On Oct. 2, 1995, a jury acquitted Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The murders — and resulting O.J. Simpson trial and verdict — drastically changed many peoples' opinions of the former football sensation.
More than two decades later, Simpson sits behind bars after being convicted for entirely different crimes. But that could change soon.
On July 20, Simpson will appear before a Nevada judge to make his case for parole. If parole is granted, "The Juice" could be on the loose as soon as Oct. 1.
His bank account was once flush, but O.J. Simpson now has little money left from his days has a high-earning football star. Celebrity Net Worth reports O.J. Simpson's net worth was $10.8 million when he and Nicole Brown Simpson divorced in 1992. That sum is equal to more than $19 million as of May 2017.
Celebrities with the highest net worths in 2016
Celebrities with the highest net worths in 2016
20. Tiger Woods Net Worth: $720 Million
Since turning pro in 1996, Tiger Woods has become one of the biggest names in golf. He has racked up 79 PGA tour victories, which have earned him more than $110 million in prize money, but that’s not where most of his fortune came from. Sponsorships from a slew of companies, including Rolex, Upper Deck and Nike — which pays him $20 million per year — turned Woods into one of the richest celebrities in the world and help him maintain that status today.
19. P. Diddy Net Worth: $760 Million
P. Diddy, otherwise known as Sean Combs, is one of the richest celebrities in the world, but he hasn’t had a hit song since 2004’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather.” Much of his fortune comes from his partnership with alcoholic beverage company Diageo, as he’s been the face of the brand’s Ciroc Vodka since 2007.
The initial deal called for a 50-50 split of the brand’s profits, which brought him an estimated $100 million. Now, Forbes estimates that Combs earns an eight-figure annual salary from the brand, and if it’s ever sold, he will get a nine-figure payout.
18. Madonna Net Worth: $800 Million
Madonna's been rocking the charts since the 1980s and shows no sign of slowing down. The “Material Girl” was named Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year, thanks in part to her status as the highest-grossing female touring artist in history. Her "Rebel Heart Tour" — which came to a close in March — sold more than a million tickets and grossed $170 million. And, since 1990, her shows have amassed more than $1.3 billion in gross sales.
A known philanthropist, Madonna founded the charity Raising Malawi in 2006 to help create a higher standard of living for Malawi children.
17. Dr. Dre Net Worth: $830 Million
He rose to fame as part of the rap group N.W.A., but Dr. Dre has become one of the most famed hip-hop producers of all-time. Dre co-founded Death Row Records in 1992 before creating Aftermath in 1996. Over the years, he's played a role in launching the careers of several iconic rap artists, including Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Eminem. However, the “Nuthin But A 'G' Thang” rapper's biggest payday yet came in 2014, when he sold the company he co-founded, Beats Electronics, to Apple for an impressive $3 billion.
16. Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth: $870 Million
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld is one of the richest celebrities in comedy. His hit series, “Seinfeld” — which ran from 1989 to 1998 — brought him both fame and fortune, as he reportedly earned $1 million per episode during the show’s ninth season. In addition to starring in the web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and maintaining a busy touring schedule, he’s still raking in syndication profits from “Seinfeld.” In 2015, Hulu bought the rights to the show for a reported $160 million, and Seinfeld received an undisclosed cut.
15. Mark Cuban Net Worth: $2.7 Billion
Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban is one of the richest celebrities in sports. Before buying the NBA team, Cuban and his college friend Todd Wagner earned $5.7 billion when they sold their video portal, Broadcast.com, to Yahoo. Since then, Cuban has bought stakes in a number of companies, including Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures and AXS TV.
Cuban is also known for his philanthropic endeavors. Following the June 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the generous “Shark Tank” star vowed to donate $1 million to the Dallas Police Department to help keep the LGBT community safe.
14. Oprah Winfrey Net Worth: $3.2 Billion
Self-made powerhouse Oprah Winfrey overcame a tough childhood to become one of the most influential — and richest — celebrities of all time. From 1986 to 2011, she reigned as the queen of daytime television on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Today, Winfrey is the chairman and CEO of her own cable television network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and the head of Harpo films.
The Oscar and two-time Emmy winner produced and starred in the film “Selma” and will appear next in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Known for her generosity, Winfrey has donated millions to various causes close to her heart, including educational programs and charities for women and children.
