The EGOT, contrary to popular belief, is not a character from “Ghostbusters” — you’re thinking of Egon.
EGOT refers to the coveted quadruple combo of a single person winning at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony each. Philip Michael Thomas of “Miami Vice” fame coined the term back in 1984.
While Detective Tubbs never got an “E,” “G,” “O” or “T,” 12 multitalented performers have claimed this quirky accolade since 1962. Take a look at the histories and net worths of the dozen celebrities who currently reside in the EGOT hall of fame.
Click through to see the artistic achievements of these stars, and learn which celebrities might be richer than you think.
Richard Rodgers secured his EGOT 22 years before the term was even coined. The legendary composer’s journey began with an Oscar win for his song “It Might as Well Be Spring.” Seventeen years later, in 1962, he completed his collection with an Emmy for the soundtrack of “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years.”
“The Sound of Music” and “No Strings” earned Rodgers his two Grammys, and he racked up more than enough “Ts” with six Tony Awards between 1950 and 1962, half of them for “South Pacific” alone.
Though celebrity net worth wasn’t a hot topic for theater composers in Rodgers’s time, we know that his licensing legacy was still making $7 million annually as of 2012, which was 33 years after his death in 1979. And over the last few years, his namesake theater in New York has hosted consistently sold-out shows of “Hamilton.”
It took Helen Hayes 45 years to clinch her EGOT — the longest of any of her peers — but she’s also the first woman to do so. Alongside Rita Moreno, she’s one of two EGOT winners who nabbed a Tony, Emmy and Oscar just for acting.
Those 45 years started in 1932 with an Academy Award nod for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet,” followed by a 1947 Tony win for “Happy Birthday” and a 1953 Emmy for “Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars.” The Grammy finally came in 1977 for a spoken-word rendition of “Great American Documents.” She managed to grab an extra Oscar and Tony along the way, too.
Hayes passed away in 1993, and her net worth isn’t publicly known. Her legacy, though, continues to turn a profit. As of 2017, her 1956 rendition of “Anastasia” has pulled in about $5 million worth of video rentals. Although those earnings won’t land her among the richest actresses of all time, they’re still rather impressive.
Puerto Rican triple threat Rita Moreno, the first living EGOT-er on our list, brings us into the modern age. Her net worth is listed at an impressive $25 million.
When you look at her resume, that figure comes as no surprise. She received her Academy Award for “West Side Story”; two Emmy Awards, one for “The Muppet Show” and another for “The Rockford Files”; a Tony for “The Ritz”; and a Grammy for “The Electric Company.” It reads like a list of cultural events that just about anyone who was around in the ’60s and ’70s undoubtedly remembers.
Rita became an EGOT holder the same year as Helen Hayes, but doing so took her only 16 years. And with recent appearances on shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Jane the Virgin,” she might still have some space left to fill on that awards shelf.
Upon his death in 2000, actor John Gielgud’s fortune went with him. The stage and screen icon donated most of his fortune to philanthropic organizations such as the Actors’ Charitable Trust and the King George V Fund for Actors and Actresses. At the time, the amount came to £1.5 million, or about $2.3 million, adjusted for exchange rate and inflation.
As an actor who came from the theater world, it’s only natural that Gielgud’s first step on the EGOT road was a Tony for “The Importance of Being Earnest” in 1948. The Grammy wouldn’t come until a recorded reading of “Ages of Man” in 1979, followed two years later by an Academy Award for his supporting role in 1981’s “Arthur.”
Gielgud’s Emmy came at age 87 for his part in “Summer’s Lease.” The win made him the oldest person to complete the EGOT sweep and an inspiration for octogenarians everywhere.
Audrey Hepburn’s career is filled with so many interesting and impressive facts that cherry picking a few to describe her hardly does her legend justice. One fact that remains impressive is the $100 million net worth she had when she passed away in 1993.
As a young actress, Hepburn started her EGOT streak early, with an Oscar for “Roman Holiday” in 1953 and a Tony for “Ondine” in 1954. Sadly, she wouldn’t live to see the collection completed. By the time she was honored with a Grammy for reading “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn” and an Emmy for “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales,” the iconic entertainer and humanitarian had lost her battle with appendix cancer, joining the ranks of stars we lost.
In addition to her EGOT run, Hepburn was also the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe and BAFTA for a single performance, thanks again to “Roman Holiday.”
As a casual moviegoer or theater patron, you might not know the name Marvin Hamlisch. But you probably know the composer’s tunes.
Hamlisch started his EGOT journey in 1974, winning three Oscars at once, two for “The Way We Were” and one for “The Sting,” which also makes him the EGOT-ist with the most Academy Awards. “The Way We Were” added the first of four Grammys to the pile, while 1976’s “A Chorus Line” brought home the Tony. A concert collaboration with Barbra Streisand appropriately titled “Barbra: The Concert” netted Marvin’s 1995 Emmy. Babs is no slouch — she has a net worth of $400 million.
