Kim Kardashian West- $67 Million
Probably the least recognizable name on this list, it’s a real mystery as to how such an unknown has come to earn so much only through reality television and beauty products. Kim has even married a relatively unknown person also, a rapper by the name of Kanye West, at least that’s how I think his name is spelled. I’m honestly not sure how this Kim person has found herself on a list of wealthy celebrities but this is what Forbes says so I’ve got to roll with it. Maybe she can find a way to get into the news this year so she’ll at least be recognizable with all the money she’s earning.
Matt Ryan- $67.3 Million
The starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and former NFL MVP, Matt is probably best known for losing Superbowl LI to the Patriots and giving up 28-3 second half lead. Signing a then record setting contract in 2018, Matt became the first quarterback with a $30 million per year contract. Add that to his multiple endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade and Mercedes to name a few, his income stretched to almost $70 million in 2018. That’s probably enough money to put his Super Bowl disappointment behind him.
Roger Waters- $68 Million
One of the lead men for Pink Floyd, Roger has found himself in some hot waters (get it???) more recently for his extreme political views which he insists have a role in his every performance. Putting that aside, Roger’s makes his money from extensive touring, and when your a musician of his caliber and prestige, fans come out in droves just to see a performance. Now well into his 70’s, it’s pretty impressive that he still has the stamina for all this performing.
Guns N’ Roses- $71 Million
After an extremely public spat with the rest of the band that lasted years, Axl Rose finally reunited with the rest of Guns N’ Roses. Looking at the amount of revenue generated by the band, maybe Axl should’ve given up on his vendetta a bit earlier. I’d probably forgive anyone for absolutely anything if I knew I’d be making $71 million the following year. I’m just happy that the band is back together to be honest, and am definitely looking forward to future songs named after the months of the year and various levels of precipitation.
Ryan Seacrest- $74 Million
Ryan has possibly the most lucrative hosting gig in all of television being the host of American Idol. In addition to hosting American Idol, he has his own radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, which provides a large source of revenue. Arguably his biggest money maker though is his production as he’s produced a bevy of popular shows, the most recognizable of which is by far Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Finally to top it off, Ryan spends his day to day hosting popular morning show Live! With Kelly and Ryan. Safe to say Ryan’s pretty busy these days.
Jay-Z- $76.5 Million
Jay-Z (AKA Shawn Carter) is a big name in the hip hop world and assuredly makes heaps of money from his music career. However, Shawn’s biggest source of income is simply being married to Beyonce, I’m not entirely sure how but they’re marriage just generates money. Another small money venture is his agency, Roc Nation Sports. Representing small name sports figures like Kevin Durant, Saquon Barkley and Kyrie Irving, Jay-Z has reportedly made at least $5 million from their multi million dollar contracts.
Stephen Curry- $76.9 Million
Aside from signing the first $200 million contract in the history of the NBA back in 2017, Steph can also boast that he’s one of the most marketable faces in all of basketball. As a result, he’s become the poster boy for numerous brands, most notably Under Armour, Chase, Nissan and more recently Rakuten. Although he makes upwards of $35 million a year solely from his NBA contract, his sponsorships are what skyrockets his yearly earning and actually account for more than his NBA contract.
Roger Federer- $77.2 Million
While the Swiss tennis legend has won millions of dollars in prize money from various tennis championships, similarly to the other sports players on this list, he’s made most of his money from sponsorship deals. Rolex, Wilson, Credit Suisse, and Mercedes-Benz are just of few of the big name companies who pay to have a man hitting a neon green ball represent them. Just in 2018 he signed a 10 year, $300 million deal with Japanese apparel giant Uniqlo. As someone who really enjoys Uniqlo clothing, I feel a very deep connection to Roger and commend him on his sponsorship deals (Roger if you’re reading this please give me money).
Dr.Phil- $77.5 Million
With one of the most watched shows on television today, Dr.Phil’s mustache attracts enough viewers to fund various tiny to small countries. He’s also an executive producer with multiple shows to his name and a tech developer, co-founding the Doctors on Demand app which allows people to talk to psychologists and physicians. Back to his mustache, it’s a complete and total game changer when it comes to Dr.Phil’s income. There are reports of other mustachioed people donating money simply in honor of the doctors stache.
