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Forbes Releases List of Highest Paid Celebrities & Musicians of 2020

Kylie Jenner, JAY-Z, & Drake Among World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.

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After being declared a billionaire in April, Kanye West​ ranks at No. 2 with $170 million. West, who claims he’s worth more than $3 billion, collected most of his ​fortune from his Yeezy sneakers empire with adidas.

Kanye’s sister-in-law, Kylie Jenner, was the top-earner with $590 million after selling a 51 percent stake ​in her Kylie Cosmetics brand to Coty in January. Last month, Forbes revoked her billionaire status, claiming she had exaggerated the size of her business. However, the money she pulled in from the deal remains one of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time.

Hip-hop stars dominated the list including Sean “Diddy” Combs at No. 37. His partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka helped earn him $55 million. Hip-hop’s first billionaire, JAY-Z, follows at No. 42, thanks to his investments in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac.

Drake ranks at No. 49 with $49 million. Champagne Papi has been keeping busy during quarantine, releasing his mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes in late April.

Other entertainers on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list include Ariana Grande (No. 17, $72 million), Ed Sheeran (No. 23, $64 million), Jennifer Lopez (No. 56, $47.5 million), Rihanna (No. 60, $46 million), and Will Smith (No. 69, $44.5 million).

The world’s highest-paid celebrities earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, down $200 million from 2019, due to the global pandemic which forced the cancellation of tours and live events worldwide.

List of Highest paid musicians of 2020:

#1 Kanye West – $170M
#2 Elton John – $81M
#3 Ariana Grande – $72M
#4 Jonas Brothers
#5 Chainsmokers
#6 Ed Sheeran
#7 Taylor Swift
#8 Post Malone
#9 Rolling Stones
#10 Marshmello
#11 Shawn Mendes
#12 Jay-Z
#13 Billie Eilish
#14 BTS
#15 Drake
#16 J.Lo
#17 Pink
#18 Rihanna
#19 Luke Bryan
#20 Backstreet Boys

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List of Highest Paid Celebrities of 2020:

#1 Kylie Jenner – $590 million
#2 Kanye West – $170 million
#3 Roger Federer – $106.3 million
#4 Cristiano Ronaldo – $105 million
#5 Lionel Messi – $104 million
#6 Tyler Perry – $97 million
#7 Neymar – $95.5 million
#8 Howard Stern – $90 million
#9 LeBron James – $88.2 million
#10 Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 million
#11 Rush Limbaugh – $85 million
#12 Ellen DeGeneres – $84 million
#13 Bill Simmons – $82.5 million
#14 Elton John – $81 million
#15 James Patterson – $80 million-
#16 Stephen Curry – $74.4 million
#17 Ariana Grande – $72 million
#18 Ryan Reynolds – $71.5 million
#19 Gordon Ramsay – $70 million
#20 Jonas Brothers – $68.5 million

#21 The Chainsmokers – $68 million
#22 Dr. Phil McGraw – $65.5 million
#23 Ed Sheeran – $64 million
#24 Kevin Durant – $63.9 million
#25 Taylor Swift – $63.5 million
#26 Tiger Woods – $62.3 million
#27 Kirk Cousins – $60.5 million
#28 Post Malone – $60 million
#28 J.K. Rowling – $60 million
#28 Ryan Seacrest – $60 million

#31 Carson Wentz – $59.1 million
#32 Rolling Stones – $59 million
#33 Mark Wahlberg – $58 million
#34 Tyson Fury – $57 million
#35 Marshmello – $56 million
#35 Russell Westbrook – $56 million
#37 Ben Affleck – $55 million
#37 Sean Combs – $55 million
#39 Shawn Mendes – $54.5 million
#40 Vin Diesel – $54 million

#40 Lewis Hamilton – $54

#42 Jay-Z – $53.5 million
#43 Billie Eilish – $53 million
#44 Rory McIlroy – $52 million
#45 Simon Cowell – $51 million
#45 Jerry Seinfeld – $51 million
#47 BTS – $50 million
#48 Kim Kardashian West – $49.5 million
#49 Drake – $49 million
#49 Jared Goff – $49 million

#49 Judy Sheindlin – $49 million
#52 Akshay Kumar – $48.5 million
#53 Conor McGregor – $48 million
#54 James Harden – $47.8 million
#55 Giannis Antetokounmpo – $47.6 million
#56 Jennifer Lopez – $47.5 million
#57 Anthony Joshua – $47 million
#57 Pink – $47 million
#59 Deontay Wilder – $46.5 million
#60 David Copperfield – $46 million

#60 Rihanna – $46 million
#62 Luke Bryan – $45.5 million
#62 Lin-Manuel Miranda – $45.5 million
#64 Backstreet Boys – $45 million
#64 Tom Brady – $45 million
#64 Phil Collins – $45 million
#67 Drew Brees – $44.8 million
#68 Novak Djokovic – $44.6 million
#69 Will Smith – $44.5 million
#70 Blake Shelton – $43.5 million

#71 Sean Hannity – $43 million
#71 Sofía Vergara – $43 million
#73 Celine Dion – $42 million
#74 Kyrie Irving – $41.9 million
#75 The Eagles – $41 million
#75 Adam Sandler – $41 million
#77 Phil Mickelson – $40.8 million
#78 Julio Jones – $40.5 million
#78 Metallica – $40.5 million
#80 Jackie Chan – $40 million

#80 Rafael Nadal – $40 million
#82 Heidi Klum – $39.5 million
#82 Travis Scott – $39.5 million
#84 Kevin Hart – $39 million
#85 Klay Thompson – $38.8 million
#86 Katy Perry – $38.5 million
#87 Lady Gaga – $38 million
#87 Bon Jovi – $38 million
#87 U2 – $38 million
#90 Naomi Osaka – $37.4 million

#91 Canelo Alvarez – $37 million
#91 Damian Lillard – $37 million
#91 Paul McCartney – $37 million
#91 Oprah Winfrey – $37 million
#95 DJ Khaled – $36.5 million
#95 Kiss – $36.5 million
#97 Sebastian Vettel – $36.3 million
#98 Serena Williams – $36 million
#99 Angelina Jolie – $35.5 million
#100 Mohamed Salah – $35.1 million

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