August 21, 2019

Forbes Top 20 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World 2020

We all know entertainers make a lot of money. A lot of fortunes are been made by singers, rappers, athletes, actors, actress, entrepreneurs etc. How much these celebrities earned will blow your mind.

Forbes on July, 2019 released the list for Highest Paid Celebrities 2019 - Celebrity 100. This list was reported to have been their highest ever as the total amount earned by these superstars clocked $6.3 billion in pretax earnings in just the past 12 months.

The list includes various entertainers in different professions such as soccer players, musicians, boxers, actress, business mogul,  basketballers and other athletes. Taylor Swift and billionaire celebrity Kylie Jenner starts the list. Read Below

Taylor Swift

1) Taylor Swift - Singer
Country - USA
Earnings - $185 million
Age - 29

Who is the highest paid celebrity 2019? Taylor Swift takes the first position on this list. She is also the most paid musician and singer in 2019. Taylor Swift made history with her 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour. The tour became the highest in US history pulling massive $266.1 million.

She left Big Machine Record in 2018 and joined Universal's Republic Record. Universal music is expected to share proceeds from the eventual sale of it's $1 billion stake in Spotify with it's musician which was a part of the deal.

Her first single after the big move titled 'Me' debuted at No 2 on Billboard Hot 100 and racked up a record breaking 100 million YouTube views only in 79 hours. The "Me" video currently stands at 255 million views.

Kylie Jenner

2) Kylie Jenner - Makeup Mogul
Country - USA
Earnings - $170 million
Age - 21

 Kylie Jenner is among the richest celebrities in the world. Kylie Jenner is the youngest self made Billionaires ever. She used $250,000 she made from modelling gigs to pay an outside company to produce her first 15,000 lip kits.

Kylie started with peddling $29 lip kits in 2015 and sold an estimated $360 million worth of Kylie cosmetics in 2018. Impressive!. She launched a distribution deal in November 2019 with Beauty Retailer Ulta and sold an estimated $55 million of a product in just 6 weeks. Awesome!.

The company is worth a billion dollars and Kylie owns 100% stake of it.

Kanye West

3) Kanye West - Rapper
Country - USA
Earnings - $150 million
Age - 42

Who is the highest paid rapper in 2019? Kanye West is the man. The rapper gets most of his money from Yeezy sneakers which is in partnership with Adidas. He is been paid per shoe royalty of 15% on wholesale.

Over the past 12 months, Yeezy's sales has been estimated at $1 billion. He also profits from his Yeezy apparel line. He owns his brands outright.

Lionel Messi

4) Lionel Messi - Soccer Player
Country - Argentina
Earnings - $127 million
Age - 32

Who is the highest paid footballer 2019? Lionel Messi. Lionel has a lifelong contract with Adidas. His current contract with Barcelona is through 2020-21 and receives over annual salary of $80 million.

Messi is considered by many to be the best player in the world and usually compared to his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has scored 603 goals in 687 club appearances and won 33 club titles.

Messi is a five times Ballon d'or winner which is an equal feat that Cristiano Ronaldo has. He he has won the European Golden shoe for top scorer on the continent for record six times. He was also awarded the best goal by UEFA.

Ed Sheeran

5) Ed Sheeran - Singer
Country - UK
Earnings - $110 million
Age - 28

Ed Sheeran is the fifth highest paid entertainer in 2019. His album Divide earned him the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2018. He has announced "No. 6 collaborations project". This is a compilation album which has artistes like Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Cardi B.

$600 million has been grossed through his Divide tour which ended this summer. His No 6 collaborations project is now out! Ed Sheeran is also an actor and record producer.

Cristiano Ronaldo Picture

6) Cristiano Ronaldo - Soccer Players
Country - USA
Earnings - $109 million
Age - 34

Cristiano Ronaldo is actually the richest football player in the world. Ronaldo's move to Juventus caused the sale of 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys in 24 hours which was worth over $60 million. He joined the Italian giants in 2018 and took a pay cut which earns him annually about $64 million.

