When you’re rich and famous, everyone wants to know you. That’s why we follow our favorite celebs on social media, we keep up with their careers, and we make sure that we’re up to date on the latest gossip. But while many people do this from the comfort of their own homes, there are others who like to get a bit more up close and personal with the famous faces of this world. And that’s where celebrity security comes in…
Celebrities shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars on security every single year. From gated compounds to bodyguards that follow their every move, this security allows them to live their extravagant lives without being mobbed by adoring fans. But we bet you didn’t know just how much they really spend on this added protection. Thankfully, we’ve got the low-down on how much these celebs value their safety. Quite literally.
Jennifer Aniston – $240,000 a Year
Let’s be honest; everyone knows who Jennifer Aniston is. This leading lady has been in the limelight since the 1980s, but she truly became a recognizable face during the ’90s when she took on the role of Rachel Green in the iconic sitcom, Friends. So, it should probably come as no surprise to learn that she can’t leave the house without fans pushing and shoving for a selfie.
Because of this, Aniston has upped her security game over the years. Not only has she had bodyguard-to-the-stars, Sheldon, on her roll-call in the past, but she’s also beefed up her security to include countless different teams for different events and functions. She’ll normally be spotted with one or two bodyguards when she heads outside, and this sets her back an estimated $240,000 every single year.
Katy Perry – $350,000 a Year
She’s certainly a firework, and we can definitely hear her roar. And that’s because Katy Perry has become a household name in the world of music and entertainment. From her career as a singer to her work as a judge on American Idol, Katy Perry is loved by fans across the globe. Because of this, Katy is willing to shell out $350,000 on security to keep her family protected.
It’s been noted that Katy has increased security in her home and personal entourage since welcoming her daughter into the world with partner Orlando Bloom. And it seems as though she only chooses the best for the job. In the past, Katy has hired celebrity bodyguards that have worked for countless high-profile clients like the Kardashian klan. So they’re definitely used to protecting those in the public eye.
Victoria and David Beckham – $1 million+ a Year
Many celebrity couples struggle to stand the test of time, but David and Victoria Beckham have proved to everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. The dynamic duo both have their own separate careers, but together they are super famous and have allowed us to watch their famous family grow up.
But while they share their lives on social media, it seems as though they also value their privacy. Victoria, David, and the kids never leave the house without security by their side, and they have made sure that their houses across the globe are protected. Back in 2014, they spent $1 million on securing just one of their properties. That means their overall security bill is so much higher.
Lady Gaga – $125,000 a Year
Lady Gaga may have a poker face, but that doesn’t mean that she can protect herself from the hordes of Little Monsters who want to see their idol in the flesh. Every time this singer leaves the house, she’s hounded by cameras and fans who are eager to check out her bizarre outfit of the day – but there’s little chance of them getting past her famous celebrity bodyguard.
Lady Gaga spends around $125,000 every single year on her protection, and this often comes in the form of Pete Van Der Veen. This Dutch bodyguard has protected some of the biggest names in the business over the years, and with a bodybuilding past under his belt, you just know that he has some big muscles under that shirt. So we bet nobody wants to try and cross him.
Jason Momoa – $125,000 a Year
Considering he’s known for his big muscles and his fighting ability, it might surprise you to learn that Jason Momoa pays for security. You’d think this actor, who’s played characters like Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and the title role in Aquaman, would be able to defend himself. But we guess a little extra protection goes a long way when you’re a big name in Hollywood.
Although he doesn’t always leave the house with bodyguards in tow – who all seem to be both smaller and shorter than him – he does spend a reported $125,000 every single year to stay protected when he feels the need. This might have more to do with his wife and children than himself personally, but we bet it’s still good to know that you can go about your day without fans getting too close.
Bella Hadid – $250,000 a Year
From her international modeling career to her social media fame, Bella Hadid has quickly become one of the most famous women in the world. In fact, her whole family is famous – and she grew up with a huge amount of money and wealth. Because of this, she’s grown accustomed to living her life in the public eye. That doesn’t mean she wants fans harassing her when she leaves the house, though…
With oodles of cash to her name, Bella has been able to keep herself protected with the help of her Jason-Statham-lookalike bodyguard. While he certainly looks stern enough to ward off any fans, it’s been noted that Bella isn’t afraid to stand up to her bodyguard if she feels as though they’re going too far. In fact, she scolded her bodyguard in 2017 when he pushed a paparazzi.
Taylor Swift – $400,000 a Year
Since making her way into the limelight as a teen, Taylor Swift has been a huge name in the music industry. And while she’s a celebrity who tries to live a relatively normal life, she’s still a recognizable face that fans and paparazzi alike absolutely love. Because of this, she has invested in security measures to keep her life as safe as possible.
