With all the award-winning television shows and films, the producers not only gain the popularity worldwide, but also earn enormous wealth. Just one film or TV show brings a huge amount of economic profit to these producers. So, check out the list of “Top 50 Richest Producers” and see from where producers, like Jeffrey Lurie and Cameron Mackintosh, have earned their net worth.
1. Silvio Santos
Net Worth: $1.3 billion
Silvio Santos is a popular television host and producer with a net worth of $1.3 billion. He began his career working at a radio station and later, in 1991, founded his own broadcast company- ‘Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão’. Silvio has served as a producer for some of the popular television reality programs, like ‘Candid Camera’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’, and ‘Wheel of Fortune’. He was also the host of a popular game show telecasted in the U.K. and Brazil, called ‘Show de Milhao’. His other business ventures include a holding company- ‘Grupo Silvio Santos’ launched by him to carry out hotel ventures and agribusiness. He is also the owner of a cosmetic brand- ‘Jequiti Cosmeticos’.
2. Steve Tisch
Net Worth: $1.2 billion
Steve Tisch is an American producer, the chairman and executive vice-president of New York Giants NFL team, who has a net worth of $1.2 billion. Currently, he serves as a partner producer for ‘Escape Artists’, which resulted due to a merger between his own ‘Steve Tisch Company’ and ‘Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal’s Production Company’. He produced several television films, such as the controversial ‘The Burning Bed’, which got eleven Emmy nominations, ‘Something So Right’ and ‘The People Next Door’. Some of the successful films produced by Steve include ‘American History X’, ‘Snatch’, and ‘Forrest Gump’ for which, he received the ‘Best Motion Picture Academy Award’ as well as a ‘Golden Globe’ award. He also produced films, like ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, ‘Seven Pounds’ and ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’. Steve takes the credit of being the only person to win an Academy Award and a Super Bowl Ring.
3. Jeffrey Lurie
Net Worth: $1.85 billion
Jeffrey is the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles team of the National Football League. He accumulated his net worth of $1.2 billion as the owner and CEO of the ‘Chestnut Hill Productions’. He produced a number of movies, like ‘I Love You to Death’, ‘Blind Side’, ‘Sweet Hearts Dance’, ‘Foxfire’, ‘State of Emergency’, and ‘Malibu Shores’. In 2010, he was the executive producer of ‘Inside Job’- a documentary, which won an Academy Award. In 1994, Jeffrey purchased the ‘Philadelphia Eagles’, which is now worth $1.85 billion.
4. Cameron Mackintosh
Net Worth: $1.1 billion
Cameron Mackintosh is a theatrical producer possessing a fortune of $1.1 billion. He has been described by the New York Times as “the most successful, influential and powerful theatrical producer in the world”. He has produced several successful musicals, such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Oliver!’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He began his career as a stagehand at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Some of his earlier films as a producer are- ‘Anything Goes’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’, ‘Tom Foolery’, ‘The Card’, ‘Carousel’, and ‘Oklahoma’. Cameron’s theatres, rights to shows, and stake ownership in an American licensing business make his worth up to €550 million. In 1998, he was listed as one of the biggest private donors to the Labor Party in the United Kingdom. He owns a huge Nevis Estate in West Highlands, Scotland.
5. Merv Griffin
Net Worth: $1 billion
Merv Griffin was a reality show host, singer and media mogul. His riches were estimated to be around $1 billion. From 1965 to 1986, he acted as a host for the popular show- ‘The Merv Griffin Show’. He created two successful game shows- ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheels of Fortune’. He hosted a talk show, called ‘The Tonight Show’. Besides creating, he also produced several game shows, such as ‘Word for Word’, ‘Let’s Play Post Office’ and ‘Reach for the Stars’. Some of the popular songs sung by Griffin are- “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”, “Never Been Kissed”, “Christmas City” and “Happy To Know You”. He had investments in the real estate business and bought several hotels and resorts, like the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He received a Golden Palm Star on the Walk of Stars, Palm Springs, California.