13. Steven Spielberg Net Worth: $3.5 Billion
One of Hollywood’s leading directors and producers, Steven Spielberg boasts a seriously impressive fortune. Since entering show business in the early 1960s, he’s won four Academy Awards — one for “Saving Private Ryan,” two for “Schindler’s List” and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award — and garnered more than $9.3 billion at box offices worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. The top- grossing director of all time, Spielberg is also a principal partner at DreamWorks.
12. James Packer Net Worth: $3.7 Billion
The former fiancé of Mariah Carey, Australian billionaire James Packer has been in the spotlight of late. And while news of the couple’s breakup surfaced in October 2016, Packer remains in the media.
A casino magnate, Packer recently unloaded a $448 million stake in Crown Resorts. He is also making money in the movie business. In fact, in 2006, he founded RatPac Entertainment with Brett Ratner.
11. Donald Trump Net Worth: $4.5 Billion
On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will make history when he becomes the first billionaire U.S. president. The real estate mogul earned his fortune by cultivating a large portfolio of luxury properties around the world, including hotels and golf clubs. Also a seasoned reality TV star, he hosted “The Apprentice” from 2004 to 2015 and will remain the show's executive producer for the 2017 season airing Jan. 2.
10. George Lucas Net Worth: $5.1 Billion
Creating the Star Wars franchise has made George Lucas one of the richest celebrities around. He founded his production company, Lucasfilm, in 1971 and sold it to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion. Since the sale, he’s shifted his focus from filmmaking to charity work. In fact, Lucas revealed plans to give most of the proceeds of the deal to philanthropic causes — primarily those focused on educational issues.
Lucas has a long history of charitable giving. In 2006, he donated $175 million to the University of Southern California, his alma mater. He also created the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
9. Richard Branson Net Worth: $5.1 Billion
High school dropout Richard Branson founded Virgin as a mail-order record company in 1970. Today, there are more than 100 Virgin companies, employing more than 60,000 employees around the world.
A phenomenally successful businessman, Branson is the only person in history to build $8 billion companies in eight different sectors. In 2000, he was knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, making him Sir Richard Branson. He currently resides on Necker Island, a British Virgin Islands enclave that he purchased in 1978.
8. Ralph Lauren Net Worth: $8.2 Billion
He grew up in poverty, but Ralph Lauren has created one of the most successful fashion empires of all time — and developed a fortune that puts him among the world's richest individuals. In 2015, he stepped down from his role of Ralph Lauren CEO but maintained his chairman position.
Lauren has a car collection valued at more than $300 million, but the billionaire also gives plenty back. The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation supports a variety of philanthropic causes, including the American Heroes Fund, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, Habitat for Humanity and Polo Fashion School.
7. Elon Musk Net Worth: $13.3 Billion
SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity founder Elon Musk is the inspiration for the modern-day Tony Stark. Already one of the richest celebrities on Earth, he’s now leading the charge to colonize Mars.
The PayPal co-founder is widely considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history, due to his willingness to take bold risks that result in major rewards. In 2015, Musk debuted his latest venture, OpenAI, which is a non-profit artificial intelligence company.
6. Michael Bloomberg Net Worth: $36.5 Billion
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reprised his role as Bloomberg LP CEO in 2015. The self-made billionaire businessman got his start in an entry-level Wall Street job in the 1960s, before co-founding his own company in 1981.
In addition to running Bloomberg LP, he’s also a World Health Organization global ambassador. Over the years, Bloomberg has donated more than $4 billion to causes like gun control and climate change, according to Forbes.
5. Sergey Brin Net Worth: $37 Billion
Google co-founder Sergey Brin moved to the U.S. from Russia as a child and is now the richest immigrant in the country. Currently the president of Alphabet — Google’s parent company — Brin is known for his outsized sense of humor, devotion to Burning Man and penchant for giving back.
Generous as well as wealthy, he has donated at least $160 million to Parkinson’s research and $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society — which helped his family settle in the U.S.— among other causes.
4. Larry Page Net Worth: $38 Billion
In a move that helped shape modern society, Larry Page co-founded Google with Brin in 1998. Once the CEO of Google, he shifted to a top spot at Alphabet in 2015.
Despite founding the Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation in 2006 — named after his father — and donating hundreds of millions to charity, Page raised eyebrows at a TED conference in 2014, when he announced that he’d rather leave his fortune to innovators like Elon Musk than charitable organizations.
3. Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth: $50 Billion
When he was 19 years old, he founded Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, and now Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest celebrities in the world. In addition to running a social network with an average of 1.18 billion daily active users, the Facebook chairman and CEO is focused on making the world a better place.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, pledged to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock over their lifetimes. The couple also plans to spend $3 billion in the next decade in an effort to end all suffering from disease by the end of the century.
2. Warren Buffett Net Worth: $65 Billion
Largely considered one of the most talented investors on the planet, Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Nicknamed the "Oracle of Omaha," Buffett is also one of the richest celebrities of all time, but he maintains a notably modest lifestyle. He’s lived in the same Omaha, Neb., home since 1958 — purchased for $31,500 — and drives a 2014 Cadillac XTS.
1. Bill Gates Net Worth: $90 Billion
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. Along with his childhood friend Paul Allen, the Seattle native — and Harvard University dropout — started Microsoft in 1975. While he’s still a member of the company’s board, Gates has shifted his focus to the charitable organization he founded with his wife, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A truly generous person, the richest man in the world also started The Giving Pledge, along with his wife and Warren Buffett, which encourages the wealthiest people on the planet to donate most of their fortunes to philanthropic causes.
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The divorce settlement revealed Simpson was earning $55,000 per month in 1992 — more than $97,000 in May 2017 dollars. Much of this was from car rental company Hertz, where he served as spokesperson for nearly 20 years. Simpson was earning $550,000 per year from the company at the time of his divorce, according to The Washington Post.
Money has seemingly been tight for Simpson since the Nicole Brown murder trial. Despite being acquitted in the famous criminal case, he was found guilty in a subsequent civil suit and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman families in February 1997. In a 2014 interview with CNBC, Goldman's sister Kim said the family has collected less than 1 percent of the judgement.
Also in 1997, Simpson defaulted on the mortgage of his estate in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the property went into foreclosure. Simpson purchased the 6,200-square-foot mansion for $650,000 in 1977. The new owner paid $4 million for the house before demolishing it.
O.J. Simpson Football Career and Acting Highlights
O.J. Simpson's football career is nothing short of legendary. The Heisman Trophy winner made a name for himself as a member of the University of Southern California football team, when he pulled off a jaw-dropping 64-yard run against UCLA. He was chosen by the Buffalo Bills as the first pick in the 1969 NFL draft. Simpson played for the team for nine seasons.
In 1973, the running back made history as the first NFL player to rush more than 2,000 yards in a season. Simpson retired from the NFL in 1979, after spending his final two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Also an actor, Simpson appeared in nearly three dozen films and television shows from 1968 to 2008. Some of his most high-profile works included playing Nordberg in "The Naked Gun" movie franchise and T.D. Parker in the television series "1st and Ten: The Championship."
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: O.J. Simpson (L) talks with attorney Robert Shapiro during an 18 January court hearing in Simpson's double-murder case in Los Angeles, California. Judge Lance Ito ruled that jurors may hear some domestic violence allegations against Simpson. Opening statements in the trial were moved to 23 January. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson's children from his first marriage, Jason (L), Arnelle (R) and cousin Terri Baker (C) appear in court 23 January in Los Angeles as the former football great and television celebrity's double-murder trial is expected to begin with opening statements. O.J. Simpson is accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman on 12 June 1994. (COLOR KEY: Collar (L) is red) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read RICK MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Fred Goldman and Patti Glass Goldman, the father and stepmother of murder victim Ronald Goldman, listen to prosecutor Christopher Darden as he delivers opening statements during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, January 24, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson (R) looks up during a 23 January court hearing in Los Angeles, Ca, as attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. reviews doucuments in what should be opening day in Simpson's double-murder trial begins. Several evidenciary issues remain before the trial will be heard in front of the jury. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark gestures as she addresses the jury for the prosecution's opening statements in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Los Angeles, California, January 24, 1995. Simpson was accused of the 12 June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Judge Lance Ito looks at prosecutor Marcia Clark as he admonishes her for argumentative behavior during her opening statements to the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial 24 January in Los Angeles, CA. Ito ended the hearing later, after learning that the court video camera viewed live images of two jurors. Ito may remove cameras from the courtroom because of the incident. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Lead prosecutor Marcia Clark (L) talks with fellow prosecutor Christopher Darden during court proceedings 26 January 1995 in Los Angeles. The OJ Simpson trial was delayed by the hospitalization of prosecutor William Hodgman and continuing fray over the defense's failure to turn over the names of its anticipated witnesses. (COLOR KEY: Wall is brown.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: A picture taken by the Los Angeles Police Department on 01 January 1989 and projected on a screen in the courtroom 31 January 1995 shows Nicole Brown Simpson after her 911 call reporting a spousal abuse episode that defendant O.J. Simpson eventually pleaded no contest to. The picture was displayed by the prosecution during questioning of LAPD Detective John Edwards at the double murder trial of Simpson. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson murder trial Marcia Clark(L) and Christopher Darden(2nd L) show a display of a blood trail 09 February at Nicole Simpson's condominium to the jury and Los Angeles Police Department(LAPD) officer Robert Riske(R) during testimony in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Riske was the first police officer to arrive at the scene where Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. (COLOR KEY:Blue chart.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Defense attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr. (R) and Robert Shapiro talk about the prosecution's announcement in court 15 February that the blood found on Nicole Brown Simpon's Bundy residence gate genetically matches that of murder defendant O.J. Simpson. (COLOR KEY: Red in Cochran's tie). AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson puts on one of the bloody gloves as a Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy looks on during the O.J. Simpson murder trial 15 June. One of the gloves was found at the murder scene, while the other was found at Simpson's state. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read SAM MIRCOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
This 21 June 1995 file photo shows former US football player and actor O.J. Simpson looking at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch announced 20 November 2006 the cancellation of a controversial book and television interview involving O.J. Simpson being planned by his News Corp company. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI/FILES (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson tries on a leather glove allegedly used in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during testimony in Simpson's murder trial on June 15, 1995 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: O.J. Simpson shows the jury a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves, similar to the gloves found at the Bundy and Rockingham crime scene 21 June 1995, during his double murder trial in Los Angeles,CA. Deputy Sheriff Roland Jex(L) and Prosecutor Christopher Darden (R) look on. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nicole Brown Murder Trial
In June 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found stabbed to death outside her Brentwood condominium. Days later, O.J. Simpson was charged with the murders. After promising to turn himself in, Simpson famously led police on a 60-mile low-speed chase in a white Ford Bronco. He eventually surrendered at his Brentwood home.
Regarded as the trial of the century, the O.J. Simpson trial ran from Jan. 24, 1995 to Oct. 2, 1995. Judge Lance A. Ito allowed cameras in the courtroom, granting the public a front row seat. Some 150 million viewers tuned in to watch the reading of the not-guilty verdict, making it one of the most watched events in history. The country is still divided regarding the O.J. Simpson trial and verdict today.
O.J. Simpson Court Case
O.J. Simpson now sits in a Nevada jail for crimes entirely unrelated to the Nicole Brown murder. This punishment stems from a September 2007 robbery, where Simpson and five other men forced their way into sports memorabilia collector Bruce Fromong's Las Vegas hotel room and robbed him at gunpoint. Simpson said he was trying to reclaim personal items stolen from his home years ago.
The guilty verdict in this O.J. Simpson court case came on the 13th anniversary of his double murder acquittal. The former athlete and his co-defendant were found guilty on 12 charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, assault and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
After this O.J. Simpson trial, "The Juice" was sentenced to anywhere from nine to 33 years in prison. The Nevada parole board won't decide his fate until July 20, but the outlook appears to be in Simpson's favor. He already went before the board on five of his charges in July 2013 and was granted parole on those offenses.
If he's released, Simpson will be able to live on his NFL pension, which is an estimated $25,000 per month. By law, the Brown and Goldman families are unable to touch these funds to settle the judgement against Simpson.
Even a guilty verdict in the latest O.J. Simpson court case couldn't keep the former football hero out of the press. He's been serving time since 2008, but Simpson has done anything but faded into oblivion, thanks to the public's ongoing fascination with the Nicole Brown murder trial.
In 2016, FX debuted the 10-episode mini-series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." The cast featured numerous Hollywood heavyweights like Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson and John Travolta and swept the 2016 Emmys with a remarkable nine wins.
The ESPN documentary "OJ: Made in America" was also released in 2016. Directed by Ezra Edelman, the five-part series covered Simpson's rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace. In 2017, it won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.