The highest paid entertainers in the world

The total earnings of the highest paid entertainers in the world will make you think twice about your career options. According to Forbes Magazine, the world’s top 100 grossing entertainers earned $5.15 billion before tax in 2017.




People on the list of the highest paid entertainers in the world are actors, actresses, musicians, television personalities, athletes and authors. About a third of these entertainers come from the USA. Twenty people on the list are from Europe, twelve from the UK, five from Asia and four from Canada. Animators from South America, Africa and Australia didn’t manage to make the cut.

Forbes explained that it came up with its numbers by calculating ticket sales from tours and/or salaries, noting offers, merchandising, and by interviewing industry insiders and sometimes the stars themselves.

Who is the highest paid entertainer in the world? It was none other than a musician turned businessman, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

1. Diddy – $130 million





Diddy raked in a whopping $130 million thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing line and his partnership deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.

2. Beyonce – $105 million

Beyonce made a fortune from her formationWorld Tour. The tour is estimated to have made a quarter billion dollars. Add that to her “Lemonade” album sales and you see why Beyonce is #2 on the list.

3. JK Rowling – $ 95 Million

British writer JK Rowling, who was once on the Billionaires list but was abandoned for her charity work, is third, making it the highest-earning female entertainer outside the US. She made the list thanks to her 2016 best-selling book entitled; “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. She has also benefited from the film adaptations of her books in Hollywood, most recently Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

4. Drake – $94 million





Canadian musician Drake comes fourth. The hip-hop star made the list thanks to his hugely successful Boy Meets World Tour. It also helped that he was the top-streamed artist in the world over the last 12 months. This led to lucrative advertising deals with Apple, Sprite and Nike

5. Cristiano Ronaldo – $93 million

The number one highest-earning athlete in fifth on this list is Portuguese and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. The FIFA Best Player 2017 and Ballon d’Or winner achieved this status thanks to his contract with Real Madrid. His lifetime contract with Nike, worth over $1 billion, also helped. Another thing worth noting is his growing CR7 branded product line, which includes clothing items and a range of hotels added to his bags.

6. The Week – $92 million

The second Canadian on the list is R&B sensation, The Weeknd. Despite being relatively new to the industry, the 26-year-old has had very good album sales and a sold-out world tour. His “Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour” is estimated to have grossed more than $1.1 million per show.

7. Howard Stern – $90 million





Controversial radio host and TV personality Howard Stern is in the top 10 earners thanks to his eight-figure contract with SiriusXM.

8. Coldplay – $88 million

British rock band Coldplay are on the list thanks to their contributions to the Head Full of Dreams Tour, which took them around the world and played stadiums. It is estimated that the tour cost US$5 million per city.

9. James Patterson – $87 million

James Patterson is the second author to rank as America’s richest author to have sold over 9.5 million copies of his books in one year. Additionally, the New York-born writer has agreed to co-write a thriller novel with former President Bill Clinton, which will guarantee him an estimated seven-figure payment.

10. LeBron James – $86 million

Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James is the second athlete on the list. His earnings come from contracts and endorsement deals with Intel, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Beats by Dre, Kia Motor and just like Ronaldo from a lifetime deal with Nike worth more than $1 billion.

James has other businesses that include a production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and the fast food chain Blaze Pizza.

Complete List of Highest Paid Forbes Entertainers

11. Guns N’ Roses – $84 million

11. Rush Limbaugh – 84 Millionen US-Dollar

13. Justin Bieber – $83.5 million

14. Lionel Messi – $80 million

15.Dr. Phil McGraw – $79 million

16. Ellen DeGeneres – $77 million

17. Bruce Springsteen – $75 million

18. Adele – $69 million

18. Jerry Seinfeld – $69 million

20. Mark Wahlberg – $68 million

21. Metallica – $66.5 million

22. Dwayne Johnson – $65 million

23. Roger Federer – $64 million

24. David Copperfield – $61.5 million

25. Kevin Durant – $60.6 million

26. Garth Brooks – $60 million

26. Elton John – $60 million

26. Gordon Ramsay – $60 million

29. Ryan Seacrest – $58 million

30. Chris Rock – $57 million

31. Vin Diesel – $54.5 million

32. Paul McCartney – $54 million

32. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $54 million

34. Louis CK – $52 million

35. Jimmy Buffett – $50.5 million

35. Adam Sandler – $50.5 million

37. Andrew Luck – $50 million

37. Rory McIlroy – $50 million

39. Jackie Chan – $49 million

40. Calvin Harris – $48.5 million

41. Robert Downey Jr. – $48 million

42, Stephen Curry – $47.3 million

43. Dave Chappelle – $47 million

43. Judy Sheindlin – 47 Millionen US-Dollar

45. James Harden – $46.6 million

46. ??Lewis Hamilton – $46 million

47. Kim Kardashian West – $45.5 million

48. Drew Brees – $45.3 million

49. Taylor Swift – 44 Millionen US-Dollar

50. Simon Cowell – $43.5 million

50. Phil Mickelson – $43.5 million

52. Tom Cruise – $43 million

53. Kenny Chesney – $42.5 million

53. Steve Harvey – $42.5 million

55. Luke Bryan – 42 Millionen US-Dollar

55. Celine Dion – $42 million

55. Jay-Z – $42 million

58. Sofia Vergara – $41.5 million

59. Kylie Jenner – $41 million

60. Bruno Mars – $39 million

60. Tiesto – $39 million

62. Russell Westbrook – $38.6 million

63. Sebastian Vettel – $38.5 million

64. Damian Lillard – $38.4 million

 

65. Shah Rukh Khan – $38 million

65. Jennifer Lopez – $38 million

65. The Chainsmokers – $38 million

68. Novak Djokovic – $37.6 million

69. Amy Schumer – $37.5 million

70. Tiger Woods – $37.1 million

71. Salman Khan – $37 million

71. Neymar – $37 million

71. Bill O’Reilly – $37 million

71. Dolly Parton – $37 million

71. Ed Sheeran – $37 million

76. Dwayne Wade – $36.2 million

77. Fernando Alonso – $36 million

77. Sean Hannity – $36 million

77. Rihanna – $36 million

80. Bon Jovi – $ 35.5 Million

80. Akshay Kumar – 35.5 Million US-Dollar

82. Billy Joel – $35 million

83.Dr. Dre – $34.5 million

83. Florida Georgia Line – $34.5 million

83. Toby Keith – $34.5 million

83. Jordan Spieth – 34,5 Millionen US-Dollar

87. Derrick Rose – $34.3 million

88. Usain Bolt – $34.2 million

89. Gareth Bale – $34 million

89. Conor McGregor – $34 million

89. Britney Spears – 34 Millionen US-Dollar

92. Kei Nishikori –33,9 Millionen US-Dollar

93. Fletcher Cox – $33.4 million

94. Clayton Kershaw – 33,3 Millionen US-Dollar

95. Chance the Rapper – $33 million

95. Katy Perry – $33 million

97. Carmelo Anthony – $32.6 million

98. Jason Aldean – $32.5 million

 

98. Kevin Hary – $32.5 million

100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $ 32 Million