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The 20 richest directors in the world according to their net worths can be found below. All of the Hollywood stars listed are amongst the wealthiest figures in the industry. A few of them even cracked the billionaire threshold.

Top 20 Richest Directors

We have gathered information from a variety of credible sources such as Forbes, The Richest, and Celebrity Net Worth to determine the net worths of the richest directors on the planet.

Below are the 20 richest directors in the world ranked by their 2022 net worths:

Rob Reiner

richest directors Rob Reiner attends the "This Is Spinal Tap" 35th Anniversary
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Net Worth: $75 Million

Rob Reiner is a filmmaker and actor who is best known for directing movies such as Stand by Me, The Bucket List, and A Few Good Men.

According to The Richest, Reiner made roughly $4 million for directing and producing A Few Good Men in 1992.

Through his own production company called Castle Rock Entertainment, Reiner has released successful films like When Harry Met Sally, Misery, The American President, and Ghosts of Mississippi.

Irwin Winkler

Irwin Winkler attends the 20th Annual AFI Awards
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Net Worth: $85 Million

Irwin Winkler is a film director and producer who is best known for his 1967 film Double Trouble starring Elvis Presley. Furthermore, Winkler has produced some legendary movies.

Notably, he received producer credits on films such as Rocky, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Irishman, amongst dozens of others.

The filmmaker earned credits in well over 50 different major works throughout the years.

Tim Burton

richest directors Tim Burton attends the Tim Burton Close Encounter red carpet
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Net Worth: $100 Million

Tim Burton has been directing since 1985 with his most reputable works being Beetlejuice, Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes (2001, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

Burton’s adaptation of the Willy Wonka story grossed $475 million against a budget of $150 million. Meanwhile, his 2010 Alice in Wonderland film grossed an incredible $1 billion with a $175 million budget.

Coen Brothers

richest directors Joel and Ethan Coen attend the closing ceremony
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Net Worth: $110 Million

Joel and Ethan Coen have been two of the most widely regarded directors in the business dating back to the 1980s. Their second film, Raising Arizona, is a cult classic to this day.

Moreover, they have created movies such as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit.

The Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones starring No Country for Old Men brought in $171.6 million at the box office, while up against a $25 million budget.

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino attends the close encounter red carpet
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Net Worth: $120 Million

Tarantino has one of the most famous directorial styles in Hollywood. Additionally, through 10 movies, fans continue to clamor whenever he announces a new project.

The classics under his belt include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained. However, his other films such as Jackie Brown, the Kill Bill volumes, as well as The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood are also adored by fans.

Tarantino’s last four films have all grossed more than three times the total of the budget.

Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski attends 'La Cura del Bienestar' photocall
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Net Worth: $130 Million

There’s little secret as to how Gore Verbinski earns the majority of his millions. He directed three of the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies. On top of that, he directed films like The Ring, Mouse Trap, and Rango.

Incredibly, his three Pirates of the Caribbean movies grossed a total of $2.1 billion against a total budget of $665 million. Not to mention all of the merchandise sales that came with the franchise.

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Judd Apatow

richest directors Judd Apatow attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Net Worth: $140 Million

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow is credited as being a core figure in some classic comedy movies throughout the years. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and Trainwreck were all directed by Apatow.

Furthermore, he earned writing credits on Fun with Dick and Jane, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Pineapple Express.

Several of his movies have far exceeded expectations at the box office. Meanwhile, Funny People actually lost about $4 million after it was all said and done.

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese attends the 2020 National Board Of Review Gala
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Net Worth: $150 Million

You can’t discuss Hollywood without mentioning films Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, and The Departed, all of which were directed by Scorsese.

Scorsese has done several magnificent collaborations with Leonardo Dicaprio, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, The Aviator, and the aforementioned The Departed.

Scorsese is one of the most reputable and well-respected names in the entire industry.

Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie arrives at the Scotiabank Theatre for the Canadian Red Carpet
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Net Worth: $150 Million

Guy Ritchie, a.k.a Madonna’s ex-husband, has made millions over the years directing movies and commercials. His most profitable works were Sherlock Holmes and Aladdin.

His two Sherlock Holmes flicks grossed over $1 billion combined, but Aladdin actually reached that number by itself, despite the poor reviews from critics.

Interestingly, Ritchie was granted roughly $60 million from the divorce settlement agreed upon with Madonna.

Ron Howard

Ron Howard, director of the documentary "Rebuilding Paradise" at the film's Sundance premiere
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Net Worth: $200 Million

Ron Howard has directed, produced, and acted in dozens upon dozens of movies over the past few decades. As far as directing is concerned, he’s best known for Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Beautiful Mind.

Howard has appeared in works such as Happy Days and Arrested Development in his career.

The creator won four Academy Awards for A Beautiful Mind, a pair for Apollo 13, and one for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich attends the Premiere Of Lionsgate's "Midway"
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Net Worth: $200 Million

Perhaps one of the lesser-known names to make the richest directors’ top 20 list is Roland Emmerich. Yet, he has created a handful of box office smashes over the years.

