Meet the Highest-Paid Celebrities in the World

Meet the Highest-Paid Celebrities in the World

November 26, 2020 - Viral

Ever wonder how much your favorite celebrity makes? Many of us dream of that lavish lifestyle, so finding out the net worth of that favorite celebrity of ours could give us #lifegoals. Every year there are lists upon lists that come out. 

You can find lists of musicians, actors, authors, and any other division of celebrity. But for us to have all of them alongside each other is even more interesting as you can see which celebrity makes. 

Is it a famous singer? A social media entrepreneur? An actor? We would like you to meet some of the highest-paid celebrities in the world. Is your favorite celebrity amongst them?

Meet the Highest-Paid Celebrities in the World

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7. Ryan Reynolds – $71.5M

Right now, when you say Ryan Reynolds, most people automatically think Deadpool. But this actor has been hanging around Hollywood for over two decades, and so there is so much more to him than one iconic role. 

Ryan Reynolds started work in his native Canada as one of the Nickelodeon kids and moved on to the US in a sitcom called “Two Guys, A Girl, and A Pizza Place”. 

Since those humble beginnings, he has gone on to star in several movies bringing his sarcastic wit to multiple genres, including horror and action. And he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

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This may be why he has made it onto this list of the highest-paid celebrities. He is a powerhouse on the screen, having several successful movies on his resume and more slated to come out soon. 

Ryan has had several lucrative deals with Netflix, including the movie “Six Underground” and the upcoming “Red Notice”, in which he stars alongside Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. 

His $71.5M doesn’t only come from films; he is also a partner in a gin company, has a stake in Mint Mobile, and just opened up his own ad agency. 

6. Ariana Grande – $72M

Ariana Grande, for a young star, has had a long career. Ari started working in local theater very young, having roles in plays like “Annie” and “The Wizard of Oz”. 

When she entered her teens, she moved to LA to concentrate on her music career but continued to work in theater as well. Eventually, she found her fame as one of the kids in the Nickelodeon stable. 

She eventually left there and launched a successful music career and has expanded her empire. Of course, the bulk of her net worth comes from her music and the tours that go with it.

Meet the Highest-Paid Celebrities in the World

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However, Ariana also has other outlets to rake in that dough. She has worked with several big named brands through sponsorships. Brands like Lipsy and Reebok have all worked with the young pop star. 

She has collaborated with other singers, like last year’s collaboration with Lady Gaga. Festivals are also big in the music world, and her place as a headliner at the last Coachella helped move the needle when it came to her net worth. 

And we can’t forget to mention her very popular fragrance! All of this combined has placed the singer as one of the highest-paid celebrities out there. 

5. James Patterson – $80M 

James Patterson is one of the most prolific and well-known authors of the last few decades. His first novel was published in the 70s, and since then, he has churned out crime novel after crime novel. 

Many of his books have been made into films, and he actually holds the Guinness World Record for the number of #1 bestsellers. 

He is a strong proponent of encouraging our youth to read and to ensure they have the opportunity to do that. On top of being a well-respected and known author, he does a lot of philanthropic work as well. 

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He is the highest-paid author in the world, even surpassing folks like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. His net worth has been boosted through his millions of dollars’ worth of book sales and multi-book advances. This last factor has contributed up to $10M of his overall wealth. 

That added to options for scripts adapted from his books, and his collaborations with other authors like Bill Clinton have allowed this literary icon to amass quite a bit of wealth. 

So much so that during last year’s pandemic, he donated $500K to help independent bookstores survive. 

4. Tyler Perry – $97M

Tyler Perry has come a long way from sleeping in his car, that is for sure. Inspired to start writing by the incomparable Oprah Winfrey, Perry began writing letters to himself that he eventually would sculpt into a play. 

Though it flopped at first, it did find an audience in the end. With this play’s success, he kept the momentum going, and now he is one of the prominent figures in film. 

Not only is he a producer and director but an actor and a writer. His projects grace stages, screens, and television across the globe. He even opened a studio recently to help promote African American films.

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Tyler is super smart, and the bulk of his net worth comes from a catalog of produced, written, and directed films. He has maintained complete ownership of all his work, which is unusual in the film industry

One of the pieces of that catalog is the Madea franchise, which is hugely popular and super lucrative. 

That coupled with his new studio and contracts with Oprah’s OWN network, Viacom, and his stake in the streaming service BET+, Tyler has been able to build up quite a bankroll.  

3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $105M

Football is a popular sport across the globe, and by far one of the most popular players is Cristiano Ronaldo. This forward who plays for Juventus and is also the Portuguese national team captain is amazingly talented. 

His boyish good looks don’t hurt either, and probably the reason why he has a social media following (200M) like no other athlete in the world. 

He has played for many teams over his almost 20-year career and has won many titles along the way. This fame and recognition help bring in a bit of money, which is why he is one of the most wealthy athletes in the world.

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With his move to Juventus in 2018, he ended up losing money, but he wanted a change. Even with this pay cut, he still earned $64M over the following four years. 

Along with this, he also has merch deals and sponsorships that make up the remaining $40M+ of his net worth. He has a contract with Nike as well as KFC, Tag Heuer, Tourister, and Herbalife. 

These sponsorships are just some of the things that build his net worth to this level. With even more people getting into soccer and the popularity growing, it is no doubt that more sponsorships will come his way. 

2. Kanye West – $170M

The eccentric and oft-time unbalanced rapper may be in the midst of personal problems, but there are no problems when it comes to his career. 

Kanye West has been in the rap game for decades now and has a sharp mind for business opportunities and an entrepreneurial spirit. Starting as a rapper, he worked his way into producing and finally breaking into other industries like fashion, creative content, fast-food franchises, and even a streaming service. 

In between all that, he left time to toy with entering the political world too and has done a few bit roles in movies and television shows. 

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The rapper has been working on a contract with Adidas for his Yeezy brand. When it goes through, this number will rise significantly and make him a billionaire. 

With this deal, he will receive an annual cut of the sales of Yeezy. Along with deals like this, Kanye also has his own fashion line that he solely owns and has a deal with Gap to sell that unique line of his clothing. 

None of that even includes the money from his royalties and music from the past. Even with the cancellation of his concerts and erratic behavior, he still seems to be able to keep the money flowing. 

1. Kylie Jenner – $590M

For now, Kanye’s sister-in-law, Kylie Jenner, has him beat when it comes to net worth. Kylie, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, has been surrounded by smart, savvy women her whole life. 

So it is not shocking that this young woman was able to build quite an empire for herself. She has collaborated on mobile apps and fashion lines

Along with her celebrity built from the reality show, she has amassed a social media following that helps her showcase her projects and business efforts to millions of people. Her biggest business, though, is her cosmetics line she started in 2015.

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In 2019 Kylie started adding even more money to her net worth with her selling off controlling interest in Kylie Cosmetic to Coty, Inc. Even with this sale, Kylie retains control over the creative and marketing of the cosmetics company she founded. 

This sale earned her three-quarters of her fortune. This, coupled with her money from the reality show and other sponsorships, all accumulate to put her halfway to being a billionaire. 

Kylie seems to follow in her sisters’ footsteps, so what business she will step into next? Who knows? But she has a pretty good bankroll to do whatever she wants to do. 


These are just a few of the highest-paid celebrities in the world. Diversity of revenue streams seems to be the way to build an empire and a bank balance. 

With a wide umbrella of business and projects, these celebrities have worked hard to make their net worth grow. We are pretty interested to see who will wind up being on the list next year!