Luckily for the kids in question, most rich people arrange to pass their fortunes down to their children. And sometimes, dear reader, that’s a lot of wealth. Who are these lucky folks waiting for windfalls? Well, these are 40 of the richest heirs and heiresses in America right now. Some of the names you will know, while others you may not. And a few will probably come as major surprises.
40. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is no stranger to the limelight as a very famous actress, director and producer. But even without her skills both behind and in front of the camera, the star is probably set for life – financially speaking, anyway. Her parents, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, are both worth a pretty penny, you see. And the Cockburns – both famous journalists – are likely to pass down some of that cash to Olivia as well as her siblings Chloe and Charles.
39. The Bezos children
We all know Jeff Bezos’s name. And if you have an Amazon habit you just can’t quit, you’ve probably done your small part to make the entrepreneur one of the wealthiest men in the world. But you may not realize that Jeff also has four young children. They’re so under the radar, in fact, that their names aren’t part of the public record. Still, that may all change when the kids finally come into their inheritances – and feature on their own rich lists.
38. Peter Brant II
When you’ve got a number in your name, you’re probably pretty wealthy. That’s the case, anyway, with Peter Brant II – the oldest child of White Birch Paper Company mogul Peter Brant. Brant Jr. has had some success of his own, too, with a cosmetics range, although he’s also been known to grab headlines for more unsavory reasons. In 2016 the heir was arrested at JFK Airport for an alleged assault while intoxicated.
37. Billie Lourd
Carrie Fisher – the woman who gave the world Princess Leia – had one child, Billie Lourd. And Billie followed in her mother’s footsteps, becoming an actress who you may recognize from American Horror Story. But it isn’t just her mother’s Star Wars money that has made the young star rich. Billie’s father is famous talent agent Bryan Lourd, for one. Then there’s her maternal grandmother – who was, of course, the legendary Debbie Reynolds.
36. Paige Laurie
As the granddaughter of James “Bud” Walton, Paige Laurie is an heiress to the vast Walmart fortune. But she’s not always used her money in the most sensible way. Back in 2005, it came out that Paige had passed off a fellow student’s college coursework as her own, using thousands of dollars to sweeten the deal. Scandal! Perhaps unsurprisingly, the USC grad had to give back her degree as a result.
35. Aerin Lauder
No doubt you’ll recognize the name of Aerin Lauder’s grandmother, as Estée Lauder gave her name to a multi-billion-dollar makeup company known all over the world. Aerin is part of the business, too, as she’s a style and image director for the cosmetics giant. But seemingly not content with helping uphold her family’s legacy, she’s started her own homewear and fashion firm, called – what else? – AERIN.
34. Edward Norton
This may be surprising if you only recognize Edward Norton from Fight Club, but the actor is actually the heir to an impressive fortune. He’s an ancestor of James W. Rouse, a property mogul and philanthropist. In fact, Edward was actually raised in one of the communities his grandfather helped create. The more you know!
33. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie became a reality TV star in the aughts, winning over audiences with her trouble-making antics on The Simple Life. Behind the scenes, though, the star has gone through some hard times. Her birth parents weren’t able to raise her, leaving Lionel Richie to adopt her as his own. The music icon has since guided his daughter through spells of drug abuse – and he’ll likely bequeath her some of his substantial fortune.
32. Eden Sassoon
Eden Sassoon isn’t just one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yep, as her name suggests, she’s also the daughter of haircare entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon. And she hasn’t just rested on her laurels, supplementing her father’s money with her own hair salons as well as a pilates franchise. Yet Eden’s life hasn’t been without tragedy. Sadly, her sister, Catya, passed away from a drug overdose in 2002.
31. Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase’s full name is actually Cornelius Crane Chase – a nod to his very wealthy step-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane. That meant Chevy was apparently never wanting for cash while he was growing up in New York. Still, according to several folks who have worked alongside the actor, that money sure never bought him any manners. Yikes!
30. Ally Hilfiger
As any fan will know, Ally Hilfiger’s family connections have helped launch her to reality show stardom. Back in the early ’00s, the daughter of Tommy Hilfiger was the co-lead of MTV’s aptly named show Rich Girls, which followed her privileged life. But money can’t buy everything. And while the heiress may have got the best medical treatment in her battle with Lyme disease, she’s in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to waiting for a cure.
