Forbes’ 2015 List of the Highest Earning Celebrities

Since 1999, Forbes magazine has been publishing an annual Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities of the year. The most important factors taken into account are income, Google hits, magazine covers and press clips.

This June, Forbes has released a new list, so without further ado, here are 10 of the highest earning celebrities of this year.

10. Christiano Ronaldo

This soccer player from Portugal is currently at the 10th place on the list of highest earning celebrities. At the age of 30, he is one of the most successful people in the world. He currently earns $79.5 million. Christiano Ronaldo is FIFA Ballon d’Or – World Player of the Year, three times and counting, and he scored over 60 goals in each of the previous 4 years. This year a Nike endorsement has also brought him $10 million and he also went public with his very own underwear and shirt line – CR7.

9. Taylor Swift

This 25 year-old singer has her teenage fans to thank for her huge success. She sold more than 3.6 million copies last year which hugely contributed to her current earnings of $80 million dollars. Considering that she is so young and already earning so much it is possible that soon she will be among the few highest earning celebs.

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert is actually sharing the 9th place with Taylor as his earnings for this year also amount to $80 million. Downey Jr. is one of the best Hollywood actors so we can say he deserved this wealth. At the age of 50, he is still as amazing as ever.

7. James Patterson

James Patterson still earns more than all the other authors, even if he has reached the age of 69. But it cannot be said that he didn’t earn it fair and square – he actually publishes around 16 books each year, and since 1976 he has sold over 30 million copies. Currently his earnings are as high as $89 million.

6. Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is a 53 year-old country music legend who has been retired for some time, but has come back on stage and has become more successful than ever. For every stop he makes while touring, he earns around $1 million. He currently earns around $90 million.

5. Howard Stern

Since 2012, Stern has been hosting America’s Got Talent, but he actually became famous as a radio star with a contract with Sirius XM. He’s now 61 years old and is earning more than most top celebrities could only dream of. Currently, his earnings amount to astonishing $95 million.

4. One Direction

The biggest boy bend is also the biggest band in general, if their earnings over the past year are taken into account. They receive a 7 figure pay at every stop they make while touring, amounting to their current earnings of $130 million. And it seems that they will only become more popular and powerful. Currently they are making twice as much money than Rolling Stones ever did.

3. Katy Perry

This 30 year-old singer has become the highest earning singer of this year, thanks to her Prismatic World Tour. In every city she’s been, she received more than $2 million, and she held 126 shows. Currently, her earnings are $135 million.

2. Manny Pacquiao

Who would think that boxing can bring you so much cash. This 36 year-old boxer is the second on the list of this year’s highest earning celebrities, and he is well above Katy Perry when it comes to his earnings with $160 million to brag about. He has his endorsement deals to thank for his huge income, as he has cooperated with Nike, Foot Locker, Wonderful Pistachios, and several other famous brands.

1. Floyd Mayweather

Another boxer, but this one earns almost twice as much as Pacquiao, and his earnings for this year amount to an incredible $300 million! With this, he earned more money than any other athlete ever did in a year, and broke the record which was held by Tiger Woods who earned $115 million in 2008. Floyd more than doubled this paycheck, and he is currently the highest earning celebrity in the world.