The Highest-Paid Celebrities In The World (100 pics)

Posted in CELEBS       14 Jul 2016       7697       1 GALLERY VIEW

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99. Britney Spears ($30.5 million)


Though the 90s icon no longer rules the charts, Britney Jean has hit the jackpot in Las Vegas. This past fall, Spears signed a two-year, $35 million deal to continue her Planet Hollywood residency. The 34-year-old pop star recently released her 20th fragrance through Elizabeth Arden and a game with Glu Mobile.

99. Gisele Bündchen ($30.5 million)


The Brazilian supermodel makes money from contracts including lucrative fragrance and beauty deals with Chanel and Carolina Herrera. More than a clotheshorse, her own line of lingerie and skincare help peg her fashion's top-earner. She teams with husband Tom Brady as one of only two couples on the Celeb 100 list (they're in good company: the other is Beyoncé and Jay Z).

97. Drew Brees ($31 million)


The quarterback has racked up eight Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title since he joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Brees will make $19.75 million on the field for the 2016 season and millions more on endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Wrangler and Microsoft. The Brees Dream Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to charitable causes and academic institutions in New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette/Purdue communities.

97. Carmelo Anthony ($31 million)


The NBA star is more than halfway through on the five-year, $124 million contract he signed in 2014; at press time, Anthony was scheduled to have the NBA's highest salary for the coming season, although this summer's free agency and higher salary cap will change that. Anthony is one of the top NBA earners off the court through deals with Nike's Jordan Brand, SMS Audio, Draft Kings and Las Vegas Sands. He launched his own venture capital firm, M7 Tech Partners, in July 2014.

94. Brad Pitt ($31.5 million)


The Hollywood heartthrob made $31.5 million thanks to roles on and off the big screen. Pitt produced and acted in The Big Short,which won an Oscar and grossed over $133.3 million at the worldwide box office. Pitt also did double-duty for the upcoming War Machine,which Netflix reportedly paid $60 million to acquire. This is the first year since 2007 that the 57-year-old's earnings surpassed $30 million.

94. Penn & Teller ($31.5 million)


Penn & Teller have worked their magic in Las Vegas, where they perform five nights a week in return for a hefty paycheck. The duo took their show on the road in 2015, performing for six weeks on Broadway. The magicians host Fool Us,which has been renewed for a third season by the CW.

94. Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million)


One of Bollywood's busiest leading men, Kumar banked top rupee for three hit films in our scoring period. The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills: Honda motorcycles, a dairy producer and a gold loan company, among others.

92. Dwyane Wade ($32 million)


The NBA star shocked the sports world when left Miami to sign a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Chicago Bulls after 13 years with the Heat. His extensive endorsement portfolio counts 15 partners, including his own line of neckties and socks. One of the latest is Naked Brand Group, which will launch a Wade-branded line of underwear this year. Wade left longtime shoe sponsor Nike in 2012 to ink a deal with China's Li-Ning, earning an equity stake in the company, too.

92. Clayton Kershaw ($32 million)


The three-time Cy Young Award winner inked a $215 million contract in 2014, the richest ever for a pitcher at the time, and his salary jumped from $4 million to $30 million last year. Kershaw banks nearly seven-figures off the field thanks to endorsement partners: Under Armour, Art of the Game, Topps, Wilson, and Southern California Acura Dealers.

91. Usain Bolt ($32.5 million)


The Jamaican sprinter is in a class by himself in terms of his marketing prowess. His comps are not other track stars, but global icons like Messi, LeBron and Ronaldo. An Olympic year makes him an even hotter commodity. Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Puma is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10 million a year.

86. Melissa McCarthy ($33 million)


Who you gonna call? McCarthy earned an estimated eight-figure upfront fee to star in the Ghostbustersremake. Her compensation has finally inched up to reflect her ticket booth tallies: 2015's Spygrossed $235.7 million worldwide on a $65 million budget.

86. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million)


Khan continues to rule Bollywood's box office with the lead role in hit Dilwaleand many others, earning multimillion-dollar upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.

86. James Harden ($33 million)


The Houston Rocket launched career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2014-15 season on his way to a runner-up finish in the MVP voting. The strong season helped Harden cash in over the summer with a new 13-year deal with Adidas worth up to $200 million. Other partners include Beats, Foot Locker, BodyArmor, NBA 2K and a half-dozen more. He recently signed a new four-year, $118 million contract that will keep him in Texas through 2020.