He and Richard Rodgers can actually call themselves PEGOTs — or maybe EGPOTs? — as both artists also received Pulitzer Prizes in their lifetimes. Hamlisch’s prestigious musical career has generated a substantial net worth to the tune of $20 million.
Like Hamlisch, composer and conductor Jonathan Tunick might not be a household name, but the dozens of orchestras he’s conducted are definitely responsible for some household songs.
Tunik’s net worth is unknown, but he has lent his maestro’s wand to some iconic — and very profitable — movies. The box office grosses for his conducting projects, “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Reds,” “The Birdcage” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” total more than $423 million.
His legacy includes an Oscar for 1977’s “A Little Night Music,” an Emmy for 1982’s “Night of 100 Stars,” a Grammy for 1988’s “No One Is Alone,” and finally, a Tony in 1997 for orchestrating “Titanic.”
“Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made! ‘Spaceballs’ the T-shirt, ‘Spaceballs’ the coloring book, ‘Spaceballs’ the lunchbox, ‘Spaceballs’ the breakfast cereal, ‘Spaceballs’ the flame thrower!” That’s what Mel Brooks’ Yoda parody, Yogurt, taught us in “Spaceballs,” anyway.
Brooks probably didn’t amass his fortune from coloring books or breakfast cereals, though. His satirical wit, along with his monumental acting, producing and writing skills, make up the foundation of his $100 million net worth.
Brooks started amassing trophies with a 1969 screenwriting Oscar for “The Producers” and a 1968 Emmy win for writing a Sid Caesar special, but he took a break from EGOT-ing until his Grammy for the 1998 comedy album “The 2000-Year-Old Man in the Year 2000.” In 2001, Mel was just shy of 75 years old — not 2,000 – when he came full circle and took home three Tonys for the stage version of “The Producers.”
Film buffs know Mike Nichols as a directorial workhorse, the man behind understated but brilliant works such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Catch-22” and “Closer.” But it’s his early days in comedy that enabled him to walk the hallowed EGOT path.
Nichols’ “An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May” earned him a “Best Comedy Performance” Grammy in 1961, and he won a Tony in 1964 for “Barefoot in the Park.”
His work on the 1967 classic “The Graduate” produced an Academy Award victory for Best Director, but Nichols waited until 2001 to cross the EGOT finish line with an Emmy win for directing the made-for-TV movie “Wit.” There were varying reports of his net worth at the time of his death in November of 2014, with amounts ranging from $5 million to upwards of $145 million.
Since bursting onto the scene as Celie in 1985’s “The Color Purple,” Whoopi Goldberg has generated a net worth of $45 million, averaging a salary of about $5 million per year. She’s also gathered a pretty nifty EGOT collection.
Surprisingly, Goldberg’s EGOT trip didn’t start with “Purple” — it began with a Grammy for her 1985 comedy album, “Original Broadway Show Recording.” She won an Oscar for 1990’s “Ghost,” with both a daytime Emmy and Tony hitting in 2002 for hosting “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel” on TV and co-producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on stage.
And as she told Tracy Morgan during her EGOT-parodying guest spot on “30 Rock,” yes, a daytime Emmy still counts as an Emmy.
Uber-producer Scott Rudin is the 11th EGOT winner in history and the fourth of the group to have a net worth of $100 million.
Rudin’s producing career began in theater, but his first award was a 1984 Emmy for a kids show called “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’.” The first of 15 Tonys arrived in 1994 for “Passion.” Mega-hit musical “The Book of Mormon” produced his first Grammy in 2012.
On the film side, the Best Picture prize for “No Country for Old Men” remains Rudin’s only Oscar. He is, however, nominated again this year for Best Picture for “Lady Bird.”
Among a dozen performers, musicians and writers, Rudin is the lone producer at the EGOT table. His millions of dollars and thriving career — with seven producing projects on deck for 2018 — probably keep him from getting terribly lonely, though.
The youngest and newest EGOT of them all, Robert Lopez has an estimated net worth of about $4 million. But at only 41, the co-creator of the musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon” still has plenty of time to play financial catch-up with his EGOT peers.
Lopez definitely won’t have to do any catching up on accolades, though. In the 10 years between 2004 and 2014 — which also makes him the fastest EGOT-ee — Lopez picked up a Tony for scoring “Avenue Q,” an Emmy for composing and directing the music of “Wonder Pets,” a Grammy for producing “The Book of Mormon,” and an Academy Award for writing the unmissable cultural phenomenon that is “Let It Go” from the animated film “Frozen.”
Among his other distinctions, Lopez is the first EGOT winner to share an award with another of the winning dozen. Both he and Scott Rudin were on the producing team for “Mormon.” Robert also shares songwriting credits with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, proving that sometimes it takes teamwork to make an EGOT.
Net worth figures sourced from Celebrity Net Worth.