The director and producer of the Star Wars blockbuster films, George Lucas has emerged as the wealthiest Hollywood tycoon with a fortune of $5.4 billion, according to Wealth-X, a global wealth intelligence and prospecting company.
Lucas tops Wealth-X's Hollywood Rich List with a fortune of $5.4 billion, mostly derived from revenue from the Star Wars franchise and the sale of LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion in 2012.
Arnon Milchan has been ranked as the second richest on the list. The maker of popular films like Pretty Woman and 12 Years A Slave, has a fortune of $5.2 billion.
Interestingly, unlike other directors and producers, Lucas, 70, banked on one film idea, directing only six feature films over the course of his career, four of which were Star Wars movies.
In sharp contrast, Steven Spielberg, who ranks third on the Wealth-X list with an estimated fortune of $3.3 billion, has directed more than 30 feature films, including classics such as ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park.
Others in the list include Austin Hearst (4th, wealth of $1.9 billion), Ryan Kavanaugh (5th, $1 billion), Jeffrey Katzenberg (6th, $910 million), Thomas Tull (7th, $870 million), Jerry Bruckheimer (8th, $850 million), Steve Tisch (9th, $720 million) and James Cameron (10th, $670 million).
All 10 individuals on the Wealth-X Hollywood Rich List are male film producers and directors and collectively, they control more than $20 billion of personal wealth.
Wealth-X is the world's leading ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of $30 million and above.