In the olden days, people had to buy their adult videos at a store with cold hard cash. Now they can log into any free site they want and choose whatever filth they want. That doesn’t mean the performers aren’t getting paid. Here are the richest stars in the adult film industry.
Net worth: $1.8 million
After racking up a lot of cash in adult videos, Belladonna’s trying to break into mainstream films now, and it’s going pretty well. In 2014, she earned a small role in Inherent Vice directed by P.T. Anderson and shared the screen with Joaquin Phoenix. Probably the first time her male co-star kept his pants on.
14. Gianna Michaels
Net worth: $2 million
Although she’s now retired from the industry (and tied her hair blonde), Gianna can still be seen performing erotic dances around the country. So if you’re willing to fork over the dough, you might be able to get her in your lap outside of your computer screen.
13. Sasha Grey
Net worth: $2.5 million
Sasha’s also trying to crossover into mainstream movies, and finding some success as well. She starred in Open Windows alongside Elijah Wood. And just like Frodo, she’s used to being followed around by creeps muttering about “my precious.”
12. Evan Seinfeld (a.k.a. Spyder Jonez)
Net worth: $3 million
What’s with people named Seinfeld finding success in the entertainment industry? And considering all the free adult sites that exist, this Seinfeld’s probably going to be running in syndication for much longer than that show about nothing.
11. Jenna Haze
Net worth: $3.5 million
Although Hazed is retired as a performer, she continues to work in the industry as a director and producer. She’s sort of like the Ron Howard of the adult film industry.
10. Lexington Steele
Net worth: $4 million
Is “Lexington Steele” the best name in adult film history? Yes. Yes it is. And it’s reflected in his net worth.
9. Katie Morgan
Net worth: $4.5 million
Morgan appeared in over 250 adult films in her career, which helped her earn a role in Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Let’s hope she’s not getting typecasted…
8. Bree Olson
Net worth: $5 million
Besides performing in nearly 300 adult films, Bree is also well-known for being one of Charlie Sheen’s “goddesses” during his infamous Two and a Half Men meltdown. She’s since left the actor, which is probably the smartest career move she’s ever made.
7. Ron Jeremy
Net worth: $5.5 million
You either know him as the most prolific male adult star in history or the creepy guy in low budget indie movies. Or both. He looked much better in his younger days.
6. Maria Takagi
Net worth: $6 million
Maria started as a model before transitioning to adult films. She’s now gone mainstream as a TV and film actress, although if you’ve ever seen any Japanese pop culture products, it can be hard to tell the difference between her current work and her previous career.
5. Traci Lords
Net worth: $7 million
Traci began working in the industry at age 16 by using a fake ID. She’s since moved on to appear in a number of TV and movie roles as well as a brief fling with the music industry. But those didn’t make hardly the splash that her teenage work did.
4. Jesse Jane
Net worth: $8 million
Jesse’s been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to work in the industry. She remains one of the most popular adult film actresses working today and continues to rack up awards for her work. She’s basically the Meryl Streep of adult videos.
3. Peter North
Net worth: $10 million
North’s appeared in over 2,500 films. Supposedly Nic Cage has used him as a model for his own career, although Peter’s movies usually have more artistic merit.
2. Tera Patrick
Net worth: $15 million
Tera was the first adult film star to grace the cover of FHM, proving her abilities and fame extended far beyond her industry. Or maybe it’s just because she’s really hot.
1. Jenna Jameson
Net worth: $30 million
Calling Jenna Jameson an adult actresses is like calling Bill Gates a “computer guy.” She built her own Internet company, called Club Jenna, and started a number of other adult entertainment businesses. To quote Jay-Z, Jenna’s not a businesswoman. She’s a business, woman!