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Precious: Oscar-winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson makes ‘Forbes’ billionaires list

Forbes just released its annual billionaires list, and among the moguls, heirs, and assorted entrepreneurial geniuses one might expect to see on the ranking — like this year’s chart-topper, Elon Musk — is one Peter Jackson

The New Zealand filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy ranked among the magazine’s financial heavyweights with a net worth of $1.5 billion, thanks to the sale of his visual effects house Weta Digital. 

The one-time upstart he created to bring his 1996 drama Heavenly Creatures to life has since gone on to become a Hollywood heavyweight, crafting jaw-dropping special effects for not only Jackson’s own adventures into Tolkein‘s Middle-Earth, but also The Batman, The Suicide Squad, and Oscar nominated Marvel hits like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

In November of last year, Jackson sold his stake in Weta to video game developer Unity Software, in a deal estimated at $1.6 billion, landing the humble filmmaker a Smaug-worthy treasure.

As Bilbo Baggins once said, “Why shouldn’t I keep it?”

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