Forbes have released their annual list of the highest-paid celebrities from the past year and surprise, surprise – Kylie Jenner has been crowned number one. It’s a no-brainer really, given the young mogul sold a majority stake in her Kylie Cosmetics brand to beauty giant Coty for US$600 million (approx AUD$798 million). Forbes financial experts – who accused Jenner of falsely inflating her wealth to claim the publication’s ‘youngest self-made billionaire’ title back in May – estimated that she pocketed US$590 million (AUD$783 million) in 2020.
While Jenner earned the most by a mile, her closest contender for the crown was none other than brother-in-law Kanye West, who was second on the list. It was an eventful year for the former presidential hopeful, but Forbes reports that the rapper still managed to take home US$170 million (AUD$226 million) in 2020, with the bulk of his pay cheque coming courtesy of his Yeezy partnership with Adidas.
Of the 100 names mentioned, there are a few unexpected entrants – like who knew The Chainsmokers out-earned Taylor Swift this year, with the music duo coming in at #21 on the list, pulling in a combined US$68 million (AUD$90 million) over the folklore singer’s US$63.5 million (AUD$84 million).
Fellow popstar Ariana Grande came in at #17, with US$72 million (AUD$95 million) while 18-year-old Billie Eilish was the youngest member on the list, clocking in at #43 with US$53 million (AUD$70 million). Controversy did little to quell the income of embattled celebrities Ellen Degeneres and J.K. Rowling, who brought in US$84 million (AUD$111 million) and US$60 million (AUD$79 million) respectively.
Check out the top 10 highest-paid celebrities in 2020 below:
- Kylie Jenner – US$590M
- Kanye West – US$170M
- Roger Federer – US$106.3M
- Cristiano Ronaldo – US$106.3M
- Lionel Messi – US$104M
- Tyler Perry – US$97M
- Neymar – US$95.5
- Howard Stern – US$90M
- LeBron James – US$88.2M
- Dwayne Johnson – US$87.5M