Top 10 Highest Paid Film Directors in 2021
Who are the top 10 best paid film directors in 2021? Even though many film directors who are working in the international entertainment industry are rich and successful, here is a detailed review of the 10 richest globally.
10. Ronald William
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Ronald William Howard, popularly known as Ron William is an actor, producer, and film director from America. At 60-years-old, this celebrity from Duncan, Oklahoma is among the most experienced personalities in the entertainment industry and one of the highest gross earners. Ronald comes from a family of four: his mother, Jean Speegle Howard (a popular American actress), his father, Race Howard, (a world-renowned actor, writer, and director) and his brother Clint Howard.
Ronald William is well educated. He did not become the renowned celebrity he is today or one of the top 10 highest paid film directors in 2021 by chance. In his teen years, Ronald was already learning the ropes and essential of film production courtesy at Desilu Studios. He studied at John Burroughs for his High School and later joined the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Even though Ronald did not complete his University level education, he did not let his failure blur his future. He worked hard to accomplish the goals he had set in his life.
Since he debuted in the entertainment industry many years ago, Ronald has enjoyed a successful acting career. He has appeared in many television shows and stared in many series and movies, one of the best ones being The Andy Griffith Show where he played the role of Opie Taylor for eight years. He also played Richie Cunningham for six years in the sitcom “Happy Days,” and starred in many internationally broadcasted movies such as American Graffiti in 1973 and the Shootist in 1976.
In 1977, Ronald William made his directorial debut with Grand Theft Auto. Since then, he has produced and many award winning blockbusters such as A Beautiful Mind, which earned him a Best Director’s Academy Award. Other notable films under his belt are Apollo 13, Cocoon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Ronald has won the National Medal of Arts, is a 2021 inductee in the Television Hall of Fame, and now earns an average of 90.3 million dollars per film.
9. Timothy Walter
Born in 1958 in Burbank, California, Timothy Walter is the ninth based paid film director in 2021. His father, Bill Burton, was a baseball player. His mother, Jean Burton, was a businesswoman, running a cat-theme gift shop close to their home in California. Apart from directing films, Timothy has many other talents. He is a stop motion artist, a producer, a poet, a writer, and a world-renowned artist. Timothy Walter studied at Burbank High School in Burbank, California. After graduating, he joined and studies animation at the California Institute of Arts in Santa Clara, California. In 1979, he graduated from CIA with a degree in animation.
Even though Timothy Walter’s professional career set sail after graduating from university, he started honing his directing skills at a young age. By the time he was 13, he was already shooting 8 mm films and refining them using crude stop-motion animation techniques. Through trial and error, he found is passion, perfected it in school, and has never looked back since.
To date, Timothy Walter has produced over 13 films and directed over 16. Some of his most popular works that continue to please audiences worldwide are “The Nightmare before Christmas,” “Dark Shadows,” and “Corpse Bride.” Frankenweenie, Batman Returns, Sleeping Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and Beetlejuice have also earn him global recognition. Timothy has a worldwide grossing value of $3.766 billion dollars and earns an average of 108.7 million per film.
8. Chris Joseph Columbus
Chris Joseph Columbus is a screenwriter, producer, and film director from Spangler, Pennsylvania, America. He is 56-years-old, the eighth highest paid director in the world in 2021, and well-known for the timeless films and movies that he has helped direct and or produced. He is the son of Axel Michael Columbus (a coal miner and aluminium plant worker) and Mary Irene (a factory worker). Chris studied at the John F. Kennedy High School in Ohio, America. After graduating from high school, he joined the Tisch School of Arts in New York University and graduated after four years.
Chris debuted as a professional screenwriter in 1984, when he collaborated with Amblin Entertainment to develop the blue print for Gremlins. In 1985, Chris got his big break as a screenwriter. He wrote interesting episodes for Young Sherlock Holmes and The Goonies, which attracted good ratings internationally. In 1986, he wrote episodes for Galaxy High animated series.
After enjoying a two-year screenwriting career, Chis debuted as a director in 1987 in the comedy adventure, Babysitting. He directed the Heartbreak Hotel in 1988 and as they say, the rest is history. He cemented his place among the most accomplished and sought-after film directors, working on some of the most watched movies such as Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Lightning Thief, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, etc. He is currently adopting Erich Segal’s Acts of Faith into a film, earns an average of 119.4 million dollars per film or movie directed, and a total box office grossing value of 3.852 Billion
Seventh on our top 10 highest paid film directors in 2021, Robert Zemeckis is a screenwriter, producer, and film director with many years of experience. He was born and bred in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently 62-years-old. Unlike other famous film producers, Robert has a strict blue-collar upbringing. Robert studied in Roman Catholic grade school. Moreover, his parents, Rose and Alphonse Zameckis, did not appreciate art. Entertainment was also not their priority. To break the boredom at home, Robert spent most of his time watching television. Television, now castigated by many parents, helped him find his calling and contributed to his now global success.
From shooting family events and birthdays using his father’s camera, Robert is now one of the most experienced and respected directors in the entertainment industry. He has worked on many movies and got numerous awards and accolades for the role he has played in the industry since his debut. For instance, The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol films that he directed in 2004, 2007, and 2009 respectively gained international recognition because of their interesting storyline, and state-of-the-art special effects that Robert used, when directing them. He has won the Best Director’s Academy award a couple of times, earns an average of 127.4 million dollars on each movie he directs, and currently has a total worldwide box office value of 4.094 billion dollars.
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6. Michael Benjamin Bay
Michael Benjamin Bay, popularly known as Michael Bay is a 49-year-old American producer and film director from Los Angeles, California. Although he was an adopted child, Michael was a happy child. He is an Alumni of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, Wesleyan University, and Pasadena’s Art Centre College of Design where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film. Michael has had a very successful film and commercial directing career within and outside the US.
