These Are The 20 Highest-Paid Celebrities Right Now

By on August 3, 2018 in ArticlesEntertainment

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While it has never been easier to become famous than it is in the era of social media, it is traditional celebrities – musicians, athletes, actors, authors, radio personalities and Kylie Jenner who dominate the list of the 20 highest-paid celebrities right now. Not surprisingly, Floyd Mayweather (#1) and Conor McGregor (#12) made the list thanks to the hefty paydays both athletes received in their Boxing-UFC crossover match in August 2017.

The three hottest players in soccer made the list with Lionel Messi (#8) edging out Cristiano Ronaldo (#10) and Neymar (#13). George Clooney is the second-highest paid celeb of the year and his impressive $239 million isn't from acting or directing gigs. The bulk of Clooney's earnings over the past year from Casamigos, the tequila company he co-founded. Casamigos sold to liquor conglomerate Diageo. The $239 million haul makes him the highest paid actor by far. The next closest is Dwayne Johnson at #5 with $124 million in earnings. Notably absent from the top 20 list are Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Diddy.

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The world's 100 top earning celebrities made a combined $6.3 billion over the past 12 months. That's up 22% from last year.

#20. Robert Downey Jr. – $81 million

#19. Katy Perry – $83 million

#18. Rush Limbaugh – $84.5 million

#17. LeBron James – $85.5 million

#16. James Patterson – $86 million

#15. Ellen DeGeneres – $87.5 million

#13. Howard Stern – $90 million

#13. Neymar – $90 million

#12. Conor McGregor – $99 million

#11. Bruno Mars – $100 million

#10. Cristiano Ronaldo – $108 million

#9. Ed Sheeran – $110 million

#8. Lionel Messi – $111 million

#7. Coldplay – $115.5 million

#6. U2 – $118 million

#5. Dwayne Johnson – $124 million

#4. Judy Sheindlin – $147 million

#3. Kylie Jenner – $166.5 million

#2. George Clooney – $239 million

#1. Floyd Mayweather – $285 million

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