Arguably one of the most powerful and influential figures in the American entertainment industry, Brad Pitt, who is loved the world over for his brilliance and his looks, has deservedly reaped so many awards it’s hard (and pointless) to name them all. But one of them was a heavyweight Golden Globe. That sets the tone just about right.

The 52-year-old actor is worth a massive $240 million and married now for five years to Angelina Jolie, an equally powerful actress who has her own net worth of $200 million. That’s almost half a billion dollars between the two of them. Surely their six kids can retire before they’ve even started working.

Brad first rose to fame with his role in the film Thelma & Louise, where he played a cowboy hitchhiker. His talent — and certainly his good looks — has helped him land roles in so many great films, such as: Interview with the Vampire, Oceans 11, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, the list goes on. He is one of these rare actors that seems capable of starring in both critically acclaimed films and popular crap. Never does he lose credibility.

During most of the 90s Brad was heralded as heir to Robert Redford, and was voted numerous times the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’. That certainly did no harm to his career.

Brad is now staying in London for six months with his family, while he’s filming a Netflix movie called War Machine. And boy isn’t he spending on his rent. London rents are high, sure, and so is his mansion in Surrey, which he pays $21,000 per month for. What really got the gossip papers talking was the fact that it’s “just a 35-minute boat ride from George and Amal Clooney’s nine-bedroom home.”

Well, how the other half live, aye.

“My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn't want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life.” Nice to see that Brad took full advantage of the stability provided by his father.

Brad now works a lot as a producer. His owns a productions company called Plan B, that created films such as Kick-Ass and Eat Pray Love.

Like all decent people who own some serious wealth, Brad also plays his part in trying to better the lot of others. They call it philanthropy. In 2006, Brad and Angelina created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which made donations of $2 million to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders.

Such is the couple’s significance in the media, when their daughter Shiloh was due, the mad media branded the expected birth as "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ.” That’s quite an accolade.