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From a distance, the celebrity life seems pretty sweet. There's plenty of fancy parties, fun jobs, cool perks, and best of all — huge paychecks! But being one of Hollywood's elite doesn't always go hand in hand with making a lot of money, and famous folks aren't always the best at managing their wealth.
Whether they spent their money unwisely, filed for bankruptcy, or experienced a lot of unexpected expenses, the bottom lines of these stars might just surprise you.
So let's crunch the numbers from 2018 and see who's in the red. These 15 celebrities are broke AF...
At the height of Two and a Half Men's popularity, Charlie Sheen was the highest paid actor on television. Then, he left the show and destroyed his career with his infamous rants about being a warlock and having tiger's blood. Prior to all that idiocy, Sheen was bringing in roughly $40 million a year.
After miraculously landing the lead role on Anger Management, things seemed to be looking up for Sheen. But unfortunately for Charlie, he won't see a dime from the show's syndication deal. When you factor in that he's hemorrhaging cash in the form of child support payments, mortgages, medical expenses, alimony, and his hard-partying lifestyle — his estimated net worth of $18 million isn't going to last very long.
In the '90s, Pamela Anderson pulled off the impressive feat of transitioning from being a Playboy playmate of the month to a successful actress — thanks to a small role on a little sitcom called Home Improvement. But after two seasons, Anderson dropped "Tim the Tool Man" and made the switch to Baywatch. Throw in a press-generating marriage to Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee, and it's no wonder Anderson was named the most powerful Canadian in Hollywood in 2005.
However, things went south around 2009, when Anderson's career dried up and she found herself bankrupt after blowing tons of cash renovating her home. Ol' Pam is currently worth about $7 million, which is considered chump change in Tinseltown.
Singer songwriter Lauryn Hill is a cultural icon, an institution in the music industry, and one of the most talented women to ever pick up a microphone. As a member of the Fugees and then as a solo artist with six Grammys, you'd think she'd be set for life, right?
After all her chart-topping success, the rap queen is worth only $5 million. Unfortunately, most of her fortune was eradicated after serving time in prison for tax evasion. Ready or not, here they come, the IRS is gonna find you... and take it slowly!
Up next, the only thing supernatural about this actor is how empty his wallet is...
Supernatural has been a fan favorite on The CW for 13 seasons and counting. The ratings have been consistently high enough, that in 2007, a spinoff series called the Wayward Sisters was launched. That's why it's a shocking surprise that series star Jared Padalecki is only worth $4 million!
Despite anchoring the popular show for more than a decade, Padalecki has relative little to show for his 300 episodes. With its consistent ratings, Padalecki should definitely ask for a raise!
Former heavyweight champion of the world, ear biter, and convicted rapist Mike Tyson was once worth about $300 million at the height of his career.
His divorce from actress Robin Givens, giving his longtime trainer Kevin Rooney the boot, and going to prison for an alleged rape all contributed to his financial decline. He's estimated to have somewhere around $3 million in the bank today.
The 1990s truly were “Hammer time!”
At the pinnacle of his success, Hammer had $33 million, a 17-car garage, luxury cars, airplanes, and staff of 240 — which reportedly cost the star about $500,000 a month to maintain. When you've got an entourage like that siphoning cash day and night, it's not hard to imagine where all the money went.
And next, can you guess how much cash Lindsay Lohan has in her bank account? Try not to laugh out loud...
It wasn’t long after Mean Girls exploded into the collective consciousness of 2004 that Lindsay's personal and professional demons began to chip away at her budding bank account. Her hard-partying ways, unreliable reputation, and negative public persona quickly began to dry up mainstream acting opportunities.
In 2012, the IRS had seized control of the scarlet-haired star’s funds to pay off over $200,000 in back taxes. In 2013, Lohan did a series of interviews for Oprah that reportedly netted her a cool $2 million, but most of the money was earmarked for taxes, rehab fees, and further IRS debts. Charlie Sheen even gave her a $100,000 check, but her finances will likely never be what they were. She's got a paltry $500,000 sitting in her bank account today.
Known for his rampant drug use and unpredictable behavior on reality shows like Celebrity Big Brother, Gary Busey has suffered his share of media mishaps and financial meltdowns.