86. Robert Downey Jr ($33 million)


Last year's highest-paid actor, Downey has had a quieter year with just Captain America: Civil Warreleased in our June 2015 through June 2016 scoring period. His earnings are down 58% from $80 million last year; the majority of his annual paycheck comes from his turn as Iron Man in Marvel's movies. He pads his income with endorsements for Taiwanese smartphone dealer HTC.

86. Dave Matthews Band ($33 million)


The Virginia jam band may have not released an album since 2012, but the group continues to make big bucks from touring: more than $25 million playing some 70 shows last year. The show goes on across the U.S. in celebration of DMB's 25th anniversary this year.

82. Ed Sheeran ($33.5 million)


The 25-year-old Brit bagged two Grammy wins for his single "Thinking Out Loud" from his studio album x,which has shifted 2.6 million copies since its 2014 release. The singer-songwriter also rakes in millions from co-writing hits such as Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" and recently started his own aptly named label, Gingerbread Man.

82. Kei Nishikori ($33.5 million)


The first Asian player to make a men's Grand Slam final in 2014, Nishikori's role as the top player in Japan helped him rack up a loaded endorsement portfolio that includes 15 sponsors, among them Uniqlo, Wilson, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, Jaguar and Tag Heuer. The renewal of his apparel deal with Uniqlo starting in 2016 is worth eight figures annually. Nishikori is poised to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

82. Maroon 5 ($33.5 million)


The American pop-rock outfit is making millions this year on its 104-date Maroon V World Tour--and getting good publicity from frontman Adam Levine's presence as a coach on The Voice (though his earnings are not counted toward the group's total on our list).

82. A.J. Green ($33.5 million)


The wide receiver signed a four-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals in September 2015 worth $60 million. The deal included a $15 million signing bonus and $6 million roster bonus paid in March, on top of Green's $11.75 million base salary in 2015. The 2011 first-round draft pick was rewarded for the 4,874 yards he racked up his first four seasons, fourth most by a receiver since the NFL-AFL merger.

80. Derrick Rose ($34 million)


After seven seasons playing for Chicago, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks in July. Injuries have derailed the career of the former MVP and No. 1 overall draft pick. He has one season left on the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with the Bulls at the end of 2011. Rose is one of the NBA's top earners off the court thanks a 13-year Adidas deal worth up to $185 million.

80. Peyton Manning ($34 million)


Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset a winner when he won his second Super Bowl in February and announced his retirement a month later. The run to the Super Bowl earned Manning $4 million in incentive bonuses on top of his $15 million salary. Manning retires with $249 million in career salary/bonuses from the NFL, $400 million in total earnings, including endorsements, and multiple all-time passing records, including passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539) and game-winning drives (56). His legacy is secured as one of the NFL's greatest players as the league's only five-time MVP award winner. Manning has been the NFL's most marketable player over the past decade and the past year was his biggest yet off the field. He'll appear in five national ad campaigns during the 2016 season despite being retired. He cashed in on memorabilia tied to his retirement and Super Bowl appearance. His partners include Nike, Buick, DirecTV, Gatorade, Nationwide and Papa John's. Manning became a Papa John's pizza franchisee in 2012 when he signed a deal to own 32 stores in the Denver area.

78. Vin Diesel ($35 million)


With an upfront paycheck for the latest Diesel-powered installment, Furious 8, plus a sequel to Guardians of The Galaxy,"the gravelly-voiced actor joins our list for the third time. A key user of Facebook's "Facebook Live" feature, he has 100 million Facebook fans. "The whole point [of Fast and the Furious] was to diversify Hollywood," Diesel told FORBES in 2015.

78. Marcell Dareus ($35 million)


The NFL star signed a six-year, $96.6 million contract extension with the Buffalo Bills in September 2015. The deal included a $25 million signing bonus and the most guaranteed money ever, $60 million, for a non-quarterback. Dareus was drafted third overall in 2011 out of the University of Alabama. The defensive tackle made the Pro Bowl for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

77. Gareth Bale ($36 million)


While injuries limited the Welsh international to just 21 La Liga starts in the 2015/16 season, the soccer star managed to score 19 times, much to the delight of Real Madrid, who paid a whopping $118 million to acquire him in 2013 and is rumored to want to sell him. No matter where Bale goes he's poised to remain a standout fixture for sponsor Adidas, having inked a six-year contract in 2014 worth an estimated $35 million.