Notably, his movies Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012.

Despite being successful at the box offices, many of Emmerich’s movies garner negative receptions from critics. Only Independence Day and The Patriot received higher than 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Christopher Nolan

richest directors Christopher Nolan attends the screening of "Sink Or Swim (Le Grand Bain)"
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Net Worth: $225 Million

When it comes to crushing it at the box office, Christopher Nolan is one of the very best.

The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk were all successful in terms of profit and reception. Impressively, Nolan is an 11 time Academy Award winner.

Reportedly, Nolan took home $69 million from Inception, roughly $80 million from The Dark Knight Rises, and $56 million from Interstellar.

Francis Ford Coppola

 Francis Ford Coppola attends the "The Godfather" 50th Anniversary Celebration
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Net Worth: $300 Million

Francis Ford Coppola’s career spans over five decades. The legendary director is credited for creating The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, and many others.

Also, Coppola has been awarded 14 Academy Awards on top of many other honors.

Remarkably, The Godfather grossed $275 million after having a budget of just over $6 million. Then, the sequel more than quadrupled its budget in profits, with the third installment nearly tripling its budget figure.

Clint Eastwood

richest directors Clint Eastwood attends the 20th Annual AFI Awards
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Net Worth: $375 Million

Clint Eastwood is revered as an actor, but the man has directed dozens of films throughout his career as well. His best directorial works include American Sniper, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, and Mystic River.

Of course, Eastwood’s outrageous net worth figure has been amassed from his acting and producing work also. Yet, he’s still considered one of the richest directors in Hollywood.

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Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott attends the photocall of "The Last Duel"
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Net Worth: $400 Million

Ridley Scott is a bonafide classic-maker as a director. His hits include Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and American Gangster.

“I think, at the end of the day, filmmaking is a team, but eventually there’s got to be a captain.”

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Michael Bay

richest directors Michael Bay attends Paramount Pictures' "A Quiet Place Part II" world premiere
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Net Worth: $450 Million

Michael Bay is known for his high-action, big-budget films, most notably the Transformers franchise. In fact, the franchise (five films) has grossed a total of $4.4 billion worldwide.

Additionally, Bay has directed fan favorites such as Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbor, and Pain & Gain. As is the case with Emmerich, Bay’s movies are often criticized by movie buffs, despite their box office successes.

Peter Jackson

richest directors Peter Jackson attends the premiere of the hobbit
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Net Worth: $600 Million

Peter Jackson is the master of creating epics, which is evident in his The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises.

Impressively, The Lord of the Rings trilogy grossed an insane $2.9 billion worldwide in total. Meanwhile, The Hobbit franchise raked in another $2.9 billion in total grossing.

In addition to that, Jackson has made popular films like King King (2005) and District 9.

James Cameron

 James Cameron accepts the Prince Rainier III Award
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Net Worth: $750 Million

We’re nearing the top of the richest directors list and as you probably expected, James Cameron is in the top five. The director of The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar hardly ever produces average work.

Also, Cameron has been one of the best directors in properly utilizing 3D technology.

Incredibly, Avatar and Titanic are the highest and the third highest-grossing movies of all time, earning $2.85 billion and $2.19 billion, respectively. More Avatar films are slated to release in the coming years.

Tyler Perry

richest directors Tyler Perry attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Net Worth: $1 Billion

Tyler Perry’s entry this high on the richest directors list may surprise some people. Yet, Forbes and Business Insider declare that he is indeed a billionaire.

In fact, Perry was the highest-paid entertainer between May 2010 and May 2011, earning roughly $130 million. The following year, Perry inked a multi-year partnership deal with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Actually, Forbes broke down Perry’s wealth into five categories: his cash and investments, his stake in the video-on-demand service BET+, and his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of jurassic world
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Net Worth: $4 Billion

Steven Spielberg’s placement on the richest directors list comes as no surprise. He has been a mogul within the industry for decades, directing classics like Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, Saving Private Ryan, as well as the famed Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises.

Meanwhile, Spielberg earned producing credits on movies such as Back to the Future, Men in Black, Band of Brothers (series), Disturbia, amongst others.

In addition to filmmaking, he co-founded Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures.

Notably, Jurassic Park was the first film to ever gross over $1 billion. Moreover, it’s estimated that Spielberg still makes about $150 million per year as of 2022.

George Lucas

richest directors George Lucas attends the 2017 LACMA Art + Film gala
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Net Worth: $7 Billion

In 1977, George Lucas took the world by storm with his Star Wars film. Despite not directing another installment of the franchise until 1999, Lucas had his hand in producing and writing several movies in between.

Notably, he produced four Indiana Jones films, the 1986 Labyrinth, and the 2012 Red Tails, just to name a few.

Insanely, Lucas made at least $4 billion from the sale of Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Company in 2012. Lucas made hundreds of millions of dollars from Lucasfilm and the coinciding merchandise sales while he still owned it.

As of March 2022, George Lucas is the wealthiest of all the richest directors on the planet.

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