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Boxer Mayweather, George Clooney lead world’s highest paid entertainers, Entertainment News & Top Stories

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on Monday (July 16) on a listing that noticed actor George Clooney take the No. 2 spot with the very best annual pay of his profession.

Reality star Kylie Jenner, 20, got here in third on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 listing, largely due to her booming cosmetics line that Forbes mentioned put her on observe to turn into the youngest self-made billionaire within the United States.

Forbes compiled its 2018 listing estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018, earlier than deducting charges for managers, primarily based on knowledge from Nielsen, touring commerce publication Pollstar, film database IMDB, and interviews with business specialists and celebrities themselves.

Mayweather pulled in some US$285 million (S$388 million) within the interval, largely due to his August 2017 comeback combat win over blended martial arts champion Conor McGregor.

Oscar-winning star Clooney earned an estimated US$239 million after promoting the Casamigos tequila company he co-founded to British spirits company Diageo in June 2017. Forbes mentioned the sale gave Clooney the most effective annual earnings of his 35-year profession in movie and tv.

Forbes mentioned entertainers on its 2018 Celebrity 100 listing earned a mixed US$6.three billion earlier than tax, up 22 per cent from final yr’s listing. Many of the very best earners got here from celebrities leveraging their manufacturers via aspect ventures and thru their social media presence.

“There’s never been a more lucrative time to be famous than now, with 11 superstars earning $100 million or more over the past year,” Zack O’Malley Greenburg, senior leisure editor at Forbes, mentioned in an announcement.

“Entertainers have found all sorts of new ways to monetize their audiences, especially with the help of social media,” he added.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson nearly doubled his earnings from the earlier yr to land in fifth place with estimated earnings of US$124 million. Forbes mentioned the earnings of the Jumanji and Fast & Furious star had been the most important acting-related earnings it had recorded in 20 years.

The prime earner on final yr’s listing, musician Sean Diddy Combs, dropped to No. 32 on the present listing. His earnings on the 2017 listing had been inflated by a tour and the sale of a part of his Sean John clothes line, Forbes mentioned.

Musicians and athletes fared effectively, with Irish band U2, British band Coldplay and British singer Ed Sheeran showing within the prime 10. Soccer gamers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo additionally earned greater than US$100 million, Forbes mentioned.

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