Top Paid Celebrities Around The Globe (100 pics)

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99. Gisele Bündchen ($30.5 million)
Model The Brazilian supermodel makes money from contracts including lucrative fragrance and beauty deals with Chanel and Carolina Herrera. More than a clotheshorse, her own line of lingerie and skincare help peg her fashion's top-earner. She teams with husband Tom Brady as one of only two couples on the Celeb 100 list (they're in good company: the other is Beyoncé and Jay Z).
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97. Drew Brees ($31 million)
Athlete The quarterback has racked up eight Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title since he joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Brees will make $19.75 million on the field for the 2016 season and millions more on endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Wrangler and Microsoft. The Brees Dream Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to charitable causes and academic institutions in New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette/Purdue communities.
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97. Carmelo Anthony ($31 million)
Athlete The NBA star is more than halfway through on the five-year, $124 million contract he signed in 2014; at press time, Anthony was scheduled to have the NBA's highest salary for the coming season, although this summer's free agency and higher salary cap will change that. Anthony is one of the top NBA earners off the court through deals with Nike's Jordan Brand, SMS Audio, Draft Kings and Las Vegas Sands. He launched his own venture capital firm, M7 Tech Partners, in July 2014.
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94. Brad Pitt ($31.5 million)
Actor The Hollywood heartthrob made $31.5 million thanks to roles on and off the big screen. Pitt produced and acted in The Big Short,which won an Oscar and grossed over $133.3 million at the worldwide box office. Pitt also did double-duty for the upcoming War Machine,which Netflix reportedly paid $60 million to acquire. This is the first year since 2007 that the 57-year-old's earnings surpassed $30 million.
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94. Penn & Teller ($31.5 million)
Magicians Penn & Teller have worked their magic in Las Vegas, where they perform five nights a week in return for a hefty paycheck. The duo took their show on the road in 2015, performing for six weeks on Broadway. The magicians host Fool Us,which has been renewed for a third season by the CW.
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94. Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million)
Actor One of Bollywood's busiest leading men, Kumar banked top rupee for three hit films in our scoring period. The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills: Honda motorcycles, a dairy producer and a gold loan company, among others.
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92. Dwyane Wade ($32 million)
Athlete The NBA star shocked the sports world when left Miami to sign a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Chicago Bulls after 13 years with the Heat. His extensive endorsement portfolio counts 15 partners, including his own line of neckties and socks. One of the latest is Naked Brand Group, which will launch a Wade-branded line of underwear this year. Wade left longtime shoe sponsor Nike in 2012 to ink a deal with China's Li-Ning, earning an equity stake in the company, too.
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92. Clayton Kershaw ($32 million)
Athlete The three-time Cy Young Award winner inked a $215 million contract in 2014, the richest ever for a pitcher at the time, and his salary jumped from $4 million to $30 million last year. Kershaw banks nearly seven-figures off the field thanks to endorsement partners: Under Armour, Art of the Game, Topps, Wilson, FantasyDraft.com and Southern California Acura Dealers.
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91. Usain Bolt ($32.5 million)
Athlete The Jamaican sprinter is in a class by himself in terms of his marketing prowess. His comps are not other track stars, but global icons like Messi, LeBron and Ronaldo. An Olympic year makes him an even hotter commodity. Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Puma is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10 million a year.
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86. Melissa McCarthy ($33 million)
Actress Who you gonna call? McCarthy earned an estimated eight-figure upfront fee to star in the Ghostbustersremake. Her compensation has finally inched up to reflect her ticket booth tallies: 2015's Spygrossed $235.7 million worldwide on a $65 million budget.
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86. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million)
Actor Khan continues to rule Bollywood's box office with the lead role in hit Dilwaleand many others, earning multimillion-dollar upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.
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86. James Harden ($33 million)
Athlete The Houston Rocket launched career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2014-15 season on his way to a runner-up finish in the MVP voting. The strong season helped Harden cash in over the summer with a new 13-year deal with Adidas worth up to $200 million. Other partners include Beats, Foot Locker, BodyArmor, NBA 2K and a half-dozen more. He recently signed a new four-year, $118 million contract that will keep him in Texas through 2020.
