Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood 2018


Hollywood is world’s largest and richest film maker. Hollywood is not just about  glamour however big income source as well. Whether it is actor, director, singer, songwriter, script writer each and every person get paid rich amount of money. But in this article, we will discuss about the Hollywood directors who are earning very much in 2018. After researching income of all Hollywood directors up to 2018, Top 10 About has shortlisted top 10 highest paid directors of Hollywood 2018 on the basis of their annual income and net worth in 2018. So here are the list of highest paid Hollywood directors. These Hollywood directors are arranged on the basis of their net worth in 2018.

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood 2018

10. Tim Burton- Net Worth $3 BillionTop 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Tim Burton has a net worth of $3.653 billion and he is one of the highest paid Hollywood directors of current time. Besides he is well famous American producer, artist, writer and animator. He was born on August 25, 1958 Burbank, California, U.S. He is count among the Hollywood directors who have earned huge amount of money from this profession. Tim got attention of whole world through his popular films such as Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Dark Shadows, Batman, Alice in Wonderland. He has won many awards like Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, National Board of Review Awards for Best Director. He has also nominated for many awards like Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, BAFTA Awards for Best Direction, Best Feature Film, Golden Globe Awards for Best Director – Motion Picture, Saturn Awards for Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Director.

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9. Gore Verbinski- Net Worth $3.7 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Gore Verbinski is an American film director, producer, writer, musician. He was born on March 16, 1964 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States. He started his directing profession helping to make music videos for bands like Monster Magnet, Bad Religion, and Vicious Rumors. He is best recognized for very successful directing the first three movies of the Pirates of the Caribbean film saga, The Ring, and Rango. His two movies Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Rangohas has won Oscar in 2006 and 2011. Gore Verbinski has net worth of $3.728 billion which make him one of the highest paid directors of Hollywood and highest grossing film director in the world.

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8. Chris Columbus- Net Worth $4 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Chris Columbus is an American director and producer. He was born on September 10, 1958 in Spangler, Pennsylvania, U.S. Chris is famous for very successful directing movies such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as well as also famous for writing movies such as Gremlins and The Goonies. His movie Home Alone got a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. He has got an Academy Award nomination for producing “The Help” as well as won AFI Award for Movie of the Year Shared with Michael Barnathan and Brunson Green and Black Reel Award for Best Film Shared with Michael Barnathan and Brunson Green. With net worth of $3.815, he known among the highest paid directors of Hollywood.

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7. Robert Zemeckis- Net Worth $4 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

With net worth $4.062, Robert Zemeckis is deserve to be in the list of highest paid Hollywood directors. He is an American filmmaker as well as screenwriter. He was born on May 14, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He is recognized as one of the greatest “visual storytellers” in film making as well as is a pioneer of visual effects. He has directed some of the biggest blockbuster movies of the past few decades. He has directed many hit movies such like Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and A Christmas Carol. He has also got Academy Award for Best Directing movie Forrest Gump.

6. David Yates- Net Worth $4 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

David Yates is an English filmmaker who has directed short films, feature films, as well as television productions. He was born in year 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside,England, United Kingdom. He rose to mainstream fame by very successful directing the final four movies in the Harry Potter movie series: entries five, six, seven, and eight. He has had a close partnership with Warner Bros. as a director/producer. He has won many awards such as Cork International Film Festival for Best European Short, Golden Gate Award for Best Short Film, BAFTA: British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Serial and got nomination such as Saturn Award as a Best Director for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part-1 and part -2. He has worth of $4.176 billion, with this net worth he is the 6th highest paid directors of Hollywood.

5. Christopher Nolan- Net Worth $4.5 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Christopher Nolan was born on 30 July 1970. He is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in Hollywood, and among the most successful as well as much-admired filmmakers of the 21st century. He has successfully directed some hit movies such like Following, Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and The Dark Knight Trilogy. These movies have grossed above US$4.2 billion worldwide and get a total of 26 Oscar nominations with seven awards. His net worth is $4.222 billion that make him among the rich and highest paid directors of Hollywood.

4. Michael Bay- Net Worth $5.7 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Michael Bay is an American filmmaker, director & producer famous for directing and producing big-budget action movies characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals as well as extensive use of special effects, including common picture of explosions. He has directed many movies which are hit on box office like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher and Transformers. He has net worth of $5.776 billion. That’s why he is placed in highest paid Hollywood directors list.

3. James Cameron- Net Worth $6 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer and philanthropist. He has successful directed some movies like Aliens, Avatar, Terminator and True lies. He’s directorial efforts have grossed around US$2 billion in North America along with US$6 billion worldwide. He also holds the accomplishment of having directed 2 of the 3 films in history to gross over $2 billion worldwide. In March 2011, he was placed Hollywood’s top earner by Vanity Fair, with expected 2010 earnings of $257 million. His net worth is $6.139 billion. Along with this net worth, we can say he is one of the richest and highest paid directors of Hollywood industry.

2. Peter Jackson- Net Worth $6.5 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

Peter Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter. He was born on 31 October 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is best famous as the director, writer as well as producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. He has also very successfully directed many movies like Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners, King Kong and District 9. He has been awarded 3 Academy Awards in his profession, including the award for Best Director in 2003. He has also got a Golden Globe, 4 Saturn Awards as well as 3 BAFTAs amongst others. In December 2014, Jackson was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Peter Jackson’s net worth of $6.518 billion which make him second highest paid Hollywood directors in 2018.

1. Steven Spielberg- Net Worth $9.4 Billion

Top 10 Highest Paid Directors of Hollywood

He is a most popular and highest paid director in Hollywood industry, who has a net worth of $9.246 billion. He was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. He has directed many hits movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park which got box office records, came to personify the blockbuster movie. He has won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. With his achievement he featured at 1st position in the list of top 10 highest paid Hollywood directors.


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