75. Fernando Alonso ($36.5 million)


The driver's first year with the McLaren-Honda did not go well as the team struggled to field a competitive car; Alonso finished 17th in the final F1 standings. It was a long fall for someone used to competing at the front of the grid. The Spaniard is well compensated at McLaren, with a three-year deal worth more than $30 million annually. His 32 career wins ranks sixth all-time among F1 drivers.

75. Jason Aldean ($36.5 million)


The Georgia native's music is a mix of old and new: country twang mixed with rock riffs. The same goes for business--though Aldean makes most of his money on shows, he's looking to the future, last year becoming the only country act with a stake in Jay Z's Tidal.

72. Neymar ($37.5 million)


In April, the soccer star won a Webby Award in the sporting category for his official Neymar Jr. website. The combination of his prowess on the pitch and innovation online helped him land a dozen endorsement deals with brands like Nike, Red Bull, Panasonic, Konami and Gillette. Neymar signed a five-year contract extension in July that ties him to Barcelona through 2021.

72. Rafael Nadal ($37.5 million)


Last year was the first Nadal did not win a Grand Slam event since 2004, putting an end to his 10-year streak, the longest in men's tennis history. He's still a fan favorite and banked millions for his appearance at the IPTL matches in December. Endorsement partners include Nike, Babolat, Kia Motors, Telefonica, Banco Sabadell, Richard Mille, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Kia renewed its deal with Nadal last year for an additional five years.

72. Zlatan Ibrahimović ($37.5 million)


The Swedish striker ended his career with Paris Saint-Germain in May as its all-time leading goalscorer. Up next: a move to the Premier League with Manchester United for the 2016-17 season. After a season-long negotiation with Nike, he returned under a deal worth a reported $3 million annually through 2019. In June he released his line of sportswear, A-Z, and also boasts a fragrance, Zlatan.

70. Tiësto ($38 million)


The Dutch DJ is one of the most prolific musicians on our Celeb list, playing more than 100 gigs during our 12-month scoring period while maintaining a healthy six-figure average fee per show. He also padded his considerable coffers with a TV spot for 7UP.

70. Philip Rivers ($38 million)


The San Diego Chargers' quarterback signed a four-year, $83.25 million contract extension in August 2015; the deal includes a no-trade clause from the only franchise Rivers has ever known as a pro. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the No. 4 pick in the 2004 NFL draft and promptly traded to the Chargers for listmate Eli Manning, the No. 1 overall pick that year.

69. Drake ($38.5 million)


The Canadian rapper had the best music sales of anyone not named Adele, thanks to new album Views. He juiced his total with live shows and checks from brands including Sprite, Nike and Apple.

68. Jennifer Lopez ($39.5 million)


American Idolmay have drawn to a close--and with it, Lopez' reported $17.5 million paycheck--but Jenny From The Block has plenty of other ways to get her rocks. Among them: deals with L'Oréal, Endless Jewelry and her own fragrance, as well as an ongoing Vegas residency.

67. Mumford & Sons ($40 million)


Hot off the success of new album Wilder Mind, the Grammy-winning folk rock band played nearly 100 shows last year in cities from Chicago to Cape Town. The group also gained publicity when its manager launched a petition for tougher U.K. sanctions on ticket resale websites, garnering nearly 45,000 signatures.

66. Jimmy Buffett ($40.5 million)


With locations from Atlantic City to Panama City, Buffett's Margaritaville empire is broader--and lucrative--than just about any venture by his top-earning celebrity peers. He still finds time to play gigs in front of his Parrothead fan base, to the tune of 27 dates in our scoring period.

63. Sebastian Vettel ($41 million)


The German racecar driver fulfilled a lifelong dream in the fall of 2014 when he inked a three-year deal to drive for Ferrari. The contract is one of the richest in F1 and will pay out more than $40 million annually, including bonuses if Vettel performs. He is one of only four drivers to win at least four titles and his 42 career wins ranks fourth all-time.

63. Katy Perry ($41 million)


Last year's top-earning musician makes this year's Celebrity 100 on the strength of her $204 million Prismatic World Tour's tail end. She banks additional millions from endorsement deals with H&M, Claire's and CoverGirl; Perry even made a cameo in this year's Zoolander sequel. "I'm an entrepreneur," she told FORBES last year. "I don't want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls."