Surprisingly, Busey works regularly — in 2018, the actor starred in The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time. But despite a nearly 50-year career, Busey filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012, owing everyone from Wells Fargo to the UCLA Medical Center. This left him with a net worth that’s estimated at $400,000.
And up next, maybe Jesus can give Stephen Baldwin a loan? Because he's gonna need it...
The Baldwin family as a whole has been so successful that it's easy to imagine them rolling around in piles of cash. However, the bottom line for this particular Baldwin brother isn't quite as rosey. Stephen Baldwin is reportedly worth just $300,000.
This born-again Christian reportedly landed in the lion's den after failing to file income taxes for three years. "Mr. Baldwin is a man of faith, and it's difficult for him to get jobs in Hollywood that are compatible with his faith, and that's one of the difficulties he's had paying off the money," said his attorney at a recent court hearing.
Kate Gosselin reportedly earned $40,000 per episode of Kate Plus 8 and over $2.5 million from her original reality series, Jon & Kate Plus 8. She brought in additional income with speaking engagements, the release of two bestselling books, and appearances on Celebrity Wife Swap and Dancing with the Stars.
Despite her substantial earnings, Kate is worth a pathetic $50,000. But where did all that money go? Some of Kate's reported expenses include: a $1.3 million estate, $500,000 a year in private education for the kids, a full-time staff costing nearly $400,000 a year, and haircuts at $2,000 a visit. Additionally, she spent $30,000 on plastic surgery.
But if you think that's bad, checkout Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt...
These two reality stars got their start and gained widespread popularity on MTV’s The Hills. After the show wrapped in 2010, they went on to appear in a number of reality shows, including I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Wife Swap and Celebrity Big Brother. By 2014, Montag and Pratt had squandered all of their $10 million dollar fortune.
In a 2013 interview, Pratt confessed, "Every time we’d go out to eat, we’d order $4,000 bottles of wine. We thought we were Jay Z and Beyonce." Additionally, Montag dropped nearly $100,000 in 2010 when she underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. These days, Heidi and Spencer have about $20,000 in the bank.
And up next, Aaron Carter has another reason to cry on national television...
Aaron Carter has made headlines recently for his sexuality, extreme weight loss, and drug addiction — and oh yeah, he's broke, too.
Speaking to the OWN network in 2016, Carter said that he had made more than $200 million by the time he was 18, but financial mistakes like buying ostentatious houses and neglecting to pay taxes cost him millions. Still, Carter isn’t exactly living at the homeless shelter. He told OWN, “I’m not broke. I mean, I don’t make all the money in the world right now, but I’m doing the best that I can.”
This next celeb's movies were so bad, he should be broke...
Coneheads, First Kid, Jingle All The Way, and Good Burger were all truly terrible films, but Sinbad still managed to make a good living for himself.
Despite having consistently worked since the early '90s, the actor has filed for bankruptcy on two separate occasions, the most recent being in 2013.
And next, no one deserves to be poor and humiliated more than this woman! We can't believe they actually let her out of jail...
Remember table-flipping Teresa Giudice from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey? The recently released jailbird, who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with her husband Joe Giudice, filed for bankruptcy in 2011, claiming to be more than $11 million in debt.
In 2013, the couple was indicted on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications. Unbelievably, Teresa returned for the seventh season of RHONJ following her release from prison.
And last but not least, the poorest celebrity on our list is...
Jackie Chan’s high-pitched, fast-talking sidekick in the Rush Hour movies was paid $20 million for the first sequel in that series, and then negotiated a $40 million two-movie contract with New Line Cinema.
But despite such robust paydays, Chris Tucker is currently $12 million in the red as a result of foreclosed homes and several years worth of back taxes.
There’s never been a better time in the history of the world to be famous.
According to Forbes, the planet's 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion over the past 12 months. That's up 22% from last year, with eleven superstars crossing the $100 million threshold.
And while this isn't an exhaustive list, it's definitely a who's who among the wealthy super-elite. Whether they're singing to sold-out stadiums of cheering fans, acting their way onto the red carpet, or shooting frosty free throws, these celebs are at the top of their earnings game.
And without further ado, here's 16 of the hottest celebs of 2018 with the highest net worths...
According to Forbes, Drake is currently the world's most listened to musician. His songs were streamed a whopping 5 billion times in 2017! Now, he's on tour with Migos, which is sure to boost his already impressive net worth.
