The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2015


Sometimes it seems like every celebrity with any bit of renown simply floats through life without any need for cash, pelted with luxury gifts at every turn. But these people make real money, and it’s often a surprising amount. While they’re not on the level of monsters like hedge fund managers and bank executives, some of our favorite actors, musicians, and athletes do make a relative boatload of money.

We gathered a list of 100 of the world’s highest paid celebrities, counting down to the very richest among them. We’re pretty confident that you’ll be surprised by a lot of this list, especially the top five, so read ’em and weep, as they say!

100. Sofía Vergara ( Television Actress – $28.5 M )sofia1-jpg

The Modern Family star has been acting for a while, but only recently became a household name with her ABC sitcom. Born in Colombia, she became the host of two talk shows on Spanish-language channel Univision in the 1990s before entering the world of American film. As of 2012-13, she was the highest paid actress on television!

99. Blake Shelton ( Musician – $28.5 M )Blake

Famed country sensation Blake Shelton, who recently divorced fellow singing star Miranda Lambert, is one of the highest paid entertainers in his field. That might be due to the fact that he is one of the hosts of TV phenomenon The Voice, helping bring new talent into the spotlight.

98. Jennifer Lopez ( Musician – $28.5 M )jen

While she may not be at the same peak level of pop culture saturation as she once was, Jennifer Lopez is doing a-ok, you guys. Along with her clothing line and film roles, she’s still making music and is busy being, well, a fashion icon. Not many people are icons!


97. Miranda Lambert ( Musician – $28.5 M )miranda

She rose to fame after becoming a finalist on Nashville Star in 2003 (think American Idol for the cowboy set) and dropped a series of increasingly hit records over the next decade, getting married to Blake Shelton in 2011 and divorced this past year. Best of all, she won a Grammy last year. That kind of attention demands a high pay grade.

96. Kevin Hart ( Comedian – $28.5 M )kevin

We just love Kevin Hart! He’s hilarious, humble, and always willing to crack a joke about his shorter-than-average stature. He’s finally making it big with a string of Hollywood films and successful standup specials after winning amateur comedy competitions in the late 90s. As one of the real good guys, we’re glad to see he makes some serious bank.

95. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting ( Television Actress – $28.5 M )kaley

Recognized worldwide for her starring role in the biggest sitcom on earth, The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco is the dream girl of geeks and non-geeks all over. One of the best perks of starring on a megahit TV show is the astronomical pay, so we’re not surprised to report her number!

94. Channing Tatum ( Actor – $29 M )channing

Aside being the fantasy guy for your sister, your mom, and even your girlfriend, Channing Tatum is supposedly a super nice dude. More than that, though, he’s coupled his action movie good looks with a classic sense of humor and relatability to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today.

93. James Rodriguez ( Athlete – $29 M )james

Rodriguez, for those not well versed in international sports, is a Colombian national footballer who now plays for Real Madrid, one of the top FIFA teams on earth. When he was traded to the team, it was for a fee higher than any Colombian player in history!

92. Jim Parsons ( Television Actor – $29 M )jim

So we’re already back at The Big Bang Theory, with another star from the show: Jim Parsons. While a lot of us first saw him as the bumbling Medieval Times knight in Garden State over a decade ago, it wasn’t until that show rocketed into the stratosphere that Parsons became a household name with a salary to match.


91. Carson Palmer ( Athlete – $29 M )carson

After winning the Heisman trophy in 2002 and being chosen in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Bengals, he’s now quarterback for the Cardinals. He’s one of the most visible players in the game, and one of the most successful as well. That kind of recognition makes for a pretty pay scale, to the surprise of no one.

90. Sean Hannity ( Personality – $29 M )sean

As divisive as he is, ill-informed as he is, and often loathsome as he is, nobody can deny that Hannity attracts a TON of eyeballs with his show on Fox News. The guy’s got personality to spare and has verbally sparred with the top of the top when it comes to politics. That kind of magnetic attraction warrants some serious pay.

89. Leonardo DiCaprio ( Actor – $29 M )leonardo

Would you just look at him? He brings that smoldering charm literally everywhere he goes. Even better than most marquee actors, DiCaprio can truly act, as his numerous awards and nominations show. Even though he’s yet to win an Oscar (we’re pulling for him!) he’s got enough recognition and wealth to tide him over.