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86. Robert Downey Jr ($33 million)
Actor Last year's highest-paid actor, Downey has had a quieter year with just Captain America: Civil Warreleased in our June 2015 through June 2016 scoring period. His earnings are down 58% from $80 million last year; the majority of his annual paycheck comes from his turn as Iron Man in Marvel's movies. He pads his income with endorsements for Taiwanese smartphone dealer HTC.
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86. Dave Matthews Band ($33 million)
Musicians The Virginia jam band may have not released an album since 2012, but the group continues to make big bucks from touring: more than $25 million playing some 70 shows last year. The show goes on across the U.S. in celebration of DMB's 25th anniversary this year.
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82. Ed Sheeran ($33.5 million)
Musician The 25-year-old Brit bagged two Grammy wins for his single "Thinking Out Loud" from his studio album x,which has shifted 2.6 million copies since its 2014 release. The singer-songwriter also rakes in millions from co-writing hits such as Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" and recently started his own aptly named label, Gingerbread Man.
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82. Kei Nishikori ($33.5 million)
Athlete The first Asian player to make a men's Grand Slam final in 2014, Nishikori's role as the top player in Japan helped him rack up a loaded endorsement portfolio that includes 15 sponsors, among them Uniqlo, Wilson, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, Jaguar and Tag Heuer. The renewal of his apparel deal with Uniqlo starting in 2016 is worth eight figures annually. Nishikori is poised to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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82. Maroon 5 ($33.5 million)
Musicians The American pop-rock outfit is making millions this year on its 104-date Maroon V World Tour--and getting good publicity from frontman Adam Levine's presence as a coach on The Voice (though his earnings are not counted toward the group's total on our list).
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82. A.J. Green ($33.5 million)
Athlete The wide receiver signed a four-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals in September 2015 worth $60 million. The deal included a $15 million signing bonus and $6 million roster bonus paid in March, on top of Green's $11.75 million base salary in 2015. The 2011 first-round draft pick was rewarded for the 4,874 yards he racked up his first four seasons, fourth most by a receiver since the NFL-AFL merger.
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80. Derrick Rose ($34 million)
Athlete After seven seasons playing for Chicago, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks in July. Injuries have derailed the career of the former MVP and No. 1 overall draft pick. He has one season left on the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with the Bulls at the end of 2011. Rose is one of the NBA's top earners off the court thanks a 13-year Adidas deal worth up to $185 million.
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80. Peyton Manning ($34 million)
Athlete Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset a winner when he won his second Super Bowl in February and announced his retirement a month later. The run to the Super Bowl earned Manning $4 million in incentive bonuses on top of his $15 million salary. Manning retires with $249 million in career salary/bonuses from the NFL, $400 million in total earnings, including endorsements, and multiple all-time passing records, including passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539) and game-winning drives (56). His legacy is secured as one of the NFL's greatest players as the league's only five-time MVP award winner. Manning has been the NFL's most marketable player over the past decade and the past year was his biggest yet off the field. He'll appear in five national ad campaigns during the 2016 season despite being retired. He cashed in on memorabilia tied to his retirement and Super Bowl appearance. His partners include Nike, Buick, DirecTV, Gatorade, Nationwide and Papa John's. Manning became a Papa John's pizza franchisee in 2012 when he signed a deal to own 32 stores in the Denver area.
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78. Vin Diesel ($35 million)
Actor With an upfront paycheck for the latest Diesel-powered installment, Furious 8, plus a sequel to Guardians of The Galaxy,"the gravelly-voiced actor joins our list for the third time. A key user of Facebook's "Facebook Live" feature, he has 100 million Facebook fans. "The whole point [of Fast and the Furious] was to diversify Hollywood," Diesel told FORBES in 2015.
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78. Marcell Dareus ($35 million)
Athlete The NFL star signed a six-year, $96.6 million contract extension with the Buffalo Bills in September 2015. The deal included a $25 million signing bonus and the most guaranteed money ever, $60 million, for a non-quarterback. Dareus was drafted third overall in 2011 out of the University of Alabama. The defensive tackle made the Pro Bowl for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
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77. Gareth Bale ($36 million)
Athlete While injuries limited the Welsh international to just 21 La Liga starts in the 2015/16 season, the soccer star managed to score 19 times, much to the delight of Real Madrid, who paid a whopping $118 million to acquire him in 2013 and is rumored to want to sell him. No matter where Bale goes he's poised to remain a standout fixture for sponsor Adidas, having inked a six-year contract in 2014 worth an estimated $35 million.
