Star Wars is first on our minds and because of that George Lucas is a very rich human being. He is so rich that there is a rumor going around that all he eats is gold and rubies. Ok, I might have made that up, but he is a ridiculously wealthy man. Part of the reason that he is so wealthy is that originally, no one wanted to ditribute "A New Hope" so he was able to secure the merchandising rights to the Star Wars franchise. Now he oozes money.
This infographic from Newsarama.com features a 35 year history of all things Star Wars including some early films like Flash Gordon that had a huge influence on the mind of Lucas. Everyhting is on here like the birth of Ewan McGregor, and the release of the Ewoks: Battle for Endor made for TV movie.