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George Lucas is Hollywood's richest movie mogul

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MUMBAI: In the run up to the Academy Awards on 22 February, Wealth-X has released a list of the top 10 richest individuals in the American film industry. George Lucas tops the list with $5.4 billion as the wealthiest Hollywood tycoon.

Lucas is the director and producer of the Star Wars blockbuster films. His fortune of $5.4 billion is mostly derived from revenue from the Star Wars franchise and the sale of LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion in 2012.

Unlike other directors and producers, Lucas, 70, banked on one film idea, directing only six feature films over the course of his career – four of which were Star Wars movies.

In contrast, Steven Spielberg – who ranks third on the Wealth-X list with an estimated fortune of $3.3 billion–has directed more than 30 feature films, including classics such as ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park.

All 10 individuals on the Wealth-X Hollywood Rich List are male film producers and directors. Collectively, they control more than $20 billion of personal wealth.

The complete list of the richest movie moguls in Hollywood is as follows: 

1) George Lucas - $5.4 billion (Star Wars films)

2) Arnon Milchan - $5.2 billion (Pretty Woman, 12 Years A Slave)

3) Steven Spielberg - $3.3 billion (ET, Jaws)

4) Austin Hearst - $1.9 billion (The Vow)

5) Ryan Kavanaugh - $1 billion (The Social Network, Little Fockers)

6) Jeffrey Katzenberg - $910 million (The Lion King, Shrek)

7) Thomas Tull - $870 million (The Hangover, 300)

8) Jerry Bruckheimer - $850 million (Top Gun, Pirates of The Caribbean)

9) Steve Tisch - $720 million (Forrest Gump)

10) James Cameron - $670 million (Avatar, Titanic)

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