Highest Paid Entertainers In The World- Forbes 2017 Ranking


According to the 2017 ranking of Forbes highest paid entertainers, the world’s 100 top earning celebrities grossed a cumulative of $5.15 billion pretax during the one-year scoring period.

The 2017 list of Forbes highest paid entertainers was obtained from a number of records:

“To compile the list, we evaluate front of camera talent; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Estimates are based on figures from Nielsen, NPD Bookscan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and sometimes the stars themselves.”

Forbes states that about a third of these celebrities are from the United States; 20 from Europe; 12 from the UK; 5 from Asia; and 4 from Canada.

Claiming the top spot of Forbes highest paid entertainers from June 2016 to 2017 is Sean Combs, popularly called “Diddy”.

In one year, Diddy has banked a whopping sum of $130 million (pretax).

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This is the second time in 20 years that the rapper turned businessman is gracing the cover of a Celebrity 100 issue.

The bulk of Diddy’s 2017 total was from the sales of one-third of his Sean John clothing line. He sold it for an estimated $70 million.

From the movie world, the list contains 10 male actors but no actress.

Jackie Chan is at No. 39 with $49 million; Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan made it to No. 65 with $38 million, and Kevin Hart ranked at No. 98 with $32.5 million.

Though no actress; there are 16 women in the list of Forbes highest paid entertainers.

Beyonce grossed a fortune from her Formation World Tour and Lemonade release. She is estimated to be worth $1 billion with her husband,  Jay Z, who falls on the 55th spot in this list.

After her big break in 2008, J.K. Rowling in one year has amassed $95 million from her bestselling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Adele made it to the 18th spot with $69 million.

From the soccer world, Cristiano Ronaldo made it to the top 10; Lionel Messi at No. 14 with $80 million; while at the 100th position is Zlatan Ibrahimovic with $32million.

19-year old Kylie Jenner newly joined Forbes highest paid entertainers with $41 million. Her fortune is thanks to endorsements, her family’s reality TV show, a namesake cosmetics company and a clothing line.

Other newcomers to the Forbes include Steve Harvey (No. 53; $42.5 million), Amy Schumer (No. 69; $37.5 million) Conor McGregor (No. 89; $34 million) and Chance the Rapper (No. 95; $33 million).

Taylor Swift who was the 2016 highest earner with $170 million, went down to the 49th spot with $44 million.

10. LeBron James

$86 Million

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9. James Patterson

$87 Million

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8. Coldplay

$88 Million

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7. Howard Stern

$90 Million

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6. The Weeknd

$92 Million

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5. Cristiano Ronaldo

$93 Million

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4.Drake

$94 Million

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3. J.K. Rowling

$95 Million 

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2. Beyonce

$105 Million

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1. Diddy

$130 Million

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See the full list of Forbes Highest Paid Entertainers:

11. Guns N’ Roses – $84million

11. Rush Limbaugh – $84million

13. Justin Bieber – $83.5million

14. Lionel Messi – $80million

15. Dr. Phil McGraw – $79million

16. Ellen DeGeneres – $77million

17. Bruce Springsteen – $75million

18. Adele – $69million

18. Jerry Seinfeld – $69million

20. Mark Wahlberg – $68million

21.  Metallica – $66.5million

22. Dwayne Johnson – $65million

23. Roger Federer – $64million

24. David Copperfield – $61.5million

25. Kevin Durant – $60.6million

26. Garth Brooks – $60million

26. Elton John – $60million

26. Gordon Ramsay – $60million

29. Ryan Seacrest – $58million

30. Chris Rock – $57million

31. Vin Diesel – $54.5million

32. Paul McCartney – $54million

32. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $54million

34. Louis CK – $52million

35. Jimmy Buffett – $50.5million

35. Adam Sandler – $50.5million

37. Andrew Luck – $50million

37. Rory McIlroy – $50million

39. Jackie Chan – $49million

40. Calvin Harris – $48.5million

41. Robert Downey Jr – $48million

42, Stephen Curry – $47.3million

43. Dave Chappelle – $47million

43. Judy Sheindlin – $47million

45. James Harden – $46.6million

46. Lewis Hamilton – $46million

47. Kim Kardashian West – $45.5million

48. Drew Brees – $45.3million

49. Taylor Swift – $44million

50. Simon Cowell – $43.5million

50. Phil Mickelson – $43.5million

52. Tom Cruise – $43million

53. Kenny Chesney – $42.5million

53. Steve Harvey – $42.5million

55. Luke Bryan – $42million

55. Celine Dion – $42million

55. Jay-Z – $42million

58. Sofia Vergara – $41.5million

59. Kylie Jenner – $41million

60. Bruno Mars – $39million

60. Tiesto – $39million

62. Russell Westbrook – $38.6million

63. Sebastian Vettel – $38.5million

64. Damian Lillard – $38.4million

65. Shah Rukh Khan – $38million

65. Jennifer Lopez – $38million

65. The Chainsmokers – $38million

68. Novak Djokovic – $37.6million

69. Amy Schumer – $37.5million

70. Tiger Woods – $37.1million

71. Salman Khan – $37million

71. Neymar – $37million

71. Bill O’Reilly – $37million

71. Dolly Parton – $37million

71. Ed Sheeran – $37million

76. Dwayne Wade – $36.2million

77. Fernando Alonso – $36million

77. Sean Hannity – $36million

77. Rihanna – $36million

80. Bon Jovi – $35.5million

80. Akshay Kumar – $35.5million

82. Billy Joel – $35million

83.  Dr Dre – $34.5million

83. Florida Georgia Line – $34.5million

83. Toby Keith – $34.5million

83. Jordan Spieth – $34.5million

87. Derrick Rose – $34.3million

88. Usain Bolt – $34.2million

89. Gareth Bale – $34million

89. Conor McGregor – $34million

89. Britney Spears – $34million

92. Kei Nishikori – $33.9million

93. Fletcher Cox – $33.4million

94. Clayton Kershaw – $33.3million

95. Chance the Rapper – $33million

95. Katy Perry – $33million

97. Carmelo Anthony – $32.6million

98. Jason Aldean – $32.5million

98. Kevin Hary – $32.5million

100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $32million

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