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Bruckheimer's Billion: Building a Hollywood Fortune With Pirates

  • ‘Top Gun’ producer joins Spielberg, Lucas in billionaire club
  • CSI and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchises drive fortune
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer

Photographer: Mark Davis/Getty Images

While the glitz and glamour of show business will be on full display Sunday at the Academy Awards, one of Hollywood’s most successful producers will be merely a bystander this year.

Don’t weep for Jerry Bruckheimer, however. The man behind classic action films like “Top Gun” and “Beverly Hills Cop” has won a Hollywood status far rarer than an Oscar -- membership in the three-comma club.