63. Dr. Dre ($41 million)


Two years after scoring the highest single-year payday for any celebrity--$620 million, mostly from Apple's $3 billion Beats buyout--Dre continues to pocket plenty of cash. He released his first album in over a decade and executive-produced NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

61. Russell Wilson ($42 million)


The quarterback earned $2 million in salary during his first three seasons, but the Seattle Seahawks rewarded him in the summer of 2015 with a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million including a $31 million signing bonus. Wilson has become one of the NFL's most marketable players, scoring deals with Microsoft, Nike, Bose and Braun. He launched his own clothing line, Good Man Brand, at Nordstrom in 2016.

61. Elton John ($42 million)


Playing an otherworldly 94 gigs during our scoring period, many of them in Las Vegas, the Rocketman blasted onto the Celebrity 100 list for the tenth time. He also earns big from his work as a songwriter and composer for moonshots like The Lion King.

60. Rory McIlroy ($42.5 million)


The golfer's on-course earnings fell by nearly $9 million, but McIlroy continues to be a bankable marketing star. Nike, his biggest endorsement deal, pays nearly $20 million annually. He also partners with Omega, Bose and Upper Deck. McIlroy replaced Tiger Woods as the face of Electronic Arts' golf video game last year. He also settled a messy lawsuit last year with former agents who accused him of owing millions of dollars in commissions.

58. Sofia Vergara ($43 million)

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While the Colombian actor may be best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Gloria on Modern Family--a role that earns her millions each year--most of her income comes from lucrative endorsement and licensing deals, including a line of Rooms To Go furniture, a coffee maker and even cheetah-printed nurse uniforms.

58. Ben Affleck ($43 million)


It may have been panned by critics, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicegave Affleck the best box office of his career: The movie grossed over $870 million worldwide. The caped crusader earns big from upfront fees and backend profits for the series, helping him pocket his highest annual paycheck yet.

57. Jerry Seinfeld ($43.5 million)


For this comedian, Seinfeld is the gift that keeps on giving: Jerry's namesake show--for which he holds a hefty chunk of the rights--still earns him millions each year in syndication, especially now with a massive new Hulu deal. Yet Seinfeld continues to tour, and his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, was recently renewed for a ninth season.

54. Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($44 million)


The boxer says he is retired after defeating Andre Berto in September to run his record to 49-0. The world's highest-paid athlete three of the previous four years banked $32 million for the Berto fight to bring his career earnings to $700 million since turning pro in 1996. Money Mayweather earned $12 million outside the ring over the last 12 months through more than a dozen personal appearances during his "World Tour" and profits from his TMT line of merchandise.

54. Tom Brady ($44 million)


The Patriots' quarterback signed a contract extension in March that included a $28 million signing bonus, lowering his 2016 base salary from $9 million to just $1 million in the process. That could save Brady close to $2 million in game checks if his four-game suspension stemming from the "Deflategate" saga is upheld. He also makes plenty off the field, thanks to deals with brands including Under Armour and UGG Boots.

54. Bigbang ($44 million)


The Seoul-based boyband clocked the biggest year ever for a K-Pop act--and became the first Korean act to land on our Celebrity 100 list, thanks to arena shows in Asia and beyond. One Direction and the Backstreet Boys are the only boybands who've earned more in a single year.

53. Joe Flacco ($44.5 million)


The 2013 Super Bowl MVP broke the bank in the offseason with a new three-year, $66.4 million contract that will keep him with the Baltimore Ravens through 2021. The deal includes a $40 million signing bonus for Flacco ($15 million of the bonus is deferred to March 2017, but FORBES considers it earned during our measured time period). His $22.1 million average salary is the highest in the NFL, topping Aaron Rodgers' previous mark of $22 million.

52. Eli Manning ($45 million)


The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension in September 2015. The pact includes a $31 million signing bonus and $65 million in guarantees. After the retirement of his brother, Eli's career earnings are the highest among active players: $188 million. His endorsement portfolio includes Nike, Toyota Motor, DirecTV, Gatorade and Dunkin' Donuts.

51. Tiger Woods ($45.5 million)


The 14-time major winner turned 40 in December 2015 and is feeling his mortality on the golf course, playing only 18 events since the start 2014 and making just six cuts. Woods built a fortune on endorsements with the likes of AT&T, Buick, Nike and Gatorade. All of those companies have left him, but Nike remains--and pays him more than $20 million a year. Other current partners include Hero MotoCorp, Kowa, Rolex and Upper Deck.

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rx65m 5 year s ago
So no Donald Trump among these celebrities...



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