Catholicism is a monotheistic religion where Jesus is your Lord and Savior. There are many rules to abide by or sins you should not commit. You do not have to have a perfect image, but you for sure cannot be a sinner. Some of the people you are about to see on this list may not seem to be saintly, but their religion is what helps keep a few of them on the up and up.
This list of Famous Catholics Might Surprise You
As you go through the list, you may be surprised at who you find out to be a Catholic… mainly because their actions may lead you to believe otherwise.
The former Governator, Terminator, or whatever you want to call him is Catholic. He had a Catholic wedding with his former wife, but unfortunately, the two had a high-profile split back in 2011. However, they still go to church services with each other. Arnold was even seen getting a smooch on the cheek by the priest of a church in Santa Monica. He and Maria might not be together anymore, but at least they share important moments together at church!
Arnold’s net worth is a whopping $300 million. The actor was a superstar when it came to entertainment not too long ago.
Bill Gates and Family
Here we have Bill Gates. The philanthropist, head honcho of Microsoft, and a few other things, Gates is indeed a Catholic. In fact, being religious is what inspires his charity work. In a recent interview Gates went into the depth of his ties with the church and how he helps the world. “The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world.”
He is more often than not listed as the richest man in the world, but sometimes he falls to number two. He has a staggering net worth of $90 billion!
Nicole Kidman was formerly married to Tom Cruise. And if you know Tom Cruise, then you know he is a man of Scientology. That theology is a far cry from Catholicism, but luckily for Kidman, the Catholic Church did not recognize that marriage. Kidman went on to marry Keith Urban in a Catholic Church. To be married again if you are Catholic, you need an annulment, but Kidman did not receive one of these. The wedding with Cruise in the church of Scientology never happened, according to the Catholic Church.
Kidman’s net worth is at $130 million dollars. The actor makes a nice living for herself.
Yep, it’s Rocky! Before the glitz and glamour, Stallone was a devout Catholic. Once he became famous he started to drift away from the church. His path with the church is similar to his parts in his films. You may think Rocky has been defeated in the ring, but he keeps fighting back and staying strong until he eventually wins. Stallone says that with each Rocky film, he had a new reawakening towards the church. As Hollywood would push him away, the films helped him battle back to get closer.
Stallone has a net worth of $400 million dollars. Not bad for a fake boxer.
Michael Jordan and Kids
His Airness, Michael Jordan, soars in our list slamming down the good word and charitable acts of God. Jordan has two sons who he sent to a private Catholic high school. Jordan made a five million dollar donation to a Catholic school in Chicago not too long ago. The legend was quoted saying, “Some of these guys may not be able to play the game of basketball professionally, but they’re going to be successful.” It was very righteous of him to donate to them to help them renovate.
The NBA goat has a net worth of $1.1 billion dollars. That amount will most likely keep piling up as long as Jordan makes those shoes everyone loves.
The church is always something people who have been through turmoil can depend on to help them get back on track. The divorce Gwen Stefani went through with Gavin Rossdale sent her into a world of hurt. It forced her to disappear from music for a while. Gwen says it took her six months to finally accept the and handle the divorce! She said all she did was stay indoors and pray. Gwen says coming back from her hiatus and making music is what God planned for the singer with the Catholic background.
Even after a long hiatus, Gwen has a pretty healthy net worth of $100 million.
For those who may not know of him, Roger Federer is one of the world’s most elite tennis players. He hails from Switzerland and he was raised as a Roman Catholic by his parents. In the picture you see below, it is Federer having the honor of meeting Pope Benedict XVI back in 2006. That is the equivalent of a four-year-old meeting Santa Claus at the mall for a Catholic, because the kid still thinks Santa is real.
The Grand Slam winner has a staggering net worth of $350 million. He turned pro back in 1999 and never looked back after that.
The former Bond actor is a man of faith. Back in 1991, his first wife Cassandra Harris passed away due to ovarian cancer and his daughter met the same fate a year later. Brosnan thinks his religious beliefs and upbringing are what gave him the power to proceed on through life. When asked about what gets him through his dark days, Brosnan had this to say, “I would say faith, being Irish, being Catholic, it’s ingrained in my DNA.” He says at the end of the day you have to have something and for him that something is God.
He hasn’t appeared in many films lately, but he still has a respectable net worth of $80 million.
If you know Mel Gibson then you know he is as Catholic as it gets. If you were to compare your Catholicism to anyone, make sure it is not Gibson. He is a part of a sect of Catholicism called Traditionalist Catholicism. His beliefs with his religion are a bit obscure and he has taken flak as a result. He was quoted saying, “I probably sound like some egotist, you know, saying that the Roman Church is wrong, but I believe it is at the moment.”
Even with his weird remarks, Gibson still is a man of a lot of money. He has a net worth of $425 million.
Madonna and religion have what folks like to call an “on and off” relationship. In an interview with an Italian radio station, Madonna said, “They are a bit to do with my relationship with God and/or sexuality or playing with the idea of God and religion or sexuality. It’s also the reason I have been excommunicated by the Catholic Church not once, not twice but three times.” Clearly, she is making an effort to try and stay with the Church but her music has been hurting her case.
