FORBES ANNOUNCED its Celebrity 100 list earlier this week – the ‘definitive global index of who’s making what in the business of entertainment’, the ranking tracks the world’s highest-paid entertainers, who cumulatively banked $5.15 billion (€4.6 billion) pretax throughout the June 2016 to June 2017 scoring period.
Rapper and entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs landed on top with annual earnings of $130 million (€116 million). Combs’ big payout was thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, earnings from his Sean John clothing line and his partnership with Ciroc vodka.
Beyoncé moved into the second spot with $105 million (€93.7 million), courtesy of her best-selling Lemonade album and world tour, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling (who earned $95 million – €84.8 million) moved back into the top three – largely thanks to her Harry Potter spinoff movie franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling’s theme park earnings from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios have also helped her financial surge.
The novelist’s return to the list comes two weeks ahead of the 20th anniversary of her first book in the wizarding series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
She is one of two British entries in the global top 10. Coldplay have secured eighth place with earnings of $88 million (€78.5 million), after failing to make the list in 2016.
Singer-songwriter Adele slipped from No 9 to 18th place with annual earnings of $69 million (€61.6 million). Sir Elton John is in joint 26th place with TV chef Gordon Ramsay, both with estimated earnings of $60 million (€53.5 million).
Other British celebrities in the top 100 list include musician Sir Paul McCartney at No 32, golfer Rory McIlroy at 37, DJ and producer Calvin Harris at 40, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton at 46 and TV and music mogul Simon Cowell in 50th place.
Forbes ranks talent from across the entire entertainment industry to compile the annual list, and its findings are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.