Yep, Taylor normally goes about her business with not one but two security guards at her disposal. And it seems as though she’s created a strong bond with these two bodyguards. They’ve often been spotted going to theme parks together, and they’re always there by her side during a shopping spree. Plus, they’re getting paid around $400,000 a year for the pleasure.
Cardi B – $250,000 a Year
Cardi B is no stranger when it comes to splashing the cash. The rapper debuts many of her big purchases on social media, and we don’t blame her. She’s worked hard to get where she is, and her fans respect and love her for it. Alongside her music, of course. But wherever Cardi goes her fans follow, which is why she often enlists the help of bodyguards.
It’s estimated that Cardi spends around $250,000 a year on security alone, but there was one particular aspect of this security detail that caught people’s attention in 2019. When Cardi was on her way to court she was escorted by a personal security guard by the name of Price. Cardi shared pictures of him on her Instagram, and it’s fair to say that her fans went wild.
Heidi Klum – $50,000 a Year
Heidi Klum may be known as one of the most iconic models of all time, but it’s no secret that her personal life has also caused a storm. Not only was she married to legendary singer Seal, but she also got everyone talking when she started dating her family bodyguard. Heidi and Martin Kirsten dated for 18 months in 2013 and 2014, but they later broke up.
While details surrounding their relationship have been murky, we do know that Heidi feels much safer when she has this extra security around her – especially if she has her kids in tow. It’s been reported that she’ll happily shell out around $50,000 a year for this protection. That’s a lot of money for us, but nothing for the rich and famous.
Kristen Stewart – $75,000 a Year
Over the course of her career, Kristen Stewart has had a difficult relationship with the press. While they acknowledge her acting talent and her place within the world of popular culture, the fact that they uncovered her cheating scandal obviously didn’t sit well with the actress. Because of this, she often hires extra security when she attends certain events or flies into large airports.
However, it seems as though Kristen doesn’t shell out for security all the time, which means that she doesn’t have to spend as much as some of the other celebs on this list. While the exact price of her yearly security is not known, it’s estimated that she spends around $75,000 per year. That’s still a huge chunk of cash.
Blake Lively – $125,000 a Year
Blake Lively is an actress, fashion icon, social media superstar, awesome wife, and a doting mom – and considering she has so many roles under her belt, it makes sense for her to employ someone to keep her safe. After all, she can’t do everything. And so that’s exactly what she does on a regular basis, especially when she leaves the house with her husband and children.
Blake and her husband Ryan Reynolds often hire the same bodyguard when they head out and about in Hollywood, and it seems as though they have grown fond of their security team. So much so that they’re willing to fork out a whopping $125,000 every single year to keep him employed and to keep their family safe.
Jennifer Lopez – $500,000 a Year
Jennifer Lopez may be “Jenny from the Block” and she may have a hunky fiance to look after her, but that doesn’t mean that she’s going to leave her house without a bodyguard in tow. She’s one of the most famous women in the world, and the fact that she can sing, dance, and act just makes her fans love her even more.
But paying out $500,000 a year on security isn’t too much of a big deal for this living legend. With a net worth of $290 million, $500,000 is nothing for J-Lo as her safety and the safety of her whole family will always be one of the most important things in life. Luckily, paying out big bucks for security in Hollywood means you get the real deal in return.
Kate Middleton – $20 Million+ a Year
As the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of the future King of England, it should come as no surprise to learn that Kate Middleton can’t leave the house – or her palace – without security around her. Her safety is one of the most important things to Prince William and the rest of the Royal Family, and so no expense is spared when it comes to bodyguards and palace security.
While the exact price of her security is not known, it’s been noted that the royals shell out upwards of $20 million every year to keep Kate safe. There are countless members of the team assigned to the Duchess, but the one closest to her has always been Emma Probert. This bodyguard has been Kate’s number one since 2013, and it’s believed that they are also close friends.
Angelina Jolie – $2 Million a Year
Whether you know her as a solo actress or one-half of the former celebrity couple, Brangelina, nobody can deny that Angelina Jolie is kind of a big deal. Not only has she got millions in the bank, but she’s also got millions of followers across the globe who all want a piece of her.
When Angelina was married to Brad Pitt, they employed the services of Mark Billingham as their family’s bodyguard. With intense training under his belt, they felt confident that he had what it took to keep them all safe. He also became a member of the family, and he often looked after their many children. For around $2 million a year, of course.