Robert honed his directing skills at an early age. In his teen, he developed a fiery disaster using a toy train and firecrackers and documented the whole experience using his mother’s 8 mm camera. Even though he destroyed some of his parent’s treasured possessions, his creativity and ability to integrate special and stylistic effects in his creation has made him one of the most sought after big-budget producer in America and beyond. His directing and film producing start has shone since.
Michael has directed many films and television advertisement. Some of his most successful projects were Perl harbor in 2001, Armageddon in 1998, the Amityville Horror in 2005, and the Hitcher, Friday the 13, and A Nightmare on Elm Street in 2007, 2009, and 2010 respectively. Robert is also the brains behind the Transformers film series that have been captivating audiences since 2007. He earns an average of 205.4 million dollars per film and has a total gross value of 3.849 billion.
At 50 years, Gregor Verbinski is at the prime of his career. He is not only famous for his music, film production, and screenwriting, but also one of highest paid celebrities in the entertainment industry. Verbinski is from Oak Ridge Tennessee. He is third of five children and as is name suggests, of Polish decent. Gregor is an alumnus of the UCLA school of Theatre, film, and television, and is currently among the few top Hollywood directors who have enjoyed successful music careers.
As a film director, Gregor has worked on some of the most interesting movies of all time. For instance, in collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer he directed Pirated of the Caribbean-The Curse of the Black Pearl starring Johnny Depp. This movie was well received globally, and earned over 600 million dollars at the international box office. In 2012, he directed a western action comedy called Rango that won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Film. Other highly rated films under his belt are The Weather Man and the Ritual. Finally, he has directed music commercials for reputable brands such as Coca Cola, Nike, United Airlines, and Skittles, just to name a few.
The music career of Gregor Verbinski is as impressive as her directing one. He has played with many rock bands in Los Angeles, the most famous ones being The Daredevils, The Cyclon Boys Choir, The Drivers, and the Bulldozers. He has also sung alongside legends such as Stiv Batros and Chris Poobah Bailey. His per film average is 399 million, while his global grossing value is 3.591 billion.
4. Steven Allan Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg ranks fourth on our list of the top 10 best paid directors in 2021. He is a 56-year-old film director from Cincinnati, Ohio who has achieved more that many producers in his league. At a young age, Spielberg had already found his dream. He was using an armature 8 mm camera to capture adventure films with friends. At age, he was already profiting from his work. In collaborating with his sister, he would stage shows and charge people 25 cents to as admission fee.
As he grew older, Steven perfected his technique. He attended Arcadia and Saratoga high schools in Arizona and then proceeded to University after graduating in 1965. He is now a world-renowned celebrity known for his interesting films and energy he puts into the process. Some of the most important movies that have helped to model his film-directing career are: 1) Jaws, 2, Jurassic Park, and 3) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. All three films achieved box office status and were among the most grossing films worldwide at the time of their release. Currently, Steven earns an average of around 422 million dollars per movie and has a worldwide grossing value of 8.440 billion dollars.
3. Christopher Jonathan James Nolan
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan, commonly known as Christopher Nolan is a reputable 44-year-old British-American screenwriter, producer, and film director. His American mother, Christina, was a flight attendant, while his British father, Brendan Nolan, an advertising copywriter. Christopher developed a passion for producing and directing films at a tender age. By the time he was 11-years-old, he was already an aspiring filmmaker, using his father’s Super 8 camera to shoot short films. From shooting nature, still pictures, and action figure, Christopher did it all. Instead of letting his creativity limit his potential, he explored it to the fullest and finally got his calling.
Like other prominent film directors and screenwriters, Christopher Nolan is well educated. He studied at the Haileybury and Imperial Service College at Hertfordshire, England before proceeding to University College London (UCL) to study English literature. While at UCL, Christopher in collaborating with his girlfriend then, Emma Thomas used the Universities advanced facilities to screen interesting 35 mm feature films that brought him fame and earned him a little money. Because of his hard work and zeal to succeed, he is now one of the most successful directors globally.
Since his debut in the entertainment industry in 1998 with the Following, Christopher has directed and produced many movies that continue to impress audiences to date. In 2000 and 2002, for instance, his feature films, Memento and Insomnia respectively, received good ratings from other directors and movie enthusiasts alike, and helped him cement his places among the fasted rising film directors and producers at the time. Other notable creations of Christopher are The Prestige in 2006, The Dark Knight Trilogy (an epic series that aired between 2005 and 2012), and Inception in 2010. His latest project is Interstellar, a sci-fi film that will be available in November 2021.
Christopher is an honorary fellow of UCL. Hel has also won many international nominations and awards (BAFTA Britannia Award, three Academy Award Nominations, and Career Development Awards) for his contribution in the entertainment industry. Christopher is currently the third highest paid film director, pocketing an average amount of 433 million dollars per film directed.
2. Sir Peter Robert Jackson
Sir Peter Robert Jackson in 53-years-old and currently the second best paid film director in the world. He has produced legendary movies such as Lord or the Rings Triology, The Hobbit Triology, Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, and the Adventures of Tin Tin, some of which earned him prestigious award for his excellent work. On average, he earns around 429 million dollars per movie and has a total international box office grossing value of 6.0 billion dollars.
James Francis Cameron, the 60-year-old film director from Kapuskasing, Ontario is the best paid film director in 2021. He is an alumnus of Stanford Collegiate School, the Brea Olinda High School, and the Fullerton College where he studied physic. He has directed many films and won awards. James earns an average of 868 million per film and is worth 6.201 billion dollars.