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75. Fernando Alonso ($36.5 million)
Athlete The driver's first year with the McLaren-Honda did not go well as the team struggled to field a competitive car; Alonso finished 17th in the final F1 standings. It was a long fall for someone used to competing at the front of the grid. The Spaniard is well compensated at McLaren, with a three-year deal worth more than $30 million annually. His 32 career wins ranks sixth all-time among F1 drivers.
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75. Jason Aldean ($36.5 million)
Musician The Georgia native's music is a mix of old and new: country twang mixed with rock riffs. The same goes for business--though Aldean makes most of his money on shows, he's looking to the future, last year becoming the only country act with a stake in Jay Z's Tidal.
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72. Neymar ($37.5 million)
Athlete In April, the soccer star won a Webby Award in the sporting category for his official Neymar Jr. website. The combination of his prowess on the pitch and innovation online helped him land a dozen endorsement deals with brands like Nike, Red Bull, Panasonic, Konami and Gillette. Neymar signed a five-year contract extension in July that ties him to Barcelona through 2021.
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72. Rafael Nadal ($37.5 million)
Athlete Last year was the first Nadal did not win a Grand Slam event since 2004, putting an end to his 10-year streak, the longest in men's tennis history. He's still a fan favorite and banked millions for his appearance at the IPTL matches in December. Endorsement partners include Nike, Babolat, Kia Motors, Telefonica, Banco Sabadell, Richard Mille, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Kia renewed its deal with Nadal last year for an additional five years.
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72. Zlatan Ibrahimović ($37.5 million)
Athlete The Swedish striker ended his career with Paris Saint-Germain in May as its all-time leading goalscorer. Up next: a move to the Premier League with Manchester United for the 2016-17 season. After a season-long negotiation with Nike, he returned under a deal worth a reported $3 million annually through 2019. In June he released his line of sportswear, A-Z, and also boasts a fragrance, Zlatan.
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70. Tiësto ($38 million) Musician The Dutch DJ is one of the most prolific musicians on our Celeb list, playing more than 100 gigs during our 12-month scoring period while maintaining a healthy six-figure average fee per show. He also padded his considerable coffers with a TV spot for 7UP.
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70. Philip Rivers ($38 million)
Athlete The San Diego Chargers' quarterback signed a four-year, $83.25 million contract extension in August 2015; the deal includes a no-trade clause from the only franchise Rivers has ever known as a pro. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the No. 4 pick in the 2004 NFL draft and promptly traded to the Chargers for listmate Eli Manning, the No. 1 overall pick that year.
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69. Drake ($38.5 million)
Musician The Canadian rapper had the best music sales of anyone not named Adele, thanks to new album Views. He juiced his total with live shows and checks from brands including Sprite, Nike and Apple.
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68. Jennifer Lopez ($39.5 million)
Musician American Idolmay have drawn to a close--and with it, Lopez' reported $17.5 million paycheck--but Jenny From The Block has plenty of other ways to get her rocks. Among them: deals with L'Oréal, Endless Jewelry and her own fragrance, as well as an ongoing Vegas residency.
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67. Mumford & Sons ($40 million)
Musicians Hot off the success of new album Wilder Mind, the Grammy-winning folk rock band played nearly 100 shows last year in cities from Chicago to Cape Town. The group also gained publicity when its manager launched a petition for tougher U.K. sanctions on ticket resale websites, garnering nearly 45,000 signatures.
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66. Jimmy Buffett ($40.5 million)
Musician With locations from Atlantic City to Panama City, Buffett's Margaritaville empire is broader--and lucrative--than just about any venture by his top-earning celebrity peers. He still finds time to play gigs in front of his Parrothead fan base, to the tune of 27 dates in our scoring period.
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63. Sebastian Vettel ($41 million)
Athlete The German racecar driver fulfilled a lifelong dream in the fall of 2014 when he inked a three-year deal to drive for Ferrari. The contract is one of the richest in F1 and will pay out more than $40 million annually, including bonuses if Vettel performs. He is one of only four drivers to win at least four titles and his 42 career wins ranks fourth all-time.
