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Entertainers and capitalists laughing all the way to the bank

By Dian Vujovich

There’s nothing like a good laugh.In addition to
raising our spirits—if only for a few moments—it’s a medical fact that laughter is good for us. It’s also good for those who entertain and bring us smiles and belly laughs.

Wealth-X has released the top pay grades for entertainers and taking the No.1 slot is Jerry Seinfeld. With an estimated net worth of $820 million, Seinfeld’s “Seinfeld” sitcom “about nothing” turned out to be definitely about something: Money.

According to the Wealth-X press release, syndication deals for that half-hour program provided him with “ at least $400 million in the fifth syndication agreement last year.”

The rest of his bounty comes from things such as films, on-the-road appearances, etc. Decide to catch Seinfeld in-person, whether in Des Moines this Memorial Day weekend or in Charlotte in late July, and one ticket will run you between $60 and $130. That’s a happy “Newman” no matter how you count it.

In second place, Shah Rukh Khan with an estimated net worth of $600 million followed by Tom Cruise, $480 million. Tyler Perry and Johnny Depp each have an estimated worth of $450 million.

Other richies on the list include Jack Nicholson, $400 million, Tom Hanks, $390, and Clint Eastwood, $370 million.

All of which kind makes TV and movie stars net worths hefty but not all that hot when compared with say Michael Jordan. According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his estimated net worth is $650 million.

Or, our local billionaires—a few hundred million pales in comparison to their net worth.

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