Celebrity Net Worth: The World’s Top 100 Highest-Paid Entertainers of 2017
Welcome to the countdown of the Top 100 best-paid performers. This list runs the gamut between singers, actors, athletes, and talk show hosts. Read through the list and find out who is making the most of bringing their unique and sometimes controversial skills to the public view.
100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Who says sports doesn’t pay well? This Swedish professional football player serves as a forward for Manchester United. His net worth is around $32 million.
99. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is in the Top 100 highest-paid entertainer list for collecting a salary of $32.5 million. Kevin Darnell Hart is an actor and comedian. He derives his experiences from the experiences he had as a black man living in a large extended family.
98. Jason Aldean
Jason Aldine Williams, known as Jason Aldean to his fans, is an American country music performer. He has released seven albums and 24 singles under the Broken Bow Records album. He is worth $32.5 million in revenue.
97. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is a professional U.S. basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He played college basketball at Syracuse to get his start to fame in the basketball arena but now makes $32.6 million for his ability to control the outcome of his game.
96. Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s full name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She is an American singer and songwriter who got her start singing for her church during her early childhood. She pursued a career in gospel music when she was a teenager, and this led her to the $33 million salary she makes today.
Chance the Rapper has a regal name: Chancellor Jonathan Bennett, but he is known to his fans as “Chance the Rapper.” He is an American rapper, singer, and producer from the West Chatham area of Chicago. He recently told a group of young people they should go to college and added that he plans to go too. One might wonder why, however, with his $33 million net worth.
94. Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw is a professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the Major League Baseball organization. He has collected around $33 million due to his ability to collect Cy Young awards and to help the Dodgers remain one of the best in the league.
93. Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox is an American football player who plays defensive tackle for the Philadephia Eagles in the NFL. He started his career by playing college football at Mississippi State then was drafted by the Eagles in 2012 as 12th overall. His net worth is $33.4 million.
92. Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori is the first Asian player to make a men’s grand slam final in the U.S. Open in 2014. He is an outstanding tennis player who made his way up to a $33.9 million salary for his finishing moves.
91. Britney Spears
Britney Spears has had her low moments but the “Oops, I Did it Again” performer has managed to net $34 million usually playing to captivated and sold-out audiences.
90. Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor is a USC prizefighter who has netted $34 million. He is known for his unique style in the ring.
89. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is a Welsh athlete who plays football for the Spanish club, Real Madrid, and the Wales national team. He is worth $34 million currently.
88. Usain Bolt
Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who had a successful Olympic career in 2006 with a straight gold medal sweep in the 100 meter, 200 meters, and 4 x 100-meter relay races. He has netted $34.2 million thus far.
87. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is a professional basketball player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. His net worth now tops $34.3 million.
86. Jordan Spieth
Spieth is most known for his prowess on the golf course, though he has had a losing streak lately after winning the FedEx golf championship with it’s $10 million bonus. But he can afford the recent losing streak since his net worth is around $34.5 million.
85. Toby Keith
Toby Keith is an American country music artist, and he performed as an A-list performer at Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration ceremony. This event gained him popularity among the millions of Trump fans who appreciate his grassroots music and his ability to win a crowd. He has netted over $34.5.
Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo featuring the vocal talents of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. They are a very successful country music act and the two net around $34.5.
83. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is an American rapper and record producer who landed a deal for his now famous, Dr. Dre headphones, which netted him $620 million for a deal with Apple. His current salary is a bit tamer, but it’s still substantial at $34.5 million.
82. Billy Joel
Since his hit song, “Uptown Girl,” in which Joel sang about his real uptown model wife, Christie Brinkley, he has netted around $35 million. It seems that would take him to uptown level, by now!
81. Akshay Kumar
Kumar is an Indian-born Canadia actor, as well as a stuntman, TV personality, and producer. He is also a martial arts expert. He has netted around $35.5. million so far.
80. Bon Jovi
Their name is now synonymous with rock-and-roll fame and the New Jersey band nets around $35.5 million.
Rihanna nets $36 million for her musical talents and occasional appearances on TV shows like “The Bates Motel.”
78. Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity is the voice of truth on Fox news, determined to be the arm of information for the thinking public. He has a huge following which has risen sharply during 2016 and 2017, and his salary has now netted him a net worth of $36 million. He also has a radio show that reaches millions.
77. Fernando Alonso
Professional race car driver, Fernando Alonso nets $36 million for his track exploits. He recently drove in the Indy 500 and makes a practice of competing in several off-track events as well.
76. Dwyane Wade
Wade is a professional basketball star who plays for the Chicago Bulls. He is paid $36.2 million for his ability to keep the Bulls winning. He also makes money from a line of athletic wear.
75. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is a professional musician who nets around $37 million. He does well on Spotify, too with over 32 million streams for an average event. That’s almost a million dollars per stream.
74. Edward Christopher Sheeran
Edward Christopher Sheeran is an English singer and songwriter as well as a record producer and guitarist. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He nets around $37 million for his musical talents.
73. Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton told her graduating class in high school that she was going to be a country star. They laughed. But she did it anyway. Like many people who are great in their profession with little initial support, Parton climbed the ranks of the country music ladder to fame. She also now owns a chain of tourist venues in the Pigeon Forge area known as Dollywood. She is currently worth $37 million.
72. Bill O’Reilly
Bill O’Reilly is a former Fox News host who was falsely accused of sexual harassment in 2017. He represents the conservative voice and strives to find truth amid the fake news in today’s volatile political climate. He has netted $37 million.
Neymar da Silva Santos is a Brazilian football player who has made $37 million. He plays as a forward for the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
70. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, and singer. He is also a well-known TV personality with his target audience. He has netted around $37 million.
69. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is a professional golfer who has had his share of conflicts. But he also has one of the most near-perfect golfing records. His net worth is around $37 million.
68. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer is the first female to make Forbes’ list of top-paid comedians. Her comedy has a radical slant at times and has some trouble capturing the mainstream audience. But apparently, it is enough to net her $37.5 million.
67. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is known for his $20 million win in prize money from a Grand Slam event in the U.S. Open. He nets $37.6 million outside of this. When they say he “nets” well, they are not kidding!
66. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez (known to her fans as “Jenny Lo,”) is a well-known film actress and singer. She is also a professional dancer. She has netted around $38 million so far.
65. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is a film actor from India who lands starring roles in popular TV shows as well. He nets $38 million.
64. The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers is an American DJ duo featuring Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. Their song, “Selfie” topped the Top 20 list in several countries, helping them earn a net worth of $38 million.
63. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is an American basketball player. He plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He pulls in a cool $38.7 for his prowess on the courts.
62. Sebastian Vettel
Vettel is a champion driver for championship driving competitions. He has collected around $38.5 million for his lightning-fast laps.
Russell Westbrook II plays basketball for the NBA. He is employed by the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA and has made $38.6 million.
Tiesto is a famous Dutch disc jockey who plays an amazing amount of gigs, most pulling in 6-figures per appearance! He is currently netting $39 million.
59. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a musician who says he feels like he’s just getting started. He has collected several Grammy awards and nets $39 million.
58. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is only 19 but has managed to make a name for herself through her ties to the already famous Kardashians. She represents a line of cosmetics and clothing as well as being a well-known on-air personality. She is currently worth $41 million.
57. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara has a regular role in the TV show, “Modern Family.” She is also heavily involved in retail advertising. All of this nets her $41.5 million.
56. Jay Z
Jay Z is a musician who has worked with big names like Beyonce and others. He has received 21 Grammy Awards and is considered a rapper musician. He earned around $42 million.
55. Celine Dion
Celine Dion is a Canadian-born songwriter and singer who is known for her wide vocal range and Disney soundtracks. She also sang the original soundtrack of the blockbuster, “Titanic,” directed by James Cameron. She makes $42 million in total.
54. Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a well-paid country music artist with connections to the very popular “Duck Dynasty” series. He is worth around $42 million.
53. Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is a dynamic TV personality known for his hosting gig of the new “Family Feud.” He is paid $42.5 million for his vibrant personality. It pays to be charming.
52. Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney is a well-paid country musician. He plays to sold-out stadiums to the tune of $42.5 million.
51. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is a 54-year-old American actor who continues to make money jumping off buildings and doing amazing feats. He makes $43 million for his acting and athletic prowess.
50. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson is a top-paid American golfer. He struggles with arthritis, but he still wins lots of tournaments and nets around $43.5 million for his efforts.
49. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is an English-born reality TV judge and producer. He is probably most known for his role in “American Idol.” He is brutally honest but seems to have found his niche in reality TV contests. He nets $43.5 million doing this.
48. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a well-known musician with deals with big names like Keds, Apple, and AT&T. She has an estimated worth of $44 million.
47. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is a professional NFL football player who plays quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He makes around $45.3 million.
Kim Kardashian West is a reality TV personality, socialite, and actress. She is currently netting around $45.5 million for her ad endorsements and modeling and TV appearances.
45. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is a British race car driver who nets $46 million for his racing feats.
44. James Harden
James Harden is an NBA star who plays for the Houston Rockets. He earns around $46.6 million.
43. Judy Sheindlin
Known to her fans (and others) and “Judge Judy,” Judy Sheindlin nets around $47 million for helping with small claims court cases on TV. Her tendency to make fast judgments based on facts and personal opinion make her a fascinating personality.
42. Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle is a well-known black comedian who recently landed a big deal with Netflix for a three-show comedy deal. He nets around $47 million.
41. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is an NBA star who plays for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Some sports analysts have called him the “greatest shooter in NBA history.” His current income is around $47.3 million.
Robert Downey, Jr. is made his big acting splash in “Iron Man,” which increased his income greatly. His current income is around $48 million.
39. Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris is a highly-paid DJ who makes most of his money from his Vegas performances. His current net worth is around $48.5 million.
38. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is a well-known actor and martial arts expert who makes most of his money on martial arts films. He is currently valued at $49 million.
37. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is a PGA Golfing Tour professional. His net worth is currently valued at $50 million.
36. Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck is a professional football player in the NFL. He plays for the Indianapolis Colts, and his net worth is currently around $50 million.
35. Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler is a well-known and well-paid actor. His net worth is currently estimated at $50.5 million which includes a deal he made for $250 million with Netflix.
34. Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffet ties with Adam Sandler for the $50.5 million mark. He has made most of his money with his country music shows, radio appearances, and hit songs.
33. Louis C.K.
Louis C.K. is a comedian who is known for his use of self-deprecating shock humor. He is also a writer, actor, and filmmaker. His net worth is currently valued at $52 million.
This rock music group which started in the early 80’s is still “on fire” in their 34th year. Their net worth is currently at $54 million.
31. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney, the only living “Beatle,” is also the oldest to make the list of top-earning performing artists. Coming in at $54 million, this Beatle is cashing in quite a nice retirement check.
30. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is an actor who made his name with the “Fast and Furious” series. His net worth is $54.5 million.
29. Chris Rock
Chris Rock’s net worth is valued at $57 million. This is partly due to record-breaking deal with Netflix. His comedy routines and TV appearances help his create his amazing income.
28. Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest co-stars with Kelly Rippa on the TV show, “Live!” but he has also been involved in the popular “American Idol” show, all of which helped him create a $58 million bank account.
27. Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay’s net worth hangs around $60 million. How did he accumulate such wealth? Creating cooking shows and sharing his talents in the culinary arts.
26. Elton John
Elton John is an English-born singer and musician who is continuing his music career into the next decade. His net worth is now around $60 million. But then, he’s been doing it for “a long, long time!”
25. Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks is a famous country music recording artist. Known for songs like, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” and “Friends in Low Places,” he has accumulated quite a following and a bank account. His net worth is around $60 million.
24. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is known for his excellent NBA basketball record, as well as taking on several endorsements for big sponsors. His net worth currently stands at $60.6 million.
David Copperfield is a natural-born illusionist and magician. He once appeared to levitate over the Grand Canyon, and he has made entire locomotives disappear. His net worth is around $61.5 million.
22. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a famous tennis star who “nets” around $64 million for his Grand Slam trophies in the U.S. Open.
Dwayne Johnson (known as “The Rock”) is a former wrestler who turned actor, landing roles that require a bulky, masculine type. His net worth is around $65 million.
Metallica is a famous heavy metal rock group whose net worth is now around $66.5 million. Their recent album, “Hard Wired” promises to continue to add to this.
19. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg’s movie has grossed him around 5.3 billion dollars. So it’s easy to see why his current net worth is $68 million.
18. Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is the popular star of the past sit-com, “Seinfeld,” and his ability to sell out theatres has helped. His net worth currently stands at $69 million.
Adele is a well-paid musician who has paired with singers like Beyonce. But her net worth is due to her efforts for the most part, and she is currently worth around $69 million.
Bruce Springsteen is still “the boss” when it comes to touring and music performance. His flair for patriotic Americanism has kept him on top with the growing grassroots of nationalism growing stronger day-by-day. His net worth is now valued around $75 million.
15. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has a current net worth of $77 million, due largely because of how she appeals to alternative audiences and connects with already famous guests.
14. Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil, as he’s called on TV shares his lifelong practice of psychology with a willing audience. Featuring guests who are going through real problems, he offers real solutions. His net worth is around $79 million.
13. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a professional soccer player who knows how to make the goal. His net worth proves it with $80 million in total assets.
12. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber may still look like a high school student, but his bank account rivals many 50-year-olds. His music touring and hit songs have helped him accrue a net worth of around $83.5 million.
11. Guns and Roses
Guns and Roses is a well-known rock group with hit songs that have helped them accumulate a whopping $84 million in assets.
10. Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh is most known for his straightforward approach to news, with a conservative flair. His current net worth makes the top ten at over $84 million.
9. LeBron James
LeBron James is a four-time MVP NBA player. His net worth is $86 million.
This well-known author, speaker, and mentor for writers tops the list of Top 100 at number 8 with a net worth of around $87 million.
Coldplay is a famous music group that features four British musicians. They make an average payday of $5 million per city they visit. No wonder their net worth is topping $88 million.
6. Howard Stern
Howard Stern is a controversial radio talk show host who is known for his riskae stunts. His net worth is $90 million.
5. The Weekend
The Weekend is a Toronto native who has managed to accumulate $92 million in net worth due to his unique musical performances.
Christiano Ronaldo is a FIFA athlete whose net worth tops $93 million.
Drake is a rapper and collects major royalties from big-name companies such as Nike, Apple, and Sprite. He is currently valued at $94 million in assets.
2. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is a British novelist most known for her Harry Potter series. Her net worth currently stands at $95 million.
1. Beyonce and Sean “Diddy” Combs
These two tie for first place in net revenue at $105 million and $130 million, respectively. They are controversial artists who try to shape society with their artistry.
Well, there you have it. The top 100 paid performers according to Forbes Magazine. Money isn’t everything, but the net worth of these key players in the entertainment industry tell you a lot about what people are willing to pay for in the name of entertainment.