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63. Katy Perry ($41 million)
Musician Last year's top-earning musician makes this year's Celebrity 100 on the strength of her $204 million Prismatic World Tour's tail end. She banks additional millions from endorsement deals with H&M, Claire's and CoverGirl; Perry even made a cameo in this year's Zoolander sequel. "I'm an entrepreneur," she told FORBES last year. "I don't want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls."
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63. Dr. Dre ($41 million) Musician Two years after scoring the highest single-year payday for any celebrity--$620 million, mostly from Apple's $3 billion Beats buyout--Dre continues to pocket plenty of cash. He released his first album in over a decade and executive-produced NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
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61. Russell Wilson ($42 million) Athlete The quarterback earned $2 million in salary during his first three seasons, but the Seattle Seahawks rewarded him in the summer of 2015 with a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million including a $31 million signing bonus. Wilson has become one of the NFL's most marketable players, scoring deals with Microsoft, Nike, Bose and Braun. He launched his own clothing line, Good Man Brand, at Nordstrom in 2016.
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61. Elton John ($42 million) Musician Playing an otherworldly 94 gigs during our scoring period, many of them in Las Vegas, the Rocketman blasted onto the Celebrity 100 list for the tenth time. He also earns big from his work as a songwriter and composer for moonshots like The Lion King.
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60. Rory McIlroy ($42.5 million)
Athlete The golfer's on-course earnings fell by nearly $9 million, but McIlroy continues to be a bankable marketing star. Nike, his biggest endorsement deal, pays nearly $20 million annually. He also partners with Omega, Bose and Upper Deck. McIlroy replaced Tiger Woods as the face of Electronic Arts' golf video game last year. He also settled a messy lawsuit last year with former agents who accused him of owing millions of dollars in commissions.
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58. Sofia Vergara ($43 million) TV Actress While the Colombian actor may be best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Gloria on Modern Family--a role that earns her millions each year--most of her income comes from lucrative endorsement and licensing deals, including a line of Rooms To Go furniture, a coffee maker and even cheetah-printed nurse uniforms.
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58. Ben Affleck ($43 million) Actor It may have been panned by critics, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicegave Affleck the best box office of his career: The movie grossed over $870 million worldwide. The caped crusader earns big from upfront fees and backend profits for the series, helping him pocket his highest annual paycheck yet.
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57. Jerry Seinfeld ($43.5 million) Comedian For this comedian, Seinfeld is the gift that keeps on giving: Jerry's namesake show--for which he holds a hefty chunk of the rights--still earns him millions each year in syndication, especially now with a massive new Hulu deal. Yet Seinfeld continues to tour, and his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, was recently renewed for a ninth season.
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54. Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($44 million) Athlete The boxer says he is retired after defeating Andre Berto in September to run his record to 49-0. The world's highest-paid athlete three of the previous four years banked $32 million for the Berto fight to bring his career earnings to $700 million since turning pro in 1996. Money Mayweather earned $12 million outside the ring over the last 12 months through more than a dozen personal appearances during his "World Tour" and profits from his TMT line of merchandise.
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54. Tom Brady ($44 million) Athlete The Patriots' quarterback signed a contract extension in March that included a $28 million signing bonus, lowering his 2016 base salary from $9 million to just $1 million in the process. That could save Brady close to $2 million in game checks if his four-game suspension stemming from the "Deflategate" saga is upheld. He also makes plenty off the field, thanks to deals with brands including Under Armour and UGG Boots.
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54. Bigbang ($44 million) Musicians The Seoul-based boyband clocked the biggest year ever for a K-Pop act--and became the first Korean act to land on our Celebrity 100 list, thanks to arena shows in Asia and beyond. One Direction and the Backstreet Boys are the only boybands who've earned more in a single year.
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53. Joe Flacco ($44.5 million) Athlete The 2013 Super Bowl MVP broke the bank in the offseason with a new three-year, $66.4 million contract that will keep him with the Baltimore Ravens through 2021. The deal includes a $40 million signing bonus for Flacco ($15 million of the bonus is deferred to March 2017, but FORBES considers it earned during our measured time period). His $22.1 million average salary is the highest in the NFL, topping Aaron Rodgers' previous mark of $22 million.
