Here are the top celebrities who made it so much bucks as of March 8, 2007
New York City$2.9 billion
Trump, the son of a Brooklyn developer, borrowed heavily, built big, lived large and became a billionaire during the 1980s. Nearly lost it all after 1990s real estate crash. Stayed flamboyant, smartened up and embraced reality TV. His Apprentice show is in its sixth season. And now other builders affix "Trump" to their condos and pay The Donald a generous cut of the gross.
Marin County, Calif.
The Star Wars mastermind completed his intergalactic double trilogy in 2005 with Revenge of the Sith; final installment grossed $850 million worldwide. Now rumored to be working on a Star Wars television series. Founded Industrial Light & Magic in 1975 to create special effects for movies. Also owns LucasArts (videogames), Lucas Licensing (Star Wars toys, books). Fourth Indiana Jones movie to be released May 2008
New York City
Mayor Mike is New York City's guiding political force; dropped $85 million on his 2005 re-election. Bloomberg LP is thriving on strong demand for data terminals at hedge funds. Revenues exceed $4 billion. Donated $144 million to charity in past year. Recently hung out in City Hall with filmmaker Spike Lee, who is directing a possible TV series called M.O.N.Y. (Mayor of New York).
After three decades of ruling daytime television, Oprah is still finding other worlds to conquer: Broadway ("The Color Purple"), radio (XM Radio's "Oprah & Friends," books (her weight-loss tome landed biggest advance in history for a nonfiction book). Owns property in Chicago, Hawaii, Santa Barbara, Calif. In January, Winfrey dedicated the $40 million Leadership Academy for Girls outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
Once a single mother on welfare, Rowling is the only billionaire author. The novelist has announced that the seventh (and last) installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be published July 21. Sales of her books have topped 325 million copies. Films have grossed $3.5 billion; more to come as three books have yet to be adapted for the big screen.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Arizona-raised movie buff was rejected by top film schools, then dropped out of Cal State Long Beach. Eventually hit it big with Jaws, followed by such blockbusters as E.T., Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Last year, he and partners sold DreamWorks live-action studio to Paramount for $1.5 billion. Now tinkering with videogames, reality television.
Brash British entrepreneur founded Virgin 37 years ago as mail-order record retailer. Constantly exploring new business arenas--this year saw ventures in gaming and biofuels. Eccentric billionaire has dressed up in a bridal gown and stripped in Times Square to promote his products. Also starred in short-lived reality series. Now making news thanks to $3 billion pledge toward renewable energy research and development.
Started in mailroom at William Morris Agency. Founded Asylum Records 1970 (Eagles), then Geffen Records (Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses). Sold to MCA in 1990. Founded DreamWorks with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg in 1995. Hits included Shrek, Gladiator and recent Dreamgirls. Bidding for Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times. Caused media maelstrom after making public digs against Bill and Hillary Clinton, former friends
Palo Alto, Calif.
King of the iPod sold his Pixar Animation, hitmaker behind Toy Story and Finding Nemo, to Disney for $7.4 billion last May. Today he's Disney's largest shareholder. Convinced Google chief Eric Schmidt to join Apple board in August. Recent iPhone announcement earned him more praise as Apple's "visionary-in-chief." Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2004, said to be in remission
Dot-com impresario turned basketball bad boy. Started Broadcast.com with Indiana University pal Todd Wagner in 1995; sold it to Yahoo! five years later for $5.7 billion in stock. Used windfall to buy NBA's Dallas Mavericks. (Team lost last year's finals to Miami Heat.) With Wagner owns stakes in HDNet, Magnolia Pictures, 2929 Entertainment. Duo sold syndicator Rysher Entertainment (Hogan's Heroes) last year.