These Are The 20 Highest-Paid Celebrities Right Now

By on August 3, 2018 in ArticlesEntertainment

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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