29. The Page children
Here’s a little-known fact: Google co-founder Larry Page has two children with his wife, Lucy. The kids are so out of the public eye, though, that no one knows their names or even the gender of the youngest. And, no, even Googling them won’t help, ironically. Still, if all goes well, the pair will inherit millions when they’re older.
28. Sam Logan
In theory, reality TV star Sam Logan could do absolutely nothing for the rest of his life if he wanted. Why? Well, he has a pretty big nest egg to fall back on. You see, his mother, Elizabeth, is the part-owner of Scripps Networks, which presides over the Travel Channel and the Food Network. And in 2018 the company was snapped up for an incredible $14.6 billion – with Sam standing to inherit at least some of that.
27. Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer may have played both of the incredibly wealthy Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, but he isn’t exactly short of cash himself. That’s because the actor’s grandfather and namesake Armand Hammer founded Occidental Petroleum – a highly successful company that made the patriarch millions. If for whatever reason the acting career fails, then, Armie won’t exactly be out of pocket.
26. Spike Jonze
Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze actually once went under the name of Adam Spiegel. And, yes, that means his great-grandfather was Joseph Spiegel – the founder of the famous catalog company. Spike has claimed in interviews that he never benefited much from his family’s money, but it’s hard to imagine it didn’t help even a little.
25. Amanda Hearst
Amanda Hearst is a great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and so an heir to a massive fortune. But she’s still tried to make it on her own as a fashion editor. You’re also unlikely to see her day-to-day life on the small screen any time soon. Amanda told The New York Times in 2012, “Whenever the subject of doing reality television comes up, I immediately disregard it, because most people don’t come off well, and it’s embarrassing.”
24. Brooke Shields
Did you know that Brooke Shields is actually descended from royalty? Yes, the actress and model’s paternal grandmother was Princess Donna Marina Torlonia of Italy. Other members of her family made fortunes of their own, too. Yet despite all the riches, Brooke claims to have had a difficult time growing up as a child star.
23. Alexa Dell
The very appropriately named Alexa Dell is heir to a computer fortune. She’s the daughter of Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Technologies – which, at the time of writing, is worth billions. No wonder, then, that the huge house Alexa grew up in with her three siblings was dubbed “The Castle”! She’s also the most famous of the four Dell kids, and that’s all down to her popular Instagram account, where she shows off her luxurious lifestyle.
22. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson really does have it all. Yep, she’s not only a world-famous movie star and a celebrated beauty, but she’s also an heiress. Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, made his fortune from architecture, while her mom, Melanie Sloan, is independently wealthy through movie production. So between that money and what she’s made from movies, Scarlett isn’t likely to run out of cash any time soon.
21. Megan Ellison
Megan Ellison is the daughter of Larry Ellison, the CTO of the Oracle Corporation. And her position as an heiress has helped her produce movies such as Her and Zero Dark Thirty, although she’s aware of how lucky she is to have had that financial foot in the door. When accepting the Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America in 2017, Megan said, “We are extremely privileged and therefore have the opportunity as well as a responsibility… to share stories of meaning.”
20. Dylan Lauren
When Dylan Lauren’s world-famous fashion designer dad Ralph asked if he could call a perfume after her, she said no. We’re as shocked as you are. But Dylan had good reason. She was only 16 at the time, you see, and wanted to use her name for something she had created herself. And that’s exactly what the heiress did, starting up the retail chain Dylan’s Candy Bar in 2001.
19. Carly Simon
“You’re So Vain” singer Carly Simon may be best known for her illustrious music career, but fans may remember that she’s also the daughter of Richard L. Simon. Richard, in case you weren’t aware, helped found the international publishing company Simon & Shuster. But according to Carly, she had a difficult childhood, meaning she ended up spending most of her inheritance on therapy. Lucky she’s since made her own wealth, then…
18. Travis Knight
Travis Knight is the son of Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike. And while Travis is part of the executive board of the sportswear giant, he’s carved out his own path as a film director and animator. He’s also made several acclaimed films with the studio Laika – which, fortunately for him, his father owns.
