George Lucas Crowned the Richest Celebrity by Forbes in 2024: A Galactic Fortune

In a revelation that has sent ripples across the entertainment galaxy, Forbes has announced that George Lucas, the visionary creator of “Star Wars” and founder of Lucasfilm, has ascended to the pinnacle of its list of the world’s richest entertainers in 2024. With an estimated net worth of $5.5 billion, Lucas’s financial empire is as expansive as the universe he created, positioning him at the zenith of celebrity wealth.

The Disney Acquisition: A Turning Point

The cornerstone of Lucas’s immense fortune can be traced back to October 30, 2012, when The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm—and with it, the “Star Wars” franchise—for a staggering $4.05 billion in cash and shares. This landmark deal not only transferred the reins of the beloved space opera to Disney but also granted Lucas significant stock options, which have been instrumental in propelling his net worth to its current astronomical figure.

Life After Lucasfilm

Since parting ways with Lucasfilm, George Lucas has largely receded from the filmmaking forefront, choosing to focus on a select few indie film projects and, more importantly, on personal endeavors. Notably, Lucas continues to receive union-regulated residuals for all “Star Wars” films and television shows released prior to the Disney acquisition, ensuring a steady stream of income from his interstellar creation.

Reflecting on his decision to sell Lucasfilm and step back from the industry, Lucas cited his age and the desire to spend more time with his family, particularly his daughter, as pivotal factors. This move to “enjoy life for a while” marked a significant shift for Lucas, who is known for his meticulous, hands-on approach to filmmaking.

A Galactic Bargain?

The sale of Lucasfilm to Disney has been a topic of much debate, especially considering the subsequent billion-dollar box office successes, television series, merchandise, and theme park expansions that Disney has launched under the “Star Wars” banner. Some speculate whether the $4 billion price tag was, in hindsight, a bargain for Disney, given the immense profitability and cultural impact of the franchise since the acquisition.

Forbes vs. Bloomberg: A Tale of Two Estimates

While Forbes places Lucas’s net worth at $5.5 billion, it’s interesting to note that he ranks #309 on Bloomberg’s billionaire index, which estimates his fortune to be just over $8 billion. This discrepancy highlights the complex and often opaque nature of assessing the wealth of the world’s richest individuals.

The Entertainment Wealth Pantheon

Lucas leads a prestigious list of entertainers in Forbes’s ranking, followed closely by Steven Spielberg at $4.8 billion and Michael Jordan at $3.2 billion. Other notable figures include Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, and Peter Jackson, each amassing fortunes that underscore the lucrative potential of the entertainment industry.

LVMH founder and CEO Bernard Arnault tops that list at $228 billion, followed by Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg.

1. George Lucas ($5.5B)

2. Steven Spielberg ($4.8B)

3. Michael Jordan ($3.2B)

4. Oprah Winfrey ($2.8B)

5. Jay-Z ($2.5B)

6. Kim Kardashian ($1.7B)

7. Peter Jackson ($1.5B)

8. Rihanna and Tyler Perry ($1.4B)

9. Tiger Woods ($1.3B)

10. LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Dick Wolf ($1.2B)

11. Taylor Swift ($1.1B)


George Lucas’s journey from the creator of one of the most iconic film franchises in history to the richest celebrity in the world is a testament to the enduring appeal of “Star Wars” and the savvy business decisions that have defined his career. As Lucas enjoys his retirement, his legacy—both cinematic and financial—continues to influence the entertainment landscape, proving that the Force is strong with this one.

Novara Skuara

When I was 7, I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in theaters a week after it opened. My parents were nice enough to take me and I have been a fan of Star Wars and almost all science fiction in general. I am an amateur writer who has been published for contributing flavor text to a RP game. I also have a copyright on a novel I hope to be able to publish sometime soon.