Sean Combs Ousts Taylor Swift as Highest-Paid Global Entertainer
Forbes has released their highest paid celebrities list for 2017 and Beyoncé, Diddy and Drake all have landed in top spots.
The highest paid celebrities earned $5.15 billion—for perspective, that’s more than the combined GDP of Belize, Liberia and Gambia. The list accounts for income earned between June 2016 and June 2017. Specifically, Diddy, Beyoncé and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling rounded out the top three spots. Diddy earned $130 million while Bey brought in $105 million.
The partial sale of his clothing line, Sean John, was a big driver for Diddy, netting him $70 million when all was said and done. Alongside a lucrative deal with Ciroc and the revenue from the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Diddy was able to eclipse his closest competition by about $25 million.
Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy and Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg have hooked up and will expand their growing resumes.
“We live in a world where artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age,” The Weeknd told Forbes. “It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.”
Kylie Jenner’s estimated fortune of $41 million places her at number 59, making her the youngest celebrity on this year’s ranking.
The 19-year-old makeup mogul took to Twitter to share the news with her 21.6 million followers.
wow woke up the youngest entry on the @Forbes 100 list .. 🙏
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) June 12, 2017
Last year’s top earner, Taylor Swift, dropped to No. 49. The singer brought in $44 million, down from $170 million.
Check out the top 10 highest paid celebrities below.
1. Diddy, $130 million
2. Beyoncé, $105 million
3. J.K. Rowling, $95 million
4. Drake, $94 million
5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million
6. The Weeknd, $92 million
7. Howard Stern, $90 million
8. Coldplay, $88 million
9. James Patterson, $87 million
10. LeBron James, $86 million