17. Jake Gyllenhaal
You may know that Jake Gyllenhaal is from a Hollywood family. That means his parents are very well-off, although they raised him to be aware that not everyone is equal in that respect. Back in 2011, Jake told The Guardian, “My mother would say that there are people who have so much money [but] who don’t give any of it away. And [then] there [are] other people who have much less money [but] who give more than the richest people in the world.”
16. The Ballmer children
Erstwhile Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clipper owner Steve Ballmer – a multi-billionaire, of course – has three sons. Aaron, Peter and Sam are all old enough to be out in the world now, although Steve is known to have made them an off-limits subject of conversation in interviews. And, eventually, the boys will likely become ballers as well as Ballmers if their dad sees fit to hand down his considerable fortune.
15. Eve Jobs
When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, his vast fortune went to his wife, Laurene. And while no one knows how much she gave or plans to give to her daughter, Eve, the young woman is embarking on her own career as an equestrian – a field in which there’s also plenty of money to be earned. Perhaps not as much as in a multi-billion-dollar tech company, though…
14. Ariana Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller – the founder of Standard Oil – was one of the richest people in American history. And his ancestors are still enjoying that legacy today, although they’re apparently not content to just sit around and spend their cash wildly. In 2018 John’s great-great-granddaughter Ariana Rockefeller told CNBC that her famous family always “put a lot of value on hard work.” Perhaps that’s why she’s risen to great heights as a fashion designer.
13. Kyra Sedgwick
Actress Kyra Sedgwick was born into riches as the youngest child of venture capitalist Henry Dwight Sedgwick V. When her mother remarried, she also became the step-daughter of art dealer Ben Heller. But even though Kyra’s childhood was a financially comfortable one, it wasn’t always a bed of roses. In 2018 she told The Wall Street Journal, “Growing up, I spent a lot of time alone. My parents worked a lot or were away. I became a keen observer of human nature.”
12. Georgina Bloomberg
Equestrian Georgina Bloomberg is the daughter of former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg – who, of course, is one of America’s wealthiest men. And although Georgina once famously said that she hated growing up with her last name, these days she appears to have settled into it a bit more. She seems to have found her calling, too. In 2015 the heiress told Haute Living, “I believe I was put on this earth to make a difference in animals’ lives. I’m very lucky I have been afforded that luxury.”
11. The Brin-Wojcicki children
Just by being born, the children of Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki hit the jackpot twice over. Why? Well, Sergey is famously the co-founder of Google, while Anne is CEO of 23andMe. And while the couple’s kids, Benji and Chloe, are still in school, they’re likely to have very charmed lives when they grow a little older. Their dad alone is said to be worth an astonishing $76.4 billion.
10. Jennifer Gates
Jennifer Gates may be the daughter of Microsoft’s Bill, but she’ll probably inherit less than you think. You see, the tech mogul has said in the past that he plans to give his children no more than $10 million each in his will, as that would likely push them to make their own ways in life. And this clever ploy appears to be paying off so far, as Jennifer is training to be a doctor.
9. Lynsi Snyder
Lynsi Snyder inherited the multi-billion-dollar In-N-Out Burger chain at just 35 after the tragic deaths of both her uncle and her father. Now, she considers herself the protector of her family’s legacy, telling Forbes in 2018, “It’s not about the money for us. Unless God sends a lightning bolt down and changes my heart miraculously, I would not ever sell.”
8. Balthazar Getty
As you probably know, the rich and famous Getty family have a reputation for being, well, a bit erratic. And the magnificently named Balthazar Getty – who has been dubbed a “wild child” in the press – was no exception for a while. He also didn’t do himself any favors with a tone-deaf Sunday Times interview in 2016. There, the heir discussed never rising from bed before 11:00 a.m. and having one of his staff hand him breakfast. Very relatable.
7. Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson is just the latest star to come out of one of Hollywood’s most prestigious acting dynasty. Her maternal grandmother, in case you didn’t realize, is legendary screen icon Tippi Hedren. Then there are her mom, Melanie Griffith and dad, Don Johnson – both successful movie actors in their own rights. Suffice to say, then, that if Dakota didn’t have her own burgeoning career, she’d still be very rich.
