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George Lucas tops wealthy celebrity list after sale of film production empire

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Dec 18, 2018

Steven Spielberg might want to get one of those friendly, congratulatory cartoons at the ready for his old pal George Lucas, because the Star Wars emperor beat out the Jurassic Kingpin in a recently tabulated list of the wealthiest celebrities.

And that’s where they were last year too. And the year before that. In fact, they’ve been at #1 and #2 since Forbes started tabulating the list in the first place. According to Forbes, Lucas topped this year’s iteration of the America's richest celebrities list with a net worth of $5.4B, which they attribute mostly to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012 for $4.1B. Spielberg only comes in at a measly $3.7B, followed in third by the Wrinkle in Time-starring Oprah.

While the figures from Forbes come from relatively imprecise sources — known real estate, art, and corporate holdings added to lifetime earnings, all with a healthy amount of estimation — it’s still an impressive feat that the two blockbuster-veering all-stars from New Hollywood made so much off of genre franchises. In fact, setting those precedents not only contributed to the film landscape dominating the box office today, but contributes directly to the plots of movies raking in the dough this year.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Solo: A Star Wars Story might not have come directly from Spielberg or Lucas, but they both include characters introduced by their original films. The pair (and Oprah) lead a list of rappers, magicians, and athletes — though, until one of them creates a franchise that the Avengers themselves schedule around, those top two spots are likely safe for the foreseeable future.

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