Arnold Schwarzenegger Beats Mike Tyson, Tom Brady, Kevin Durant and Others as One of the Highest Paid Instagram Athletes

Published 07/14/2022, 9:22 AM EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger during COP 24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place on December 2-14. Katowice, Poland on 3 December, 2018. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As a bodybuilding legend that has starred in over 40 films Arnold Schwarzenegger has a massive fan following. Fans admire him for several reasons — his bodybuilding prowess, political career, action-packed movies, and iconic roles.

With an estimated net worth of $450 million, Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the richest athlete-turned-actors in the world. His Instagram following of 22.5 million also puts him as one of the highest-paid athlete-actors on social media.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger is number 5 on the list

Entertainment and pop culture specialists Zavvi conducted a study to reveal the most influential athlete turned actor. They analyzed social media profiles and calculated how much each celeb would earn per sponsored post. According to their research, Arnold Schwarzenegger lies in 5th place.

He earns an estimated $59,600 per sponsored post which puts him above decorated athletes like Mike Tyson ($50,173), Kevin Durant ($34,572), and Tom Brady ($32,832). Number one on the list is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, a former WWE star. The Rock recently became a massive action film sensation much like Schwarzenegger in the 80s. 

COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 06: Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the crowd at the Arnold Sports Festival on March 6, 2020, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Johnson has 328 million followers and earns an estimated $823,210 per sponsored Instagram post. Other celebrity athletes like LeBron James ($333,829), Jason Statham ($81,136), and Shaquille O’Neal ($68,100) filling out the spots above the seven-time Mr.Olympia champion. The list also includes Ronda Rousey at number 7 with $41,188 and Trae Young at number 10 with $12,143 per post.

Schwarzenegger is worth a whopping $450 million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $20-30 million per movie at the height of his film career. Notably, as a former bodybuilder and politician, along with his astounding success in the film industry, Schwarzenegger has made hundreds of millions of dollars and invested a lot of that money in his business ventures.


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Schwarzenegger’s real estate empire alone is worth over $100 million. Starting from the 1984 blockbuster, ‘The Terminator’, the bodybuilding legend shot into Hollywood fame as the movie earned $80 million worldwide. Subsequently, he made countless smash hits in his career, including films like ‘Commando’, ‘Predator’, ‘Total Recall, and ‘True Lies’.

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 13: Body builder, actor and future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait session on June 13, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

However, Schwarzenegger lost more money than he made in his political career. The multi-millionaire spent 2003 to 2011 as the governor of California. During these years, he lost out on millions of dollars by putting his movie career on hold. Furthermore, whatever salary he earned as governor, too, he donated to charitable causes.


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He explained“It was around $187,000 a year, which is petty cash… for me! I lost out on earning tens of millions of dollars and it also cost me – political campaigns are expensive – but none of that mattered. I wanted to help the people. It was the most educational thing I’ve ever done.”



Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

Edited By: Deepakshi Chaudhary