6. Lydia Hearst
As William Randolph Hearst made his fortune from the printed word, it sort of makes sense that his great-granddaughter Lydia Hearst has a career as a magazine model. She’s posed for such prestigious publications as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and could have declined payment from all of them without having to worry about bills.
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus may have made a name for herself as an acclaimed comedic actress, but in another life she could have been known only for being rich. She’s the daughter, you see, of the late Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, who was once at the helm of the agriculture company Louis Dreyfus Energy Services. Julia inherited billions, then, and the fact that this isn’t more widely known speaks to her success.
4. Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper is the son of the famous Gloria Vanderbilt – the heiress to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s 1877 railroad fortune. Not all of the CNN host’s family have done great things, however. And Anderson expressed little sympathy when, in 2015, he discovered that one of his ancestors was killed by a slave he had been keeping.
3. The Zuckerberg children
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder and, at time of writing, the seventh wealthiest person on the planet – shares daughters Maxima and August with his wife, Priscilla Chan. The kids are still very young, too, meaning they probably don’t have the slightest idea what they stand to inherit. But based on the continuing runaway popularity of Facebook, it’ll probably be a lot.
2. Paris Hilton
It’s hard to think of the word “heiress” without thinking of Paris Hilton. The great-granddaughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton became famous in her own right with her reality show The Simple Life, parlaying her ditzy blonde image into riches of her own. That’s on top of her inheritance, of course, and so while Paris is less in the limelight these days, she’s still very wealthy.
1. Kate Hudson
As the children of Hollywood stars Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, Kate Hudson and her brother, Oliver, were naturally born into great wealth and privilege. But even those millions of dollars didn’t fix the kids’ fractured family. The two kids long believed that their father abandoned them, and when they were adults Bill went even further by outright disowning them. Luckily, though, Goldie’s partner Kurt Russell – also rich from his acting career – stepped up to be a dad.
Those heirs and heiresses aren’t the only super-rich folks out there, of course. While the stars of the NFL may only have relatively short careers, some can earn more in a single football season than most of us do in an entire lifetime! And thanks to their perceived value in the sport, quarterbacks are typically showered with the most money. Here’s a look at 40 of the all-time wealthiest.
40. Jake Delhomme – $63.5 million
Jake Delhomme earned his considerable $63.5 million fortune thanks to a willingness to play anywhere. The quarterback enjoyed several seasons in the NFL Europe, landing himself a slot in the Frankfurt Galaxy’s Hall of Fame in the process. American fans will, of course, know him better for his stints with the New Orleans Saints, the Cleveland Browns, the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers.
39. Kerry Collins – $63.7 million
Kerry Collins’ most lucrative period came in the mid-‘00s when he signed with the Oakland Raiders for nearly $17 million. The quarterback benefited from the injury that wrecked Rich Gannon’s career when he subsequently became a starter with the franchise. Spells with the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts helped to boost his fortune before he retired from the sport in 2012.
38. Matt Cassel – $65.5 million
By the time that Matt Cassel retired from the NFL in 2018, he’d reportedly earned a cool $65.5 million. Something of a journeyman, the quarterback began his career with the New England Patriots before moving to the likes of the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. After a final season with the Detroit Lions, Cassel landed a commentary role at NBC Sports Boston.
37. Ryan Fitzpatrick – $71.5 million
Ryan Fitzpatrick has earned just one megabucks deal during his lengthy NFL career and even that was cut short. Yes, the $59 million contract he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2011 ended up being downgraded to $21.2 million after just two years. But thanks to his itchy feet, he’s still bagged enough lucrative deals elsewhere to make him one of the Top 40 richest quarterbacks ever.
36. Mark Sanchez – $74.2 million
Mark Sanchez instantly became rich beyond his wildest dreams in his first NFL season when he signed a $50 million deal with the New York Jets. The University of Southern California graduate enjoyed five years with the franchise before moving to the Philadelphia Eagles. By the time Sanchez retired from the sport in 2019, he’d become one of the all-time richest quarterbacks.