Rihanna – $500,000 a Year
Rihanna may try to step away from the limelight and maintain some privacy, but it seems as though this just makes her devoted fans up the ante. They want to know everything about this singing superstar, from where she buys her clothes to where she eats her dinner and more. And while RiRi does love her fans, she has to draw the line somewhere.
Because of this, Rihanna shells out around $500,000 every single year to maintain security and protection both in and around her home and when she leaves the house. This includes a bodyguard that is specially trained to deal with celebrity clients and adoring fans who will stop at nothing to catch an up-close-and-personal-look at her shade of Fenty foundation.
Katie Holmes – $1 Million a Year
Katie Holmes is a household name in Hollywood. Whether you know her from her role in Dawson’s Creek or from her high-profile marriage to Tom Cruise, Katie has got everyone talking over the years. And while we’re sure she loves her life in the limelight, privacy is a luxury that only a few can afford – and Katie can certainly afford it.
After her highly-publicized divorce from Tom Cruise, Katie bumped up security measures around her family and her home to ward off fans, press, and cameras. It’s been noted that she shells out around $1 million a year on bodyguards, home security, and more. If you can afford it, why not?
Daniel Radcliffe – $50,000 a Year
Despite the fact that Daniel Radcliffe has been famous since he was just a young boy, it seems as though the ever-changing world of fame and fortune is still too much for this Harry Potter star. Although he doesn’t employ security and bodyguards all year round, Radcliffe does shell out for extra protection when he is attending events. Normally, this is in the form of his favorite bodyguard, Sam.
It’s been noted that Daniel pays around $50,000 a year for this added protection, and Sam is always his go-to due to their friendly relationship. In fact, it’s been noted that he’s like one of his “‘older brothers: fun, but responsible and organized.” Apparently, Sam is so organized that he meticulously plans Daniel’s bathroom breaks to ensure he doesn’t get mobbed by fans.
Gigi Hadid – $500,000 a Year
As one of the most famous supermodels in the world, it’s fair to say that everyone wants a piece of Gigi Hadid. And while she shares a huge amount of her life on social media, it seems as though Gigi also values her privacy. She’s even been known to stick up for herself when her privacy is violated, like in 2016 when prankster Vitalii Sediuk tried to lift her up after a fashion show.
Although Gigi elbowed the prankster in the face, we can’t imagine she wants to ward off these people on a regular basis. So that’s where her security team comes into play. It’s believed that Gigi spends an estimated $500,000 a year on security, but that may well have increased since she welcomed her baby girl into the world.
Beyoncé – $2 – 4 Million a Year
Queen Bey is a queen for a reason. This singer has become an icon within the world of popular culture, and it seems as though she gets more and more famous with each passing day. And while fans are part of this fame and fortune, it’s important for Beyoncé to keep boundaries in place when it comes to her professional and personal life.
It’s actually been noted that Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z spend around $2 – 4 million every single year on security alone. While much of this is spent on keeping their houses protected, this also goes to Julius de Boer, their long-time security guard. Julius has noted that his job is extremely important and that “Adaptability, in physical and psychological terms, is the main characteristic that you must possess.”
Kim Kardashian – $7 Million a Year
Kim Kardashian is the ultimate celebrity. She has become one of the richest women in the world, and it’s fair to say that she now has many strings to her bow. Everything Kim does causes a storm, but one storm Kim wished never happened occurred in 2016 when she was held at gunpoint in a robbery in Paris.
Kim was obviously shaken from this ordeal, and she ultimately tried to sue her then-bodyguard, Pascal Duvier for negligence during this time. The case was ultimately settled for $6.1 million, but it seems as though Kim is now extra careful when it comes to her security. She reportedly spends a whopping $7 million a year on keeping her family safe and sound.
Jennifer Lawrence – $125,000 a Year
Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since she took on the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise. She’s since put her name to countless Hollywood blockbusters and allowed the world to fall in love with her talent, her beauty, and her never-ending humor. But with this fame and fortune comes major security risks.
To keep her safe at all times, J-Law hires professional security guards – but one bodyguard that’s never too far away is a man by the name of Greg Lenz. He’s been working for the actress since 2013 and reportedly takes home around $125,000 a year, but he doesn’t just protect the Hollywood icon. Greg has also been spotted carrying Jennifer’s Chihuahua on countless occasions.
Cara Delevingne – $250,000 a Year
Cara Delevingne is a model, actress, singer, and social media icon, and she’s also made some serious bank over the course of her career. And not only that, but she also has fans across the world who all want to be friends with her – and some go a little too far. In 2019, a stalker attempted to make their way into her home, and it’s been noted that this left her shaken.
