NEW YORK, USA, Thursday June 15, 2017 – Barbadian superstar Rihanna and Jamaica’s sprint sensation Usain Bolt have done the Caribbean proud on Forbes latest list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities, bagging the 77th and 88th spots respectively.
Rihanna, who reportedly raked in US$36 million between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, tied with Fernando Alonso and Sean Hannity, pipping luminaries like Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Dr Dre, and Florida Georgia Line to the post.
Bolt, who is said to have earned US$34.2 million over the same period, sprinted ahead of such A-listers as Gareth Bale, Britney Spears, Chance The Rapper, and Katy Perry.
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— Forbes (@Forbes) June 13, 2017
Top earner Sean “Diddy” Combs (formerly known as Puff Daddy) brought in a whopping $130 million with his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a stake in Ciroc vodka, and the $70 million sale of one-third of his Sean John clothing line all contributing to his earnings, according to Forbes.
Beyoncé was right behind with $105million in earnings, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling brought in $95 million to place third. Rapper Drake and Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo rounded out the top five.
Taylor Swift, who was last year’s top earner, dropped to No 49. The singer brought in $44million, down from an astounding $170million, which was no mean achievement, given that she hasn’t put out an album or toured since 2015.
Swift’s demotion impacted significantly on the combined amount that the listed women made this year.
In 2006, all of the women on the list made a combined $892.5million, a fifth of the money coming from Swift.
This year, that amount dropped to $522.5million, despite the fact that there was one more woman on the list.
Women made up just 16 percent of this year’s list, a possible reflection of the gender pay gap. This was particularly noticeable in the film industry, which had 10 male actors on the list but not a single actress.
All 100 celebrities on the list made a combined $5.15billion, but that did not account for the fees they paid agents, managers or lawyers.
Along with the Caribbean presence, the list included 12 celebrities from the UK and four from Canada. Twenty percent of the celebrities were European and five percent were from Asia.
New to the list this year were: the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner, comedian Amy Schumer, TV host Steve Harvey, Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor and Chance The Rapper.
The figures were determined using data from Nielson, NPD Bookscan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie and IMDB.
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