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14 Richest Bollywood Directors

Richest Bollywood Directors!!!

Directors play a pivotal role in a film’s success or failure.

They are the creators of powerful tales, outstanding performances, visuals, fantastic music, and everything one expects in a film.

Along with Hollywood directors, many Bollywood directors are renowned throughout the world. So to answer the question of all the curious souls, we present “14 Richest Bollywood Directors.”

Quick Overview

Name of Bollywood Directors Net worth
1. Rohit Shetty  $53 million
2. Kabir Khan  $42 million
3. Rajkumar Hirani   $26 million
4. Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar   $26 million
5. Anurag Basu  $18 million
6. Mani Ratnam   $17 million
7. Arbaz Khan  $13 million
8. Rakesh Roshan  $13 million
9. Priyadarshan  $13 million
10. Yash Chopra  $13 million
11. S.S Rajamouli  $12 million
12. Karan Johar  $10 million
13. Mohit Suri   $8 million
14. Sanjay Leela Bhansali  $4.97 million

Richest Bollywood Directors

The information and details have been commpiled from sources such as GQ and Wikipedia.

14. Sanjay Leella Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali (born February 24, 1963) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, and soundtrack composer best known for his work in Hindi cinema.

He was born into a Gujarati Jain family in Bhuleshwor, south Mumbai.

Bhansali made his directorial debut with “Khamoshi: The Musical” in 1996.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“Bajirao Mastani,” “Padmavat,” “Ram Leela,” “Devdas,” “Hum Dil De Chuke Hai Sanam,” “Rowdy Rathore” are some of his best works.

Bhansali graduated from India’s Film and Television Institute.

Moreover, he is the creator of Bhansali Productions, a film producing company.

Mr. Bhansali has a Net Worth of $4.97 million.

13. Mohit Suri

Mohit Suri (born April 11 1981) is an Indian film director.

With the modestly successful Zeher, Suri made his directorial debut in 2005.

He is best known for directing films such as “Murder 2” (2011), “Aashiqui 2” (2007), “Ek villain” (2014), and “Malang”(2015).

Mohit Suri
Mohit Suri (Source: IMDb)

Suri grew up in Mumbai.

Besides movies, Suri is also known as one of the judges of the dancing reality show Nach Baliye 8.

So with multiple streams of income, Mohit Suri holds the 13th spot on our list of richest Bollywood directors.

Moreover, he has a Net Worth of $8 million as of May 2024.

12. Karan Johar

Karan (Kumar) Johar is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, and actor who works primarily in Hindi films.

He is the only son of producer Yash Johar.

Johar made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy film “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998), which garnered him the Filmfare Award for the Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Karan Johar
Karan Johar (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

As a director, he has given a lot of hit films such as “Kabhi Khusi Kabhie Gam” (2011), “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” (2006), “My Name is Khan” (2010), and “Raazi” (2018).

With a Net Worth of $10 million, Karan Johar sits in the 12th position of richest directors in Bollywood.

11. S. S Rajamouli

Mr. Rajamouli is an Indian film director and screenwriter best recognized for his work in Telugu cinema.

His all-time best film includes “Bahubali: The Beginning,” “Bahubali: The Conclusion,” and “Magadheera.”

The Bahubali franchise is the highest-grossing film franchise in Indian history, winning several national and international accolades.

Reportedly, Rajamouli bagged over $8.3 million for directing the Bahubali franchise.

He often claims that the Ramayana and Mahabharata have influenced his films.

He is the father of two children, Mayookha and Karthikeya. Furthermore, S. S Rajamouli has a Net Worth of $12 million as of May 2024.

10. Yash Raj Chopra

Yash Raj Chopra (September 37th 1932 – October 21, 2012) was a Hindi film director a producer who worked primarily in Indian cinema.

Chopra began his career working as an assistant director for I.S. Johar and his elder brother B.R Chopra.

In 1959, he made his directorial debut from “Dhool ka Phool.”

Yash Raj Chopra
Yash Raj Chopra (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He married Pamela Singh in 1970, and they have two sons, Aditya and Uday Chopra, who are popular in the entertainment field.

His films “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” “Dil Toh Pagal Hai,” and “Veer Zara” are cinematic treasures.

Yash Chopra died on October 21, 2012. He had about $13 million worth of fortune at the time of his death.

9. Priyadarshan

Priyadarshan Soman (born January 30, 1957) is an Indian film director and producer known by his pen name Priyadarshan.

From the early 1980s, he has been working in the Malayalam industry.

He married famed actress Lissy on December 30, 1990. The couple separated in 2016.

Priyadarshan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He has directed more than 90 films in four Indian languages: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu.

