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Who earns the most in the glamorous world of celebrities?

Even though we don’t want to admit it, we certainly do think that it’s a bit exciting to follow the lives of the stars we can see every day on TV, newspapers and social media.

And even if we do hope to become somewhat infected with their glamorous lifestyle, we mostly end up becoming more unsure and frustrated… However, we still don’t want to quit, right?

So, we present to you the 10 best paid entertainers and celebrities from June 2018 to June 2019. Brace yourselves – it’s going to be a rollercoaster of the really big dollars and zeros after the numbers!

The world's top-earning celebrity!

10. Canelo Alvarez

The young Mexican boxer has jumped to the 10th place on the list, with a total income of 92 million USD in the 18/19 season. With an easy earning of 50 million USD for 2 boxing matches in 2018, it makes him the 4th best-paid athlete in the world.

What does the future predict about this athlete? Well, the crystal ball says that he will earn 35 million USD per match in the future.

Alvez is the youngest of 8 children, so we surely understand why he has become a world class boxer, who had to learn the ability to protect himself at a young age!

9. Dr. Phil (Dr. Phil Mcgraw)

You haven’t lived yet if you haven’t used a whole afternoon plastered to the screen, listening to Dr. Phil’s solutions to problems you never could imagine actually exist. He has already been on the screen for many years, and that has placed him at number 9 on the list with an income of 93 million USD last year.

His show is one of the most-seen TV programmes in the world, and in addition to his own show, he is the producer of two other programmes (“The Bull” and “The Doctors”). As if that wasn’t enough, he also has developed the app “Doctors on Demand”, which has a staggering value of 300 million dollars.

This doctor certainly doesn’t rest on his laurels.

8. The Eagles

The US rock band from the 70’s is still going strong! Almost 50 years after they first met, they still tour, and that has given them the 8th place on this list with an earning of 98 million USD last year.

Their last tour made them a profit of over 3 million dollars per stop – that must have been worth the money!

Even though the band had a 14 year break in the 80’s and 90’s, they really aren’t finished entertaining us yet!

7. Neymar

The Brazilian football star, Neymar, is more than anything known for his relocation from the Spanish club, Barcelona, to the French club, Paris Saint-Germain. The relocation is in fact the most expensive in history, as the French club had to spend 250 million for the young player. The change has been the source of his placement at the 7th spot on the list, with an annual income of 103 million dollars last year.

Beyond being the most expensive player, Neymar is the second most popular athlete on social media, where he has currently earned 123 million followers – do we need to say wow?

However, like the rest of the glamorous world, there isn’t only delight and joy, as the star “forgot” to pay taxes for two years (2011-2013) and it ended up costing him a 1 million dollar fine. Nevertheless, if there is someone who can afford this, it must be him!

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

You have definitely heard about this Portugese man – if not from football, then for his looks! Ronaldo is one of the best football players to have ever trodden on the grass, and that is reflected in his income last year, as his account gladly accepted 107 million USD.

He has won the FIFA Player of the Year 5 times, and he is the player who has scored the most goals in Champions League history.

Thus, there is a reason for why his account shines in gold – and that the whole world follows him in excitement. Don’t believe us? Then check out some of his 200 million followers on social media. They speak for themselves.

5. Ed Sheeran

This recognisable Englishman has taken the whole world by storm. With songs like “Shape of You”, “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph”, he has sung himself into the hearts of everyone – and even earned himself a good amount of money for that.

In fact, he earned as much as 108 million USD last year.

So regardless of him being made fun of for his red locks, that doesn’t hold him back!

4. Lionel Messi

Here we have him, the athlete with the highest income last year – Mr. Messi.

A football player as fast as a speeding bullet naturally deserves a lightning fast income, and with his 123 million USD last year, that is exactly what he received.

There are not many people who can keep up with his tempo – and naturally, that has opened the eyes of the sports brand Adidas.

With a lifelong agreement with the brand, there are no risks that his economy will stand still. Even if he one day hangs up his football shoes.

3. Kanye West

The famous rapper is also famous for being Kim Kardashian’s S.O., and he has seriously crawled up the economic ladder.

His cooperation with Adidas has created Yeezy sneakers, which made a profit of 873 million USD in just 12 months. So although he “only” receives 12% of the sales, we’re still talking about quite a few zeros – to be precise, he earned 146 million dollars last year.

His name means “The only one” in Swahili, and we can easily agree that this suits him perfectly well!

2. Kylie Jenner

With her only 21 years, the young make-up mogul is the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Since 2015, her brand “Kylie Cosmetics” has increased in popularity every day, and today, her company is worth a dizzying 874 million USD.

Therefore, it’s not much more to say that in 2018/2019 she earned no less than 157 million USD.

So although her family is famous for their big bums and drama, this businesswoman can clearly do more than that!

1. Taylor Swift

In the first place (which is also the most fun place, right?), we have this young songbird.

With more than 200 awards won, this young star has shown that this is what it’s all about.

Therefore, her dedication has brought her 168 million USD just last year – a small addition to the account.

Her Stadion Tour in 2018 is the highest grossing tour ever in US history, as it – alone – brought her almost 250 million USD.

Thus, with her only 29 years, we can assume we will be singing her songs for years to come. So, just warm up your singing voice, and memorise the songs “Bad Blood”, “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” already.

Written by:
Emil Kjær

Emil Kjær

Emil uses his expertise to make a difference in the financial sector. He studied at the University of Southern Denmark and has been General Manager at Intelligent Banker since 2013, where he has helped more than 500,000 users from all over the world with their financial needs.

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