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Top 10 Highest Paid Celebrities of 2018

A compilation by Alessia Anderson Year 10



1) Floyd Mayweather – $1 billion

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed from 1996 to 2007 and 2009 to 2015 and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world. In 2006, he founded his own boxing promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions.



2) Kylie Jenner - $800 million

Kylie Jenner is an American media personality, model, businesswoman, and socialite. She has starred in the E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007 and is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics. As of March 2019, with over 129 million followers, she is one of the most followed people on Instagram. In 2017, Jenner was placed on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, making her the youngest person to be featured on the list.



3) Howard Stern - $650 million

Howard Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005. Stern has broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio since 2006. He became the most fined radio host when the Federal Communications Commission issued fines totalling $2.5 million to station owners for content it deemed indecent. However, Stern became one of the highest paid radio figures after signing a five-year deal with Sirius in 2004 worth $500 million.



4) Rush Limbaugh - $590 million

Rush Limbaugh III is an American radio talk show host and conservative political commentator. He resides in Palm Beach, Florida, where he broadcasts The Rush Limbaugh Show. According to December 2015 estimates by Talkers Magazine, Limbaugh has a cume of around 13.25 million unique listeners, making his show the most listened-to talk-radio program in the US. Limbaugh is among the highest-paid people in U.S. media, signing a contract in 2008 for $400 million through 2016. In 2017, Forbes listed his earnings at $84 million for the previous 12 months.



5) George Clooney - $500 million

George Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the other for co-producing Argo (2012). He has featured in a plethora of additional movies, including many starring roles, awarding him large sums of income. In 2018, he was the recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.



6) Coldplay - $475 million

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members include; lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion were at University College London and came together from 1996 to 1998, during which time the band changed names from Pectoralz, to Starfish, then Coldplay.


7) Christiano Ronaldo - $450 million

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward/striker for Italian club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Ronaldo is often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes.


8) Ellen DeGeneres - $450 million

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.


9) LeBron James - $450 million

LeBron James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals.


10) Judy Sheindlin - $400 million

Judith Sheindlin, known professionally as Judge Judy, is an American prosecution lawyer, former Manhattan family court judge, television personality, and author. Since September 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful 4-time Daytime Emmy Award–winning arbitration-based court show series, Judge Judy, produced by CBS Television Distribution.

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