Forbes names its billionaires in the making

RICH LISTERS? Forbes magazine has named filmmaker James Cameron, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z as the next billionaires.
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RICH LISTERS? Forbes magazine has named filmmaker James Cameron, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z as the next billionaires.

Filmmaker James Cameron, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and disgraced golfer Tiger Woods have all been tipped to become billionaires by 2015 in a new Forbes magazine survey.

They have all been named by the magazine as billionaires waiting in the wings, making its list of 15 top entrepreneurs who are expected to up their net worths to break into the Forbes 400.

TV star Seinfeld is thought to be worth US$800 million ($1.08 billion),with Forbes saying his TV show about nothing has earned US$2.7 billion in 12 years and could take in US$200 million more a year, thanks to syndication payments.

He has also invested in New York real estate and vintage cars.

The magazine also tips producer Jerry Bruckheimer, worth US$850 million, as another billionaire contender.

The Hollywood producer's blockbuster franchises, like Pirates of the Caribbean, have generated US$9 billion at the box office worldwide to date.

He is also responsible for TV hits includin the CSI franchise, Without a Trace and Amazing Race

Director James Cameron is estimated to be worth US$650 million, thanks to 3D blockbuster Avatar, which earned US$2.7 billion at the box office and is the bestselling Blu-ray disc of all time.

His older films, including Titanic, have put a combined US$3 billion in his pocket.

In the music world, Forbes says mogul Jay-Z could make its list soon.

"Jay-Z has elevated hip-hop to rock arenas, packing ballparks with Eminem this summer. If he keeps selling out monster shows, money will rain down on all his ventures: the Roc Nation label, a back catalog (ownership reverts to him in 2014), Rocawear clothing royalties, a stake in the New Jersey Nets," it says.

"He and wife Beyoncé Knowles may already be music's first billion-dollar couple."

Forbes also predicts sports stars Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, each worth US$500 million, will become list members one day soon.

Microsoft boss Bill Gates remains America's richest man with US$54 billion in the bank, followed by investor Warren Buffett with US$45 billion ($47.47 billion).

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