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52. Eli Manning ($45 million) Athlete The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension in September 2015. The pact includes a $31 million signing bonus and $65 million in guarantees. After the retirement of his brother, Eli's career earnings are the highest among active players: $188 million. His endorsement portfolio includes Nike, Toyota Motor, DirecTV, Gatorade and Dunkin' Donuts.
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51. Tiger Woods ($45.5 million) Athlete The 14-time major winner turned 40 in December 2015 and is feeling his mortality on the golf course, playing only 18 events since the start 2014 and making just six cuts. Woods built a fortune on endorsements with the likes of AT&T, Buick, Nike and Gatorade. All of those companies have left him, but Nike remains--and pays him more than $20 million a year. Other current partners include Hero MotoCorp, Kowa, Rolex and Upper Deck.
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49. Jennifer Lawrence ($46 million) Actress For a second consecutive year, Lawrence is Hollywood's highest-paid woman. She took a cut of profits from the big box office gross of her final Hunger Games installment ($653.4 million) and plumped her checkbook with soaring upfront fees.
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49. Lewis Hamilton ($46 million)
Athlete The British racecar driver signed a three-year contract extension last year to drive for Mercedes' F1 team; it kicks in with the 2016 season and could pay out more than $140 million, including bonuses. Hamilton won his third F1 World Championship in 2015. He is one of the most marketable drivers in the sport, boasting endorsement deals with IWC, Bombardier, L'Oreal and Monster Energy.
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48. Judy Sheindlin ($47 million) Personality The chief justice of daytime TV, better known to fans as Judge Judy, still rules over the courtroom that made her a centimillionaire. Despite getting a late start--she first appeared on camera at age 52--her Judge Judy show has been on the air for 20 seasons and is watched by an average of 10 million viewers a day; she won her second daytime Emmy in 2016.
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47. Toby Keith ($47.5 million) Musician He's been filling his Red Solo cup up--with money. The veteran country star has earned more than $450 million pretax over the past nine years from constant touring, endorsements with the likes of Ford, and his own ventures including restaurant chain I Love This Bar And Grill.
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46. Johnny Depp ($48 million)
Actor In May a judge ordered a restraining order against Depp after his wife alleged he physically and verbally abused her. The damning accusations did not impact his earnings during our scoring period--he pocketed an estimated eight figures upfront for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean installment and box office bomb Alice Through the Looking Glass--but his earnings will likely plummet next year.
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45. Foo Fighters ($48.5 million) Musicians After more than two decades, the Seattle rock band is still fighting the good fight. The Foo Fighters made the majority of their cash from their Sonic Highways tour, which was nearly derailed when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg during a concert. He performed seated for the rest of the world tour, and fans still turned out in droves.
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44. Muse ($49 million) Musicians The British rock band may not have the name recognition of the Foo Fighters or Dave Matthews Band, but still topped both in earnings. The reason: Grammy-winning album Drones and the ensuing tour of the same name--they've been grossing millions per night in arenas around the world.
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43. Kobe Bryant ($50 million) Athlete The NBA's third all-time leading scorer retired with $680 million in salary and endorsements during his two decade career, the most ever for a team athlete during his or her playing career. Recently, he's been focusing on building a portfolio of companies: he invested $4-6 million in 2014 to buy more than 10% of emerging sports drink BodyArmor; last year, he bought a stake in Derek Jeter's media platform, The Players' Tribune.
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42. Kim Kardashian West ($51 million) Personality Reality TV's most-followed woman has a new title: tech entrepreneur. Her Kim Kardashian: Hollywood mobile game generated $71.8 million in 2015; some 40% of her annual paycheck comes from the game. Add on her Instagram endorsements, the Kimoji app--a $1.99 Kim-based series of emojis--and her $2.99 subscription-based personal app, and Kardashian makes more money from mobile endeavors than anything else.
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37. Jordan Spieth ($53 million)
Athlete Golf's golden boy had a massive 2015 where he won two major titles, including a record-tying -18 at the Masters, and became the youngest U.S. Open champion. Spieth captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus in the fall. The wins and No. 1 world ranking triggered lucrative bonuses from partners like Under Armour and Titleist.
