Who are the 100 highest paid celebrities in the world according to Forbes

To enter the list of the 100 highest paid celebrities in the world this year it was necessary to bill USD 37.5 million, 7% more than last year. Together, the 100 superstars billed USD 6.3 billion in the last 12 months.

Forbes compiled its 2019 list estimating earnings before taxes from June 2018 to June 2019, before deducting fees for managers, according to Nielsen data, Pollstar publication, IMDB movie database and interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities.

Singer Taylor Swift was in first place, but closely followed by two members of the Kardashian clan, the “reality” star who became cosmetics queen Kylie Jenner and rapper Kanye West. West, Kim Kardashian’s husband, returned to the list after a four-year absence. Athletes Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Canelo Alvarez also entered the top ten.

American boxer Floyd Mayweather and actor George Clooney took the top two places on last year’s list, but were out of the top 10 places this time.

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1 Taylor Swift

(Photo: AFP)
(Photo: AFP)

He won an estimated $ 185 million and re-headed the list, as he had done in 2016 after his successful album and tour “1989”. At 29, his 2018 “Reputation” tour is officially the highest-grossing tour in the history of the United States, with USD 266.1 million. Last year, he left Big Machine Records, the music label with which he began his career as a teenager, and moved to Universal Republic Records. As part of the agreement, Universal must share the proceeds of the final sale of its USD 1 billion stake in Spotify with its musicians.

2 Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner

Kim’s half sister Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian took second place after achieving an estimated 170 million dollars. At 21, Kylie Jenner is the youngest billionaire in the world. He started selling lipstick kits for USD 29 in 2015, and sold an estimated USD 360 million at Kylie Cosmetics in 2018. At the end of last year, he launched a distribution agreement with beauty retailer Ulta and sold an estimated USD 55 million in only six weeks In May 2019, it announced the launch of its vegan line Kylie Skin and presented a brand for a possible line for babies.

Jenner used USD 250,000 that he had earned by modeling to pay a company to produce his first 15,000 lip kits.

3 Kanye West


Billed USD 240 million. The majority of West’s revenues come from its line of Yeezy shoes, in association with Adidas, for which it receives 15% of the wholesale price of each pair. Yeezy has had estimated sales of one billion dollars in the last 12 months. In addition, West also owns the Yeezy clothing line.

4 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi in the last Copa América (Photo: REUTERS / Pilar Olivares)
Lionel Messi in the last Copa América (Photo: REUTERS / Pilar Olivares)

He had revenues of USD 127 million. His current contract in Barcelona is until the 2020-21 season and pays him more than USD 80 million annually. He also has a lifetime contract with Adidas. In recent months, he received USD 127 million according to Forbes.

5 Ed Sheeran


He had income for USD 110 million. The Divide Tour, which Sheeran concludes this summer after more than two years, has raised more than USD 600 million worldwide. In May, he announced “No. 6 Collaborations Project”, an album in which he appears accompanied by artists such as Justin Bieber, Cardi B and Bruno Mars. His previous album, ‘Divide’, of 2017, won the Grammy for Best Pop Pop Album in 2018.

6 Cristiano Ronaldo


Its revenues reached USD 109 million. Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 after nine years with Real Madrid, with a four-year contract worth USD 64 million annually. Within 24 hours after the announcement, Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo t-shirts worth more than USD 60 million. The Portuguese star is the most followed athlete in social networks with almost 400 million followers in total.

7 Neymar

Neymar in San Pablo (Photo: REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez)
Neymar in San Pablo (Photo: REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez)

Neymar earned USD 105 million in the last 12 months. He has a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2022 for USD 350 million. His pass from Barcelona to PSG is the most expensive in the world, with USD 263 million, which the French club paid in full before signing. The Brazilian is the second most popular athlete in social networks with more than 200 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

8 The Eagles


They had revenues of USD 100 million. The current lineup of the band includes Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Glenn Frey. Always successful on their tours, their recent “An Evening With The Eagles Tour” raised over USD 3.5 million for each visit. It was the first prolonged tour since the death of the co-founder of the band Glenn Frey in 2016.

9 Dr. Phil McGraw


He earned USD 95 million. He has one of the most watched talk shows on television, Dr. Phil’s show. He is a psychologist and writer, and earns a fee in advance for his talks, as well as a percentage of advertising revenue. In addition to giving advice on his program since 2002, he is an executive producer, and puts his name on “The Bull” and “The Doctors”. Although not a practicing doctor, McGraw co-founded the Doctors on Demand application, worth USD 300 million.

10 Canelo Alvarez

He had income of 94 million dollars. The DAZN broadcast service committed USD 365 million in 2018 to block the next 11 fights of the biggest pay-per-view boxing star. Alvarez pocketed approximately USD 50 million combined for his first two fights in DAZN, but he should win at least USD 35 million per fight in the future. His two confrontations with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin generated millions of subscriptions and were the first US boxing matches that did not involve Mayweather or Pacquiao and recorded more than one million contracts since 2002.

11 Roger Federer, USD 93.4 million. The Swiss is considered the best tennis player in history.

12 Howard Stern, USD 93 million. The 65-year-old radio driver is thinking of retiring next year.

13 J.K Rowling, USD 92 million. The author of Harry Potter continues to add amusement parks, theater productions and new films.

14 Russel Wilson, USD 89.5 million. The American football player signed a juicy contract with the Seahawks

15 Dwayne Johnson, USD 89.4 million. The former fighter “The Rock” is the highest paid actor in the world.

16 Aaron Rodgers, USD 89.3 million. The quarterback of the Green Bay Packers has diversified its fortune into several investments.

19 Elton John, USD 84 million. “Rocket Man” is on his farewell tour, with 101 concerts on five continents.

17 LeBron James, USD 89 million. One of the most famous basketball players in the world, he even owns a chain of pizzerias.

18 Rush Limbaugh, USD 87 million. The radio announcer has more than 25 million monthly listeners and is the author of several books.

20 Jay-Z, USD 81 million. The American hiphop singer accumulated a fortune on the On The Run II tour, with his wife, Beyoncé

20 Beyoncé, USD 81 million. American singer

22 Ellen DeGeneres, USD 80 million. American TV host

23 Stephen Curry, USD 79 million. 31-year-old American basketball player

24 Chris Hemsworth, USD 76.4 million. Australian actor

25 Drake, USD 75 million, Canadian singer

Kim Kardashian must have apologized for using odensive term (AFP)
Kim Kardashian must have apologized for using odensive term (AFP)

26 Kim Kardashian West, USD 72 million. Celebrity and American businesswoman

27 Ryan Seacrest, USD 71.5 million. TV presenter

28 Sean Combs (Puff Daddy), USD 70 million. American rapper

28 James Patterson, USD 70 million. American writer of thrillers

30 Metallica, USD 68.5 million. California trash metal group

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