The List of 2017’s highest paid entertainers has just been released by Forbes and you won’t believe who made it to the top and who didn’t.This year, Sean “Diddy” Combs wins at the No.1 spot, coming in right above Beyoncé. The rapper and businessman can credit his $130 million year to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a partnership with Ciroc vodka and selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line.The heavily pregnant, Beyonce, on the other hand, came in second on the list with $105 million. Her paycheck generated from her Formation World Tour as well as the release of her Lemonade album—both of which granted her the second-best haul of her career.
The Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, also came in third as he returned to the list at $95 million, followed by Drake who racked in $94 million. The rapper jumped significantly from his No.69 rank in the 2016. He more than doubled his fortune thanks to his Summer Sixteen and Boy Meets World tours as well as endorsements with massive brands like Apple, Nike and Sprite.
Professional footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo rounds out the top five as the highest paid soccer player in the world with $93 million.
It’s also notable to mention that The Weeknd, who covers Forbes’ latest issue, made the top 10 for the very first time, coming in at No.6 with $93 million.
While others round out the top 10 are Radio personality, Howard Stern ($90 million), Singer, Coldplay ($88 million), Hollywood Actor, James Patterson ($87 million) and Professional footballer, LeBron James ($86 million).Taylor Swift who also took the top spot as the highest paid celebrity last year with a whopping $170 million paycheck. However, she dropped to No. 49 this year with an income of around $44 million in 2017—a 74% year-over-year decrease.Kylie Jenner also made the top 100 for the very first time this year, too, becoming the youngest list member. She landed the No.59 spot after earning a small fortune from endorsements, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and her ever-growing Kylie Cosmetics line as well as and clothing lines. Big sis Kim Kardashian, on the other hand, lands at No.47.
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