88. Maria Sharapova ( Athlete – $29.5 M )maria

While it must be a little disappointing to know that she’s more famous for her radiant looks than for her considerable skill on the tennis court, Maria Sharapova is still one of the top paid players in the game. Whether she’s flying across the clay or gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, she’s certainly earning her pay.

87. Johnny Depp ( Actor – $30 M )johnny

For years known as a quirky, sensitive, and daring actor in weird dramas and out-there indies, Johnny Depp struck figurative gold when he signed on to play Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In the decade-plus since, he’s become one of the most bankable actors on earth, all while retaining his strange charm.

86. Carmelo Anthony ( Athlete – $30.5 M )carmelo

Here’s another pro baller you may not be familiar with if you’re not a fan of professional basketball, but to the folks who follow the game, he’s a very welcome, familiar face who’s easily proven his value as a star player for the New York Knicks.

85. Britney Spears ( Musician – $31 M )britney

Oops, she did it again? While she might not be the extreme mega-star she once was, and that brief period of instability a decade ago gave way to memes and umbrella attack jokes, the fact remains that Spears is still one of the biggest stage draws on earth. Her live tours sell out across the globe, and her name recognition alone demands some serious pay. When you’re a superstar like Britney, the money is worth it.

84. Neymar ( Athlete – $31 M )neymar

This guy is another international football star who Americans may be less than familiar with, but he’s well known enough that he goes by a mononym – that’s some rarified air only known to the likes of Madonna, Prince, and Mario! The FC Barcelona player’s full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, so we can understand the shortening!

83. Eminem ( Hip-hop star – $31 M )eminem

Would the real Slim Shady please stand up? That’s him right there, looking fit and healthy after a string of dark years. His comeback has not only won him a new generation of fans, but cemented his legacy in hip-hop history. Above and beyond that, he’s become one of the highest paid artists in the game. After all that he’s been through and worked for, we think that’s well warranted!

82. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( Athlete – $31 M )mahendra

Cricket may not be a lauded sport like football or baseball, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to have made enough of an impression in the sport to earn big bucks. As an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats, he is also regarded as one of the greatest finishers in the sport.

81. Dwayne Johnson ( Actor – $31.5 M )dwayne

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – a big time actor, producer, and wrestler – has proved time and again that he is a true action hero! After leaving the ring for the silver screen, he did well for himself in films like San Andreas, the Fast and Furious franchise, and Hercules. He’s moved back to the ring in part-time appearances and to the small screen where he produces and hosts the show, The Hero.

80. Pharrell Williams ( Musician – $32 M )pharrel

American singer, songwriter, rapper, music producer, and fashion designer are just a few of the titles that Pharrell can lay claim to. The ten-time Grammy winning artist has made quite a name for himself in the music industry over the years, making him fully deserving of his place on our list.

79. Mark Wahlberg ( Actor – $32 M )mark

Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg made bank off his 2015 film Ted 2 as well as his slew of other big name film like The Departed, Planet of the Apes, and The Italian Job, just to name a few. He also claims the title of executive producer of such HBO hits as Entourage (loosely based on his own experiences in Hollywood), Boardwalk Empire, and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson.

78. Zac Brown Band ( Musician – $32 M )zac

Country music sensation Zac Brown Band earned a third consecutive number one album this year with Jekyll + Hyde. Since 2009, the band has earned 55 award nominations and won 8, clearly cementing their place in this list.

77. Rafael Nadal ( Athlete – $32.5 M )rafael

This Spanish professional tennis player is currently ranks 7th in the world and is considered to be one of the greatest clay court players in the history of the sport. So much so that he has been given the title “The King of Clay.” He also holds the 2008 olympic gold medal in singles tennis and has won countless titles over the course of his career. He’s clearly worth his weight.

76. Akshay Kumar ( Actor – $32.5 M )akshay

An Indian actor, producer, and martial artist, Akshay Kumar has appeared in over 100 Hindi films and is one of the most successful actors in the history of Indian cinema. In 2007 he was crowned the King of Bollywood, an apt title for this Indian mega-star, and is one of the highest-paid actors in the world. As he performs his own stunts in his movies, he’s earned the nickname of the “Indian Jackie Chan”.

