The richest celebrities of 2017 revealed

It certainly pays to be famous. Just ask these stars, who are this year's highest-earning celebrities
ByAndre NevelingMonday , 17 July 2017
The richest celebrities of 2017 revealed
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When it comes to fame, fortune isn’t always a given. In fact, celebrities are often declared bankrupt following a string of bad financial decisions. Fortunately for the stars on this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 list, a string of successful ventures and good investments has paid off, big time. The entertainer claiming the coveted title of ‘highest-paid person in entertainment’ is none other than Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, P Diddy or sometimes even just Diddy. The rap mogul’s assets amount to a whopping $130m. A massive chunk of this fortune is a result of him selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line for $70 million. Not bad, considering he placed 22nd on the list in 2016. According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid celebrities in the world raked in over $5.1 billion combined. We feel like it’s an appropriate time to ask for a salary increase.

The Top 10 of Forbes Celebrity 100 list are:

  1. Sean Combs – $130m
  2. Beyoncé – $105m
  3. JK Rowling – $95m
  4. Drake – $94m
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo – $93m
  6. The Weeknd – $92m
  7. Howard Stern – $90m
  8. Coldplay – $88m
  9. James Patterson – $87m
  10. LeBron James – $86m

HIGHEST EARNING CELEB OF THE YEAR

SEAN ‘DIDDY’ COMBS
Earnings: $130m
Almost two decades after appearing on the cover of the first-ever Forbes Celebrity 100 issue, Diddy tops the rich list thanks to his very successful Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, which was a #throwback dream, and selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line empire for an estimated $70 million. Bravo, Diddy!

BEYONCE
Earnings: $105m
Queen Bey is having a fantastic year! Not only did she recently give birth to twins, but she’s also a very rich lady. In fact, she’s the highest-earning female celeb during the last year. Thanks to her Formation World Tour, which grossed more than a quarter of a billion dollars, her Lemonade album and shares in streaming service Tidal, which soared when Sprint invested $200m for a reported 33 per cent of the company earlier this year, Beyoncé earned an impressive $105m. Despite her wealth, Bey still rocks that hot sauce in her bag swag (geddit?).

DRAKE
Earnings: $94m 
As the most-streamed artist in the world over the past year, Drake has been making big bucks on streaming websites. However, the bulk of his fortune was made from his sell-out Boy Meets World Tour. He also makes a significant amount of money from sponsors Apple, Sprite and Nike.

CRISTIANO RONALDO
Earnings: $93m
This past year Cristiano secured a contract extension with Real Madrid that will pay him more than $50 million every year for the next four years. That’s not all. He also inked a lifetime deal with Nike worth upward of $1 billion. Plus his growing line of CR7 products now include underwear, shoes, fragrances and even hotels. Nice.

THE WEEKND
Earnings: $92m
Almost overnight, the Canadian singer has become one of the biggest acts in the world. He’s secured 5.5 billion streaming spins in the past two years and more than $1.1 million per show on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour. “Artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age,” he told Forbes. “It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.” We hope he buys something nice for new girlfriend, Selena Gomez…

JUSTIN BIEBER
Earnings: $83.5m
If you purchased tickets to see Biebs in concert in Dubai earlier this year, you made him a lot richer than he already is. Justin made the most money of his entire career this past year, thanks to his 105 live shows. He also made extra pocket money thanks to his Calvin Klein endorsement deal and his JustMoji icons. Now it all makes sense. No wonder he could afford to go to Dubai’s fave beachside venue Zero Gravity four times in one week...

ELLEN DEGENERES
Earnings: $77m
While Ellen’s popular talk show is still responsible for the majority of her income, she is cleverly using her show’s assets, including its viral YouTube stars, to make additional money in streaming. Her digital company, Ellen Digital Ventures, is also a successful business thanks to sponsored shows on exclusive streaming platform Ellentube and various mobile games and apps, including Heads Up. So if you’ve played Heads Up on your mobile, you’ve contributed to Ellen’s tidy fortune.

