Floyd Mayweather ($285 mil in pretax annual earnings), captures the top spot on Forbes’ 20th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.
The boxer’s August 2017 fight versus Conor McGregor generated more than $550 million in revenue, with Money Mayweather earning $275 million, securing him the No. 1 spot for the second year since 2015. George Clooney ($239 mil) is in the No. 2 spot after British liquor giant Diageo purchased Casamigos, the tequila company Clooney cofounded, giving him the best annual take-home of his—or any actor’s—career. Kylie Jenner ($166.5 mil) returns to the list at No. 3, a significant jump from the 2017 newcomer’s spot at No. 59, followed by Judge Judy Sheindlin ($147 mil) at No. 4. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, earning $124 million, rounds out the top five. The Rock (story p. 102) nearly doubled his 2017 $65 million payday, and his acting-related earnings are the largest ever recorded in the 20 years Forbes has tracked the Celebrity 100.
2018 Celebrity 100 Highlights:
- The world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year, and the third highest sum in the list’s 20-year history. Over the past two decades, more than 700 actors, actresses, musicians and other stars have appeared on the list, accumulating a total of $80 billion in earnings.
- List members represent 17 countries: U.S., U.K., Barbados, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, China, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Greece, India.
- The Celeb 100 earnings minimum is $35 million, and 11 entertainers have earned $100 million or more over the past year – more than double the number from the past two years combined.
Featured on the cover of the August 31, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine is Natalie Robehmed’s profile of Kylie Jenner. The 20-year-old mother, reality television star and owner of Kylie Cosmetics is ranked No. 3 with $166.5 million in earnings and later this year will likely take the title Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates once held: the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire.
With everyone earning at least $108 million, it’s clear the past year was not too shabby for these stars and their bank accounts.
Beyond the top ten, Bruno Mars, Howard Stern, James Patterson, David Copperfield, fellow Kardashian family members Kris Jennerand Kim Kardashian as well as Rihanna, Sofia Vergara, Céline Dion, Adam Sandler and dozens more famous names have all made this year’s list.