George Lucas

George Lucas is reportedly America’s wealthiest celebrity in 2018

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From Forbes:

“Fame and fortune can go hand in hand—at least for a select few. Star Wars creator George Lucas leads this year’s ranking of America’s richest celebrities with a net worth of $5.4 billion thanks largely to the fortune he pocketed when his Lucasfilm production company sold to Disney for $4.1 billion in 2012.

He edges fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg (No. 2; $3.7 billion) and media mogul Oprah (No. 3; $2.8 billion). Michael Jordan (No. 4; $1.7 billion) climbs up the ranking with a $400 million net worth increase derived from his sneaker fortune and a 90% stake in the increasingly valuable Charlotte Hornets. His stake in the basketball team is valued at an estimated $800 million.

America’s 10 wealthiest celebrities hold a combined fortune of $18.7 billion, more than the GDP of Iceland. Forbes‘ third annual ranking of the net worths of the famous boasted the biggest cumulative figure since we began tallying totals, up 4% from 2017’s $18 billion. […]”

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    • Cryogenic

      @ Alex:

      Agreed.

      @ Joe:

      I think that perception has softened in the last few years. Granted, the notion that all Lucas cared about was money was advanced constantly a decade ago, and it was hard to avoid running into it on blog pages, message boards, geek-media articles, etc.

      But now, since the sale to Disney, it seems that some have begun reconsidering Lucas’ motives; even if they don’t have it within themselves at this time to fully recant their past invective (e.g., Simon Pegg). Kind of another case of: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

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      Not sure anyone deserves billions in personal wealth, but as Alex suggested, Lucas is a decent person who has at least earned it more than most.

  • Will Reardon

    If he had the power, would George be willing to give up this status and buy back his child from the white slavers?

    Reminds me of a friend telling me; Since Luke Skywalker is the avatar for George Lucas, it’s not far fetched to think of sequel trilogy Luke as an allegory for George selling off Star Wars to Disney.

    • Cryogenic

      @ Will:

      Nice analogy. Mark Hamill, in real life, has somewhat functioned these past few years as Lucas’ emissary, too.

      But I don’t think Lucas would ever buy Star Wars back now. Selling to begin with and parting with his creation was no small thing. And now that Disney firmly have hold of the franchise and have produced several hit films already, with cartoon spin-offs on the way, and various book and merchandising projects in the works, and an immense infrastructure of their own, I think it’s basically a fait accompli at this stage.

      Plus, of course, Lucas is the cinematic medicine man who believes in his own stuff — moving on, letting go, seeking new adventures, new challenges, and not living in the past. So I see it as more or less impossible that such a thing would ever happen.

      We also have to be realistic about one other sad but relatively insuperable fact: Lucas is now 74 years old. Unless we get radical advancements in life extension technology within the next twenty years (though it’s certainly possible), then he likely won’t be around a quarter of a century from now.

      How many good, healthy, productive years does a person usually get the other side of 75? It’s hard to imagine the cosmos without him (unless he is reconstructed by aliens or advanced AI or exists in duplicate form outside the Hubble volume of the observable universe), but at some point in the future, Lucas will no longer exist — but his art and his legacy will outlive us all…

      • Cryogenic

        @ Joe:

        He revolutionized cinema, allowed me to believe in the power of dreams, taught me some important life values, gave me something to complain/argue about for twenty years, brought me to sexual maturity with Bikini Leia, and Jar Jar has an equal claim to the status of “genius character” in retrospect? 🙂

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