George Lucas Net Worth : $6.5 billion
George Lucas is the Bill Gates of the film industry. He struck gold with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise. His total net worth as of now stands at a whopping $6.5 billion.
The director, screen writer, producer founded the company Lucas film which he later sold in 2012 to Disney for a big fat $4 billion cheque. George Lucas has 4 Academy nominations. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Lucas has also been bestowed upon with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
George Lucas has a powerful friend in Steven Speilberg and originally wanted him to direct Star Wars VI. George is diabetic and was involved in a high speed car accident in high school that nearly killed him. During his time in high school, he was popularly known as Luke.
That was how he came up with the name of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. He also created the iconic villain Darth Vader taking inspiration from Fantastic Four’s Doctor Doom. He is an art collector with American painter Norman Rockwell being his favorite.
He has bought close to 57 Rockwell paintings. Lucas has admitted to being a huge fan of the sitcom Family Guy. He is also an admirer of the Doctor Who series (1963-1989).
Lucas has been involved with many women over the years. He married his latest wife Mellody Hobson in 2013. He has 4 children and 3 of them are adopted. He currently stays in San Anselmo, California. His company’s Computer Graphics Division was sold to Apple Computer. It later changed to become Pixar Animation Studio.
After the success of American Graffiti, Lucas was slowly on his way towards being a household name. He was offered a $500,000 paycheck to direct “Star Wars”. He declined the proposal but came back with a counter offer.
He wanted $150,000, merchandising rights and the rights to the Star Wars sequels. Fox Studios was all too glad with the counter offer, since merchandising wasn’t a very lucrative option back then.
Lucas definitely believed in his idea and that decision to stick to his guns rewarded him handsomely. The Star Wars movies have grossed over $4 billion in box office. The Star Wars inspired models have generated over $10 billion in revenue.
Lucas may have gotten lucky with his decision but he would viciously disagree. He would state that he was always clairvoyant. It is a fair self assessment on Lucas’s part.
For the futuristic franchise to see light, it would have definitely needed a futuristic mindset. Cheers to the man who’s made it huge commercially and critically!