75. Sebastian Vettel ( Athlete – $33 M )sebastian

This German driver dominated the F1 racing sport between 2010 and 2013, winning the World Championship each year and going on to fulfill his dream of driving for Ferrari starting in 2014. He is one of only four drivers to have ever won four or more driver’s titles. Depending on his performance he could earn bonuses giving him a total payout of more than $40 million.

74. Dr. Dre ( Musician – $33 M )

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Producer, rapper, and entrepreneur, Dr. Dre is also the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Sales of Beats headphones alone brought in over $620 million in the last year and his extensive production catalogue earns him a spot on this list.

73. Maroon 5 ( Musician – $33 M )maroon 5

American pop-rock supergroup, Maroon 5 just keep hitting all the right notes (pun intended). The ticket prices for their current tour are one of the highest, second only to Fleetwood Mac. With hit song after hit song, it’s no wonder that they’ve made it onto the list.

72. Salman Khan ( Actor – $33.5 M )salman

One of the most influential personalities to come out of Indian cinema, actor Salman Khan is also a stage performer, TV celebrity, and humanitarian. In the media he is often referred to as “The Tiger of Bollywood”, “Blockbuster Khan”, and “Box-office King” with over 80 films under his belt. This Bollywood bad boy’s off-screen life is marred with controversy; he was convicted of poaching in 2006, and sentenced to five years in prison this past May for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident resulting in one death.

71. Amitabh Bachchan ( Actor – $33.5 M )amitabh

Titled “India’s first angry young man” in the 70’s, he has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan bolsters his earnings as the longstanding host of India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” (“Kaun Banega Crorepati”), which aired its eighth season in 2014. He also made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

70. Derrick Rose ( Athlete – $34 M )derrick

While injuries left Derrick Rose on the bench for quite a while, it didn’t derail his earning of MVP and #1 draft pick. With two season left in the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with the Bulls, he is also one of the top earners off the court thanks to a $185 million 13-year deal with Adidas that paid a base retainer of $12 million last year alone. Keep on keeping on.

69. Jon Lester ( Athlete – $34 M )jon lester

Formerly of the Boston Red Sox, Jon Lester signed a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs this year, including a $30 million signing bonus that paid out half in April. His crowning achievement so far was starting and winning the final game in the 2007 World Series less than two years after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Lester also pitched a no-hitter game in 2008.

68. David Letterman ( Personality – $35 M )david

Currently holding the title of “longest running talk-show host,” David Letterman hosted The Late Show for 33 years. That’s over 6,000 episodes! With a background in comedy, acting, and producing, Mr. Letterman was a force to be reckoned with before his retirement earlier this year so he could spend more time with his family.

67. Gareth Bale ( Athlete – $35 M )gareth

Professional Welsh footballer Gareth Bale began his career at Southampton and now plays for the Spanish team Real Madrid where he helped to win the FIFA Club World Cup last season. He remains a standout athlete for Adidas due to a six-year, $35 million deal he signed in 2014. He also holds the position of Wales’ sixth highest scorer of all times!

66. Scarlett Johansson ( Actresses – $35.5 M )scarlett

Best known for her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers movies, this Hollywood star has an impressive number of movies under her belt. Not only is she a stunning actress, she’s also a well known singer with three albums, several soundtrack appearances, and several Broadway shows. She’s also the only woman to be titled “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine twice.

65. Fernando Alonso ( Athlete – $35.5 M )fernando

This Spanish two-time F1 racing world champion recently signed a 2-year deal with McLaren-Honda worth over $30 million a year. He finished second in the F1 standings to Sebastian Vettel in 2012 and 2013, then dropped to sixth last year (his final year racing for Ferrari) due to car troubles.

64. Tiësto ( Musician – $36 M )tiesto

As one of the older DJs still on the circuit, Tiësto maintains his place of fame through sky-high nightly fees and a work ethic to match. Probably currently best known for his 2014 hit “Wasted”, this Dutch DJ plays 100s of shows and still manages to out earn younger players in the game like Avicii and Zedd.

