The richest black actors are some of the most common names and faces in the movie business at the moment. There was a time that these actors couldn't find work, but times have changed. They are in demand and have grabbed worldwide recognition. Here you’ll find 10 black actors that are worth well over $50 million.
1) Tyler Perry - $400 million
The massive empire that Tyler Perry has built cannot be denied. he has been criticized for the style of movies he creates, but you can’t deny his place on a list of the richest black actors. With 11 movies and 5 tv shows in the past five years alone, he has worked hard to earn the $400 million net worth that he now possesses.
2) Will Smith - $200 million
Will Smith has had an interesting career. Along with DJ Jazzy Jeff he made it big with “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” but he has since moved on to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a series of hit albums, and he is now a member of the $20 million club, who earns that much for every single movie that he produces.
3) Samuel L Jackson - $170 million
There are very few voices as recognizable as Samuel L Jackson’s. Say what you will about Snakes on a Plane, but he is a hard working actor who puts himself entirely into every movie he produces. With an estimated $10 million in earnings per year, he has amassed a $170 million fortune that is only increasing with each passing year.
4) Morgan Freeman - $150 million
If there is a voice that is more recognizable than Mr Jackson’s, it is Morgan Freeman. Morgan Freeman has been nominated for 5 Oscars in addition to taking home the award for Best Actor after his performance in Million Dollar Baby. His decades long career has produced classics like The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy, making him a national treasure in addition to one of the richest black actors with $150 million.
5) Denzel Washington - $150 million
Denzel Washington is another member of the $20 million club and with movies like Man on Fire and American Gangster it is easy to see why. With decades of experience, Denzel Washington has played a variety of roles and has no plans of slowing down.
6) Martin Lawrence - $110 million
Actor and comedian Martin Lawrence has starred in movies like Bad Boys and Big Momma’s House, in addition to several appearances on stand up comedy specials. His $110 million fortune comes from a combination of that, along with his continue performances.
7) Ice Cube - $110 million
This former gangster rapper is now worth $120 million after moving into movies and creating hits like Three Kings and Boyz in the Hood, along with the top selling series of Friday and Barbershop movies.
8) Jamie Foxx - $90 million
Jamie Foxx is a jack of all trades and after starting out on In Living Colour moved on to an acting career that features all types of acting. He won an incredible nineteen awards for Ray, where he played Ray Charles, and he now has a number of top selling singles to top it all off.
9) Eddie Murphy - $85 million
Eddie Murphy is widely respected as one of the greatest stand up comics of all time, but he is also one of the most successful actors of the past few decades. From Beverly Hills Cop to Coming to America, he built up a fortune that allowed him to purchase a $15 million island in the Bahamas.
10) LL Cool J - $80 million
LL Cool J started out as a rapper, but since becoming an actor he has built up a large fortune that puts him in the top 10 richest black actors. Whether he is acting in NCSI: Los Angeles or rapping along to Mamma Said Knock You Out, he has produced hit after hit.