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Can you name the top 10 celebrity investors?

In the world of fame and fortune, some celebrities go beyond the spotlight, strategically building wealth through diverse investments. On average, celebrities invest $38 million per investment venture and a third have invested over $100 million in a single business investment.1 As we wrap up into the final weeks of 2023, FOREX.com set out to uncover the ultimate celebrity investor of the year.

To do so, the finance and trading experts analysed celebrity investments across various assets, including luxury properties, business ventures, intellectual property, financial instruments and collectables, to uncover the true scale where celebrities invest their money.

Key findings:

  • Singer and songwriter, Babyface has the highest return on net worth at 134.40% 

  • Out of all professions, YouTubers have been found to have the best return on their investments at 13.6% return on net worth

  • Athletes have the highest average net worth at $905 million but only make 9.84% return on investments

  • Social media influencer, Bella Poarch is the top female on the list, making a 51% return on net worth

Top 10 celebrities generating the biggest returns on their net worth  

Name

Net Worth

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($ millions)

Monthly 

Income

($ millions)

Investments & assets categories

Return on 

Net Worth

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Babyface

$250

$28

Real estate, luxury vehicles

134.40%

Chase Hudson

$11

$630,000

Real estate, luxury vehicles

68.70%

Billy Joel

$230

$10

Real estate, luxury vehicles

52.20%

Tommyinnit

$14

$600,000

Real estate, luxury vehicles, NFTs

51.40%

Bella Poarch

$12

$510,000

Real estate, luxury vehicles

51.00%

Logan Paul

$245

$10

Real estate, luxury vehicles, luxury yachts, cryptocurrency

49.00%

Nicki Minaj

$130

$4

Real estate, luxury vehicles, luxury yachts, stocks

36.90%

Kanye West

$410

$7

Real estate, luxury vehicles, luxury yachts, stocks

20.50%

Drake

$270

$4

Real estate, luxury vehicles, luxury yachts, stocks

17.80%

Gordon Ramsay

$820

$12 

Real estate, luxury vehicles, luxury yachts, stocks

17.60%

The 90s superstar Kenneth Brian Edmonds, better known by his stage name Babyface, far ahead as the celebrity who makes the highest return on their investments — with over 134.40% return on his net worth. This is over double the return (120.89%) than what singers typically make on average compared to their net worth (13.51%). Babyface owns more than 20 properties across the globe, including a $7 million New York property and a $3 million mansion in Paris. The star is also known to own at least five vehicles, including a Bugatti Chiron, worth a staggering $3 million. 

One of the youngest celebrities in the ranking, TikTok star Chase Hudson (Huddy) ranks second, with a whopping 68.70% return on his net worth of $11 million. Huddy has invested his wealth into real estate and luxury vehicles, including a 6-bedroom luxury home in California valued at $9 Million and an impressive car collection which includes two Jaguars and a $590,000 Ferrari F8.  

Billy Joel, the iconic musician with a net worth of $225 million, has proven to be a savvy investor – his 52.20% return on net worth earns him a third place in the rating. His impressive real estate portfolio includes a 14,000 square-foot mansion in New York, and a Manhattan apartment. Notably, his New York mansion has been listed for sale with an asking price of $49 million, showcasing his keen eye for valuable real estate. Beyond music and property, Billy Joel’s financial empire extends to his record label and publishing company, stocks and various other lucrative ventures. 

Celebrity professions with the highest return on net worth

Profession

Average Net 

Worth, USD

Average Return 

on Net Worth

YouTubers

47,500,000 

13.60%

Singers

487,978,723 

13.51%

Football Player

600,000,000 

10.00%

Entrepreneur

700,000,000 

9.94%

Athlete

905,000,000 

9.84%

Rappers

169,877,551 

9.40%

Actors

373,830,189 

7.88%

Chefs

137,777,778 

7.85%

Comedians

174,500,000 

6.62%

FOREX.com can reveal that out of 233 celebrities analysed, YouTubers were found to generate the best return on their investments. Whilst typically having the lowest net worth to initially invest, YouTubers generate a 13.60% return on their net worth on average.This is almost 7% higher return than comedians, who tend to have the lowest returns at 6.62% of their net worth, on average. 

Despite having the highest average net worth, athletes are not the most successful investors, with a below-average return on net worth of just 9.84%.

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