63. Jerry Seinfeld ( Comedian – $36 M )jerry

While earning several million in syndication every year for his hit little show about nothing, this year the rights to Seinfeld were sold to Hulu for a whopping $160 million deal. But Jerry has moved on to bigger and better things in his comedy career and current hit web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

62. Jimmy Buffett ( Musician – $36 M )jimmy

Pulling in so much money a year means that Buffet can afford all the the cheeseburgers in paradise that he wants. In addition to his gigantic music career, the guy owns the entire Margaritaville Brand, covering everything from restaurants to home blenders.

61. Florida Georgia Line ( Musician – $36.5 M )Florida Georgia Line

This country music-duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard has had an amazing year – with the release of their second album, winning the 2015 Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist, and taking the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards for Vocal Event of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year. If they continue with this rhythm, they’re sure to keep winning.

60. David Guetta ( Musician – $37 M )David Guetta

French DJ, music producer, and remixer David Guetta has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Nicki Minaj. This year Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time and he became the third artist to reach 2 billion streams on Spotify– a lofty achievement indeed!

59. Tim McGraw ( Musician – $38 M )Tim McGraw

With the release of his 13th studio album this year and a music hit music career spanning over two decades, Tim McGraw continues to do well for himself! Out of the total 13 albums he has released, 10 of them have hit the number 1 spot on the Top Country Albums charts. With a knack for dishing out country hits, a gorgeous wife like Faith Hill, and a solid fan base, Tim McGraw will always be one of the top names in country music.

58. Foo Fighters ( Musician – $38 M )Foo Fighters

When Dave was younger, he was far from being a handsome guitar playing front man. Rather, he was a grungy drummer in the well known punk band, Nirvana. He has an impressive music career, with his beginnings in Nirvana and his rise to stardom with his current band, The Foo Fighters. Now, at 46 years old, he is still rocking out on stage as hard as ever.

57. Ndamukong Suh ( Athlete – $38.5 M )Ndamukong Suh

One of the most decorated players in college history, Suh has gone on to become one of the best defensive players in the NFL league. Despite that, much of his career is marked with criticism of his aggressive playing style – resulting in over $200,000 in fines by the NFL and one two-game suspension. This hasn’t stopped him from being a highly sought after player in the NFL, however.

56. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ( Athlete – $39 M )Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Captain of the Sweden national football team and striker for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan is a professional Swedish footballer regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation. His spectacular bicycle kick for Sweden against England won the 2013 FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year and he continues to break records as his career continues on.

55. Lewis Hamilton ( Athlete – $39 M )Lewis Hamilton

This British F1 racer holds two world championship titles and he’s well on his way to winning another one in this current season. He remains one of the most marketable drivers in the sport and has more race victories than other other British driver in the history of Formula One racing. He’s one of the best paid drivers in the F1 racing and if he continues at this speed he’s sure to bag another win.

54. Drake ( Musician – $39.5 M )Drake

From his humble beginnings as Jimmy on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi, Drake has risen to hiphop royalty in a very short time. He’s signing other artists and dropping new albums on a regular basis, and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

53. Bruno Mars ( Musician – $40 M )Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars sprung up from Hawaii and started making the world dance with his music around 2010 with the popular songs Just the Way You Are and Grenade. He’s got two Grammy’s under his belt, as well as a slew of other awards and recognitions for being amazing. Bruno was one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, which isn’t surprising knowing how he brought the fedora back into style.

52. Tom Cruise ( Actor – $40 M )Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has become a household name over the course of his 35-year career and if the success of his recent films is any indication, his business is no risky business. While his outspoken advocacy of Scientology has earned him some skeptics, there is no denying that he remains an outstanding, versatile actor.

51. Adam Sandler ( Actor – $41 M )Adam Sandler

Where can we even start with Adam Sandler? Do we talk about his hilarious characters in classic films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore? Perhaps his heartthrob moments in The Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates are more memorable? Maybe his down-to-earth family man roles like in Mr. Deeds are more your speed. Regardless, Adam Sandler has been entertaining us on the screen for decades now, and he will go down in history as a comedy legend.

50. Bradley Cooper ( Actor – $41.5 M )Bradley Cooper

Considered one of the “Sexiest Men Alive,” this wonderful actor made his debut on the TV show Alias and has since appeared in over 30 movies in his career, including the hit Hangover Trilogy. He now runs a production company and has produced hits like Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and American Sniper.

