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World's richest actor worth £2.5 billion who you may never even have heard of

World's richest actor worth £2.5 billion who you may never even have heard of

I wager you've never heard of them

When we think of the wealthiest actors in the world, there are a few that would instantly pop into your head. But you’d be wrong.

That’s because the world’s richest actor has been inactive for several years, but their wealth remains strong.

Before you ask, it’s not Dwayne Johnson, Tom Cruise or even one of the classics like Morgan Freeman.

The celeb with the most amount of money in the industry is actually The Lost Boys star Jami Gertz.

With a crazy net worth of $3 billion, or £2.45 billion to us UK folks, Gertz is the richest actor in the world right now.

You might be asking ‘who on Earth is she?’ and you’re not alone.

There seems to be an abundance of people who are unable to put their finger on Gertz or any of her roles.

One person had to reach out to the internet for enlightenment: “I’m off to Google first cos this is giving I don’t know who this person is.”

Recognise her?
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Someone who is actually a fan of the actor wondered why she’s been out of the limelight: “How come I hardly see Jami Gertz in movies?

“Did she make it from acting, or does she have other incomes?”

Well, her notable film roles include Twister and Sixteen Candles.

She's also popped up on the small screen in Seinfeld, Modern Family and This is Us.

All in all, she's been active for 40 years, from 1981 up to 2017, but this alone isn't enough to earn her a fortune dwarfing the likes of George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Adam Sandler's net worth.

Yep, as far her impressive wealth is concerned though, it's fair to say it didn't all come from acting.

She and her husband are part owners of NBA team the Atlanta Hawks and minority owners of the Milwaukee Beavers.

She and her husband are part owners of NBA side the Atlanta Hawks.
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Some say Gertz married into money after wedding billionaire investor Tony Ressler.

But this is maybe beside the point, as Gertz and Ressler are also known for their charitable endeavours.

In 2012, the Giving Back Fund named Gertz and her husband as the number one donor to charity of any other celebrity after a record $10 million donation to the Ressler-Gertz Foundation, which primarily focuses on the arts, education, health and Jewish organizations.

So, although no one seems to know who she is and she has accumulated wealth beyond her acting gigs, her philanthropy is perhaps what sets her apart.

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Topics: Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, TV and Film, Celebrity, Money, Sport