Rapper and business mogul, Sean Combs aka Diddy, tops Forbes 100 highest paid celebrity in 2017 by clocking a career-best of $130 million. Singer, Beyoncé came in second with $105 million while best-selling fiction author, J.K. Rowling came in third with $95 million. Beyoncé’s husband, rapper and business mogul Jay Z came in at #55. Queen of social media and business entrepreneur, Kim Kardashian came in at #47, while her younger sister Kylie Jenner came in at #59.
Though Diddy’s payday mostly came from the sale of a large chunk of Sean John clothing equity and his ongoing partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, many of the names the list are profiting from the emergence of the new entertainment economy. From Spotify to Netflix, streaming platforms are directly enriching stars in a manner that once seemed a distant dream and indirectly fueling lucrative live shows.
Below is a full listing of this year’s Celebrity 100 (full coverage here), which ranks the top-earning front-of-camera entertainers in the world by pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.
According to Forbes:
“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 sometime of the stars themselves”.
58. Sofia Vergara, $41 million (Actor, Colombia)