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Child star, one of the wealthiest actors on Earth, once ran for US president

Thursday, 16/05/2024, 16:54 (GMT+7)

Despite not being a familiar name, Pierce's success and wealth set him apart in the entertainment industry.

Brock Pierce, a former child star turned billionaire actor, made headlines not only for his massive wealth but also for his unexpected breakthrough into the world of politics.

He once ran for president of the United States and received a significant amount of votes.

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Former child star Brock Pierce became a billionaire actor turned politician. Image Credit: Getty

Having accumulated a fortune of approximately $2 billion, Pierce ranks as the third-richest actor globally, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

His journey to riches began as a young actor, retiring from the industry at the age of 16 after starring in remarkable films such as "First Kid" and the first two installments of "The Mighty Ducks" franchise.

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He was once a child star worth billions before retiring from acting. Image Credit: Getty

Pierce established his own company at the age of 16

However, Pierce didn't limit himself to acting and ventured into other areas as well.

At the age of 16, he co-founded the "Digital Entertainment Network" (DEN, raising an impressive $88 million in funding. DEN aimed to revolutionize streaming videos, a concept that predates YouTube by seven years and Netflix by nine.

Despite its ambitious goals, the company eventually closed its doors.

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At 16, Pierce co-founded "Digital Entertainment Network" (DEN), raising $88 million to pioneer video streaming before YouTube and Netflix. Image Credit: Getty

Brock Piere also once ran for US president

Despite facing numerous obstacles, Pierce remained determined and entered the technology and investment sectors.

He was an early supporter of Bitcoin and founded various companies centered around entertainment and finance. Rolling Stone magazine even referred to him as 'The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency.' 

Pierce's belief in the transformative power of digital currencies influenced his 2020 presidential campaign, where he called for the adoption of cryptocurrencies to revolutionize the global economy.

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Pierce, an early Bitcoin supporter, established entertainment and finance companies. Image Credit: Getty

Running as an independent candidate, Pierce faced formidable opponents such as Joe Biden and Donald Trump. He even shared the announcement of his candidacy with rapper Kanye West.

While he garnered 49,764 votes, ranked after Kanye West's count by approximately 20,000, and far from winning, Pierce's presence in the race was noteworthy.

Surprisingly, Pierce's political ambition did not end with his presidential bid.

He later pursued a seat in the US Senate for Vermont, although he did not appear on the ballot, receiving 612 votes under the category of Other/Write-ins.

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Pierce ran as an independent candidate, competing against Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Image Credit: Getty

Despite not declaring his candidacy for the 2024 elections, Pierce, the crypto billionaire, has expressed his intentions to run for it again.

However, with the passing of the deadline in two states, the path to his potential campaign remains uncertain.

Alongside Brock Pierce, Jami Gertz also captured the attention as she was the richest actress in the world.

Jami Gertz, the world's richest actress with a net worth of $3 billion, is a name that many people are unfamiliar with. 

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Jami Gertz, the world's richest actress worth $3 billion, is relatively unknown to many people. Image Credit: Getty

Gertz became famous for her part in the popular movie "The Lost Boys," but in recent years, she has been less involved in the industry and has only made occasional appearances.

But Gertz's achievements go beyond acting.

She and her husband own a portion of the NBA team, the Atlanta Hawks, and also have a smaller stake in the Milwaukee Beavers. 

These investments have played a significant role in increasing her wealth over time.

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Gertz gained fame for "The Lost Boys" but has been less active in recent years. Image Credit: Getty

Even though some critics may claim that Gertz's wealth is based on her marriage to billionaire investor Tony Ressler, her personal achievements and charitable activities prove otherwise. 

In 2012, she and her husband were honored as leading contributors to charity by the Giving Back Fund.

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Gertz and her husband own part of the Atlanta Hawks and have a smaller stake in the Milwaukee Beavers. Image Credit: Getty

Their remarkable donation of $10 million to the Ressler-Gertz Foundation played a crucial role in this recognition. 

The foundation actively supports a range of causes, including the arts, education, healthcare, and Jewish organizations.