35. Nick Foles – $74.4 million
Nick Foles was instrumental in the Philadelphia Eagles’ inaugural Super Bowl victory in 2018. But it was the Jacksonville Jaguars who offered him the big bucks, a four-year contract with a maximum value of $88 million to be exact, the following season. The quarterback has since added to his fortune with an autobiography and endorsement contract with the Lululemon apparel brand.
34. Carson Wentz – $79 million
Carson Wentz holds single-season records for the Philadelphia Eagles in touchdowns, completions, and passing yards. So it’s little surprise that the franchise extended his contract in the summer of 2019 to four years, and to the tune of a potential $128 million, too. Wentz has also boosted his bank balance with endorsement deals with the likes of Amazon, Nike and Bose.
33. Drew Bledsoe – $79.9 million
Drew Bledsoe might have missed out on the Super Bowl XXXVI and guiding the New England Patriots to victory thanks to an unfortunately timed injury. Yet the quarterback can no doubt take comfort from the hefty sums he earned during the rest of his 13-year career as a starter. Bledsoe has since added to his net worth as the co-owner of Doubleback Winery.
32. Joe Montana – $80 million
Joe Montana was undoubtedly one of the biggest football stars of the 1980s. The quarterback won no fewer than four Super Bowls during his stint with the San Francisco 49ers. But even after his retirement in 1994, the sporting legend still raked it in. That’s right: Montana’s shrewd investments and public speaking gigs have helped to boost his fortune to a cool $80 million.
31. Jared Goff – $80.7 million
Jared Goff helped to steer the Los Angeles Rams all the way to the Super Bowl during his third season with the franchise. He’s been handsomely rewarded for his efforts, too, landing a four-year deal in 2019 which included a signing bonus worth $25 million. Goff has also boosted his coffers with the launch of his own JG16 clothing range.
30. Andy Dalton – $86.5 million
Andy Dalton entered the NFL’s big-money league in 2014 when he inked a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals potentially worth $115 million. The quarterback was offered the deal after guiding the franchise to four playoffs in a row. He’d also made the Bengals record books in terms of single-season touchdowns and passing yards.
29. Matt Hasselbeck – $88 million
Matt Hasselbeck first made his name in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers before moving to the Seattle Seahawks. The quarterback spent the majority of his career there but bagged his most lucrative deal in 2011 with the Tennessee Titans. Although he didn’t earn the entire $21 million offered by the franchise, Hasselbeck’s enduring skills on the field meant he was still one of the all-time top earners by the time he retired in 2016.
28. Jimmy Garoppolo – $88.8 million
Jimmy Garoppolo appears on this list mainly thanks to one colossal record-breaking deal. When signed, the contract he agreed with the San Francisco 49ers offered him the highest average salary per annum in NFL history. It’s since been overshadowed by another quarterback further up the list. But still, potential earnings of $137.5 million are nothing to be sniffed at.
27. Derek Carr – $91 million
Health permitting, Derek Carr has been a permanent fixture in the Las Vegas Raiders starting line-up since he was drafted in 2014. The quarterback was offered a five-year deal worth $125 million after just three seasons with the franchise. And you could say he’s already paid back their faith by breaking records in passing yards, pass completions and fourth-quarter comebacks.
26. Matt Schaub – $94.4 million
Matt Schaub might not be as starry as the majority of names on this list. But with a career lasting almost 20 years, the quarterback has quietly racked up a fortune of which many Hall-of-Famers can only dream. Schaub earned most of his $94 million net worth with the Houston Texans. But it’s the Atlanta Falcons with whom he may end up reaching the $100 million milestone.
25. Donovan McNabb – $99.7 million
Donovan McNabb’s total career earnings sit agonizingly just $300,000 outside the nine-figure club. Actually, it’s probably not that agonizing. The NFL legend bagged the majority of his vast fortune during his 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. After retiring from the sport in 2011, the former quarterback worked at various major TV networks as an analyst.
24. Andrew Luck – $109.1 million
In 2016 the Indianapolis Colts offered Andrew Luck a record-breaking contract extension worth up to $140 million. The quarterback’s surname proved to be slightly ironic, therefore, when a shoulder injury kept him out of the whole of the following season. Luckily, the NFL star soon proved he was worth the money when he returned and was subsequently crowned Comeback Player of the Year.
