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Forbes’ list of billionaires for 2022 includes eight Hollywood figures.


Forbes’ list of billionaires for 2022 includes eight Hollywood figures.

This year’s Forbes list of world billionaires has a slew of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Kanye “Ye” West, and Rihanna.

On Tuesday, April 5, the American business magazine Forbes published its annual report on billionaires throughout the world, which featured some returning billionaires as well as entrepreneurs who reached the list for the first time.

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Rihanna

Rihanna, 34, has joined the ranks of the world’s billionaires, becoming the first billionaire from Barbados, according to Forbes.

Rihanna arrives for the Off-White Ready To Wear autumn/winter 2022-2023 fashion collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Paris, on February 28. Photo: Invision/AP
Rihanna arrives for the Off-White Ready To Wear autumn/winter 2022-2023 fashion collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Paris, on February 28. Photo: Invision/AP

According to the magazine, the pop artist has a net worth of US$1.7 billion thanks to her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line and Savage X Fenty lingerie line. On this year’s list, she was rated 1,729th.

Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies, is another industry magnate who made the list for the first time this year.

With a net worth of US$1.5 billion, filmmaker Peter Jackson made the list for the first time this year. Photo: AP
With a net worth of US$1.5 billion, filmmaker Peter Jackson made the list for the first time this year. Photo: AP

According to Forbes, Jackson, 60, became a billionaire in November after selling his Weta digital film effects company to Unity Software for US$975 million. With a net worth of US$1.5 billion, he is ranked No. 1,929 on the list.

Of course, there were plenty of returning billionaires on the list.

Kardashian, 41, debuted at No. 1,645 on Forbes’ billionaires list on Friday, April 1, with a net worth of US$1.8 billion, after becoming a billionaire last year.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2021 Vanity Fair party. Photo: @kimkardashian/Instagram
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2021 Vanity Fair party. Photo: @kimkardashian/Instagram

Her ex-husband, Ye, previously Kanye West, 44, was also named to the list after Forbes declared him a billionaire in 2020. He’s valued US$2 billion at No 1,513.

US director Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, in February 2020. Photo: AFP
US director Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, in February 2020. Photo: AFP

Other returning billionaires who made their fortunes in the entertainment industry include director Steven Spielberg, who ranked No. 801 with a net worth of US$3.7 billion; rapper Jay-Z, who ranked No. 2,076 with a net worth of US$1.3 billion; talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who ranked No. 1,196 with a net worth of US$2.6 billion; and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who ranked No. 2,578 with a net worth of US$1 billion