49. Kenny Chesney ( Musician – $42 M )Luke Bryan

Country music star Kenny Chesney, remains one of the most popular touring artists in the U.S. and one of the most successful crossover artists – topping both the MediaBase Country chart and placing on the Billboard Hot 100. With 15 studio albums, the latest of which is The Big Revival, he’s sure to continue his steady climb.

48. Luke Bryan ( Musician – $42.5 M )Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan is really crashing the party with 5 studio albums and 13 #1 singles. He has won “Entertainer of the Year” from the Academy of Country Music Awards two years running, and remains a strong contender in the country music industry year after year.

47. Jason Aldean ( Musician – $43.5 M )Jason Aldean

This country star’s rock-tinged brand of country has paid off for him, translating well overseas and earning him several shows in Sweden, Ireland, and the U.K. in the past year. With six albums and 23 singles – 22 of which have reached the top 10 and 14 have hit #1, he’s

46. Gisele Bündchen ( Model – $44 M )Gisele Bündchen

This Brazilian fashion model, actress, producer has been credited with “The Return of the Sexy Model” and remains the highest paid model in the world. On top of all her modeling work she’s also a well known philanthropist – claiming the title of Goodwill Ambassador to UNEF and is a figurehead in the environmental community.

45. Michael Bublé ( Musician – $45.5 M )Michael Bublé

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé continues to enthrall the world with his crooning vocals and romantic lyrics. In his latest tour, To Be Loved, he performed a whopping 171 shows worldwide. He’s also been the host of NBC’s Christmas Special for the last four years.

44. Judy Sheindlin ( Personality – $47 M )Judy Sheindlin

Better known as Judge Judy, she worked as a lawyer, judge, and published two books before starting her award-winning reality courtroom series, Judge Judy, which has run for 20 seasons without cancellation. This makes it the longest running individual production life of any court show. It probably helps that she won’t take crap from anyone and just wants people to be responsible for their actions.

43. Vin Diesel ( Actor – $47 M )Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast And The Furious franchise and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy, but he’s also a producer, director, and screenwriter in his own right. His recognizably deep voice sets him apart and landed him the part of the voice of Groot in The Guardians of the Galaxy.

42. Novak Djokovic ( Athlete – $48 M )Novak Djokovic

Serbian professional tennis player Novak is currently ranked #1 in men’s singles tennis worldwide. He’s been a serious contender since 2011 when he won three Grand Slam titles – making him the sixth man in history to win three Grand Slams in one calendar year. He has appeared in 13 of the last 18 Grand Slams (winning seven total).

41. Rory McIlroy ( Athlete – $48.5 M )Rory McIlroy

One of the world’s top ranked golfers, this Northern Irish pro has been on a huge roll over the past 12 months with five PGA victories including two Majors. He’s broken many records in his short professional career, including winning the 2011 U.S Open with a tournament record lowest score under par (−16), and winning the 2012 PGA Championship with a tournament record eight strokes victory margin. He is the first European to win three different majors, and he is one of three players to win three majors by the age of 25 (including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods).

40. Ben Roethlisberger ( Athlete – $49 M )

Ben Roethlisberger

“Big Ben” has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl championships since being drafted by them in 2004. He is also one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have beaten at least 31 of the current teams. In 2014, Ben became the only player to throw 500 yards in two different games.

39. Kobe Bryant ( Athlete – $49.5 M )Jackie Chan

Bryant entered the NBA directly out of high school, and has played with the Lakers for his entire career, helping them win five NBA championships. Bryant himself is a 17-time All-Star, has led the league in scoring twice, and ranks third on the league’s all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.

38. Jackie Chan ( Actor – $50 M )Jackie Chan

Few movie stars can make the claims that Jackie Chan can. As an actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer he really is a jack-of-all-trades. Trained in Kung fu and Wing Chun, he performs all of his own stunts and has been in over 150 films. He is also an operatically trained vocalist and even had his own cartoon for a while.

37. Tiger Woods ( Athlete – $50.5 M )tiger woods

Tiger Woods was one of the highest paid athletes in the world until injuries to his elbow and back set him back and kept him from making his multi-million dollar appearances overseas. Regardless of this unfortunate series of events, his endorsements and course-designing projects continue to pay off.

36. Phil Mickelson ( Athlete – $51 M )Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship. He is also one of 16 golfers to win at least four of the professional majors. The only one that still eludes him in the U.S. Open in which he has finished runner-up a record six times.

