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George Lucas tops Forbes list of America’s wealthiest celebrities while Kylie Jenner debuts at #5 

George Lucas tops Forbes list of America’s wealthiest celebrities with estimated net worth of $5.6billion while Kylie Jenner debuts at #5

  • Forbes revealed its ranking of 2018’s wealthiest US celebrities on Tuesday 
  • ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas, 74, is out front with a net worth of $5.4billion
  • Behind him is 72-year-old fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg with $3.7billion
  • The top female on the list is media mogul Oprah Winfrey in third with $2.8billion
  • In fourth place is basketball legend Michael Jordan, 55, whose $1.7billion net worth grew by an estimated $400million in the past year
  • Kylie Jenner, 21, and rapper Jay-Z tied in fifth place with $900million each 
  • Rounding out the list are illusionist and entertainer David Copperfield, rapper Diddy, golfer Tiger Woods and author James Patterson

Filmmaker George Lucas claimed the top spot on Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s wealthiest celebrities while reality TV star slash makeup mogul Kylie Jenner debuted in fifth place. 

The third-annual ranking released on Tuesday has Lucas, the 74-year-old writer, director, producer and creator of the legendary ‘Star Wars’ saga,  holding a commanding lead over the rest with an estimated net worth of $5.4billion.  

Forbes said most of his wealth came from the $4.1billion sale of his production company LucasFilm, which he sold to Walt Disney Co in 2012.  

The figures on the list were estimated by Forbes based on the celebrities’ known holdings of real estate, art and shares of companies both public and private, as well as other assets and estimated lifetime earnings. 

The top 10 celebrities had combined assets of $18.7billion, which exceeds the gross domestic product of Iceland, Forbes reported.  

Filmmaker George Lucas (pictured) claimed the top spot on Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s wealthiest celebrities. The 74-year-old ‘Star Wars’ creator’s net worth is $5.6billion

Coming in second place is fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg (above) with an estimated $3.7billion net worth following his 50-year career as director, writer and producer

The richest female celebrity is 64-year-old media mogul Oprah Winfrey (above) with a $2.8billion net worth

Coming in second place is fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg (left) with an estimated $3.7billion net worth following his 50-year career as director, writer and producer. The richest female celebrity is 64-year-old media mogul Oprah Winfrey (right) with a $2.8billion net worth

In fourth place is basketball legend Michael Jordan (above this month), whose net worth of $1.7billion grew by an estimated $400million in the past year, mostly from his 34-year-long sneaker deal with Nike Inc and his stake in the Charlotte Hornets

In fourth place is basketball legend Michael Jordan (above this month), whose net worth of $1.7billion grew by an estimated $400million in the past year, mostly from his 34-year-long sneaker deal with Nike Inc and his stake in the Charlotte Hornets

Coming in second was fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who turned 72 on Tuesday, with an estimated $3.7billion net worth. 

Highlights from Spielberg’s 50-year career as director, writer and producer include ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T.,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’.

The richest female celebrity talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, 64, who has racked up an estimated $2.8billion net worth through her acting and media pursuits. 

In fourth place is basketball legend Michael Jordan, whose net worth of $1.7billion grew by an estimated $400million in the past year, mostly from his 34-year-long sneaker deal with Nike Inc and his stake in the Charlotte Hornets.  

Kylie Jenner made the list for the first time this year, debuting at number five with an estimated net worth of $900million. The 21-year-old's growing wealth from her company Kylie Cosmetics has her on track to become the youngest-ever self-made billionaire

Kylie Jenner made the list for the first time this year, debuting at number five with an estimated net worth of $900million. The 21-year-old’s growing wealth from her company Kylie Cosmetics has her on track to become the youngest-ever self-made billionaire

Tied with Jenner in fifth place is rapper Jay-Z (above in June), who had the largest dollar gains out of the top 10 celebs on this year's list  

Tied with Jenner in fifth place is rapper Jay-Z (above in June), who had the largest dollar gains out of the top 10 celebs on this year’s list  

Kylie Jenner made the list for the first time this year, debuting at number five with an estimated net worth of $900million. 

The 21-year-old’s growing wealth from her company Kylie Cosmetics has her on track to become the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.  

Jenner tied for fifth place with rapper Jay-Z, this year’s biggest dollar-gainer.  

In seventh place is illusionist and entertainer David Copperfield, who amassed his estimated $8.75million fortune by performing a grueling 600 shows per year in Las Vegas.  

Next is rapper Diddy with a net worth of $825million, followed by golfer Tiger Woods and author James Patterson tied for ninth with $800million each.   

America’s Top 10 Wealthiest Celebrities 2018 

1. George Lucas – $5.4billion 

2. Steven Spielberg – $3.7billion 

3. Oprah Winfrey – $2.8billion

4. Michael Jordan – $1.7billion

5. (tie) Kylie Jenner – $900million

5. (tie) Jay-Z – $900million

7. David Copperfield – $875million

8. Diddy – $825million

9. (tie) Tiger Woods – $800million

10. (tie) James Patterson – $800million

Read Forbes’ coverage here.

Filmmakers George Lucas (left) and Steven Spielberg (right) took slots one and two

Basketball star Michael Jordan (left) and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are three and fou



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