Who is the most followed individual on Instagram? Cristiano Ronaldo holds that record, the star has almost 200 million followers on instagram.

He has been awarded the Ballon d'or for five times. Ronaldo and Messi are the only players that have won this award to this extent. He is also the all time goal scorer in UEFA Champions League.


7) Neymar - Soccer Player
Country - Brazil
Earnings - $105 million
Age - 27

Neymar makes the third highest paid football player in the world 2019. He is currently on a five year contract with the French side, Paris Saint Germain which is worth $350 million in salary through June 2022 though the Brazil man is looking forward to going out of the club as he seems unhappy.

Neymar is the second most popular athlete on social media having over 200 million followers on those platforms. His transfer to Paris Saint Germain still stands as the most expensive in the world.

Known very well for his good dribblings, finishing, skills, pace and ability to play with both feets. He is considered to be among the best players in the world.

The Eagles

8) The Eagles - Music Band
Country - USA
Earnings - $100 million

What is the highest paid music band 2019? The Eagles are. The current members of this band are Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey.

Their recent tour, an evening with the Eagles Tour jacked me more than $3.5 million per tour stop. The tour marked the first prolonged set of dates since the death of the Eagles Co founder, Glenn Frey in 2016.

Dr Phil McGraw photo

9) Dr Phil McGraw - Television personality
Country - USA
Earnings - $95 million
Age - 68

Dr Phil is an American television personality, author and psychologist. He is the host of Dr Phil which is a very popular television show. McGraw gained his first celebrity status with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show in the 90s.

He earns an upfront fee from the Gabfest, as well as percentage for advertising revenue and cash from products placement. McGraw co-founded the appDoctors on demand which is worth $300 million.

Carnelo Alvarez

10) Carnelo Alvarez - Boxer
Country - Mexico
Earnings - $94 million
Age - 28

Who is the highest paid boxer in the world 2019? Carnelo Alvarez. DAZN which is a streaming service committed $365 million in 2018 to lock up the next 11 fights of boxing's biggest pay-per-view star. Carnelo earned $50 million combined for his first two fights on DAZN.

His first fight with GGG was declared a draw and Carnelo Alvarez narrowly won the second fight. Both fights generated more than a million PPV buys. This matches were the first US boxing matches not involving Pacquiao and Mayweather to get one million PPV buys since 2002.

Roger Federer

11) Roger Federer - Tennis player
Country - Switzerland
Earnings - $93.4 million
Age - 37

Who is the most paid Tennis player in 2019? Yeah, Roger Federer is. Roger is a very popular tennis player and also considered to be greatest men's tennis player of all time.

Roger has won $124 million in prize money in his career. His $86 million off court earnings are from appearances and various endorsements. He has been partnered by big brands like Mercedes Benz, Credit Suisse and Rolex.

Aside all these, he is also a philanthropist. His foundation has raised more than $40 million and educated one million children in Africa. Wow!.

Howard Stern

12) Howard Stern - Radio Host
Country - USA
Earnings - $93 million
Age - 65

Who is the highest paid radio host in the world 2019? Howard Stern comes 12th on this list and holds this position. Stern has an eighth figure contract with Sirius XM though it expires on December 2020 with him also considering retiring.

Howard Stern is also an author. His first book more than 20 years did debut at No 1 on the New York Times non fiction bestseller list in May.

JK Rowling

13) J.K Rowling - Author (Harry Potter)
Country - USA
Earnings - $92 million
Age - 53

Who is the highest paid author 2019? The Harry Potter writer, J.K Rowling is. She earned millions of dollars from theme parks, theatrical productions and a new movie about Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child garnered $2.3 million in ticket sales in a single week.

The movie, The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald panned a lot. The movie grossed $650 million at Box Office worldwide.