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37. Cam Newton ($53 million)
Athlete The new face of the NFL won the MVP award with 48 of the 50 votes and led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl with a 15-1 regular season record while accounting for 45 touchdowns. Newton signed a new contract with the Panthers in June 2015 worth $103.8 million over five years; Under Armour extended its deal with Newton in 2015 and made him their top-paid NFL endorser.
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37. Phil Mickelson ($53 million)
Athlete The SEC named Mickelson in May as a "relief defendant," but did not charge him with a crime in an insider trading case; the golfer agreed to pay back $1 million in profits and interest from the 2012 trade of Dean Foods stock based on an insider's tip. The slip-up is unlikely to hurt Mickelson with his sponsors--including Callaway, Barclays, Rolex and Amgen--who love his ability to connect with fans.
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37. Tom Cruise ($53 million)
Actor Hollywood's favorite Scientologist banked a big backend paycheck for 2015′s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,plus upfront fees for a Jack Reachersequel and Mena.At 53, he still manages to notch action hero roles thanks in no small part to his success as agent Ethan Hunt--the five-part M:I series has grossed nearly $2.8 billion globally.
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37. Luke Bryan ($53 million)
Musician iHeartRadio's Country Artist of the Year has crooned in over $34 million to date from his 2016 Kill The Lights Tour. Bryan brings in additional cash from lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Miller Lite and Cabela's.
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36. Jay Z ($53.5 million)
Musician The multifaceted mogul didn't play many shows or release a new album over the past 12 months, but he continued to cash in on a plethora of outside business ventures including his Armand de Brignac champagne, D'Ussé cognac and his Roc Nation entertainment company.
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34. Gordon Ramsay ($54 million)
Chef No celebrity chef has ever earned more than Gordon Ramsay. His big payday comes from his starring role on three hit Fox shows, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. Those network shows are the perfect advertising for his food empire, 25 restaurants strong (with 7 Michelin stars) and ever growing.
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34. Beyoncé Knowles ($54 million)
Musician Queen B turned betrayal into Lemonade, which became her sixth No. 1 album. Originally released on Tidal--the streaming service she co-owns with husband Jay Z and Celebrity 100 listmates including Madonna and Rihanna--the record may have helped spur interest in a buyout of the company. But she still makes the bulk of her bucks on the road. "I've never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry," she once told FORBES.
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30. The Weeknd ($55 million)
Musician With the release of last year's Beauty Behind The Madness, complete with its ubiquitous hits "I Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," The Weeknd became a mainstream pop star--and his earnings have quickly caught up to his fame as he's moved into arena act territory.
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30. U2 ($55 million)
Musicians Though U2's latest tour, Innocence+Experience, pales in comparison to the record-breaking 360 Tour, which grossed $700 million in two years, Bono and friends still walked away with a hefty sum this year. With 22 Grammys under their belt--more than any other band--the 40-year-old Irish act has still got it.
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30. Ryan Seacrest ($55 million)
Radio Host Ryan Seacrest bade farewell to American Idolin April after 15 seasons. While that's an estimated $15 million dent in his earnings, Seacrest renewed a 3-year contract with iHeartMedia in 2015 to host and produce his top-rated morning radio show. On the small screen, Seacrest's hosting gigs include NBC's late night Olympics coverage and red carpet shows on E!.
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30. Matt Damon ($55 million)
Actor The red planet turned green: Damon's The Martiangrossed a mighty $630.1 million on a $108 million budget. Damon earned handsomely from the film and nabbed a Best Actor Oscar nod, while banking sizable checks for his return as Jason Bourne and an east-west co-production, The Great Wall.
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26. Kevin Durant ($56 million)
Athlete Durant shocked the sports world when he left Oklahoma City to sign a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors in July. KD launched his own underwear line last year in partnership with Neff and Foot Locker, but his big money deal is with Nike, which signed Durant to an extension in 2014 worth as much as $300 million over 10 years.
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26. Novak Djokovic ($56 million)
Athlete The world's top tennis player has been on a remarkable run where he banked $82 million and 11 Grand Slam titles over the past 5 1/2 years (his Slam count sits at 12, including his 2008 Australian Open win). In 2015, Djokovic was the first player to ever earn $20 million in prize money in a season. Djokovic's endorsement partners include Uniqlo, Adidas, Head, ANZ, Peugot and Seiko.
