Top 20 Richest WWE Stars of 2015
17. Bill Goldberg ($12 million)
It’s been over 10 years since fans at a WWE show have had a reason to chant “Gooooooldberg” — well, except when they’re making fun of Ryback. In spite of his almost complete absence from the wrestling world for that long, and not really having an acting or writing career of any note, Goldberg still has a double-digit haul of millions of dollars to his name.
Unless he’s out there spearing and Jackhammering armored car drivers, it’s likely that he was just very thrifty and careful with those huge paychecks he got from WCW and WWE around the turn of the millennium. He has also worked pretty extensively as a color commentator for various MMA promotions, and he owns and operates an athletic training facility in Oceanside, California.
16. Batista ($10 million)
The last time we saw Dave Bautista in a ring, it was 2014 and he was making a sad face and waving bye-bye to his in-ring career. There’s no need to feel bad for the guy, though, as he moved directly on to a Hollywood career that has seen him land major roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre, Heist and the upcoming Kickboxer reboot.
Batista has said he’s open to returning to the WWE in some sort of a non-televised role, but he seems to be perfectly happy as an actor for now. A combination of good money management of his wrestling fortune and his Hollywood paychecks have put Dave just across the line into double-digit millionaire territory.
15. John Bradshaw Layfield ($9 million)
Part of JBL’s gimmick has always been that he’s a Texas millionaire who levels people in the ring with a huge clothesline by day and then goes home and does investment banking by night. Unlike most millionaire gimmicks in wrestling, this one is actually based in reality. JBL really is a successful investor, even writing a book on financial planning and making appearances as an analyst on various talk shows and news programs.
He doesn’t perform regularly any more, but he’s still reeling in good paychecks as the designated heel commentator on RAW. Once in a great while he’ll also get up from the commentator’s table and get involved in a match (though it rarely ends well for him these days). He’s also still investing, and runs a personal website on the subject.