Taylor Swift- $80 Million
Following her 2017 album Reputation, Taylor embarked on record breaking tour of the same name that grossed the highest sum of money in U.S history with $266.1 million. She also recently released a new single titled “ME!” which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard top 100 and has over 220 million youtube videos to date. Most important though, Taylor wrote the song “Love Story” which introduced to two previously unknown characters named Romeo and Juliet who are now world famous.
Robert Downey Jr.- $81 Million
It really doesn’t surprise me that Iron Man made a ton of money last year. What is surprising is that he did so only through his film as opposed to most other people on this list. It’s pretty crazy to imagine being in such high demand that you don’t have to do anything besides for your every day job to earn $81 million in a year. What’s even more crazy is making that much money and being considered poor when compared to your on screen counterpart, Tony Stark.
Katy Perry- $83 Million
Aside from being a judge on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot for a paltry $20 million a year, Katy has been touring extensively, garnering over $1 million a show on around 80 concert dates. Orlando Bloom also proposed to Katy recently, capping off a pretty spectacular year for the pop star. Making $83 million and getting engaged to Orlando Bloom is probably a teenage dream for most people, but to Katy it’s just a regular day life.
Rush Limbaugh- $84.5 Million
The host of the most listened to radio show in the U.S of A, Limbaugh’s yearly income from his radio contract is around $50 million. That is larger than most peoples combined lifetime income multiplied by 4. Being a prominent political figure, Rush has had his fair share of controversy, but one non-controversial thing he’s done is basically print money by introducing his new app. The app allows fans to listen to his radio show 24/7, therefore raising subscription numbers and raising the number in his bank account.
LeBron James- $85.5 Million
Lebron is one of the best basketball players of all time, that title comes with certain perks like being one of the best paid basketball players of all time. King James’s sponsorships are seemingly endless, highlighted by a lifetime deal with Nike that will earn him money for the rest of his life. As the most recognizable basketball star since Michael Jordan, his yearly earnings will probably keep rising until he retires in 2050 once his body finally starts to slow down.
James Patterson- $86 Million
James somehow published 20 books in 2018 alone, and reportedly hasn’t taken the time to breath since writing his first book way back in 1976. Rather than take a vacation having written almost 150 books in his life, James just keeps going on his typewriter. He even co authored a book with Bill Clinton by the title of “The President Is Missing”. James’s income goes to show that it doesn’t matter what your doing, as long as you do it to the point of questionable insanity you’ll get rich.
Ellen DeGeneres- $87.5 Million
Ellen is beloved by almost everyone for her daytime talk show that’s uniquely name “The Ellen Show”. She makes most of her money scaring people from inside boxes or behind doors and by finding flash in the plan viral Youtube sensations who are often extremely cute children. Another venture that brings in some revenue for Ellen is her producing which she’s used in tandem with Steve Harvey to produce “Little Big Shots”. Basically most of Ellen’s money comes from extremely talented cute children.
Howard Stern- $90 Million
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge and long time radio show host renewed his SiriusXM contract for an insane $80 million a year. After all the controversial things Stern has said and done, it’s pretty amazing that he’s still this high in demand and is able to command such a crazy yearly salary. In addition to that, Howard has also invested in various apps and streaming services, putting even more cash into his already cash full pockets.
Neymar- $90 Million
The Brazillian soccer superstar whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is currently signed on to five year, $350 million salary with French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain. That’s already enough money to get him on this list but what pushed him over the top is his sponsorships. The man with the longest name in human history is sponsored by almost all the big names including Nike, Gillette, Red Bull, Mcdonald’s and Beats by Dr Dre.
Conor McGregor- $99 Million
Conor made $3 million just from the payout of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov alone. Totalling in his percentage of the pay per view buys, he made over $30 million. One night. $30 million. After you’ve gone through all the stages of denial before finally accepting that number, take into account his numerous endorsements with Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, Reebok and Bud Light.On top of all of this, he also has personal ventures, the most successful of which is his Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.
Bruno Mars- $100 Million
Touring. Touring. Touring. The singer whose hats add five inches to his height made a ton of money from touring and album sales. How does one make almost $100 million touring you ask? By having 212 separate tour dates which gross over $200 million total. The only downside to this is that you aren’t allowed to sleep for an entire year but I guess making $100 million is worth it. Having your album sell over two million units stateside doesn’t hurt either.