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26. Kenny Chesney ($56 million)
Musician The country mainstay continues to make bank on his summer stadium tours, playing the same venues as Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones. He scores additional millions by shilling the likes of Corona beer and Costa sunglasses as well as his own Blue Chair Bay rum. Next up: new album Cosmic Hallelujah.
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26. Justin Bieber ($56 million)
Musician His comeback album, Purpose, complete with hits like "Love Yourself" and the aptly-named "Sorry," propelled the erstwhile bad boy back onto our Celebrity 100 list. In addition to music, Bieber cashes in on arena shows, merch sales and endorsements with the likes of Calvin Klein.
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25. Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)
Musician With more tour dates during our scoring period than Katy Perry or Beyoncé--each of whom is less than half his age--the 74-year-old former Beatle continues to rock at an unbelievable pace. He also rakes in cash from a clever collection of music publishing rights.
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24. Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)
Musician The Boss turns 67 this fall, but he hasn't slowed down, making tens of millions from touring with The E Street Band. After his The River tour, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first No. 1 album of the same name, Springsteen plans to release a new solo album.
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23. Jackie Chan ($61 million)
Actor The world's No. 2 highest-paid actor hasn't had a stateside live-action smash in ages, but he's the king of China's burgeoning box office, thanks in part to a cozy connection with Beijing. Chan starred in the latest installment of the Monkey King franchise and has several Chinese films in post production. As a producer/investor and actor, he benefits from government censors looking kindly on his films.
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22. Diddy ($62 million)
Musician One of the few musicians on the Celebrity 100 who does little touring, Diddy makes the bulk of his bucks from an outrageously lucrative deal with Diageo's Ciroc vodka and other non-musical ventures. Yet even he can't shake the stage entirely: his Bad Boy Reunion Tour takes off later this summer.
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21. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
Musician With the bulk of his live shows coming from Las Vegas--where he can fly in-and-out in a night on a private jet from Los Angeles--the Scottish star kept his crown as the highest-earning DJ in the world. Harris continues to put out hits as well, most notably "This Is What You Came For" with Celeb 100 listmate Rihanna.
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20. David Copperfield ($64 million)
Magician This illusionist's cash is no trick--he earns big from a Las Vegas residency, performing a stunning 638 shows in our scoring period. The man who once appeared to levitate through the Grand Canyon also owns the world's largest collection of magic artifacts and 11 private Bahamian islands that comprise 700 acres.
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19. Dwayne Johnson ($64.5 million)
Actor Rock-solid box office numbers helped the erstwhile wrestler become the world's highest-paid actor. Since helping launch the billion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise and leading 2015's San Andreasto a surprising $473 million worldwide, Dwayne Johnson has become Hollywood's go-to action hero. Next up for the beefy star: a starring role in the upcoming Baywatchremake. "I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet," he once told FORBES. "And I have a decent smile."
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18. Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
Musicians More than half a century into their career, Mick, Keith & co. are still going strong. Despite only playing 27 shows during our scoring period, many of them in American football stadiums, the British rockers out-earned whippersnappers like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
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17. AC/DC ($67.5 million)
Musicians The nearly half-century-old Scottish-Australian band hit a bump in a road when lead singer Brian Johnson had to drop out of their world tour due to a medical condition. But AC/DC found an incredible replacement, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, and so far fan demand is undeterred. It's a long way to the top, but the heavy metal group is right up there once again.
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16. Roger Federer ($68 million)
Athlete Roger Federer's 16-year streak of Grand Slam appearances ended at 65 in May when he pulled out of the French Open with a back problem. He remains the top player off the court with $60 million in earnings from deals with blue-chip companies like Nike, Rolex. Mercedes-Benz and Credit Suisse. Federer has won $98 million in prize money during his 18-year career.
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15. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
Musician The country crooner's comeback tour continues for the second year, and his total gross has already soared well into nine-figure territory. With dates planned through the rest of the summer and talk of additional international legs stretching into 2017, Brooks' bonanza shows no signs of slowing.
