Ron Howard was born on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma, his mother is Jean Speegle Howard, and his father is Rance Howard. Ron Howard started out as an actor, first appearing in George Lucas’s film American Graffiti. But a few roles later, he discovered, to his credit, that he was more suited for a life behind the camera. And it turns out he was right because he’s been able to direct numerous films that have received critical acclaim since then, including Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and a lot more else.

Much of Howard’s net worth is also in part due to his and partner Brian Grazer’s film and production company, Imagine Entertainment, which they both had a good idea to put some investment money towards in 1986. The company’s filmography is more than a few pages long, which confirms that it’s been a cash cow for Howard ever since.