With experiences like this under her belt, it’s no wonder she has decided to up the ante with her protection. Not only does she hire bodyguards when she leaves the house, but she has also made sure that her house is fully protected at all times. All in all, it’s expected that she spends $250,000 on their protection.
Justin Bieber – $250,000 a Year
Justin Bieber may only be 27 years old, but he’s been in the limelight since he was just a teenager. He’s experienced all of the highs and the lows of being a celebrity in Hollywood, and he’s also experienced what it’s like to have hordes of fans crowd around you. Now that he’s older, he seems to take his privacy much more seriously, which is why he’s not afraid to splash the cash on security.
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see Justin Bieber being led by an entourage of security experts and bodyguards. These keep him safe from crowds of people, while also ensuring the paparazzi don’t get too close for comfort. We bet this extra slice of privacy is worth the $250,000 per annum price tag.
Adele – $70,000 a Year
It’s fair to say that Adele seemed to come out of nowhere. Almost overnight she became a success in the UK before dominating the international market and becoming a household name. And with such quick and impressive success comes a huge amount of security risks. Luckily, Adele is earning the big bucks to allow her top-notch security that won’t leave her rolling in the deep…
Back in 2017, Adele shelled out some serious cash for one of the best bodyguards in the business. Dutch security expert Pete Van Der Veen is well-known within this industry as one of the best – and there are many who also believe him to be one of the most attractive! During this time his yearly salary came in at $70,000.
Meghan Markle – $20 Million a Year
While Meghan Markle and her royal husband, Prince Harry, have stepped away from the monarchy to live life in Hollywood, they’re still two of the most recognizable people in the world. Because of this, keeping their whole family safe is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, as we know from the infamous Oprah interview, the Royal Family has taken this protection away.
This has forced Meghan and Harry to foot the bill themselves, and keeping them safe isn’t cheap. It’s been reported that their annual security bill comes in at around $20 million, and even that doesn’t stop the press, fans, and even stalkers from getting close to them. It seems as though their team needs to work double-time to keep them protected, which is why they have to pay so much.
Paris Hilton – $500,000 a Year
While Paris Hilton has her own career that she should be proud of, she’s also grown up with a huge amount of fame and fortune thrust upon her. As a member of the exclusive Hilton family, she’s had security detail around her for much of her life. And there’s a reason for that. Numerous attempts have been made to get close to this socialite, which would have had disastrous consequences if not for this security.
Because of this, we don’t blame Paris for spending around $500,000 a year on keeping herself safe. Not only that, but she also keeps many of her belongings safe. After getting engaged to former boyfriend Chris Zylka in 2018, Paris hired a private security team specifically for her $2 million engagement ring. It was their job to keep it safe at all times.
Kylie Jenner – $4.8 Million a Year
While she’s been stripped of her billionaire status, Kylie Jenner is still pretty darn rich. And she’s only 23 years old! But with so much wealth, power, social media status, and now a daughter to contend with, it should come as no surprise to learn that Kylie takes her security very seriously. So seriously she’s willing to pay up $4.8 million every single year on her family’s protection.
This money goes towards securing her many houses and compounds, as well as the physical bodyguards who follow her night and day. Tim Chung is perhaps her most famous bodyguard, who stole the show a few years ago when everyone thought he was Stormi’s baby daddy. This rumor was denied, and Tim has now moved away from the security world to become a model. We can see why.
Britney Spears – $600,000 a Year
Most people are pretty familiar with Britney Spears’ life and career. After all, it’s played out in front of the cameras – much to her dismay. Britney’s relationships with the press, her fans, and even her own friends and family have been pretty turbulent over the years, which is why she spends as much money as necessary on her protection.
Britney has been surrounded by security teams for decades, and it’s been noted that in 2009 she was paying an estimated $400,000 a year. But life has changed for the singing sensation since then, and her life has become even more dramatic. Fans and paparazzi alike want to get closer to her, which is why her security bill has increased $200,000 to an overall price of $600,000.
Ezra Miller – Price Unknown
You probably don’t need us to tell you that Ezra Miller isn’t like any other actor out there. He doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t follow the same guidelines as other popular celebrities. He does his own thing – and it seems as though he also does the same when it comes to his security. In fact, his security team consists of GuRubee, who calls himself a “Holistic Bodyguard”.
GuRubee is famous in Los Angeles for being a Personal Manager, Yogi, Martial Artist, Spiritual Advisor who uses spiritual healing and urban mysticism to guide his clients. While it’s not known how much Ezra pays GuRubee to be his bodyguard, we do know that a 90-minute spiritual session with him costs $85. So, we can imagine that he doesn’t come cheap.