Russell Wilson

14) Russell Wilson - NFL Player
Country - USA
Earnings - $89.5 million
Age - 30

Russell Wilson is the highest paid NFL player. He achieved this in April when he was signed to a four year deal with Seahawks with $140 million contract extension.

Russell led the Seattle Seahawks to their first and only Super Bowl Championships in 2013-14 season.

He is the CEO of Brand Management from West2East Empire which has spawned two production companies. He is also an investor in the Portland diamond project. Wilson is a six time pro bowler.

Dwayne Johnson

15) Dwayne Johnson - Actor
Country - USA
Earnings - $89.4 million
Age - 47

Who is the highest paid actors in the world 2019? It is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). Dwayne started catching fame from the WWE wrestling ring. He is also a movie producer with his movies also getting good sales on their release.

Dwayne earns millions of dollars from franchise movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Hobbs and Shaw. Another Jumanji movie is upcoming and the actor is surely gonna make huge on it.

Series like HBO's Ballers also bring money to him and he also hosts the NBC game show "Titan Games". He has line of clothing, shoes and headphones at Under Armour.

Aaron Rodgers

16) Aaron Rodgers - NFL Player
Country - USA
Earnings - $89.3 million
Age - 35

Aaron Rodgers is the second most paid NFL player in 2019. In August 2018, he got signed to a record four years deal contract that is worth $134 million. His base salary this year is $20 million.

Aaron Rodgers seems to be one of the greatest NFL players of all time as he is a seven time Pro Bowler and two time MVP winner. His passer rating through out his career is the highest in NFL history. He purchased a minority ownership stake in the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in 2018.

LeBron James

17) LeBron James - Basketball player
Country - USA
Earnings - $89 million
Age - 35

Who is the highest paid basketball player in 2019? LeBron James takes the spot. LeBron James who is a four time NBA MVP joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 under a four year $153 million contract. He also has his own production company called SpringHill Entertainment and Media company.

LeBron James with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cindy Crawford and Lindsey Vonn last year launched Ladder which is a health and wellness company. James and his partners have 14 Blaze Pizza franchises in Chicago and seven in South Florida.

Rush Limbaugh

18) Rush Limbaugh - Radio Host
Country - USA
Earnings - $87 million
Age - 68

Rush Limbaugh is a popular radio host and known for 'The Limbaugh show'. This show receives more than 25 million listeners every month. Limbaugh celebrated his 30th year of syndication in 2018.

His show is the most listened-to-talk radio program in the US. Limbaugh unknown to many is a drop out. He didn't finish his education at Southeast Missouri State University.

Elton John

19) Elton John - Singer
Country - UK
Earnings - $84 million
Age - 72

Elton John is a very famous singer, pianist and composer. He is one of the world's best selling music artists as he has sold more than 300 million records.

Elton John has owned Watford FC from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002 and he is an honorary life president of the club.

Jay Z

20) Jay Z - Rapper
Country - USA
Earnings - $81 million
Age - 49

A total amount of around $250 million was grossed during his stadium tour "On the Run II" with his wife Beyoncé. The tour was said to bring in roughly $5 million per night.

Jay Z became Hip Hop first billionaire this spring due to his stakes in big companies, real estate, liquor encompassing empire etc. The rapper earns hugely from his Armand de Brignac Champaign and D'usse Cognac, a joint venture with Bacardi.

Hope the above list was really relevant and interesting: let's take a recap of the list:

  • Taylor Swift 
  • Kylie Jenner 
  • Kanye West 
  • Lionel Messi 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 
  • Neymar 
  • The Eagles 
  • Dr Phil McGraw 
  • Carnelo Alvarez 
  • Roger Federer 
  • Howard Stern 
  • JK Rowling 
  • Russell Wilson 
  • Dwayne Johnson 
  • Aaron Rodgers 
  • LeBron James 
  • Rush Limbaugh 
  • Elton John 
  • Jay Z 
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