In film directing, the pay is really huge dependent on the type of filmography. It has always been a secret how much the big directors earn. The fact is, they earn a lot more as compared to other film contributors like actors, stunt workers and many others. We are going to explore a list of top ten well paid film directors to determine who earns what and how. It becomes very interesting seeing how the list evolves as a new generation of younger filmmakers and directors come and start building their grand businesses. It also is unfair in the fact that there are no women on the list. Yet, let’s consider the list.
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10. Roland Emmerich
He is a German Film Producer, actor, director, screen writer and TV producer. He has earned his net worth through movies production and directing. He has made great contributions in films such as Eye of the Storm, Universal Soldier and The Day After Tomorrow. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany 1955 and has a net worth of $110 million.
9. Ron Howard
Ron Howard is 62 years old from Duncan, Oklahoma. He became famous at the age of five. He is an American Actor, Film Producer, Film director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor and Television Director. Howard has been an Academy Award winner for Best film Director. He has directed in movies like Cinderella Man, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Rush. In the year 2002, Howard came up the idea for the Fox/Netflix series Arrested Development. He has a net worth of $110 million.
8. Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott is a Film Producer, Film director, Production Designer, Television producer and Television Director. He was born November 1937, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. He is popularly known for Blade Runner, Oscar-winner Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, and Robin Hood among many others. He is one of the most elderly film directors and have a net worth of not less than $180 million.
7. John Hughes
He is an American film director, screen writer, producer and actor born in 1947 in the Bronx borough of New York City, United States. He is the son of a comedy actor Carl Reigner. He turned in to film directing in 1980 and grew famous for hits like The Sure Thing, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men, Misery, and Ghosts of Mississippi. He has also acted in movies like Bullets Over Broadway, Primary Colors, The First Wives Club, The Odd Couple and The Partridge Family among others. He has a Net worth of $160million. John passed away in 2009 of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan where he was visiting his family.
6. Peter Jackson
The 1961 born is a New Zealand national. He is a screenwriter, film producer and director. He has a net worth of $420 million. He started his film directing career in the 70s and has directed movies such as Heaven Creatures, King Kong and The Lovely Bones. He is also famously known for his multi award winning film “The Lord Of The Rings” which earned $4 billion at the box office and on DVD with him earning $180 million off the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. His net worth is said to have reduced after he bought a $60 million private jet.
5. Michael bay
The 52 year old Bay is an American film director, Producer, Actor and a Music video director. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He is among the top paid film directors with a net worth of $430 million. He has been a movie director for many years. He got in to the film industry at the age of 15 and has currently been a great film director in movies such as Texas chain saw massacre, Armageddon, The Rock, and Night mare on Elm Street. He has also acted in Coyote Ugly, Bad Boys 2 and Mystery men among other great movies.
4. Tyler Perry
He was born on September 14th, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a great American film director, actor, and producer. He has a net worth of $450 million and a salary of not less than $100 million a year. He turns out to be one of the most successful film directors. His films have a gross amount of around $600 million dollars. He is the first person to have five films take number one at the box Office and beating Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and other great movies.
3. James Cameron
Cameron is a Canadian Born in 1954. He is a great film director, TV Producer, Actor, film editor, Screen writer, inventor and an environmentalist. He is one of the richest film directors with a net worth of $700million. He is the first person to direct a movie with a $100million budget with Judgement Day and Terminator 2 and $200 million budget in Avatar and Titanic. In the production of the movie “Titanic”, Cameron agreed to trade his $8million directing fee for backend profits. This turned out to be his greatest fortune because it gave him a net of over $600million and this made him one of the wealthiest film directors. With Avatar, he made roughly $260million. He is such a great writer with the urge to continue writing and directing some of the biggest movies in the future.
2. Steven Spielberg
The 66years Cincinnati, Ohio born Spielberg is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He started his filming career at the age of 13 when he did his first 40 minutes film “Escape To Nowhere” His film career sky rocketed In the year 1975 after the production of the movie “Jaws”. It became the first blockbuster film in his film directing career with over 67% of the Americans head over heels with the movie. The film was followed by “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. He has also teamed up with his old friend George Lucas in the creation of Indiana Jones which was a greater hit than the rest. He has also greatly contributed in the production of great movies like Hook, Jurassic Park and Poltergeist. He is currently second form George Lucas with a net worth of $3.5 billion with an annual salary of not less than $150million.
1. George Lucas
George Lucas is a famous film director, producer writer, and businessman. He has a $ 5.1 billion net worth. He was born raised in Modesto, California. Initially, he was a racing car enthusiast and wanted to start a career in racing but his interest shifted after he was involved in a potentially fatal accident in High school. While at Modesto Junior College, he started developing interest in film making and photography. During his post graduate studies at University of Southern California where he later transferred to, he met s fellow film maker Steven Spielberg and won awards together. Since then, he has been one of the greatest film directors in movies like Electronic Labyrinth, The Land before Time and Star Wars. He is currently the wealthiest film directors winning various awards both locally and internationally.
In the coming years, through mentorship and innovativeness, the world has great film directors in preparation for future filming when our big legends are gone. As big companies keep growing and starting up, they should ensure that the industry thrives in excellence to keep the good pay and legendary quality.