Wow, Madonna has a net worth of $800 million!
Marky Mark is down with the get down when it comes to being a Catholic. Some stars these days do not come out and openly talk about their religious views because it could be offensive to some and potentially lose them fans. Mark puts his religion out in the open and wants everyone to know how important it is to him. “My Catholic faith is the anchor that supports everything I do in life,” said Mark in an online video.
The multi-faceted professional actor, television producer, film score composer (and much more) has a big bank account. His net worth is $225 million.
The handsome stud from The Hangover series is Catholic and for good reason too. He wanted to be like his father who prayed a lot and went to church. That is a good role model if you ever have seen one. When asked about being religious, Cooper said, “I grew up Roman Catholic. I was baptized. A lot of it had to do with loving my father. I loved the way he prayed, so I would pray like he would. Am I a spiritual person today? Yes. I don’t know how I could not be.”
The actor pulls in a net worth of $100 million dollars.
Kobe Bryant and Family
If you have lived under a rock for the past 20 years, then you may not know who Kobe Bryant is. He’s arguably the second greatest basketball player, next to Michael Jordan. And those who do know him may not know that he is a Catholic. He married his wife in 2001 at a Catholic Church. Two years later he was accused of rape and had to rely on his faith to pull him through that tough time. In an interview with GQ, Bryant said, “The one thing that really helped me during that process—I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic—was talking to a priest.”
The retired NBA great has a net worth of $350 million dollars.
A classic battle for holiness is strong with this one. Neeson grew up a strong Catholic, but sadly as he became more famous he struggled with women and alcohol. He said in an interview that he would get drunk at night and get laid as much as he could. However, when he was cast to play a priest he found just how powerful prayer and faith was. He said it was a revelation to him, bringing two huge parts of his life together.
The Taken and Star Wars actor has a net worth of $85 million. He amassed a total of $40 million alone from the Taken trilogy.
Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Here’s a great story with this star. Fergie used to be a drug addict and highly sexual back in college but says God is the reason she got back on track. Duhamel has not had a clean slate either, he was once rumored to cheat on his wife with a stripper! These two spend their Saturdays at a vigil mass. After church, Fergie says the couple goes out and has “really nice wine, like all good Catholics.” Sounds like a Fergalicious time.
The singer and actress has a modest net worth of $45 million. That jumps up an additional $15 million when you include Duhamel’s net worth.
As great as he is on the field, you would think he would have his religious views under control. That is not the case when it comes to Tom Brady. He and his supermodel wife were married in a small Catholic Church in California. He has also mentioned God before in previous interviews. Those two pieces of evidence would lead someone to believe that he is a man of one and only one God, but that is not the case. Brady says that he believes in everything. He has a belief system he just doesn’t know what it is. Our guess is that is closer to the Catholic side.
The New England Patriot has a net worth of $180 million. Way to throw them, Brady.
When the NFL great was just a starting quarterback in college, his girlfriend found out she was pregnant. The two of them were not ready to be parents and many of Deanna Favre’s friends tried to get her to have an abortion. She gave credit to their Catholic faith for not going through with an abortion and keeping the child. She felt bad about having sex out of wedlock also. The two say that they do not know how people get by without having faith.
He may be out of the league and retired but you know you still see him on the TV screen as a spokesperson for those Wrangler jeans. Favre’s net worth is $100 million.
Kevin James is your classic Catholic family man. He openly talks about how the religion intrudes with his career and said this, “I am involved in my faith, it becomes more and more — you know, it becomes a difficult, difficult position. You have a platform and you don’t want to do anything that doesn’t glorify God in every way.” The funnyman even seems like a nice guy when he is playing on the screen… a person that can be a great role model to kids.
The actor and comedian has a net worth of $80 million. He is most notably known for his sitcom The King of Queens.
That was a list of triumph and surprises. You learned that in dark times, people turn to their faith and hope that it helps them to the light. Catholicism is great for helping people do that and it also serves as a guiding light whenever a person of faith is lost.
There may be struggles that come along with fame, like trying to keep your faith alive. But in the end, it always turns out to be worth it as you’ve seen with these stars. Having a huge bank account must not help with their temptations but the belief in God in the first place is probably one of the first things these Catholics will accredit their success too.
Pope Benedict XVI
The Pope was arguably the most famous Catholic in the world during his tenure and has been named the fifth most powerful person in the world by Forbes Magazine. Pope Benedict XVI reportedly received $200 million a year, far greater than the Pope has received in previous years, which were reported at $101.9 million in 2006, and $82.5 million in 2009. His income was part of “Peter’s Pence” which is a practice that began in 1871 in which the Pope accepts donations from around the world, collected at Mass for his personal use.
When he visited the U.S. in April 2010 he received a $870,000 check from American bishops, although it is unknown how the money was raised. Most of the money that is given to the Church is not tracked and therefore cannot be verified.