35. Paul McCartney ( Musician – $51.5 M )Paul McCartney

At age 73, Sir Paul McCartney is still touring and seems to have no plans of slowing down. This former Beatle isn’t just hanging around in the past; he’s been collaborating with current artists like Kanye West and Rihanna and performing on Saturday Night Live with Paul Simon.

34. Jennifer Lawrence ( Actress – $52 M )Jennifer Lawrence

The odds seem to be ever in this Hollywood starlet’s favor. She earns more than any other woman in Hollywood, thanks to her staring role in The Hunger Games trilogy – making her the highest-grossing action heroine in 2015. For her work in Silver Linings Playbook she won a three awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner.

33. Kim Kardashian ( Personality – $52.5 M )Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is one of the most well known names in TV and entertainment. She and her family just cant seem to stay out of the tabloids, but when you get your start through a scandalous sex tape, what else can you expect? While there is plenty of controversy surrounding this woman, the is no denying that she is gorgeous, and earning around $52.5 million means that she is doing something right.

32. Toby Keith ( Musician – $53 M )Toby Keith

If you don’t know Toby Keith, you probably aren’t a fan of Country music. In fact, we are going to go as far as to say that if you don’t know Toby Keith, you probably despise Country music and refuse to allow anything related to Country music in your life. He is already a Country singing legend, but its questionable whether he has even hit his peak yet. He has released 17 studio albums, 2 Christmas albums, and has topped the charts with countless hit singles.

31. Elton John ( Musician – $53.5 M )Elton John

Elton John is known for his wild style, his active role in supporting the LGBT community, and his former membership in The Beatles. He is widely regarded as a musical genius and has brought us classics such as Your SongRocket ManBenny and the Jets, and Tiny Dancer.

30. Kevin Durant ( Athlete – $54 M )Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant towers above the average sized human at 6’9″. He was being scouted for college teams as early as his freshman year in high school, and for good reason. He started every game of his freshman college career, scoring an average of about 25 points per game. Soon after that he became a top pick in the NBA draft in 2007. He closed a 60 million dollar endorsement deal with Nike around that same time.

29. Beyoncé Knowles ( Musician – $54.5 M )Beyonce

One of the most popular and influential female celebrities to date, Bey makes a killing in the music scene. Last year she topped the list of highest-paid celebrities and this year she claimed the September cover of Vogue, making her the first black artist and the third black woman in history to grace the cover of a September issue. She’s also well-known for donating to charity and performing lots of charity work.


28. Jay Z ( Musician – $56 M )jay z

Jay Z is one of the kingpins of Hip Hop. He revolutionized the industry by constantly coming out with material like Reasonable Doubt, and Blueprint that no one had heard the likes of before him. Today he still proves that he hasn’t fallen off yet by teaming up with some of the genre’s most respected names. Not to mention he put a ring on the queen bee, Beyonce.

27. Ed Sheeran ( Musician – $57 M )Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s career seems to be constantly on the upswing. After his debut in 2011, he caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. His latest release, x (read as “multiply”) hit #1 in both the US and the UK shortly after its release. He is known to frequently give his clothes away to charity shops around his home county of Suffolk.

26. Rolling Stones ( Musician – $57.5 M )Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger may be getting a bit old, but that certainly does not mean he is any less of a Rock Legend. He melted faces for years with the classic band The Rolling Stones. The Stones are widely regarded as one of the best Classic Rock groups that ever existed, and we think it’s safe to say that Mick Jagger played a huge part in getting the band to that point.

25. Lady Gaga ( Musician – $59 M )Lady Gaga

Despite her wild style and abstract fashion statements, Lady Gaga is undoubtedly an extremely talented woman. She is one of the few entertainers to still pull off complex dance routines while singing her heart out, and it still sounds fantastic. She may seem like just another wacky celebrity that wears meat suits to award ceremonies, but believe it or not she actually studied music and art as one of the top students at New York Universities Tisch School of the Arts.

24. Fleetwood Mac ( Musician – $59.5 M )Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac reached the height of their popularity in the 1980’s, but their timeless hits continue to bring in music-lovers young and old. The are known for their hits “Landslide” and  “Dreams” and included the musical talents of solo stars Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Their latest tour “On with the Show”, boasted the highest average secondary ticket price of the year at over $300 a ticket.

