Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Katy Perry are the top three highest paid celebrities of Forbes this year
Taylor Swift might have been at the top of her singing career since the last year or so. But certainly, she was not good enough to beat her rival Katy Perry in terms of making money as “Roar” singer lands all the way up at number three spot on Forbes Annual rankings of highest paid celebrities in the world, right behind boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Katy Perry is also gracing the cover of latest 100 highest paid celebrity issue of Forbes, which is due to release in July 20. The cover page reads “America’s Pop Export – fame has never generated so much global fortune.”
Katy Perry, who was at No. 9 last year, cracked to top five with $135 million, which she earned from June 2014 to June 2015. She played 124 shows in that duration. Of which 75 were abroad, covering 27 different countries and four continents. International touring certainly helped her achieve this financial success.
“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company. I’m an entrepreneur…I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.” Perry says.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao holds top two places with $300 million and $160 million respectively. Two were involved in the highly anticipated boxing match, which was called “The Fight of the Century” and resulted in the win of Mayweather unanimously. “One Direction” and Howard Stern rounded out the top five.
Singer Garth Brooks managed to land in sixth place. Author James Patterson is at seventh spot with $89 million. Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Taylor Swift each earned $80 million while Cristiano Ronaldo also finds its way to the top 10 list. The 100 highest paid celebrity list is dominated by singers and includes a total of 38 musicians, 29 athletes, 19 actors, 6 personalities, 3 radio stars, 2 comedians, 1 chef, 1 model and 1 author.
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This year’s list is full of surprises nevertheless. Beyonce, who topped the 2014 list, dropped to 29 with just $54.5 million this year. 2-time NBA champion and 4-time Most Valuable Player Award winner LeBron James slipped from 2 to 18 place. Jay Z and Lady Gaga also lost their previous positions whereas Calvin Harris and Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel improved their rankings.