Number 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million): According to Forbes’ latest 100 list, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in the top 10 of the highest paid celebrities in the world. The Portuguese star earned $52.6 million from his salary and bonuses, but that’s not all, as he also earned a whopping $27m just from his endorsements from Nike and other sponsors. Ronaldo has recently sold his image rights to Singaporean tycoon Peter Lim.
Number 9 – Ed Sheeran ($110 million): Ed Sheeran named highest earning solo musician in Forbes rich list. This Singer-songwriter beat fellow pop stars Talyor Swift and Katy Perry and was ranked among the top 10 celebrity earners. Sheeran has jumped 62 places from last year, placing ninth on the full list of top-earning celebrities. He was the most streamed artist of last year thanks to his album Divide, which was powered by hits including lead single “Shape of You,” “Castle on the Hill,” “Galway Girl” and “Perfect.”
Number 8 – Lionel Messi ($111million): Messi is one of 3 athletes in this year’s top 10 versus 2 last year. Messi finished the 2017-18 season as the top scoring player in the Top 5 European Leagues with 45 goals in all competitions. In November 2017, he agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona that will keep him with the club through 2020-21 and pay him an annual salary and bonus in excess of $80 million, making him the highest-paid for his work the pitch.
Number 7 – Coldplay ($115 million): The British rock Coldplay occupied the 7th spot. Chris Martin and company’s A Head Full Of Dreams Tour grossed more than half a billion dollars in its two-year, five-continent run. That total means Coldplay trails only U2’s 360 Tour and The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour on the all-time list.
Number 6 – U2 ($118 million): U2 is the highest placed musicians at $118m with the list down from 5 to 3 music artists in the top 10. U2 is an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bano (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). The immortal Irish rockers’ Joshua Tree Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album of the same name, grossed #316 million, as some 2.7 million fans turned out to make it the most lucrative outing of 2017.
Number 5 – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($124 million): The former wrestler tallied the highest ever acting take-home in celebrity 100 histories, thanks to large upfront play checks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. A vast social following allows him to negotiate an extra seven figures atop his standard contract for promotion, helping nearly double his standard contract for promotion, helping nearly double his 2017 earning.
Number 4 – Judy Sheindin, aka. Judge Judy ($147 million): Judge Judy’s eponymous show has been on the air for 22 seasons and is watched by an average of more than 10 million viewers a day. She sold the rights to her extensive library for an estimated $100 million in 2017.
Number 3 – Kylie Jenner ($166.5 million): The most junior member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is also its wealthiest thanks to her fast-growing makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics. Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its founding in February 2016.
Number 2 – George Clooney ($239 million): George Clooney may not have helmed a hit in years, but his wallet hasn’t noticed. Thanks to the up to $1 billion purchase of his Casamigos Tequila, Clooney scored a career high pretax paycheck of $239 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. The 57-year-old tops Forbes’ annual ranking of highest-paid actors, which tallies both onscreen and extracurricular earnings in our 12-month scoring frame. Last June, British liquor conglomerate Diageo announced it would purchase Casamigos for $700 million upfront with the potential for an extra $300 million over the next decade. For Clooney, that meant an estimated $233 million pretax from Casamigos, plus additional earnings from endorsements and older movies.
Number 1 – Floyd Mayweather ($285 million): The American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on a list. The boxer missed last year’s list, but his August 2017 fight versus Conor McGregor in Las Vegas generated more than $550 million in revenue, with Money Mayweather earring $275 million as the “A” side of the bout and for his role as a promoter. According to Forbes, the Celebrity 100 list ranks front-of-camera stars around the globe using their pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, prior to deducting fees for their managers, agents, and lawyers. Forbes figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.