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This iconic director has been named the world’s richest celebrity

staticwire | April 3, 2024
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Renowned filmmaker George Lucas, known for his iconic work on the Star Wars franchise, has been named the richest celebrity in the world. The 79-year-old director has amassed a staggering $5.5 billion fortune, landing him at the top of Forbes’ annual list of celebrity billionaires.

Lucas, who served as the executive producer, writer, and director of the Star Wars series until Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in 2005, as well as the producer of the Indiana Jones film series, sold his production company, Lucasfilm, to Disney in 2012 for a whopping $4 billion. Disney has since continued producing films in the Star Wars series under the Lucasfilm banner, as well as other projects.

In his earlier career, Lucas wrote and directed the critically acclaimed 1973 film American Graffiti, which earned him Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. However, it was his groundbreaking work on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977 that truly solidified his success, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time and winning six Academy Awards.

Lucasfilm is currently in the process of producing two upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, The Acolyte and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, both set for release later this year.

Coming in at second place on the Forbes list is esteemed director Steven Spielberg, known for films like Jaws, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park, with an impressive $4.8 billion fortune. Other notable figures in the top 20 list include NBA star Michael Jordan, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Lord of the Rings creator Peter Jackson, and singer Taylor Swift.

Swift, who appeared on the annual list for the first time, secured the 14th spot following reports last October that she had become a billionaire. The 34-year-old artist has broken numerous records in the past year with the success of her global tour and the release of the concert film Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which grossed over $260 million at the box office.

Overall, George Lucas’ reign as the richest celebrity in the world is a testament to his lasting impact on the entertainment industry and the enduring popularity of the Star Wars franchise. His creative vision and business acumen have solidified his legacy as one of the most successful filmmakers of all time.

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