Diddy, Beyoncé, and Drake Top Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

Diddy, Beyoncé, and Drake Top Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities

Diddy might be a long way from his Bad Boy days, but the former associate of the Notorious B.I.G. continues to swim in money as he approaches his 48th birthday. Forbes says rap star and business mogul brought in $130 million (pretax) last year, making him the highest-earning celebrity on their 2017 list.

The partial sale of his clothing line, Sean John, was big driver for Diddy, netting him $70 million when all was said and done. Alongside a lucrative deal with Ciroc and the revenue from the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Diddy was able to eclipse his closest competition by about $25 million. It was a Herculean effort that vaulted him over some of the biggest names in pop culture. When you’re beating out the likes of J.K. Rowling, Drake, Howard Stern, Beyoncé,and LeBron James, you’re doing something right in your life.

Though some of the names on the list were expected, a few surprises popped into the list. Thanks to his heavy presence in the streaming scene, the Weeknd was able to obtain an estimated $75 million touring advance, which helped place him at the No. 6 spot on this year’s list. He spoke to Forbes about the power of the tour, and says that’s how artists have to make their money these days.

“We live in a world where artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age,” he said. “It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.”


1. Sean Combs (Diddy) $130million
2. Beyoncé $105million
3. J.K. Rowling $95million
4. Drake $94million
5. Cristiano Ronaldo $93million
6. The Weeknd $92million
7. Howard Stern $90million
8. Coldplay $88million
9. James Patterson $87million
10. LeBron James $86million
11. Guns N’ Roses $84million
11. Rush Limbaugh $84million
13. Justin Bieber $83.5million
14. Lionel Messi $80million
15. Dr. Phil McGraw $79million
16. Ellen DeGeneres $77million
17. Bruce Springsteen $75million
18. Adele $69million
18. Jerry Seinfeld $69million
20. Mark Wahlberg $68million
21. Metallica $66.5million
22. Dwayne Johnson $65million
23. Roger Federer $64million
24. David Copperfield $61.5million
25. Kevin Durant $60.6million
26. Garth Brooks $60million
26. Elton John $60million
26. Gordon Ramsay $60million
29. Ryan Seacrest $58million
30. Chris Rock $57million
31. Vin Diesel $54.5million
32. Paul McCartney $54million
32. Red Hot Chili Peppers $54million
34. Louis C.K. $52million
35. Jimmy Buffett $50.5million
35. Adam Sandler $50.5million
37. Andrew Luck $50million
37. Rory McIlroy $50million
39. Jackie Chan $49million
40. Calvin Harris $48.5million
41. Robert Downey Jr. $48million
42, Stephen Curry $47.3million
43. Dave Chappelle $47million
43. Judy Sheindlin $47million
45. James Harden $46.6million
46. Lewis Hamilton $46million
47. Kim Kardashian West $45.5million
48. Drew Brees $45.3million
49. Taylor Swift $44million
50. Simon Cowell $43.5million
50. Phil Mickelson $43.5million
52. Tom Cruise $43million
53. Kenny Chesney $42.5million
53. Steve Harvey $42.5million
55. Luke Bryan $42million
55. Celine Dion $42million
55. Jay-Z $42million
58. Sofia Vergara $41.5million
59. Kylie Jenner $41million
60. Bruno Mars $39million
60. Tiesto $39million
62. Russell Westbrook $38.6million
63. Sebastian Vettel $38.5million
64. Damian Lillard $38.4million
65. Shah Rukh Khan $38million
65. Jennifer Lopez $38million
65. The Chainsmokers $38million
68. Novak Djokovic $37.6million
69. Amy Schumer $37.5million
70. Tiger Woods $37.1million
71. Salman Khan $37million
71. Neymar $37million
71. Bill O’Reilly $37million
71. Dolly Parton $37million
71. Ed Sheeran $37million
76. Dwayne Wade $36.2million
77. Fernando Alonso $36million
77. Sean Hannity $36million
77. Rihanna $36million
80. Bon Jovi $35.5million
80. Akshay Kumar $35.5million
82. Billy Joel $35million
83. Dr. Dre $34.5million
83. Florida Georgia Line $34.5million
83. Toby Keith $34.5million
83. Jordan Spieth $34.5million
87. Derrick Rose $34.3million
88. Usain Bolt $34.2million
89. Gareth Bale $34million
89. Conor McGregor $34million
89. Britney Spears $34million
92. Kei Nishikori $33.9million
93. Fletcher Cox $33.4million
94. Clayton Kershaw $33.3million
95. Chance The Rapper $33million
95. Katy Perry $33million
97. Carmelo Anthony $32.6million
98. Jason Aldean $32.5million
98. Kevin Hary $32.5million
100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $32million

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