23. Ryan Seacrest ( Personality – $60 M )Ryan Seacrest

As the star host of American Idol and the radio shows American Top 40 and On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Seacrest keeps himself plenty busy. Known as “America’s emcee,” Seacrest also produces several television shows. He also accepted the position of host for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve after Dick Clark’s death, which he had been co-hosting since 2005.

22. Sean Combs ( Musician – $60 M )Sean Combs

Sean Combs, better known currently as Diddy, is another huge name in the Rap industry. He was close with the revered Biggy Smalls and helped to release his music after Biggy’s death. Sean himself has put out multiple records, beginning with No Way Out in 1997, and in 2014 released his fifth studio album MMM (Money Making Mitch). This year, P got into some legal trouble for getting a bit over zealous with his sons football coach, but we are going to chalk that up to Diddy just being passionate.

21. Gordon Ramsay ( Personality – $60 M )Gordon Ramsay

Gordon is the highest-earning celebrity chef in history. With several hit shows on Fox and BBC, a food empire boasting over 20 restaurants, 14 Michelin stars, and a fiery, no-nonsense public persona he’s not surprisingly won the hearts of many fans. He reported that he didn’t know the extent of his signature swearing until watching an episode of his first documentary, Boiling Point.

20. David Copperfield ( Magicians – $63 M )David Copperfield

This master of illusion has earned himself 11 Guinness World Records, 21 Emmy Awards, and has sold over 40 million tickets: more than any other solo entertainer in history. That’s more than Michael Jackson and Elvis. He’s known for making the Statue of Liberty disappear and walking through the Great Wall of China. Copperfield also owns the world’s largest collection of magic artifacts.

19. Justin Timberlake ( Musician – $63.5 M )Justin Timberlake

Justin is a veteran of the fame game. After getting his start in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, he moved on to N*SYNC which became one of the best selling boy bands of all time. Now, after taking a break to work on his acting, Timberlake is back in the music game and is a familiar face on Saturday Night Live.

18. LeBron James ( Athlete – $65 M )LeBron James

Lebron James is a basketball star that has swiftly and skillfully become a household name across America. He is a towering giant, standing at the incredible height of 6’8″, and weighing in at 250 lbs. His track record is just ridiculous, with multiple championship wins and countless awards.

17. Calvin Harris ( Musician – $66 M )Calvin Harris

This Scottish DJ remains the highest-paid electronic music artist in the world and a rare artist who writes, performs, and produces his own tracks. Earlier this year he started dating pop music icon, Taylor Swift, and they became one of the highest earning celebrity couples. In recent weeks, rumors have been flying about a  supposed break up, but it looks like they’re just that: rumors.

16. Roger Federer ( Athlete – $67 M )Roger Federer

Ranked No. 3 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, this Swiss tennis player holds records for winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles, reaching each Grand Slam final at least five times, reaching the Wimbledon final ten times, and holding the world No. 1 position for 302 weeks! He also holds two Olympic medals – a gold in doubles and a silver in singles.

15. Dr. Phil McGraw ( Personality – $70 M )Dr. Phil McGraw

As Oprah Winfrey’s earliest protege, Dr. Phil sees plenty of fame – and scandal. Dispensing medical knowledge through his show Dr. Phil, he has been called out multiple times by professionals in the medical field for the products, advice, and controversial methods that he employs as a “Dr.”. He holds a degree in psychology and is not a licensed physician, but that hasn’t slowed his fame.

14. The Eagles ( Musician – $73.5 M )The Eagles

The Eagles may be in their later years, but that does not mean that they aren’t still living it up! This Los Angeles Rock group has six Grammy’s under their belt, and a total of six number one albums. Honestly, if you know someone who was alive in the 70’s they probably have a warm spot in their heart for The Eagles. One of their most popular songs is Hotel California, and there is no denying that it’s a catchy tune.

13. Lionel Messi ( Athlete – $74 M )Lionel Messi

This professional Argentinian footballer is the only player in history to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times and three European Golden Shoes. He also holds records for most goals in Barca competitions, most goals in La Liga competitions, most goals scored in a calendar year, and most hat tricks scored.

