About George Lucas
George Walton Lucas is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and entrepreneur, best known for his legendary movies Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Even having in mind that he is one of the most successful film industry personalities George Lucas net worth is simply astonishing: $7.3 billion. George was born in California, Modesto city and that’s where he grew up. Since his childhood Lucas has dreamed about becoming a race car driver, however it was not meant to become true. As a teenager George got in a terrible car crash.
Although he ended up well, this accident changed his personality and made him reconsider his future plans. Some fans would probably say that the fatal experience worked for good- after that Lucas got interested in film making. George Lucas eventually went to study in the University of Southern California where he met another great filmmaker Steven Spielberg and became good friends with him. Even as a student George was considered to be a perspective creator and won a number of accolades among which was Warner Brothers scholarship.
THX 1138, his first full-length film, was released to the daylight in 1971, but it did not receive many positive evaluations. What earned Lucas a worldwide approval and gave start to the current George Lucas net worth was his film American Graffiti. A movie was nominated for five Academy Awards and brought the revenue of $115 million in the United States alone. But even this revenue seems like “pocket money” if you compare it with the fortunes brought to Lucas by his Star Wars franchise.
Gross revenue of all six movies of Star Wars was more than $5 billion dollars. Although that money did not go to his pocket alone, that is where a big bulk of George Lucas net worth comes from and that is why he is called a living Hollywood legend. For example, according to IMDB for the first Star Wars episode alone George Lucas received a salary of $400 million; he earned another $200.000 plus 40% of the net profits for the episode IV and $2.5 million plus all the net revenues for Riders of the Lost Ark.
But do you want to know where the biggest part of George Lucas net worth actually comes from? On October 2012 Lucas signed a deal with Disney, on which he agreed to sell his Lucasfilm Company for astonishing sum of $4 billion dollars. As Lucas was the founder, chairman and the only owner of the company, all this money landed in his wallet. George Lucas still has a lot of influence on his former company as he is the second largest shareholder of Disney itself.