columbus

Net Worth: $80 Million

Chris Columbus is an American movie director and producer.

He schooled in New York City’s Tisch School of the Arts where he developed an interest in cinematography.

Chris Columbus is the director behind the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and Home Alone.

20. Judd Apatow

Net Worth: $90 Million

Judd Apatow is a rich director who has directed strings of well-known movies.

These include The Forty-Year-Old Virgin, The Cable Guy, Fun With Dick, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Get Him to the Greek, and so on.

He boasts an estimated net worth of around $90 Million, earning him a spot on the list of the richest directors in the world.

19. Rob Reiner

Net Worth: $100 Million

Rob Reiner is the 19th richest director in the world.

The American is a film director, producer and actor.

He is well known for directing popular movies such as A Few Good Men, The Sure Thing and acting in well-known films such as All in the Family and The Wolf of Wall Street.

18. Martin Scorsese

Net Worth: $100 Million

Martin Scorsese is a very popular American film director.

He was not able to play soccer as a kid because of chronic asthma.

He shifted and focused his mind on movie directing.

As a New York City resident, he took advantage of cinemas and other available talents.

Today, he has won more than 130 awards.

17. Irwin Winkler

Net Worth: $100 Million

Irwin Winkler is a rich movie director who mostly works with the motion picture.

He is the director behind Double Trouble and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They.

He has directed over 50 movies for motion pictures and is among the richest directors in the world.

16. Quentin Tarantino

Net Worth: $120 Million

Quentin Tarantino is one of the popular movie directors.

He is the director behind the Kill Bill vol series and started as an actor.

Tarantino later went into playwriting before hitting his professional career at top gear.
 

15. Coen Brothers

Net Worth: $120 Million

Coming in next on the list of the richest directors in the world is The Coen brothers.

They are a team that write scripts and have won several industry awards.
 

14. Gore Verbinski

Net Worth: $130 Million

Gore Verbinski is an American movie director, producer and writer.

He is responsible for popular films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango.

Gore has a total estimated net worth of around $130 Million, which place him among the richest directors in the world.

13. Tim Burton

Net Worth: $140 Million

Tim Burton is the 13th richest directors in the world.

The American artist is a screenwriter and movie director.

Batman, Alice in Wonderland and co, are the works of Tim.

12. Guy Ritchie

Net Worth: $150 Million

Up next on the list, Guy Ritchie is a notorious British director.

He is also a screenwriter who has written lots of high grossing movie but it is also pertinent to note that a greater part of his net worth comes from his 2008 divorce settlement.

11. Ron Howard

Net Worth: $160 Million

Ron Howard is an American director, producer and actor.

He was born in Duncan and his exceptional talent for directing and acting has earned him an estimated net worth of $160 Million.

10. Christopher Nolan

Net Worth: $180 Million

Christopher Nolan Breaking is among the “top ten” richest directors in the world.

The British-American director, producer and writer is known for producing psychological movies.

9. Roland Emmerich

Net Worth: $200 Million

Roland Emmerich roots in Germany and is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

One of (his) major works is The Day After Tomorrow and the Universal Soldier.

8. Francis Ford Coppola

Net Worth: $300 Million

Francis Ford Coppola is a popular film director and producer.

He is the man behind the success of The Godfather trilogy, Dracula and Patton.

Francis is one of the very best in movie production and directing.

7. Ridley Scott

Net Worth: $400 Million

Ridley Scott is an English movie director and producer.

He is the man responsible for Robin Hood, the alien, the kingdom of heaven and others.

With an estimated net worth of around $400 Million, he is one of the richest directors in the world.

6. Michael Bay

Net Worth: $430 Million

Micheal Bay is an American movie director and producer.

He is one of the best directors in the country.

Michael has won several industry awards as is notorious for directing The Transformers Trilogy and others.

5. Peter Jackson

Net Worth: $500 Million

Peter Jackson is a well-known rich director who is responsible for the movie, Lord of the Rings fan.

The lovely bone and king kong are other works of his creation among others.

Lord of the rings has earned him more than 35% of his net worth.

4. Tyler Perry

Net Worth: $600 Million 

Breaking in among the “top four” richest directors in the world is Tyler Perry.

The American film director, writer, producer and actor.

His movies are one of the best on the planet – topping at the box office in a good number of time.
 

3. James Cameron

Net Worth: $700 Million 

James Cameron claims the 3rd richest directors in the world.

The Canadian director is known to direct top-grossing movies such as Titanic and Avatar.

Other popular movies of his are Terminator,
Aliens and others.

2. Steven Spielberg

Net Worth: $3.7 Billion 

Steven Spielberg is the second richest director in the world.

The popular movie director has won an Academy Award three times.

His breakthrough came when he directed a short movie, Amblin and quickly rose to the top by directing other popular films.

1. George Lucas

Net Worth: $5.4 Billion

George Lucas tops the list of the richest directors in the world.

The prominent movie director is the man responsible for Star Wars.

In 2012, George sold his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney.

The deal was worth an incredible $4 billion and coupled with his cabinet of best-directed movies, he is on top of the game!

Conclusion

Listed below is a quick summary of the 25 richest Directors in the world:

  1. George Lucas
  2. Steven Spielberg
  3. James Cameron
  4. Tyler Perry
  5. Peter Jackson
  6. Michael Bay
  7. Ridley Scott
  8. Francis Ford Coppola
  9. Roland Emmerich
  10. Christopher Nolan
  11. Ron Howard
  12. Guy Ritchie
  13. Tim Burton
  14. Gore Verbinski
  15. Coen Brothers
  16. Quentin Tarantino
  17. Irwin Winkler
  18. Martin Scorsese
  19. Rob Reiner
  20. Judd Apatow
  21. Chris Columbus
  22. Jon Turteltaub
  23. Woody Allen
  24. Oliver Stone
  25. Zhang Yimou

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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