12. Ellen DeGeneres ( Personality – $75 M )Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres has essentially become the Queen of Daytime Television. She holds many other firsts, as well as the hearts of her millions of viewers, she was the first female comedian to be invited to chat on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she’s the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television, she’s won 13 Emmys, 14 People’s Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. Her talk show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, has been on the air for 12 years and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

11. Rush Limbaugh ( Personality – $79 M )Rush Limbaugh

You may have heard the name, but chances are you haven’t seen the face. Rush Limbaugh is a popular radio show host and disk jockey. He is known for his strong views on politics, and whether or not you agree with him, you have to admit that he is doing something right, or at least his $79 million dollar chunk of change says so.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo ( Athlete – $79.5 M )Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has made a name for himself in the world of sports. More specifically in the world of soccer. He plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid and the Portugal National Team as a Forward. In soccer, it is inevitable that a superstar will emerge, thats just how the game works. Ronaldo fit that superstar role perfectly, with his incredible speed, ball control, and ability to send the ball into the net on almost any free kick.

9. Robert Downey Jr. ( Actor – $80 M )Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downy Jr. might have come up through Hollywood as a bad boy known for eccentric roles in smaller films, but after the surprise success of Iron Man, he’s become one of the industry’s highest paid actors, topping the cast list of blockbuster after blockbuster. He’s also sorted out his personal life, so we won’t likely hear about naked Ferrari driving anymore!

8. Taylor Swift ( Musician – $80 M )Taylor Swift

What hasn’t this pop idol achieved? As one of the youngest songwriters hired by Sony, youngest ever Album of the Year winner, and the first and only act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in the opening week, she’s been doing quite well for herself. She well-known for her charity work and philanthropic efforts and has won many awards and honors for her work.

7. James Patterson ( Author – $89 M )James Patterson

The only author to grace the top 100 earners is definitely deserving of the spot. He churns out nearly 16 books a year with the help of coauthors. He’s most well known for his adult crime thrillers and airport bookstore fodder and his series “Alex Cross” and  Michael Bennett”. This year he announced the launch of a children’s book imprint and has sold over 30 million copies of his middle grade and young adult novels.

6. Garth Brooks ( Musician – $90 M )Garth Brooks

After going into retirement in 2001, Brooks finally made his full return to performing last year in July and kicked off a comeback world tour in September, resulting in repeated sold out shows. During his career he has released six albums that have reached the coveted diamond status in the U.S. and he was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

5. Howard Stern ( Personality – $95 M )Howard Stern

Howard Stern is another popular Radio personality. His controversial views and straightforward presentation helped him to become one of the most listened to Radio hosts, as well as racking up the most fines for broadcasting material that was deemed inappropriate for public radio. People have come to expect that type of thing from Howard Stern, but even with all of the fines he had to pay, we imagine he is doing A-OK.

4. One Direction ( Musician – $130 M )One Direction

Taking the world by storm since their debut in 2010, 1D continues on their upward climb, despite the departure of member Zayn Malik earlier this year. After the release of their fourth album in 2014, they became the first band in the U.S. Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at No. 1. Last year they were ranked the second highest earning celebrities under 30.

3. Katy Perry ( Musician – $135 M )Katy Perry

The ‘Fireworks’ singer saw a meteoric rise over the past few years, going from one of many upstart voices on the radio to a dominant force in pop music. She headlines massive worldwide tours and Superbowl halftime shows, appearing on everything from children’s TV shows to late shows regularly. She’s today’s reigning pop queen, and that begets a fitting pay grade!

2. Manny Pacquiao ( Athlete – $160 M )Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is a filipino boxer with 57 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. Recently his fight with Floyd Mayweather earned him a lot of attention, and depending on who you ask, Manny unjustly lost the fight. He not only is a fighter, but also dabbles in politics, acting, and even has released a few records!

1. Floyd Mayweather ( Athlete – $300 M )Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has a bit of a bad temper, which is completely fitting, being that he is a champion fighter. Just retiring this year, Mayweather has left the game with plenty of fights beneath his belt, and plenty of controversy to go along with it. But regardless of his personal trifles, numbers do not lie, and his 49-0 record certainly proves that he is a beast in the ring.

As you can see, the amount of money flowing through the celebrity scene is astounding, but often times well worth the amount of work and effort going into the job at hand. These earners continue to entertain and amuse, solidly earning themselves a place on this this!