Walter Hill Highest-Paid Director in the World

Walter Hill
Walter Hill led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 82-year-old Walter Hill has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2024 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 23/02/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Walter Hill tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2021 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (February 22) that Hill is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between January 2023 and January 2024, a nearly $30 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The American director-screenwriter-producer has an estimated net worth of $185 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Hill Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Long Beach Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderhill - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Walter) and a fashion line called “Walter Hill Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Walter fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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