Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Boxer Floyd Mayweather leads Forbes list of top-paid celebrities

Forbes has released its Celebrity 100 list and boxer Floyd Mayweather came out on top. The 38-year-old boxer raked in $300 million over the past 12 months, earnings nearly double those of the second-highest paid celebrity — Manny Pacquiao, who took in $160 million. 

Both boxers owe their status to the May 2 match that Mayweather won.
Coming in third place overall is Katy Perry, the highest-paid female celebrity with earnings of $135 million, soundly beating the influential Taylor Swift.

The top 10 women are:
Musician Katy Perry, $135 million
Musician Taylor Swift, $80 million
TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, $75 million
Musician Lady Gaga, $59 million
Musician Beyonce Knowles, $54.5 million
TV Personality Kim Kardashian, $52.5 million
Actress Jennifer Lawrence, $52 million
TV Personality Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy), $47 million
Model Gisele Bündchen, $44 million
Actress Scarlett Johansson, $35.5 million.

Swift, however, does have the distinction of being among the youngest top-earning celebrities. Swift, 25, was ranked eighth in the overall highest-paid list.

The 10 youngest celebrities on Forbes list include:
Soccer player Neymar, $31 million, age 23
Soccer player James Rodriguez, $29 million, age 23
Musician Ed Sheeran, $57 million, age 24
Actress Jennifer Lawrence, $52 million, age 24
Musician Taylor Swift, $80 million, age 25
Soccer player Gareth Bale, $35 million, age 25
Basketball player Kevin Durant, $54 million, age 26
Golfer Rory McIlroy, $48.5 million, age 26
Basketball player Derrick Rose, $34 million, age 26
F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, $33 million, age 27.

Only two Canadians made Forbes’ top earners’ list, musician Michael Bublé who took in $45.5 million, beating hip-hop empresario Drake, who took in $39.5 million. Bublé, 39, was ranked 45th in the overall list, whereas Drake, 28, was ranked 54th.

Musicians accounted for 36 of the 100 spots on the list, followed by athletes (28), actors (14), personalities (10), actresses (2), TV actresses (2), hip-hop empresarios (2), comedians (2), authors (1), magicians (1) and TV actors (1).

The top-earning actor on the list was Robert Downey Jr., who tied with Swift for the No. 8 overall spot on the list and took in $80 million over the past year.
The top earning actress, ranked 34 overall, was Jennifer Lawrence, who took in $52 million.

As for the top 10 overall earners?
Floyd Mayweather, $300 million
Manny Pacquiao, $160 million
Katy Perry, $135 million
One Direction, $130 million
Howard Stern, $95 million
Garth Brooks, $90 million
James Patterson, $89 million
Robert Downey Jr., $80 million
Taylor Swift, $80 million
Cristiano Ronaldo, $79.5 million

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