Some of his best-directed movies are “Kanchivaraam,” “Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea,” “Hera Pheri,” “Hungama,” “Hulchul,” and many other iconic movies.

He has a Net Worth of $13 million.

8. Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan (born September 6, 1949) is an Indian film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.

He is the son of Roshanlal Nagrath, an Indian music director.

Rakesh Roshan
Rakesh Roshan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Since 1887, he has gained notoriety for directing films with names beginning with the letter “K.”

He made his directorial debut with the 1987 film Khudgarz.

His most notable films as a director include  “Khoon Bhari Maang” (1988), “Kishen Kanhaiya” (1990), “Karan Arjun” (1995), “Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai”(2000), “Koi Mil Gaya” (2003), and the “Krrish” trilogy (2006-2013).

He is the father of an actor Hritik Roshan, and a daughter Sunaina Roshan.

Moreover, Rakhesh Roshan has a Net Worth of $13 million.

7. Arbaaz Khan

Arbaaz Khan (born August 4, 1967) is an Indian actor, film director, and producer who is best known for his work in Hindi films.

He has also appeared in films and television programs in the Urdu, Telugu, and Malayalam languages.

He has played in a variety of leading and supporting parts since his debut in 1996.

Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He has his own production company named Arbaaz Khan Production.

Moreover, Arbaaz has a Net Worth of $13 million.

6. Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam was born on June 2, 1956.

He is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for Tamil cinema.

Some of his best films are “Raavan”, “Thalapaathi”, “Guru”, and “Geethanjali.”

He married actress Suhasini in 1998; the couple has a son, Nandan.

Richest Bollywood Directors
Mani Ratnam (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In 2002, the Indian Government awarded him the Padma Shree, recognizing his contributions to the cinema industry.

Mani’s films have been screened in Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, and the Tokyo Filmex.

Despite being born into a family of filmmakers, Mani Ratnam had no interest in movies as a child, but now he is one of the richest Bollywood Directors.

Mani has a Net Worth of $17 million.

5. Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu (born May 8, 1974) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer.

Some of his best films include “Jagga Jasoos” (2017), “Barfi” (2012), “Murder” (2004), “ludo” (2020), and “Kites” (2010).

It took nearly 11 years for him to progress from his first film as an extra (Dalaal 1993) to his first feature as a director.

In addition to directing films, he founded his firm and produced T.V. serials for Zee TV and Sony networks.

Moreover, he now serves as a judge in Super Dancer, a dance reality show with actress Shilpa Shetty and choreographer Geeta Kapoor.

Anurag Basu has a Net Worth of $18 million.

4. Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar

Farhan and Zoya are the children of poet, lyricist, and songwriter Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. 

Faran Akthar made his directorial debut in 2001 Dil Chahta Hai.

Along with Frahan in 2009, Zoya also made her debut with  “Luck By Chance”.

As for Farhan Akhtar, he has directed movies such as “Don” (2016) and “Positive” and has worked with her sisters in several films.

Farhan and Joya have a combined Net Worth of $26 million.

3. Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani (born November 20, 1962) is an Indian film director, film producer, screenwriter, distributor, and film editor.

“Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003),” (2006) “Lage Raho Munnabhai,” (2009) “Three idiots,” (2014) “P.K.,” and (2018) “Sanju” are Hirani’s five Hindi films, all of which were commercial and critically successful.

Richest Bollywood Directors
Rajkumar Hirani (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Hirani was born to a Sindhi family on November 20, 1962, in Nagpur city in Maharashtra, India. His forefathers were from Mehrabpur city in Pakistan.

Raj Kumar Hirani has a Net Worth of $26 million.

2. Kabir Khan

Kabir Khan (born September 14, 1968) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

He began his directorial career as a documentary filmmaker before directing his first feature picture, “Kabul Express,” in 2006.

He directed two more films for Yash Raj, “New York” and “Ek Tha Tiger.”

Richest Bollywood Directors
Kabir Khan with Salman Khan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” “Sultan,” “Tube Light,” and “Phantom” are some of Khan’s movies.

Kabir has a Net Worth of a whopping $42 million.

1. Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty (born March 14, 1974) is an Indian film director, producer, and television host.

He is best known for directing Golmaal and establishing Universe Film Franchises.

Similarly, Shetty’s other major films include “Bol Bachan” (2012), “Chennai Express”(2013), and “Dilwale” (2015).

Richest Bollywood Directors
Rohit Shetty (Source: Wikimedia Commons).

Shetty began his career as an assistant director in Bollywood sensation Ajay Devgan’s first film, “Phool Aur Kante” (1991), at an early age.

The richest director in Bollywood, Rohit Shetty, has a Net Worth of $53 million.

His recent movie “Sooryavanshi” was released on November 5, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

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