23. Ryan Tannehill – $115.5 million
Ryan Tannehill had quite the remarkable NFL season in 2019. At the start he was merely a backup whose contract was worth a relatively low $2 million. By the end, though, the quarterback’s value had shot up to an incredible $118 million. Yes, the Tennessee Titans were inspired to offer Tannehill a highly lucrative four-year deal after he helped to guide them to the playoffs.
22. Jay Cutler – $122.2 million
Reality TV fans may know him better as the ex-husband of Kristin Cavallari. But long before Jay Cutler became a staple of the E! network, he was busy cementing his status as a Chicago Bears legend. The quarterback also enjoyed three seasons with the Denver Broncos after first showcasing his skills at Vanderbilt University.
21. Cam Newton – $122.5 million
Cam Newton enjoyed nine years with the Carolina Panthers, guiding the franchise to the Super Bowl and no fewer than four playoffs. But much of his $122.5 million fortune was earned away from the football field. That’s right: Newton has also achieved success with his production company and as an endorser for the likes of Beats and Under Armour.
20. Tony Romo – $127.4 million
Sometimes loyalty truly can pay off. Tony Romo spent all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the same franchise, the Dallas Cowboys, and he was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. The quarterback also boosted his coffers with the endorsement contract he signed in 2008 with a fashion clothing marketing firm that was worth $10 million.
19. Sam Bradford – $130 million
Sam Bradford has struggled with injury throughout much of his career. In fact, the quarterback hasn’t managed to play an entire season in the NFL since way back in 2012. Mind you, his bank balance has always remained healthy. Bradford’s biggest payday came in 2010 when he was awarded a $78 million deal with the Rams, a franchise now in Los Angeles but back then based in St. Louis.
18. Brett Favre – $137.8 million
Brett Favre broke many NFL records during his glittering career. For example, he was the first player ever to have won both the Super Bowl and the Associated Press NFL MVP – Most Valuable Player – award in the same season. Little wonder, then, that the quarterback raked in nearly $138 million dollars during his long career with the Green Bay Packers, alongside stints with the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings. He’s also bagged various lucrative endorsement deals along the way.
17. Kirk Cousins – $140.6 million
Kirk Cousins earned a whopping $84 million during his six seasons with the Washington Redskins – a franchise now renamed as the more socially acceptable Washington Football Team. But it was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019 that the quarterback became the highest-paid sportsman in the NFL. And the money keeps rolling in. In the spring of 2020, Cousins inked a contract extension worth $66 million.
16. John Elway – $145 million
Denver Broncos legend John Elway would have been near the top of this list had his business acumen been a little better. The former quarterback missed out on the opportunity to invest in the team for which he spent 16 years playing and he also lost millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme. Mind you, the $145 million Elway’s earned during both his playing and managerial career is a figure still way beyond most of his peers.
15. Russell Wilson – $162.4 million
Not content with becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL in 2019, the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson also has several lucrative business ventures. The quarterback serves as the CEO of West2East Empire, a public relations firm which has produced two offshoots. Wilson, who guided the franchise to its first Super Bowl, has also invested in the MLB initiative named the Portland Diamond Project.
14. Joe Flacco – $167.6 million
Joe Flacco helped to steer the Baltimore Ravens to victory in the Super Bowl XLVII, also achieving MVP status in the process. His reward was a lucrative three-year deal worth $66.4 million that would have kept him with the franchise until 2021. Flacco didn’t see out the entirety of his contract, though. He left for the Denver Broncos in 2019 in a move which further added to his net worth.
13. Carson Palmer – $174.1 million
Carson Palmer is widely regarded as one of the finest quarterbacks never to have achieved victory at a Super Bowl. The NFL legend also failed to lift an NCAA title while playing for the University of Southern California. But he can console himself with the fact he earned $174.1 million during his stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals.