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13. Rihanna ($75 million)
Musician Though Rihanna's latest album, Anti,has sold less than any No. 1 album in history, the Barbados native is still topping the charts. The 28-year old recently scored her 21st top five single, tying Elvis Presley's chart record. When RiRi is not churning out radio hits and touring, she pads her paycheck through endorsement deals with Dior, Puma, Samsung and Stance.
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13. Ellen DeGeneres ($75 million)
Personality A cut of profits from her TV show, a CoverGirl deal and a role voicing the titular character in Finding Doryhelped daytime host Ellen match last year's career-best total. Thanks in part to the advertising power of her show, watched by 3.6 million people a day, her Heads Up! mobile game has been downloaded 25.5 million times.
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12. Madonna ($76.5 million)
Musician Though Taylor Swift out-earned Madonna this year, the Material Girl's recent Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, bringing her career total on the road to $1.4 billion before taxes, fees and spending. Madge also mints millions from perfume and clothing; her net worth now stands at an estimated $560 million.
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11. LeBron James ($77 million)
Athlete King James delivered on his promise to bring a championship to Cleveland when the Cavs won the 2016 NBA Finals, the city's first title in any sport in 42 years. Nike signed James to the first lifetime contract in the company's 44-year history at the end of 2015. He made his big-screen debut in the summer of 2015 in the movie Trainwreckand is set to star in the sequel to Space Jam.
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10. Rush Limbaugh ($79 million)
Radio Host The talk-show host has been reveling in an election season cast with cartoonish candidates. His contract is reportedly up for renewal in July of 2016; with Premiere Radio's parent company iHeartMedia trying to rein in a massive debt load, speculators wonder if he'll take a pay cut. Limbaugh continues his lucrative gig as a scribe for America's patriotic youth.
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9. Adele ($80.5 million)
Musician With a new album that sold a record 3.38 million copies in its November 2015 opening week, she's the only musician on our list who made more than half her money from music. Adele is also grossing millions per night for her arena shows, resulting in the highest earnings of her career.
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8. Lionel Messi ($81. 5 million)
Athlete The reigning Ballon d'Or winner has won FIFA's player of the year award five times and his playing contract is loaded with bonuses for such feats, which help make him one of the highest-paid on the pitch. A Spanish court found Messi guilty of tax fraud in July. The Argentine was sentenced to 21 months in prison, although he almost certainly will serve the time as probation instead of behind bars.
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7. Howard Stern ($85 million)
Radio Host Known for stirring up controversy with oft-times offensive content, the radio host announced in December that he signed a new five-year deal with Sirius XM Radio. With a reportedly upped eight-digit contract, Stern's gig will extend to a new app and video streaming of the show; he has more free time since quitting America's Got Talent.
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6. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)
Comedian Kevin Hart--the first comedian to ever make more than Jerry Seinfeld--has changed the economy of the funny business by touring like a rockstar. Unlike most comedians, Hart plays stadiums and arenas--over 100 in the past year--and manages to fill them up, grossing an average of over $1 million at each stop.
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4. Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million)
Athlete The three-time FIFA best player in the world has broken the 50-goal mark six seasons in a row for Real Madrid, where his $50 million a year in salary and bonus runs through 2018. He's the world's most popular athlete with over 200 million social media followers, helping him land head-to-toe sponsorships including Nike,Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster headphones.
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4. Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million)
Personality The straight-talking Southerner is a shrewd businessman as well as a shrink: He earns a sizable cut of profit from his eponymous daytime show and is an executive producer on The Doctors. Oprah Winfrey's earliest protege launched the Doctor On Demand app, which connects users with a network of psychologists. Fittingly, he shills for the AARP and AstraZeneca.
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3. James Patterson ($95 million)

AuthorPublishing's richest penman is also its busiest; Patterson churns out over a dozen books a year with coauthors. Many have moved onscreen--an adaptation of his sci-fi thriller Zooairs on CBS. Next up: BookShots, bite-sized bargain novellas aimed at boosting readership.
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2. One Direction ($110 million)
Musicians The top-earning boy band of all time may be on hiatus, but the tail end of last year's $200 million-plus On The Road Again tour kept their earnings higher than any active band--despite the departure of Zayn Malik from the group in March 2015.
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1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
Musician The pop superstar smashed the Rolling Stones' North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total for her 1989 World Tour. She also shills for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.
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