Ask the average viewer to name their favorite film producers, and chances are, you’ll get a blank stare. And yet some producers seem to have an unmistakable Midas flair, allowing them to release hit after hit globally. To see ten examples, take a look at the following list of the highest grossing film producers at the worldwide box office.
10. Lauren Schuler Donner: $ 7.6 billion worldwide at the box office.
Lauren Shuler Donner, wife of famed director and Film producer Richard Donner and an extremely successful producer in her own career, has focused primarily on family life in her production career. And yet her highest-grossing project is clearly family-unfriendly Deadpool, which grossed over $ 800 million worldwide.
9. Ian Bryce: $ 7.65 billion worldwide at the box office.
Ian Bryce began his film career in the early 1980s as a Film Producer and production assistant for the Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi, but has since risen to the pinnacle of his craft. Its highest grossing project to date is another sci-fi adventure sequel, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, with more than $ 1.2 billion at the box office worldwide.
8. Lorenzo di Bonaventura: $ 7.8 billion worldwide at the box office.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is another film producer best known for his work on Michael Bay’s Transformers films, which grossed the bulk of his $ 7.8 billion worldwide box office.
7. Charles Roven: $ 8 billion worldwide at the box office.
Rowen has a string of mega-popular superhero blockbusters, most of which are based on DC Comics characters such as Batman and Superman. His most successful? At least in terms of the global box office, this is The Dark Knight Rise with $ 1.08 billion in revenue.
6. Frank Marshall: $ 9.4 billion worldwide
Frank Marshall is the husband of even more successful film producer Kathleen Kennedy, and together with director Steven Spielberg they founded Amblin Entertainment. But his highest-grossing film so far was Jurassic World, which grossed nearly $ 1.65 billion worldwide.
5. Neil H. Moritz: $ 9.5 billion worldwide at the box office
Neil H. Moritz was the executive director of Sony, now Paramount Pictures, and the founder of Original Film. He has produced films such as the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer, Will Smith’s Car I Am Legend, and the Fast and the Furious franchise. It was the latter that earned Moritz his biggest hit: Furious 7, which in itself grossed over $ 1.5 billion worldwide.
4. Jerry Bruckheimer: $ 10.6 billion worldwide at the box office.
Perhaps the Hollywood film producer best known to the public by his name, Jerry Bruckheimer has a proven track record of blockbusters dating back to the 1980s. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is the most commercially successful of all films, with more than $ 1.6 billion worldwide at the box office.
Jerry Bruckheimer has a net worth of $ 1 billion.
3. David Hayman: $ 11.5 billion worldwide at the box office.
David Hayman’s smartest move in the movie business was probably getting the rights to film the Harry Potter novels back in 1999. Since then, the Harry Potter films have become some of the most successful films of their era, with the most profitable films about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the latest installment of the series, grossing $ 1.34 billion worldwide.
2. Kathleen Kennedy: $ 12.9 billion worldwide at the box office.
Kathleen Kennedy is currently the president of Lucasfilm, which is the right mantle for someone with credits for many of the most popular films ever made. Her biggest hit so far is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has managed to outbid $ 2 billion in worldwide theatrical circulation.
The combined fortune of Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy is $ 250 million.
1. Kevin Feige: Worldwide gross of $ 22.6 billion
Kevin Feige, better known to the public as the chief executive architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has to thank this expansive franchise for its nearly $ 23 billion worldwide box office. At the moment, Avengers: Endgame is the king of the box office, with nearly $ 2.8 billion.
Kevin Feige’s fortune is $ 200 million.