Cristiano Ronaldo- $108 Million
The best looking athlete in the world, Cristiano has a contract from which he makes nearly $64 million yearly. He’s also tied with Lionel Messi (who we’ll see further up this list) as the most globally recognizable athlete in the world which means he makes millions more in sponsorships. He’s been in television commercials in probably every country on this lovely planet adding a solid amount of funds to his account. None of that matters though because he’s built like a Greek god.
Ed Sheeran- $110 Million
Ed’s made cameos on “Game Of Thrones” and “The Simpsons”, had Beyonce duet with him on his own song and made $100 million in a single year. By the way, all of this is before his 30th birthday. He’s also won four Grammy awards and has some of the worst tattoos in show business which can’t be held against him because of all the success he’s had. Just a lovable ginger guy, Ed’s probably made you cry with one of his songs, and made me cry by seeing how large his bank account number is.
Lionel Messi- $111 Million
Lionel is arguably the greatest soccer player in the history of the illustrious sport. He makes more than $80 million a year as part of his salary with Barcelona and makes close to $30 million yearly from endorsements with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi and Mastercard to name a few. Messi has also essentially blacked out his famous left leg with tattoos and is by far the most fun player to use on FIFA. Although neither of those facts grant him more money in any way, I still think they’re important to know.
Coldplay- $115.5 Million
Similar to other musicians on this list, Coldplay has made a mind boggling amount of money almost entirely from touring. That touring has lasted for two years since the release of their latest album “A Head Full of Dreams” and spanned five seperate continents. Bringing in roughly $5 million per show, Coldplay consistently make more per night than most people make their entire lives combined. If anyone knows Coldplay personally, let them know that if they ever need a replacement for a night, I’m available.
U2- $118 Million
It seems like U2 has been around forever as we have no evidence that the Irish rockers aren’t immortal. Only adding to this theory is U2’s Joshua Tree Tour which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the legendary album by the same name. Now to beat a dead horse, the tour made around $316 million over its entire duration. What I’ve surmised from this list now that we’ve made our way to the final musical act is that I need to go on tour. Apparently that’s where all the money is.
Dwayne Johnson- $124 Million
Quite possibly the most muscular man in human history, Dwayne has been on a roll the past few years. He’s starred in hit after hit these past few years and combined with his huge social media following of over 111 million Instagram followers, The Rock has been cooking himself a huge pay cheque. The most ridiculous thing about this though is that Johnson somehow made more money in millions last year than he has followers.
Judy Sheindlin- $147 Million
I personally am very surprised to see Judge Judy this high up on the list but after a bit of research it makes a lot of sense. Her yearly salary of $47 million for her TV show is one thing, but she recently sold the rights to her entire library of TV episodes for $100 million. Yes, you read that right, $100 million dollars. It’s a pretty crazy number but it completely explains Judy’s income from last year.
Kylie Jenner- $166.5 Million
Recently becoming the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 20, Kylie has managed to parlaye her families popularity into heaps of money through her business ventures. Aside from reality television, Kylie has collaborated with her sister Kendall on a joint fashion line but more than that, she’s created a hugely successful makeup line called KYLIE COSMETICS. With the amount of money she has in the bank, the $166.5 million she made last year doesn’t seem that significant.
George Clooney- $239 Million
Out of all the actors in Hollywood, George Clooney made the most money last year. What’s surprising about this is that almost all the money he made last year had nothing to do with acting. Clooney sold his tequila company, Casamigos, which he co founded with two others to British liquor company Diageo for $700 million. It seems the best way to make money, even if you’re already rich and famous, is to create a hugely successful business.
Floyd Mayweather- $285 Million
The man’s nickname is money so it’s no surprise that Floyd Mayweather comes in at the top of this list. With fighters, sponsorships aren’t as necessary to bring in huge buckets of cash. When you’re as big of a star as Floyd Mayweather, the pay per view money sometimes gets to astronomical amounts. The Mayweather-McGregor fight alone generated $550 million and definitely assisted in Mayweather taking home $285 million last year. Not a bad pay day for a “retired” guy.