ADELE
Earnings: $69m
There is no stopping Adele! Despite turning down millions of dollars in celebrity endorsements over the years, the songstress makes her fortune thanks to her consistent touring and music sales. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, Adele’s fortune rose drastically this past year. In fact, she’s the richest solo female musician in the newspaper’s annual wealth survey, with an impressive increase of almost 50 percent in the past year alone.

GORDON RAMSAY
Earnings: $60m
In addition to starring in MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, and Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay added two more series to his plate: The F Word and Culinary Genius. Of course he also has a variety of restaurants around the world, including Bread Street Kitchen in Dubai. Have you been? It’s delish.

CALVIN HARRIS
Earnings: $48.5m
This year’s top-paid DJ, Calvin Harris continues to make his millions from his Vegas performances, expanding his income by headlining music festivals around the world. Rumoured to rake in seven-figure sums for gigs, he’s about to become even richer when he headlines the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this year.

KIM KARDASHIAN
Earnings: $45.5m
The past 12 months have been tough for Kim Kardashian, following the Paris robbery last October, which led to the reality star having a social media blackout. However, this only led to a $5.5m decrease from her previous year’s earnings. Kim’s income over the past year has been thanks to her success with the Kimoji app and its merchandise, a lipstick collaboration with her sister’s make-up line, Kylie Cosmetics, and releasing her own make-up line, KKW Beauty. And not to mention her earnings from KUWTK! The Kardashian-Jenner family signed a huge $100 million deal in 2015 for the next four seasons of the show, of which Kim receives a generous $15m. That’s $250,000 per episode!

TAYLOR SWIFT
Earnings: $44m
After being listed as Forbes’ top-paid celebrity in 2016 and taking home an enviable $170 million, this year has been relatively quiet for the singer in comparison. The 27 year old has received the majority of her earnings over the past year from music sales, endorsements with brands such as Diet Coke and Apple, as well as sales of her own merchandise.

SIMON COWELL
Earnings: $43m
The music mogul, who is behind the success of One Direction, continues to sign bands such as Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Despite this, most of Simon’s earnings come from him just being, well, him! Our TV screens have been bombarded with Simon’s face on shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and the UK’s X Factor. And this has transferred into a nice paycheque for the TV talent judge.

CÉLINE DION
Earnings: $42m 
The My Heart Will Go On singer continues to go on! Celine Dion is currently touring around Europe while her previous shows in Las Vegas are responsible for the majority of her fortune. Her worldwide tour and record sales have paid off, but most of Celine’s money this past year was made from shows in the States.

KYLIE JENNER
Earnings: $41m
The second-richest Kardashian sister earned $41m in the past year, so where did all that come from? Kylie’s make-up line, Kylie Cosmetics, has reportedly enjoyed over $20 million in sales. She has also released her own clothing line with sister Kendall and announced her own spin-off show Life of Kylie. Plus she is paid up to $400,000 per sponsored Instagram post. Not bad for a 19 year old!

JENNIFER LOPEZ
Earnings: $38m
With a hefty salary of $38 million in the past year, J-Lo’s acting career is partly to thank. She was paid $15 million for her role in Monster-in-Law and charges a minimum of $2 million per movie. J-Lo also has her own clothing line and her first fragrances, Glow By J-Lo and Still By Jennifer Lopez, brought in over $300 million of sales.

RIHANNA
Earnings: $36m
How does RiRi make her moola? She has major brand deals with the likes of Dior, Puma, MAC, Manolo Blahnik and Sephora. The Barbados native reportedly earned over $138million on her Diamonds Tour and founded the Believe Foundation, which is a charity that helps kids with terminal illnesses. Go buy yourself another jet-ski, girl.

BRITNEY SPEARS
Earnings: $34m
A decade after her public meltown, Britney is back on top of her game. Over the course of her career, she has made $324million in concert sales, $50 million from singles and albums and $140 million from her merchandise, including her 19 different fragrances! Britney is currently making her money on the successful Piece of Me Tour, which began three years ago. The tour recently surpassed the $100million mark, in terms of revenue. Not bad for an ex-Disney Club star, eh?

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