Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2017
Diddy Soars at No. 1, Kylie Jenner Is Youngest on the List.
Forbes has released the list of world’s highest-paid celebrities of 2017. After maintaining his reign on the list of wealthiest hip-hop artists, Sean Combs a.k.a. P. Diddy emerges on the top of the magazine’s annual list which includes other entertainers in the world from various fields.
Raking in $130 million pretax in 12-month scoring period, Diddy earned most of it from the sale of his Sean John clothing line, a partnership with Ciroc vodka, and his “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour”. The “Coming Home” rapper jumped 21 spots after placing 22nd on the list in 2016.
At No. 2 is Beyonce Knowles, who ranked No. 34 last year. The R&B diva, who is now taking a break from touring while waiting for the arrival of her twins, earned $105 million thanks to the “Formation World Tour” and the sale of her critically-acclaimed album “Lemonade”.
Author J.K. Rowling follows at No. 3 with $95 million. She returned to the ranking with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” West End production and its co-written stage play which became the best-selling book of 2016. Additionally, she got some cash from “Harry Potter” attractions at Universal Studios and 2016’s movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which she wrote.
Drake follows close behind at No. 4 with $94 million. He made most of the money from his “Boy Meets World Tour”, in addition to endorsement deals with Sprite and Nike. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo rounds out the Top 5 with $93 million. He is paid more than $50 million per year by Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, making her debut on the list this year is Kylie Jenner with $41 million to snag the 59th spot. Joining the Celebrity 100 at 19 years old, the makeup maven is the youngest celebrity on the list. Her sister Kim Kardashian joins the ranking at No. 47 with $45.5 million.
Other newcomers include Steve Harvey (No. 53 with $42.5 million), Amy Schumer (No. 69 with $37.5 million), Conor McGregor (No. 89 with $34 million) and Chance the Rapper (No. 95 with $33 million).
Below are the Top 10 of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list. The full list can be seen on the website.
- P. Diddy, $130 million (Musician, U.S.)
- Beyonce Knowles, $105 million (Musician, U.S.)
- J.K. Rowling, $95 million (Author, U.K.)
- Drake, $94 million (Musician, U.S.)
- Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)
- The Weeknd, $92 million (Musician, Canada)
- Howard Stern, $90 million (Personality, U.S.)
- Coldplay, $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)
- James Patterson, $87 million (Author, U.S.)
- LeBron James, $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)