The rankings may or may not surprise you, but according to figures released by Wealth-X Research, the top five wealthiest Oscar winners are jack Nicholson ($390 million) Tom Hanks ($350 million) Robert De Niro and Barbara Streisand ($310 million)
Sean Connery came in fifth with $250 million, then George Clooney with $220 million, Michael Douglas with $200 million, Anthony Hopkins with $160 million and Robin Williams with $150 million. Sandra Bullock, who won the award for Best Actress for “The Blind Side” on 2010 and is nominated for Best Actress again for “Gravity” tied with Robin Williams at $150 million and is the only woman besides Streisand in the top 10.
It’s no real surprise to see Jack Nicholson at the top of the list. He has two Best Actor awards, for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “As Good As It Gets” and. Best Supporting Actor award for “Terms of Endearment.” He is well known for his considerable art collection, which includes works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and he owns expensive real estate in Beverly Hills – not such a bad location, wouldn’t you say?
I was a little surprised to see Tom Hanks in this list but I suppose it makes sense. He is one of only five actors to win back-to-back Oscars; the others were Louise Rainer in 1936 for “The Great Ziegfeld” – the first Oscar for a role portraying a real-life person – and 1937 for “The Good Earth.” She’s one of only two German-born actresses to win the award, the other being Simone Signoret. Rainer is also one of only six actors to win the only two times they were nominated.
Spencer Tracy won on 1937 and 1938, for “Captains Courageous” and “Boys Town” (Quite a switch, eh? A Portuguese fisherman and a socially activist priest) perhaps fittingly, Katherine Hepburn, Tracy’s long-term, fabled romantic interest, won in 1967 and 1968, for “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” (Tracy’s last role; her tears, in the final scene – Tracy’s remarkable monologue – were real, as Tracy was dying) and “The Lion on Winter” a noteworthy battle between her and Peter O’Toole.
Jason Robards won the Best Supporting Actor two years in a row, for “All the President’s Men” in 1986 and “Julia” on 1977.
It may before to make the case that Barbra Streisand owes her wealth to her Oscar win, since she was a singer before “Funny Girl” in 1968, and Heaven knows how much money she has earned as a singer/entertainer in the years since. After all, she can still schedule 12 concerts almost anywhere, set ticket prices at $2,500.00 of more and have them all sell out in minutes, with boatloads of upper-echelon celebrities in the first few rows.
This bit of background is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s more than enough material here to fill a book, or at the very least, a significant magazine article, but I’ll end things here. Whether you like or love or can’t stand the people on this list, I think you have to admire the years of hard work, and the staying power, that helped establish and maintain their careers.