12. Alex Smith – $189.7 million
Alex Smith began his enduring NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to Washington. It was a deal worth an incredible $94 million! But the quarterback soon proved he was worth the money by breaking numerous NFL records. Smith has also increased his net worth with a yearly $1 million income courtesy of various sponsorship deals.
11. Steve Young – $200 million
Steve Young is a three-time Super Bowl winner who enjoyed 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. But the majority of his $200 million fortune was earned away from the football field. That’s right: the former quarterback has raked in far more cash as the boss of an investments company called Huntsman Gay Global Capital than he ever made playing in the NFL.
10. Matthew Stafford – $226.5 million
In 2017 Matthew Stafford signed a five-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions worth up to $135 million. This was the most lucrative contract ever inked in the NFL at the time. Why was the quarterback offered such riches? Well, he’d just made it to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and had broken the league’s record for reaching 3,000 completions in the quickest time along the way.
9. Aaron Rodgers – $240.9 million
Expect Aaron Rodgers to climb even further up the list in the near future. The quarterback is still plying his trade with the Green Bay Packers, the franchise that offered him a four-year contract extension worth $134 million in 2019. Rodgers also has a keen business eye, and that same year joined forces with Byron Roth and Nate Raabe to launch a $50 million investment fund targeted on high-growth firms.
8. Philip Rivers – $243.9 million
Philip Rivers proved that it’s never too late to mix things up in 2020 when he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. For he’d spent the previous 16 years with the same team, the San Diego Chargers. The quarterback was given $25 million for the move to add to the $200+ million he’d already earned during his glittering NFL career.
7. Matt Ryan – $244 million
In 2018 Matt Ryan’s new contract, worth $150 million across half a decade, made him the first footballer to ever breach the $30 million-per-season mark. The quarterback was given such a lucrative deal by the Atlanta Falcons after ten years of service which included guiding them to the Super Bowl. Ryan has also bolstered his income with high-profile deals with the likes of Mercedes, Nike and Gatorade.
6. Peyton Manning – $248.7 million
Peyton Manning called time on his career at the perfect moment – just a month after guiding the Denver Broncos to victory at the Super Bowl. The quarterback was given $4 million for his instrumental role in the franchise’s success. But that was small change compared to the near-$245 million that Manning had already earned during his lengthy career. One of the NFL’s most famous faces, the star also has 32 Papa John’s franchise stores to his name.
5. Eli Manning – $252.3 million
Anything that Peyton Manning can earn, his younger brother can earn higher. Yes, Eli Manning has raked in approximately $4 million more as of 2020, helped considerably by the $96 million contract extension he signed with the New York Giants five years previously. Like his older sibling, retirement from the field hasn’t stopped the money coming in. He’s also put his name and his face to countless advertising campaigns.
4. Ben Roethlisberger – $253.3 million
Ben Roethlisberger is one of the few starting quarterbacks to emerge victorious at several Super Bowls and the only QB ever to have thrown for 500 yards in three separate games. That perhaps explains why the Pittsburgh Steelers forked out a further $37.5 million for his signature in 2019. Roethlisberger has been a vital member of the franchise since he was drafted in 2004.
3. Tom Brady – $260.2 million
One of the most famous footballers of his generation, Tom Brady earned the majority of his fortune during his two decades with the New England Patriots. But the six-time Super Bowl winner also earned a tidy sum with his shock transfer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Brady name has raked in the cash with several off-the-field endeavors, too, including his 199 Productions company and lifestyle brand TB12.
2. Drew Brees – $269.7 million
The title of richest active footballer goes to the New Orleans Saints veteran Drew Brees. The quarterback has earned nearly $270 million during a career in which he’s achieved more than a dozen Pro Bowl selections and broken the NFL’s passing yards record. Brees is also something of an entrepreneur, with several Dunkin’ and Jimmy John’s franchises to his name, not to mention an investment in Waitr, a food delivery firm.
1. Roger Staubach – $600 million
Roger Staubach had a pretty illustrious ten-year career in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl twice with the Dallas Cowboys. But you still wouldn’t have expected him to top the all-time richest quarterbacks list. Of course, Staubach has earned the majority of his vast fortune from his business pursuits. The former footballer once co-owned a real estate firm which in 2008 he sold for a mighty $613 million!