Actress and pop culture icon Raquel Welch has a net worth of $30 million. In addition to her net worth, she's achieved a kind of "household name" popularity that even movie stars have difficulty reaching. Her career in show business began at the tender age of 7, when she began what would become her first passion, ballet. Until the age of 17, this was her chief art form, before she quit ballet after she was told by an instructor that her body was the wrong type for it. In 1959 she began acting, starring in the play The Romana Pageant, a yearly outdoor production in Hemet, California.
From there, she eventually got a job as a weather forecaster at the TV station KFMB in San Diego. Her big break came shortly after signing a contract with 20th Century Fox: A leading role in the scifi movie Fantastic Voyage, which made her a big star. Her most iconic role came that same year: In One Million Years, BC, she made one of the definitive fashion statements of the 60s with her fur bikini, often jokingly referred to as "mankind's first bikini." Since her peak of fame, Welch has continued to be a relevant presence in pop culture.