Not bad for a Degrassi alum!
In December, Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) will begin a two-year concert residency in Las Vegas. Until then, she's busy staring in A Star is Born, which according to academy insiders, will probably net her an Oscar nomination.
Gaga's classically trained vocals and consistent artistic output have allowed her to transcend her theatrical costumes and the pop music genre to become a celebrated entertainer. Stack that cash, girl!
Between The Weeknd's streaming success, arena tour, and deals with H&M, Puma, and Bacardi, it's not surprising that he's rocking a bank account with $57 million greenbacks.
The Weeknd (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for one Academy Award.
And next, this California girl makes it look like money really does grow on trees...
Better know by her stage name Katy Perry, Ms. Katheryn Hudson made over $1 million a night for each of the 80 shows on her Witness tour. She also reportedly banked a $20 million paycheck for judging the American Idol reboot.
Did you know that Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream, is the second album in history to produce five number-one singles (after Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad) and the first by a woman to achieve that milestone?
In June of 2015, Forbes listed Sheeran's earnings at $57 million for the previous 12 months, and ranked him the 27th-highest-earning celebrity in the world. With his streaming successes, lucrative touring, and recent forays into the acting world, this "boy from Halifax" has a net worth of over $110 million.
To date, Sheeran has sold more than 38 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide.
Johnny Depp is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, raking in $20 million per film. Though he's hit a few financial potholes recently, he’s still got an impressive estate and tremendous earning-potential — we bet he'll land on his feet!
Did you know that Depp's first film role was in Wes Craven's horror masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984?
And while Katy Perry might not like the next celeb on our list, we just love her...
It's no surprise that Taylor Swift is sitting pretty on our list. Not only was Reputation the highest selling album of 2017, but her 1989 tour broke records three years ago when it grossed a quarter billion dollars.
Swift, at the tender age of 14, became the youngest artist ever signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing Group? They know a good bet when they see one!
Kim can thank her ten-plus years in the public eye for her fortune. On the strength of her personal brand, she's overseen slam dunk sales of her beauty line, as well as her wildly successful mobile game.
Time magazine included Kardashian on their list of 2015's 100 most influential people, and since that time, her pop culture presence has only grown.
Up next, our list wouldn't be complete without the Queen...
Beyoncé is currently performing alongside husband Jay-Z in their On The Run II tour, which is grossing about $5 million per night. She also owns a sizable portion of Jay-Z's streaming service, Tidal.
On top of that, Beyoncé has had numerous hits and accolades of her own, including her most recent album, Lemonade, which was a commercial and critical tour de force.
According to Forbes, famous basketball player LeBron James earns over $80 million a year from his basketball salary and endorsements. His net worth hovers around the $400 million mark, making him one of the wealthiest professional athletes.
He was the youngest player to be drafted by the NBA as the number 1 pick at the age of 18.
Our next celeb has that classic Hollywood swag — and a bank account that's bursting at the seams...
When he first moved to Los Angeles, Clooney lived out of his car and took odd jobs between auditions. After five seasons of playing Doug Ross on ER, Clooney's fame entered the stratosphere — he became a sought-after film actor, director, and philanthropist.
And today, he’s got a net worth of $500 million, an Oscar, and an enviable career with more opportunities for success on the horizon.
Triple threat Tyler Perry has become one of the most successful filmmakers in history with five movies hitting #1 in five years, edging out heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
His massive success has earned him a net worth of over $600 million.
And next, this celeb told Dick Clark in 1983 that she "wanted to rule the world..."
One of the most influential and successful musical artists of all time, Madonna has taken in $800 million over her storied career, with 64 million certified gold albums.
She's currently holds the record as the top-selling female artist of all time.
Not only has the Jiggaman made millions with his music, but he also heads his entertainment company, Roc Nation, and created Tidal, a popular music streaming service.
Shawn Carter has received 21 Grammys, tying with Kanye West for the most awarded to a rapper. He also holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200.
At 21, Kylie's definitely the youngest celeb on this list, but her net worth is second only to the biggest kahuna. Earlier this year, Forbes announced that the reality star is worth $900 million and on track to become the youngest billionaire ever.
By financing the startup of her highly successful cosmetics company herself, she's the sole owner and entitled to 100% of the profits. She can thank her mom Kris for that excellent piece of advice.